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

Mon, 05/04/2020

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

Mon, 07/29/2019

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

Thu, 05/09/2019

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’

Wed, 08/29/2018

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

Mon, 09/18/2017

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

Mon, 08/28/2017

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

Wed, 03/15/2017

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

Mon, 11/21/2016

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

Mon, 09/26/2016

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 . . .

Fifth Annual A Very Poplar Run

Wed, 10/28/2015

Runnin’ with the Poplars

October 27, 2015: Hermiston, OR (Hermiston Herald)

There is a joke amongst runners about the holy trinity. Not the Holy Trinity of Catholicism that attempts to explain the great mystery of the faith.

No, this is about running conditions.

“It’s like you’re tracking new ground,” Layne Papenfuss said from the 5th Annual A Very Poplar Run at the Boardman Tree Farm. “In the fresh snow, nobody’s been there ­— at least it feels like that — or fresh leaves even . . .

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