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University on roads to success

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The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact. Source: Timberbiz

Ontario approves wood frames to six storeys

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Developers are promising more mid-sized condo projects after Ontario followed through on a promise to allow wood-framed buildings up to six storeys. Source: Toronto Star

Game-changer for the construction

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Australian builders lag behind global competitors with prefabricated housing an untapped market for local manufacturers, according to META Managing Director Zoran Angelkovski. Source: Timberbiz

Daylight saving starts

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Local summer time will begin when clocks are put forward one hour at 2 o'clock Sunday morning. Source: Timberbiz

Putting the vocation back into vocational education

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Government reforms will put the vocation back into vocational education and training, according to Master Builders Australia. Source: Timberbiz

SA’s blueprint for a bright future

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South Australia's downtrodden forestry industry has a bright future according to a blueprint laid out for the sector and backed by the State Government. Source: ABC Rural

Council against Serpentine sawmill

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The illegal operation of a sawmill was under the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s microscope with the council unanimously calling for the closure of the company. Source: Mandurah Mail

Softwood’s soft outlook

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A peak body for the pulp and paper processing industry has said the shortage of local timber needs to be addressed. Source: ABC News

Understanding the landscape approach

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A recent seminar has attempted to better understand the landscape approach and how it can be made to work for the benefit of people and the planet.

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The agroecology movement is growing

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“The wide application of agroecological practices such as agroforestry is a no brainer,” writes Gina Castillo, Agriculture Program Manager at Oxfam America in an article about a recent agr

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Time to leverage academic talent to support forest industry transformation

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 22:57
OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is urging the federal government to support further transformation of the forest products industry by engaging universi...

Mule Deer Habitat in Western United States Improves Based on Restoration Efforts with Partners

GFIS - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 22:00
The mule deer on the Spanish Fork Ranger District, a part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah, are happy foragers these days thanks to a dedicated effort to improve their habitat and increase their numbers. Mule deer are primarily browsers, with a majority of their diet comprised of broad-leaved, non-woody plants such as buckwheat [...]

[Cambodia] These Deals Help Save the World

REDD monitor news - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 20:38
By Michael D. Goldhaber, The American Lawyer, 29 September 2014 | Terra Global will devote some of the proceeds of carbon credit sales to fuel-efficient cookstoves and sustainable farming practices to stop the clearing of new land for vegetable plots by migrant farmers. It will also support 13 community groups to patrol the forests with motorbikes—including a group of Buddhist monks. To date, Terra Global's trades have not been very profitable because existing markets for carbon credits are limited. The U.S. hasn't ratified the Kyoto Protocol, nor has it passed a cap-and-trade law. Markets such as California are limited to local offsets, and the European Union excludes forestry credits. So Oddar Meanchey must rely on the "voluntary market." That means depending on companies in the social responsibility vanguard like The Walt Disney Company, eBay Inc., and Microsoft Corporation to voluntarily buy emission reductions in a quest for carbon neutrality.

Tembec announces closing of Senior Secured Notes offering and extends maturities to 2019

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 19:08
MONTREAL, Oct. 1, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Tembec Inc. ("Tembec") announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tembec Industries Inc. (the "Company") successfully completed its previously announ...

UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas

GFIS - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 19:07
During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

Texas forest sector contributes $30.3 billion to Texas economy, supports more than 130,600 jobs

GFIS - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 19:06

October 1, 2014 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Forest Service has completed a new study of the economic contribution provided by forestry-driven, wood-based industries in Texas. The report shows that the total economic contributions of the Texas forest sector include $30.3 billion in industry output, supporting more than 130,600 jobs; and continues to be one of the top ten manufacturing sectors in the state. The report analyzes data collected from 2012, the most current available. Texas A&M Forest Service periodically produces the report, Economic Impact of the Texas Forest Sector, to give citizens an idea of where the forest sector fits overall into the Texas economy. The current report is especially important because it shows where forestry in Texas stands as the economy rebounds from the 2007–09 recession. The recession had a profound adverse impact on the Texas forest sector, and although forest and forest product industries have not fully recovered, there are signs of improvement. Dr. Omkar Joshi, Forest Economist with the Texas A&M Forest Service, says that the forest sector is making steady progress, climbing from the lows seen during the recession. “With the economy improving and the housing market getting better and better, we should continue to see the forest industry’s economic contribution to Texas increase.” In 2012, the 43-county region of East Texas produced $5.7 billion worth of goods and services, directly supporting more than 18,900 jobs. This region is home to over 80 percent of Texas’ timberland, and is the main producer of primary forest products such as lumber, structural panels, paper and pulp. Manufacturing of secondary forest products like windows, doors and engineered wood products that use wood along with other materials, contributed over two-thirds of the Texas forest sector’s total industry output and employed 72 percent of the forest sector workforce. Texas forest products firms exported more than $1.8 billion worth of forest products to foreign countries in 2012. East Texas was the largest contributor to exports accounting for about 42 percent of the total value of Texas forest products foreign exports. View and download a copy of the full report and visit TexasForestInfo.com for additional information on economic impacts of the Texas forest sector, statewide trend analysis, directory of forest products industries, timber supply analysis, county- or region-specific distribution of forest products and economic values of the ecological goods and services provided by Texas forests. ### Omkar Joshi, Forest Economist, Texas A&M Forest Service, 979-458-6634, ojoshi@tfs.tamu.edu Chris Edgar, Forest Resource Analyst, Texas A&M Forest Service, 979-458-6659, cedgar@tfs.tamu.edu Texas A&M Forest Service Communications, 979-458-6606, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu

ITTO Reports on Partnerships with the EU and CBD

GFIS - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 19:06
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released two new brochures highlighting partnership projects. The first brochure introduces the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, which will be implemented with the EU, while the second brochure focuses on progress in the joint initiative with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the protection of tropical forest biodiversity.

Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks

GFIS - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 18:45
The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words

REDD monitor news - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 18:13
By Peter Kanowski, The Conversation, 30 September 2014 | The New York declaration is yet another entrant on the scene. The first was 22 years ago, at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In that sense the declaration is another coalition of the willing, with the same limitations that have constrained effective global action on forests since the 1992 Rio Statement of Forest Principles. But engaging with major business, and getting commitments, is a vital foundation for forest conservation and climate action. The Declaration is accompanied by a voluntary Action Agenda. This includes more forest conservation deals between the Government of Norway and tropical forest nations – in this case, Liberia and Peru (to which Germany is also contributing). 21 consumer goods companies (beef, palm oil, pulp and paper etc) committed to zero deforestation in a “Supply Chain Revolution”.

The Road Less Traveled – Developing Alternative Pathways for Forestry Education for Place-based Students

GFIS - Mi, 01/10/2014 - 17:37
It is sobering to note that in the United States over half of the people involved in forestry and wildland firefighting are Native American. Yet less than one percent of professional forestry graduates are Native. While working on post-fire activities on a large fire on a larger reservation, I read through hundreds of job applications. […]

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