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Froggy Foibles

Fake Palms burn 10 times more intensely than an actual tree

Associated Press in The Missoulian
December 4, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip says it’s removing all artificial foliage outdoors, as a county investigation reveals that the fake palm trees involved in a July fire can burn 10 times more intensely than an actual tree. Ron Lynn, director of Clark County’s department of building and fire prevention, said Friday that an independent analysis shows the plastic fronds burned 10 times faster and hotter than an actual southern pine tree without needles. The artificial trunk made of metal, polyurethane foam and fiberglass resin on the tree decoration burned five times more intensely.

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Business & Politics

Throne Speech: Helping Middle Class Should Mean Saving Jobs – Steelworkers

Canada NewsWire
December 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

United Steelworkers National Director Ken Neumann says the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne leaves both gaps and opportunities for Canadian workers, particularly in industries like steel and forestry. …Neumann added that the union has already met with government bureaucrats over the future of the recently-expired Softwood Lumber Agreement with the United States.  “The softwood lumber issue was not referenced today nor included in the mandate delivered to International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland from the Prime Minister,” said Neumann. “We wonder what that means, when we also face continued raw log exports to Asia and more pressure under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Our union has 25,000 members in the forestry sector and since the early 2000s forestry companies, such as Interfor, have moved production across the border to avoid U.S. duties.

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Fort Mill-based Domtar CEO expects to stay close to paper, pulp with acquisitions

Charlotte Business Journal
December 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

John Williams wants to diversify Domtar Corp. from the declining business of making paper, but not too far. Williams, who is based in Fort Mill along with 500 employees of Domtar’s pulp and paper division, wants to move the Montreal-based company toward the personal-care business. But here’s why: Most of the ingredients in person-care items like adult diapers are paper pulp, one of a paper mill’s two main products. The other is paper. Yes, Williams says on Friday, he’s interested in mergers and acquisitions “but nothing that would stretch us out too far.” Williams, born in the United Kingdom, was the keynote speaker at the British American Business Council Charlotte’s holiday luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte. About 300 attended the event during which outgoing BABC President Jeff Hay, a Charlotte attorney, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

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Kamloops pulp mill celebrates 50 years of manufacturing

MarketWatch
December 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Employees, elected representatives, community leaders joined company executives today at the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops to mark the mill’s 50(th) year of operations. The operation began in 1965, when a new and innovative concept for utilizing waste materials from regional sawmilling operations was developed. Sawmill residuals or waste in the form of sawdust and wood chips would be used to make pulp, thereby providing not only economic development in the region, but also addressing a significant environmental challenge facing sawmills of the day. A group of innovative entrepreneurs saw this opportunity and set to constructing a pulp mill in Kamloops. “Since 1965, this mill has grown with the local community,” said Michael Garcia, Domtar President of the Pulp and Paper Division. 

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West Fraser Mills celebrates 60 years

Alaska Highway News
December 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sixty years ago, the Ketchum brothers started West Fraser Mills. On Nov. 28, 1955, the temperature in Quesnel was a cloudy and foggy -1 C. Chetwynd, known then as Little Prairie, was just starting to set down its roots. Twenty-four years later, in 1979, the brothers decided to expand the company, and purchased a local mill originally started in the early 1970s by Lorne Dalke, Frank Oberle and Tom Wilson, known locally as Chetwynd Forest Industries (CFI). In addition, they purchased land from BC Rail and 15 acres from Charlie and Edie Lasser for a spur line for loading cars. With the additional space, they were able to purchase and relocate the mill from Dawson Creek to Chetwynd for their expanded operations. …Approximately 1,000 local residents joined the anniversary celebrations…. This fantastic display portrayed the company’s growth and diversification into retail markets, investment in its employees, operations, reforestation efforts and the communities in which it does business.  

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Chesterfield’s Tranlin paper mill expects to start early production in 2018

Richmond Times-Dispatch
December 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Tranlin Inc.’s $2 billion paper plant in Chesterfield County, scheduled to be fully operational in 2020, will start partial production as early as 2018, a company official said Thursday. Unfinished paper will be shipped from China to be turned into finished products in Chesterfield, said John Stacey, senior vice president of marketing and product development. “We want to get to Made in the U.S.A. as quickly as feasible,” he said. “One of the first steps is what we call converting, where we bring paper rolls from China and then shape those into toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towels and the various paper products that we make.”

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Russian wooden goods exports in Jan-Oct 2015

IHB The Timber Network
December 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Export dynamics of the Russian forest industry goods may be characterized as rather satisfactory from the point of view of deliveries volume. However, there was observed a downward trend in value of the exported goods. These conclusions can be made based on the statistics provided by the Russian Federal Customs Service.  In Jan-Oct 2015, Russian roundwood exports decreased both in volume and in value. The Russian logs export volume went down by 8.18%, while its valued reduced by 25.5%. Thus, during this period Russia exported 15.56 million m3 of roundwood against 16.94 million in the respective months of 2014.  

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Decline in exports to customers outside Europe

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
December 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

German exports of rough-sawn softwood lumber to countries outside Europe decreased by 16% in the third quarter of 2015 vis à vis the comparative quarter last year to 309,734m³. This volume as a proportion of total exports therefore declined by three percentage points to 23%. According to the Federal Statistical Office exports to China (-77%), Japan (-39%) and South Korea (-32%) declined most significantly. Exports within Europe, at 996,433m³, were 2% below the previous year’s figure; on account of the below-average decrease, their proportion of exports as a whole increased by three percentage points to 77%.

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Forestry businesses form strategic alliance in Gisborne

New Zealand Scoop
December 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forest investment company, Forest Enterprises, has formed a strategic alliance with Gisborne-based Logic Forest Solutions, a forest services company. The move has been prompted by the harvest of Forest Enterprises’ investors’ forests in Gisborne which begins this summer. Harvest volumes are expected to reach 1 million tonnes a year for several years. As part of the alliance, Forest Enterprises will take a shareholding in Logic and have a director on the company’s board. “Our two companies have worked closely together for four years. This is a logical extension of our excellent working relationship and is an efficient way for us to manage our Gisborne harvest,” says Forest Enterprises Managing Director Steve Wilton.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada poised to lead in tall wood buildings

Daily Commercial News
December 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

While Ontario’s building code approved construction of wood-frame midrises up to six storeys as of January 2015, designers are already out the gate with taller structures in Canada. Leading the way is an 18-storey students’ residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver which just started construction, while excavation for a 13-storey mixed-use wood highrise in Quebec City called the Origine is expected to commence next spring, Mohammad Mohammad said recently at the Wood Solutions Fair conference in Toronto. Both towers will put Canada on the global map of tall wood buildings.
Currently, a 14-storey wood residence in Bergen, Norway holds the title
as the tallest in the world.

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B.C. Wood showroom and office officially launched in Tokyo

Vernon Morning Star
December 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Efforts have expanded to sell the province’s timber products internationally. The B.C. Wood Specialties Group, which promotes the use of British Columbian wood products internationally, has a brand-new office and showroom in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. The new showroom allows the provincial and federal governments and the forest industry to supply the Japanese market with value-added wood products. It will also help the country’s builders and developers learn more about the advantages of using B.C. timber. “This new facility will allow Japan’s developers and builders to experience first-hand the beauty of B.C.’s wood products and learn more about the many advantages of using B.C. timber,” said Steve Thomson, forests minister. Thomson recently participated in a trade mission to Japan.

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Natural affinity: Greenfield ‘s Forest Products Associates is like a candy story for woodworkers

The Recorder
December 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Forest Products Associates has been in the wood business since 1946. For most of its life, the business focused on kiln drying lumber. Under Susan Fiske, the business has become primarily a supply store for fine woodworkers, artists, hobbyists and dabblers, from professionals with big orders to dabblers agonizing over a single board or picking over the scrap table. “How can you not have an affinity for wood? Just walk out there, touch, feel,” she said, gesturing from her office to the roughly 12,000-square-foot warehouse floor. She also sees wood as a carbon bank: trees absorb carbon dioxide, and if you preserve it in furniture or other durable objects it isn’t releasing that carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.

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Maine scientists testing wood from Great Depression trees

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is evaluating about 1,200 pieces of lumber milled from Norway spruce planted during the Great Depression.
Associated Press in The Portland Press Herald
December 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ORONO – Scientists at the University of Maine are testing the strength of wood from trees planted by the Civilian Conservation Corp during the Great Depression. The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s students and staff are evaluating the bending and tension of about 1,200 pieces of lumber milled from Norway spruce that grew in Maine, Vermont, New York and Wisconsin. Workers planted the trees in the 1930s and 1940s as part of a program that put unemployed men to work. The Norway spruce is not native to the United States.

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New ‘power paper’ to store energy developed

ExaminerTimes
December 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A team of researchers in Sweden has developed power paper, a new material with an outstanding ability to store energy. This new material with about 15cm diameter and thickness less than a millimeter can easily store 1F – just about that of supercapacitors now available in the market. The team’s material takes a few seconds to re-charge and can be re-charged up to hundreds of times. Xavier Crispin, one of the researchers on the project informed that thin film capacitors aren’t new. The paper is based on nanocellulose, cellulose fibers that are broken down into fibers about 20 nm in diameter once in contact with high-pressure water.

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How recycled timber differs from new timber: Woodform Architectural

Architecture and Design
December 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Woodform Architectural explains the many differences between recycled timber and new timber to help consumers make the right choice for their application. Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not-for-profit company that provides research and development services to the Australian forest and wood products industry, defines recycled timber as ‘timber that has been previously processed and used in a given application, then subsequently removed and made available for re-use in a similar or altered form’. Often salvaged from structures such as old barns, abandoned warehouses and dilapidated factories among others, the timber is then recycled by specialist companies by grading it, detecting and removing nails and bolts, dislodging damaged sections, and re-milling it for re-use. 

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Forestry

Moose population in Manitoba in sharp decline, province called to act

CBC News
December 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Moose in Manitoba are in trouble, and the province’s chapter of The Wildlife Society is urging the provincial government to slow down drastic declines in the species’ population. There are less than 20,000 moose in Manitoba in 2015, according to the society — less than half of what the population was when it was at its historical high of 45,000. On Nov. 25, the society sent an open letter to the Manitoba government, asking for a strategy for co-operation, management and resource sharing between indigenous and licensed harvesters, in co-operation with habitat and disease management programming to combat the decline, which the society says especially affects the southern half of the province.

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Forest coalition adopts guidelines

The Western News
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A project more than seven years in the making took a major step forward Wednesday, as the board of the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition adopted forest management guidelines they hope will serve as a model for collaborative land management practices on the forest. The coalition, comprised of representatives from industry, conservation groups, recreation enthusiasts, business owners, ecologists, fire management professionals and government agencies, set out more than seven years ago with a goal of defining areas of common ground with relation to the Kootenai National Forest and to develop guidelines under which the entire group would endorse projects on the forest.

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Group calls on B.C. to toughen protection for giant trees to aid climate change

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WALBRAN VALLEY, B.C. — Conservationists who want the government to take action on climate change by protecting British Columbia’s old-growth forests say they’ve measured a near-record-size red cedar in the central Walbran Valley. The Ancient Forest Alliance said the tree that it calls the Tolkien Giant is the ninth-widest western red cedar in the province, according to a list compiled by the University of B.C.’s forestry faculty. It said the tree has a circumference of 14.4 metres, or 47 feet, stands 42 metres high and lies within a protected reserve. However, logging is proposed for an area 200 metres away that includes another huge tree the alliance calls the Karst Giant, executive director Ken Wu said Friday.

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Urban forest protections announced by Québec City

Life in Quebec
December 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Québec City has unveiled its plan to protect and enhance the urban forest. The city has committed to increasing from 32% to 35% by 2025 the proportion of land covered by trees, called the index canopy. The different ways of achieving this goal vary greatly. They include (among others) intensifying the planting of trees by citizens and the by City as well as fighting certain ravageous insects. The City has identified some areas that are less green and that will be prioritized in planting phases. The Borough of La Cité-Limoilou is presented as the least green with a canopy index of 17%.

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Crees of Waswanipi fighting to protect last intact boreal forest on their ancestral land

Canada NewsWire
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WASWANIPI, QC – In a last-minute decision, the Environmental and Social Impact Review Committee (COMEX) has agreed to postpone the public hearing on the construction of forest access roads that would impact the Broadback Forest, one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Quebec’s boreal forest. This decision was requested by the Chief of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, who is calling for comprehensive protection of this forest, which plays a vital role in safeguarding the Cree way of life, protecting the endangered Woodland Caribou, as well as contributing to the fight against climate change.

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Forest management needs congressional fix

Congress takes a stab at improving the managmenent of national forests.
The Capital Press
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Here’s the problem facing Congress. The nation’s taxpayers are not only stuck with the bill for putting out the fires, but the money is taken out of the budget used for clearing brush and treating areas that are vulnerable to wildfires. The result has been a cycle of bigger wildfires and smaller budgets aimed at preventing them. A proposal in the U.S. House offers a starting point for breaking this cycle of neglect. The Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2015, HR 2647, would allow the Forest Service to get money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fight wildfires. That only makes sense because wildfires are by definition a disaster. The bill also eases the yoke of environmental overkill that the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management struggle with as they try to manage forests to prevent wildfires, insect infestations and disease.

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Bark beetles on forest health program

Capital press
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

University of Idaho Extension teachers will talk about bark beetles and other forest health issues at the annual program Dec. 18 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bark beetles will be a hot topic during the University of Idaho Extension’s annual forest health program. “Pine bark beetles have really been on the uptick because of the drought we had last year,” said Christopher Schnepf, UI Extension forestry educator. “The pine engraver beetle, in particular, is really starting to assert itself. With all of the trees we had go down in the storms last month, that could really amp it up a little more yet.” Idaho Department of Lands forest health specialist Tom Eckberg will cover use of pheromones, which have proven effective against Douglas fir beetles. Pheromones aren’t as effective against pine bark beetles, but Schnepf wants to provide information to land owners about the science.

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Tongass Advisory Committee Supports Proposed Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan

SitNews
December 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – During its final meeting, held December 1-3 in Ketchikan, the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) finalized its recommendations to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on developing an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable forest management strategy for the Tongass National Forest. The Committee reached consensus on draft recommendations in May 2015; during this week’s meeting, the group finalized its recommendations with very minor substantive changes. They unanimously support the preferred alternative in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and recommend it be the foundation of the final amended Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan.

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Prescribed Fire Treatments To Continue Near Payson

Payson Roundup
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tonto National Forest will continue conducting prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson starting on Monday, December 7. If conditions are favorable, fire specialists will begin a 370-acre treatment approximately 25 miles east of Payson and six miles south of State Highway 260. The area boundary is forest roads 411, 512, and 128. This burn is expected to take two days to complete. Smoke will affect the community of Haigler Creek. Fire specialists will also begin a 1,300- acre treatment approximately 11 miles east of Payson, just south of State Highway 260. Burn activities will continue through Friday, December 11, 2015. Smoke from this burn will affect the communities of Thompson Draw#1, Kohls Ranch, Bear Flats, and possibly Gisela.

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Powers Ranch president named to forestry group board

Quincy Powers replaces Coos Bay’s Ron Stuntzner as small-producer rep
Coos Bay World
December 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Forester Doug Decker has appointed Quincy Powers, Tyler Freres, Steven McNulty and Audrey Barnes to fill four vacancies on the OFRI board of directors. The newly appointed board members officially take office on Jan. 1, 2016. Board members include representatives of forest-products producers, broken into various size classes, which pay harvest taxes to support OFRI’s programs. The board also contains one member representing small woodland owners and one representing forest-sector employees. Powers, president of Powers Ranch Co., a fourth-generation cattle ranch and tree farm in Coos and Curry counties, will represent Class 1.

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Bark beetles on forest health program

The Capital Press
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bark beetles will be a hot topic during the University of Idaho Extension’s annual forest health program. “Pine bark beetles have really been on the uptick because of the drought we had last year,” said Christopher Schnepf, UI Extension forestry educator. “The pine engraver beetle, in particular, is really starting to assert itself. With all of the trees we had go down in the storms last month, that could really amp it up a little more yet.” The forest health program begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Coeur d’Alene Inn. A registration fee covers program handouts and refreshments. Idaho Department of Lands forest health specialist Tom Eckberg will cover use of pheromones, which have proven effective against Douglas fir beetles. Pheromones aren’t as effective against pine bark beetles, but Schnepf wants to provide information to land owners.

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Forestry Inventory and Analysis data provides comprehensive look at forestry in Michigan

Michigan State University
December 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Every five years, the U.S. Forest Service publishes a report summarizing the data collected through the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. The FIA data provide a snapshot of metrics surrounding the forests of today, and extensive analysis of the data help to identify trends as well as project how the forests will look in 10-20 years from now. Using statistical analysis to project into the future provides a foundation from which to evaluate the sustainability of current forest management policies. This gives citizens and lawmakers the opportunity to work to revise policies to ensure that future generations will enjoy America’s forests just as we do today. FIA data have been collected since 1930 under the direction of the USDA Forest Service, Research and Development Organization.

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New Bill for Logging Trucks Solves Local Problem

WDIO
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The city, community members, even truck drivers have all agreed that logging trucks going through city streets is an issue. With a new transportation bill increasing the weight limit for trucks to travel on I-35, the inconvenience and for some potential hazard, will come to an end. “The trucks have been having to use Superior Street because of the weight laws. No ones wanted them on Superior Street. We felt like we belonged on the interstate. It’s a better built road. It’s a higher standard. It can certainly handle the traffic but really because of antiquated weight laws on federal interstates a lot of our loggers decided that they needed to come down Superior Street,” said Ray Higgins of Minnesota Timber Producers Association.

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Low-impact Logging Is a Priority for Currier Farms Forest Products

Timberline Magazine
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DANVILLE, Vermont – What does an acoustic guitar have in common with a ship’s mast? Both may have had their start at Currier Farms Forest Products, owned by Joel Currier. This Vermont custom sawmill operates on a sixth-generation family farm dating to 1800. Joel established Currier Farms Forest Products 25 years ago, and approximately half the logs that feed the mill are harvested from family land. “We’re trying to make a difference here,” said Joel. “We’re trying to practice good silviculture with appropriate scaled technology. It’s a model of exemplary forest management.” One way a small-scale operation such as his contributes to the bigger picture of sustainable and healthy forests is by using low-impact methods for harvesting, explained Joel. And low-impact methods begin with low-impact equipment.

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India’s forest cover goes up, shows report

Economic Times
December 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NEW DELHI: India’s forest cover increased by 3,775 square km since 2013, taking the total to 701,673 sq. km, or 70.17 million hectares, equivalent to 21.34% of the country’s geographical area. In the very dense forest category, the thickest and oldest of forest patches, an increase of 2,402 sq. km was offset by a shrinking of 3,371 sq. km in moderately dense forest areas, according to the India State of Forest Report 2015 released on Friday. There were worrying signs for the northeastern states, an area that accounts for one-fourth of the country’s forest cover. The report, published by the Forest Survey of India, noted that “there is a net decline of 628 sq. km in forest cover as compared to the previous assessment.” 

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Warty Wonders: Three New Toads Found in Brazil

National Geographic
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Marcio Pie was ready to give up. He and his team had left Paraná, Brazil, at the crack of dawn for a long, bumpy ride in a beat-up 4×4. Parking at the base of a mountain called Serra do Quiriri, the group left their vehicle and began a steep ascent into the cloud forest, exhausted and drenched. Then, Pie heard a quiet croak. Tiptoeing through the forest in nearly complete darkness, he tracked the sound back to a small, red-bellied toad in the branches of a bromeliad. Their perseverance had paid off: The team had discovered the first of three new toad species in the cloud forests of southern Brazil. They are Melanophryniscus biancae, M. milanoi, and M. xanthostomus.

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Belgian Minister Underlines the Importance of PEFC at Forest Europe

PEFC
December 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The importance of PEFC was highlighted at the 7th Forest Europe Ministerial Conference as Belgian Walloon Minister for Forests and Tourism René Collin reiterated the value of PEFC certification in this speech. “My goal is to further strengthen sustainable forest management by ensuring the recognition of its multifunctional nature: economic, environmental and social,” said Mr. Collin. “In Wallonia, more than 53% of forest areas are PEFC certified, the proportion being 98% for public forests.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Editorial: Goals are met through leadership, not talk

Vancouver Sun
December 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark is impressive talking the talk on the international stage. At the Paris summit she’s been poised and persuasive pumping up British Columbia — and her government, of course — as climate leaders. That’s on the basis of undeniable success in curbing greenhouse gas emissions with a carbon tax initiated by her predecessor, Gordon Campbell. Most analysts now agree Campbell’s policy has been effective. Nor did it dampen economic growth as doom-criers predicted. …On the other hand, our premier appears less impressive in walking the walk. Her vision of economic prosperity depends heavily on fossil fuel exports. One of her election pledges was to freeze the tax she now trumpets. A new terminal on the Fraser River is to export up to eight million tonnes of thermal coal annually.

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UBC, Canadian aviation industry to collaborate on making biofuel from forest-industry waste

Design ENGINEERING
December 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A consortium of Canadian aerospace companies and university researchers have announced a pilot project to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel. Initially announced in June, during the 2015 Canadian Bioeconomy Conference in Vancouver, the project was recently awarded funding by the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) of Canada as part of its efforts to reduce aviation’s carbon emissions. The project stems from the findings of a 2015 Boeing-sponsored study, conducted by the University of British Columbia, that showed aviation biofuel made from forest waste could meet 10 percent – about 46 million gallons – of BC’s annual jet fuel demand. 

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COP21: ‘A trillion trees to the rescue’

BBC News
December 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tom Crowther garnered international interest in September when his group published an estimate for the number of trees on Planet Earth – 3,041,000,000,000. Here, the Yale University scientist explains how his team came to this figure and how it’s being used. Since we published the map of the world’s trees, my colleagues and I have been bombarded with inquiries about the implications of this work. “It is interesting to know the number of trees in the world,” people have told us, “but why is it useful?” As the political world gears up for the final few days of COP21, I think that these are exactly the kinds of questions that people should be asking of scientists.

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U of Saskatchewan soil scientist Dan Pennock presents research at Paris climate change conference

CBC News
December 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A scientist at the University of Saskatchewan says successful soil management could help fight climate change. Dan Pennock recently presented his research to more than 100 United Nations members in New York. Pennock is one of the lead authors on the Status of the World’s Soil Resources Report. He’s also the primary author of the 2015 World Soil Charter. The research shows that sustainable soil management can increase the amount of carbon stored in the dirt.

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Papermakers support Paris Climate Change Conference

Print Week
December 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Two papermakers are taking part in a major public exhibition which opens today and runs alongside the UN Paris Climate Change conference, also known as COP21. APP and Arjowiggins are involved in Solutions COP21, a free privately funded public-facing event held at the historic Grand Palais, which features an exhibition, conferences and round-table discussions, looking at solutions to climate change. Both companies will showcase their efforts to lower carbon emissions and outline challenges they face as high energy users, while gaining exposure for their brands. This involves a series of events at the free show, which runs until 10 December.

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Ethiopia counts on forest resources to boost economy

African Development Bank
December 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Ethiopia says it is counting on its forest resources to boost the country’s US $55 billion economy. At the presentation of the country’s UN-Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) programme at COP21 in Paris on December 3, Government officials said it is expected to indicate the real value of forests in Ethiopia’s economy. REDD+ goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. “The REDD+ programme phase one is expected to make a significant contribution of forest to the Ethiopian economy and improve the living conditions of the people,” said Tsagaye Tadesse of the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

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A rallying cry to save forests

New Straits Times Online
December 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

It’s been 30 years since the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations launched the Tropical Forestry Action Plan, the first global intergovernmental initiative to halt forest loss. Since then, deforestation has continued unabated, and the latest international effort to stop it — an initiative known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) — looks no more likely to be effective. Far from protecting the world’s forests, the most notable outcome of these two agreements has been, ironically, the production of reams of expensive consultancy reports.

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Wood you believe in forest?

The Independent Barents Observer
December 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest was the first topic of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), a parallel forum to the COP21 which seeks to enhance climate engagement in both public and private sectors and show the decision-makers how the different actors can contribute to the green transition. “There’s no climate change solution without forests”, said Felipe Calderon, the Former President of Mexico, at the LPAA. Currently, 12 million hectares of forest carbon sinks are lost every year, which accounts for 11% of the greenhouse gas emissions globally, numbers which reflect the central role of forests in a possible climate solution. Although there is a net loss of forest, the trend is not global. 

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