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Daily Archives: June 10, 2014

Business & Politics

Frederickson site under consideration for major sawmill

The News Tribune
June 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A California timber company, the second-largest lumber producer in the nation, is assembling a site at Frederickson in southern Pierce County to build a major new sawmill that could employ as many as 200 workers. The company, Sierra Pacific Industries, is still in what local economic development officials and the company call the “due diligence phase” of its project. “We’re still doing feasibility analysis at this stage,” said Mark Pawlicki, a Sierra Pacific spokesman. During that phase, the company is investigating the potential benefits and detriments of the site they’ve picked to determine whether building there will be economically feasible.

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Primary sector exports reach record levels

Press Release: New Zealand Government
June 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says new figures released today show primary sector exports will reach record levels of $37.7b over the last year – around $1.3b more than previously forecast… “SOPI 2014 reveals export prices increased across most sectors for the year ending June 2014. Both dairy and forestry sectors stood out with good increases in both price and production,” says Mr Guy… “Demand for logs from China is driving the growth of the forestry sector, with export value reaching $5.1 billion at the end of June 2014. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WholeTrees wants builders to skip the mill with stronger, greener timber

The Capital Times
June 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building


Faced with the threat of decimation by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer, the city has started taking down some 8,500 ash trees around Madison. The city plans to mulch some of these trees for use on public playgrounds, which are due for a collective overhaul over the next 10 years. But some, depending on where they are, could become beams in new homes or offices, thanks to work by an innovative Madison business. WholeTrees was founded in 2007 by architect Roald Gundersen and Amelia Baxter in Stoddard, near La Crosse. They moved the business to an office on Williamson Street in April 2013.

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Forestry

Anne Giardini: Renaissance Woman

Simon Fraser University’s new chancellor is also a successful lawyer, novelist and corporate president
Business in Vancouver
June 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…This is a woman who, at 54, is at the top of her game and has been almost since she graduated from law school 30 years ago. Her curriculum vitae is jam-packed with so many astonishing accomplishments it’s difficult to believe it describes the life of just one person. Since 2008, she’s served as president of Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd., the Vancouver-based Canadian subsidiary of the U.S. forestry giant. Before taking on the top job, she worked 14 years as the company’s general counsel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University (SFU), a law degree from UBC and a master’s in law from Cambridge University.

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Board to audit Carrier Lumber Ltd. operations near Prince George

BC Forest Practices Board
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Carrier Lumber Ltd.’s operations on Forest Licence A18158, located just east of Prince George and north of Fort St. James, during the week of June 16, 2014. The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction, maintenance, silviculture, fire prevention and associated planning activities carried out by Carrier Lumber for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. Auditors will be on the ground collecting evidence from June 16 to 20, a total of five days. The audit will focus on mountain pine beetle-impacted forests.

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Opinion: Development companies in charge of B.C parks

Vancouver Sun
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

How would you feel if you were walking in a provincial park and a logging truck rumbled by, or if you were barbequing with friends in a protected area and the sudden whine of steel-cutting saws from pipeline construction disrupted the peace and quiet? While these examples may seem far-fetched, in today’s British Columbia they are becoming a reality. Just 14 per cent of our province is set aside in parks and protected areas. Our parks protect some of the best of B.C., including old-growth forests, flowering alpine meadows, habitat for endangered species, dry grasslands and secluded swimming holes. Unfortunately, this legacy is at risk.

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Renowned log roller to offer lumberjack experience

The Vanguard
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

BARRINGTON – World Champion lumberjack, Darren Hudson, is aiming to give people the real lumberjack experience whether it’s logrolling or axe throwing. Hudson of the world renowned Scott family, was raised on the river in Barrington and first stepped on a log at the age of five. It wasn’t long after that he first began competing and has never stopped. “I travelled the world and I’ve learned the tricks of the trade,” said Hudson. “Now it’s time to come home and teach what I have learned.”

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Burning already

The Western Star
June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It may seem like a long way away considering the woeful weather this part of the province has endured this spring, but the forest fire season has arrived with a vengeance in Labrador. This past weekend, waterbombers and crews battled a blaze in the Ashuanipi River cabin area, not far from Labrador City and Wabush. The blaze threatened several cabins, which brought back some dark memories of last summer’s costly fire season in the Big Land. This part of the province won’t have to worry much about forest fires for a while if the rain and cool temperatures of the last few weeks is any indication, but it’s certain the sun will eventually shine and the forest will dry out before long.

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It’s Election Time in Ontario!

Ontario Forest Industries Association
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The OFIA looks forward to engaging all candidates to ensure that their plan supports the full potential of Ontario’s renewable forestry sector and the hardworking families of Northern and Rural Ontario communities. …NOMA, FONOM, NOAAC and OFIA submitted to all three Party Leaders a joint election commitment letter that sought feedback on 5 critical issues to Ontario’s forestry sector. The following is a summary of their response.

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Recovery plan for endangered Canada lynx could take until 2018

The Associated Press
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BILLINGS, Mont. – U.S. wildlife officials revealed Monday that they expect to complete a recovery plan for imperilled Canada lynx in early 2018 — almost two decades after the snow-loving wild cats first received federal protections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laid out that timetable in court documents filed as part of a federal lawsuit in Montana brought by environmentalists unhappy with prior delays. Lynx were designated a federally protected threatened species in 2000. 

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USDA Releases State by State Impacts of Limited Wildfire Suppression In Recent Years

List Highlights How Forest Restoration, Fire Preparedness and other Activities were Postponed or Canceled Due to Lack of Adequate Fire Suppression Budget
USDA Forest Service
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released information showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two fiscal years (FYs 2012 and 2013). The state-by-state report provides examples of how funding for local wildfire preparedness, forest restoration, and other activities in nearly every state across the country has been used to instead fight fires when wildfire suppression budgets did not fully cover firefighting costs.

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State command created to fight Two Bulls wildfire

KOIN 6
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. — Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber ordered the mobilization of firefighters across the state Monday morning to combat the massive wildfire currently burning through 6,000 acres of forest. The fire, which forced residents of more than 200 homes northwest of Bend to be evacuated, is particularly dangerous Monday thanks to continued gusts of wind fanning the flames. Fifty of those homes remain evacuated, and another 2,000 homes have received pre-evacuation notices.

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Report: Projects to reduce fire danger were canceled to provide firefighting funds

Idaho Statesman
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A $180,000 project designed to make forests around communities healthier and more fire-resistant was canceled in 2013 in Idaho because the dollars went to fighting fires instead. The “State and Private Forestry Redesign” project, developed in partnership with states and other groups to improve forest resilience on private and state lands, was one of more than a dozen projects cut, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in a report showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two years.

Firefighting costs scuttled mine cleanup, FWP partnership from The Missoulian

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Utah firefighters have learned lessons after tragic 2013 Arizona wildfire

June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As wildfire crews battle smoke and flames this summer, they have a recent reminder of what mistakes on the ground and back at headquarters can cost. The Yarnell Hill fire, which took the lives of 19 firefighters last year in Arizona, has Utah’s fire defenders talking about they can learn from the tragedy. The need for clear communication and always putting people before property were topics during the lead-up this summer’s wildfire season, which officially started June 1. Officials also emphasized the danger of falling into complacency. “[Yarnell Hill is] definitely in the front of our minds,” said Jessica Osborne, a six-year firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Central Oregon fire deemed conflagration; local firefighters called to help

Mail Tribune
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crews battling the first big fire in what’s expected to be a tough season in central Oregon face windy conditions as they try to draw containment lines. Five firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Medford and Grants Pass offices have been called to Bend to assist other agencies from around the state in fighting the Two Bulls Fire. Gov. John Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act on Saturday in response to fires. A press release from the governor’s office said he determined that the fire poses a threat to life, safety and property, including a rural subdivision and the city of Bend’s water supply.

Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires from The Oregonian

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Obama, Western governors make plans for fire season

The Washington Post
June 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A years-long drought parching Western states and threatening to ignite a record fire season is spurring the Obama administration to revise the federal government’s approach to combating wildfires that threaten hundreds of millions of acres of Western land. Obama and senior administration officials on Monday met by video conference from the Situation Room with governors of eight states, gathered here for the annual meeting of the Western Governors Association. 

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Utah firefighters have learned lessons after tragic 2013 Arizona wildfire

June 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As wildfire crews battle smoke and flames this summer, they have a recent reminder of what mistakes on the ground and back at headquarters can cost. The Yarnell Hill fire, which took the lives of 19 firefighters last year in Arizona, has Utah’s fire defenders talking about they can learn from the tragedy. The need for clear communication and always putting people before property were topics during the lead-up this summer’s wildfire season, which officially started June 1. Officials also emphasized the danger of falling into complacency. “[Yarnell Hill is] definitely in the front of our minds,” said Jessica Osborne, a six-year firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tony Abbott missing signs of world’s switch to carbon trading, experts say

The Sydney Morning Herald
June 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The world’s two largest economies – China and the US – are increasingly adopting carbon trading to cut greenhouse gas emissions, contrary to suggestions by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that other countries are not introducing schemes. Speaking in Canada, Mr Abbott said carbon taxes and emissions trading were the wrong way to address climate change. He said the debate was not about the existence of climate change, but the best approach to respond to it and he backed ”direct action measures” such as improving energy efficiency and planting more trees.

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