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Daily Archives: July 21, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Forest Tattoos

Inked Magazine
July 18, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Robert Frost once wrote of “the woods are lovely, dark and deep” but at the time he did not know that eventually the woods would also make for some pretty impressive tattoos. Ranging from forest creatures to beautiful landscapes, here are some of the best forest tattoos we’ve come across.

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Business & Politics

Vince Bulic’s Weekly Lumber Market Wrap

Forest Business Network
July 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The stand-off has begun. Mills rested on order files and saw little business this week, while buyers nervous of current price levels sat back to wait comfortable in their ability to cover any immediate needs in the secondary market. Wednesday saw the homebuilder’s confidence index bump up 4 points to 54, but Thursday housing starts report for June was dismal – starts were down 9.3% to 893,000 units while permits were down 4.2% to 963,000. The lumber composite index gained $2 to $381.

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Land rulings a clear message to Ottawa, provinces: It’s time to govern

Thomas Isaac is leader of the Aboriginal Law Group at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt
Globe and Mail
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has delivered two significant decisions this summer regarding aboriginal title and treaty rights. In June, the Tsilqhot’in decision affirmed aboriginal title over a discrete area of central British Columbia. In early July, the Keewatin decision confirmed Ontario’s authority to legislate regarding Treaty 3, including over areas such as forestry and mining. At first the decisions look quite different. They deal with different provinces, different facts and appear to have differing outcomes. However, both decisions are actually consistent with each other and their outcomes similar.

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Tsilhqot’in ruling brings clarity – but also surprises

Globe and Mail
July 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Northern Gateway pipeline, on which the industry and the governments of Canada and Alberta had reposed so much hope to get bitumen oil to Asia, will soon be dead. It’s too early for the requiem for the project to move oil from northern Alberta through B.C. to Asia, because Northern Gateway has not been officially pronounced without life. But it’s just a matter of time before the onset of rigor mortis, a condition created by generalized opposition in British Columbia and, of greater consequence, opposition from some aboriginal groups whose legal power just soared courtesy of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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B.C. government offers Gitxsan First Nation signing bonus

Globe and Mail
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has written directly to about 60 hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan First Nation, outlining a multimillion-dollar gas-pipeline benefits deal. In the letter, the government offers the Gitxsan about $12-million, plus a signing bonus of over $2-million, if it will allow two pipelines to cross territorial lands. …In addition to the pipeline benefits, the letter states the government will negotiate a long-term forestry agreement, will work with the band to develop a regional environmental stewardship deal and will provide greater access to skills training for band members.

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Vaughn Palmer: Premier’s positive spin can’t shake concerns about Tsilhqot’in title decision

July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — As reaction spreads outward from the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark recognition of aboriginal title, the B.C. Liberals maintain the decision won’t have a chilling effect on the investment climate. Premier Christy Clark encapsulated the government view of the decision recognizing title for the Tsilhqot’in people over a sizable tract of land in the Cariboo, during a radio interview this week with Kamloops-based CHNL radio. “Some people think it’s a game changer, that it’ll result in a halt of all real development, resource development especially, in this province, and you won’t be able to do anything without consent of the First Nations. Do you fear that?” asked NL news director Jim Harrison.

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Active Energy Enters New Forestry Deal In Canada

Alliance News
July 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

LONDON – Active Energy Group PLC Friday said it has entered into a new joint venture agreement with indigenous groups and entrepreneur Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson, to commercialise forestry in Alberta, Canada. The AIM-listed supplier of industrial wood chip, timber products and forestry management services said the deal is for in excess of 100,000 hectares of mature forestry assets which are expected to yield more than 20 million metres cubed of commercial standing timber.  The company said the forests are owned by three indigenous aboriginal
groups: the Alberta Métis Settlements of Peavine, Paddle Prairie and
East Prairie.

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Vaughn Palmer: Premier’s positive spin can’t shake concerns about Tsilhqot’in title decision

July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — As reaction spreads outward from the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark recognition of aboriginal title, the B.C. Liberals maintain the decision won’t have a chilling effect on the investment climate. Premier Christy Clark encapsulated the government view of the decision recognizing title for the Tsilhqot’in people over a sizable tract of land in the Cariboo, during a radio interview this week with Kamloops-based CHNL radio. “Some people think it’s a game changer, that it’ll result in a halt of all real development, resource development especially, in this province, and you won’t be able to do anything without consent of the First Nations. Do you fear that?” asked NL news director Jim Harrison.

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Northwest Hardwoods Inc. Sold by Investment Firm

Woodworking Network
July 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

GREENWICH CT – Investment firm Littlejohn & Co., LLC, purchased Northwest Hardwoods Inc. from American Industrial Partners for an undisclosed amount of money in a deal announced July 18. Northwest Hardwoods, based in Tacoma, WA, converts hardwood logs into rough cut and kiln dried lumber, then planes and sorts the lumber. The company serves the repair and remodel, residential construction, industrial, and export markets. It provides materials used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets, hardwood flooring, molding, millwork, commercial interiors, furniture, recreational vehicles, musical instruments, railroad ties and pallets.

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Rep. Owens says outlook for forest products industry in the North Country is good

North Country Now
July 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

In a bipartisan panel discussion addressing international and domestic issues and trends in the forest products industry last week, Rep. Bill Owens said biomass as a renewable fuel source can be a major contributor to the North Country economy. “A successful forest products industry is vital to the North Country economy and depends on the long-term health of our forests as a resource,” said Owens. “Discussions at the event today made it clear that this industry continues to move forward as responsible stewards and economic partners.”

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Global and Chinese Dissolving Pulp Industry Report 2013-2016

PR Newswire
July 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

DALLAS — In April 2014, Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China announced final determination in anti-dumping investigation: starting from April 6, 2014, China would levy tariffs of 17%, 13% and 6.8% on the pulp produced in the United States, Canada, and Brazil, respectively. The implementation period would span 5 years since April 6, 2014. This is good for the sales of dissolving pulp in China and would hinder the impact of the imported dissolving pulp. Although the factors including destocking in distribution and weak demand from downstream market led to the fluctuation of the prices of dissolving pulp in the bottom, the dissolving pulp industry in China is expected to witness a turning point in 2014.

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EcoPlanet Bamboo signs three veteran Weyerhaeuser chief executives

Blue and Green Tomrrow
July 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has announced the hiring of Marvin Ray Risco, Dr Kent Wheiler and James Leitheiser – all from $8.5 billion (£4.9bn) timber giant Weyerhaeuser. In a bid to ensure global development, the acquiring of three forest industry executives will encourage high levels of growth for the company, as it expands internationally – developing degraded land into bamboo plantations, sourcing a sustainable material increasingly used by multiple industries. …EcoPlanet Bamboo currently operate commercial bamboo plantations in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, but intends to expand into other areas of the planet – a move its new executive team will be leading.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Engineered Plastic Systems cited for recycled content wording

Plastic News
July 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Yet another plastic lumber company is facing a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint about recycled content claims. Elgin, Ill.-based Engineered Plastic Systems, LLC (EPS) is under fire for using phrases such as “made entirely of recycled plastic synthetic lumber” and “all recycled plastic design” in the sale and marketing materials for its lawn and deck furniture when, according to FTC, the products are not made of 100 percent post-consumer material. In the complaint, FTC alleges that consumers would likely interpret EPS’s claims to mean that its products are made from all, or virtually all, recycled plastic, when, in fact, the commission found the products made between June 2011 and 2014 were only about 72 percent recycled plastic.

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New CEU Helps Building Professionals Earn LEED Credits for Use of FSC Products

PRNewswire-USNewswire
July 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

To encourage architects and other building professionals to build with wood and support their efforts to earn credit in the US Green Building Council’s LEED program, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) developed Mastering FSC-certified Wood in Green Building, which was released today. Developed as a Continuing Education Unit, the course is approved by both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for professional development credit.

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Forestry

B.C. Park Amendment Act under fire from environmentalists

Critics say changes only benefit corporations, 167,000 name petition unfurled in Vancouver
CBC News
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmentalists are planning protests against new legislation they say threatens to open up parks and protected areas to pipelines and other industrial projects. In Vancouver Friday, they unfurled a 167,000 name petition calling on the provincial government to repeal the Park Amendment Act, passed into law last May. The Act allows for research in provincial parks, but many fear that could lead to mining, logging, or even pipelines. 

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Alberta Métis reach landmark forestry deal

Edmonton Journal
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three aboriginal communities in northern Alberta stand to make billions of dollars as a result of a landmark partnership with an international forestry firm. As part of the agreement announced Friday, the Peavine, Paddle River and East Prairie Métis Settlements grant long-term exclusive commercial rights to 100,000 hectares of hardwood forest in exchange for interest in a new joint venture with Active Energy Group PLC, a European supplier of wood chip and timber products that trades under the symbol AIM on the London Stock Exchange.

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Forestry company fined for violations

The Star Phoenix
July 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A northern forest company was recently fined $18,200 in Prince Albert provincial court after pleading guilty to charges under the Forest Resources Management Act. Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp was convicted on two counts of failing to comply with the terms of its approved operating plan. The company was fined $8,000 for failing to screen the harvest visually from a nearby lake and $5,000 for harvesting too close to a lake. A 40 per cent surcharge was applied to both fines. The offences occurred in the Big River area during the 2011-12 operating season.

A CBC News report on the same topic: Forestry firm cuts too close to lakes, gets fined $18K

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Fires rip through B.C.’s tinder-dry, pine beetle-killed forests

Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — More than half a dozen major fires are burning in vast dead pine forests killed by mountain pine beetles, increasing risks to firefighters and communities. Fires in beetle-killed pine stands can spread more quickly than in healthy forests, burn more intensely, and the flying embers can start spot fires more often and farther away. In the older dead pine stands, falling trees are a significant threat to firefighters. “It makes things more difficult for fighting fires and creates uncertainty,” said Daniel Perrakis, a lead fire behaviour research scientist for the B.C. Ministry of Forests. …“It’s skeletons of trees out there, but boy when they light up they can run. It’s a very intense fire,” Robertson said.

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B.C. wildfires: Tackling the threats to Stanley Park

Smoking, campfires and dry weather raise the risk of fires in Vancouver’s crown jewel
CBC News
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On a path through a wooded area near Stanley Park’s Prospect Point, it’s easy to forget Vancouver is in the midst of a heat wave. The tall green trees, mixed with a cool breeze, provide a welcome break from the hot July sun. But Brian Quinn, manager of operations for the Vancouver Park Board, warns that though the forest may look lush, it could easily go up in smoke. “If you were to dig down in the soil a bit, you’d get a good indication of how dry the duff layer is,” he says.

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FP Innovations conducting vital drone research in Hinton

Hinton Parklander
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Drones are becoming the new technological wave of the future. Aside from the military applications that have been underway for a while now, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are slowly but surely entering the commercial and research sectors. …As far as commercial applications, the drone is advanced enough to use a combination of aerial imaging and 3D modeling to measure the volume of a given product stockpile, like chip or log piles. This is a particularly useful feature for a business like the Hinton pulp mill, an eager test subject for FP Innovations who have been doing test flights over the mill to see exactly how accurate these measurements are. …The UAV is also equipped with a thermal camera, which has endless applications when it comes to fire safety and also comes in handy in the final stages of eliminating forest fires. Specifically, the post-fire clean up operations.

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Forest fires rage across B.C., forcing thousands to flee

Globe and Mail
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire that has forced about 2,500 people from their homes in British Columbia’s Okanagan region doubled on Friday to about the size of Stanley Park – a high-profile example of the 160 wildfires causing evacuations across the province in an unusually active forest-fire year. Aircraft and ground crews were trying to contain the Smith Creek fire near West Kelowna… By Friday, it was about 20 per cent contained. …Of the 17 so-called wildfires of note on the B.C. Wildfire Management web page, nine are classified as interface fires, meaning they threaten property and population. Over all, about 140 fires are burning across the province, according to the branch.

CTV News continues the theme with: B.C. residents on alert as forest fires continue to burn

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Cherryville talks timber

Vernon Morning Star
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents were able to bend the ear of senior provincial officials about forestry issues. Dave Peterson, B.C.’s chief forester, as well as Ministry of Forest staff, met with the Cherry Ridge Management Committee which oversees the local community forest. “We spoke about the community forest in relation to the principles of neighbourly stewardship,” said Hank Cameron, with the committee. B.C. Timber Sales personnel were present and they presented plans for a road on steep terrain north of the community forest on Cherry Ridge. The government agency intends to log about 1,200 truckloads from the bench above those slopes.

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Grizzly bear ‘highway’ uncovered in B.C. rainforest

Heiltsuk’s 3-year study in Koeye River habitat uncovers more bears, and a wider range
CBC News
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


New research from the Heiltsuk First Nation points to a sort of bear highway through the Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.’s Central Coast. William Housty, a director with the Qqs Society, says the grizzly bears that were studied are travelling hundreds of kilometres each year along preferred routes — and one trail in particular along the salmon-producing Koeye River. “The bears walk in the same steps every time. Their feet are imprinted in the trail,” he told CBC News. “You can follow these trails and really walk the same highway the bears walk.”

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Cape Breton woodlot owner recognized

Cape Breton Post
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — A Boularderie East woodlot owner has been recognized by the province. Richard Rowter has been named the eastern region woodland owner of the year. He was one of the first members of the new Cape Breton Private Lands Partnership, an agreement announced by government in May. He manages a 54-hectare property in Boularderie East, Victoria County, which he purchased in 2006. Hiram and Ernest Carver a father and son team from New Germany, Lunenburg Co., are the provincial and western region woodland owners of the year. John Simons of Springhill is the central region woodland owner of the year.

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Ontario Fire crews help other provinces

Kenora Online
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With only three active fires in the region, crews are helping fight fires out west and up north. There are now 168 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in the Northwest Territories, Alberta and British Columbia. These personnel are from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services bases across the province and are FireRanger crews, Incident Management Team (IMT) members as well as specialists in areas such as fire behaviour analysis, liaison and helicopter coordination.<

Ontario Team in Command on British Columbia fire from The Net News Ledger

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A ‘Plane’ View about Wildland Firefighters and a New Disney Movie

United States Department of Agriculture
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

This week’s opening of Disney’s animated movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue is especially exciting for the U.S. Forest Service because the agency played an important role in the production of the film. Actually, no Forest Service employees appear in the new comedy-adventure, which features a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting the mythical Piston Peak National Park from wildfire. The agency’s role was an advisory one, giving access to firefighting facilities for Disney animators so that even as a cartoon, the movie has a degree of authenticity. Teachable moments are important for both children and adults and the Forest Service is pleased that Planes is expected to provide many educational moments. 

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Idaho environmental group challenges 2008 Forest Service permits for Wyoming elk feedgrounds

The Republic
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

JACKSON, Wyoming — An Idaho environmental group is challenging a 2008 U.S. Forest Service decision that permitted five elk feedgrounds in the Jackson Hole area of northwest Wyoming. The Western Watersheds Project has filed a lawsuit that argues Bridger-Teton National Forest officials violated their own forest plan, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wyoming Wilderness Act in approving the feedgrounds. Travis Bruner, of Western Watersheds Project, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the group contends the Forest Service didn’t sufficiently analyze the consequences of the feedgrounds, such as the spread of disease.

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Wildfire legislation would fully fund suppression and boost proactive forest management

White Mountain Independent
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would allow for the full funding of wildland fire-fighting budgets for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior as well dramatically increase resources for forest restoration programs. John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced the bill known as S. 2593, the FLAME Act Amendments of 2014. “Congress must fully fund our fire suppression needs, but to reduce wildfire costs over time we must also thin our fire-prone forests,” McCain said.

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Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful

Northwest News Network
July 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely. Protected status was put on the table in anticipation of harm due to global warming. At present, the fierce and rare carnivore is making a slow comeback in the Northwest and Northern Rockies. Last year, federal biologists proposed listing the wolverine as a threatened species in the Lower 48 states. The main reason: because climate change is likely to shrink the snowpack the furry carnivores depend on, including for their dens.

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Klamath County leads Eastern Oregon timber harvests

Herald and News
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Klamath County led Eastern Oregon in the state’s fourth consecutive year of gains in timber harvest, according to a 2013 timber report. According to an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) 2013 Timber Harvest Report, 81 million board feet were harvested in Klamath County last year, up from 61 million in 2010. …Ray Driscoll Jr., president of Wood River Timber logging, said the industry in Klamath County has experienced a steady uptick over the last couple of years, but the lack of lumber mills in Klamath County and shipping costs has limited harvests and production in the Basin.

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Northwest Wildfires: More than 940,000 acres burn in Oregon and Washington

The Oregonian
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires have torched more than 940,000 acres in Oregon and Washington, but no major changes in the blazes were seen between Saturday evening and Sunday morning. “There may be a few acres here and a few acres there,” Carol Connolly, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, said Sunday morning. Fourteen large fires are burning in Oregon, where more than 555,000 acres remain ablaze, Connolly said. Washington has seven large fires, she said, and slightly more than 385,000 acres burning.

Oregon Wildfires and Forest Fire Update from The Oregonian

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Keeping forest pests in place

Associated Press
July 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho  — The Idaho Department of Lands’ annual gypsy moth detection trapping effort is underway, and walkers and bicyclists may notice the occasional small beige-colored triangular boxes hanging in selected trees around the area. North Idaho currently has no gypsy moth problem and state experts want to keep it that way. Coeur d’Alene is a Category 1 risk area, according to the 2013 Gypsy Moth Program Report by the IDL. …”I think the reason we don’t have a problem is because we’re doing the right thing in monitoring,” said entomologist Gina Davis, who manages the Forest Health and Stewardship Program at the Idaho Department of Lands.

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Logging will do more harm than good in watershed

Helena Independent Record
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The proposal to log the Ten Mile drainage to decrease the likelihood of sedimentation from wildfire in Helena’s water supply is largely based flawed assumptions concerning wildfire as well as the value of thinning.   The first mistake is the idea that fuels drive large fires. It is extreme fire weather that controls large blazes.  Under extreme fire weather conditions of low humidity, high temperatures and, most importantly, high winds, you cannot stop blazes.  Indeed thinning/logging the forest may increase fire spread for the simple reason that logging opens up the forest to greater sun and hence drying. Plus logging opens a forest to greater wind penetration. Both factors enhance fire spread.

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Camera systems have become eyes in the sky for fire watchers

Lewiston Tribune
July 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire officials on the Powell District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho are testing a new system that allows them to remotely monitor wildfires. The district, in partnership with the University of Montana, has cameras mounted on two fire lookout towers and a third mobile camera that can be deployed as needed. The cameras can be controlled by an operator at the Powell Ranger District who can use them for panoramic viewing as well as to zoom in and out. They are proving to be a valuable asset, said Matt Young, the fire management officer for the district.

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Whiskey Complex fires burning in dry conditions more typical of August

Idaho Statesman
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire behavior specialists at the Whiskey Complex fires east of Garden Valley say very dry vegetation more typical of late August than mid-July are making fire suppression efforts more difficult. As of Friday morning, the two Whiskey Complex fires — the Wash Fire and the Grimes Fire — were covering 5,740 acres and were just 5 percent contained. Additional resources, including 10 engines, three hand crews, and four helicopters, arrived at the complex Thursday evening. A public meeting is at 6 p.m. 

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Daines signs letter that urges blocking state-specific logging bills

Helena Independent Record
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has signed a letter asking House Republican leadership to block any bills attempting to encourage more logging in specific states – such as Democratic Sen. Jon Tester’s proposal for Montana. Daines, however, insisted Friday the letter is not aimed at Tester’s wilderness and logging bill, and said through a spokeswoman he hasn’t taken a position opposing the measure, which is supported by many timber industry figures and conservation groups in Montana. 

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Conservation Efforts Help Protect Longleaf Forests for Future Generations

USDA Blog
July 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I have a few decorative items on my desk at work, and some of those are longleaf pine cones. Even though I only learned of the rare longleaf pine forest – and the large pine cones that fall in them each year – a few years ago, it was love at first sight. Longleaf pine forests once covered the coastal landscape of the Southeast, and they’re home to nearly 600 plant and animal species. But over the past two centuries, development, timbering and fire suppression reduced the longleaf’s range by almost 97 percent.

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This invasive plant is swallowing the U.S. at the rate of 50,000 baseball fields per year

Choking ecosystems, releasing carbon from the soil…
Treehugger
July 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In the dictionary next to the definition of “invasive species”, they could show a photo of kudzu. Nothing seems to stop it: Above you can see it growing over trees in Atlanta, Georgia. Since it was first introduced to the U.S. at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, it has been swallowing the country from an epicenter in the South-East at the rate of about 50,000 baseball fields per year, occupying an estimated 3,000,000 hectares today. Kudzu can grow up to 60 feet per season, or about one foot per day. Kudzu is extremely bad for the ecosystems that it invades because it smothers other plants and trees under a blanket of leaves, hogging all the sunlight and keeping other species in its shade.

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Canberra’s urban tree coverage top in the nation

The Canberra Times
July 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Canberrans benefit every day from living in the most tree-covered city in Australia, experiencing less stress and sickness and benefiting from reduced household energy costs. The city’s status as the bush capital has been confirmed by a study by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS Sydney, which found Canberra has the greatest proportion of metropolitan tree coverage, as high as 50 per cent in North Canberra. Forestry professor Cris Brack of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU said the high coverage of urban trees throughout the ACT played a beneficial role for households and the community as a whole.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Colo. State Forest Service wins wood-energy grant

Boulder Country Business Report
July 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

FORT COLLINS – The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) received a three-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop wood-to-energy projects.  The grant will be used to establish wood-energy facilities that obtain and utilize woody biomass from national forests and adjacent lands and communities, improving forest health and reducing wild fire risk. Specific goals include strategically identifying and engaging new wood-energy candidate communities and facilities, providing technical workshops, and developing a new e-book application to help facilities become biomass-ready.

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