Timbervest provides insight on pellet production, export activity

Global Forest Information Service - 11 hours 19 min ago

Timbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timberland assets and investments, has been actively selling and purchasing timberland acreage in a variety of states.
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Energy efficiency expert on hunt for firms keen to receive free biomass boiler

Global Forest Information Service - 11 hours 26 min ago

An energy efficiency expert is looking for three Cornish businesses keen to tap into the benefits of a free biomass boilers.
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Portland’s forestland investment company Ecotrust named best for the world

Global Forest Information Service - 11 hours 45 min ago

Nonprofit company B Lab, has officially named the Portland based forestland investment company, Ecotrust, a “B Corp Best for the World.”
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Ari Phillips got it wrong

Global Forest Information Service - 11 hours 53 min ago

Executive Editor of Biomass Magazine, Tim Portz, responds to a recently published blog story he appeared in that fails to accurately tell the story of the wood pellet industry.
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VT commissioner warns of forest fragmentation

Global Forest Information Service - 12 hours 10 min ago

For the first time in a century, Vermont is losing forestland and the existing forests are being broken into smaller, fragmented parcels that threaten the state’s cherished relationship with those forests, Vermont’s top forestry official told lawmakers
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Wood industry builds a fire-safe future

Global Forest Information Service - 13 hours 17 min ago

Do newer mass timber products hold the key to safer, taller wood buildings in the United States?
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Construction Managers look at the most influential timber towers around the globe

Global Forest Information Service - 15 hours 3 min ago

As the UK’s tallest timber tower nears completion in Hackney, Construction Manager takes a look back at the most influential timber towers that have already been built and forward to those we will see in the near future.
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India based Windsor Wood will plans to build wood baseball bat plant in Syracuse, NY

Global Forest Information Service - 15 hours 23 min ago

By now, Americans are pretty used to the idea of companies moving their operations overseas, but seeing foreign companies open up shop in the United States is less common.
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Paper Check-Off’s 2014 annual report recaps start-up year achievements

Global Forest Information Service - 15 hours 49 min ago

The Paper Check-Off's 2014 annual report is now available.
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Resurrecting the debris of bygone Maine log drives for a new generation of consumers

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 23:57

Before there was a road system, timber cut in the North Woods of Maine was transported by river.
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Building for the future of education

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 19:47

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for a batch of 49 new Free Schools across England.
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Three investment lessons from the trees

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 19:37

The poet Wallace Stevens published "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackbird" in 1917, launching thousands of befuddled English papers and hundreds of parodies, including "Thirteen Ways of Eradicating Blackbirds," by Mark DeFoe.
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More workers at Bucksport wood biomass power plant laid off

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 19:29

AIM Development USA will lay off at least 20 more workers at its power plant within the next two weeks, leaving just 13 employees or so to run the facility, according to Bucksport Economic Development Director Dave Milan.
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Biomass technology: Creating products out of former waste

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 19:21

When most Southern Oregonians think about biomass, they think of backyard clippings and wood waste destined for energy production in White City.
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The British authorities impose more stringent requirements for biofuel use

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 19:13

In April 2015 the companies using biofuel set-ups will be obliged to prove that they use exclusively ecologically clean fuel.
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Chuck Leavell: Georgia forest landowners are taking a sound approach

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 19:06

On our family farm, we grow trees that are part of Georgia’s 24 million acres of sustainably managed forestland; trees that filter our air and water, provide homes to wildlife and give us beautiful views and places to play.
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Vince Bulic’s Weekly Lumber Market Wrap: For the week ending April 17, 2015

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 04:40

Prices gave ground rather sharply this week as sellers went searching for offers to move surpluses.
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Can Peru stop ‘ethical chocolate’ from destroying the Amazon?

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-04-18 01:38

NGOs allege illegal deforestation of primary rainforest to plant cacao and oil palm

Cattle-ranching, logging, mining, highways, hydroelectric dam projects, oil and gas, soy, oil palm. . . These are what first come to mind to many people when thinking about how the Amazon is being destroyed, but what about chocolate too?

NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released a report on 7 April mainly about monoculture oil palm plantations, which it describes as a “major new threat to Peruvian forests.” The report, Deforestation by Definition, focuses on the Romero Group, Peru’s “largest economic actor”, and what it calls the “Melka Group”, a network of 25 companies recently established in Peru and controlled by businessman Dennis Melka, a major player in the destructive oil palm industry in Malaysia.

Despite claims to investors, the Melka Group has repeatedly failed to abide by Peruvian environmental management laws and policies. . . In Tamshiyacu, Cacao del Peru Norte SAC began clearing forested land in June 2013 without submitting any of the required documents or obtaining any of the approvals necessary to carry out this deforestation. . . In his presentation to the Peruvian Congress, Minister [of Agriculture and Irrigation] Benites noted that regarding the deforestation after November 2012, the company did not even fulfil the requirements in the first step.

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VICE on HBO Investigates "Indonesia's Palm Bomb"

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-04-17 23:00

Now in its third season, VICE on HBO has provided powerful investigative reports on some of the most compelling and urgent issues around the world. In its latest episode airing tonight, the VICE team travels to Indonesia to see how the expansion of palm oil plantations and deforestation have impacted wildlife populations, local communities, and our global climate. The report also includes an interview with Forest Heroes chairman Glenn Hurowitz, among others.

Watch a sneak peak of the episode, showing the work of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program to protect critically endangered populations in Indonesia:


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Rotterdam plans a wind turbine you can live in

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:39

City links: Breezy Dutch housing, a colourful atlas of New York’s trees and unusual posters on London’s street corners feature in this week’s best city stories

This week’s best city stories from around the web take us from an inhabitable wind turbine in Rotterdam to the streets of Detroit, where residents reflect on the city’s future. And for the tree nerds out there: wait until you see the atlas of all of New York City’s tree species.

We’d love to hear your responses to these stories and any others you’ve read recently, both at Guardian Cities and elsewhere: share your thoughts in the comments below.

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