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Daily Archives: July 14, 2014

Business & Politics

Court’s land claims ruling harms Canada’s business environment

Globe and Mail
July 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


On June 26, the Supreme Court of Canada awarded title to a piece of the B.C. Interior roughly the size of Prince Edward Island to the 3,000-member T’silhqot’in First Nation. Initial government and business reaction characterized the decision as merely a clarification of previous lower-court judgments. …The court has, in effect, established a separate legal structure for aboriginals and non-aboriginals that has implications far beyond land entitlements.

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B.C. reaches 150 forest revenue agreements with First Nations

BC Government
July 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The signing of a Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement (FCRSA) with the Seabird Island Band means B.C. has now signed 150 FCRSA agreements Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad announced today. The agreement ensures a percentage of provincial revenues from forestry activities on the Seabird Island Band’s traditional territory flows to their community in support of social and economic development. The three-year FCRSA also provides a consultation process for operational decisions related to forestry in the area. B.C. launched the activity-based FCRSA revenue-sharing process in December 2010 to replace the previous Forest and Range Opportunity Agreement.

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Woodfibre environmental cleanup ongoing: official

July 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental cleanup of the proposed site of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant beside Howe Sound is underway. Last year, Western Forest Products announced an agreement to sell 212 acres of waterfront land — the former site of the Woodfibre pulp mill — to Woodfibre Natural Gas. But before any construction can take place, the former industrial site needs to be remediated. That work has been ongoing, Woodfibre Natural Gas vice president Byng Giraud said. “The site remediation is still taking place,” he told the Squamish Chief.

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Port Moody mayor resists Metro board move to rezone waterfront industrial land

Vancouver Sun
July 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

METRO VANCOUVER — One day, highrises could grace Port Moody’s waterfront where the Mill and Timber sawmill sits today. The idea is just a far-off notion at this time, Mayor Mike Clay says, part of a grand vision in the city’s 30-year Official Community Plan, which is used to guide long-term growth. But just in case, Port Moody has asked that the 14.7-hectare parcel remain industrial but overlaid as a “special study area” — a non-urban zone earmarked for changes in the future.

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Investors will be closely watching West Fraser’s outlook

Globe and Mail
July 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canadian lumber producers have been enjoying a welcome upswing thanks to the recovery in the U.S. housing market and strong Asian demand. …At Vancouver-based giant West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., investors will be closely watching the company’s second-quarter earnings outlook – to be unveiled Thursday – given the many external pressures on the sector. RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn recently upgraded West Fraser to outperform from sector perform. Asian demand is “holding up better than some feared,” he said in a research report.

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Supreme Court rules Ontario government can permit logging on First Nation land

The Canadian Press
July 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the Ontario government does not need Ottawa’s permission to permit industrial logging on a First Nation’s traditional lands. While Friday’s unanimous 7-0 ruling may go down as a defeat for the Grassy Narrows First Nation, it does answer an important legal question: can the province can act alone to take up treaty land for forestry and mining? Yes, it can. “I agree with the Ontario Court of Appeal that Ontario and only Ontario has the power to take up lands under Treaty 3,” Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin wrote in the decision.

Ontario’s right to issue logging permits upheld from Timmins Daily Press

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Reaction pours in after Supreme Court ruling

Many different view points on Supreme Court ruling about logging at Grassy Narrows
Kenora Online
July 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

… Wayne Roznowsky is the Canadian spokesman for Weyerhaeuser. After the ruling, he issued a prepared statement on behalf of the company. “Weyerhaeuser acknowledges that the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized both the ongoing rights of Grassy Narrows First Nation to carry out hunting, fishing and trapping, and the authority of the Province of Ontario to take up lands in the province for a range of purposes including forestry,” it said.  “This ruling is good news for the many employees and contractors, including First Nations, at Weyerhaeuser’s Kenora, Ontario, TimberStrand facility as it provides clarity on all parties’ rights and duties.

Land ruling’s message to First Nations: You have no place in Confederation from The Globe and Mail

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Grassy Narrows loses Supreme Court logging rights decision

Top court finds province of Ontario, not First Nation or federal government, has jurisdiction over logging
CBC News
July 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today in favour of the Ontario government’s right to permit industrial logging on a First Nation’s traditional lands. Friday’s 7-0 decision comes on the heels of a historic judgment in the Tsilhqot’in case in British Columbia that changed the way governments must deal with First Nations who can claim aboriginal title over their traditional territories. The difference between the Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows First Nations is that Grassy Narrows had a treaty with the government. The Tsilhqot’in did not.

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Triabunna woodchip mill destruction: State Government pushes for inquiry

ABC News Australia
July 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government wants a parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of a woodchip mill on the state’s east coast. Millionaire environmentalists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron bought the Triabunna mill three years ago. The pair initially said they hoped to reopen it, but later unveiled plans for a tourism development. A recent article in The Monthly magazine reported the mill manager, conservationist Alec Marr, as saying reopening was never on the cards. The article said the plant’s infrastructure was destroyed in an undercover operation to quash any possibility the Labor-Greens state government at the time would compulsorily acquire the mill to reopen it.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. wood helps rebuild Japanese communities

Community centre in coastal town constructed with donated lumber
Vancouver Sun
July 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than three years after a massive earthquake and tsunami tore through their town, many residents of the small Japanese town of Yamada-machi are still living in temporary housing. Now, their children can play at a new community centre designed for them and built with donated B.C. wood. The Oranda Jima House, built in the fishing town about 300 km northeast of Fukushima, is the third project on Japan’s eastern seaboard involving timber donated by Canada Wood — the marketing arm of the Canadian lumber sector.

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Hunter Douglas Wins Product of the Year Award for Heritance Hardwood Shutters

A to Z of Building
July 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

For the 19th consecutive year, Hunter Douglas has won more awards than any other company in the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) Product Awards, the benchmark of industry excellence. This year the window fashions leader once again outdid itself, capturing 30 honors out of the 56 conferred and earning the coveted Product of the Year for the 14th year. …Product of the Year went to the 2014 Heritance® Hardwood Shutters Collection. The collection was also named Best New Style Concept in the Shutters Category. These shutters re-energize the timeless beauty of hardwood in big ways.

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Tall wood is the Next Big Thing in construction

In mid-rise construction, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is a real threat to concrete and steel, for good reason.
Treehugger
July 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

CLT panels are strong, stable, fire resistant and made from a renewable resource: wood. It is also lighter than concrete, faster to assemble and gets lots of green points for sequestering carbon dioxide. It is also getting really popular with builders, particularly in the UK. One developer of a big project in London’s Elephant and Castle describes the benefits in Building Magazine: … “Compared with concrete or steel, the environmental benefits are hundreds of times better. It is a renewable material, there is very little waste during production and it is very carbon efficient to transport.

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Forestry

National parks under threat, report says

Globe and Mail
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

From the caribou breeding grounds in the Northwest Territories to the diverse forests of New Brunswick, the country’s leading wilderness advocate says the integrity of Canada’s parks is being threatened by budget cuts, human activity and, especially, resource extraction. A copy of the annual report of the Canada Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), which will be released Monday, was obtained by The Globe and Mail. It says the past year has seen governments loosen restrictions that protect parks from development, and drag their feet on conservation promises.

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Wildfire danger bumped up to extreme in South Okanagan

Kelowna Daily Courier
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dial up the South Okanagan’s fire risk to extreme, says the forestry service. Days of hot, dry weather has ratcheted up the fire rating to the highest possible in the Osoyoos area, where a large fire broke out on Wednesday. Crews contained it to 15 hectares on private land along Old Richter Pass west of the town the next day. Other parts of the region that fire officials are watching are Lytton, Lillooet, Salmon Arm, Clearwater and north of Shuswap Lake as far as Barriere, said Melissa Klassen, who speaks for the Wildfire Management Branch in Kamloops. 

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B.C. heat wave increases forest fire concerns

Metro News
July 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A provincewide heat wave in British Columbia was expected to hit record highs in the coming days, heightening concerns about wildfires. The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch said Saturday there were 45 wildfires across the province, with three fires expected to take days to put out. “The hot, dry weather has definitely been a concern,” said Navi Saini, a spokeswoman for the agency. “It’s definitely hindering fire-suppression efforts.” In northern B.C., near the Alberta border, 120 firefighters and 11 helicopters are battling a 45-square-kilometre blaze close to Tumbler Ridge that was sparked last Sunday.

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Forest access restricted north of Banff due to forest fire

Global News
July 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Access to some forested areas north of Banff has been temporarily restricted due to a wildfire in the area.

The restrictions were put in place at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 11th.

It prohibits all recreational, industrial and public access in the affected area north of Banff and west of Rocky Mountain House.

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Junior Forest Rangers set to head off from Hinton Training Centre

Hinton Parklander
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Hinton Training Centre is sending out over a hundred members of the Junior Forest Ranger program to their summer destinations. Crews will be based in locales around Alberta from Hinton to Peace River, Grand Prairie and Long Lake taking part in everything from tree planting to trail maintenance. The goal is for the high school students to gain experience in the industry of national resource management and prepare them for a lucrative career according to Brett Spady, Junior Forest Ranger program specialist at the Hinton Training Centre. …The program starting on July 2 and has been training Junior Forest Rangers since 1965 with the 50 year anniversary coming up next year.

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Editorial: You can help prevent forest fires

Some are natural but too many caused by people
Vancouver Sun
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

High summer is here, school’s out, we finally have a spell of that hot, sunny weather for which we so long during sodden January commutes to work. That means increasing numbers of us are heading out for the trails, campgrounds, beaches and paddling routes for which British Columbia is justly famous. It’s also forest fire season, so permit a few cautions en route to the province’s fabulous outdoors. Splendid weather means wildfire hazard rises as the forests and grasslands which cover most of B.C. dry out in the heat that draws us to those vulnerable places in the first place.

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Revelstoke crews battling fire near Golden

Revelstoke Times Review
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fire crews from Revelstoke are battling a remote blaze that started Thursday alongside the Kinbasket Lake northeast of Golden. Two three-person initial attack crews, six members of a local unit crew, 10 contract firefighters and a group of air tankers are on scene to battle the 30-hectare fire, which is located 78 kilometres northeast of Golden, said Jordan Turner, a spokesperson with the Southeast Fire Centre. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Turner said it was likely sparked by a forestry crew working in the area.

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Hazy Calgary skyline caused by raging B.C., Alta., forest fires

Slave Lake, Rocky Mountain House fires listed as out of control
CBC News
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fires in British Columbia and Alberta are making for a hazy skyline in Calgary. Winds are continuing to pull smoke from the fires, one of which is currently rated as out of control by Alberta provincial authorities. However, the Alberta Quality Health Index says air quality in the Calgary area remains within safe levels. Officials are not cautioning Calgarians to take any special precautions unless they notice their throats becoming irritated or they begin coughing continuously. 

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B.C. calls Ontario for forest fire support

By Tom Fletcher
Alberni Valley News
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. forest firefighters head into the weekend with two major fires in the Interior of the province and fire risk increasing with a spell of hot weather expected. After lending firefighters support to the Northwest Territories to battle a huge blaze near Hay River last week, B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch reached out to Ontario Friday, asking for 21 incident managers and staff to be stationed at Kamloops on Sunday. The Red Creek fire southeast of Tumbler Ridge remained out of control Friday, covering an estimated 4,500 hectares five days after it was discovered. About 200 people remained evacuated from two oil and gas work camps north of the fire site, as helicopters, heavy equipment and 120 firefighters worked to create control lines.

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Crews keep Malahat forest fire under control

Victoria Times Colonist
July 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire that started over the weekend on the Malahat and was threatening nearby homes “was touch and go for awhile,” said Malahat Volunteer Fire Chief Rob Patterson. “We ended up not evacuating people,” Patterson said Sunday. The wind shifted and crews were able to get a handle on the blaze. The fire was at its worst at dinnertime on Saturday, when it was a few hundred metres from the Malahat fire hall and residences. The fire covered 1.5 hectares, he said. “I would suspect it would be human caused,” said Patterson.

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Forest Investment Program to benefit private woodlot owners

Government of PEI Press Release
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new Forest Investment Program will help Island woodlot owners manage their forests for economic, social and environmental benefits, says Minister of Agriculture and Forestry George Webster. “Our government supports the development of healthy, diverse forests and recognizes the many benefits these lands provide to landowners and society as a whole,” said Minister Webster. “We believe that the Forest Investment Program will be an excellent resource to help owners realize many different goals for their forest lands.” The Forest Investment Program was a commitment of the 2013 Speech from the Throne and received budget allocation in the 2014 provincial budget.

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Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources adds forestry to its title

CBC News
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The head of a forestry sector advocate says she’s pleased a ministry has a new name. The Ministry of Natural Resources is now the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The name change happened in the last cabinet shuffle following the June 12 election. Jamie Lim with the Ontario Forest Industries Association said she believes the name change shows the government is paying more attention to forestry. “The Ring of Wood is huge,” she said. “And it is a renewable resource managed so well in Ontario. We only harvest about 0.5 per cent of Ontario’s trees annually and, for every tree that’s harvested in Ontario, three take root.”

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Forest fires burn as dry weather continues in Nova Scotia

CBC News
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The dry weather in Nova Scotia is making it difficult for fire crews to put out fires, including one that continues to burn on the border of Hants and Halifax counties. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources are heading to Two Mile Lake this morning to try and get the fire under control. About four hectares have burned. The other fire is in the Nictaux area of the Annapolis Valley. The flames are controlled, but DNR crews say it will take a couple of days to burn out.

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Regional chief ‘unconvinced’ after Supreme Court ruling on logging

Kenora Online
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Assembly of First Nations was quick to respond to this morning’s Supreme Court ruling relating to resource development. The Regional Chief for Saskatchewan, Perry Bellegarde, who holds the Treaty portfolio for the AFN, was most direct. Earlier today, justices of the court ruled the province had the right to issue permits for traditional lands, but with some limits. However, the conditional nature of the ruling didn’t satisfy the regional chief. “I remain unconvinced that justice will be achieved through Canada’s domestic courts when it comes to the interpretation of our international Treaties,” he said in a prepared statement. 

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Garamendi argues for forestry funding

The Reporter
July 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the scourge of wildfires in California continues, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Solano), former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior, joined 85 of his colleagues on Friday in signing a discharge petition that would force consideration of H.R. 3992, the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014. When a majority of Members of the House of Representatives sign onto a discharge petition, the bill automatically comes to the House Floor for a vote. “This commonsense bipartisan legislation would enable us to better protect our communities and land from the dangerous spread of wildfires,” said Garamendi. “The historic drought in the West has turned California into a tinderbox.

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National Elk Refuge aspens show improvement

Associated Press
July 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON, Wyo. — Aspen trees that have been in decline on the National Elk Refuge for decades are showing some signs of bouncing back on parts of the preserve in northwest Wyoming, according to new research. “There’s some evidence that, at least on the extreme north end of the refuge, some aspen regeneration has been taking place,” refuge biologist Eric Cole said. The refuge is undertaking a study with Montana State University to quantify how many young aspens are positioned to survive and where they’re located, Cole said.

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See the saws: Logger sports, parade and dances highlight Darby Logger Days weekend

Ravalli Republic
July 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARBY – Some festivals are deeply rooted in a community and its history. …Darby Logger Days is all that, and something more. Barbara Liss has been on the organizing committee for 12 of the event’s 13 years, and she said it was started by people who worked in the woods, who wanted to showcase the specialized skills and to highlight the history of the profession. “As the logging died away,” Liss recalled, “the group felt it was important to keep the skills and history alive, so we don’t forget our heritage.” Thus, it is also a celebration of a particular lifestyle and profession. It’s also a blast.

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Opinion: Don’t Log Burned Forests—Let Nature Heal Them

The U.S. Forest Service plan for logging after the Rim fire is seen as a “catastrophe.”
National Geographic
July 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…In May the U.S. Forest Service proposed a “salvage” logging plan to clear-cut nearly 30,000 acres of the burn, and it has begun a hazardous-tree removal project that would log an additional 16,000 acres. A bonanza for the timber industry, the salvage plan would sell 661 million board feet of timber, nearly four times the volume sold last year in all of California’s national forests. The plan would waive Forest Service rules intended to protect old-growth forest. Trees more than 30 inches in diameter at the base, formerly off-limits, are now fair game.An increasingly vocal group of forest ecologists, both inside the Forest Service and out, has joined environmentalists in protesting the proposed plan as a catastrophe.

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Groups Sue Over Logging In Sierra Nevada Fire Areas

KCET.org
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Plans to log over 5,000 acres of burned trees in the Tahoe and Sierra national forests poses a serious threat to wildlife that depends on burned over forests. That’s according to two environmental groups that sued the U.S. Forest Service Thursday to stop the cut. The lawsuit, filed in federal District Court in San Francisco by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Earth Island Institute, charges that the Forest Service’s plans to allow “salvage” timber cutting on land burned in two fires in summer 2013 will actually damage some of the Sierra Nevada’s rarest habitat.

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Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

Associated Press
July 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ENTIAT, Wash. — Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 32 square miles in central Washington. The blaze threatened more than 200 homes and damaged a few outbuildings in Chelan County near Entiat, roughly midway between Seattle and Spokane. Residents of several dozen homes have been told to evacuate, fire operations spokeswoman Laurie Dowie said. The fire was partially contained by Friday evening. 

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Tree harvest up 6 percent in northern Wisconsin forest, but some say economy needs more help

The Republic
July 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

APPLETON, Wisconsin — The amount of timber harvested from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest rose 6 percent last year, but some sawmill owners and others who want to maintain or even increase the harvest say the region’s struggling economy needs more help…
Edward Piontek, who owns the Forest Sawmill in Wabeno, said the increase in harvesting has been enough to keep his four employees busy, but it’s not enough to justify hiring more workers. His sawmill once had more than 30 workers.

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Firefighters gain ground on massive Washington blaze

USA Today
July 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters made progress Sunday containing a wildfire that burned 21,823 acres in Washington but are fearful that predicted afternoon thunderstorms could ignite more fires. The wildfire — the largest of numerous ones burning in the West — started July 8 in Mills Canyon in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, which encompasses more than 4 million acres along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range. Inhabitants of 37 homes were ordered to evacuate, and people in 48 others were told to be ready to leave, says Daniel O’Connor, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman. Inhabitants of another 433 homes were alerted about the fire, he says.

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Monument status would protect crucial wild land values

Guest Opinion – Niels Nokkentved
Idaho Statesman
July 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… One of the issues I covered regularly was the ongoing efforts to protect the parts of the Boulder-White Clouds that had long ago been proposed as wilderness…. The Boulder-White Clouds national monument proposal is not an elitist land grab, as some suggest. It is about forcing federal land managers to uphold their own recommendations. Yes, it is about wilderness. But wilderness recommendations included in the monument were made many years ago. The proposal includes about 592,000 acres, about half of which are within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, established by Congress in 1972.

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Undead Forests Around Chernobyl Won’t Decompose

Nature World News
July 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Almost three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, dead forests in the immediate radiation zone are still not decaying. Researchers say that this shows a disturbing facet of long-term radiation exposure that is little considered – how radiation impacts the process of decomposition. According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Oecologia forest around Chernobyl, particularly the infamous Red Forest – have shown little sign of decay since they first died nearly 30 years ago. This could be due to the fact that microbes and fungi have not recovered well from radiation contamination in the area.

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Leading Italian Food Producer Supports Sustainable Forest Management

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
July 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

You can now enjoy sustainably-packaged pasta as Barilla, one of Italy’s leading food producers, announces that all the cardboard used in its packaging will come from sustainably managed forests. Barilla purchases more than 30,000 tons of cardboard, which from now on will be made from 100% virgin fiber certified according to the international standards of PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, PEFC’s North American member SFI, and FSC.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Quebec spruce budworm link to climate change being studied

Outbreak in Quebec affecting more than 3.2-million hectares of forest
CBC News
July 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Scientists are investigating how climate change may be influencing a spruce budworm outbreak in Quebec’s forests. An area the size of Belgium on Quebec’s North Shore is now affected by the highly destructive insect, which feeds on the young needles of white, red and black spruce and balsam ?r trees. Spruce budworm populations go through cyclical fluctuations and reach outbreak proportions once every 30 to 40 years, leading to widespread defoliation and massive losses for the forest industry.

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Firm takes green approach to wildfire mitigation

Trees removed for free will be converted into biomass fuel product.
Austin Community Newspaper
July 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Roughly three years after the Bastrop County Complex Fire scorched much of the central Texas landscape, destroying more than 1,700 homes and searing approximately 34,000 acres of county land, the community is still coming together to pick up the broken pieces. Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape and Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Fisher stood side by side on a vacant concrete slab that once secured a home in Tahitian Village Thursday morning, as construction workers used chainsaws and heavy machinery to remove the lingering dead trees destroyed by the fire. 

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Forest carbon investors impatient for state-backed global market

Reuters
July 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Indonesia – As U.N. climate talks inch towards creating a government-backed market for forest carbon credits, some private investors say it can’t happen soon enough, as they seek companies and other buyers to suck up their offsets. “Lack of a (global) market is the problem. We rely on the voluntary market. We don’t need the price to be high, but right now there aren’t enough buyers,” said Jim Procanik, managing director of InfiniteEARTH, the company that started Indonesia’s Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve. So far, it is the only forest conservation project in the Southeast Asian nation to sell carbon credits.

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