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Good Earth Power Buys Pioneer; Takes Over 4FRI Contract

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The U. S. Forest Service has announced that Good Earth Power AZ LLC has taken over the 4FRI contract as part of its acquisition of the assets of Pioneer Forest Products.  

Good Earth Power is now contractually obligated to carry out the terms and conditions of the Phase 1 4FRI stewardship contract, which involves forest restoration treatments across four National Forests in northern Arizona. Pioneer was awarded the contract in May 2012, but failed to find financing for its operations.  

The 4FRI award calls for 300,000 acres to be thinned over 10 years on the Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests. Oman-based Good Earth has brought on a forest management company to oversee thinning operations.  

Good Earth CEO Jason Rosamond said that the company will invest in about 20 pellet mills in the project area and plans to ship product overseas. A $50 million wood processing mill in Winslow and a facility to produce biofuels are also part of the company’s plans.

This is very good news for the Real AZ Corridor. Good Earth is involved in diversified energy production, future forestry and biomass utilization, resource management and community development — which are also priorities for the Real AZ Development Council.  

Information on Good Earth can be found online at www.futureforestsector.com  and at www.goodearthpower.com

Potash Projects Make Progress, RADC Targets Growth

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Potash Mining in Real AZ Corridor 2013The Real AZ Development Council (RADC) was awarded a Vision Grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority. As part of that grant, RADC produced a Potash Sector Profile (see it online HERE) and a detailed Potash Sector Target Marketing Strategy that identifies how RADC can leverage expected growth in that sector. 

With plan in hand, we are now putting the finishing touches on a Potash Sector Website, which has been built as a sub-domain expansion to the Real AZ Corridor website. The new site will debut at www.azpotash.com on April 22. It will also be linked to a landing page at www.potashsector.com, and appear as a new gateway page on the Corridor’s website at www.realazcorridor.com.

Committees are now being formed to drive implementation of the strategy for this sector. ED/c Partners owner Lori Martinek will attend the April and May RADC meetings in Snowflake to present the Potash Sector strategy to stakeholders and to help RADC get started with developing a prospect list, identifying workforce needs and sourcing a lead tracking and follow up tool.  

A similar process is about to begin for the Future Forest/Forest Management Sector, which will be impacted by the U.S. Forest Service’s 4FRI (Four Forest Restoration Initiative) contract award to Pioneer Forest Products. Pioneer is expected to build a mill and wood processing plant at Winslow, and create nearly 800 short and long-term jobs over the life of the 10-year 4FRI contract.