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Daily Archives: July 28, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Local boy’s ‘wish’ granted, spends day with loggers

Make-A-Wish Vermont helps create a unique memory for family
Bennington Banner
July 26, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

ISLAND POND — Make-A-Wish Vermont granted the wish of 6-year-old Keegan Brooks by taking him out for a day with Plum Creek Timber loggers in Essex County. Brooks suffers from muscular dystrophy, which severely reduces an individual’s life expectancy. During the referral process, the wish grantors at Make-A-Wish met with Brooks and his family to get to know him, his favorite things and what he might like to do. Keegan’s favorite television programs include “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men” on the History Channel, so his first choice for a wish was to go on a day of logging.

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Business & Politics

CN Rail train crashes into logging truck near Burns Lake, B.C.

Truck driver and a CN Rail worker are in hospital with non-life threatening injuries
CBC News
July 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The driver of a logging truck and a CN Rail worker are in hospital after a train hit a truck about 20 kilometres west of Burns Lake, B.C. on Friday morning. The eastbound train hit the truck around 7 a.m. PT near the Hampton Mill on a private road which crosses the rail line, CN Rail has confirmed… CN Rail Police and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement are investigating. The rail line has been closed and logging trucks in the area are being re-routed through Highway 16 until the scene is clear.

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Vaughn Palmer: Aboriginal title is like ownership, but with more weight

Its collective and for-all-time aspects put more restrictions on land use and resource development
Vancouver Sun
July 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — When the Supreme Court of Canada granted recognition of aboriginal title recently, the landmark decision emphasized the similarity as well as the critical difference to other forms of land ownership. “Aboriginal title confers ownership rights similar to those associated with fee simple,” wrote the high court, citing the common form of private property. “The right to decide how the land will be used; the right of enjoyment and occupancy of the land; the right to possess the land; the right to the economic benefits of the land; and the right to pro-actively use and manage the land.” But there’s a “carve out” as the court put it, drawing on its own and earlier jurisprudence: “The uses must be consistent with the group nature of the interest and the enjoyment of the land by future generations.”

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Canfor: Encouraging lumber outlook despite some operational challenges in pulp

By Paul Quinn
RBC Capital Markets
July 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CFP is well positioned to benefit from the upcoming lumber
“super-cycle” (RBCe peak prices in 2016E). At the same time, Chinese
lumber demand remains stable while softwood pulp markets are holding
up better than we originally expected. Maintaining Outperform rating and
$27 target.

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Miramichi Lumber suing provincial government

959 Sun FM
July 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick — Miramichi Lumber has announced it is suing the provincial government. In a release issued today, the company says it has suffered damages as result of what the company says is the province’s failure to honour its agreement allocation saw logs to the company from Crown forests. The statement of claim was served on July 10. “We had no other options. The government pretty much backed us into a wall,” CEO Danny Anderson told 95.9 Sun FM. He said there has been no dollar figure assigned to the file yet, but the end goal is to receive allocation.

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Cooling Housing Market to Impact Lumber Sales

Woodworking Network
July 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Housing sales for new homes fell 8.1 percent in June, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The new report shows sales of new single-family homes dropped to a low of 406,000 units for June. New-home sales were 11.5 percent below the June 2013 estimate of 459,000. Sales of new single-family homes fell 4.9 percent through the first six months of the year compared with the same period of 2013, according to Commerce Department data. The decline in sales was not limited to any particular region of the United States. According to the report sales fell 20 percent in the Northeast, 9.5 percent in the South, 8.2 percent in the Midwest and 1.9 percent in the West.

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US Wood Pellet Exports Double in 2013

Namlongcenco.com
July 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Wood pellet exports from the United States nearly doubled last year, from 1.6 million short tons in 2012 to 3.2 million short tons in 2013. More than 98% of these exports were delivered to Europe, and 99% originated from ports in the southeastern and lower Mid-Atlantic regions of the country… As recently as 2008 U.S. Forest Service estimated that approximately 80% of U.S. wood pellet production was consumed domestically. However, because of strong demand growth in Europe, wood pellet exports have been the driving factor in the growth of domestic wood pellet production in recent years.

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Forest Jobs and Recreation Act: Daines blocking Montana-made bill

Letter to the Editor
The Missoulian
July 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Montanans worked together for almost a decade crafting the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. It is a Montana-made bill that protects wild country and creates jobs… Congressman Steve Daines, R-Mont., signed a letter dated July 11 asking the Speaker of the House to block any bills attempting to encourage timber harvest and conservation in specific states. That would include Montana’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. Instead of bills that accommodate local characteristics, Daines wants a top-down, cookie-cutter bill with no local input that will apply to all national forests. Apparently our congressman believes people outside Montana know how to manage Montana forests better than Montanans.

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Milltown the backdrop for governor’s message on forest health, parks, timber mills

Billings Gazette
July 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER – Looking over the bluff at Milltown State Park, Gov. Steve Bullock said a new state forestry management effort should improve more than just timberlands. “It’s not just timber mills and forest health,” Bullock said of his Forests In Focus initiative on Friday. “It’s managing state parks and keeping their forests healthy. It’s looking at our restoration strategy and working directly with our federal partners to make sure we get to priority landscapes and get projects done right.” In Milltown’s case, a small-scale project set for this fall would thin young Douglas fir and lodgepole pines and give more space to larger ponderosa pine and larch.

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‘We need laborers’: Maine forest-products industry urging teachers to steer students its way

Bangor Daily News
July 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

JACKMAN, Maine — A tour bus carrying 25 teachers bounced down a dirt road into the forest on a recent July morning… The idea is to enhance educators’ level of knowledge and perceptions of the forestry-products industry so they will teach their students about the industry and present it as a viable career option… “We don’t need muscle anymore.” Carrier explained his company needs workers with a wide range of tasks, from operating their new computer systems to quickly building roads and bridges to making smart decisions about how to use the trees on a particular site. He also said there’s a lack of qualified young people to fill those jobs in Maine.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Working with wood has benefits

Edson Leader
July 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edson Town Council received a presentation from the Alberta Forest Products Association about the organization itself as well as the benefits of building with wood. Communications director Brock Mulligan said there are around 50 forest communities in the province and Alberta is the third largest forestry province. British Columbia is the first with Quebec ranked second… He next spoke about the Work Wild initiative… Mulligan explained that many youths have misconceptions about the forestry industry. Many see it as a “sunset industry.”

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A Tree Grows in Ontario

Architect Magazine
July 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Farrow Partnership Architects created an indoor forest before digital fabrication came of age. The idea for the grove of timber trees flourishing in the atrium of Credit Valley Hospital’s Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Center, in Mississauga, Ontario, grew out of visits by Toronto-based architect Tye Farrow, Intl. Assoc. AIA, to 30 cancer centers in North America and Europe. Patients told him they wanted fewer hotel-like amenities and more reasons to feel hopeful. …The original drawings called for external steel connectors. But Timber Systems president Gary Williams felt that the metal would disrupt the aesthetic—“Trees,” he notes, “don’t have sideplates”—so the Timber Systems team spent hours devising a system of concealed connectors.

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Former Muncie piano factory goes up in flames

Indystar.com
July 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MUNCIE — A three-story brick building identified by firefighters as a former piano factory went up in flames Saturday morning. Muncie Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Clevenger said the fire department did not have enough water to put out the raging blaze that was reported at 6:43 a.m. The building was constructed in 1895. It burned out of control because it was a wood frame, Clevenger said. Firefighters were battling a massive warehouse fire at Eighth and Rochester streets in Muncie on Saturday morning, a structure that in the past has been the scene of many smaller fires.

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Grocery stores choosing Green Globes for building sustainability certification

Certified projects include locations of seven major chains across the country, according to the Green Building Initiative.
Building Design + Construction
July 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Portland, OR – The Green Building Initiative® (GBI) has announced a wave of Green Globes certifications for new grocery stores across the nation. The properties include New Seasons Markets in Oregon, and Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Aldi’s, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, and Publix stores across the country. New Seasons director of construction and facilities Wayne Pipes said Green Globes certification helps validate the company’s sustainability story. “We were the first B-Corp grocer in the world—sustainability is part of our DNA,” Pipes said.

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Forestry

PM fiddles while forests burn

Re: 2013 was one of hottest years ever, greenhouse gases increasing, July 18
The Star
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Harper government is blowing hot air and lying to the public about the level of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Higher temperatures due to climate change have severe impacts in Canada, including increasing the number of forest fires. As the temperature goes up, the frequency and severity of fire (and pest infestation) increase…  Every year the Canadian government has to report its greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. One sector “not reported” has to do with the level of emissions produced by forest fires from the managed forest sector and wildfires. In 2012, Environment Canada estimated that GHG emissions from this sector was a “net source” of 41 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent to the atmosphere.

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B.C. wildfire season heading for a scorcher

BC Local News
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfires in B.C. have already burned up more forest than has usually been lost in recent years, with many weeks of hot, smoky action still expected for firefighting crews. Fires have burned 172,227 hectares since April 1—more than the average of 141,000 hectares burned over the previous 10 years. “It has been quite busy,” fire information officer Navi Saini said Tuesday. “The danger ratings we saw for the last two weeks were the highest we’d seen since about 2010, which was the last busy fire season.” In 2010, B.C. lost 337,149 hectares and spent $212 million fighting 1,673 fires.

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Rare lichen in need of recovery

The Newfoundland Telegram
July 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It was only in 2006 that the presence of a rare lichen was first detected in Newfoundland and Labrador. Less than a decade later, biologists are trying to find a way to protect the small population that remains. Vole ears lichen is a large and leafy variety of lichen found on trees. …The recovery strategy promotes forest management practices to protect the existing populations through stewardship and compliance promotion and outreach and education. Developing protocols to monitor and maintain an inventory of the vole ears lichen populations is also recommended. …Environment Canada will accept public comments on the strategy until the beginning of September. 

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Seven more forest fires burning near Sault Ste. Marie

Soo Today
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lightning-caused fires have been keeping Ontario FireRangers busy with 17 new starts confirmed on July 25. There were two fires in Chapleau, seven in Sault Ste. Marie, three in Sudbury, and five in Timmins Districts. Of the 17 fires, five have been declared out. With lightning being the main cause, there have been some railway and human-caused fires as well. There are crews currently actioning the active fires with no issues anticipated.

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Smokey the Bear Lied: Fire is an Important Part of Forest Ecosystems

By Ed Komerec
Oped News
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Catastrophic wildfire destruction has reached record proportions in Washington State even as fires spread into Oregon and California with many being ignited by lightning. Anyone claiming that the real cause for increases in Western and global catastrophic forest and grassland fires is primarily caused by drought, lightning, global warming, arson, terrorists or carelessness, is either grossly uninformed or flat out lying. Global fire ecology research the past 60 years has now proven that light fire in temperate ecosystems and catastrophic fire in boreal ecosystems, is a natural rejuvenating process. So there I said it, Smokey the Bear lied when he has claimed for decades that fire is bad for the forest and that all forest fires should be prevented.

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Whitehorse Council to collect information on all trees in the municipality at a cost of $350,000

Herald Sun
July 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Council infrastructure general manager Phil Warner said the inventory, among a list of improvements identified by a review of Whitehorse’s streetscape policy and strategy, would include information on a tree’s location, species, dimensions, structure, condition and life expectancy. Mr Warner said the information would be used to recommend maintenance works for trees on council land. He said the inventory would allow the council to make informed strategic decisions to ensure trees continued to provide environmental, health, social and economic benefits to the community.

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Logging project Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest temporarily halted by court action

The Republic
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho — A logging project that has just started in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho has been temporarily halted by court action. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary injunction Wednesday, halting the Little Slate Project. The emergency restraining order was requested by Moscow-based environmental group Friends of the Clearwater, which has fought against the project. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the injunction was to remain in place for seven days after a lower court judge in Idaho issued a ruling on a previous injunction request.

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Whatcom Council likes foresters’ ‘no net loss’ plan

The News Tribune
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Details were sketchy, but after a first look Whatcom County Council members liked the Forestry Advisory Committee’s list of ways to assure “no net loss” of working forest. County officials need to get away from protecting the forest just for the trees’ sake, the committee says. The focus should be on preserving timber harvesting, and the jobs and money it brings into the county… Most of the forest lands available for harvest 20 years ago are now off-limits, mostly as a result of a President Bill Clinton-era action that removed federally owned forests from production.

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Ron Wyden’s O&C timber bill may start moving through Senate

OregonLive.com
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Ron Wyden’s bill aimed at boosting timber production in Western Oregon federal forests may finally start moving through the Senate next week. Observers connected with both timber and environmental groups say they hear the bill will be scheduled for a Thursday markup in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. That’s when a committee considers amendments and decides whether to pass the measure on to the full Senate. Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, left the chairmanship of the energy committee early this year to chair the Finance panel. But he’s been pushing to get his bill moving — which is not an easy task because of the deep divides in Congress over forest policy.

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Forest Service chief coming to Central Oregon

July 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The head of the U.S. Forest Service is set to visit Central Oregon today, as part of a swing through the Northwest to meet with firefighters. Tom Tidwell, chief of the agency that oversees the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests, plans to go to the Redmond Air Center, which is home to an air tanker base and a smokejumper crew, and Prineville, said Jean Nelson-Dean, a spokeswoman for the Deschutes National Forest. During the trip he’ll have a chance to talk with firefighters and see the effects of recent wildfires.

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Lightning sparks blaze northwest of Helena

Helena Independent Record
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews have the Haynes Fire, burning near the head of Turk Road northwest of Helena, about 20 percent contained as of 10:45 a.m. Saturday. The main fire spread to about 10 acres, with spot fires under high winds increasing the total size to around 17 acres, said Hoight Richards of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. “Things are looking good up there,” he said. Three DNRC helicopters and one slurry bomber fought the fire yesterday with crews on the ground. All aircraft had been released by Saturday morning, but remain on standby, Richards said.

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Warmer winters allow beetles to flourish, trees to die

Yakima Herald
July 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Anyone who has driven through the mountains and valleys of the Northwest can readily see the utter devastation left by the Mountain Pine Beetle (sometimes referred to as bark beetle). This seemingly innocuous insect attacks coniferous trees that are often weakened by disease, drought or environmentally caused stress. You will see that infected trees are brown, withered and all but dead. In that state, they are like Roman candles waiting to be lit. When struck by lightening, they turn into bombs. Scientists studying global warming now believe that warmer winters and drought have set up a perfect storm. 

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California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee

Reuters
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 500 homes and about 1,200 residents in a rural area east of the California state capital Sacramento on Saturday, a day after the blaze broke out, fire officials said. The wind-swept fire burned more than 3,000 acres, destroying five residences and two outbuildings and causing one minor injury, said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection… About 250 homes were ordered evacuated on Saturday afternoon, bringing the total number to 515 since the blaze erupted on Friday, Tolmachoff said.

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Idaho sees record timber harvest on state lands

OregonLive.com
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — A massive timber salvage sale and logging companies opting to cash in on high prices resulted in a record 347 million board feet of timber harvested from state endowment lands during the last fiscal year, state officials say. The timber salvage of about 40 million board feet from last year’s Elk Fire Complex that scorched 175 square miles is one of the largest in recent memory, said Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz… A strong export market and a domestic housing recovery that boosted prices for wood products spurred companies with state lands contracts to harvest in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

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Farm supplying White House Christmas tree chosen

ABC News
July 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) – The White House Christmas Tree will come from a farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, following a judging competition in Michigan. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Chris Botek of Crystal Springs Tree Farm has been announced Saturday as the National Christmas Tree and Wreath Contests 2014 grand champion. In October, White House representatives will select an 18½-foot-tall tree from Botek’s farm for the Blue Room.

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New bark beetle threatens southern Washington forests

WSU College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences
July 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

UNDERWOOD, Wash. – Five years ago, when entomologist Todd Murray received a call from a landowner in Underwood whose ponderosa pine trees were dying, he wasn’t surprised. The trees had been stressed by a nearby fire, a situation that commonly results in a flare-up of bark beetles that can kill the trees. But the calls kept coming. “People were saying things like, ‘I’ve lived here all my life and have never seen pine trees die like this,’” said Murray, Washington State University Extension director in Skamania County. “The situation has worsened since then.”

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Indonesia: Land of the disappearing trees

July 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUMATRA, INDONESIA—A grim new study says Indonesia’s forests are disappearing so rapidly that the country has now replaced Brazil as the world’s No. 1 deforester. The Nature Climate Change journal reported that Indonesia lost 840,000 hectares of natural forest in 2012, compared with 460,000 hectares in Brazil, even though Indonesia’s forest is a quarter of the size of the Amazon rainforest. Potentially making matters worse, the rate of loss in Indonesia is twice the rate reported by the government. According to Greenpeace, the destruction of forests is being driven by the expansion of the palm oil and pulp and paper industries. 

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Wilderness Society says it will withdraw support for Forestry Tasmania if ‘forest peace deal’ scrapped

ABC News Australia
July 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Wilderness Society has said it will withdraw support for international recognition of Tasmania’s public forestry company if a Government bill clears Parliament. The State Government is planning to discard Tasmania’s “forest peace deal”, brokered after decades of conflict and four years of negotiations. The Liberal Government pledged to tear up the deal during its campaign for election earlier this year. Now only the state’s Upper House stands in its way, although it appears likely to back the reforms in some form.

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Indonesia: Land of the disappearing trees

July 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUMATRA, INDONESIA—A grim new study says Indonesia’s forests are disappearing so rapidly that the country has now replaced Brazil as the world’s No. 1 deforester. The Nature Climate Change journal reported that Indonesia lost 840,000 hectares of natural forest in 2012, compared with 460,000 hectares in Brazil, even though Indonesia’s forest is a quarter of the size of the Amazon rainforest. Potentially making matters worse, the rate of loss in Indonesia is twice the rate reported by the government. According to Greenpeace, the destruction of forests is being driven by the expansion of the palm oil and pulp and paper industries. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest fires: Climate change’s new normal

By Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Few people know better than Lori Daniels that the pillars of dark smoke rising over the forests of British Columbia this summer are going to increase in both frequency and intensity in the future. The University of B.C. associate professor knows that in part because of what she sees looking into the deep past, studying the fire scars left on trees as far back as 700 years ago when the Black Death was sweeping through Europe and the Ming Dynasty was beginning in China. Now, driven by climate change and fuelled by a stockpile of debris, the forests of B.C. are headed for another period of frequent fires. But this time around they will be more intense and the fire season will be two months longer, according to one Natural Resources Canada study that looked at the impact of climate change on forests.

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Colleges and Universities Finally Earn Back Carbon Cash

Capital project funds don’t equal millions paid in offsets, but they help
The Tyee
July 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Close to $4 million in funding for carbon-reducing infrastructure doesn’t sound like a lot of money when split between 20 projects for 18 public universities and colleges. But the provincial government’s extension of the Carbon Neutral Capital Program to public post-secondary institutions is a welcome relief for schools that have been paying into the carbon offset pool since 2010 without seeing a dollar in return. In March, the province announced public hospitals and post-secondary institutions could now apply for funding grants for energy-reducing infrastructure, with money coming directly from the offset pool these institutions have been paying into at $25/tonne of greenhouse gas emissions for the last four years.

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We’re putting a forest on a climate-change fast-track

An ambitious experiment that exposes a natural woodland to rising carbon dioxide levels
NewScientist.com
July 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UK — You head the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research. How will it stand out? One way it will stand out is a novel experiment called FACE – Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment. It will be the first in the world to take a mature, temperate, broad-leafed woodland ecosystem and, where it stands, expose it to predicted future atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. We will look at the effects of the CO2 on the structure and functioning of the woodland. With FACE we are responding to a lack of long-term data on the effects of CO2 on woodland. People have been saying we need something like this for a long time.

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28. Plant a tree: Is planting trees a good way to cut carbon

This video looks at the merits of planting trees to reduce carbon
Shrink that Footprint
July 28, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

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General

Forest Service chief coming to Central Oregon

July 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The head of the U.S. Forest Service is set to visit Central Oregon today, as part of a swing through the Northwest to meet with firefighters. Tom Tidwell, chief of the agency that oversees the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests, plans to go to the Redmond Air Center, which is home to an air tanker base and a smokejumper crew, and Prineville, said Jean Nelson-Dean, a spokeswoman for the Deschutes National Forest. During the trip he’ll have a chance to talk with firefighters and see the effects of recent wildfires.

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