forest worker News

  • Valtras at work in Czech forest

    The forests of Bohemia in the mountainous northern and western regions of the Czech Republic are alive with the sound of Valtra tractors hard at work. A Valtra 6300 with 24,000 hours on the clock is transporting branches from the logging site to the side of the road, where a new S Series produces woodchips for a nearby power plant. The 200 employees of the Czech company Solitera work in ...

  • Suburban General Construction Inc. exposes worker to trench cave-in hazards while repairing water lines in River Forest, Illinois

    Employer name: Suburban General Construction Inc., 1019 E. 31st Street, La Grange Park, Illinois Investigation site: 1515 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, Illinois Date investigation initiated and what prompted inspection: On Jan. 16, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ...

  • Preventing forest fires with tree power

    MIT researchers and colleagues are working to find out whether energy from trees can power a network of sensors to prevent spreading forest fires. What they learn also could raise the possibility of using trees as silent sentinels along the nation's borders to detect potential threats such as smuggled radioactive materials. The U.S. Forest Service currently predicts and tracks fires with a ...

  • Forests are key to the greening of European economies

    European countries are encouraged to apply the principles of a green economy in the forest sector by 2020, FAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said today at the opening of the European Forest Week (9-13 December) in Rovaniemi, Finland. Europe's forest ministers and other high-level delegates from 40 countries ...

  • New Worker Protection Rules Impact Farm, Greenhouse Workers

    Owners of farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses that use pesticides in agricultural plant production will have to implement additional safeguards for their pesticide handlers and agricultural workers under a revision to the Worker Protection Standard. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the new rules in the Federal Register Nov. 2. Compliance with most of the new rules will be ...


    By Ohio State University

  • China Adopts New Forest Certification Regulation

    The China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) has announced that the Chinese Government has passed and is enacting immediately its new national forest certification regulations. These important rules set out the scope, framework, and requirements for all forest certifications operating in China. All forest certification activities must comply with the ...


    By PEFC International

  • Vast forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster

    For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of New Jersey. The fires have finally died down with the arrival of monsoon rains, but too late for his crops, which are far too measly to sell. "We had not seen the sun in a two-and-a-half months," ...


    By Associated Press

  • Report: Forest restoration work not keeping pace with demand

    The U.S. Forest Service says it has increased the pace and scale of its forest restoration work since 2011, but progress waned this year and the agency risks following further behind without more resources. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is using a new report to press Congress to change the way in which the federal government funds wildfire fighting. The report states that the Forest Services ...


    By Associated Press

  • New WWF Study Highlights Strength of PEFC in Sustainable Forest Management

    A new report released by WWF last week clearly shows that PEFC forest management requirements are to a large extent aligned with WWF’s own vision and objectives, demonstrated by PEFC meeting more than two-thirds of the WWF CAT indicators. The WWF Certification Assessment Tool (CAT) is a formalized methodology to evaluate and compare standards and certification systems based on WWF’s ...


    By PEFC International

  • Local control can save forests, says new US research

    There will likely be fewer wildfires and more trees for future generations if loggers abide by a set of international rules on forest management, says a new study by independent environmentalists. In releasing the 18-page study, the New York-based Rainforest Alliance said minimal deforestation and few wildfires occurred in areas managed according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification ...

  • Environment Commissioner and Danish Minister meet 80,000 workers at the EEA

    The bees living on the roof of the European Environment Agency (EEA) received some special guests today, when European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Danish Environment Minister Karen Ellemann visited their hives. The two policy makers joined EEA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade in harvesting the first batch of honey. Professor McGlade said: “Keeping bees ...

  • California’s Air Resources Board Approves First Forest Carbon Offset Project Under its Cap-and-Trade Protocol

    April marked a milestone for forest carbon projects when California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued the first forest carbon offsets to a project developed under the California Compliance Offset Protocol-U.S. Forest Projects. The Yurok Tribe Sustainable Forest Project improves forest management on approximately 8,000 acres of tribal forestland in Humboldt County. By registering the project and ...


    By The Climate Trust

  • American forest & paper association announces continuing commitment to sustainability through better practices, better planet 2020

    The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced today Better Practices, Better Planet 2020, the most extensive and quantifiable set of sustainability goals for any major manufacturing industry in the U.S. Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 is a set of five specific, challenging sustainability goals for the forest products industry. These goals are designed to build on the ...

  • WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series: Employers Play a Central Role in Protecting Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers

    An employer was fined recently after an inspection showed pesticide application information wasn’t posted at the job site, and an employee applied a pesticide without safety training or personal protective equipment (PPE). The posting, safety training and PPE are all required under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). “The WPS ...

  • UK government leads way on buying sustainable timber

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced that from 1 April 2010 new social criteria will be added to the UK Government’s timber procurement policy, to add to the existing requirement that all Government bought timber is legal and sustainable. Central Government is estimated to purchase 20 per cent of all timber bought in the UK.  This figure rises to 40 per cent when local ...


  • Putting soya impacts on the map

    Monitoring the effects of deforestation on the Amazon is a difficult undertaking. The Amazon is huge and it's extremely difficult to keep tabs on what's happening in the remote fringes of the rainforest. News of illegal logging and the spread of soya plantations can take a long time – if ever - to reach the authorities. Community mappingOur team in Brazil has been working with the local ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Extension of Prado Museum in Madrid Includes FSC-Certified Timber

    UTE El Prado (Dragados S.A. y Constructora San José S.A.) extension of the Prado Museum leads the way for certified timber in Spanish construction The extension of the Prado, Spain’s premier art museum, is the first major Spanish building project to include significant amounts of certified sustainable timber according to international environment organization the Rainforest Alliance1. The ...


  • Updated guide helps businesses source sustainable wood and paper products

    Forests are vitally important for the global environment, economy, and population. The forest sector employs 13.7 million workers and contributes to about 1 percent of the global GDP. Plus, an ...

  • How green is ethanol made from sugarcane?

    A recent study has concluded that expanding the amount of land in Brazil used to grow sugarcane for ethanol could have serious environmental and social consequences. It could lead to more pressure on natural rainforest if sugarcane displaces other crops northwards, degraded soil and water supplies, and exploitation of workers in the industry. Brazil provides an important case-study for policy ...

  • Soy industry adopts environmental safeguards

    Elements of the soy industry have agreed to take a milestone step toward improving their production practices, which have led to widespread deforestation, displacement of small-farmers and indigenous peoples, and loss of natural habitats. On Thursday, participants in the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) unanimously agreed to implement a pilot program of voluntary production standards aimed ...


    By WWF International

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