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Business & Politics

Museum showcases Indo-Canadian forestry experience

Prince George Citizen
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new exhibit at the Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum sheds light on the important contributions of Indo-Canadians to the region’s forest industry, and the challenges of settling a new -not always welcoming – country. A History of Indo-Canadians in the Forest Industry: A Journey of Challenges and Triumphs from Early Pioneers to the 1960s and ’70s opened on Saturday. The exhibit includes excerpts from interviews with Indo-Canadians who took part in the region’s forest sector in the ’60s and ’70s, executive director Ranjit Gill said.

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Ex-MLA spices up Quesnel race

Prince George Citizen
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A big and controversial name from the Cariboo’s recent political past is back in the spotlight. Bob Simpson, who was ousted from the NDP caucus and subsequently failed in a bid to be re-elected MLA, is seeking to defeat Mary Sjostrom, the long-time Quesnel council member seeking a third term as mayor… But he said the turning point came when he witnessed the “abject failure” Quesnel’s council displayed in preparing for Canfor’s decision to close its sawmill as part of a swap of harvesting rights that saw West Fraser reciprocate by closing its operation in Houston. More sawmill closures are on the way, Simpson predicted, and said it’s time to face up to the fact.

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Union questions safety protocols after explosion at Burns Lake pellet plant

Globe and Mail
October 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As three men recover from injuries sustained in an explosion at a Burns Lake wood pellet plant, a union official is questioning whether enough is being done to enforce safety protocols in the industry. WorkSafeBC had in May issued two penalties totalling nearly $98,000 to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. in relation to inspections carried out in May and October of 2013 at its Burns Lake plant. The worker-protection agency had found hazardous levels of primary and secondary dust accumulated on horizontal surfaces, which could cause a fire or explosion. …“This was something that happened inside a piece of process equipment,” he said. “It’s not related to an accumulation of surface dust.”

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Metro Vancouver’s reliance on resource sector huge: report

Vancouver Sun
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Metro Vancouver is far more reliant on the province’s natural resource sector than many imagine, with nearly 1,700 suppliers doing $1.3 billion worth of business in 2013 with seven major resource companies, according to a report released Saturday. “In Metro Vancouver, people don’t see the natural resource sector,” said Peter Severinson, author of a report entitled The Community Impacts of B.C.’s Resource Sector. …The report concluded that “even urban communities that are not known as “resource towns” benefit greatly from economic activity flowing from the resource sector.” “Our findings show that the resource sector isn’t just ‘out there.’ It’s also nearby, next door, and even ‘here.’” the report concluded.

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David Suzuki and Graham Saul: Environmental issues in the Ottawa election

Ottawa Citizen
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[The] people in Ottawa go to the polls on Oct. 27 to elect new mayors and city councillors. …The next council will face the challenge of fighting the emerald ash borer infestation that is killing millions of trees across Ontario. …It’s the power to bring about change from the bottom up that inspired the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Tour (which is in Ottawa Oct. 17). The goal of the tour is to work with passionate Canadians of all backgrounds on local, regional and national initiatives to ensure all Canadians have access to clean water, fresh air and healthy food.

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First Nations bid to stop forestry deal rejected by court

Appeal Court justice dismisses application by group of chiefs for interim injunction
CBC News
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A bid by a group of First Nations chiefs to stop the provincial government’s new forest management plan from being implemented has been dismissed by New Brunswick’s highest court. Chiefs representing 10 First Nations and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs of New Brunswick were seeking an interim injunction to block the deals, arguing the province failed to consult and accommodate them and breached their treaty rights to hunt, fish and harvest. However, Justice Margaret Larlee of the New Brunswick Count of Appeal upheld a lower court decision to deny the application for an interim injunction. Larlee said the application by the chiefs was premature because it’s too soon to demonstrate harm.

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What Makes Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) a Strong Sell?

Zacks.com
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. One such stock that you may want to consider dropping is Louisiana-Pacific Corp., which has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and the current year… A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen one estimate moving down in the past 30 days, compared with no upward revision. 

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U.S. Lumber Futures Narrowly Decline Amid Demand Caution

Imarketreports.com
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHICAGO–U.S. lumber futures ended modestly lower Monday, as traders awaited more demand insight from the cash markets, following four weeks of mostly steady prices from sawmills. Lumber for November delivery slid $0.50, or 0.1%, to $342.20 per 1,000 board feet on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a nearly two-week low…. The lumber market has been underpinned by the mild autumn weather across much of North America, which has kept wood moving through the supply chain to job sites, said industry newsletter Random Lengths. However, buyers remain cautious due to the seasonal decline in lumber prices as cold weather sets in, and the cash market has hovered in a narrow range as a result.

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Hufford: Misguided public policy hurts ‘green building’

Standards the City Councilimposed in 2004 exclude 95 percent of Texas timber
Houston Chronicle
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Texas foresters play an important role in keeping our land viable, while promoting smart growth at the same time. In Texas and nationwide, foresters have embraced “certification” to ensure land remains sustainable for the future. Sadly, self-proclaimed champions of the ecosystem and their financial supporters fail to acknowledge Texas foresters’ contribution to sustainability. And their entrenched stance is hurting Texas. A variety of forest-certification programs have emerged over the years, as interest in sustainable forest products grew among the public and among government agencies seeking to promote “green building.”

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Enviva LP acquires wood pellet company with 650,000 mt annual production

IHB The Timber Network
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Enviva LP has acquired Green Circle Bio Energy, Inc., a US-based company. Green Circle owns and operates a wood pellet production plant in Cottondale, Florida that has a production capacity of approximately 650,000 metric tons per year. The plant benefits from an abundant supply of locally procured raw material, principally pine softwood, and exports its product from the Port of Panama City, Florida. Enviva currently owns and operates five wood pellet production plants located throughout the southeast United States.

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France: Sawyers face problems as softwood log prices are increasing

IHB/RW
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The fall-winter softwood auction campaign organized by ONF (France’s National Office of Forests) in France was launched on highly dynamic bases. French sawmills face increasing supply problems, which are particularly noticeable in the mountains of the east and especially in Jura region. For example, the auction organized in Champagnole on September 17 resulted in only 2% unsold volume and a new quarterly price increase. This is evident in silver fir with an average price increase of 1.5 euros/m3 since late June 2014. 2 m3 logs which were worth 63 euros/m3 in early summer, are now sold at 65 euros/m3. 

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Australia’s Timber Development Association and PE International will develop Environmental Product Declarations

Lesprom Network
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

he Timber Development Association (TDA) and sustainability expert PE INTERNATIONAL have commenced a project to develop six Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Australian timber products, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “These EPDs are an exciting step forward for our industry as they will help demonstrate to users the strong environmental credentials of timber and allow it to be compared like-for-like with other construction products,” commented Stephen Mitchell, TDA’s Sustainability Programme Manager.

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Illegal loggers remain hidden in Peru’s forest but timber finds global buyers

State exercises little control over remote Amazon region blighted by poverty and illiteracy, and organised crime fills the vacuum
Guardian Weekly
October 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Javier Gomez sucks the last morsels of meat from the leg bone of an agouti, a large Amazonian rodent, his creased face belying his 44 years. ‘We’re just happy to have the work,” he shrugs wearily. “Here the only work is timber, that’s it. It’s heavy work but we’re used to it.” Older than his sinewy companions, Gomez says he will earn around $825 for spending four months logging in a camp two days up the Mayuruna river from his home village. In this remote part of Peru’s 700,000 sq km of Amazon rainforest, there is not much beyond subsistence fishing and farming as a way to earn a living. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Object Lesson

Timber Trade Journal
October 15, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The annual London Design Festival is never short of media coverage and this year …a project showcasing timber received much of that attention. The Wish List, a collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and furniture maker Benchmark, features wooden wonders commissioned by 10 famous architects and designers and made by 10 emerging designers. …As well as advancing the environmental profile of US hardwoods, the Wish List, which is at the V&A Museum in London until October 24, has raised designers’ and consumers’ awareness of the range of species and their potential.

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Forestry

SFI Proud to Collaborate on Tree Ottawa’s One Million Tree Initiative

Nassau News Live
October 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) is proud to support Tree Ottawa’s goal to plant One Million Trees as a gift from the residents of Ottawa to all Canadians to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. The first tree is being planted near a 150-year-old oak tree at Tree Ottawa’s launch in Champlain Park. “Tree Ottawa is strengthening connections between healthy forests and the sustainable communities we all want to live in. Planting trees in Ottawa is even more urgent in the wake of the emerald ash borer infestation. There is no better time than now to rejuvenate Ottawa’s urban forests and grow a better place for all of us to live,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.

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Site C dam granted BC Province environmental assessment approval

Vancouver Observer
October 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Site C Clean Energy project, a proposed $7.9 billion dam seven kilometres southwest from Fort St. John, is in the public interest, Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests Minister Steve Thomson stated today in a press release. The ministers issued an environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro after concluding that the benefits of the project on Peace River outweighs the environmental, social and heritage effects. …The process proves to be a long one as “the Province must still decide whether to proceed with the project based on an investment decision,” according to the Ministry of Environment press release. If the project continues BC Hydro would be required to obtain a variety of provincial permits, through a process coordinated and led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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Ministry of Forests data breach could affect 15,000

Victoria Times Colonist
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is trying to notify about 15,000 people who had their personal information hacked because they applied for seasonal jobs with the Wildfire Management Branch. Branch executive director Brian Simpson said Tuesday that the new-recruitment database was targeted Sept. 24 by an unauthorized user with an Internet address based in Estonia. He said the database included information dating back to 2004 and included the names, and potentially the birth dates, drivers licence numbers and addresses of successful and unsuccessful applicants.

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Hunt expands for BC’s biggest trees

Victoria Times Colonist
October 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s a good chance that the province’s largest trees still haven’t been identified, and researchers are inviting the public to join the search. The B.C. Big Tree Registry has moved online with the goal of making information about big trees more accessible. “In just the past six months, the second-largest Douglas fir has been identified [near Port Renfrew] and the third-largest Sitka spruce was just found and measured on Haida Gwaii,” said Sally Aitken, professor of forests and conservation sciences at the University of British Columbia. “So there are big trees out there.” The B.C. Big Tree Registry has been around since 1986. But as recently as 2010, when it came into UBC’s possession, it was a mess of paper records.

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Not all fires are worth fighting

October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As British Columbia’s resource managers reach a middle ground in allowing wildfires to naturally shape the province’s forests, it is becoming an uneasy truce for communities already dealing with the dislocations of a shrinking timber supply due to mountain pine beetle infestations. “We’ve realized not all fires are bad,” said Lyle Gawalko, head of fire management for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations. ..Archie MacDonald, general manager of forestry for the Council of Forest Industries, added that such fires have a longer-term impact on timber supply. …There are also consequences in not changing forest-fire-management practices, according to Lori Daniels, an assistant professor UBC’s faculty of forestry.

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More Big Thorne timber sales announced

Ketchikan FM KRBD
October 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area. The sales are between Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove, on northeast Prince of Wales Island. They’re part of the larger Big Thorne sale area, which is tied up with court challenges. Officials recently sold nearly 100 million board feet of Big Thorne timber to Viking Lumber, Southeast’s largest mill. Tongass Supervisor Forrest Cole says the three smaller sales total less than 5 percent of that amount.

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What do wildfires have to do with climate change?

phys.org
October 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the western U.S. faces its third year of severe drought, firefighters are still battling two large fires in California. The state, which is experiencing its worst drought since record keeping began in 1895, has already exhausted the year’s $209 million budget for fighting wildfires and its fall fire season has just begun. With 1,200 more wildfires than average, state officials have called this wildfire season “unprecedented.” In Oregon and Washington, more acres burned this year than in any other region of the country. So far in 2014, 3,070,737 acres across the U.S. have been ravaged by fires—that’s an area almost the size of Connecticut.

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Study: Fewer aspens in Colorado’s future

The Coloradoan
October 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The aspen tree, a beloved symbol of fall in the Rocky Mountains, is fading from Colorado’s forests. As it battles heat and drought in the coming decades the trees’ numbers could drastically decrease across the West. If climate change continues to attack aspens — which are vulnerable to heat and drought — acres suitable for aspen trees could decrease in the millions by 2060, according to a report released last month by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. Colorado, the state with the most acres of aspen, could lose 60 percent of its aspen-friendly landscape, as long as heat, drought and other factors continue to make it difficult for aspens to grow.

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Forest fire will continue to burn below ground despite rain

KVAL.com
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OAKRIDGE, Ore. – The Deception Complex of fires burned over 6,000 acres this summer. And while the work isn’t done rehabilitating trails damaged by the fire, firefighters and Oakridge residents are getting together Wednesday for a community meeting likely to take on a “thank you firefighters” party atmosphere. But despite the rain, the fire will likely burn underground in roots and stumps for another few months until snow and ice snuff it out for good. “It’s very characteristic of having fires go much longer,” said Duane Bishop with the USDA Forest Service at the Middle Fork Ranger District in Westfir.

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Activists use GPS to track illegal loggers in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest

The Guardian
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Covert GPS surveillance of timber trucks by Amazon campaigners has revealed how loggers are defeating attempts to halt deforestation in the world’s greatest rainforest. Raids by law enforcement officers are expected early on Wednesday morning, acting on the evidence handed to them by Greenpeace Brazil. The activists went undercover in the remote and dangerous state of Pará to secretly place GPS tracking devices on trucks suspected of illegal logging, the first time the tactic has been used. …Satellite and aerial images were also collected and analysed during the hi-tech operation. 

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‘Ashamed to be Australian’: 2014 Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan hits out at Abbott government’s environment policies

Sydney Morning Herald
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for literature, Richard Flanagan, has criticised the federal government’s environmental policies saying they have made him “ashamed to be an Australian”. Mr Flanagan was named the winner of the prestigious award for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Mr Flanagan, who lives in Tasmania, is a long time campaigner for the preservation of the state’s old growth forests. …Mr Flanagan was also critical of the Tasmanian government’s recent decision to abolish a forestry peace deal between environmentalists and forestry companies that was four years in the making.

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Forest fire zone becomes ‘tourist hit’ for Sweden

The Local
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

After the worst forest fire in modern times hit Sweden this summer, the area has become a hotspot for sightseers keen to inspect the damage. But residents and the local council aren’t impressed with the attention. “This is becoming a very big problem, so we’ve decided to hire security guards for the residents,” Åke Jacobsson from the local Västmanland council told Swedish broadcaster SVT… The sightseers, or the “fire tourists” as the Swedish media has referred to them, spend their weekends exploring the scene of the fire and taking pictures of the charred remains and torched houses.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy research facility earns kudos for Ledcor

Journal of Commerce
October 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ledcor is one of two companies that have won VRCA 2014 Silver Awards for their work on the University of British Columbia (UBC) Bioenergy Research and Demonstration. Facility.Ledcor won in the General Contractor up to $15 million category. The UBC clean energy project is North America’s first commercial-scale biomass-fueled, cogeneration (heat and power) system. It is designed to generate enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes and to reduce the university’s natural gas consumption by up to 12 per cent. …[The building] is built mostly of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glued laminated timber (glulam). CLT is a wood-based structural system that demonstrates low environmental impact and B.C.-based building technologies. 

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Carbon offset marketplace begins to emerge

CVRD looking to pay to assess feasibility of projects
Comox Valley Echo
October 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saving trees surrounding the Village of Cumberland, supporting an import vehicle shop’s expansion into the electric market and restoring eel grass along the estuary are just some of the projects that the Comox Valley Regional District wants to take a closer look at as it develops a carbon offset marketplace… In the case of the Cumberland Community Forest Society, preserving the woods around the Village could be worth between 200 and 1000 tonnes carbon dioxide, but no one’s really sure. Over five years this could be worth $20,000-100,000 to the CVRD’s bottom line.

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Climate change not responsible for altering forest tree composition

Penn State News
October 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Change in disturbance regimes — rather than a change in climate — is largely responsible for altering the composition of Eastern forests, according to a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Forests in the Eastern United States remain in a state of “disequilibrium” stemming from the clear-cutting and large-scale burning that occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s, contends Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology. Moreover, Abrams noted, since about 1930, aggressive forest-fire suppression has had a far greater influence on shifts in dominant tree species than minor differences in temperature.

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Protecting biodiversity could be key to keeping forests standing in the long term

phys.org
October 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When it comes to conserving tropical forests and the carbon stored within them in order to prevent climate change, the role of forest animals may be too important to ignore. A new paper authored by scientists at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) gathers evidence which suggests that failure to protect biodiversity – particularly large mammals – could negatively affect tropical forests in the long term. One of the biggest threats comes from hunting, which can reduce tree survival and decrease forest resilience to climate change, disease and fires. 

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We cannot rest on Mother Nature’s laurels

The Telegraph
October 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Could Mother Nature be riding, yet again, to our rescue? As reported in yesterday, new American research indicates that the Earth’s vegetation has been absorbing more carbon dioxide than had been thought, thus lessening global warming and providing us with more time to get it under control. And indeed, as mothers tend to be, nature has long been very forgiving… But, as scientists also point out, there are limits to Mother Nature’s patience. The fertilising effect of carbon dioxide is unlikely to continue into the long term because trees and vegetation run into other restraints on growth, notably shortages of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen.

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General

Conservation nonprofit forming alliances with landowners to preserve habitats

The Columbia Daily News
October 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

…the land trust has become a major player in the effort to conserve 20,000 acres of endangered species habitat south of the volcano — in a non-confrontational way. Rather than bringing lawsuits or lobbying for increased regulation, the Vancouver-based nonprofit works cooperatively with the landowners to conserve habitat for threatened species such as bull trout and spotted owls. The forest south of Mount St. Helens were spared from the major devastation in the 1980 eruption. … But in the late 1990s, developers started putting in more homes and cabins along Forest Road 90, the main route into the area.

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Not all fires are worth fighting

October 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

As British Columbia’s resource managers reach a middle ground in allowing wildfires to naturally shape the province’s forests, it is becoming an uneasy truce for communities already dealing with the dislocations of a shrinking timber supply due to mountain pine beetle infestations. “We’ve realized not all fires are bad,” said Lyle Gawalko, head of fire management for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations. ..Archie MacDonald, general manager of forestry for the Council of Forest Industries, added that such fires have a longer-term impact on timber supply. …There are also consequences in not changing forest-fire-management practices, according to Lori Daniels, an assistant professor UBC’s faculty of forestry.

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