The Agroforestry and WildlifeField Day Sept. 28 in Griffin, Ga., has something for everyone,whether you’re a forest landowner or a wildlife enthusiast.The event was previously calledthe Land Use and Forest Management Field Day. But the name andprogram have been changed to reflect the trend of landowners usingtheir land to make the most of the environment. This includesgrowing trees and crops together and allowing wildlife to flourishon the same property.ForHunters and Wildlife EnthusiastsFor hunters, the field day willoffer information on managing deer, wild turkey and bobwhite quail.Wildlife enthusiasts can learn about the benefits of attractingwildlife, creating a backyard habitat, controlling wildlife damageand managing threatened or endangered species.Forest landowners will benefitfrom the information on prescribed burning, forest health, marketingand selling timber, Georgia’s Forest Stewardship Program, bestmanagement practices for forest roads and annual pine straw removal.Those with wetlands on their propertywill want to attend the sessions on pond construction and renovation,waterfowl management and best management practices for streamsides.Leavell to Speakand EntertainChuck Leavell, 1998 American TreeFarm Program’s Outstanding Tree Farmer and keyboardist for theRolling Stones, will be guest speaker for the field day. Leavellwill also perform for the field day crowd during lunch.A $15 fee covers the presentations,lunch, a program booklet and field day hats to the first 300 registrants.The field day is sponsored by the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell Schoolof Forest Resources, the Georgia Forestry Commission, U.S. Departmentof Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service and theGeorgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division.For more information, call (770)228-7318. Or visit the AWFD Web site at www.griffin.peachnet.edu/awfd.
Op-Ed: Montana Is Blessed With Vast Renewable Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jeff L. Fox for the Billings Gazette:The Bozeman Daily Chronicle recently editorialized that it’s “Time Montana realized coal’s limitations.” Similarly, The Billings Gazette recently ran editorials claiming that “Montana can’t stake its future on coal,” and Montana’s economy and energy sector must “Diversify or die, it’s our choice.”The editorials ran in response to the state’s grappling with the reality of a shrinking coal sector. Both editorial boards correctly identified that the challenges facing Montana’s coal sector extend far beyond the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” carbon regulations. Both also correctly identified that Montana’s economy is diverse, and that further diversification will help us shrug off any coming coal losses. However, neither fully captured the opportunity that renewable energy development can play in building a brighter future for Montana.Montana is blessed with one of the best wind resources in the United States, which can help power our state and large portions of the economies of Washington, Oregon and California, just like Montana’s coal currently does. Additionally, our solar energy resource is more than adequate to meet a sizable portion of our own in-state demand, if we get serious about utilizing it.People who want to invest in and help build Montana’s renewable energy future are already here, ready to bring forward the clean energy that is in demand. Reviewing the interconnection requests on NorthWestern Energy’s system reveals every utility-scale electric energy project being actively developed (more than 50 in total on NorthWestern Energy’s system) is either a wind or solar energy project. Not every project currently being developed is likely to be successful, but the fact that all are renewable is an indicator of where we are going and where we should focus our efforts.Tallying up proposed wind projects statewide reveals there are more than 2,000 megawatts of wind energy being actively developed right now in Montana. If built, 2,000 megawatts of installed wind energy would probably represent something like $3 billion in capital investment, more than 11,000 construction job years, and more than 500 permanent jobs, based on the “Employment Effects of Clean Energy Investments in Montana” report authored by energy consulting firm Synapse Energy.Two thousand megawatts is a good starting point, but we have nearly limitless low-cost wind potential in Montana that can complement the renewable resources in neighboring states. How much wind resource we develop is really up to us, but commitment to even a modest goal could provide significant economic impact to help with our energy transition.Matching coal’s economic footprint would provide support for Montana’s rural communities, pumping tax dollars, local spending, landowner payments and, most important, jobs into small towns, without disrupting their character. A wind project in every county would help keep small town schools — the lifeblood of rural Montana communities —in good health.Meanwhile, Montana is seeing our first utility-scale solar projects being developed and community solar projects taking off with rural electric cooperatives leading the way. The rooftop solar market is experiencing sustained double-digit growth in Montana and today there are already more than 50 main street Montana-based businesses involved in selling, installing and connecting rooftop solar energy systems.Finally, large pumped hydroenergy storage projects proposed for Montana could further increase the value of wind and solar energy potential.The transition to cleaner energy is happening all across the country. It can happen here, too.Nationwide the solar industry already employs more workers than the entirety of the coal industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects wind energy technicians to be the fastest growing occupation in the nation through 2024.None of this is to suggest the challenges facing coal communities aren’t real and potentially painful. Together, we all must ensure that utilities, mine operators, and politicians do right by the workers if those jobs disappear or are phased out. But, Montana also has enormous benefits to realize in the clean energy transition, if we are open to seizing the opportunities.Guest opinion: Renewables can diversify Montana’s energy economy
European Commission, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Newton Investment Management, Nykredit Asset Management, BankInvest, AP1, Westchester Group, La FrançaiseEuropean Commission – Jonathan Hill has been confirmed as the next commissioner for Financial Services, winning over doubters in his second hearing. The former leader of the UK House of Lords won the vote to be confirmed in the College of Commissioners by 45 votes to 13. An additional vote by members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee backed him as commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union by 42 to 16.BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Susan Gostick has been appointed head of the pension fund segment at the French asset manager. Based in London, she will focus of adding to the company’s pensions business. She joins from Newton Investment Management, where she was head of institutional relations. She has also worked at Lazard Asset Management.BankInvest –Lars Bo Bertram has been appointed as the new chief executive of Danish investment manager BankInvest. He will take on the role at both BI Holding and the BankInvest Group. Bo Bertram is currently bank executive board member and head of Nykredit Asset Management. At Nykredit, he is responsible for investment management and investment fund administration. Before that, he worked for Danske Bank. He is also chairman of the CFA Society Denmark. Bo Bertram will leave Nykredit’s executive board with effect from today. Following his departure, the board will comprise managing directors Bjørn Mortensen, Georg Andersen and Jesper Berg. Bo Bertram will be stepping into the shoes of BankInvest’s current chief executive Bo Foged, who – as reported by IPE in May – has been appointed group finance director at Danish statutory pension fund ATP. The two will change roles on 1 January 2015. AP1 – Kaj Martensen has been appointed COO at the Swedish buffer fund, replacing Anders Rahmn, who is set to retire. Martensen will also join the fund’s management board. He will begin his new role at the start of 2015, with Rahmn stepping down at the end of February. Martensen joins from Shell Asset Management in the Netherlands.Westchester Group – Martin Davies has joined the farmland investment specialist as executive vice-president and chief executive of its Europe office. Westchester is majority owned by US pension provider TIAA-CREF, whose asset management arm recently opened a UK office. He joins from Insight Investment and was behind its farmland investment business for the past five years. He will now manage the company’s business in Europe and build its European farmland investment business.La Française – Pierre Schoeffler has joined the French asset manager as a senior global asset allocation adviser, working across the group’s entire asset offering. He remains chairman of S&Partners, an asset allocation consultancy he founded in 2004, and is a senior adviser at IEIF, a real estate investment research centre and consultancy.
WATCH: Stephen Curry tosses alley-oop to Parkland student Ryan McDonough, the general manager coming into the season for the Suns, was fired Oct. 8 before the first game of the year. Since then, James Jones and Trevor Bukstein have served as the team’s co-interim general managers. Related News They are expected to stay with the team in some capacity.Phoenix is an NBA-worst 12-50 on the season and just recently broke a 17-game losing streak. The Suns are ready to find their next general manager.Phoenix has begun the process of interviewing candidates for the job, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.