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Coverage of managed forests since September 29, 2022.

What is biomass? The latest fuel source to get clean tech tax credits

"...In a response to the BBC, Drax maintains they only use sawdust and other waste wood that the lumber industry does not want. Natural Resources Canada says forest biomass is a renewable source of feedstock for energy production” as long as it comes from a sustainably managed forest and regrows over time. Still, Roberston says there are concerns..."


Podcast: Jim Irving discusses the importance of the forestry sector for the future of New Brunswick

"...Jim Irving, co-CEO of JD Irving, Limited, joins Don and David on the Insights podcast this week to talk about the forest products sector, the new forestry plan for New Brunswick and the realities of competing in a highly contested global market for wood products and pulp, paper and paper products. In New Brunswick, JDI is the largest company in the sector but globally the company is small and competes with giant multinational firms. While agreeing with setting aside a significant share of the forest for conservation, Irving makes a compelling case for an actively managed forest and shares a lot of data on a wide variety of issues from thriving animal populations to reducing the risk of forest fires..."


Our forests have reached a tipping point

"...That pumped billions of tonnes of climate fuel into the atmosphere — even before accounting for this year’s epic wildfires (shown by the dashed line). With those included, the cumulative total since the tipping point year is now around 3,700 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2). 22 straight years of emissions What people are reading Pierre Poilievre gets burned by the convoy crowd — again  By Max Fawcett | Opinion, Politics | August 18th 2023 To appreciate just how dramatic the tipping point has been, take a look at this next chart..."


Wildfire Risk Reduction projects better protect Boundary Region communities

"...“Sustainable community forest management is critical to reducing wildfire risk in our province,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests..."


Logging pollution is on the rise but don't expect to find it on the accounting books

"...These environmental groups have roundly criticized Canadas emissions tabulation methods from the forestry sector. Canadas most recent annual greenhouse gas inventory report says the forest land and harvested wood products category removed 9. 1 million tonnes of emissions from the atmosphere in 2021..."


Letter: North Cowichan facing big forestry losses

"...For over 40 years these forests have produced millions in revenue for local businesses, property owners, taxpayers and their dependent families that spend these dollars locally. The local economic benefit of the proposed 30-year carbon contract is — at best — much smaller and unproven. It takes years of bureaucratic wrangling to ever see any of these revenues, if at all..."


Prescriptions for more climate friendly forestry

"...One thing the report recommends for working forests is the elimination or reduction of slash burning. Logging leaves a lot of wood waste behind, and this slash is most often simply burned. The report also supports the use of harvest waste for bioenergy, though it argues against the harvesting of whole live trees in boreal forests for the express purpose of making wood pellets..."


Letter: Resume logging in municipal forest

"...These jobs, along with stumpage paid to the government, has provided us with a good economy..."


Report questions carbon emissions from forestry

"...Logging in Canada produces almost as much greenhouse gas emissions as Albertas oil sands, a new report by the U. S. based Natural Resource Defense Council and Nature Canada..."


Carbon emissions from forestry masked by government accounting, says report

"...Fresh cut sawdust is seen from a tree cut from a cut block near the “heli camp” in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B. C. , Monday, Oct..."


Canadian government masking carbon emissions from forestry: report

"...The report released Tuesday, also sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, uses federal data and methodology to attempt to find out how much carbon is emitted by Canada's forestry sector. Environment Canada reports direct emissions for almost all sectors of the economy. But logging is handled through a figure called “combined net flux,” combining natural processes and industrial activity..."


Port Alberni pilot project marries public, private use of forest lands

"...Representatives from Mosaic attended a Port Alberni city council meeting on Sept. 6 to provide an update on their work in the area. Colin Koszman, land use forester for Mosaic Forest Management, said the company has been working with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD), the Ministry of Forests and other groups to open up public opportunities for access within private-managed forest lands..."


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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about managed forests relevant to the latest news.

The relationship between plant diversity and aboveground biomass in managed and unmanaged temperate forests

"...In face of climate change and global scale biodiversity loss, assessing the relationship between biodiversity and forest ecosystem functioning is essential, but poorly investigated in temperate forests of Iran..."


Forest Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity

"...This technical input to the National Climate Assessment synthesizes our scientific understanding of the way climate change is affecting biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and what strategies might be employed to decrease current and future risks..."


Initial forest age distribution may generate computational sinks or sources of carbon: A generic approach to test assumptions u

"...Background The current EU LULUCF regulation calls for member state-specific Forest Reference Levels (FRLs) for benchmark in the accounting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals of managed forest land during the compliance period (2021?2030)..."


Long term forest management drives drought resilience in Mediterranean black pine forest

"...Our results suggest that forest management enhances drought tolerance in black pine stands, which may help to ameliorate the negative impacts of global warming across Mediterranean forest ecosystems..."


Effects of fertilisation and understory removal on aboveground and belowground carbon stocks in wet and dry moorlands in south-

"...Forests provide essential ecosystem services such as wood production and soil carbon storage, which can be influenced by forest management..."


Long-term dynamics of tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in central European forests

"...altissima appears unlikely, with the exception of drought-prone sites under strong climate change..."


National Forest Inventories capture the multifunctionality of managed forests in Germany

"...In many parts of the world, forest management has shifted from a focus on timber production to multi-purpose forestry, combining timber production with the supply of other forest ecosystem services..."


Forestry and Hunting

"...This chapter also introduces tree species most commonly found in the European and North American forestry, describes the basic steps of forestry technologies, and explains how various ways of forest management affect various components of ecosystem including biodiversity, nutrient cycling energy flows soils, water, etc..."


Drought-induced forest dieback increases taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity of saproxylic beetles at both local

"...Context Many forest ecosystems around the world are facing increasing drought-induced dieback, causing mortality patches across the landscape at multiple scales..."


Reflecting on species diversity and regeneration dynamics of scientific forest management practices in Nepal

"...Implementation of sustainable forest management approaches, balancing mass timber production and intact ecosystem services through maintaining species diversity, has ever been the challenges for policy makers and practitioners in tropical forestry..."


The potential of Generalized Additive Modelling for the prediction of radial growth of Norway spruce from Central Germany

"...During the past decades managed forest ecosystems in Central Europe underwent vast changes, induced by extreme climate conditions and occasionally adverse forest management..."