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November 13, 2009

Forestry valuations grow

Buying up forest property is a different kind of property investment and can be traced all the way back to when Tarzan and Jane first settled down seventy years ago.

Costing the Earth: Investing in protecting Ecosystems

Coral reefs around the world are worth a staggering $172 billion dollars a year to the global economy. But the wealth of the oceans' reefs, and their amazing monetary value, is on the verge of being destroyed.

Ontario announces silviculture job stimulus program

The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry has announced $6 million forest renewal program.

Special Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests

November 6, 2009: The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) met in Special Session at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, 30 October 2009. At the special session, delegates reached a decision on the need for urgent global action to catalyze funding for sustainable forest management around the world. (Link)

Disney Invests in Forestry

The Walt Disney Company intends to invest US$7 million in forest conservation projects in the U.S.A, the Amazon  and the Congo Basin in an effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Is Timber an Overhyped Investment?

U.S. TIMBERLAND MAY BE ONE OF THE WORLD'S most overvalued asset classes.

Is mixing of PEFC and FSC material allowed?

A recent FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) study set out to assess whether the requirements set for FSC Controlled Wood are met by PEFC (Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification) schemes.

Logged forests support biodiversity after 15 years of rehabilitation

With the world facing global warming and a biodiversity crisis, a new study in Conservation Biology shows that within 15 years logged forests—considered by many to be 'degraded'—can be managed in order to successfully fight both climate change and extinction.

Timberland transactions in the US 2009

Major timberland transactions have slowed considerably but some continue to close. I wrote an article for Forest Landowners Magazine (THE TREND IN TIMBERLAND PRICES) that was supposed to be published in October but the publishing date was postponed until late November so I thought I would do a little update on transactions to date for this year. From the list below, you can see that there are quite a few transactions but relatively few large ones.

XIII World Forestry Congress 2009: Forest Development: A Vital Balance

We, the 7,075 participants from 160 countries gathered at the Thirteenth World Forestry Congress to consider the theme of the Congress, “Forest Development: A Vital Balance” and through it explore the numerous existing and emerging environmental, social and economic challenges facing us . For the first time the Congress incorporated discussion fora, business meetings and a session on communication. 


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