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Daily Archives: April 29, 2013

Business & Politics

Tembec’s net Q2 loss nearly doubled to $26M on flat sales; Temiscaming costs up

By: Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec reported Monday that its net loss nearly doubled to $26 million in its most recent quarter on flat revenues. The Montreal-based forest products company lost 26 cents per share for the period ended March 30, compared to 14 cents per share or $14 million a year earlier. Sales were unchanged at $407 million. Included in the results was a $22-million non-cash impairment charge for a B.C. pulp mill up for sale.

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More gains seen for Canada’s top commodity

Business News Network
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Lumber prices are near the highest level in more than eight years, but Raymond James analyst Daryl Swetlishoff sees the price of Canada’s best performing commodity climbing even higher on the back of strong offshore demand. Lumber, used in the construction of new homes and seen as a proxy for the housing market, climbed recently to a one-year high of $399.80 US per 1,000 board foot. That was close to the March 31, 2005 high of $400.70. Still, Swetlishoff sees lumber prices moving even higher on demand from Asia.

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The economic stakes: Key economic sectors and what they bring to BC

April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry -The figures:GDP: Forestry, including logging, paper and wood product manufacturing, contributed $5.7 billion to B.C.’s industrial GDP in
2011, or 3 per cent of all industry GDP. Employment: Forestry and logging direct and support jobs 2012: 17,700, wood product manufacturing 26,700, paper manufacturing 12,000.

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Who Made The Decision On The Rustad Training Facility?

250 News
April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One wonders why City Council would pass a resolution which said “be it resolved that the City Of Prince George, through Mayor and Council, supports and welcomes new Multi-institution trades training facilities in the city of Prince George.”… Did anyone, (but in particular Lyn Hall who came from the school district as chairman) think about picking up the phone and ringing the head of CNC before lending support to creating competition for CNC?

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The economic stakes: Key economic sectors and what they bring to BC

April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry -The figures:GDP: Forestry, including logging, paper and wood product manufacturing, contributed $5.7 billion to B.C.’s industrial GDP in
2011, or 3 per cent of all industry GDP. Employment: Forestry and logging direct and support jobs 2012: 17,700, wood product manufacturing 26,700, paper manufacturing 12,000.

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Resolute CEO sees future for Thunder Bay mill, but must become more competitive

TbNewsWatch.com
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The president of Resolute Forest Products says he thinks the company’s Thunder Bay mill has a future in the pulp and paper business. But, added Richard Garneau, it won’t come easy. Facing a 10 per cent decline in demand over the first quarter of 2013 compared to a year ago, Garneau said the company had no choice but to temporarily shut down the plant this month, correcting a potential oversupply had the decision not been made.

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Resolute Forest Products aims to reduce interest cost with new 10-year notes

Canadian Press
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. said Friday it has priced its previously announced private offering of US$600 million in senior 10-year notes, which will pay a substantially lower interest rate than the securities they replace. The Montreal-based paper, pulp and lumber producer says the notes, which will mature in 2013, will pay 5.875 per cent annual interest. They’ll be sold at a slight discount to their face value — 99.062 per cent of par.

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This Industry Is Getting Chewed From Both Ends

Motley Fool
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Homebuilders are probably breathing a sigh of relief right now, as new housing starts have finally broken to new five-year highs, and many analysts are expressing confidence in a new housing boom. On the other hand, that sound may not be a sigh but a gasp of horror. My colleague Maxx Chatsko recently wrote about the ferocious pine mountain beetle devastating North American forests. Lumber prices have nearly doubled over the past five years, as the beetle has consumed about 12% of the forested land west of the Mississippi, severely cutting into timber supplies.

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Will Plum Creek Timber Keep Growing Like a Weed?

Motley Fool
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Next Monday, Plum Creek Timber will release its latest quarterly results. The key to making smart investment decisions on stocks reporting earnings is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

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Weyerhaeuser Co Earnings Call Insights: Wood Products Business Rates and Cellulose Guidance

Wall St. Cheat Sheet
April 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Co recently reported its first quarter earnings and discussed the following topics in its earnings conference call: Wood Products Business Rates, Cellulose Guidance. Mark Wilde – Deutsche Bank: I want to thank you for your improved disclosure, I know that a lot of us really appreciate that. I wondered first of all on the Wood Products business can you give us a sense of kind of where your estimated operating rates are in those different businesses? …

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Weyerhaeuser: Strongest Wood Products earnings since 2005

IHB
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The net earnings reported today, April 26, by the Weyerhaeuser Company are around $114 million. Net sales for the 1Q of 2013 were around $2 billion. This is quite an impressive increase, if we take into consideration the fact that in the first quarter of 2012, the net sales were of $1,5 billion. Dan Fulton, the president and chief executive officer said: “Our wood products business reported its strongest quarterly earnings since 2005, as we effectively leveraged operational improvements in a strengthening housing market”.

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Rough And Ready No More

Evergreen Magazine
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On Friday, April 11, southern Oregon awoke to the sickening news that the Rough and Ready Lumber Company was shutting down its iconic Illinois Valley sawmill -not for repairs or remodeling – but forever. It is a staggering loss for nearby Cave Junction, a small rural community where many of the company’s 85 employees live. Someone in the know calculated that the economic loss is equal to the loss of 10,000 jobs in Portland, Oregon’s largest community. I don’t doubt it. Rough and Ready was the Illinois Valley’s largest employer for more than 50 years.

Healthy Forests, Healthy Economy can coexist from the Evergreen Magazine

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Local family ties that bind to companies evolve through the years

April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Before his untimely passing, George Weyerhaeuser Jr. compiled an admirable résumé of community involvement as well as professional accomplishment at the family business that bears his name. Except that, as stories about his life and career remind us, it’s not the family business anymore. The Federal Way-based forest products company is still called Weyerhaeuser, and it’s still closely identified with the family. But George Weyerhaeuser Jr. has been retired since 2008 from Weyerhaeuser.

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Milburn wood plant processing picking up

Otago Daily Times
April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The future of City Forests’ mothballed $15 million Milburn wood processing plant appears assured with lessee Winton-based Craigpine Timber steadily increasing log processing, since taking over in July last year. The plant closure was announced a year ago in April, because of an untenable 20% revenue decline for City Forests, with the loss of about 30 jobs and the 6-year-old plant’s mothballing was to have been completed by September.

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The absurd log-export plan

Jakarta Post
April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

We were dumbfounded to learn of two completely opposing policy measures the government plans to launch in the forestry sector. On the one hand, the government is considering extending the two-year moratorium on forest clearing, which will end later next month. …. But alas, the forestry ministry also is mulling over a plan to reopen log exports, which have been banned for more than 12 years, arguing that log prices have fallen sharply to as low as US$30 per cubic meter, compared to $80 in other ASEAN countries, due to the weak domestic demand.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

A Forest On A Skyscraper: Is This A Good Idea?

CBC
April 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

This is a rendering of two towers that are currently under construction in central Milan, in Italy. The development is called Bosco Verticale, which translates as “Vertical Forest,” and yes, those are trees and shrubs all over the outside of the building. According to The Atlantic Cities, the trees are meant to serve a number of purposes: filtering dust, absorbing carbon dioxide, reducing urban heat, conserving energy, and making the city more environmentally friendly.

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Forestry

Peace in the woods: The boreal pact is the test

Globe and Mail
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Back before the oil sands became the environmental movement’s preferred symbol of Canadian delinquency, sparking Greenpeace demonstrations at our embassies in Europe and arrests outside the White House, it was our forest industry that got all the bad press abroad. …Low-cost competition from China, Brazil, Indonesia and other countries with atrocious forestry practices convinced the Canadian industry that sustainability could be its global brand.

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FIRE SMART: The storm is coming

Vernon Morning Star
April 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Driving back from the Western Wildfire Conference in Kelowna through a torrential downpour, I was finding it extremely difficult to digest some of the information I was bringing back with me to Vernon. Not that it was confusing but just how I was going to communicate it to those that need it and would they believe me anyway? The problem is that in the North Okanagan we have been saying the same thing since 2003, “The storm is coming and people need to protect themselves from wildfire by Firesmarting their property!”

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Hawaii Mars bomber pulled back into Sproat Lake, preparing for fire season

Alberni Valley Times
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

No matter how long someone has lived in the Alberni Valley, the sight of the Coulson Flying Tankers’ Hawaii Mars Bomber flying over town is always something to stop for.  …  It was pulled into the water on Monday. “We’re just getting her in and preparing for the upcoming fire season with the B.C. government,” said Coulson Group of Companies CEO Wayne Coulson. The water bomber is on contract for another year with the provincial government, and Coulson said the traditional dates for that contract are June 1 to Aug. 31.

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Whoever wins the May 14 election must be prepared to fight the BANANA movement

April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – For the political party chosen to form government in the May 14 election, one of the biggest challenges will be dealing with B.C.’s burgeoning “banana” movement. …BANANA is the acronym for “build absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone,” a sentiment that would appear to be manifesting itself with increasing regularity in British Columbia. …Logging protests have been in relative abeyance over the past decade, probably because the coastal industry itself has been in stasis for much of the time.

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‘This is the price of progress’

Iconic hospital trees fall for new building
www.kamloopsnews.ca
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dr. Chris Prelypchan sat on the edge of the lawn out front of Royal Inland Hospital, his young red-haired son in his lap. Beside them, 80-year-old Ervin Redekop took in the action playing out on the grass. A loader moved piles of branches and pieces of tree trunks out of the way for Friday’s big job. The majestic silver maples that have separated the hospital from Columbia Street for decades — the largest probably for a century, even — were falling to the chainsaw.

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NDP unclear on environment

Victoria Times Colonist
April 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When provincial NDP leader Adrian Dix announced his party’s green policy last Monday, Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance was less than impressed: “The NDP’s environment platform is like a blurry moving sasquatch video in regards to potential old-growth forest protections and park creations. You can’t discern if it’s real and significant, or if it’s just Dix in a fake gorilla costume.” That’s scarcely a ringing endorsement from a group Dix must be hoping to recruit. If the NDP are to win next month’s election, they’ll need support from environmentalists.

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FONOM fights back for forest

Northern Ontario Business
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities is preparing to launch a campaign designed to bring residents from across Ontario into a conversation about the importance of Ontario’s Boreal Forest to Northern communities, Ontario’s economy and the environment. FONOM’s efforts come on the heels of another announcement from the environmental NGO community that threatens the work of the historical Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.

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Scottish woodland specialist speaks on widespread tree extinction

Molly Duerig
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

Eco-friendly Carr Hall was a fitting location for Tuesday’s presentation by Duncan Stone, senior woodland specialist at Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish government’s conservation agency. Stone is visiting the U.S. for nine months to conduct a study comparing European and North American experiences of woodland ecology, and exploring the viability of replacing dying tree species with non-native species. He is one of Harvard Forest’s seven Charles Bullard Fellows in Forest Research for the 2012-13 year.

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Regal Redwoods rule the coast

Malibu Times (blog)
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Imagine the most perfect tree on Earth: one that outdoes all others in magnificence, size, height, productivity, habitat, architecture and ability to draw thousands of gallons of water. Imagine, too, it is marvelously resistant to drought, fire, insects, disease, mudslides, flooding and wind, with exquisite biodiversity in its crown. Then, and only then, as John Muir put it, “you’d know the coastal monarch of their race”—the immortal Sequoia sempervirens, otherwise known as the coastal redwood.

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Federal court tosses agreement over rare-species protections in old-growth forests

Associated Press
April 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal appeals court has thrown out an agreement between environmentalists and the federal government that restored protections for rare species in old-growth forests. The Thursday ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the timber industry, which was shut out of talks leading to the agreement.

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Firefighters Preparing for Early Fire Season in Southern California

KTLA
April 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The summer fire season is still two months away, but Cal Fire is already gearing up for what they fear could be the largest number of fires they’ve seen in years. Fire officials are increasing staffing levels and getting resources in place, by moving air tankers to bases across the state. Meantime, seasonal firefighters will be brought into the Angeles National Forest starting this weekend. Wildfires are already up 45 percent this year, authorities say.

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Collegiate forestry students make cut at lumberjack competition in Missoula

The Missoulian
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Inside an ice-free hockey rink, under the glare of TV studio lights, contestants squat and shimmy like bull riders before stepping on the stage. Welcome to the Stihl Timbersports pro lumberjack competition at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Don’t even try to touch the axes – they’re sharp enough to shave whiskers. “We’re 28 years young,” boasted Brad Sorgen, Timbersports producer, as he readied a nervous-looking group of collegiate forestry students for their moment in the spotlight.

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Forest Park program will replace ash tree loss

The Desert Sun
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest-Park-program-will-replace-ash-tree-loss” align=”left” height=”125″ hspace=”5″> Forest Park wants to continue to live up to its name. Wright Gwyn, program manager for the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Department, says a large portion of the city’s urban forest consists of ash trees. These trees are endangered by an infestation by the emerald ash borer. “They will need to be chemically treated or cut down and removed,” he said. “This will greatly reduce the city’s forest canopy which residents cherish.”

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BENNET, UDALL FIGHT TO SECURE TOOLS, PROGRAMS NEEDED TO FIGHT WILDFIRES, PROTECT COMMUNITIES

FireEngineering.com
April 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall introduced legislation today to permanently reauthorize Stewardship Contracting authority for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The contracts support public-private partnerships that create Colorado jobs, reduce fuel loads on public lands and allow the private sector to turn the problem of excess biomass into profit.

Simpson: Reducing fuels prevents catastrophic fires from Fire Engineering

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CLONING A CHAMPION TREE

April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A champion narrowleaf cottonwood tree discovered in Joliet last year is being cloned so that its successful genes can be preserved for another generation. The work is a cooperative project involving several partners orchestrated by Marty Flanagan of Big Timber, a big-tree hunter. “We are all pretty excited about the project,” Flanagan said. “It’s the work I have long been willing to do.” The cottownwood, which stands next to Highway 212 just south of the Joliet Motel, has been recognized as an American Forests National Big Tree Champion.

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Nearly half of 2012 aerial firefighting tanker requests went unfilled

Colorado Springs Gazette
April 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forty-eight percent of the time that firefighters asked for air tanker support in their fight against wildfires across the United States last year, they didn’t come. Those numbers included requests for the 11 large aerial tankers — and this year there are only eight of those. As temperatures rise and the threat of wildfires nears, firefighters and experts are concerned that the nation’s stock of large firefighting tankers is insufficient to keep smaller fires from burgeoning into megafires.

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With addition of smog, trees may generate air pollution

Mongabay.com
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In 2004 scientists found that isoprene, a compound produced by trees to protect their leaves from oxidation and temperature fluctuations, plays a role in the production of particulate matter, tiny particles that can cause lung damage, asthma, and other health problems. The finding — which led some to argue that forests are worsening air pollution rather than helping mitigate it — was incomplete however.

Trees cause pollution – but not on their own from Summit County Citizens Voice

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Forestry peace deal fate to be revealed

Tasmania’s fringe environmental groups have revealed they will not stop protesting if the amended forest peace deal legislation becomes law.
ABC News, Australia
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

They have labelled it a ‘mutant’ bill and have made a final plea to environmental signatories to reject it. The deal, brokered by green groups and industry bodies, would see half a million hectares of forest protected from logging. Two weeks ago, the Legislative Council backed potentially deal-breaking changes to the forest peace agreement.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Clearing the air on carbon credits

by Tom Swann, Associate Regional vice-president, B.C. The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Vernon Morning Star
April 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent release by the B.C. auditor general has led to a vigorous debate on the future of carbon neutral government. As a seller of carbon credits to the Pacific Carbon Trust, the Nature Conservancy of Canada looks forward to any clarity that may result in the B.C. carbon market. However, a recent editorial in this newspaper (“Greenhouse gas leaks from Pacific Carbon Trust” by Tom Fletcher), perpetuates factual errors that fail to inform any debate.

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Soils Cannot Lock Away Black Carbon

Scientific American
April 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

Climate scientists may have to rethink some of their old assumptions about carbon. US and European researchers have just established that black carbon, soot and biochar – the burnt remains from countless forest fires – doesn’t stay in the soil indefinitely. Around 27 million tons of the stuff gets dissolved in water and washed down the rivers into the oceans each year.

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Federal effort to boost Maine’s wood pellet industry sees strong returns

Morning Sentinel
April 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As the sun sets on an $11.4 million federal effort to boost Maine’s wood pellet industry, early returns seem to indicate that the investment was a sound one. The money helps drive Maine toward a stronger sustainable forestry economy and reduced dependence on foreign oil, according to one expert. The U.S. Department of Forestry spent the money in the Fuels for Public Buildings grant to help bring 24 biomass conversion projects to fruition in schools, hospitals and public buildings across the state.

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Dying trees in Japanese forest said to be affected by China pollution

The Japan Daily Press
April 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In the forests of Yakushima, a small, mountainous island off the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the pine trees are dying, and an environmental professor believes that the culprit is China’s pollution and smog being brought in by the winds from continental Asia. Osamu Nagafuchi, a professor of ecosystem studies at the University of Shiga in central Japan, started studying the trend in the late ‘90s at the start of China’s heavy industrialization and believes the pollution is now causing pine trees in Yakusima’s primeval forest – one of the few left in Japan – to die at an accelerated rate.

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Jatropha tree subject of Egyptian biofuel experiment

Al-Shorfa
April 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The environment and fuel consumption are top priorities in Egypt today, with public and private sectors each seeking to address these issues. To this end, agricultural engineer Wadad Khaireddine has embarked on a project to cultivate the Jatropha Curcas, a plant that produces seeds named “green fuel”, from which oil can be extracted to be used as fuel and a substitute for diesel.

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General

CLONING A CHAMPION TREE

April 29, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

A champion narrowleaf cottonwood tree discovered in Joliet last year is being cloned so that its successful genes can be preserved for another generation. The work is a cooperative project involving several partners orchestrated by Marty Flanagan of Big Timber, a big-tree hunter. “We are all pretty excited about the project,” Flanagan said. “It’s the work I have long been willing to do.” The cottownwood, which stands next to Highway 212 just south of the Joliet Motel, has been recognized as an American Forests National Big Tree Champion.

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