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Southem Online 291 - 17 December 2012

Southem Online 291 - 17 December 2012

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Southern Hemisphere Forestry news briefs and links – Hi and Hola – welcome to this edition.
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SOUTHEM ONLINE Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal Online news briefs SOUTHEM Online - Issue 291 – 17 December

2012 – Hi and Hola – Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. Or go to the web site with the link: http://wp.me/p2ypvs-ys Hard Copy - Interested in receiving a hard copy of the news from Southem Online? Then subscribe to the Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal, which includes Southem Online items. Want some holiday reading? See these two now available via Amazon: A Soldier's Life [Paperback] by Lou W. Geraets http://www.amazon.com/Soldiers-Life-Mr-LouGeraets/dp/047322111X/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1355796470&sr=1-2catcorr&keywords=lou+w.+geraets The Last Newspaper in the World [Kindle Edition] by Mick Stone http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Newspaper-Worldebook/dp/B00AK3LX6C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355796398&sr=81&keywords=the+last+newspaper+in+the+world Thanks for reading Southem Online in 2012 and have a great holiday season. Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike Smith Editor and Director Email: info@southem.com URL: www.southem.com SOUTHEM COMMUNITY REGISTRATION Send an email to subscribe@southem.com LINKEDIN GROUP @ http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2218173 FACEBOOK @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/southem/33458700993?ref=ts SPONSORS’ MESSAGES Help keep this publication free – please visit our sponsors today! Contact info@southem.com for sponsorship details. LASER TECHNOLOGY, INC. DARES ALL ARCPAD USERS – TAKE THE

LaserGIS CHALLENGE Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), the designer and manufacturer of the most popular line of mapping lasers and rangefinders, is daring all ArcPad® users to take a GIS mobile mapping challenge. This new campaign was officially announced at the opening day of Esri’s User Conference, July 25th 2012. The challenge is to test out an LTI TruPulse® 360 mapping laser and the LaserGIS® ArcPad® extension completely risk free without any upfront costs or obligation. This campaign is designed to persuade GIS professionals to simply "try" something that will prove to save time and money and offer an immediate ROI. Find out more at: http://www.lasertech.com/Laser-Technology-Dares-All-ArcPad-Users-to-Take-theLaserGIS-Challenge.aspx WELCOME TO UGA'S 2013 TIMBERLAND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE The Center for Forest Business is pleased to announce the dates and location for the much anticipated 2013 Timberland Investment Conference. The conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton located on Amelia Island, Florida and will take place from February 27th - March 1st, 2013. The conference, as always, will cover a wide array of timberland investment topics and will focus on achieving investment efficiency in a market-oriented system, among other things. Participants will learn to make the most prudent timberland investment decisions involving the process of purchasing, managing and divesting a tract of timberland. Conference attendees will include public and private pension funds, private investors, family offices, fund of funds, REITs, private consultants, large landowners, TIMOs, and forest product companies. This diverse attendance base offers participants the ability to learn about every facet of the timberland business and network with representatives from each of these various organizations. Registration is now open for what we believe will be one of the most important conferences yet, as the industry begins to strengthen and as more and more investment opportunities become available throughout the sector. For more information or questions, see the event index to your right or contact Bob Izlar directly at (706) 542-6819 or email bizlar@uga.edu **************************************** COPYRIGHT NOTICE Items headlined in SOUTHEM Online are drawn from a number of sources. The source of the item is quoted, either by publication or organisations in line with the practice of fair reporting. Items originally published in Spanish are translated by TMS Ltd. Every effort is made to ensure use of paid wire service material is avoided at all times. Should users wish to utilise SOUTHEM Online on their own web sites, we request that this is done to accurately reflect the current layout to ensure attribution is appropriate. CMPC’S ‘MOST IMPORTANT’ US$2.1B BRAZIL PULP PROJECT Chile’s CMPC is launching a US$2.1 billion project in Brazil which will double the group’s share of world pulp markets. A company statement says the expansion of the Celulosa Guaíba unit located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul will add to its already US$4.5 billion worth of assets in Brazil and ranks as the ‘most important investment’

in CMPC’s 92-year history. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-yq FIRE PREVENTION PENALTIES LIFTED AS DANGER TURNS SEVERE With severe fire danger forecast in west and northern parts of the Australian state of Victoria, the Country Fire Authority is warning anyone breaching key fire prevention rules now faces increased deterrents as the Victorian Government increases penalties for not complying with the rules. CFA’s CEO Mick Bourke said in a statement that the increases - which have come into effect - reflect both the seriousness of breaching the rules and increased community expectations. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-yo REPORT INTO CHEMICAL USE IN FIRE FIGHTING TRAINING RELEASED The Country Fire Authority in Victoria, Australia, has released a report into the impact of the use of chemicals for live fire fighting training at Fiskville between 1971 and 1999. The report by Professor Robert Joy says health, safety and environment protection were not a focus of culture, practice or systems, with the focus more on ‘can do’ and paramilitary in the 1970s and 1980s. While this may have had strengths, the report says it may have contributed to a failure to recognise or address unnecessary risks during training. The report sprung from a media article that quoted the families of “more than 15 people” who suffered serious illness or died since the 1990s. Meanwhile, the CFA issued a statement saying it accepted the Joy Report’s findings and will work to ensure the recommendations are addressed. http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/fm_files/attachments/Publications/fiskville-investigation/cfaresponse/CFA-response-to-Professor-Joy-report.pdf FUTURAGENE SIGNS DEAL WITH BRAZIL RESEARCH AGENCY TO LIFT TREE PRODUCTIVITY FuturaGene has signed a cooperation framework agreement with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture research organisation, EMBRAPA, (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária). Under the agreement, FuturaGene and EMBRAPA will establish collaborative research programs in eucalyptus and other tree species for the enhancement of sustainable development in Brazil and other territories. The first project to be executed under the agreement will incorporate an aluminium-tolerance gene of EMBRAPA into FuturaGene eucalyptus germplasm to enhance yields in areas affected by aluminium toxicity in the soil. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-ym BRAZIL AND NORWAY OVER DEFORESTATION MEASURES A dispute involving Brazil and Norway is reported to holding up efforts to produce a global set of rules for protecting forests. Brazil's envoy to the UN global warming talks says actions to prevent deforestation are national measures that should be governed locally and not by international bodies. Norway is seeking stricter oversight for the program from an international organization. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/seeing-redd-brazil-norway-in-tiff-overforest-monitoring-20121206-2awno.html#ixzz2FAsPStdi CHILEAN FORESTRY AGREES ON TRUCKING ROAD DAMAGE LIMITS The Chilean wood corporation, Corma, and the Ministry of Public Works have signed a pioneering agreement to minimise the risk and discomfort from trucks carrying logs

and wood products on country roads. Pedro Jaramillo, president of Corma Araucanía, said the agreement ‘Good use of public roads’ is a groundbreaking agreement in Chile, by which forestry companies agree to implement measures such as availability of the resources needed for maintenance so that each section of a secondary road used is in better condition than it was before trucking operations. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-yk UNIONS DERIDE NEW NZ FORESTRY STANDARDS Trade unions in New Zealand have derided new forestry standards launched by the government as learning nothing from a mining disaster in which health and safety standards were found wanting. The Council of Trade Unions criticised the standards as showing the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MoBIE) had learned nothing from the tragedy of Pike River and continues to provide weak leadership in the area of Health and Safety. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-yi NEW FORESTRY CODE TO SUPPORT HARM REDUCTION CAMPAIGN Meanwhile, the Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations was launched at a Forest Industry Contractors Association conference in Rotorua. MP for Rotorua Todd McClay said in a statement the new Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) will support the Ministry’s forestry harm reduction campaign, which aims to reduce the unacceptably high rate of accidents in the forestry sector. It will focus on the tasks of tree felling and breaking out, which consistently account for the greatest number of serious harm accidents notified to the Ministry. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-yg GUNNS ASSETS IN TASMANIA CARVE UP Meanwhile, various parties are picking over the assets formerly owned by collapsed timber giant Gunns in Tasmania: * Forestry Tasmania has revealed it is not banking on the revival of the Triabunna woodchip mill. * The government-owned ports authority TasPorts has revealed plans to buy Gunns' Burnie port facility. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-ye TUHOE STARTS WORK ON FIRST ‘LIVING BUILDING’ IN AOTEAROA NZ Together with the New Zealand building company Arrow International and architects Jasmax, the large Maori tribal grouping, Tūhoe, will be trialling innovative building methods and overcoming many hurdles to erect what they are calling the country’s first ‘Living Building’. Te Wharehou o Tūhoe, the new Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua, near Whakatane, has been designed to have no environmental impact, be integrated into its surrounding landscape and to give back to the world around it. It will be the most advanced sustainable building in New Zealand, a press release says. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-yc CHALLENGE OVER AUDITOR-GENERAL’S CONSERVATION DEPT REPORT The New Zealand conservation organisation Forest & Bird has challenged the Government to act on a report from the Auditor-General about the Department of Conservation’s shortcomings in managing biodiversity. The Auditor-General’s report

on the effectiveness of the Department of Conservation has come to the conclusion that the department’s “efforts to manage biodiversity have, at best, resulted in merely slowing its decline”. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-ya STAFF ‘CRITICAL’ TO DOC’S BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT, REPORT Lyn Provost, the NZ Controller and Auditor-General, noted in the report almost everyone his staff talked to emphasised that DOC's main strength is its people, especially specialist staff out in the field in the regions. “DOC has a valuable asset to take its mandate forward,” Lyn Provost says, further noting staff will be critical to its success. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-x8 ************************************************ SOUTHEM VIDEOS REPORT ON HEALTH IMPACTS OF CHEMICAL USE IN FIRE FIGHTING Professor Robert Joy summarises his report into the historical use of chemicals for live fire fighting training between 1971 and 1999 in the Australian state of Victoria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1XWjs_JmFwA FOREST FIRE ALERT IN SECTOR ORREGO ABAJO, GERONIMO, CHILE. Chile National Forestry Agency, Conaf, fights a fire on 12 December 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUrcynalRhw SOUTHEM REFERENCES Grace, J. C., & Evans, R. (2012). Impact of thinning and pruning on selected wood properties in individual radiata pine trees in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 42, 117-129. http://www.scionresearch.com/general/publications/nzjfs/nzjfs-volume-42-2012 Mark Liebig. Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gases - Coordinated Agricultural Research through GRACEnet to Address our Changing Climate. Academic Press 2012 Price: USD $99.95. Binding: Hardback 572 Pages http://www.earthprint.com/productfocus.php?id=EL005&eptc=ep8726 **************************************** SOUTHEM OPPORTUNITIES ARBORIST & GROUNDSMAN Tree Wise Northland Ltd is a private company based in Whangarei providing quality tree services Northland wide targeting a wide range of tree work. View this job at: http://seek.co.nz/job/23689187?tracking=JMC-000037 SOUTHEM KORERO

MORE AND BETTER PINES BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF ARTHROPODS 4-8 Mar 2013 4th International Symposium on the Biological Control of Arthropods (ISBCA). Pucón, Chile http://www.isbca.org PROTECTED AREAS AND PLACE MAKING 21-26 Apr 2013. Protected Areas and Place Making: How do we provide conservation, landscape management, tourism, human health and regional development? Fóz Do Iguaçu (Pr), Brazil/ http://canjerana.esalq.usp.br/PAPM2013/doku.php THIRD IUFRO LATIN AMERICAN CONGRESS IUFRO and CATIE are organizing IUFROLAT 2013: the Third IUFRO Latin American Congress; San José, Costa Rica; 12-15 June 2013. Details tba. BRAZIL TO HOST 2015 WORLD STATS CONGRESS The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics will host in the second half of 2015, the 60th World Congress of Statistics, organised by the International Statistical Institute. Go to: http://www.isi-web.org/ ************************************************* NEWS ONLINE Do you have news items you wish to make available to others on SOUTHEM Online? If so, please send them to info@southem.com ************************************************ MISSING? Did we miss you off the list, or do you have an associate who may want to receive SOUTHEM Online. If so, please feel free to register by sending a message to info@southem.com ************************************************** REMOVE If you would prefer not to receive further issues of this newsletter, please reply to me at email info@southem.com with the word ‘Remove’ in the subject.

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