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Solidify Your Portfolio With One of These Timber Stocks

The Motley Fool
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Timber stocks have become must-have investments because of the growing demand for timber and because they have increased in value at a greater rate than inflation, giving the stocks minimal risk and significant upside potential. With this in mind let’s take a look at three of the top timber stocks that you should consider investing in today.
1. West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.  2. Stella-Jones Inc.  3. Acadian Timber Corp.
…West Fraser Timber, Stella-Jones, and Acadian Timber represent three of the market’s top investment opportunities in the wood products industry today. Foolish investors should take a closer look and strongly consider establishing long-term positions in one of them.

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Acadian Timber announces change in CEO

Canadian Press
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Acadian Timber Corp.  has announced that longtime chief executive Reid Carter is stepping down at the end of the week. The company said in its earnings reported issued Tuesday after markets closed that Mark Bishop will become president and CEO effective on Friday. Bishop has more than 25 years of forest industry experience, including the last seven with Brookfield Asset Management, Acadian’s manager. In addition to his new role, Bishop will continue to lead Brookfield’s timberland business development activities outside of North America.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces First quarter 2015 Results

Canada Newswire press release
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products today reported net income of $28.0 million, or $0.40 per share, for the first quarter of 2015, compared to $20.7 million, or $0.29 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014 and $25.7 million, or $0.36 per share, for the first quarter of 2014… After adjusting for items affecting comparability with the prior periods, the Company’s adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $33.3 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to an adjusted net income of $21.3 million, or $0.30 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. 

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Collins, King, Poliquin Urge Commerce Secretary to Investigate All Canadian Paper Producers in Trade Case

Senator Collins
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Congressman Bruce Poliquin, sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, expressing concern that the Department of Commerce’s current investigation of unfair Canadian subsidies in the supercalendered paper market is overly limited in scope and could negatively affect businesses in Maine. The trade case, which was initiated by the U.S. Coalition for Fair Paper Imports and includes Madison Paper Industries, is targeted toward the extensive subsidies received by Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia. Senators Collins and King and Congressman Poliquin strongly support the ongoing investigation. 

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Northern Pulp finds timeline unrealistic to replace treatment facility

The NG News
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A consulting firm hired by Northern Pulp says meeting the 2020 deadline to replace the Boat Harbour Treatment Facility is one that may or may not be realistically met. “In our experience from other projects and given the current climate, there is a 50-50 chance of successful completion in order to meet the deadlines presented in this report,” Guy Martin, KSH Solutions principal consultant, process and environment, wrote in a letter to the company. He cited certain issues such as getting through the red tape of approvals that would be needed as well as the fact that the start-up wouldn’t be possible in winter months.

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U.S. seeks criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators

Associated Press
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

TOANO, Va. • The Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators in an ongoing investigation over imported products. Shares are plunging, down 13 percent before the opening bell. In March a report on CBS’ “60 Minutes” said that Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde. Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. has said that it complies with applicable regulations for its products.

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Simpson lumber mills in Shelton to close

Associated Press
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SHELTON — After nearly a century of operations, Simpson Lumber is closing its mills in Shelton and cutting most of its 270 jobs in the area. The two Shelton-area mills — along with one in Dayton, northeast of Walla Walla — are being sold to Sierra Pacific Industries, based in Anderson, California. Sierra Pacific said in a statement that it doesn’t intend to operate them but instead will build a state-of-the-art mill and lumber-planing operation in Shelton, to open in 2017. “The decision to sell was extremely difficult because Shelton has always been in the heart of our lumber manufacturing business, and we have enjoyed great support from the Shelton community,” Simpson Chairman Colin Moseley said in a statement.

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Simpson Lumber announces Shelton-area mill closures, which will result in 270 jobs lost

The Olympian
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Simpson Lumber Company LLC delivered a blow to the city of Shelton on Tuesday, announcing that the company will close two mills, which will result in about 270 jobs lost. The closures are part of an asset sale agreement with Sierra Pacific Industries of Northern California. The downtown Shelton mill and one in the Dayton area of Mason County west of Shelton are set to close in the next 60 days. Most of those jobs will be eliminated, according to a Simpson news release. Simpson general counsel Betsy Stauffer said the mills could close June 30, and have possible curtailments before then if there’s a reduction in worker shifts.

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The Timber Belt

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

You have heard of the Rust Belt and likely of the Corn Belt, or the old Farm Belt. However you may not have heard of the Timber Belt. It comprises the swath of nonmetro areas from Northern California up through much of Oregon and Washington. This region of the country historically relied upon its natural resources (timber) and manufacturing (wood products and paper mills, e.g.) for its employment base. Like the Rust Belt and the Corn Belt, the Timber Belt suffered a tremendous negative economic shock starting in the 1980s. However, unlike the others, the Timber Belt has responded not by losing population in search of better economic opportunities.

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Forestry Tasmania faces downsizing and job losses with sale of hardwood plantations

ABC News, Australia
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government will investigate selling off Tasmania’s publicly-owned hardwood plantations as part of a plan to downsize Forestry Tasmania. Resources Minister Paul Harriss has delivered a ministerial statement to Parliament, vowing to end subsidies to the forest estate manager. Mr Harriss told Parliament the business was not viable under its current structure, and that a Treasury official would sit on the company’s board during what it called its transition to profitability.  Mr Harriss said selling the hardwood plantation estate was a way of helping Forestry Tasmania make money.

Forestry administration in Tasmania: Timeline of key events from The ABC News, Australia

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Brooks Bros acquires assets of Sewstern Timber Services

TTJ.com
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Brooks Bros (UK) Ltd is significantly boosting its homegrown hardwoods operation by acquiring the assets of Sewstern Timber Services Ltd (STS). Sewstern is the sawmilling arm of Associated Timber Services (ATS) – which recently went into administration. Brooks Bros has saved all 20 full time jobs at Sewstern and has employed six of the former ATS staff (with plans to recruit a further four). It is now effectively the owner and operator of the whole Sewstern site and will start trading immediately as Brooks Bros (UK) Ltd (Home Grown Timber Division).

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Forestry Tasmania considers selling off plantations in asset sale

ABC News, Australia
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania is considering selling nearly 40,000 hectares of hardwood plantations, after the Tasmanian Government gave it the green light to sell assets. Tasmania’s Resources Minister Paul Harris is promising a lean, efficient public forestry company that he said would eventually start paying dividends back to the Government. He has instructed Forestry Tasmania to sell off some of its hardwood plantations, and wants the private sector to come up with a solution to the lack of a woodchip export port in southern Tasmania.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Still killing trees at the copier? Step up with something greener

Globe and Mail
April 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Minto Roy didn’t start out trying to save the world. Five years after co-founding Social Print Paper, which produces copier paper predominantly from waste wheat straw instead of traditional wood fibre, he hasn’t yet put all of the planet’s wrongs to right. “We’re social entrepreneurs. We’d like to save the world, but we’d like to make money,” says Mr. Roy, senior partner of the company, which is based in New Westminster, B.C. The company’s Wheat Sheet paper is made of 95 per cent alternative fibre (60 per cent wheat straw residue and 35 per cent recycled wood waste from industry such as furniture factories) and 5 per cent Forest Stewardship Council-farmed forest.

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Forestry

Wolf cull widens as oilsands development cuts into caribou habitat

Bloomberg News
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Here’s one aspect of Canada’s energy boom that isn’t being thwarted by the oil market crash: the wolf cull. The expansion of oilsands mines and drilling pads has brought the caribou pictured on the Canadian quarter to the brink of extinction in Alberta and British Columbia. To arrest the population decline, the two provinces are intensifying a hunt of the caribou’s main predator, the grey wolf. Conservation groups accuse the provinces of making wolves into scapegoats for man-made damage to caribou habitats. The cull carried out in winter when the dark fur of the wolves is easier to spot against the snow has claimed more than 1,000 animals since 2005.

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Williams Lake observes National Day of Mourning with ceremony

Williams Lake Tribune
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There were 173 work-related deaths in the province last year, said several people who spoke during the National Day of Mourning ceremony in Williams Lake Tuesday. …39 people died in construction accidents, 19 from mining incidents and 14 in the wood and paper industry. …Randy Chadney arrived in Williams Lake last month to take on the role of manager at Tolko’s Lakeview mill. “When you witness a fatality at work it’s life changing,” Chadney said. “The people I’ve seen die I still think about ten years later.” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett recalled losing a volunteer fire chief in 100 Mile House in 1999.

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RSS forestry students improve park safety

Kelowna Capital News
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


They’ve done it before and starting April 28 they’ll be doing it again! Starting Tuesday, April 28, students from the Rutland Senior Secondary School Forestry program will help improve safety and security in a section of Mission Creek Regional Park. …Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “The RSS Forestry students worked in this area of the park in the fall of 2013. We’re pleased that they’re able to return, cleaning up the vegetation that’s grown back over the past two years. They’ve done excellent work on several other Regional Parks projects over the years including the initial ground vegetation clean up in this area in 2009.

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CNC Open House Dispels Forestry Myth

250 News
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


Prince George, B.C. – A recent open house by CNC’s Natural Research and Environmental Technology program was held in part to dispel the myth there’s no jobs in B.C.’s forestry sector. “We’re doing some really fun things and it’s another chance to showcase our program,” said forestry instructor Ed Morrice. “Lots of people think there’s no jobs in forestry and there’s no hope. So it’s nice to have them come here and see what’s really going on.” He says that includes 100% employment for their annual intake of 22 students in companies like Canfor, West Fraser and Dunkley Lumber.

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Group aims to prevent sale of land

Nanaimo Daily News
April 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of citizens has come together to prevent the possible private sale of a forest that was once the focus of a concerted fundraising drive to preserve it as a model of sustainable forestry. Wildwood Protectors is a grassroots group that started a petition to keep the Yellow Point property from falling into private hands. Over six decades Merv Wilkinson lived on the wooded property, where he practised a sustainable, selective harvesting technique which proponents say yields more fibre, over time, than clear-cutting. His pioneering work in forest stewardship earned him numerous honours, including the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

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Waterloo wards 1 and 4 most at risk from Emerald ash borer

CBC News
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Over 210 ash trees had to be removed from Waterloo last year because of Emerald ash borer damage, and the city says the small beetles are very active in wards 1 and 4.  Tim Wolfe, the city’s manager of forestry and environmental services, says there are over 1,200 trees in Ward 1, and the city had to remove 76 this year so far.  “There’s going to be a big increase in number in that area because the borer is quite prevalent in that area and is going to start to spread quite rapidly in that area in the next two to three years,” said Wolfe.  

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Forest rights given up – but to whom?

Timmins Press
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

IROQUOIS FALLS – After months of speculation and hearsay, Resolute Forest Products has confirmed that it will be relinquishing its logging rights inside the Abitibi River Forest. The company owns a 40% stake in the Sustainable Forest Licence (SFL) for that area, and after closing its Iroquois Falls mill in December, Resolute says it wouldn’t be right for them to retain logging rights they do not plan to use. “Since we permanently closed the Iroquois Falls mill, it is only fair and reasonable for us to release our rights,” said Seth Kursman, Resolute’s vice-president of Corporate Communications,

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Tribes look at forest land transfer

Herald and News
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tribal members are continuing to discuss options for a land acquisition called for in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry said more than 100 tribal members attended a Saturday general council meeting in Chiloquin, where the issue was discussed. Gentry said he is hopeful discussions and legislation will keep moving forward. Although a replacement parcel for the Mazama Forest hasn’t been identified, members have not indicated that the Tribes should pull out of the complex water agreement.

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Last stand for southwestern white pines?

AZ Daily Sun
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kristen Waring walked among thousands of tiny seedlings at Northern Arizona University’s greenhouse complex Monday. In all, she’s tracking more than 8,000 southwestern white pine trees, a species found in forests across New Mexico, southern Colorado, Arizona and Mexico. Over the next several years, Waring will plant a total of 30,000 of these pine seedlings. It’s part of a research project that just received a $4.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the largest the university’s forestry department has ever been awarded.

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4FRI environmental impact statement clears way for forest thinning

Cronkite News
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Approval of an environmental impact statement (EIS) 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. “This is huge,” said Kirkpatrick, a Democrat whose district includes areas of the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests to be thinned. “We hope to restore the forests so that they can withstand these horrific wildfires.” The Four Forest Restoration 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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Clearing the smoke on high intensity fire

The Union
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The April 16 opinion piece featured a forester with Sierra Pacific Industries who discussed historical assumptions about our Sierra Nevada forests and their complex relationship with fire. His three assumptions were that high intensity fire is unnatural, that this fire is increasing because of human activities, and that mechanical thinning (i.e. logging) will fix the situation. While at first blush this may seem compelling, scientists are examining these assumptions, and finding repeatedly that these assumptions are wrong. Instead, scientists are finding that older, even dense forests, burn at the same or lower intensity than logged or mechanically thinned forests.

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Study shows diversity of habitat needed around spotted owl reserves

Phys.org
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A study just published this week shows many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren’t getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada. The study, published in the science journal, PLoS ONE, tracked different bird species’ use of areas inside and outside Spotted Owl reserves for two years in Plumas and Lassen National Forests. The results show 17 species avoided the reserves, including species of conservation concern like Yellow Warblers and Olive-sided Flycatchers, compared with only seven species preferring the habitat inside the reserves.

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Bishop, Stewart launch action group for states to take over federal lands

The Salt Lake Tribune
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington • Two Utah congressmen are launching a “Federal Land Action Group” to identify ways Congress could push a transfer of federal lands to state and local governments. GOP Reps. Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop announced the new working group on Tuesday and said that it would hold a series of forums with experts on public lands policy with the end goal of introducing legislation to move the federal lands into state and local control.

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Experts: Wildfires help keep forests healthy

KHQ
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho – Officials with the Panhandle National Forest say it’s too early to tell what the wildfire season will look like in Idaho, but they are very concerned looking at the lack of snow pack. To help alleviate the severity if a wildfire were to occur, the forest service has been conducting prescribed burns over the past week. They’re hoping to complete as many as possible before the weather gets too dry.

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BLM Unveils Options for Managing O-and-C Forestlands

Public News Service
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down to one key point – how much timber can be harvested? But BLM project manager Mark Brown said most of the public comments received so far have focused on the need to keep the lands accessible for recreation, so the agency is trying to accommodate both.

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Embracing Forest Collaboration: Part 4: An Interview With Mary Farnsworth

Evergreen Magazine
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mary Farnsworth is the Forest Supervisor of the 2.5 million acre Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Prior to her arrival in Coeur d’Alene in October of 2011, she was Deputy Forest Supervisor on central Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest. She hails from San Diego, California and is a 1987 Humboldt State University [California] forestry graduate. Her 28-year Forest Service career has taken her to four western national forests – the Umatilla and Deschutes in Oregon, the El Dorado and Tahoe in California and the Payette in Idaho.

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EAB Spreads to Green County

Wisconsin Ag
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed for the first time in Green County. State agriculture officials say the bug was discovered in a private yard in the town of Decatur. According to a media release, a homeowner notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after seeing woodpecker damage and the telltale serpentine tunneling made by EAB larvae under the tree bark. Samples of EAB larvae were collected April 22, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture later confirmed that they were emerald ash borer.

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Conversation and conservation with Chuck Leavell

April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AFTER FOUR decades of playing with some of the world’s greatest musicians, you’d think pianist Chuck Leavell could rest on his laurels. Literally. In addition to a career that includes touring and recording with Eric Clapton, Gregg Allman and the Rolling Stones, the award-winning pianist also maintains a successful tree farming enterprise in Middle Georgia, growing loblolly pines and other species for commercial use. For over 30 years, Leavell and his wife, Rose Lane, have overseen a tract of 3000 acres of pristine forest near Macon they call Charlane Plantation, sustainably harvesting wood and hosting retreats to promote the appreciation and conservation of our natural resources.

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Town Of Ossining Named Tree City USA

Ossining Daily Voice
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining was named a 2014 Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of effective urban forest management.  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Forests. “Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Ossining make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

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Conversation and conservation with Chuck Leavell

April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AFTER FOUR decades of playing with some of the world’s greatest musicians, you’d think pianist Chuck Leavell could rest on his laurels. Literally. In addition to a career that includes touring and recording with Eric Clapton, Gregg Allman and the Rolling Stones, the award-winning pianist also maintains a successful tree farming enterprise in Middle Georgia, growing loblolly pines and other species for commercial use. For over 30 years, Leavell and his wife, Rose Lane, have overseen a tract of 3000 acres of pristine forest near Macon they call Charlane Plantation, sustainably harvesting wood and hosting retreats to promote the appreciation and conservation of our natural resources.

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Too many disincentives to growing more UK woodland and forestry trees, conference hears

Horticulture Week
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

UK forestry nursery growers currently face too many risks for them to increase production and so meet biosecurity goals of reducing dependence on imports, the manager of one of the largest such nurseries told last week’s Institute of Chartered Foresters tree health conference. …Yet changes forestry and woodland grant schemes have made demand unpredictable, he said, and added: “Imports will continue to pose a threat to biosecurity. Yet there is plenty spare capacity in the UK industry. We need customers to specify UK-grown.”

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Forest fire blazes in Chernobyl off-limits zone

The Missoulian
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fire engulfed a large sector of woods in the exclusion zone around the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Tuesday. The fire was the worst in the area for more than two decades, Ukraine’s prime minister said. Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the blaze was under control and had been contained to an area 20 kilometers from the plant. “The emergency services are actively working there to avoid the spread of the fire,” he said. Officials have said they are pursuing the possibility that the blaze was started intentionally. It is unclear if the fire has hit parts of the zone heavily contaminated by radiation from the 1986 reactor explosion and fire, but Yatsenyuk said that no change in background radiation levels had been registered.

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Amazon: 1% of tree species store 50% of region’s carbon

BBC News
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

About 1% of all the tree species in the Amazon account for half of the carbon locked in the vast South American rainforest, a study has estimated. Although the region is home to an estimated 16,000 tree species, researchers found that just 182 species dominated the carbon storage process. Amazonia is vital to the Earth’s carbon cycle, storing more of the element than any other terrestrial ecosystem. The findings appear in the journal Nature Communications. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Yukon government proposes biomass energy strategy

Territory spends $60M annually to heat buildings, most with imported fossil fuels
CBC News
April 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

From the wood-powered steamboats that once plied the Yukon River to the high-efficiency home wood stove, Yukoners have long relied on their forests for fuel. But maybe not enough, according to the Yukon government. The territory has drafted a new “biomass energy strategy” that would see a move toward more use of wood fuel to heat buildings. The government wants to know what Yukoners think. ‘We’re talking about a whole range of things,’ says Matt Ball of Yukon’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. (CBC) “At this point, we’re very supportive of all the options and keeping everything open as we move into the consultation phase,” Ball says.

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Cheakamus Community Forest and B.C. sign carbon offset agreement

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

WHISTLER – The Cheakamus Community Forest near Whistler and the Province of British Columbia have signed an Atmospheric Benefits Sharing Agreement that enables the creation and sale of carbon offsets generated through improved forest management. Community Forest Agreements are long-term, area-based tenures designed to encourage community involvement in the management of local forests for the benefit of the community. The Resort Municipality of Whistler, Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation are partners in the Cheakamus Community Forest and jointly manage it under the Cheakamus Community Forest Society, an independent not-for-profit organization. 

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Could Excess Carbon Dioxide Be Coming From The Trees? New Forest Models Predict CO2

Science Times
April 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

For several years now researchers have come to find a perplexing missing amount of carbon dioxide in their data. Models have repeatedly missed the mark, and though researchers don’t exactly know where all of the carbon emissions are coming from and where they are going, many assumed that the answer had to lie in the ‘sink’ of the world’s oceans. But now researchers at the Imperial College London are finding that perhaps the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide has something to do with forests-or rather, what humans leave behind. Originally thought to have been net ‘sinks’ for carbon dioxide, known for large areas of forestry that absorbs the atmospheric chemical, the new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters reveals that unaccounted land-use changes could in fact account for the excess carbon dioxide and why researchers were never able to find it from their models. 

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