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Daily Archives: July 18, 2014

Business & Politics

Forest Industries jump on the carbon cycle to ask PUP to save forest research jobs

The Fifth Estate
July 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Chief executive of the Forest products Association, Ross Hampton, on Thursday morning rode a timber bicycle to the doorstep of Parliament House to hand-deliver a letter from peak state forest industries to protest the shedding of forest science jobs in CSIRO and to make a direct plea to the Palmer United Party to intervene. Tasmanian Senator Jackie Lambie accepted the letter of behalf of PUP, and delighted the media crowd by having a quick ride on the bike, which FPA have named “The Carbon Cycle”.

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Dramatic fire badly damages Springfield plywood mill

Statesman Journal
July 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A dramatic fire at a plywood mill in the Willamette Valley community of Springfield, Oregon, has badly damaged the complex and prompted a brief evacuation notice for surrounding neighborhoods. …Multiple explosions were reported. Some workers at the scene say they think propane or glue tanks may have exploded. …The newspaper says the 33-acre mill is owned by privately held Glendale-based Swanson Group Mfg. LLC.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New face in green building dust-up

Portland Tribune
July 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In the annals of the green building movement, Jerry Yudelson might turn out to be a turncoat, or perhaps a modern-day soldier stowed inside a Trojan Horse to infiltrate enemy lines. Or maybe a bit of both. Fifteen years ago, Yudelson was living in Portland and co-founded the Cascadia Green Building Council, which remains a cutting-edge force in the field. …So it surprised many when Yudelson took a job in January leading Portland’s Green Building Initiative, which promotes an industry-friendly alternative to LEED known as Green Globes. …Environmentalists say Green Globes has merit, but is less rigorous than LEED and goes easy on industries that finance and control the business-friendly alternative. Yudelson disputes any notion that Green Globes is “LEED light.” Rather, he says, it’s “green different.”

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LIVA to partner with top fashion brands to expand reach

Fibre 2 Fashion
July 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LIVA, the new age fabric made with natural fibres from Pulp & Fibre Business of Aditya Birla Group announced its association with AND, Global Desi, Allen Solly and Van Heusen – some of the biggest players in the fashion industry. These brands have created exclusive collection using LIVA  …LIVA is made from natural fibers/cellulosic that is derived from wood pulp. Hence, it gives a beautiful flow to the garments and enhances ease of movement. It takes the shape of the body and hence gives you perfect look. It doesn’t tug out like other stiff fabrics. It is extremely soft and has a great feeling on the skin. It also has a natural shine that makes it look dressy unlike other fabrics. And finally since it is natural, it has great breathability.

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Forestry

Rock ’n’ Roll Tree Farmer: Inside a Rolling Stone’s Business

Bloomberg Business Week
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Chuck Leavell spends a lot of nights together with the Rolling Stones. But the veteran piano player, who has been a de facto member of the legendary rock ’n’ roll band for more than three decades, gets just as much satisfaction from trees. When he’s not playing with the Stones or other stars such as Eric Clapton and Greg Allman, Leavell manages a 2,900-acre tree farm and hunting lodge in Georgia that he runs with his wife. “I have a deep love of both things, working in the studio or on the stage, and working in the woods and entertaining our clients,” Leavell says… Leavell has used his association with the Stones and other rockers to advance a variety of green causes. He co-founded Mother Nature Network, an environment-focused news website, in 2009. He has written several books on conservation and forestry, and he works with numerous groups devoted to the environment.

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We trust farmers, new survey says—Mining not as understood

BY DYLAN ROBERTSON, POSTMEDIA NEWS
The Star Phoenix
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canadians love farmers, have split opinions on forestry and don’t understand mining, according to a survey of perceptions of resource industries. …For a report published Friday, the Canada West Foundation’s Centre for Natural Resources Policy had Ipsos Reid survey 600 residents each from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario for their perceptions of four natural-resource sectors. …Forestry was the most polarizing of sectors. The report notes that the sector is better respected after criticism over clear-cutting spiked in the late 1990s. But sustainability came out as both the top reason to support the sector at 22 per cent, and the top reason not to, at 30 per cent. Coad said it’s a trend seen across multiple sectors that speaks to divided perceptions among Canadians.

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SFI® Partners with Heiltsuk Nation and Interfor to Protect Heritage Features on BC Coast

CNW
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Heiltsuk Nation and Interfor are working together, with support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® Inc. (SFI®) on a project that will improve the understanding and management of culturally modified trees (CMTs), an important pre- and post contact heritage feature on British Columbia’s Pacific Coast. The project, funded with a conservation grant from SFI, will record, track, manage and interpret, culturally modified trees through spatial analysis in geographic information systems (GIS). 

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Archeologists don’t agree on modified trees claim: BCTS

Coast Reporter
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) plans to proceed with advertising the Trailfest Wagonroad and Dakota Bowl cutblocks this summer, despite an archeologist’s report identifying 33 suspected culturally modified trees (CMTs) in the Dakota Bowl block, a BCTS official said Tuesday. Senior forest planner Norm Kempe said he had not yet seen the report by archeologist Jim Stafford, who was hired by Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) to conduct a preliminary survey of the cutblock, but he was aware of ELF’s claims that suspected CMTs were found in the area.

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N.S. firefighters to help out in B.C.

The Chronicle Herald NS
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Justin Smith and 18 fellow Department of Natural Resources firefighters will head west Saturday to join firefighters battling massive forest fires in British Columbia. They’ll be flying out with 40 from Quebec and 20 from New Brunswick to be the boots on the ground on the West Coast, where more than 100 fires are burning. One had grown to 20,000 hectares, or 200 square kilometres, by Wednesday. Provinces have a mutual aid system for forest fires, much like the agreements of volunteer fire departments. 

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Like a boy scout, be prepared

Kelowna Daily Courier
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With forest fires seemingly burning all around us and the air filled with smoke, now is as good a time as any to prepare yourself in case of emergency. The Okanagan is no stranger to devastating wildfires, but would you know what to do if you were ordered to evacuate? With multiple fires burning in the South, Central and North Okanagan, officials with the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program urge residents to create their own emergency plans.
It can be as simple as sitting down with your family and discussing where everyone is to meet, who is responsible for gathering pets and so on.

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B.C. BlueSky map shows Canada’s wildfire smoke forecast

CBC News
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The smoke from numerous wildfires in B.C., Alberta, and even the Northwest Territories has been casting a haze across communities all over western Canada. And while NASA has been sharing detailed satellite images showing the spread of the forest fire haze, the images can quickly get out-of-date. For more up-to-the-minute information, there’s an online animated map of Western Canada that shows a forecast of where all that wildfire smoke is going and how intense it will be. Hosted on the B.C. air quality website, it’s called the BlueSky Western Canada Wildfire Smoke Forecasting System.

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Chief helps fight forest fire near Wekweeti, N.W.T.

Johnny Arrowmaker spent two hours spraying water on a ground fire Sunday
CBC News
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews from the N.W.T.’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources did a controlled burn along the winter road near Wekweeti last week to create a fire break, but it wasn’t quite enough to hold the flames back. On Sunday morning, Chief Johnny Arrowmaker and two other men went out across the lake to take a look. “There was a fire there coming back, ready to cross the winter road,” he says. “We had to fight the fire before it crossed.” Before leaving, fire crews had left a water pump and sprinklers and gave Arrowmaker a bit of information.

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Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

Climate Central
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres. 

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Board to audit forestry activities near Pemberton

BC Forest Practices Board
July 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Pebble Creek Timber during the week of July 21, 2014. The audit will examine timber harvesting, silviculture, protection, road construction, road maintenance and deactivation, and operational planning for compliance with forest practices legislation. Pebble Creek has activities around the upper Lillooet River and Joffre Creek areas near Pemberton.

Board Audit postponed Due to Forest Fires from the BC Forest Practices Board

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B.C. wildfire roundup: new evacuation orders and alerts

CBC News
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

32 new wildfires broke out Thursday bringing the total number of fires burning in B.C. to more than 150. Of those, 16 are deemed significant wildfires prompting evacuation orders and alerts. The newest evacuation order is for the municipality of West Kelowna due to the rapidly spreading Smith Creek fire. 2,500 residents were ordered out of their homes Thursday in West Kelowna as firefighters battled to keep the fire from spreading into their neighbourhood.

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Crews working to contain Harrison area fire

Mission Record
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews are still working to put out a small fire that popped up overnight near the small village of Harrison Hot Springs. The fire was reported to be about 2.5 hectares in size, at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, and helicopters have been seen heading into the river valley to extinguish the flames. The fire is on Agassiz Mountain, to the west of Harrison Hot Springs.

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Fire officials track 17 large wildfires in Oregon, Washington, with mandatory evacuations

The Oregonian
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Northwest fire officials are tracking more than 17 large fires in Oregon and Washington, with two new fires igniting in the past 24 hours and a forecast of strong winds and continued hot, dry temperatures. Fire officials are particularly worried about winds expected to sweep across the area into the weekend. “The fuels are very dry,” said Robin DeMario, a spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. “If there is an ignition source, there is high potential for a new fire to grow rapidly.”

180 prison inmates fight wildfires across Oregon’s parched forests from the Oregonian

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Banding Songbirds of the Seward Peninsula Part 1: The Boreal Forest

Wild Lens Blog
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Geological Service of Anchorage has been conducting land-bird research on the Seward Peninsula of northwestern Alaska for over two decades. One of the current research projects seeks to understand how shifting vegetation communities driven by climate change are affecting Passerine and other land-bird communities. The landcover of the Seward Peninsula is mainly open Tundra: wide swaths of treeless country dominated by low shrubs and grasses. However, the coniferous Boreal Forest that covers much of Canada and interior Alaska spreads its fingers onto the eastern Seward Peninsula. A remarkably diverse community of songbirds can be found where the Tundra and Boreal Forest meet.

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Hundreds of homes threatened by Wash. wildfire

Associated Press in the Surrey Leader
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash. – With a wildfire fueled by strong winds tearing through timber in its path, authorities in Central Washington have urged residents of nearly 900 homes to flee. There was zero containment Wednesday in the Chiwaukum Creek fire burning about 10 miles north of the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. In that town, the temperature hit 104 and a light dusting of ash fell. …Nearly 1,000 firefighters were on the lines at the Chiwaukum Creek fire, the Mills Canyon blaze near Entiat and a third wildfire. The containment level on the Mills Canyon fire, the state’s largest at 35 square miles, held steady at 40 per cent.

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India’s forest cover is on the up – but are the numbers too good to be true?

Upward trend in forest cover seems far-fetched to some observers, as land is given over to power stations and mining
The Guardian
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest cover in India increased by 5871 sq km (2266 sq miles) between 2010 and 2012. That’s the cheery headline news from the State of the Forest Report 2013 released this month by India’s environment minister, Prakash Javadekar. The findings appear to mark a turnaround from the previous survey, which had found a marginal decline in forests. But the fine print reveals a less rosy picture. The bulk of the increase in forest cover – about 3800 sq km – was in just one state, the report shows, and is partly attributed to a correction in previous survey data. In fact, India may be losing quality forests. Dense forests are degrading into scrub or sparsely covered forest areas in many states, says the report.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change fuelling forest fires, says U of S expert

Saskatoon researcher says not quite the smoking gun, but it’s close
CBC News
July 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A researcher at the University of Saskatchewan is not sure this is the smoking gun, but has little doubt climate change is contributing to all those fires in the west and far north. Jill Johnstone, a plant ecologist, stops short of declaring this unequivocal evidence of the impact of climate change only because historic forest fire patterns are unpredictable. Johnstone said, however, that the evidence is mounting that climate change is creating danger in our forests… She is seeing new species of trees taking root in the forest, which could make the boreal forest more fire resistant. But it could also rob the region of valuable habitat for some species of wildlife.

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Connecting wildfires to climate change and drought

UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
July 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Longer summers, less moisture and warmer climates are predicted for California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. These changing patterns bring frequent droughts and extended wildfire seasons — as seen from the current extreme drought. The question no longer is whether wildfires will be more common or more intense — they already are — but how forest managers want these fires to burn. Jens Stevens, a postdoctoral researcher in disturbance ecology at the University of California, Davis, has tracked how forests thinned for wildfire react to high-intensity burns. 

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Forests: Cost-Effective Way to Mitigate Climate Change

Huffington Post
July 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The natural photosynthetic process that drives the growth of trees results in the storage of carbon largely in the form of cellulose and hemicellulose. As a result, forests have an important function in helping regulate the Earth’s carbon cycle. The capacity of our forests to sequester carbon suggests that optimized forest management and forest carbon storage can be an important and cost-effective tool in reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Forest carbon sequestration is at least as economical as improving energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy production, fuel switching, and capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions.

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General

Quantifying the biophysical climate change mitigation potential of Canada’s forest sector

Canadian Forest Service Publications
July 18, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Abstract: The potential of forests and the forest sector to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions is widely recognized, but challenging to quantify at a national scale. Forests and their carbon (C) sequestration potential are affected by management practices, where wood harvesting transfers C out of the forest into products, and subsequent regrowth allows further C sequestration. Here we determine the mitigation potential of Canada’s managed forests from 2015 to 2050 using the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector, a harvested wood products model that estimates emissions based on product half-life decay times, and an account of emission substitution benefits from the use of wood products and bioenergy. 

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Indonesia now country with world’s highest deforestation rate

Mizo News
July 18, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Jakarta: Indonesia has double the deforestation rate in Brazil and has become the largest destroyer of forests housing some of the world’s most endangered species. A report, recently published in the Nature Climate Change magazine, revealed that the Indonesian archipelago lost almost twice the forest area (840,000 hectares) than Brazil (460,000 hectares) by 2012. Researcher Belinda Arunarwati Margono, one of the authors of the study, told Efe news agency that the biggest concern was the alarming rate of tree removal in primary forests, the untouched areas where many animals on the verge of extinction such as tigers, Asian rhinoceros and orangutans live.

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