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Daily Archives: July 29, 2013

Business & Politics

Big deals push forestry to fore in lacklustre capital market

Underpinned by U.S. housing recovery, sector shines against dim prospects for mining
Vancouver Sun
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER — Brookfield Asset Management’s $3.6 billion in timber asset sales helped push forestry to the forefront of Canadian mergers and acquisitions in the second quarter. But the development has as much to do with overall weakness in the market for corporate capital as it does forestry’s rebound. Brookfield sold Longview Timber LLC, which holds 260,000 hectares of forest land in Washington and Oregon, to Weyerhaeuser for $2.65 billion, making it the second biggest buy in the quarter behind Sobeys’ $5.8-billion bid for Canada Safeway.

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Tolko has allowable annual cut increased

Vernon Morning Star
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Seven Okanagan companies in an innovative forestry practices agreement have had their combined allowable annual cut raised by 158,736 cubic metres per year, until Dec. 31, 2015. The seven affected licensees are Tolko Industries, Stella-Jones Canada, Canoe Forest Products, Gorman Bros. Lumber, Louisiana-Pacific Canada, Selkirk Timber and Weyerhaeuser.

Gormans, six others get cut increase from
Castanet.net

Click here for a press release from BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

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B.C. leads surge in wood products manufacturing: StatsCan

Business in Vancouver
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood products manufacturers have seen a 19.7% jump in production in the 12 months leading to May, with much of the gain benefitting B.C. companies, Statistics Canada reported July 24. The sector had the largest dollar gain and the biggest percentage gain by industry. Other manufacturers saw a decline of 1.1% over the same period. B.C. wood products sales rose from $1.4 billion to $7.5 billion, up 22.9% from the same period one year earlier. The sector accounts for 22.9% of all manufacturing in this province.

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Tembec gets Cranbrook mill site set for sale

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tembec is working to remediate the site of its decommissioned sawmill and planer mill in Cranbrook’s industrial area. After being shut down in 2010, the planer mill remained standing until it was destroyed by a fire last November. Since then, Tembec has been working to clean up the site of the planer mill, and continues to do remediation work throughout the 38-hectare property. Earlier this month, the forestry company received $94,288 from the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to conduct testing on the property, looking for contamination by hydrocarbons – oil products.

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WorkSafe BC Wraps On-Site Inspection Following Carrier Lumber Explosion

250 News
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Investigators from WorkSafe BC have wrapped up their onsite work at Carrier Lumber in the wake of a fire and subsequent explosion that injured one employee on Monday afternoon. WorkSafe’s Director of Investigations, Jeff Dolan, says the incident was isolated to the planer mill, where a fire was reported at 3:30 that afternoon. “Carrier Lumber took the appropriate efforts to put that fire out,” says Dolan. “They had to shut some systems down and it was when they were re-starting those systems that there was an isolated explosion at around 4:15 that afternoon.”

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Miramichi sawmill closing its doors until proper wood can be delivered

CTV Atlantic
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A sawmill in Miramichi, N.B. is shutting down until a certain type of wood can be delivered. While the 115 workers at Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. remain optimistic about the mill reopening, there are no guarantees. “It’s not a good day for any of us. We don’t know what our future is going to be like,” says millworker Charles Beaudin. “We’re just fighting because we want work.” Operators say the mill cannot keep operating because it’s not getting enough of the Crown wood it needs to survive.

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Norbord Q2 Earnings Surge

RTT News
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Norbord Inc., a producer of wood-based panels, posted a surge in its second-quarter profit, reflecting higher revenues. The company’s net income surged to $53 million or $0.99 a share from $6 million or $0.14 a share in the year ago quarter. On average, nine analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings per share of $0.90 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude one-time items. Norbord’s EBITDA rose to $102 million from $31 million in the same quarter last year.

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Weyerhaeuser quarterly net doubles; outlook hurts shares

The Federal Way lumber company predicted a smaller third-quarter profit in its biggest segment, wood products, because of rising expenses and lower selling prices for some products.
Associated Press
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber company Weyerhaeuser said Friday that its second-quarter net income more than doubled as it benefited from an improving housing market, which drove up demand for lumber and other wood products. But the Federal Way company’s shares fell after it predicted a smaller third-quarter profit in its biggest segment — wood products — because of rising expenses and lower selling prices for some products. The company earned $196 million, or 35 cents a share. That was up from $84 million, or 16 cents a share, during the same period last year. Revenue rose 19 percent to $2.14 billion, from $1.79 billion a year earlier.

Weyerhaeuser’s Net Surges on Strong Sales from Nasdaq

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WeyCo looking to boost harvests of former Longview Timberlands

TDN.com
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. is planning to increase the timber harvested in its former Longview Timberlands property to meet rising export and domestic demand, company officials said Friday. In their quarterly earnings call with investors, company officials said the 645,000 acres of the former Longview Fibre Co. timberlands in Washington and Oregon are in a prime location to supply its West Coast properties, including the lumber mill and log dock in Longview. Officials added that they believe they can increase log and lumber output on the lands by taking immediate advantage of timber that is mature enough to harvest.

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Augusta mill spending $30 million in new woodyard

The Augusta Chronicle
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Resolute Forest Products is making a $30 million investment to better position its Augusta newsprint mill against competitors. In June, the Canada-based company began building a replacement woodyard at the Augusta facility on Doug Barnard Parkway. The woodyard will likely be operational by September 2014, said Jay Backus, general manager of the Augusta mill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. sows seeds of new wood engineering master degrees at UNBC

Ministry of Advanced Education
July 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – Students in B.C.’s thriving wood industry will be able to build on their expertise through two new master programs in engineering to be offered by UNBC at the new Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk announced today. A one-year, course-based master of engineering in integrated wood design will train students in technical specializations such as wood structure engineering, engineering for sustainable energy, and forest product engineering.

Masters of wood from the Prince George Citizen
Masters Programs key to Adding Value to Interior Wood from 250 News

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Wasted wood

Prince George Citizen
July 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Work continued Friday morning on the Wood Innovation and Design Centre downtown, while up the hill at UNBC, we finally found what will go into this six-storey $25-million building when it’s finished next fall. Because up until yesterday, the provincial government had started construction on a building but hadn’t told anybody exactly what it was for. While “build it and they will come” may work in Kevin Costner movies, it’s an irresponsible use of tax dollars.

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Go with the grain

Herald Business
July 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Halifax architect Joe Zareski dreams of a day when he can design a tall building made with wood. Zareski is not alone. Designers, developers and lumber experts are now looking at the idea of using cross-laminated timber and other layered wood products to build structures that stand 10 storeys and higher. “It’s definitely on everybody’s radar,” said Zareski, vice-president of WHW Architects. But there are still questions about cost, construction time and durability, he said.

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Forestry

Canadian Boreal: Conservation Of The World’s Last Great Forest

Scientific Blogging
July 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Canadian boreal forest, stretching from the Yukon in the west to Newfoundland and Labrador in the east, remains one of the world’s great natural treasures. The ecologically diverse region contains the largest blocks of intact forest and wetlands left on Earth and scientists have found 1 billion to 3 billion nesting birds from 300 species there. Its abundant wildlife and freshwater have sustained Aboriginal communities for millennia.

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Greater Victoria losing trees at an alarming rate, study says

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

Greater Victoria lost the equivalent of 12 Beacon Hill Parks in tree cover over six years, according to a study by the non-profit society Habitat Acquisition Trust. “We all have a sense we’re losing trees but the sheer mass of tree cover lost was surprising,” said executive director Adam Taylor. The amount of tree cover loss and the rate at which it happens in developing regions is cause for alarm, Taylor said. “How are these municipalities going to manage stormwater when they’re losing trees at this rate?” Taylor asked. “

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Saanich leads region in tree canopy loss

Victoria News
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While aerial maps on Google are a fun tool to use to explore a city from above, the Habitat Acquisition Trust is using aerial photos to highlight a rapidly growing problem in Greater Victoria. Between 2005 and 2011, Greater Victoria lost 1,037 hectares worth of tree canopy – enough mature trees to cover every square inch of the Town of Sidney twice. “It’s just stunning to think about the pace at which it happening,” Adam Taylor, HAT’s executive director, sai. “It appears like our tree loss is increasing in speed over the course of these years.”

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Smoke from wildfire forces evacuations from Fond-du-Lac, Sask.

Crews work to move 200 high-risk people
CBC News
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire covering more than 5,000 hectares of forest in northern Saskatchewan may force the evacuation of the town of Fond-du-Lac, Sask. Heavy smoke is the main concern for officials. The fire, which started earlier in the week, is across Lake Athabasca from the town, but thick black smoke is drifting into the community. Crews plan to move 200 people considered high risk — infants, pregnant women, the elderly — to safer ground.

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Guelph scientist turns to cryogenics to protect trees

The Globe and Mail
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a small, windowless room at the University of Guelph, Parveen Saxena peruses a shelf packed with little green shoots growing in pint-sized bottles of liquid nutrients. There are thousands of individual plants from several species, mostly laboratory cultures of trees – including the stately American elm – that are at risk from disease, climate change or encroaching development.

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$25M to boost MNR forest fire centre

Northern Life
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is spending $25 million to double the size of the Northeast Regional Forest Fire Management Centre at the Sudbury Airport. Once complete in 2016, the centre will have another hangar and substantially more office and storage space, allowing for more training and eliminating the need for equipment to be stored off site. David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources and Sault MPP, made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Sudbury Airport.

Click here for a press release from Government of Ontario

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Missing the Forest and the Trees

Earth Island Journal
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Seventeen years ago a historic mountain pine beetle infestation quietly began in North America’s lodgepole pine forests. Since then, lodgepole pines have been dying off in unprecedented numbers throughout the western United States and Canada. Entire forests – including a combined 4 million acres in Colorado and Wyoming – have been destroyed. One of the oldest native species in North America, the lodgepole pine dominates subalpine areas like Colorado’s northern Rocky Mountains.

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Thune, forest officials talk beetles and the battle for bucks

Rapid City Journal
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Members of a Black Hills coalition fighting the mountain pine beetle told U.S. Sen. John Thune on Friday that the effort could use more federal help. And as usual, the help involves money and a continued streamlining of U.S. Forest Service projects that fight the bugs. It has become a common refrain during a pine beetle epidemic that has lasted for 15 years. David Thom, coordinator of the Black Hills Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group, and Jim Scherrer of the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board told Thune that U.S. Forest Service timber sales designed to slow the spread of pine beetles are effective.

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Guard dumps water on fire at training area; fire in Bob Marshall Wilderness grows

Independent Record
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — Two helicopters from the Army National Guard continued to drop buckets of water Friday on a small blaze that started Wednesday after a live firing exercise in the Limestone Hills Training Area in the Elkhorn Mountains near Townsend. Maj. Tim Crowe said the fire, which remained at 15 acres, was in rugged terrain that’s difficult for firefighters to reach. Instead, they’re putting water on it from the air to ensure that all the hot spots are extinguished.

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FJRA will benefit Montana’s businesses, economy

Independent Record
July 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Montanans, we all have a lot to gain from better stewardship of our national forests. We depend on our public lands for jobs, clean water, and outdoor recreation. More and more, however, it becomes more evident that few stand to benefit as much as business owners, even those whose businesses aren’t tied to public lands in any obvious way. As a business owner, I see our unique outdoor heritage as Montana’s competitive economic advantage. To me, it makes good business sense to ensure that our forests can support thriving fish and wildlife populations.

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When it comes to logging, it’s all about sustainability

Mail Tribune
July 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Issues surrounding county payments from O&C forestlands present complex problems requiring thoughtful consideration and creative solutions. Sustainability must drive all potential solutions. Simplistic thinking evidenced recently by a current Jackson County commissioner lacks the comprehensive awareness of possible solutions to create sustainability in county funding, forest health and delivery of the amenities O&C lands provide, from timber to clean water, wildlife habitat and recreation.

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Competitive bidding begins for woody biomass timber sale in Tok area

Ancorage Daily News
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

(Fairbanks, Alaska) – The Alaska Division of Forestry is seeking bids on a competitive timber sale that is intended to help reduce the risk from wildland fire to the community of Tok while fostering local economic opportunities in energy production and/or wood products manufacturing The Division of Forestry is offering for sale approximately 700 to 900 acres of woody biomass a year for a contract period of 25 years. A large proportion of the trees in the proposed sale area are small-diameter black spruce.

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Clatsop County urges Oregon Department of Forestry to protect huge Western red cedar

The Oregonian
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has passed a resolution urging the Oregon Department of Forestry to preserve a 152-foot tall Western red cedar as a state treasure. The tree is estimated to be more than 800 years old. It grows on a 286-acre parcel of state land near Cannon Beach. …Astoria District forester Tom Savage says the land is already designated as a marbled murrelet management area. Any landowner must comply with Endangered Species Act protections for the seabird that nests in old-growth trees.

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Gold Pan fire burns 8,865 acres in Bitterroot Forest wilderness

The Missoulian
July 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – In the Bitterroot National Forest, an early morning flight Sunday showed the Gold Pan fire had covered 8,865 acres in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness southwest of Sula. Most of the new fire activity was on the northeast flank near Horsejaw Mountain. The fire remains about one-half mile from the historic Magruder Ranger Station, burning in timber on both sides of the Selway River.

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Mangold selected as new Director of PNW Research Station

USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore.. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today named Dr. Robert D. Mangold as the new Director of the Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Mangold, who officially begins serving as Station Director on August 11, has been acting Station Director since January 2013. As Station Director, Mangold will lead the station’s nearly 400 employees—including 80 scientists—in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. The station is one of five research stations in the Forest Service and conducts research across 11 laboratories and research centers, 12 experimental areas, and more than 20 research natural areas.

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Philipsburg area fire doubles in size to 1,400 acres

Montana Standard
July 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUTTE — An estimated 200 firefighters worked Saturday to put out the Moose Meadow blaze, which more than doubled in size in nearly 24 hours. The fire, located about 20 miles southwest of Philipsburg, was 600 acres on Friday night, but had grown to 1,400 acres by Saturday afternoon, according to the Forest Service. Crews were having a hard time fighting the fire because of the beetle-killed trees, which burn quickly, making it treacherous for firefighters, according to Jill Cobb, fire spokeswoman. The fire is zero percent contained.

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Case against controversial Lake Whatcom park dismissed by state growth board

The News Tribune
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A challenge against the conversion of 8,844 forested acres around Lake Whatcom into a public park was rejected earlier this month, dealing a setback to groups that would rather see the land continue to be used for commercial timber. The state Growth Management Hearings Board on July 17 ruled that it didn’t have jurisdiction over the Whatcom County Council’s decision on March 12 to transfer the land from state management into county ownership. Such “reconveyances” are allowed if the county uses the timberland for a park

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Pioneer Financial Woes Could Delay 4FRI Effort

Arizona Journal
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lack of funding for the nation’s largest forest restoration effort may delay plans to clear 300,000 acres across four northern Arizona forests. Last Friday, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it may approve the transfer of the contract to another company to conduct thinning on almost two million acres in northern Arizona due to failure of the current contractor, Pioneer Forest Products, to acquire funding for its operation.

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Fires Roar Across Southern, Central Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three wildfires in Southern Oregon are keeping tankers and crews busy, with 73 new fires ignited by lightning this weekend.The Douglas Complex set off with over fifty fires Friday morning, and has consumed more than two-thousand acres.  Carol Connolly with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says Southern Oregon is benefitting from a large deployment of resources.  Connolly says, “We have had eight large air tankers working the area. Three from Oregon Department of Forestry and five that are federal. We’ve had great air support.

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Killing barred owls to save spotted owls? Wildlife managers should proceed with their test

The Oregonian
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The barred owl is one tough bird. Unlike the federally protected northern spotted owl, which occupies the canopy of big old trees and prefers to eat flying squirrels, the more aggressive barred owl lives in woods as well as city parks and chows down on several rodents and even a few small mammals. The spotted owl remains a protected species and, despite the rollbacks in logging, declines in number at a rate estimated to exceed 4 percent annually. That’s why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency better known for protecting wild creatures, wants to kill off more than 3,600 barred owls in West Coast forests, including woodlands in Oregon.

US owl hunt could save species from extinction from The Globe and Mail

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Weevil is suspected culprit in yellow poplar decline

Times News
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GATE CITY — Virginia forestry officials say landowners in Scott, Wise and Lee counties have begun to express concern over the health of yellow poplars in the region after noticing a recent decline in the hardwood trees. While not completely certain about the cause of the declines, Virginia Department of Forestry and Cooperative Extension officials believe they may be connected to an infestation of previously unnoticed insects.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Alberta Tar Sands Blowout Threatens Boreal Forest, Wasn’t Disclosed Until Months Later

De Smog Blog
July 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tar sands oil has been spilling in Alberta’s boreal forests for months, and according to a government scientist, neither industry nor government knows how to stop it. Four “oil blowouts” left 34 tons of vegetation covered in oil, dozens of animals dead, and two-foot-high coats of oil on tree trunks. So far, cleanup efforts have removed 26,000 barrels of bitumen mixed with surface water – at least 4,500 barrels of pure bitumen in total. The impacts on groundwater are unknown.

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Alaska’s Forest Fires Burn More Fiercely

Climate News Network
July 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

There have always been fires in the cold forests of Alaska. Periods of burning are part of the ecological regime, and fires return to black spruce stands of the Yukon Flats at intervals of tens to hundreds of years. But recent evidence suggests that fire is about to come back with a vengeance – or, in the language of science, “a transition to a unique regime of unprecedented fire activity”. Ryan Kelly and Feng Sheng Hu, two biologists at the University of Illinois, Urbana, have examined charcoal records from 14 lakes in Yukon Flats to reconstruct the history of burning for the last 10,000 years.

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Study: Climate change means more fire-killed trees

USGS says trees stressed by drought more vulnerable to fire
KTVZ.COM
July 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ARCATA, Calif. – Climate change is expected to amplify both droughts and wildfires across the western United States. A new study shows that the effects of drought and fire work in combination, such that forests experiencing drought will see more dead trees in the aftermath of wildfires. “There is a lot of research showing that climate change is already increasing wildfire frequency and fire spread,” says forest ecologist Phillip van Mantgem of the U.S. Geological Survey and lead author of the study.

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