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Ethos to acquire Nampak divisions for ZAR1.6bn

GFIS - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 11:57
South African Ethos Private Equity has entered into an agreement to acquire Nampak’s Tissue,...

New majority owner of Nordic Paper

GFIS - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 11:21
Special Situations Venture Partners III (SSVP), a private equity fund advised by Orlando Management AG, is the new majority owner of Nordic Paper.

Tembec Reports Financial Results For Its Fourth Quarter Ended September 27, 2014

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 11:05
Nov 20, 2014 -- Montreal, Quebec - Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended September 27, 2014, were $371 million, as compared to $352 million in the same quarter a year ago....

Renewed PEFC- Certification For Södra

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 11:03
Södra has been granted renewed forestry and chain of custody certification under the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) for the next five years. An external audit has been performed and nearly 60 properties were inspected in 2014....

UPM Kymi Celebrated Its Pulp Mill Expansion Investment Topping Out Ceremony

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 11:01
(UPM Kymi, Kouvola, Nov 20 2014) - Today UPM Kymi celebrated the topping out ceremony for its pulp mill production expansion project, KYMI700: the new pulp drying machine, debarking plant and modernisation of the softwood fibre line...

FRIM, KEJORA conducts landscape & tree maintenance course

GFIS - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 09:24
20 November 2014 (Thursday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) had co-organised course on landscape and tree maintenance from 11 to 13 November 2014, with South East Development Authority (KEJORA), at Dewan Bandaran, Bandar Penawar, Johor. The course, conducted by FRIM arborists, Adnan Mohammad and Mohd Afendi Hussin, was attended by 30 KEJORA staff. The […]

Södra renews PEFC certification

GFIS - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 09:19
Södra has been granted renewed forestry and chain of custody certification under the PEFC for the next five years. An external audit has been performed and nearly 60 properties were inspected in 2014. The audit encompasses social, environmental and production-related issues.

Expera Specialty Solutions acquires idled pulp mill in the US

GFIS - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 09:19
US based Expera Specialty Solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire idled Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill for an undisclosed sum.

[USA] Merchants of Doubt film exposes slick US industry behind climate denial

REDD monitor news - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 08:24
By Stephen Leahy, The Guardian, 20 November 2014 | Who remembers that climate change was a top priority early in George W Bush’s first term as US president? Merchants of Doubt, a new documentary film released in US cinemas this week, reminds us that in June 2001 Bush and the Republican party were 100% committed to curbing carbon emissions causing global warming. Six months later everything changed. The film shows Republican party leader John Boehner calling the idea of global warming “laughable”, said Merchants of Doubt director Robert Kenner. With the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center occupying attention, Americans For Prosperity, a powerful, fossil-fuel lobby group founded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, launched a decade-long, multi-pronged campaign to sow doubt about the reality of climate change.

Palm Oil: Where to From Here?

REDD monitor news - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 08:15
By Laurel Sutherlin, Rainforest Action Network, 20 November 2014 | Let’s be real: palm oil plantations are directly descended from a colonial model that requires artificially cheap (read: stolen) land and artificially cheap (read: slave) labor to be profitable, or at least to be as wildly profitable as it has proven to be. This industrial-scale, scorched-earth style of agriculture has now been violently imposed upon tens of millions of people across millions of acres of forest in Indonesia and Malaysia and is now aggressively seeking to expand into primary forests in Africa, Latin America and Papua New Guinea. So when we talk about achieving a deforestation-free palm oil sector that respects its workers and does not leave wholesale ecological carnage in its wake, we are not talking about reforming a few bad apples or tweaking some industry practices here and there. We are talking about fundamentally transforming a deeply entrenched multibillion-dollar business empire...

Consumers trust certification labels and expect companies to label products, PEFC research shows

REDD monitor news - Fr, 21/11/2014 - 08:11
PEFC press release, 20 November 2014 | More than 80% of consumers globally want companies sourcing certified material from sustainable managed forests to use certification labels, according to the first PEFC Global Consumer Survey, released today. The survey shows that certification labels, such as the PEFC label, are the most trusted means of giving confidence to consumers that wood-based products are sustainably sourced. Consumers globally believe that it is important to make ethical choices, with 60% of all those surveyed agreeing that their shopping choice for a labeled product can make a positive difference to the world’s forest. Only a small minority, 10%, felt that their choice for a sustainably sourced product would not make a difference.

Southeast Alaska Trail Crew’s Work on Footbridge Links Generations, Cultures

GFIS - Do, 20/11/2014 - 22:00
  On a boggy section of single-track trail outside the Southeast Alaska tribal community of Angoon, two men are building a bridge on Admiralty Island National Monument that does much more than simply cross 10 yards of boot-eating muck. This unassuming wooden span is connecting generations, cultures and governments while symbolizing a shared path forward [...]

Supremex announces sale of shares by Clarke Inc.

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Do, 20/11/2014 - 22:00
MONTREAL, Nov. 20, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Supremex Inc. (TSX: SXP), Canada's largest producer of stock and custom-manufactured envelopes and growing provider of packaging and specialty products, today...

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney'

GFIS - Do, 20/11/2014 - 20:12
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

CIFOR Announces Photo Competition Winners

GFIS - Do, 20/11/2014 - 19:53
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced the winners of its Global Landscapes Forum photo competition with first prize awarded to a photo of rice terraces in Yuanyang, China, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

FAO-CIC Panel at WPC Discusses Hunting and Fishing in PAs

GFIS - Do, 20/11/2014 - 19:44
Participants discussed the contribution of hunting and fishing in supporting community-based development and in the planning and management of protected areas (PAs) at a panel session organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The session took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC).

Darwin 2.0: New theory on speciation, diversity

GFIS - Do, 20/11/2014 - 18:32
It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main driver that initiates species to diverge. However, a recent study shows that speciation occurred much later than these dramatic geographical changes. Researchers have found that time and a species' ability to move play greater parts in the process of speciation.

Comprehensive Congo Basin Forest Assessment Released

GFIS - Do, 20/11/2014 - 18:30
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) welcomed the publication of the 2013 edition of the ‘State of the Forests of the Congo Basin' prepared by the Observatoire des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (OFAC). The report reveals that forests in Central Africa directly support the livelihoods of 60 million people and provide indirect sustenance benefits to an additional 40 million urban dwellers.

​Elmia and DLG launch a forestry fair in Transylvania

International Forest Industries - Do, 20/11/2014 - 18:08

Elmia and DLG are starting a joint venture to establish a forestry fair in Romania. To be called Forest Romania, the fair will exhibit machines and technology in operation and will be held for the first time 16 - 18 September 2015. Elmia in Jönköping organises the world’s leading forestry fair, Elmia Wood. DLG in Germany organises the world’s leading agricultural fair, Agritechnica, plus other agricultural fairs in several countries.“We want to establish this meeting place to help international manufacturers gain a strong foothold in this interesting market when the mechanisation of forestry operations really takes off,” explains Torbjörn Johnsen of Elmia. “But of course it will also be an important gathering place for everyone who works in the Romanian forest industry.”

Romania is the largest forestry nation in southeast Europe but some of its neighbours such as Ukraine also have sizeable forest resources. The region as a whole has high timber values but a low level of mechanisation. The work force is still inexpensive and felling is currently done using chain saws, simple tractors and skidders. Significant volumes are even skidded out with horses. Although a lot of the standing timber is still owned by the central and municipal governments, all logging work is now done by private independent contractors or timber buyers. The annual permitted felling volume is about 18 million cubic metres.

The fair will be located in the heart of Romania’s most densely forested region, near the city of Brașov in Transylvania. The forest administration in Tărlungeni (Ocolul Silvic Ciucaş RA) is providing a good site which is equipped with excellent logistics and features forest conditions that well reflect those of Romania as a whole.

“This must be the European country with the toughest logging conditions you can imagine,” says Reiner Hofmann of DLG. “Steep terrain, large stems and a sparse network of forest roads place tough demands on technology and machines.

“Forest Romania will not be a fair for the broad mass of products and companies but rather only for companies that can offer solutions which work here,” he adds, mentioning as examples harvesters and forwarders suitable for steep terrain and modern skidders and cable systems.

The fair will be a joint venture between Elmia and DLG in which DLG’s Romanian subsidiary DLG InterMarketing will take care of the local arrangements whilst Elmia’s and DLG’s forestry specialists are responsible for the concept and contents.

For more information: 

Torbjörn Johnsen, Elmia AB. torbjorn.johnsen@elmia.se, 0046 70 646 16 86
Dr. Reiner Hofmann, DLG, r.hofmann@DLG.org, 0049 172 54 37 157



The site of Forest Romania 2015 is typical of Romania, with steep terrain and large stems. Alexandru Jica from the forest administration in Ciucaş, Oividu Ionescu from Transilvania University of Brașov, Bogdan Eftimie from the forest administration, Torbjörn Johnsen of Elmia, Corina Mares of DLG InterMarketing and Eugen Comşa from the forest administration are planning Romania’s first demo fair out in the forest.

Video - Ecophysiology & species silvics for successful stand rehabilitation. Part 2. Presentation by Steve Grossnickle

GFIS - Do, 20/11/2014 - 17:22

Part 2 of 2

Steven Grossnickle, forest ecophysiologist for NurseryToForest Solutions, talks about the importance of giving consideration to ecophysiology and silvics when aiming for successful stand rehabilitation after a Mountain Pine Beetle attack.

He discusses several factors that impact tree growth, such as air temperature and leaf drop, and what happens to the seedling around the air/soil interface, as well as seasonal response to drought. It is important to be aware that sometimes forestry solutions work, but sometimes they won’t and that is because something in this complex ecosystem is causing a limitation and the trick is to figure out what that is.

Mountain Pine Beetle attacked sites have a stand structure with a wide array of environmental conditions, and silviculture practices have a direct influence on the site environment, thereby affecting: crop physiological response, and subsequent morphological development. This presentation was a part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum, April 2014.

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