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Investing in Amazon Rainforest Conservation: A Foreigner’s Perspective (commentary)

Written on May 4, 2020 at 12:13 pm, by

Commentary by Jonah Wittkamper on 21 April 2020

• Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has been trending upward since 2012, with a sharp acceleration since January 2019. • Jonah Wittkamper, President of the Global Governance Philanthropy Network and co-founder of NEXUS, reviews the current situation and provides a perspective on how it might be possible to slow or reverse deforestation by investing in Amazon rainforest conservation. • Wittkamper wrote this report to help guide . . .

Celebration inaugurates new mountain bike trail network

Written on July 29, 2019 at 3:24 pm, by

July 29, 2019 – Seaside Signal

A large crowd, including dozens of mountain bike riders, gathered Saturday, July 22, to celebrate the grand opening of what organizers hope will become the destination trail cycling spot on the North Coast.

The Klootchy Creek Trails network, located off U.S. Highway 26, two miles east of the U.S. Highway 101 junction, is a collaborative project of the North Coast Trail Alliance, land manager GreenWood Resources and the Clatsop County Parks Department.

County Commissioners Kathleen Sullivan and . . .

Businesses honored for economic, community impact

Written on May 9, 2019 at 10:29 am, by

April 12, 2019 – Seaside Signal

SEASIDE — Clatsop Economic Development Resources, the local business advocacy group, on Thursday honored the economic and community impact of several local businesses.

Nate and Zach Adamson, owners of Adamson Bros. Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seaside, were honored for strengthening the community and promoting personal development through martial arts since 2008. The brothers commented on how they grew up in  Clatsop County and are proud to help locals grow and improve themselves.

“We have about 200 active . . .

Pianist gives classical music concert ‘in the wild’

Written on August 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm, by

August 29, 2018: Coast Weekend

CANNON BEACH — Hunter Noack performs live outdoors on a 9-foot Steinway at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Lewis & Clark Timberlands in Cannon Beach. The 70-minute concert, “In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild,” is a project that brings classical music to rural communities.

A shuttle service will be provided from the parking area to the concert site. Access to the site is only available by this shuttle service. Shuttles will depart about . . .

Community tour looks at forestry management in county

Written on September 18, 2017 at 11:17 am, by

September 15, 2017: The Daily Astorian

About 75 community members — including local officials, business owners, teachers and nurses — boarded buses for a first-hand look at one of Clatsop County’s most important commodities and sources of employment during the 27th annual Forestry Tour earlier this week.

Forest management, stream restoration and protection were the featured topics, with visits to Lewis & Clark Timberlands/Greenwood Resources and Weyerhaeuser in the Highway 26 area. The tour was organized by Clatsop Forest and Wood Products . . .

Biofuel from forests lightens jetliner carbon footprint

Written on August 28, 2017 at 10:19 am, by

August 24, 2017: Washington Forest Protection Association

Alaska Airlines made history recently, flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from the remains of logging and thinning in sustainably managed forests.

Aviation biofuel is made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that are left after the harvesting of managed forests. The renewable, clean jet fuel was produced during five years of research and testing conducted by the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance.

Producing a new generation . . .

Poplar trees being used in biofuel study

Written on March 15, 2017 at 10:58 am, by

Feb 22, 2017: Albany Democrat Herald

JEFFERSON — A farm just outside of town on Densmore Road has a rather unusual crop for the area. There are 80 acres of poplar hybrids — more than 115,000 trees that can thrive in marginal soils and grow 30 feet in three years.

“Where the soil is the best here, the trees are pushing 35 to 40 feet in three years,” said Rick Stonex, operations manager for GreenWood Resources, an investment and management firm that . . .

Business leaders tour forests, watershed

Written on November 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm, by

November 16, 2016: The Daily Astorian

More than 100 attendees braved the elements for the 26th annual Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee leaders tour this year, including state Rep. Deborah Boone.

The day started out bright and early with an introduction by committee Chairman Kevin Leahy at the Barbey Maritime Center, reinforcing that this sector continues to be 30 percent of our Clatsop County economy, and is 12 percent of our county employment. Leahy also noted that $23,500,000 was distributed from Oregon Department . . .

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Technology for Biofuel Production

Written on September 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm, by

September 26, 2016: AZoCleantech

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology, based on the detection of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa), has been licensed by GreenWood Resources. This technology would make it easier to transform poplar trees into biofuels.

GreenWood, an international timberland investment and asset management company operating in Oregon, aims to market the technology to choose and breed improved varieties of poplar with minimal lignin content, which eases the conversion process and eventually minimizes the total costs of biofuel production.

Researchers from the Department . . .

SCS Global Services Celebrates Leaders in Responsible Forestry

Written on December 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm, by

December 15, 2015 – Emeryville, CA – SCS Global Services is pleased to celebrate six Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification clients recently honored at the 2015 FSC Leadership Awards. Each organization received this distinction for demonstrating leadership in responsible forestry in a unique way, and each currently holds an FSC certification issued by SCS.

“These organizations have an abiding and demonstrable commitment to the health of forests, and the wellbeing of the economies and communities where they do business,” said SCS . . .

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