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Daily Archives: August 13, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Robin Hood Festival starts in Sherwood Forest

ITV News
August 13, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Today marks the start of the Robin Hood Festival – an annual celebration of the UK’s most famous outlaw. The event will run for seven days and will take place in Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest… The earliest reference to Robin Hood was in 1377, in a poem by William Langland called “The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman”. Other historical evidence places Robin anywhere between 1190 – 1307. The longbow was Robin’s weapon of choice, made from the English yew tree.

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Business & Politics

Railroads pull cars from storage to haul lumber for homebuilders

NewJersey.com
August 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Union Pacific is pulling railcars from storage for the first time in four years to haul lumber for home builders, a welcome source of strength for an industry that’s bucking the effects of a slowing economy. North American rail carloads of lumber and wood products this year through July 28 were 10 percent higher than the same period in 2011, according to the Association of American Railroads… Union Pacific, Canadian National Railway and CSX are among companies benefiting from new-home construction, which climbed in June to the highest in almost four years. 

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Stella-Jones reports sharply higher Q2 profit; ups quarterly dividend 6.7%

Canadian Press
August 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Railway tie and utility pole maker Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) is raising its dividend 6.7 per cent after reporting what the company called record second-quarter results. The Montreal-based concern, which also provides industrial products and services for construction and marine applications and lumber for residential use, said profits were up 20.1 per cent at $20.8 million or $1.30 per share in its most recent quarter.

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Resolute workers have done ‘enough,’ union says

Company and unions have 9 months to agree on corrective measures for pension plans
CBC News
August 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A union leader at Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay says workers have given up enough to keep the company in operation and that Resolute should not expect more worker concessions to prop up the pension plans. The company recently told its employees the plans are underfunded by $1.9 billion, according to Gary Bragnalo, president of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 39. He said that’s up from $1.3 billion when Resolute emerged from creditor protection two years ago.

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Calif. regs killing lumber manufacturers and jobs

By Stephen Frank
Stephen Frank’s California
August 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The State of California is doing all it can to make our State number one in unemployed citizens. “California’s private forest lands are some of the most productive in the world. But state regulation of timber harvesting practices have become so overbearing and complex that the industry is losing lumber manufacturers by the droves, production has been drastically reduced and nearly 10,000 jobs have been lost. California’s forest land permit fees are 10 times more expensive than the permits of land owners in neighboring states.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

National Office Furniture ‘LEEDS’ in Sustainability

woodworkingnetwork.com
August 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Sustainability is a culture at National Office Furniture. Not only is the contract furniture manufacturer registered with an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, certified under the BIFMA level® standard for product sustainability, as well as Chain-of-Custody certified under the Forest Stewardship Council, but its casegoods and table manufacturing facility in Santa Claus, IN, was recently named Indiana’s first LEED®-certified office furniture plant.

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Aussie Lacey-Like Bill Shouldn’t Impede US Wood Imports

Hardwood Floors Magazine
August 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australian lawmakers could introduce legislation similar to the Lacey Act later this year, and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is acting on behalf of U.S. manufacturers to ensure the bill does not hinder their market access Down Under. If the version eventually signed into law reflects the preliminary version currently under discussion, AHEC Executive Director Mike Snow said AHEC “sees no reason to anticipate market access issues for American hardwoods into Australia.”

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Forestry

Budworm ‘death by a thousand cuts’

Kamloops Daily News
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A defoliating forest insect is building “almost in a circle around us,” threatening both logging values and backyard trees, a provincial entomologist based in Kamloops said Friday. While analysis is not yet complete, Lorraine MacLauchlan said there is evidence of rising Western budworm attack on fir trees close to the city. “If you drive over the Coquihalla you get a sense – it’s severe… You walk into stands,” she said. “You see defoliation and there’s moths everywhere.”

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Province Gives Money To Travelling Forestry Show

HQ Prince George
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is throwing its support behind a musical tribute to B-C’s Forest Service centary celebration. The province has given $50,000 to the show “Good Timber – Songs and Stories of the Western Logger.” Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong says the money has been given to the Victoria-based theatre company, “The Other Guys.”

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Forest Fire Season Quiet So Far

Opinion250 News (blog)
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The B.C. Forest Service Wildfire Management Branch reports 29 active forest fires burning in the province as of today, 19 of them in the Prince George Fire Centre… There were just 105 fires in the PGFC in all of 2011, which went down as one of the slowest fire seasons on record. The entire province recorded 646 fires for the entire year, with the firefighting tab at $66.7 million

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Forest fire sparked south of Nelson

Nelson Star
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite a damp start to the summer, Nelson residents were reminded that the forest fire season has not been cancelled when helicopters brought a buzz to a sleepy Sunday afternoon. The South East Fire Centre was alerted to a two hectare wildfire in the Five Mile Creek area south-east of Nelson. “It’s in a watershed and that’s the value that is of most concern,” said Radha Fisher, information officer for the South East Fire Centre.

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Kelowna: Second forest fire of the weekend sparks above Westside Road

Kelowna Capital News
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Update: Fire crews and air support appear to have the fire under control as of 4 p.m. Sunday evening 

A forest fire on the hill above Westside Road before Bear Creek Park had fire fighters and an arsenal of air support busy Sunday afternoon. Fire trucks could be seen from the water trying to deal with a plume of smoke as early as 2:45 p.m., though it quickly grew large enough flames appeared to anyone viewing form the water or road below.

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Developing new approaches to ‘silver-culture’

TheChronicleHerald.ca
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Many Nova Scotians with an interest in forestry are likely familiar with the term “silviculture” (or silver-culture, as it is also commonly called). Silviculture is a process or set of tools forest managers use to control how forests develop. Silviculture systems generally consist of a planned series of activities for tending, harvesting and re-establishing a forest stand over a period of years or decades. The type of silviculture practised in Nova Scotia can be placed in two major groups: “Even-aged” and “uneven-aged” silviculture.

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Forest Service Fights All Fires Now, But at What Cost?

Climate Central
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Usually, if they’re small and don’t threaten to get out of control, the U.S. Forest Service will let [fires] burn. …U.S. agencies adopted a policy in 1995 to reintroduce fire on federal land. So what happened last month was unusual: the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the 1.5 million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and an additional 35 million acres of federally designated wilderness land nationwide, ordered a full-on attack of the fire by smokejumpers, bucket-bearing helicopters, and four lumbering slurry bombers that each dumped more than 2,000 gallons of red chemical fire retardant on an ecosystem that is otherwise treated as pristine.

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Lake County fire forces evacuation

San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Lake County town was being forced to evacuate Sunday night after a fire burned through 3,000 acres within hours, the latest of several to ignite during a hot, dry summer in Northern California. The fire started just after 4 p.m. By 7 p.m., it was burning eastward from Highways 20 and 53 and threatening the town of Spring Valley, said Julie Hutchinson, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection battalion chief.

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Bozeman logging company gets BLM contract

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bozeman’s Ossler Logging Inc. negotiated a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Dillon to log a 220-acre area adjacent to the Sun West Ranch subdivision in the upper Madison Valley. The BLM’s Dillon office wants Ossler Logging to remove all the conifers, including large swaths of beetle-killed lodgepole pine, to restore and promote aspen habitat. The logging will also provide a buffer to reduce wildfire threat to the subdivision, said BLM forester Aly Piwowar.

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Land closed to protect hunters from wildfire

Coos Bay World
August 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management closed a stretch of public land in southeast Oregon on Saturday to protect hunters from the massive Holloway Fire. The BLM restricted the use of land west of U.S. 95 between Whitehorse Road and the Nevada state line. Saturday marked the beginning of antelope season, and the agency was concerned that hunters might get trapped, said Jack DeGolia, the Holloway Fire spokesman. The fire has scorched nearly 247 square miles of brush and sagebrush in Oregon and nearly 159 square miles in Nevada since lightning started it Monday.

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US Forest Service adds 8 new aircraft to firefighting fleet

The Missoulian
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Another three tanker planes joined the aerial firefighting battle on Monday, as the U.S. Forest Service struggles to maintain its aging air force. The active plane roster shrank from 11 to nine on June 3 when two Korean War-era P2V tankers crashed while fighting separate fires. Missoula-based Neptune Aviation Tanker 11 crashed just after dropping a load of retardant on the White Rock fire on the Utah-Nevada border, killing both pilot and co-pilot. The same day, a Minden Aviation tanker landed on two of its three landing gears, seriously damaging the plane but not injuring anyone. It was fighting the George fire in California.

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Californians who live in wildfire country getting new tax bill

Reno Gazette Journal
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO — More than 800,000 Californians who own property in wildfire country will begin receiving bills this week for a new annual fire-protection fee, rekindling outrage among rural residents and leading to a likely lawsuit seeking to overturn the surcharge. The fee, passed by Democrats in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, is intended to raise an estimated $84 million in its first year for fire-prevention efforts. The annual charge can run as high as $150 for property owners with a single occupied dwelling, although there is a $35 discount for those who already pay a local tax for fire protection.

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Lightning Ignites Fire in Joshua Tree National Park

Patch.com
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Redlands CA – Fire crews on rocky hillsides were fighting the blaze in pinyon pine, juniper and Joshua trees, a park spokesman said. More than 100 firefighters with the Park Service, BLM and Cal Fire were assigned.

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Drought puts Ga. pine trees in jeopardy

Atlanta Journal Constitution
August 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY, GA – Despite all the rain recently, we’re still in an ongoing drought that’s putting a vital part of Georgia’s timber industry in jeopardy. Georgia Forestry Commission Rangers say the drought is making pine trees more susceptible to disease and insects. Pine beetles feed on trees that are left in bad shape as result of dry weather.

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Miss. Forestry Commission says pine beetle infestations double in Homochitto National Forest

The Republic
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MCCOMB, Miss. — The Mississippi Forestry Commission says the first Southern pine beetle outbreak to hit southwest Mississippi in nearly 20 years has apparently doubled in size and shows no signs of slowing. …The forestry commission says a recent survey of the Homochitto National Forest found about 500 active infestations, with another 160 located on private and school lands. That’s up from 250 found in late May and June. Officials say current infestations are affecting pine trees of all ages and sizes.

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Logging has history in NH

By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
Telegraph Neighbors
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

History tells us that by the early 1800s New Hampshire was about three-quarters open land and one-quarter forested. Pictures from before 1900 show clear mountain sides and few trees. After that, the population decreased, farms were abandoned, the forest grew back and we are again mostly woodland. Those trees have been regularly harvested using the technology of the day. Trees are a renewable resource and, if properly maintained, can be selectively cut about every 40 years – once in each generation of landowners.

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KFS joins forces with the world for green growth

The Korea Herald
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is now high-tech gadgets and automobiles that make Korea a global model of success, but the nation’s original start-from-scratch story lies within its forests. Korea made itself green out of the rubble of the Korean War, and its reforestation garnered much praise from around the world… With this significant achievement under its belt, the Korea Forest Service is now reaching beyond its borders to developing countries in Asia and South America, where economic growth has been accelerating deforestation and land degradation. 

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Canary Islands forest fires force 4700 out of their homes

GlobalPost
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Canary Islands are battling forest fires that have caused around 4,700 people to evacuate their homes. Spanish firefighters are struggling to contain the blazes as high temperatures and strong winds spur on the flames, BBC News reported. A statement issued to reporters said that officials were “finding it difficult to limit the spread of fire,” the Associated Press reported.  “We are living through hell, we have asked the central government for more resources with which to fight the fire,” said Casimimo Curbelo, local government leader of La Gomera, according to the AP. 

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Forest talks resume

ABC News, Australia
August 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest peace talks will resume in Hobart today with a focus on the amount of timber needed to keep the industry going. Signatories to the forest peace talks spent all Friday night locked in negotiations and are back at the table again today. Tasmania’s Resources Minister Bryan Green said one of the key issues was whether there would be enough timber left unprotected for the industry to stay viable.

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Wildfire threatens ancient forest in Spain

Atlanta Journal Constitution
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MADRID — Officials said Saturday that a wildfire thought to be under control on a Spanish island is now spreading, threatening a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The government of the Canary Islands said in a Friday night statement that the fire had now intensified, and another blaze had started on the neighboring island of Tenerife, with some 400 residents evacuated from the island’s west.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Coquille tribe seeks use for logging trash

Coos Bay World
August 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Coos County burns slash from about 600,000 acres of logged-off land each year. The tons of debris can’t be sold but can’t be left at the sites. …Three years ago, the Coquille Tribe began researching alternatives. Scientists have found several methods of producing energy with slash — they even can make diesel and rocket fuel from it. But the tribe soon discovered there was no demand, and hauling slash is prohibitively expensive, Vaughn said. So the tribe is bringing in outside help. Next month, it will team up with researchers from Humbolt State University to complete a two-week study on the economics of transporting slash.

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Biofuels are outdated technology – Guest Editorial

University of Georgia Professor Emeritus R. Harold Brown
Columbia County News Times
August 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A new lawsuit filed against the federal Environmental Protection Agency accuses the agency of penalizing refiners for failing to meet “unattainable and absurd” cellulosic biofuels quotas outlined in EPA’s renewable fuels standard. The EPA mandates the purchase of biofuels formulated in part from materials including switchgrass, wood chips and agricultural waste. But the American Petroleum Institute argues that the quotas set an unrealistic goal because no such cellulosic biofuels are produced on a commercial scale in the nation.Refiners unable to meet the cellulosic biofuels mandate represent just the tip of the iceberg.

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ECI’s power plant goes green with waste

Delmarva Now
August 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

WESTOVER — ECI opened a quarter of a century ago with a power plant that burned wood chips as the institution’s primary source of electricity, burning mostly loblolly pine trees. The biomass operation provides the only wood-burning plant at a state-operated facility in Maryland, supplying almost 75 percent of the institution’s power needs.The unique system is about to become even more watched on the national stage. 

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Climate change may boost frog disease chytridiomycosis

The Statesman Online
August 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Scientists found that when temperatures vary unpredictably, frogs succumb faster to chytridiomycosis, which is killing amphibians around the world. The animals’ immune systems appear to lose potency during unpredictable temperature shifts. The research is published in Nature Climate Change journal. Chytridiomycosis, caused by the parasitic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, was identified only in 1998.

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Clearing the air: Reducing black carbon worldwide

Foster’s Daily Democrat
August 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Soot is the fine, black residue that can be found inside our fireplaces and on the outside of our car’s tailpipe. Though, on the surface, it might appear to be little more than a dirty nuisance, the truth is black carbon is a potent source of pollution around the world. It is also a health risk. The primitive cookstoves used in developing countries are a major source of the black carbon contributing to this serious global environmental and public health issue. Nearly half the world’s population cooks food over open fires or inefficient, polluting, and unsafe cookstoves.

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