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Daily Archives: May 5, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Looking at trees can make you more productive at work

Forbes Magazine
May 4, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Would you believe me if I told you that looking at a tree can make you more productive at work? Recent research suggests that incorporating nature in the work place may actually improve the bottom line. Have you heard of biophilia? The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Nature is powerful. And we, as humans, are inextricably linked to nature. …Having nature in the work space enables better focus, mental stamina, and productivity—all of which benefit workers and employers alike. …moving water and trees swaying in the wind are even more effective than potted plants or artwork depicting natural scenes when it comes to increasing productivity, the ability to concentrate, and lowering stress and anxiety. The movement of nature is stronger than nature by itself.

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Business & Politics

Logging conference rolls in

Vernon Morning Star
May 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Interior Logging Association holds its 56th annual conference and trade show at the Vernon Curling Club and the Best Western Vernon Lodge Friday and Saturday. “The general public is more than welcome to attend and the school districts will have students there,” said Wayne Lintott, ILA general manager. …It’s hoped that the exhibits will not only create awareness about the scope of the logging sector, but that there are an array of career opportunities. …Forests Minister Steve Thomson will be the guest speaker at a luncheon Friday …As part of the conference, a number of educational seminars are planned. They include Jim Girvan, who will moderate a discussion on surviving the next recession

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Collection of stories about the Western Forest Products Shooting

Tree Frog Collection
May 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Family of Nanaimo shooting victim share grief, ask for privacy – The family of Fred McEachern, a mill worker gunned down at Western Forest Products in Nanaimo on Wednesday, released a statement late today. Victoria Times Colonist


Shooting victim: Michael Lunn, a big-hearted family guy – Outside the Western Forest Products mill Thursday, family members hung red shirts on the chain link fence in memory of Lunn, who loved to wear red. Those who loved him wrote messages of condolences and dropped off flowers. Victoria Times Colonist

Nanaimo’s WFP mill closed indefinitely – Demens said the company is working closely with officials at Steelworkers Local 1-1937, which represents workers at its mills, to review the security of its workplaces and will make any changes needed to ensure workers are confident in the security of their mills. Nanaimo Daily News

Suspect charged in shooting that killed two at Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo (with video) – A Nanaimo sawmill where two people were shot to death and two more wounded Wednesday was embroiled in a tense dispute between workers and management over severance pay. Vancouver Sun

Wife of Nanaimo mill shooting victim doesn’t hold hatred in her heart – Marlene Lunn, Michael’s wife of 44 years, said her family is taking it one step at a time, …She doesn’t hold any hatred in her heart, stating it is a waste of energy. Nanaimo Bulletin


Nanaimo mill workers return on Tuesday – Western Forest Products sawmill workers in Nanaimo will return to the job site Tuesday in a “soft start” following a shooting deaths of two workers last Wednesday. Victoria Times Colonist


Work to resume at Nanaimo mill in “soft start” after deadly shootings – Workers at a Vancouver Island mill will be back on the job on Tuesday after a deadly shooting claimed the lives of two men last week. The Canadian Press


Editorial: Define Nanaimo by caring people – Workplace shootings are supposed to happen in other, distant places, not on peaceful, laid-back Vancouver Island. The Victoria Times Colonist

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Northern B.C.’s Canfor mill set for $30-million upgrade

Business in Vancouver
May 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor will invest $30 million at its Polar facility in Bear Lake, north of Prince George, to replace the existing sawmill and to produce higher-value products, company officials said Wednesday at the company’s annual general meeting in Prince George. Canfor will also pump $6 million into its Fort St. John sawmill’s log yard stabilization project. The two announcements were the highlight of the meeting, which was held in Prince George for the second year in a row. The forestry giant held the AGM for its pulp interests on Wednesday morning followed by the lumber side of the corporation in the afternoon. …Canfor’s officials used the occasion to describe the $850 million in investments made since 2010 in company equipment and facilities to improve productivity.

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NDP MP explores mill charges

Prince George Citizen
May 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen is investigating whether a rarely-used amendment to the Criminal Code can be used to bring charges against the owners of Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills in a pair of mill explosions that killed four workers and injured 42 others. Cullen meet with survivors and family members of workers caught in the mill explosions on Sunday in Burns Lake. Cullen said he is working with the NDP’s legal council to examine if Bill C-45, known as the Westray Bill, can be used to bring charges against the mill owners. “It was a powerful meeting with survivors of both [mill explosions],” Cullen said. “I can’t believe two explosions, two fatal mill explosions, and no charges have been laid. I’m dumbfounded that this is the system we’ve created.”

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Conifex Receives Conditional Approval for TSX Graduation

Market Wired
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA,  — Conifex Timber Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received conditional approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) for the listing of its common shares on the TSX, subject to the completion of customary requirements of the TSX, including receipt of all required documentation. Once final approval is received, the common shares of Conifex will commence trading on the TSX and be delisted from the TSX Venture Exchange. Upon listing on the TSX, it is expected that Conifex’s common shares will continue to trade under the symbol “CFF”.

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Resolute still out to reposition mill

Fort Frances Times
May 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported yesterday it still is working to reposition the pulp and paper mill here, but has been unsuccessful so far. Resolute president and CEO Richard Garneau said yesterday during a conference call to investors that the company spent about $9 million in the first quarter to keep the mill in idle mode. The company, meanwhile, reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2014 of $26 million, or $0.27 per share. That’s down from $28 million, or $0.30 per share, in the first quarter of 2013. Sales were $1.0 billion in the quarter—down by $58 million from the first quarter of 2013.

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Resolute talks underway

Fort Frances online
May 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Negotiations to renew 19 collective agreements between Resolute Forest Products and Unifor began last Tuesday (April 22), covering close to 2,000 members in Quebec and Ontario.  The result of these negotiations will serve as the pattern for negotiations involving another 8,000 members in the Eastern Canadian pulp and paper industry. The last round of collective bargaining was overshadowed by Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) filings of the former company, AbitibiBowater.

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MP Clement announces funding for forestry agency

OurWindsor.ca
May 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


HUNTSVILLE – Mike Ramsay beamed from ear to ear. The co-owner of Badger Paddles talked excitedly about the help he got in building his small Ilfracombe-based business with help from FPInnovations, a Canadian membership-based non-profit that carries out scientific research and technology development for the Canadian forest industry. “We are a small cottage industry business and you can only pump out so many paddles by the way we were doing it. By being put in touch by a little more innovation and technology, we were able to improve our production to the point we were able to double our production.”

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Linnton Plywood reps could reveal mill’s buyers next week

The Oregonian
May 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

After months of speculation about the Linnton Plywood site’s pending sale, the former mill’s owners could reveal the buyer next week. Owners of the long-vacant mill site, which shuttered in 2001, are in talks with a company interested in turning 25-acre property abutting the Willamette River into an environmental restoration project. But those involved in the sale have remained mum on the buyer’s identity, saying they didn’t want to jeopardize the transaction. In the past, tentative deals to sell the plant have fallen through after word got out too quickly, they said.

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Crews on scene of fire at paper mill

WAOW.com
May 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ROTHSCHILD – Crews responded to the scene of a fire at Domtar Paper Company in Rothschild Saturday afternoon. Rothschild Police Officer Jeff Zwicky told Newsline 9 the fire is in the wood room where the bark is taken off the trees. He says they have responded to similar fires this year and they were all minor. Officials say no injuries were reported and they have not identified any damage to Domtar property. Rothschild Fire Department and Rothschild Police Department responded to the scene.

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Eldorado Brasil sets new pulp production world records

Pulp and Paper News
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The largest single-line pulp mill in the world – After a little more than one year of operation, the greenfield pulp mill of Eldorado Brasil in Três Lagoas, Brazil, set three consecutive world records for daily pulp production in March 2014. On March 30, 2014, Eldorado produced 5,156 tons in a single day, breaking its own previous world records set on March 20, 2014 (5,056 tons) and March 19, 2014 (4,990 tons).

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Investment in forestry returning to pre-crash levels

yle.fi
May 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Investment in Finland’s forestry sector is returning to levels last seen before the financial crisis, new figures show. Last year investment reached almost a billion euros, which is more than double the amount for 2009.  Investments have also seen strong growth in the first quarter of 2014, and look set to continue, with forestry companies Metsä Group, Stora Enso and UPM all recently announcing new investments worth hundreds of millions of euros each. Last month Metsä Group unveiled plans for a 1.1 billion euro pulp mill in Ääneskoski, central Finland.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Stunning Tree House Restaurant Suspended 130-Feet Above Ground

My Modern Met
May 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Located north of Auckland, the unique concept is an eighteen seat cafe suspended around a large redwood tree and approximately 130 feet above the ground. The entire structure spans more than 30 feet wide and almost 40 feet high, with kitchen and bathrooms located on the ground below. Timber trusses form the main structure, the curved fins are glue-laminated pine, and redwood milled from the site are used in the walkway balustrading. Plantation poplar slats wrap around the tree and create interesting textured spaces that allow natural light to radiate throughout the interior. The circular concept is also designed to be weather resistant, with acrylic sheeting fixed to the roof and vertical roll-down blinds on the interior. Visitors are welcome to come and venture high up in the trees to enjoy a delicious meal.

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CLT stands up to site fires, says report

Timber in Construction
May 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures can still retain their integrity even in construction site fires because of the material’s limited charring rate, a report commissioned by Finnish wood and paper producer Stora Enso Building & Living suggests. A large wooden structure’s ability to meet fire protection requirements once it is complete has already been widely acknowledged within the industry. But how fireproof such structures are if a fire breaks out or is started when they are still being built has until now remained a matter of debate. Stora Enso wanted to show that CLT, at least, can withstand construction fires as well as any other construction material, providing enough time for site workers to escape to safety. …The report, which has not yet been fully released, is backed up by over 80 separate scientific references to other studies.

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Forestry

Third Edition of CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up Program

Tree Canada
May 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

CN today announced the successful candidates for its 2014 From the Ground Up program. Thirty communities were selected amongst 191 applications to receive grants of up to $25,000 each in the third edition of the program. The objective of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program is to promote the greening of municipal properties across Canada, especially areas in close proximity to rail lines. CN, and its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, help Canadian municipalities establish tree planting and green space enhancement initiatives in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner.

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City songbirds linked to northern forest, need protection

Canadian Press
May 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Environmentalists are trying to connect the dots between the songbirds city-dwellers enjoy at backyard feeders and the need for extensive conservation areas in Canada’s boreal forest. Two international conservation groups have concluded that protecting breeding grounds … will mean preserving at least half the vast, untouched forest that stretches across the northern end of most provinces. …But the new research on 300 species of songbirds that nest in the boreal adds weight to the preservation target of 50 per cent, or about 300,000 hectares, of forest between Yukon and Newfoundland and Labrador, Wells said. … songbirds need large, undisturbed areas to keep their numbers up.

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Area based tenures a controversial topic

By Jim Hilton – a professional agrologist and forester who has lived and worked in the Cariboo Chilcotin for the past 40 years. 
Williams Lake Tribune
May 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

According to Don Kayne, president and CEO of Canfor Corporation Vancouver, his focus is to make sure they have access to enough fiber to meet the needs of their customers, and they need the support of British Columbians to operate on public lands. He goes on to say in his letter to the Vancouver Sun on April 15, “We feel the benefits of area based tenures are marginal at best and that there are many higher priorities that would yield greater positive impacts.” So who is behind the government’s push to change our volume based system to area based tenures? If you read the Forest Minister’s comments on the government site, it appears that there are two companies in favour of the conversion. The government itself appears to be looking for issues it can take credit for in the next election.

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LETTER: Rethink Canada’s softwood lumber industry policy

Mission City Record
May 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a B.C. resident born at Mission Hospital in 1955, it pains me to see what is happening to Mission and Interior communities in regards to their economies and the demise of the B.C. softwood lumber industry. In earlier years, B.C.’s economy thrived in the softwood lumber industry. Left unto its own merits, it maintained its sustainability through the very supply and demand, demanded by modern democratic economies. It wasn’t until the U.S. realized that we were beating them at their own game, and that we could out supply them in their own market cheaper than they could, that things changed to favour them, and they tariffed us out of their market.

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Help the VIU Forestry students attend the CIF conference

FundRazr
May 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The VIU Forestry Students are raising funds to attend this year’s CIF/SAF/IUFRO conference in Salt Lake city this October. They have so far raised 80% of the funds required – help them meet their goal with a small contribution. Their fund raising program includes fire wood sales, tree cone installation, beer and burger nights – the students are also contribution to the cost from their own pockets. This conference is a great opportunity for the students and a great introduction to their profession. Help them along with a small contribution.

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Vicky Husband and Anthony Britneff: B.C. Liberals must stop unsustainable logging

The Province
May 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recently, we had the opportunity to tour the Interior to talk about the sorry state of British Columbia’s forest management and lack of regulation. We listened to the concerns of forest workers and residents in the heart of the mountain-pine-beetle zone. While travelling to Prince George, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Williams Lake, we were shocked to see significant amounts of green wood on logging trucks and in the log yards of sawmills throughout the region. This clear evidence of the over-cutting of healthy forests under the pretence of salvaging beetle-killed forests is a very serious matter that demands immediate correction from the provincial government.

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Forest tenure reform a Crown land grab?

by By Briony Penn – Are the BC Liberals trying to take another step towards privatization of public forests?
Focus Online
May 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On April 1, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced that “A comprehensive public engagement process on converting some volume-based forest licences to new or expanded area-based tree farm licences will take place over the next two months.” Sounds good in theory but it is fitting that the announcement was made on April Fools Day. British Columbian’s have been waiting 13 years to have a conversation about the future of BC’s Crown lands (94 percent of the province) and we are now presented with 60 days to comment on a decision that has already been made in the backroom.

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Ex-government scientists speaking out on policy issues

Former DNR foresters and biologists are expressing concerns over DNR policies
CBC News
May 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s a growing number of former government foresters and biologists who have become critics of the province’s policy decisions.The former employees of the Department of Natural Resources have been increasingly vocal on issues ranging from wildlife enforcement to pesticide spraying to industrial forestry. …“It seemed like the time to do it now,” says forester Vince Zelazny, who retired from DNR in 2007 and recently began blogging about his views on forestry. …“Although the minister says he has the backing of his staff, there seems to be a difference of opinion there. I don’t know where he’s getting
his advice from, and he hasn’t really said.”

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Longmont setting ‘tree traps’ to test for ash borer

Times-Call Outdoors
May 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…eight ash trees around Longmont that were deliberately put under stress. The object is to make them irresistible to emerald ash borers — if, in fact, any are in town. …If that sounds like a severe tactic, well, emerald ash borers are a severe threat. The beetle, which has ravaged millions of ash trees in over 20 states, was found in Boulder last September; a countywide quarantine went into place in November, forbidding untreated ash wood from leaving Boulder County and any surrounding quarantined areas.

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Ten-part video series explores pine beetle epidemic

Laramie Boomerang
May 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mountain pine beetle epidemic has affected many people… A new video series produced through a partnership between two local institutions examines the range of people interacting with the epidemic and looking forward as the forests recover. “Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles,” is a 10-part series created by the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute. … The series documents the effects of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and the response to the outbreak. …At the end of the month, the videos will be available for online viewing at www.beyondbarkbeetles.org.

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Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel

NPR
May 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

So far this year, California has already seen much more wildfire activity than normal. …according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of California is in a state of drought. “I would say there’s a very high likelihood of well-above-normal fires and perhaps a chance of longer-lasting fires, which require more resources in order to fight them,” U.S. Forest Service meteorologist Rob Krohn …The Mount Baldy community is trying to mitigate that risk by cutting and gathering those fuels, then burning the material on their terms.

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Bullock’s attempted end run around citizens becomes a mess

By GEORGE OCHENSKI
The Missoulian
May 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As predicted in this column last month, Gov. Steve Bullock’s recommendation of 5.1 million acres of expedited logging on Montana’s national forests has spurred a lawsuit claiming it was developed in secret and hence, violated both Montana’s constitutional right-to-know provisions as well as our open meeting laws. No surprise. This is what happens when politicians try an end run around the citizens. But now Bullock is entangled in the mess and, like the old Uncle Remus tale of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, the more he struggles, the more caught he gets.

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Manage federal forest lands with all Americans in mind

by George Wuerthner of Helena is an ecologist
The Missoulian
May 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recently the Bullock administration convened a committee to designate federal forest lands that could be logged under a special categorical exclusion provision of the recently passed Farm Bill. …There are three major problems with the proposal. The first problem is the committee is a stacked deck that has a pro-logging bias. The committee membership does not represent the interests of the United States nor even forest ecosystems health. A number of the committee members have a direct financial interest in promoting the logging of forests.

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4FRI not yet out of woods

Arizona Daily Sun
May 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Metzger and Horner were among a capacity crowd of 100 who turned out at the Museum of Northern Arizona for the discussion of 4FRI. The urgency in the room was evident. “Our forests are not resilient. They’re not in the conditions they evolved with,” said Amy Waltz of Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute Most remembered the largest wildfire in state history, the Wallow fire, which scorched a half-million acres in the White Mountains in 2011. It destroyed homes and habitats and burned with an intensity that created its own weather phenomena. All speakers on Wednesday agreed that their greatest fear was the consequence of not thinning the millions of acres of northern Arizona forests.

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As wildfire fear rises, U.S. tanker fleet incomplete

Billings Gazette
May 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — With a vast swath of the West primed for wildfires, federal foresters are preparing for the worst with a budget that might run dry and a fleet of air tankers that in some cases aren’t ready for takeoff. A combination of extended drought, warming weather and an abundance of withered trees and grasses have created ideal conditions for fire — more than 22 million acres were blackened by wildfires from 2011-2013, primarily across the West. “It looks like it’s going to be a serious enough season to where we run out of money again,” Tom Harbour, director of fire and aviation management for the U.S. Forest Service, warned in an interview with The Associated Press.

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Murrelets are latest proxies in Northwest’s timber wars

Statesman Journal
May 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Marbled murrelets are the latest proxies in the long struggle between industrial forestry and conservationists. Like northern spotted owls, if murrelets are convincingly shown to make use of a segment of forest, logging becomes far more problematic. Sales of standing timber in both Oregon and Washington are in legal jeopardy due in part to objections based on this seabird’s pattern of nesting in the branches of mature coastal forests. In Oregon, the latest development in the conflict is an April 21 lawsuit to block logging in part of Elliott State Forest by Seneca Jones Timber Co., which was willing to pay about $1.83 million for the timber.

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Tree SE neighbors rallied to save, arborists climbed, nominated to Heritage Tree program

The Oregonian
May 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The giant paradox walnut tree in Mt. Tabor that 22 arborists climbed into on Earth Day has been officially nominated to Portland’s Heritage Tree program. The Urban Forestry division of the parks department usually takes about a year to decide whether to designate a nominated tree as a Heritage Tree, said parks spokesperson Mark Ross. Designation would give the tree protection from removal, even if the property is sold in the future.

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Problems linger with Wisconsin’s managed forest program

The Cap Times
May 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

On Tuesday, Iowa County land owner Jim Kostohrys, got a letter he didn’t want from the state Department of Natural Resources. Kostohrys owns roughly 200 acres of forest land that is part of the state’s managed forest program, the same program that allowed a mining company operating in northern Wisconsin to receive a significant tax break when it closed part of its land to the public last year. This “outrageous double standard,” as Kostohrys referred to the situation, brought renewed attention to a state program that is supposed to encourage forest land conservation and timber industry growth by providing additional tax breaks to owners who open their land to the public to hunt, fish or hike.

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Fungus lays waste to oak trees in Pittsburgh parks

Trib Live
May 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

Pittsburgh has removed nearly 200 large oak trees from its parks in an attempt to curtail the spread of a fungus that is killing oaks across the northeastern United States, officials said. The most recent outbreak of oak wilt was discovered along Prospect Drive in Schenley Park, forcing the city and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to cut down 58 trees, said Phil Gruszka, the conservancy’s director of park management and maintenance policies. About 138 oaks have been removed from Frick, Highland and Riverview parks since the fungus invaded Pittsburgh about eight years ago, he said.

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Aerial pesticide spraying of UK woods to go ahead despite fears over wildlife

The Guardian
May 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Woodland will be sprayed with insecticide from a helicopter for a second time to wipe out a caterpillar that is destroying the UK’s oak trees, despite the government regulator saying in private that such an approach is unlikely to work and could have “serious” effects on other wildlife. …Ecologists said the Forestry Commission should rethink its plan to spray the woods for a second time. Dr Martin Warren, chief executive of Butterfly Conservation, said: “Aerial spraying is a crude method of control that will cause a huge amount of damage to other wildlife and could harm several threatened butterfly species. We urge the Forestry Commission to rethink their strategy.”

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Government promises to ‘hit ground running’ when new Parliament sits

ABC News, Australia
May 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has confirmed legislation to repeal the state’s forest peace deal will be introduced into parliament this week. Tomorrow marks the first sitting since the Liberals were swept to power in March and the House of Assembly will look very different. The state’s first female Speaker, Elise Archer, will be officially sworn in, as well as several first time MPs. The day will be largely ceremonial, there’ll be no question time, but the Governor will outline the new Government’s legislative agenda.

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