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Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

BC Loggers Need a Real Market on the Coast

by Monty Hussey
July 17, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Having been involved in contract logging for all of my life, I can say one thing on behalf of all the coastal contractors who work on BC’s coast. We just want the opportunity to work. We want to provide stable jobs for our crews, to make sure our employees are safe, to pay the bills we incur and to ensure the communities we live in are supported. It is not complicated. What is complicated, however, is operating a successful contracting business in an industry where a very few companies control most of the contract logging opportunities.

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Froggy Foibles

Treecology, Hoyt Arboretum to host tree hugging world record attempt

The Oregonian
July 18, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

Tree-centric organizations Hoyt Arboretum and Treecology are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most people simultaneously hugging trees in one place at one time with a group hug 2 p.m. Saturday at Hoyt Arboretum, in Washington Park near the intersection of Southwest Kingston Drive and Knights Boulevard. The current record — technically for the largest gathering of people hugging trees — is 702 people, achieved by the United Kingdom’s Forestry Commission in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, U.K., on Sept. 11, 2011.

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Business & Politics

B.C. lumber producers finish wood dust audit tool to improve safety at sawmills

Led by major companies, program being shared widely in B.C. and Alberta
Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s major forest companies have completed the creation of a wood dust audit standard they promised last year after two deadly sawmill explosions. The audits, expected to begin before the end of the year, are meant to increase safety at sawmills. Wood dust was cited by WorkSafeBC as the source of the two explosions in northern B.C. that killed four workers and injured dozens of others. A group representing 10 major companies with about 75 per cent of the province’s lumber production and 55 large sawmills say their audits will be conducted independently by firms such as KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers and possibly insurance companies.

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Firm to rebuild devastated mill

Prince George Citizen
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lakeland Mill’s reconstruction will be starting Monday. The destroyed mill in Prince George’s downtown is still the subject of a provincial Crown investigation, but Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group Forest Products (primary owners) announced in March that the company planned to rebuild nonetheless. “We made the decision to rebuild despite any decisions on final insurance settlement,” Stewart said at the time. On Monday, he and other officials from the Lakeland company, the millworkers’ union, the City of Prince George and representatives from the employees will disclose the details of the rebuild plan and begin construction.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Eye-catching, barrel-vault roof sets this modernist house apart

The Globe and Mail
July 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

It started with a little brochure landing on a desk. The desk belonged to Guelph, Ont., architect Richard (Dick) Pagani. The brochure, which caught the young man’s eye, illustrated how to build an eye-catching barrel-vault roof. Put out by the Fir Plywood Institute of Canada, the hope was to get architects interested in innovative uses for British Columbia wood products, and it worked, as it was carefully filed away by the Guelph native for future use.

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EcoNest Intensive Workshop Teaches Green Building with Clay, Straw, and Timber

Jetson Green
July 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon-based EcoNest Company is the manifestation of an holistic design concept that being implemented in the construction of homes using straw-clay walls, earth plasters, and non-toxic, natural finishes. The concept as a company encompasses Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA and Robert Laporte, and has grown to become a resource for home building workshops and seminars, design and build assistance, a network of professional green builders, and access to other learning opportunities.

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Forestry

Firefighters confident they can contain 30-hectare wildfire near Pemberton

Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters reported progress Thursday as they fought to contain a wildfire 28 km southeast of Pemberton. Fire information officer Donna MacPherson said the Lizzie Creek fire did not spread overnight Wednesday — some rain fell on it — and firefighters were battling the blaze on a steep hillside. It was listed as 20 per cent contained Thursday afternoon, up from 10 per cent in the morning. MacPherson said firefighters initially were unable to get an accurate size estimate because of thick smoke, but it has since been mapped at 0.3 square km — or about four times the size of the BC Place stadium property.

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BC Timber Sales to be audited around Prince George

HQ Prince George
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An audit on timber sales in the Prince George area will take place starting next week. The Forest Practices Board will examine timber harvesting, road construction, maintenance, silviculture, fire prevention and other activties by BC Timber Sales and timber sale licence holders. The Board will be looking to see that everything is in compliance with forest practices legislation.

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Future’s uncertain for Martin Mars waterbombers

Alberni Valley News
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The world’s largest water bomber entered its last firefighting season in B.C., but Port Alberni- based owner Coulson Flying Tankers is trying to change that. In May, the ministry of forest announced this summer will be the last time they contract the Martin Mars Hawaii aircraft to fight forest fires. A government press release cited age and the difficulty it would be to fix and maintain the 1946 built aircraft as it is the last of its kind in operation. Hawaii Mars owner Wayne Coulson of the Coulson Group of Companies, has been in contact with ministry officials and plans to meet with new forest minister, Steve Thomson, to discuss the issue.

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NS moves to ban whole-tree harvesting

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Whole-tree harvesting removes the entire tree, including stem, branches, stump and roots, out of a forest site to a landing or roadside. In full-tree harvesting, the stump and roots remain at the forest site, but the stem and branches are removed. “Nova Scotians clearly told us they were opposed to both of these practices and we are honouring our commitment to ban them,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker, in a news release. “These practices were allowed to go on for too long, and we are making the right decision for the health of the forests and the sustainability of the forest industry.”

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Move pleases some in woodlot industry, but others worry about job losses

Chronicle Herald
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia will ban whole- and full-tree harvesting, a move drawing mixed reactions. … Andy Kekacs of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association said his organization supports the move. He said the group is concerned the intensity of harvesting over the last 50 years has led to declines in soil fertility. “…  But Robin Barrett said the province is “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” “You don’t discard a tool just because you’re afraid someone is going to misuse it; you figure out a system so that it does get used appropriately,” said Barrett, president of Barrett Enterprises Ltd.

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City seeks to strengthen rules governing arborists as reports ‘not based on science’ lead to mislabelled trees

The National Post
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eric Davies, a PhD student in forestry at the University of Toronto, walks behind two-storey townhouses on High Park Avenue and stops under a collosal tree, its trunk wider than a doorway. Swallows flit off and a squirrel scampers up the trunk. “This is the first Austrian pine with broad leaf maple leaves on it,” jokes Mr. Davies.   A metal tag on its trunk labels this tree as #1190. Mr. Davies pulls out a “tree preservation plan,” submitted to the City of Toronto last fall by GWL Realty Advisors. GWL wants to knock down these townhouses, cut down 60 mature trees and erect two 31-storey towers. The firm hired David Carnevale of The Tree Specialists to study the trees.

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4,150-acre West Mullan fire at doorstep of Superior homes, businesses

The Missoulian
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SUPERIOR – The West Mullan fire crept toward Superior in a wave of flame and black smoke on Thursday, putting fire crews on defense as they made a stand to save the town’s northern edge. A stubborn branch of the 4,150-acre fire reached the doorstep of several north-side homes and threatened a cluster of businesses, including two local bars and a bank, along with an auto parts store and a lumber yard. “It’s starting to roll,” said fire information officer Pat McKelvey.

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Gold Creek fire holds at 167 acres as crews attack from ground, air

The Missoulian
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Gold Creek fire remains uncontained and fire crews continue to work by ground and air to stymie the fire, with increasingly active fire behavior expected Thursday due to dry, hot conditions. The fire, 17 miles northeast of Missoula, started as a lightning holdover about three miles east of Boulder Lake just outside the Rattlesnake Wilderness on Monday evening and is holding at 167 acres. By the end of Thursday, six crews, including three Hotshot crews, two hand crews and a wildland fire module, were expected to be actively involved in fighting the fire.

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Crews Making Progress On Central Oregon Wildfire

OPB
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A large wildfire burning in Central Oregon is now 75 percent contained. That’s according to Oregon’s Department of Forestry. Lightning sparked the Box Springs Fire over the weekend. So far it’s burned more than 500 acres of timber and brush northeast of Prineville. Firefighters appeared to turn the corner Tuesday by establishing a line around the fire’s perimeter, effectively halting its progress. Tracy Wrolson is an assistant district forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry in Central Oregon.

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DeFazio Secures Committee Seat

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, has held off a determined challenge from Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona to become the ranking, or lead, Democrat on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. …Some Lane County Democrats had supported Grijalva’s candidacy and are critical of DeFazio’s proposal to sharply increase logging on U.S. Bureau of Land Management forests in Western Oregon. They argue his push to boost logging is out of step with the environmental concerns of most Oregonians.

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The future of the Tongass Forest lies beyond logging, but the timber industry is having a hard time letting go

High Country News
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Earlier this month residents witnessed what might be its dying gasp: a directive from U.S. Agricultural Secretary Thomas Vilsack that will effectively phase out old growth logging in the Tongass within 15 years. But just before Vilsack’s announcement—the day before—the Forest Service sold 6,000 acres of old growth in Thorne Bay for logging to help ease the transition. As you’d expect, environmentalists lauded the first announcement and logging proponents the second. But the applause from both camps died quickly. On one point, at least, they agree: 15 years will never work.

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Calif. wildfire growing as mountain town evacuates

Associated Press
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and cabins in the mountains above Palm Springs is growing in size and now firefighters are keeping an eye on the weather. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kate Kramer says the fire grew overnight to around 24,818 acres _ roughly 39 square miles _ and it’s only 15 percent contained Friday morning. The fire is burning in several directions in the San Jacinto Mountains and continues to threaten the town of Idyllwild. About 6,000 people remain evacuated. Kramer says a thunderstorm could move in Friday bringing gusty, erratic winds and possibly lightning, with only a 20 percent chance of rain.

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Firefighter Deaths Put Focus On Safety

OPB
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in an Arizona wildfire on June 30 were laid to rest last week, the thoughts of wildland firefighting professionals turned to the fundamental question of firefighter safety. The issue strikes very close to home for Sisters wildfire firefighting contractor Dave Vitelle, who owns and operates Bear Mountain Fire. Safety is supposed to be the absolute priority on any fire, Vitelle notes, but safety sometimes comes into competition with firefighters’ dedication to fighting a blaze and saving people’s homes. 

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Wildfires Will Worsen, And Further Strain The Forest Service

NPR
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The deaths of 19 firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., this summer have focused a lot of attention on just how bad wildfire has become in the West. And research predicts the situation is going to get worse. Over the past decade, the region has seen some of the worst fire seasons on record. In addition to lives lost, the fires have cost billions in terms of lost property and in taxpayer money spent fighting the blazes. Ray Rasker, an economist who lives in the fire country of southwestern Montana, tracks fire records the way other economists study business cycles or commodity prices.

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In Summit County, increased temps, beetle epidemic changing wildfire behavior

Summit Daily
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Summit County residents are accustomed to looking out their windows onto rocky peaks covered with lush vegetation in shades of green and brown. …Increasing temperatures and the beetle epidemic’s damage to forests has changed fire behavior, the fire hydrologist said. Large fires are becoming more common, and fire season in the West is about 65 days longer, he said. Because of the fluctuating state of the forests, Piehl said research done 15 or 20 years ago may no longer hold true.

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Pine Creek Fire grows nearly 400 acres; Summit Fire flames spread quickly

Idaho Statesman
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The human-caused Pine Creek Fire northeast of Boise grew nearly 400 acres Thursday. The fire, which started Monday off Grimes Creek Road about three miles north of Idaho 21, was estimated at 1,944 acres at around 9 p.m. Thursday. Kidd’s Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 attributed the increase to increased fire behavior and directed burnout operations. Some resources were to remain on scene until early Friday. Their goal is to secure the perimeter at Grimes Creek Road north of Macks Creek by Friday morning.

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Darby Logger Days offers axes, saws, log rolling and more

The Missoulian
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARBY – If there is an event that embodies all that Montana stands for, Darby Logger Days is it. The premier community festival of the year for the southern Bitterroot Valley, the 12th annual Darby Logger Days is this Friday and Saturday and is meant to celebrate the skill and bravery of those who work in the logging industry, long the lynchpin of the Bitterroot economy. Held on the Logger Days grounds at the south end of town, the event will feature competitors in 17 traditional competitions, including ax throwing, pole climbing, log rolling and cross-cut sawing.

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Perry County could be under quarantine due to invasive tree bug

Perryville News
July 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Due to the infiltration of an invasive, wood-boring insect, Perry County could be under quarantine through both state and federal agencies. The quarantine would prohibit and/or regulate the movement of any product derived of the ash tree — which includes furniture, medicine, firewood, etc. — outside county limits after the discovery of an insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer. The borer, an exotic beetle native to eastern Russia, northern China, Japan and Korea, infests and kills ash trees.

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Forest death not just a number – CTU

Voxy.co.nz
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The death of another forest worker near Tokoroa this morning is a family tragedy that will impact for years to come, says Helen Kelly, CTU President. “This morning’s forestry death is the sixth death this year which includes the death of Eramyha Eruera Pairama who died in Whakatane on 7 January, followed by John Sanderson of Northland on 17 January then Robert Epapara in Rotorua on 26 March then Adam Olsson in New Plymouth on 22 April and Shane Reardon on 20 May in Tolaga Bay. This number already matches the total number of people killed in forestry for the whole year last year and is accompanied by 83 seriously harmed workers including one just yesterday in Whanganui.”

Speculation into forestry death ‘unhelpful’ from Voxy.co.nz
Forest safety under scrutiny from the Manawatu Standard
Safety crackdown after sixth forestry death from Radio New Zealand News

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Trees Have Internal Clocks Too, Study Finds

Live Science
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Like human bodies, some trees have internal clocks that coordinate the activities of their cells with the cycles of day and night, a new study finds. Scientists knew of these circadian rhythms in leaves, but the new study is the first to demonstrate them in whole trees. In the study, the researchers looked at the Tasmanian blue gum tree, and found it appears to use its internal clock to regulate its intake of water and carbon dioxide. These cycles could affect models of climate change, the scientists say.

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Malaysian Borneo Plundered As 80 Percent of Rainforests Are Logged

Yale Environment 360
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The first comprehensive, satellite-based assessment of industrial logging practices in Malaysian Borneo has shown that more than 80 percent of the region’s forests have been heavily impacted by logging. Reporting in the journal PLOS One, researchers from Australia, New Guinea, and the U.S. say that Malaysian Borneo — which just 30 years ago was considered one of the wildest places on Earth — now has been eaten away by 226,000 miles of roads that have enabled companies to legally and illegally log most of the territory, which consists of the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

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Biodiversity paradigm questioned after flaws found in logging impact research

Forests Blog, CIFOR
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia— Studies about the impact of logging on biodiversity in tropical regions should be scrutinized, conclusions toned down or even discounted, according to a recent publication in the journal “Conservation Biology“ that has revealed widespread methodological flaws. …In rainforest-specific studies, they found, scientists often treat sites that have been logged and those that haven’t as if they were identical before the timber cutting, and perform statistical comparisons that cannot support the conclusions that are drawn from them, an example of a methodological flaw known as “pseudoreplication”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Federal Court Affirms Science As Guide for How EPA Must Regulate Biomass Energy

Huffington Post
July 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

… Like fossil fuels, when trees are burned in power plants, the carbon they have accumulated is released into the atmosphere. However, burning wood for energy far less efficient than fossil fuels, and thus far more carbon polluting per unit of energy. Cutting down trees for energy production also disrupts vital carbon sinks and impedes ongoing forest carbon sequestration–not just on the forest floor, but also in the soil. Even thinning forests, which biomass boosters like to claim is carbon-free or carbon-beneficial, reduces the carbon that a forest stores for 50 years or longer.

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Panel lays out best practices for REDD+ credits in California’s carbon market

Mongabay.com
July 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A panel of scientific experts has released a final report outlining how carbon credits generated from tropical forest conservation could be used under California’s cap-and-trade system while minimizing risks to forest-dependent communities and wildlife. The report comes after the working group spent three years gathering data and comments at public hearings and workshops in the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico. The process aimed to address criticisms about projects under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program, a U.N.-backed climate change mechanism.

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Carbon research in Zambia forests to help build REDD+ strategy

Thomson Reuters Foundation
July 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new research project launched by the Center for International Forestry Research aims to determine the amount of carbon stored in Zambia’s forests in order to assist policymakers and forest practitoners in developing a national strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Changing rainfall patterns, diminishing water supply, poor soil quality and disappearing tree species are all having a big impact on livelihoods in Zambia’s Nyimba District, according to representatives from six local villages, who say that a lengthy 5-km walk to find the once commonplace mopane tree – prized for its edible caterpillars — is now standard.

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