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Drought, beetles wreaking havoc

GFIS - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 02:12

The year 2016 has proven to be one that none of us can remember having such extremes.

Budget 2017: Coast Forest Applauds the BC Government in Weathering the Storm – for the Long Run

GFIS - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 01:35

Coast Forest Products Association applauds Premier Christy Clark, Minister of Finance, Mike de Jong, and the British Columbia provincial government for presenting a balanced budget for the fifth consecutive year, further supporting the prosperity of people throughout our province. Today’s budget announcement is yet another indication of the thoughtful planning and careful fiscal management which our government is undertaking to support the jobs and well-being …

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Just Forests welcomes Michael Healy-Rae's call over Killarney's 'rhododendron situation'.

GFIS - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 01:00
Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae had some strong words about a certain flower in the Dáil chamber yesterday. The clip has gone viral on Twitter after it was shared by RTE journalist Conor McMorrow. So far, it has been viewed more than 91,000 times.

Ethiopia and FAO accelerate implementation of Great Green Wall Initiative

GFIS - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 00:00

The Ethiopian Government and FAO renewed their commitment to the implementation of Action Against Desertification (AAD) project during a consultative workshop held on 20-21 February in Kombolcha to boost the role of non-state actors and local communities in preventing desertification and landscape rehabilitation along the Great Green Wall in Ethiopia.

COFI Welcomes Measures Addressing Competitiveness in 2017 B.C. Budget

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 23:43
For Immediate Release Vancouver, BC – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) today welcomed the Government of B.C.’s s fifth consecutive balanced budget which provides some tax relief to encourage competitiveness and a continued commitment to expand our export markets. … Continue reading →

Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program: Request for Expressions of Interest

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 18:55
Mountain pine beetle is Alberta’s most serious threat facing its pine forests calling attention to the stability of the forest industry, well being of forest based communities, provisioning of ecological services and public safety. Evidence clearly indicates the beetle is expanding its range eastward and northward. As novel habitats are encountered science needs to remain current by adjusting emphasis in anticipation changing dynamics. Scientists are convinced that surprises will be encountered necessitating the science agenda to be forward looking to meet new and unexpected challenges.     In 2013 the Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program formalized its research priorities into four Research Themes. Each Research Theme has a series of critical questions, answers to which are considered key results to aid the management and spread of the beetle, and the rehabilitation of damaged landscapes.  As the challenges have become more complex our need for additional information has expanded and is reflected by new questions added under each Research Theme.   The research community is invited to view the Research Themes, their rationale and critical questions and respond if interested by submitting an Expression of Interest according to the format provided.  It is intended that approximately $600,000 will be allocated to new research, and although no maximum funding level per project has been set, respondents need to be mindful of MPBEP’s objective of selecting a minimum of five projects.   It should be noted that not all questions in earlier requests for proposals were addressed and for those that were selected (denoted by (*)), alternate interpretations and approaches in answering the questions are encouraged.   The four Research Themes are (click the file to see the full theme description):
  1. MPB Biology and Management Theme 1 & Critical Questions 2017.pdf
  2. Hydrological Impacts of MPB Theme 2 & Critical Questions 2017.pdf
  3. Landscape and Stand Dynamics following MPB Theme 3 & Critical Questions 2017.pdf
  4. Social and Economic Implications of a Changing Landscape Theme 4 & Critical Questions 2017.pdf
The Expression of Interest is not a formal research proposal, instead, it outlines your ideas about or interpretation of the critical question you have selected to address along with a brief overview of the methodology, expected results, requested budget, time frame and deliverables.  Your Expression of Interest will be reviewed by a panel and should the panel deem your submission acceptable to proceed to a full proposal, proponents will be notified with specific details.   The outline for the Expression of Interest can be found here.  EOI Outline 2017.pdf   Expressions of Interest are due March 21, 2017 and must be sent to Keith McClain at kmcclain@friresearch.ca   

Employment Opportunity: Summer Field Technician

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 18:47
Summer Field Technician

May 2017 to September 2017 (dates TBA)

Job Description

The technician will carry out fieldwork aimed at assessing the characteristics of caribou habitat, such as the forest canopy, understory vegetation, human disturbance, and use by predators. The technician will work as part of a two-person field crew based out of remote field camps in the Rocky Mountains and boreal forest of Alberta. Applicants should be comfortable working in remote field settings, driving on poor roads (gravel, mud) where extensive heavy duty truck traffic occurs, and camping in all weather conditions. The applicant needs to be physically fit and willing to work extended hours regardless of weather conditions and insects. Applicants with knowledge of vegetation sampling and strong plant and animal identification skills are preferred.

Download the full job posting here.

To apply, email Barry Nobert: bnobert@friresearch.ca

Closing date: March 6, 2017.

Response from Richard Wood, Director of Six and Flow, about Heron Global Partners: “We appreciate that the line highlighted is potentially misleading”

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 18:47
Two days ago, I wrote about a company called Heron Global Partners. Between January and October 2016, the company raised £10.8 million in “investments”. It did so, not by cold calling, but using “inbound marketing”. Yesterday, REDD-Monitor received a response from Richard Wood,director of Six and Flow, the firm hired by Heron Global Partners’ to […]

Camp Bowie to host 16th annual wildfire academy

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:08

 In preparation for the 2017 wildfire season, firefighters from across the state are set to attend a wildfire academy at Camp Bowie in Brownwood. The 16th Annual Central Texas Wildfire Academy will take place Feb. 22 – 26 and

Winners and losers: Climate change will shift vegetation

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 16:10
Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by one-third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during agricultural growing season.

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Can Lead the Way on Protected Areas in Canada

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 16:00
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) launched an important challenge to Canadian decision-makers on the eve of a ministers’ meeting to discuss conservation, wildlife and biodiversity.

EPN’s 2016 Annual Report now available

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 14:02
The annual report summarising the activities of the Environmental Paper Network is now online here: EPN 2016 annual report final This report summarises our activities around the world, other than in North America and China, where are sister network’s manage their own affairs. It was a good year for the network, with more resources and […]

PEFC intensifies cooperation with accreditation bodies

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 11:05
Accreditation bodies are the safeguard for credible certification. They ensure the impartiality and competence of the organizations responsible for certifying forest owners and companies – the certification bodies. Given their importance within the whole PEFC system, it is vital that they...

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Bioenergy in Indonesia

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 08:53

Exploring science for policy at an international workshop at CIFOR

New global initiative helps countries harness bamboo and rattan

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 08:25
GABAR – a new planned $100 million global initiatives aims to unlock the potential of bamboo and rattan for rural communities – to create local economic growth, new income streams and regenerate degraded land and forests. Read the full release at: Press release_GABAR Launch

Focus on mangroves: Blue carbon science for sustainable development

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 07:41

By Leona Liu, originally published at CIFOR’s Forests News Mangrove forests have been recognized for a variety of important functions, such as buffering coastal zones from tropical storms and inundation, providing nutrients to coral reefs, and serving as rich habitats for fish and wildlife. With three million hectares of mangrove forests lining its 95,000-kilometer coastline, Indonesia is a key battlefield […]

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DUALXCLUDER® – a low energy solution for cleaner and refiner protection

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 06:00

Unfortunately, most production lines have experience with baling wire, broken tile, lost fasteners, stones, staples and other tramp materials accidently infiltrating their stock preparation systems. These contaminants can cause significant damage to equipment such as refiners and approach flow cleaners, ultimately leading to off grade paper and unplanned downtime in addition to the inherent maintenance costs.

Trees in Andes to counter Peru’s climate and water crisis, says FTA scientist

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 04:08

By Cathy Watson, originally published at ICRAF’s Agroforestry World Blog In Peru, the Andes used to be home to biting poverty but are far more prosperous today. Their indigenous inhabitants benefited from land reform, and successive governments have invested in roads, municipalities and even sports grounds. Nevertheless, there is much to worry about. The environment is profoundly fragile,  its degradation […]

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It’s okay to talk about tenure: UN-REDD Programme countries take the lead in addressing a complex issue

GFIS - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 00:00

When the UN-REDD Programme intensified its work to address tenure issues within the context of REDD+, the challenge involved more than delivering financial and technical support to partner countries. It soon became evident that many countries, while recognizing that resolution of tenure issues was fundamental to REDD+ success, were nonetheless uneasy about taking the first steps. Particularly in situations where laws and policies governing land are not clear, where rights to land are customary rather than statutory, and where conversion pressures on land are high, the mere mention of tenure in official circles can cause some apprehension.


FERM Department Head Search

GFIS - Mon, 20/02/2017 - 23:03

The College of Forestry at Oregon State University seeks a Department Head for the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department. The College of Forestry is one of the world's premier education, research, and outreach institutions. We invite you to submit nominations or an application...(more)

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