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Daily Archives: August 11, 2014

Business & Politics

Harper Government Announces New Support for Innovation and Canada’s Forest Industry

Government of Canada
August 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced new, additional support as part of Canada’s comprehensive strategy for enhancing innovation and competitiveness in Canada’s forest industry. The Minister made the announcement while delivering keynote remarks at the World Conference on Timber Engineering in Quebec City. Minister Rickford launched the first ever Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada, to be released by FPInnovations.

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Northern Pulp problem is Nova Scotia business as usual

Metro News
August 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia is a small, interconnected, even inbred political, economic and social ecosystem. So it was intriguing last month to hear former Empire CEO Paul Sobey publicly rail against the dense “haze of emissions” spewing forth daily from Pictou County’s Northern Pulp mill, stinking up the community in which he lives and in which his family’s super-successful grocery chain is headquartered. …The irony, of course, is that Northern Pulp (originally Scott Paper) was midwifed into existence 47 years ago by Frank Sobey, Paul’s grandfather and original family empire builder.

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BRIGHTON: Let’s filter the politics from pollution issues

August 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northern Pulp mill is like a burst pimple on the face of Nova Scotia, ready to turn into a scar. For decades, the mill in Pictou County, currently operated by Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp., has fouled Boat Harbour with its waste. Earlier this year, it leaked effluent into the wetlands at Indian Cross Point. Now it is producing excessive amounts of fine particulate, apparently in breach of its operating permit. …All this in a province that promotes itself as an idyllic and pristine “ocean playground.”

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Opposition leader meets with mill officials, mill critics

NG News
August 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie said meetings with the Clean Pictou Air and Northern Pulp mill officials on Thursday were productive. Baillie said the trip to Pictou County was an effort to see if there is more that can be done to reduce emissions from the mill before the new precipitator is installed next year. “I believe there are things the mill is trying to figure out and I expect that they will share what they can do immediately with the people of Pictou County as soon as they can.”

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Northern Pulp outlines plans including new particulate scrubber

NG News
August 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – Northern Pulp has outlined its plans for improvements in the interim pending the installation of a new electrostatic precipitator in 2015. During the upcoming maintenance shutdown in mid-September, the pulp mill noted in a release that it hopes to achieve short-term improvements to the current issues with the plume. The mill stated that it has recently received encouraging results from a third-party test this July on the precipitator plume.

Emissions from Northern Pulp coming down, but not meeting legal limit yet from Cape Breton Post
Northern Pulp mill emissions dip, but exceed limits from the Chronicle Herald

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Environment Minister says concerns are being taken seriously

NG News
August 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU – You’ve been heard and your concerns are being taken seriously. That’s the message from Environment Minister Randy Delorey, who said he’s been innovated with calls, emails and messages on social media concerning emissions from Northern Pulp. “I’ve received lots of correspondence, both through the department and my constituency office and a big part is the health concerns,” he said. The minister reiterated that there is no imminent threat to human health from the emissions despite what some health professionals have stated.

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Walnut and Poplar Hardwood Exports Hit Record in May

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

May was the strongest month ever for U.S. hardwood lumber exports. It was also a record month for poplar and walnut exports, and the best month for white oak exports since Oct 2005. Shipments to China, Vietnam and Mexico — the three largest non-Canadian markets—were pacing at record annualized levels through May, and the relatively large British and Japanese markets also showed robust growth. After reaching a record level, exports began to slow at the end of May, slowed further in June, and were much slower in July.

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Advocacy Group Opposes Logging Industry Employment Bill

Woodworking Network
August 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FALLS CHURCH, VA — A bill before Congress that would exempt some teenagers employed by logging companies from child labor laws is being opposed by a health and safety advocacy organization. The Future Logging Careers Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 which prohibits anyone under 18 working in the logging industry. This week the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) sent letters to members of Congress in opposition to the proposed legislation, saying allowing teenagers under 18 to find employment would have a “detrimental impact on the health and safety of young workers.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Crafting wood bats, one at a time (with video)

Tri-City News
August 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In an era of mass production, Bruce Campbell’s workshop is a throwback to another time: a man, his tools, a single purpose. Ankle-deep in sawdust and wood shavings, the Coquitlam craftsman spends much of his spare time in his garage turning bulky pieces of lumber into finely tuned items, from bowls and furniture to boxes and sculptures. These days, his most popular creation is more practical than decorative: the wooden baseball bat.  Campbell makes close to 500 sticks a year and said most of his customers
are looking for a certain intangible quality that comes with using
handmade products that cannot be replicated by machine alone.

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USDA ruling gives forest goods preference

The Branford Era
August 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ruling on Wednesday is expected to benefit the nation’s forest products industry through a new preference in a government program for purchases of bio-based products. The USDA’s BioPreferred Program requires every federal agency to give a procurement preference to designated items composed of bio-based products including cleaners, lubricants, building materials and fuel additives, thereby increasing the purchase and use of designated bio-based products through a preferred procurement initiative for federal agencies. But forest products were long kept off the list under previous USDA Guidelines which deemed products considered to be “mature market” products — those that had a significant market share prior to 1972 — ineligible.  

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A record for reducing waste: Minnesota attempts to create the world’s largest ball of paper

This ball of paper will be at the State Fair to remind Minnesotans to reduce waste.
Star Tribune
August 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

If the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency gets its way, the state soon will hold the record for the world’s largest wad of paper. Armed Wednesday with a cherry picker, measuring tape, giant yardstick and clipboards, a group of surveyors, official witnesses and MPCA officials scooted under and hovered over the massive ball to get exacting measurements for the Guinness World Records judges… Wastepaper is highly coveted by Minnesota’s 14 paper-product manufacturers. Yet these businesses often can’t source enough locally to meet demand. So they end up buying “post-consumer’’ paper from other states. The MPCA hopes to use the giant ball to raise awareness, change habits and feed more local paper into Minnesota factories.

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New world first university-designed flooring system

New world first university-designed flooring system has huge potential for Christchurch
Scoop.co.nz
August 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A building soon to be constructed in Nelson will be the first in the world using a new timber flooring system designed by University of Canterbury structural engineering experts with huge potential benefits for the Christchurch rebuild and for the whole country. The new university-designed flooring system, pre-stressed prefabricated panel in timber (3PT), consists of a combination of structural materials offering light engineered timber, cost-effective concrete anchorage and high strength pre-stressed or post-tensioned reinforcement. The new design was conceived in 2010 during a conference in Nelson with world experts in timber engineering research and was invented by the University of Canterbury’s Dr Alessandro Palermo and Professor Stefano Pampanin.

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Forestry

B.C. allows cutting of bald eagle nests for development despite concerns of wildlife staff

Vancouver Sun
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

By law, it is illegal in B.C. to cut down the nest trees of bald eagles. In reality, however, if the nests get in the way of industrial development, the provincial government is prepared to see them sacrificed, even over the concerns of its own wildlife staff. That is what freedom-of-information documents show happened on the Campbell River waterfront earlier this year …after the trees were removed, a pair of eagles built a nest in a different part of the industrial property…Tom Pallan, president of the Pallan Group, said in a letter to the province that two evergreens, a Sitka spruce and grand fir, had to be moved to make way for a deep-sea dock facility, primarily for shipping coal. He described the facility as a partnership with the We Wai Kai (Cape Mudge) First Nation and the Pallan Group.

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Cherry Ridge requires input

Editorial
Vernon Morning Star
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A provincial agency may be focused on maximizing revenue from B.C.’s natural resources, but it’s losing sight of the people it serves. Specifically, B.C. Timber Sales is proceeding with the tender for construction of a road into part of Cherry Ridge so the area can ultimately be logged by private interests. However, there have been concerns from Cherryville residents that the road and logging could create debris slides and place them at risk… If BCTS is truly interested in serving the public, the process for a road and any logging would be placed on hold until there can be a public meeting in Cherryville and meaningful input is provided.

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B.C. adds 80 Australians to forest fire fighting roster

BC CTV News
August 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In what is turning out to be one of the busiest wildfire seasons in recent years, B.C. is adding to the fight some extra muscle from down under. Eighty specialized personnel from the State of Victoria will help relieve the more than 2,500 local and out-of-province fire fighters who have been on the ground for months. The experts include fire behaviourists, fire incident management teams, incident commanders, aircraft co-ordinators and support staff. B.C. wildfire officials greet Australian wildfire fighters as they arrive at YVR (CTV) “We’ve got a highly experienced, well trained team that we’ve brought across, and we’re aiming to help out as much as we can,” said Jon Rofe, an Australian Incident Commander who spoke to CTV right after arriving YVR.

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LETTER: Letter-writer off base on forestry sign

Nelson Star
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to the letter writer complaining about the new forestry sign, I just want to clarify a few things. …Also, the sign can be considered a source of base pride, and good for morale. The hard-working members of the fire crews used their ingenuity and skills and even brought their own tools from home to create a sign that is the only visible marking of the location of the Kootenay Lake fire zone from the highway. …Maybe next time the letter-writer should put in a little effort to find out the facts before submitting his complaints to the paper.

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Additional areas restricted for fires east of Canal Flats

Ministry of Forests etc.
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new Area Restriction Order is in effect immediately around wildfires near Canal Flats to protect the safety of firefighting personnel and the public. This Area Restriction Order is in addition to the earlier order put in place on July 30, 2014. …A map of this area restriction can be found at: http://bit.ly/1qM4kmL …For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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No action yet on Yellowknife’s 2-year-old wildfire protection plan

Report came out two years ago with 11 recommendations for the city
CBC News
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City of Yellowknife officials won’t say if any of the recommendations contained in a two-year-old plan to protect the city from wildfires have been implemented yet. The plan was prepared by the territorial government in 2012 to highlight problems the city could face in the event of an approaching forest fire. It examines which areas of the city’s neighbourhoods are at a higher risk of being affected by wildfires and makes 11 recommendations to lessen risks to the city and homeowners, including public education on evacuation planning and Fire Smart techniques to protect structures.

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Emerald ash borer a costly pest to Toronto tree canopy

CBC News
August 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Toronto tree’s canopy is suffering from a pest that’s killing off ash trees and forcing the city to sink money into removing and replacing them. Toronto has more than 10 million trees of at least 116 different species inside the city limits. As much as 30 per cent of the city’s 190 square kilometres is covered by trees or other shrubbery. …But the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that cuts off the water supply to the tree, has made its presence known in and around Toronto as well as other areas of Canada and the United States. …”Urban forests do more than beautify the scenery,” the [TD Bank’s] chief economist Craig Alexander said. “They represent an important investment in environmental condition, human health and the overall quality of life.”

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50 Million Tree Program Grows its Reach

Forests Ontario
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Trees Ontario, the forest restoration arm of Forests Ontario, is delighted to announce the expansion of the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree Program into northern Ontario. Until recently, the program focused its efforts on regions in Southern Ontario with goals of re-greening settled landscapes and helping to fight climate change. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Trees Ontario has planted over 15 million trees with an ultimate goal of planting 50 million trees by 2025.

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Tahoe forest project on hold due to frogs

KCRA Channel 3 News
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. —The U.S. Forest Service will postpone a tree-thinning project intended to decrease the wildfire risk at Lake Tahoe after a lawsuit raised concern about its effect on an endangered frog species. The agency had been removing and burning trees and brush on land near Upper Echo Lake, about 8 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, that is considered for designation as critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog. …The suit says the Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to prepare an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment.

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Owl at center of forest debate in Flagstaff

Arizona Family Channel 3
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmentalists are concerned that thinning a forest south of Flagstaff would harm three breeding pairs of Mexican spotted owls that live there. The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Mormon Mountain is being considered for restorative thinning. The options being considered include intensive logging, conducting minimal treatments that use mostly hand-thinning methods and taking no action at all. Mormon Mountain was the mountain that officials wanted to thin when Flagstaff voters approved a $10 million project in 2012 aimed at keeping water supplies safe. 

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Drought could reverse drop in Nevada tree beetles

Idaho Statesman
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO, NEV. — Scientists say there’s been a significant reduction in the amount of Nevada forest under assault from bark beetles and similar bugs, but they fear lingering drought will further weaken trees and make them more susceptible to future attacks. Nevada Division of Forestry forest health specialist Gene Phillips says aerial surveys show populations of the tree-killing insects plummeted across the state last year compared to 2012 — from 500,000 acres to only about 50,000. “These are some pretty dramatic decreases,” Phillips told the Reno Gazette-Journal. 

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Thinning forests can cut fire risk, boost diversity

Guest Opinion
The Oregonian
August 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An Aug. 1 guest opinion by Charles Thomas, “Forest thinning will increase wildfire risk,” begs for a response. All life requires moisture, energy, air and nutrients. On any given area, those are finite and the life that can be supported (its carrying capacity) is also finite. This applies to ranchers, wildlife biologists, farmers and backyard gardeners… Post-settlement, we’ve put out fires and greatly increased fuels and numbers of trees. In eastern and southern Oregon, rainfall limits the land’s carrying capacity. Thinning will reduce drought-related stress and the amount of fuels.

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Center for Biological Diversity files appeal of Gila National Forest plan

Arizona Daily Independent
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity filed an appeal of the Gila National Forest’s travel management plan. The CBD claimed that the plan “imperiled frogs, fish, and birds” by allowing off-road vehicles to use 3,000 miles of roads….Congressional Western Caucus Co-Chairs Steve Pearce of New Mexico said, “Once again, the Center for Biological Diversity is suing to restrict citizens from accessing their national forests,” said Chairman Pearce.

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In Idaho and across the West, aspen trees are disappearing

Idaho Statesman
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

IDAHO FALLS – Groves of aspen – the tall, skinny trees with telltale white bark and fluttering, glossy leaves – are unmistakable in East Idaho. …The most widespread tree in North America is disappearing. East Idaho’s aspen community, once estimated to cover 40 percent of the region’s forested areas, has declined by an estimated 60 percent in the past 100 years, while Arizona has seen a 90 percent decline during that time, said Aren Eddingsaas, chairman of the science and technology committee for the Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group and a wildlife biologist for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe.

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Congress takes vacation while our forests burn

The Daily News Online
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congress is in recess, but our forests still are burning. Our senators and representatives blew out of Washington, D.C. for their annual summer vacation, without taking action on any of a number of common-sense proposals to rework how we pay for firefighting — proposals that over the long run would have helped to reduce the severity of future fires. You know how this story ends: This week, the chief of the U.S. Agriculture Department said it would have to scale back some Forest Service projects designed to help prevent fires. The money is needed instead to fight this year’s fires, said Tom Vilsack.

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Why hunters should oppose sale of Elliott State Forest: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


…Oregon hunters are facing the very real threat that we could lose access to hundreds of thousands of acres of quality hunting lands within our state. Weyerhauser, the giant logging corporation that owns 2.6-million acres in Oregon and Washington, recently announced it was closing much of its forestlands to the general public. …But Weyerhauser’s new “pay to play” arrangement isn’t the worst threat to access for hunting in Oregon. The Oregon State Land Board, made up of Gov. John Kitzhaber, state Treasurer Ted Wheeler, and Secretary of State Kate Brown, is seriously considering a proposal to privatize the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest just east of Coos Bay.

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Will major fires like Rim spark changes in forest management practices?

Modesto Bee
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When the Rim fire burned more than 400 square miles of Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park land last year, it became immediately obvious that the forest’s recovery will take decades and the fire’s impacts will be long-lasting. Folks at the Sierra Pacific sawmill near Sonora got a not-so-subtle reminder of that last month when a deck of logs salvaged and trucked in from the company’s plantation that burned in the Rim fire suddenly caught fire again at the mill. “A whole deck of cedar,” Tim Tate, Sierra Pacific’s division manager, said. It’s quite possible, he said, that embers still burning inside one of the logs ignited the entire pile.

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Environmental groups sue to stop salvage logging from 2013 fire in Southern Oregon

The Oregonian
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ROSEBURG — The federal government has proposed logging on Southern Oregon forests swept by wildfire last year, and environmental groups have gone to court to block the plans, alleging 24 northern spotted owls are at risk. The timber would come from the area of one of the biggest fires of 2013, the News-Review reported. A dry lightning storm on July 26 ignited fires about 7 miles north of Glendale that eventually burned across more than 75 square miles of private and federal timberlands in southern Douglas and northern Josephine counties.

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Appellate court asked to halt logging near Townsend

Helena Independent Record
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Attorneys for two conservation groups filed an appeal to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge denied their request to temporarily block logging near Townsend. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen denied the Native Ecosystems Council and Alliance for the Wild Rockies’ request to suspend logging in Cabin Gulch in the Helena National Forest pending an appeal. Late Friday afternoon, the conservation groups appealed the denial to the Ninth Circuit, asking again for an injunction, said Mike Garrity, executive director for the alliance. The Cabin Gulch Project includes a nearly 2,900-acre timber sale and forest restoration work. Cabin Gulch is part of a more than 15,600-acre forestry project near Deep Creek.

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Increased timber harvest will mean more revenue for Linn County

Albany Democrat-Herald
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A report that the Oregon Department of Forestry’s timber harvest in 2013 topped 4.2 billion board feet, was welcome news for the Linn County Board of Commissioners. According to the ODF, this was the fourth consecutive year its timber harvest has increased since the recessionary low of 2.7 billion board feet in 2009 and that was reflected in Linn County’s share of State Forest Revenue. From August 2013 to May 2014, Linn County received payments totaling $2,261,519.

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Lightning sparks new fires in California

Associated Press
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters rushed to put out nine wildfires that were sparked by lightning in the northeastern corner of California on Sunday as a stubborn blaze to the west in Mendocino County continues to challenge crews. The new fires in Lassen, Modoc and Shasta counties were not threatening any structures, but crews were trying to contain them so they can “concentrate on the large ones that we still have,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said.

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Rowena wildfire: In 53 hours, statewide crews beat back flames threatening 740 homes

The Oregonian
August 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Though remnants of the 3,372-acre wildfire west of The Dalles will likely smolder for weeks, firefighters hope to have the Rowena fire 100 percent contained within two days, according to fire spokesman Justin de Ruyter. The majority of mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, allowing residents along Highway 30 and I-84 to return to their homes. Much of the smoke has dissipated. The blaze — which started Tuesday evening — destroyed one home, damaged two others, cost nearly $2 million and threatened 740 structures as high, sustained winds aided its progress.

Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires – updates from The Oregonian

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In This State: Mike Debonis Takes The Lead At The Green Mountain Club

VT Digger Vermont
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BOLTON – Mike DeBonis walked … through a jungly floodplain forest … bordering the future path of the Long Trail by the Winooski River. “Some folks who came down here said to me, ‘This is a junk forest,’” he recalled. “I said no, it’s a cool forest, a diverse forest, a forest that has adapted to floods.” DeBonis, 43, knows what he’s saying. He’s a Yale-trained forester with a deep knowledge of Vermont’s woods and mountains, gleaned as a boy growing up in Middlebury with a forester father. …Forestry isn’t the first skill one would associate with his new job as executive director of the 104-year-old Green Mountain Club.

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Beetles strike drought-stressed trees in Northern NM again

Santa Fe Reporter
August 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States, US West

It’s already been 10 years since Northern New Mexico saw its piñon trees take a major hit from tiny bark beetles. While a new epidemic is not likely to be as bad as the last round, our trees are under attack again. Observers with the US Forest Service and in the tree care industry say bug infestations are killing piñon—and this time juniper—in notable numbers. Populations of twig beetles and bark beetles have surged in the region, causing an uptick in tree deaths. The US Forest Service is midway through its annual aerial photography project, but already they can see trouble.

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Spruce spider mites found in Douglas firs

Michigan State University Extension
August 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Spruce spider mites (Oligonuchus umunguis) are an important pest of conifers in Michigan. This tiny insect can infest all species of commercially produced Christmas trees, regularly causing significant economic losses in spruce and Fraser fir plantings. This summer, spruce spider mites are being reported in Douglas fir plantings, which is uncommon for this pest. Spruce spider mites are commonly a pest in conventionally managed plantations that have lower predatory mite populations due to insecticide use. Predatory mites benefit the grower because they feed on spruce spider mites and help keep populations in check; in their absence, spruce spider mite populations can flare leading to tree damage.

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Wombats buried alive by logging company

Sydney Morning Herald
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Corporation of NSW has buried wombats alive in their burrows, causing slow deaths, despite a deal with wildlife groups to protect the animals during logging. About 150 burrows were marked with GPS co-ordinates in bright paint by the Wombat Protection Society in the Glenbog State Forest …But Marie and Ray Wynan, who run a wildlife sanctuary at a neighbouring property, said contractors ignored the special conditions, and they discovered nine collapsed and blocked burrows soon after logging began. Four burrows were so compacted by machinery and logs they couldn’t be re-opened. In one case, a dirt road was built over the top of the burrow. 

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NSW red gums get first drink in $80 million environmental watering project

ABC News, Australia
August 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental water has started flowing through Australia’s second largest red gum forest in south-west New South Wales. The $80 million Living Murray project, will use 42 kilometres of infrastructure to manoeuvre sheets of water through 2,500 hectares of the Koondrook-Perricoota forest between Echuca-Moama and Barham. The scheme has the capacity to flood 17,000 hectares of the forest, but this will be a small trial event, with 21 gigalitres of water being released from the Torrumbarry weir into the 3.8 kilometre inlet channel.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Interfor’s Oregon sawmill selected for U.S. federal biomass program

Gilchrist, Ore., chosen to participate in U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Canadian Manufacturing
August 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

GILCHRIST, Ore.—Canadian lumber firm Interfor Corp. said one of its Oregon sawmills has been selected to participate in a federal program in the United States encouraging the production of biomass. According to Interfor, its sawmill in Gilchrist, Ore., southeast of Portland, was chosen by the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), an initiative that will see it take deliveries of biomass to use in its biomass-fuelled kilns.

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