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Celebrating Partnerships That Strengthen Wood Product Opportunities

GFIS - Fri, 24/06/2016 - 00:31
Dozens of international forest industry and government leaders gathered in June for a Canada Wood  reception that marked the start of Vancouver’s five-day Wood Best Practices: Industry Forum. Among the guests were Minister Steve Thomson, Minister Teresa Wat and NRCan Assistant Deputy Minister Glenn Mason.   The forum was delivered by Forestry Innovation Investment and designed to enhance working relationships and strengthen opportunities for British …

Wildlife Underpass to Benefit Animals, Drivers

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 22:00
Every year in the U.S. roughly 200 people are killed in as many as 2 million wildlife-vehicle collisions and at a cost of more than $8 billion, according to the Western Transportation Institute. But the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station scientists, along with their collaborators in the Highway 89 Stewardship Team, are paving [...]

Working with nature: tropical forest regrowth and its potential for mitigating climate change

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 21:46

By Madelon Lohbeck The Bonn challenge aims to restore 350 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 of which currently almost 100 million hectares has been committed through various initiatives. Restoration is a global priority; not only to restore the productivity of degraded and unproductive land, but also because promoting tree cover will increase carbon […]

The post Working with nature: tropical forest regrowth and its potential for mitigating climate change appeared first on PARTNERS Reforestation Network.

Introducing Robin, our New Communications Coordinator!

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 19:08
Shortly after receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University, Robin McCarthy returned to Maine and joined our communications team. Welcome, Robin! This week, Robin is in Belize facilitating a staff storytelling training. Following the training, she’ll be visiting partner families in Otoxha, Belize and getting fully immersed in our program. While in Belize, Robin has taken over our Instagram. Follow her trip at @sustharvintl or #2016robintakeover! 

Investigating a Caribou Mortality

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 17:42

Near the end of May, a caribou died on a mountainside. We know this because it happened to be wearing a radio-collar for research. If the collar doesn't move for eight hours, it sends out a mortality signal and we make arrangements to investigate the site, ideally within 24 hours.

This time the Caribou Program's efforts were frustrated for three weeks as weather and circumstance prevented a safe helicopter flight deep into the wilderness. Finally, on June 20, Laura Finnegan and Doug MacNearney were able to reach the mortality site.

The death scene investigations are for a project that is uncovering the causes of caribou mortality in west-central Alberta herds. The goal is to retrieve the collar and determine the cause of death, as well as to collect samples of scat, hair, bones, and other tissues to detect any underlying health problems. For example, a caribou might be killed by wolves, but an underlying problem such as poor nutrition or disease might have made that caribou more vulnerable to predation than a healthy animal.

This particular caribou was part of the Redrock-Prairie Creek herd. We found signs that it was taken down by a grizzly bear. At other mortalities, we've seen signs of predation by cougars, bears, wolves, and sometimes more than one species of predator. The hope is that by better understanding the threats to caribou, we can make smarter decisions that will allow them to recover over the long run.

Resolving the Khat conundrum: Adding trees to a profitable crop with environmental downsides

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 10:33
The counties of Embu and Meru lie on the eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya and are agriculturally and economically bound by the cultivation of Khat. Locally called Muguka or Miraa, the flowering shrub has been highly profitable in...

Minutes from ELM, held 11-12 May in Bratisalva, are now online

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 10:28

The FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting (ELM) took place in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic on 11-12 May 2016. The meeting was attended by 45 delegates representing 29 signatory countries and the European Union, 23 representatives of 14 observer organisations and the Liaison Unit Bratislava (LUB). ELM was cochaired by Mr. Boris Greguška (Slovakia) and Mr. Leopoldo Rojo Serrano (Spain).


Full minutes and other related documents are available here.

ThinkForest seminar “Building the bioeconomy: Insights from European strategies”

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 07:11


The European Forest Institute and its ThinkForest initiative organized a seminar “Building the bioeconomy: Insights from European strategies” on 7 June 2016 in Helsinki. The event was co-chaired by Göran Persson, ThinkForest President, former Prime Minister of Sweden, and Esko Aho, EFI Strategic Adviser, former Prime Minister of Finland.


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Fortress Paper Agrees To Sell Lebel-Sur-Quévillon Pulp Mill and Sawmill Assets for $15.36 Million

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 07:00

Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) is pleased to announce that it has, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Fortress Global Cellulose Ltd. ("Fortress Global") and Fortress Lumber Corp. (together with Fortress Global, the "Vendor"), entered into an asset purchase agreement (the "APA") with LSQ Energy, L.P. ("Energy LP") and LSQ Development, L.P. (together with Energy LP, the "Purchaser"), each a whollyowned subsidiary of Nexolia Bioenergy Inc., providing for the sale of the buildings, equipment and other ancillary property relating to the non-operating pulp mill and sawmill, as well as the energy generation, connection and transmission plant and related equipment, located in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Québec (the "LSQ Mill") for an aggregate purchase price of $15.36 million. Pursuant to the terms of the APA, the Company has agreed to guarantee certain limited representations and warranties of the Vendor. The transaction is expected to close on or before July 8, 2016.

The annual growth of Finnish forests could be 150 million cubic metres

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 06:55
Information on the options for increasing the growth potential of forests will be collected on a nationwide scale by the […]

WhatWood: Market capacity of white plywood in Moscow region in 2015 amounted to 0.5m m3

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 06:42
In 2015, Russia had about 65 enterprises for the production of plywood. Total production amounted to 3.6 million m3 (+1.9% compared to 2014), of which 2.1 million m3 were sold to export markets, as reported in a recent study “White and laminated plywood market in Russia in 2015-2016” made by WhatWood analytic agency. Sales on […]

In Chile’s forests, shadowy rebel groups threaten logging industry

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 06:30

A few moments of relaxation for Chilean logger Nelson Hidalgo were shattered one day last month when 12 armed men piled out of a pick-up truck and demanded he step outside his work-site dining trailer.

Flagstaff wildfire prevention cited among ‘best in class’ for nation

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 06:16

A Flagstaff program that aims to prevent wildfires by thinning the forest surrounding the city was named a national “best in class” in a report on use of natural defenses against catastrophes.

Forest Service chief wants new way to pay for wildfires

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 06:13

Some forest fires should be considered natural disasters and their damage paid for like hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who laments that 56 percent of his budget is going to suppressing fires.

Not so clear-cut

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 06:08

From day one when I started studying forestry, it was pounded into my head that a forester cannot successfully manage a forest without first understanding the objectives of the landowner.

Russian timber industry news #11-2016

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 05:30
- Kiev cardboard and paper mill (Ukraine, belongs to Pulp Mill Holding along with Russia’s Arkhangelsk PPM) became completely independent of the Russian market of wastepaper: over a four-month ban on the wastepaper exports from Russia, the plant was able to build up significant inventory in its own warehouses. For several years, the company has […]

Global timber market review #11-2016

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 05:27
- Latest EU import data shows that tropical plywood has continued to lose share in the EU plywood market over the last two years, ITTO reported. Tropical hardwood faced plywood has lost share mainly to Chinese plywood faced with temperate species (including poplar, eucalyptus and birch), and to Russian birch plywood. - Swedish company Södra […]

Q&A: 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (Part 3)

GFIS - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 04:52

Third installment in a series of interviews from the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum - The Investment Case


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