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Paper industry doing well, despite struggling economy

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
While the South African economy has been relatively stagnant over the past two years and is not expected to grow much this year – with 2% being an optimistic upward growth projection – the pulp and paper industry is “doing  well under extremely difficult circumstances”, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. She tells Engineering News that the industry’s energy-saving initiatives are paying off, but electricity price increases – expected this year – owing to the need for tariffs to be cost reflective, will impact negatively on the economy. 

Zest WEG signs long-term deal with paper mill

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
Following the successful installation of a steam turbo generator set for packaging and paper group Mondi’s Richards Bay facility, motors,  controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group, through its subsidiary Zest Energy, on November 14, 2014 signed a five-year long-term service agreement with Mondi, requiring Zest Energy to maintain the steam turbo generator set. Zest WEG Group Energy & Systems director Gary Daines tells Engineering News that the scope of the initial contract, which was finalised in March 2014 included the manufacture and design of the steam turbo generator set and associated equipment, as well as the installation and commissioning of the unit.

Photo Gallery: Caribou Program Fecal Surveys, 2015

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 21:54

Fieldwork photos from the fRI Caribou Program, winter 2015.

As part of projects funded by SFI and FRIAA we are using non invasive monitoring, via collection of caribou feces, to determine health (pathogens) and assess hormone levels (stress, pregnancy) in caribou herds in west-central Alberta.

Click on a photo to launch the slide show.

FRI Subject Area: CaribouDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Caribou ProgramRelated Project: Response of threatened species to linear features and landscape change in a managed forest ecosystem in West Central AlbertaAnalysis and improvement of linear features to increase caribou functional habitat in west-central and north-western Alberta

How Does Wildlife Respond When <b>Forest Management</b> Helps to Reduce Wildfire Risk?

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:18
Deer mice and chipmunks were among the dominant small mammals in the study area and were mostly unaffected by the fuel reduction treatments.

Global landscape restoration target within reach

REDD monitor news - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:09
By Tim Christophersen, The UN-REDD Programme blog, 26 March 2015 Nature has developed powerful carbon sequestration machines: they are called trees. And we are now at the point where just reducing emissions will not be enough,” said Tine Sundtoft, Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, at the Bonn Challenge Ministerial meeting on 20 and 21 March 2015. “We must actively remove carbon out of the atmosphere. Forest restoration is the most cost-effective carbon capture option we have”. Ms Sundtoft’s call for more forests and trees in the fight against climate change was echoed by meeting participants from around the world. Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Liberia and the Republic of Korea provided detailed insights into their restoration actions. Already 61.5 million hectares have been taken under active restoration since the first Bonn Challenge meeting in 2011, with further pledges in the pipeline.

How well are companies doing on deforestation? Supply-Change.org offers a new transparency tool

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:48
A new website launched by the non-profit Forest Trends offers follow-up on corporate deforestation commitments.

Conaf: Hay 131 incendios vigentes en el país

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:10
La entidad detalló que 34 siniestros se mantienen en combate, 18 bajo observación, 79 controlados y uno extinguido.

ECE Reports Regional Trends in Achieving Global Forest Objectives

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:03
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a report, 'Forests in the ECE Region – Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests' that highlights a continued expansion of forest area in the region, but notes a decline in forest related jobs and income.

Declaran Alerta Roja para la comuna de Panguipulli por incendio forestal

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:04
Siniestro presenta amenaza a sectores poblados y una hidroeléctrica.

Alberto Salas asume como presidente de la CPC

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 15:40
El actual timonel de la Sociedad Nacional de Minería (Sonami) fue elegido con 68 votos de 70 posibles.

Forestry in a Treeless Land

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 15:40
Among the first things that visitors to Iceland usually notice are that it is not as warm as where they came from and there is a lack of forests in the landscape. Logically, they connect these two facts and come to the conclusion that Iceland is too cold for forests. This impression is often reinforced when they see the “forests” of low-growing and crooked native birch. However, over a century of forestry has proven that this is not the case, that it is past land-use and not climate that explains the treeless landscape. In fact, forests grow as well in Iceland as they do in parts of the world where forestry is a major industry.

IUFRO Spotlight #29 – Supersites for Superior Forest Science

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 15:03
How can we best understand the complex linkages between air pollution and climate change? How can we best understand how forests affect – and are affected by – climate?

Norway’s climate pollution: Oil, gas, coal, and carbon trading

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 14:19
A recent article in Bloomberg looks at how Norway is planning to continue its greenhouse gas emissions. “Norway is wagering it will be easier to cut carbon emissions overseas than at home,” writes Bloomberg journalist Mathew Carr. On 4 February 2015, Norway announced a plan to cut its emissions by … read more

Le financement des paysages durables prend de l’élan

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 14:17

L’approche paysagère consiste à travailler au-delà des frontières institutionnelles. Ces frontières qui ont évolué pour de bonnes raisons, mais elles entravent parfois aujourd’hui l’intégration nécessaire pour surmonter les défis imminents de développement et d’environnement présents à toutes les échelles géographiques. La frontière la plus évidente qui concerne l’approche paysagère est celle entre la foresterie et l’agriculture. Beaucoup... Read more

Duh! Hama Ganas Serang Mangrove Pesisir Pangkep

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:02
Mangrove di pesisir Kabupaten Pangkep, Sulawesi Selatan, tiba berubah warna dari hijau menjadi coklat. Daun dan batang mengering seperti terbakar. […]Duh! Hama Ganas Serang Mangrove Pesisir Pangkep was first posted on March 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm.

Inilah Katak Terbang yang Menakjubkan

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:23
Tak semua orang menyukai katak, atau setidaknya memilih menjauhinya. Sebagian orang geli atau jijik dengan makhluk amfibi ini, bahkan sebagian […]Inilah Katak Terbang yang Menakjubkan was first posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:23 am.

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (RESEARCH)

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:37
Job Announcement Number:
15-TEMP-R8462-4-RES-DT-PG
Location Name:
Jasper, Arkansas
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Forest Service
Occupation Code:
0462
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Temporary
Opening Date:
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Closing Date:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$13.68 to $13.68 / Per Hour
Pay Grade(s):
04 to 04
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
This position is temporary and has a Not-to-Exceed date. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. The position is located in a Forest Service Research Work Unit. Serves as a technical assist

INFORMATION ASSISTANT

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:37
Job Announcement Number:
15-TEMP-R5303-S3-INFO-DT-PG
Location Name:
San Diego, California
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Forest Service
Occupation Code:
0303
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Temporary
Opening Date:
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Closing Date:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Job Status:
Multiple Schedules
Salary:
$12.19 to $12.19 / Per Hour
Pay Grade(s):
03 to 03
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
This position is temporary and has a Not-to-Exceed date. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located on a Forest Service unit to provide information services such as gr

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (RECREATION)

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:37
Job Announcement Number:
15-0606-130477D-JL
Location Name:
Dufur, Oregon
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Forest Service
Occupation Code:
0462
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Term
Opening Date:
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Closing Date:
Monday, March 30, 2015
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$31,944.00 to $31,944.00 / Per Year
Pay Grade(s):
05 to 05
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
This position is located in Region 6, on the Barlow Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest in Dufur, Oregon. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Clair Pitner at (541) 352-1248 or email at cpitner@fs.fed.us. The incumbent serves as a Forestry Technicia

PROGRAM SUPPORT CLERK

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:37
Job Announcement Number:
15-TEMP-JC-0303-5PSC-DT-MR
Location Name:
Golconda, Illinois
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Forest Service
Occupation Code:
0303
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Temporary
Opening Date:
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Closing Date:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$15.31 to $15.31 / Per Hour
Pay Grade(s):
05 to 05
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
Positions will be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year which can be extended 1 additional year. This position is temporary and has a Not-to-Exceed date. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointmen

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