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Daily Archives: September 24, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Pigs to the rescue! Hogs unleashed into woodland to scoff acorns that are poisonous to famous New Forest ponies

UK Daily Mail
September 23, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Hundreds of pigs have been let loose in the New Forest to eat a bumper crop of acorns that are poisonous to the region’s famous ponies. The wet spring and dry and hot summer has yielded an abundance of fruit in the ancient Hampshire woodland. To avoid the ponies eating the fallen acorns and dying, pigs are allowed to openly forage the forest floor for them, an exercise known as pannage.

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Business & Politics

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Crow’s Weekly Market Report
September 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: SPF mills and wholesalers continued to report good sales activity, leading to higher prices for most items. Extended order files at mills often forced buyers to look for needs from secondaries, lending to strong activity at that level. Sales remained steady in the Southern Pine lumber market, again leading to higher prices for most items. Traders often cited good weather, which allowed construction activities to progress uninterrupted, as a factor.

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B.C. forest forage products finding niche markets

First Nations groups introduce traditional food to high-end restaurants, experiment with marketing essential oils from evergreen needles By Jen St. Denis
Business in Vancouver
September 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

To the untrained eye, the bushy green plant growing on a dusty hillside looks unremarkable. But to Jason Robertson, the barestem desert parsley is food. ..Robertson runs a small business that deals in berries, mushrooms and other foraged food. He and a Vancouver distributor have been trying to get restaurants interested in barestem desert parsley for about five years. In 2011, Robertson sold 300 pounds; in 2012 he sold 1,500. B.C. First Nations have gathered berries, mushrooms and other forest bounty for generations.

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Corner Brook Pulp and Paper goes 100 days without significant incident

The Western Star
September 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK Considering the many hazards that lurk in an industrial setting like the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill, going 100 days without a significant safety incident is no small feat. In fact, the paper mill set a new record last week when it reached 100 consecutive incident-free days. That day came this past Friday and, after an incident-free weekend, the mill was working on getting through its 103rd straight day Monday.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pulp industry energy research gets $2.7M in funding

UBC News
September 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The University of British Columbia’s Pulp and Paper Centre (PPC) has received $2.7 million to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions of one of B.C.’s largest industries by 50 per cent before 2020. The grant, funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and a consortium of 16 mechanical pulp companies, invests in the expertise and infrastructure of UBC’s PPC and in new approaches to innovations developed by researchers from the Universities of British Columbia, Victoria, and Toronto.

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Forestry

Let gravity guide forest management

Nelson Star
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Candace Batycki’s article on the timber grab by the forest corporations should be a wake up call for the people of the Kootenays. Will the people every wake up to the crazy reality that is the plight of our forests today? All my life, there has been a dance of the timber quotas from small family holding timber quotas, where there was a sawmill or several in every town, and a pile of sawdust at the end of almost every road. Our forests were an integral part of every community.

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Cumberland forest society raised ‘staggering amount’ of funds

Letter by Brian Scott
Comox Valley Record
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I think one of the most important initiatives this fall is the next phase of the Cumberland Community Forest Society. Who could have believed 20 years ago that a small group of determined locals, Gwyn Sproule and Mary Lynn Desroches (who actually mortgaged her house) to jump start the purchase the first phase of the Cumberland Forest. They raised the staggering amount of $1.2 million, which I thought at the time was impossible in a community of 2,500.

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At 91, Thelma Godkin still queen of the woods

Victoria Times Colonist
September 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Before she entered that realm, Godkin, whose maiden name is Emblem, worked at the Chemainus sawmill. It was a job she didn’t enjoy. … A close call with a whirling saw blade convinced her to quit and try the log sort. Someone then offered her a job in the woods, and Godkin leapt at it. It was the start of a story that Vancouver Island entertainer John Gogo heard about when he and fellow members of the Other Guys Theatre Company performed at the Chemainus Theatre this spring. Their show, Good Timber — Songs and Stories of the Western Logger, is a tribute to old-time loggers like Godkin.

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FSJ Woodlot Operators Recognized

250 News
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort St. James, BC – John and Joyce Helweg have bee recognized by the provincial government as part of this year’s 2013 Woodlot Management Awards. The Helwegs operate a woodlot near Fort St. James and have received a $2500 regional award for demonstrating exemplary forest stewardship. Nechako Lakes MLA, John Rustad, says the couple’s commitment to the local community and forestry training is outstanding.

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Millions spent to repair East Kootenay backroads

Daily Townsman
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An astounding amount of work has been done on the East Kootenay’s backcountry roads since the June 2013 floods that caused $5.5 million worth of damage. More than 50 sites and 30 bridges were damaged during the torrential rainstorms that hit the area in late June. Since that time, staff at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have been working virtually non-stop to repair roads that access logging operations, hunting areas and popular hikes.

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Saving Great Bear Rainforest is Island man’s mission

Nanaimo Daily News
September 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


British Columbia’s ancient Great Bear Rainforest is nothing short of breathtaking — granite monoliths encompass carpets of hanging moss, stunning fjords and rivers full of jumping salmon. The variety of wildlife in the region — bears, cougars, wolves, whales and the unique Kermode, or “spirit bear” — is equally impressive, but the animals face serious, deadly threats. Protection Island resident Brian Falconer is on B.C.’s central coast protecting animals from a gruesome fate as the fall season of the grizzly trophy hunt continues.

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CILA joins forces with other forestry groups

HQ Prince George
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Central Interior Logging Association and five other forestry related groups have partnered up. The associations have teamed up to become the Council of Forestry Contractors of BC. CILA Executive Director MaryAnne Arcand says this has been a strategy requested by the last four Ministers of Forests. “And to have our joint positions sorted out before we go to government,” says Arcand, “so that we’re not coming from six different directions even though we’re trying to address the same thing.”

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New woodlot licence available near Hope

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A new woodlot opportunity is available near Hope as the Province continues to support new or expanded forestry opportunities for smaller operators, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot (W2111) includes approximately 800 hectares near Sowerby Creek, about eight kilometres south of Hope, with an allowable annual cut of 2,800 cubic metres. Most of the woodlot is a mix of hemlock, balsam and Douglas-fir.

Click here to read recent press releases from Government of BC

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Northeast Woods land grant finalized

HQ Comox Valley
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is now official! All of the Northeast Woods property in Comox has been fully protected as a local park and community greenspace. Mayor Paul Ives attended a weekend news conference. “We had quite a bit of that land already secured by way of a wildlife management area, but also by some previous park acquisitions going back to the early 1990’s,” explained Ives.

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Province urged to act to save grizzlies of southwestern B.C.

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new coalition of environmental groups is urging the B.C. government to do more to protect threatened grizzly populations in southwestern B.C. The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative is asking the province to better protect grizzlies from human-caused deaths and further loss and fragmentation of their habitat. …The initiative aims to save local grizzlies by promoting measures to avoid human-bear conflict and additional habitat destruction while encouraging environmentally responsible development.

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K’ómoks-Comox forest protection ‘example to other communities’

Comox Valley Echo
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An interesting land-transfer arrangement is being praised by the province as an exemplary moment in aboriginal-Canadian relations. Comox Mayor Paul Ives said the transfer of 13 ha of Crown land to the K’ómoks First Nation, with the aboriginal group leasing the Northeastern Woods land back to the town to be protected, is just the beginning of a larger process of cooperative municipal development. “We knew we couldn’t accomplish much without working with the K’ómoks First Nation,” he said. “We did have a good track record of working with them.”

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US researchers developing scale for wildfire similar to those used for quakes, tornadoes

Associated Press
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

DENVER – U.S. researchers have been working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires — similar to the way officials use the magnitude scale for earthquakes and other tools to rate and evaluate tornadoes and hurricanes. The National Institute of Standards and Technology hopes its Wildland Urban Interface Hazard Scale will tell residents the likely intensity of a wildfire burning into their neighbourhood.

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Forest Service retirees speak out about fire and forest management

FireSafe Montana
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three well known and respected retirees from the U.S. Forest Service have written articles about the current state of forest and fire management and provide advice about where we should go from here. Below are some excerpts that were published by what appears to be a forward-thinking organization, FireSafe Montana. The first is from Jerry Williams, Former National Director of Fire and Aviation for the US Forest Service, titled “Situational Assessment at the Policy Level: Adapting to a New Reality”…

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Sequoia National Forest gets checkup

Draft of plan finds issues to be addressed
Recorder Online
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott knows the local forest has issues, the key now is to pin down those issues so they can be addressed in the 2013 Forest Plan Revision.
A first step in identifying those issues is the Draft Assessment designed to, as Elliott said, “to focus on four or five things most broke.” Sequoia National Forest is one of just three forests in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service to revise its land and resource management plan this year.

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Bill Keeps Timber Issue Relevant

Statesman Journal
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – A forestry bill approved by the GOP-majority House on Friday likely won’t advance in Congress, but it will keep logging and federal payments to rural Oregon counties on the legislative agenda. The House bill would increase logging in federal forests, continue payments to cash-strapped rural counties and adopt a new policy for 18 western Oregon counties that have land that once belonged to the Oregon and California Railroad. The Democratic-majority Senate is unlikely to take it up.

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Veto threat shows need for a middle road on O&C lands: Editorial

The Oregonian
September 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After years of debate, legislation that would enable increased logging on some federal lands in Oregon while also setting aside more wilderness area has made it to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. …To a large degree the veto threat is political theater. No one expects the Senate to pass the House bill without significant changes. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has been sending that message for months. But the warning from the White House does set the stage for potentially the climactic act in this long-running play. And Wyden will have a starring role.

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Payette National Forest identifies areas for several prescribed burns

KIVI
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires (broadcast and pile burning) this fall. Depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from late September to early December. “Fire is one of the most important natural agents of change in our forested ecosystems,” said Keith Lannom, Payette National Forest Supervisor. “Prescribed fires reduce fuels near communities, as well as improve current big game habitat by opening timber stands and rejuvenating browse.”

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Daines hopeful of logging bill’s chances

Associated Press
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said Monday that getting a pro-logging bill through the House was a big victory, and is hopeful of its chances moving forward. The first-term Republican also said he wants to avoid a government shutdown as part of arguments over government spending and the federal health care law. Daines told the Montana Association of Counties that the mandate for more logging on federal land will be a boon to local Montana businesses. Supporters say the measure that passed the House last week will create jobs and improve management of federal forests.

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Stories abound after 100 years of forestry education

Montana Kaimin
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Voices young and old rang out in traditional forestry songs across the Oval on Friday. The voices of current students mixed with the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation alumni as part of a two-day-long reunion marking its 100th anniversary. The CFC started as a training school for Forest Service Rangers in 1909 and expanded to become the College of Forestry in 1913. It was renamed the College of Forestry and Conservation in 2003.

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Forest Service OKs logging in the controversial Bybee project

About 27 million board feet of timber will be logged, compared with 45 million called for in January
The Mail Tribune
September 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has determined that some 27 million board feet of timber will be logged in the controversial Bybee project in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. A record of decision for the project in the High Cascades Ranger District a dozen miles north of Prospect was announced Monday by forest supervisor Rob MacWhorter. He described it as a modified version of a proposed alternative released in January which had called for up to 45 million board feet of timber to be harvested from the 16,215-acre area.

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Officials: SW Oregon’s Fire Season Is Over

Associated Press
September 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After several days of rain, state foresters are declaring an end to a busy fire season in southwestern Oregon. The Department of Forestry said Monday the fire danger level will be reduced to its low, or “green,” level as of midnight Monday, and public and industrial restrictions will be lifted. The major firefighting effort this summer followed a barrage of lightning strikes on July 26.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Presenting the Case for a Wood-to-Energy Check-off

Biomass Magazine
September 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Divide and conquer is a great military or political strategy when used against an enemy. Not surprisingly, when we divide ourselves, it makes it much easier for our enemies to prevail. When I think about the forest sector, I’m reminded of a line from that great sage Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us!” Is the forest sector, and the pellet industry segment in particular, dividing itself and therefore vulnerable? As the fastest emerging segment of the broader forest industry sector, pellet fuels have attracted a great deal of attention…from supporters and detractors.

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Pellet Production in Wisconsin’s North Woods

Biomass Magazine
September 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A bit more than an hour north of the college town of Eau Claire, Wis., sits Ladysmith, the county seat of Wisconsin’s Rusk county. Nearly 30 percent of the county’s workforce of about 8,000 people makes a living in the manufacturing sector and, with 80,000 acres of forest land in the county, the forest products industry plays a vital role in the area’s economy. In 2009, looking to maximize on the area’s significant wood fiber assets, Illinois-based Indeck Energy Services Inc. broke ground on a pellet facility sized to produce nearly 90,000 tons of wood pellets annually when running at maximum capacity.

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New Report Shows Industrial Wood Pellets Deliver Significant Carbon Benefits

Fort Mill Times
September 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. — The use of woody biomass for power generation produces significant carbon savings that provide long-term benefits to the environment, according to a new peer-reviewed report released today by the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) and other members of the Bridging with Biomass coalition. “Forest Sustainability and Carbon Balance of EU Importation of North American Forest Biomass for Bioenergy Production” shows that using industrial wood pellets to produce electricity makes an immediate or very rapid contribution to climate change mitigation.

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DNR receives forestry grant to launch wood energy project

HomeTown Source
September 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enhance the use of renewable wood energy systems throughout the state. The three-year grant will help open new markets for Minnesota’s forest resources, promote economic vitality, and use renewable energy while reducing overall energy costs, said Anna Dirkswager, the DNR’s biomass consultant who will manage the project.

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UK Sustainability Criteria Provide Policy Certainty

Biomass Magazine
September 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The recently released U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change criteria for the sourcing of sustainable biomass recognize the robust sustainability practices of U.S. industrial wood pellet manufacturers and provide much needed policy certainty that will help grow U.S. manufacturing. U.S. producers will be able to use a number of long-standing forestry certifications, as well as techniques such as regional risk assessments to prove sustainability. Implementation of the new DECC criteria begins with reporting in April 2014, becoming mandatory a year later for electrical generators with capacities of 1 MW and above.

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