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Daily Archives: June 26, 2013

Business & Politics

Cowichan estuary dredging raises eco-ire

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sediment dredging for safe, log-channel access to the Western Forest Products Cowichan Bay sawmill should end by Friday, a WFP spokesman says. That legally permitted work is expected to continue despite tomorrow’s 10 a.m. dredging protest at WFP’s Cowichan Bay Road gates. Protest organizers say the current dredging volume far outweighs some 2,000 cubic metres of sediment dug from the sawmill’s log-haul area in 2009. They think it could hurt sea life and they fear the dredgate may hold chemicals that will run back into the sensitive bay.

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Falling loonie a boost for Catalyst; Canadian dollar opened Monday at 95 cents as U.S. greenback rises due to U.S. Fed expectations

Alberni Valley Times
June 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the Canadian dollar is falling to almost a two-year low, Catalyst Paper, one the Alberni Valley’s largest producers of jobs, is riding a bit of a high. As of Monday morning, the Canadian dollar is trading at 95.04 cents U.S., down 0.60 of a cent from Friday’s close against the U.S. greenback. …”It’s good for us,” said Catalyst CEO Kevin Clarke, who is stepping down at the end of the month. “Every cent it weakens against the U.S. dollar, because we sell everything in U.S. dollars, is a positive on a weighted average base of about between six and seven million dollars a year.”

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The Alberta Forest Products Association: 23% increased production in 1Q/2013

AFPA
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta Forest Products Association issued a press release on June 18, 2013 presenting the values of production of its member companies. Values of lumber, pulp and paper, and panelboard manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association member companies totaled approximately $671 million for the 1st quarter of 2013. The value of production was up $126 million (23%) from the same period last year. Compared to the 4th quarter of 2012, production values climbed $69 million (11%). 

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Shutdown benefits local contractors, economy, says Northern Pulp

NG News
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp’s scheduled maintenance shutdown from June 15 – 26 is improving the Mill’s reliability, safety, production and environmental performance while providing businesses, contractors, and the local economy a welcome boost. This shutdown includes detailed inspections, preventative maintenance to ensure all systems remain in working order and upgrades to several parts of the operation to improve efficiency.

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Builders and Lumber Dealers See Shortages of Key Building Materials

DWM
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Homebuilders and lumber dealers are reporting significant shortages of key home building materials such as lumber and wall board, according to recent surveys by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. “Supply constraints are one of the barriers to a more robust recovery,” says NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “The shortages and price increases reported by both homebuilders and lumber dealers are particularly concerning given that the current rate of construction is still far below what would be considered normal or necessary to meet underlying demand.”

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Timber industry expects housing to lift demand

ABC Online
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

The Australian timber industry expects a better housing market, both here and in the US, will boost global demand for timber. Timber exports have slumped by 10 per cent in value last year, and Australia has had a trade deficit of wood products of around $2 billion a year for the last ten years. The turnover of the sector was about $22 billion in 2010. The industry has suffered from a weak housing market in the US, the strong Australian dollar, and a collapse in the woodchip market for paper products, after the tsunami in Japan.

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Stoltze Lumber picks up $200K+ federal grant

KPAX-TV
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, DC – A Northwest Montana company has picked up some federal money that’s aimed at bringing more jobs to the Columbia falls Area. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester have announced that U.S. forest Service will be giving over $210,000, to help Stoltze Lumber in Columbia Falls create jobs and keep Montana’s forests healthy, according to a news release. The money will be used to develop and improve its biomass facility, which turns trees and forest debris too small for commercial logging into energy.

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Central Oregon Forest For Sale

Oregon Public Broadcasting
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Prineville-based Ochoco Lumber Company has put nearly 33,000 acres up for sale. The Foley Butte Block will be auctioned starting next month, as the company focuses on other areas of its business. John Rosenthal for Realty Marketing/Northwest is handling the sale. He says Ochoco is selling these lands for strategic reasons. “They used to have a sawmill in Prineville, which hasn’t been there since 2001. They have the last remaining sawmill in Grant County. They’re focusing all their resources on that project. It’s a strategy to redeploy their assets.”

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Sweden and Finland expand lumber shipments

HD FestForest
June 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There has been significant growth in shipments of lumber from Sweden and Finland to markets outside of Europe. Figures released by the Wood Resource Quarterly show that non-European exports from the two countries have soared over the last five years, with Swedish sawmills shipping 27 per cent more lumber in 2012 than they did in 2007 and Finland experiencing a 43 per cent increase over the same period. In terms of recipients, the biggest increases have been in the shipments sent to Northern Africa, the Middle East, Japan, China and the US.

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44 jobs to go at Whittaker’s

Donnybrookmail
June 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE owners of Whittaker’s Timber Mill say lack of certainty over log volumes under the State Government’s Forest Management Plan has led to the axing of 44 workers from its Greenbushes Mill.   It has also put a stop to a potential expansion which would have seen the company invest a further $2.5 million at its south-west milling operations. Blue Leaf Proprietary Ltd, trading as Whittaker’s Timber Mill, which is the second largest employer in the Shire of Bridgetown- Greenbushes, last week announced it would cease log deliveries, close its green mill and scale down dry milling operations, making 44 people redundant.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Newsprint shipments decline in May; exports fail to offset NAmerican decline

Canadian Press
June 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL – Newsprint shipments by North American producers continued to decline in May despite an almost 20 per cent year-over-year increase in exports, according to an industry organization. Overall, newsprint shipments from North American producers fell 1.1 per cent in May from the prior year but were up 5.7 per cent from April, the Pulp and Paper Products Council said Tuesday. North American demand was down 8.9 per cent in May, or 10 per cent in the first five months of the year. Exports were up 11 per cent, with higher demand in Asia, particularly India, and in South America.

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Infested ash trees get second life as home flooring

CBC.ca
June 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A company with roots in eastern Ontario is making the most of the region’s emerald ash borer infestation by turning dead and condemned trees into floorboards. Gaylord Hardwood Flooring, a family business based in Tweed, Ont., is increasingly using trees affected by the Asian beetles to make hardwood flooring at its mill in southwest Ontario. Greg Gaylord says the company is buying up the wood, which he says makes excellent floorboards.

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Forestry

Jasper National Park forest fire 7 years in the planning

CBC.ca
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire in Jasper National Park seven years in the planning may be touched off this fall as part of of change in direction in forest management at Parks Canada. “We wait for that right window of opportunity with the weather and the forest fuel dryness … before we can carry out a prescribed fire,” says forest expert Kim Weir. For seven years, Weir said, park staff has tried to ignite a 750-hectare managed forest fire in the Vine Creek area 20 kilometres north of the Jasper townsite.

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Logging practices must change

Letter by Suzie Anderson
Penticton Western News
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Is clear cut logging of large areas good stewardship of our land? I am so very sad that the logging practices in British Columbia appear to be without any respect for the land and environment with profit the only standard. We take and take and take from Mother Earth and what do we give back? Do we ever even give thanks? …The giant proposed clear cutting to take place on Green Mountain and what has already been done around Apex Mountain Resort cannot be a good thing for the eco system, water shed, possible erosion and flooding downstream.

Save Apex from devastation Letter to Penticton Western News
Logging will impact Apex Letter to Penticton Western News

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The devil’s in the details on ministers’ marching orders

By Vaughn Palmer
Vancouver Sun
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On a day when the B.C. Liberals were to lay out the agenda for a postelection session of the legislature, it is worth noting that Premier Christy Clark has already issued itemized marching orders to her ministers. …For instance, among the dozen items on the list for Forests Minister Steve Thomson is to “consult with communities on the midterm timber supply report and implement area-based tenures as recommended to the legislature last spring.” The reference is to a measure introduced in the pre-election session to address concerns about looming wood shortages in Interior communities dependent on the pine-beetle-ravaged forests.

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Mock interface fire drill planned for East Shuswap Road

Kamloops Daily News
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Kamloops region may still be drying off from a wet start to the summer but its wildfire fighters are already hard at work. On Tuesday, the Tk’emlups band alerted its members living on East Shuswap Road, Sage Meadows and Sun Rivers of a mock interface fire scenario happening Wednesday. The fake wildfire near Harper Ranch will involve the deployment of structural and wild land firefighters as well as RCMP and Emergency Social Services.

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N.W.T. and federal goverment sign devolution deal

Globe and Mail
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Northwest Territories, the federal government and certain aboriginal parties signed a devolution agreement Tuesday which transfers power over public land, water and natural resources to Yellowknife from Ottawa. Premier Bob McLeod heralded the agreement as one which would allow for the creation of a “strong and prosperous territory.” …The latest deal has been criticized by members of the Lutsel K’e Dene, who feel it could threaten plans for a long-desired national park in an area they consider sacred.

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Tent caterpillars chomp through northwestern Ont. forests

CBC.ca
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

According to Mother Nature’s clock, northwestern Ontario is due for an outbreak of the forest tent caterpillar, says a provincial expert who studies the bug. It’s been 10 years since the last large outbreak in the region which, according to the normal cycle of the insect, makes the area due for another infestation, said Taylor Scarr, an entomologist with Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Labrador forest fire doubles in size

QMI Agency
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A major forest fire in western Labrador is growing and has spread over the Quebec border, but officials say nearby communities are safe. The blaze just east of Labrador City and Wabush has been growing since Sunday, destroying cabins in its wake and forcing the evacuation of many more. Local media reports say the blaze has doubled in size since Monday to at least 1,000 acres. However, winds are pushing the flames eastward, away from the towns.

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Fort Resolution First Nations team up on forest resources

June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Fort Resolution Métis Council and the Deninu Kue First Nation. The two parties have agreed to work together regarding forest resources in their traditional N.W.T. territories. The document brings two parties together which haven’t always seen eye to eye. This five-year agreement lays out how the two will work together. They will both administer how the forest resources are dealt with and who they sell them to.

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Smoke from Quebec brings out local water bombers

The Western Star
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

DEER LAKE Water bombers were most likely out in the Humber Valley over the weekend because of smoke from Quebec, said a pilot for Government Air Services in Deer Lake. Palmer Tibbo said several calls came in about the smell of smoke in the region, with a haze seen in the air in some areas. Tibbo said the odour of smoke coul be detected but, upon investigation, airborne pilots did not see any fires locally. Quebec has been experiencing a rash of forest fires over the last few weeks.

Smoke from Quebec lingering over Newfoundland from The Telegram

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Northwest Fire Centre responds to eight new fires

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SMITHERS – The Northwest Fire Centre responded to eight new wildfires on Monday, all the result of lightning that moved through northern B.C. throughout the afternoon. Five of the fires are in the Cassiar Fire Zone and three are in the Skeena Fire Zone. All eight fires are less than one hectare in size and are not threatening any communities or infrastructure at this time. Two of the fires ignited near the Telegraph Creek airstrip. Air tankers and a helicopter were used to help control them until fire crews arrived onsite.

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Fort Resolution First Nations team up on forest resources

June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Fort Resolution Métis Council and the Deninu Kue First Nation. The two parties have agreed to work together regarding forest resources in their traditional N.W.T. territories. The document brings two parties together which haven’t always seen eye to eye. This five-year agreement lays out how the two will work together. They will both administer how the forest resources are dealt with and who they sell them to.

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Forest Service Chief Cites Conservation Opportunities, Challenges in Senate Hearing

Fire Engineering
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell addressed today the challenges and opportunities facing the agency’s forest management efforts in testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. “We must manage and restore more acres to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire, to address insects and disease, and to restore the ecological health of forests for the benefit of all Americans,” said Tidwell. “We know we cannot achieve all of this without a strong integrated forest products industry that can use all parts and sizes of trees to help us accomplish our restoration work.”

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Firefighters look for change in winds to launch more strategic effort against Colorado wildfire

The Associated Press
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DEL NORTE, Colo. – Crews defending resort towns, homes and cabins against a massive and erratic wildfire in Colorado’s southwest mountains were looking Tuesday for a slight break after nearly a week of unrelenting winds. Tim Foley, a fire behaviour expert working the 117-square mile blaze, said officials are hoping to begin a more strategic assault on the backcountry blaze, which forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 residents and visitors from the summer retreat of South Fork and surrounding areas on Friday.

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Fire crews sent to West’s hot spots

Mail Tribune
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly 40 firefighters from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest have been deployed to battle wildfires in Alaska and Colorado. The 20-member Rogue River Hotshots, based in Prospect, were sent to Alaska on Saturday. The 17 firefighters who comprise the forest’s rappelling crew are now battling a fire in Colorado after fighting a fire in California and one in Utah. “We also have miscellaneous overhead staff that have gone to Colorado, and we’re starting to get orders for more personnel to go to Alaska,” said forest spokeswoman Virginia Gibbons.

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Nau Official Says Forest Management Pays Off

Payson Roundup
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Northern Arizona University official told a Senate committee Tuesday that the government needs to be more aggressive about managing forest growth and reducing fuels that feed uncontrolled wildfires. Diane Vosick told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that the costs of forest management can be repaid many times over in reduced severity and losses from wildfires. “The question becomes, can we afford not to treat?” asked Vosick, the director of policy and partnerships for NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute.

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Forest Service Set To Detail 10-year Stewardship Contract

Blue Mountain Eagle
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service will hold meetings starting this week for potential bidders to learn more about the Malheur National Forest’s 10-year stewardship contract. Described as “pre-proposal meetings,” the sessions will be teleconferenced and will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Forest Service offices in John Day, Pendleton, La Grande, Bend, Prineville, Baker City and Hines. The first session will be Thursday, June 27, followed by sessions on Wednesday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 16.

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Oregon House Passes Wildfire Protection Bill

Oregon Public Broadcasting
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon House has passed a measure that could significantly change the way Oregon pays for the suppression of large wildfires. …This bill provides more money to fight fires while they’re still small, by taking $3 million usually reserved for fighting large fires. Oregon State Forester Doug Decker says it’s a lot like preventive medicine. “It makes much more sense to take a lower cost application of effective response instead of waiting for a fire to get larger,” says Decker.

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Conservation groups sue over timber sale around Lindbergh Lake

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A timber sale around Lindbergh Lake is headed to court after planners and opponents disagreed over how beneficial it might be to old-growth forests and rare wildlife. Four Montana conservation groups sued to block the Glacier-Loon Timber Sale in Missoula District Court on Monday. They claim the Swan Valley project would hurt grizzly bear, lynx, elk and wolverine, while damaging what little is left of the region’s old growth. But Swan Lake Ranger Station officials maintain the project is a fair compromise that balances hazardous fuels reduction, old-growth promotion and commercial timber activity.

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Judge stops 3 logging projects over lynx

The Associated Press
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — A federal judge this week blocked three Montana logging projects in two national forests, saying the U.S. government did not properly examine the effects the projects might have on lynx and the threatened animal’s habitat. That makes four timber projects since May in which U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen found fault with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ conclusion that cutting and burning in those areas would not significantly harm the big cats’ territory.

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North Idaho man pleads guilty to illegal timber cut

Associated Press
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A north Idaho man charged with cutting about 40 trees illegally from a federal forest has pleaded guilty in a federal court. Federal prosecutors say they reached a plea agreement Monday with 54-year-old Norman Leroy Bogart of Kingston. Bogart was charged with the felony last week and in the deal with prosecutors admitted cutting and hauling timber from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests between April and October last year.

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Forestry Policy Conference generates dialog, ideas

WSAU
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CARTER, Wis. — Forest health and management practices were discussed Monday during the Forestry Policy Conference held in Carter. … Michigan Republican U.S. Representative Dan Benishek from Iron River says there has been a push to get more production from the forests. “I know what we’ve been working on in Congress to try to fix some of the individual parts of the process, and make it easier for people to harvest out of the federal forests. It’s good some ideas came out today that I hadn’t thought of, so that’s always good.”

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CARROLL: Bugs kill biggest pine tree

Rapid City Journal
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Word came today the largest tree in the Black Hills is dead, victim of a virulent mountain pine beetle attack. That news should not be surprising. We are losing somewhere between three million and eight million pine trees each year to the tiny voracious beetles and most of them are larger older trees. Mountain pine beetles are opportunity predators that prefer the old and the sick in normal times. In epidemics like this one that began in Beaver Park in the northeast part of the Black Hills in 1997, all bets are off. What is surprising is the reason the biggest tree in the Black Hills died.

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Gypsy moths invade region

Titusville Herald
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When the question: “Are there any residents who have an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars on their trees?” was posted on The Herald’s Facebook page, people commented that the pests were not only on trees, but falling out of trees onto them, getting into the dog’s water dish, crawling on hanging plants and eating everything in sight. The caterpillars are gypsy moth larvae and they are hungry, very hungry, with a voracious appetite for tree leaves. The gypsy moth larvae prefer oak trees, but according to Cecile Stelter, district forester with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, Cornplanter Forest District No. 14, the caterpillars will feed on other trees, such as aspen, apple, maple cherry and even ornamental trees.

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Global day recognises importance of forests

BDlive
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests are vital for our well being, according to United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. In a message for the first International Day of Forests on March 21, he said forests cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits. More than 3-billion people use wood for fuel; about 2-billion people depend on forests for sustenance and income, and 750-million live within them. However, he noted that forests are often at the frontlines of competing demands.

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Larch tree disease spreads to Gwynedd, Powys and Ceredigion

BBC News
June 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Around 5m larches have been hit by a tree-killing disease which has spread into mid and north Wales. More than £2m is being spent tackling the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum after helicopter surveys found it had moved into Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Powys. Experts say they have been “surprised” by the speed it has spread. Natural Resources Wales started felling trees after the disease was found in the Afan Valley, Neath Port Talbot, in 2010.

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Auditor General critical of forestry management

ABC News, Australia
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Auditor General has issued a scathing report which highlights a lack of transparency and accountability in the management of the state’s forests. The report, tabled in Parliament today, examined the management, supply and sale of WA native forest products. The Auditor General Colin Murphy says the Department of Environment and Conservation needs to better document its processes and put guidelines in place.  He also identified issues with the Forest Products Commission.

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At Chernobyl, danger lurks in the trees

June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…”Our number one job is to save the forest from fire,” said Ossienko, a burly, blue-eyed Ukrainian whose warm smile winks with a missing tooth. It’s a job with international consequences. For almost three decades the forests around the shuttered nuclear power plant have been absorbing contamination left from the 1986 reactor explosion. Now climate change and lack of management present a troubling predicament: If these forests burn, strontium 90, cesium 137, plutonium 238 and other radioactive elements would be released, according to an analysis of the human health impacts of wildfire in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone conducted by scientists in Germany, Scotland, Ukraine and the United States.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood Pellet Industry’s Counterattack on Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” Campaign Misses the Point

Danna Smith
June 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Some of the largest forest industry lobby organizations, including the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the US Wood Pellet Industrial Association are organizing a coordinated effort to counter Dogwood Alliance and NRDC’s work to stop the large-scale burning of Southern forests for electricity. Last week, Rolling Stones’ keyboardist and Georgia pine plantation owner, Chuck Leavell, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, responding to the launch of the Our Forests Aren’t Fuel Campaign and the paper’s front-page story linking the South’s largest exporter of wood pellets to Europe to the clearcutting of wetland forests.

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