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Business & Politics

Producers brace for end of long truce in U.S.-Canada lumber wars

Globe and Mail
March 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s lumber producers should be a happy lot. The U.S. housing market is coming back, exports are rising and the Canadian dollar is cheap. But the industry has a wary eye on its own version of the doomsday clock – the countdown to the Oct. 12 expiry of a long truce in the Canada-U.S. lumber wars. A date that seemed far off when the deal was struck in 2006 is now just a couple of seasons away. Under the deal, Canada is required to put an escalating tax on exports as softwood lumber prices drop below a predetermined threshold. It’s a form of managed trade, designed to control access to the U.S. market and limit potential harm to producers there. You might expect that Canadian lumber producers would be anxious to escape those shackles. They’re not. 

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Treaty breach claim based on cumulative impacts

Allegations of treaty breach results from decades of industrial activity in Peace River region
Business in Vancouver
March 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A generation of industrial development that has compromised the rights to hunt, trap and fish in the Peace River region is a breach of treaty rights, the Blueberry River First Nation argues in a claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court March 3. The claim is unique, says former B.C. attorney general and treaty minister Geoff Plant, because it is based not on any specific activity or alienation of a specific right, but rather on the cumulative impact on the livelihood of Treaty 8 First Nations from decades of industrial activity. “This case is the first case I know of in Canada where a First Nation is raising a complaint about cumulative impacts of multiple activities and it will almost certainly make new law to that extent,” Plant said.

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NDP question gov’t on WorkSafeBC no show

Prince George Citizen
March 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Opposition NDP put the Attorney General in their crosshairs over the handling of the current coroner’s inquest into the Lakeland Mills explosion. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton fielded questions from B.C. NDP members in the Legislative Assembly Wednesday afternoon over the lack of participation by senior WorkSafeBC officials and shortage of funds made available for legal counsel for Lakeland employees called as witnesses. B.C. NDP leader John Horgan referred to a March 2 Vancouver Sun story about WorkSafeBC former president and CEO David Anderson and former vice-president in charge of investigations Donna Wilson not being called as witnesses in the proceedings taking place at the Prince George Law Courts.

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Alberta forestry grows while oil and gas shrinks

CBC News
March 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While pink slips are being handed out in the oil patch, the resumes are rolling in for the province’s forestry industry. A combination of new markets and a recovering U.S. economy are providing an injection of activity to the industry at the same time that many people laid off from the oil and gas sector are looking for work… The upsurge in forestry isn’t a surprise to Paul Whitaker, president of the Alberta Forest Products Association. For the past two years he has watched the industry grow or “rebound” at a rate of about 10 per cent a year, growth he expects will continue.

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Operations resume at APD mill

Fire started in head rig area
Alberni Valley Times
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire that forced the evacuation of the Alberni Pacific Division sawmill last Tuesday was not caused by combustible dust, according to a joint investigation undertaken at the waterfront facility last week. An assessment by owner Western Forest Products, WorkSafe BC and the Port Alberni Fire Department has concluded that the incident started in the head rig portion of the mill where a saw makes the initial cuts to logs. But information gathered from the damaged facility has yet to determine if the blaze was the result of human error or a mechanical failure.

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Equipment not up to code, Lakeland inquest told

Prince George Citizen
March 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The explosion that destroyed the Lakeland Mills sawmill originated in a spot where equipment not rated for use in a high sawdust area was operating, a coroner’s inquest into the disaster heard Friday.  B.C. Safety Authority engineer Jeff Coleman was on the stand to present findings from that organization’s investigation into the April 23, 2012 disaster that killed two employees and injured 21 others, some severely. Coleman said the explosion’s source was in the sawmill’s basement directly below where the large headrig was located on the main floor, one level above.

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Weyerhaeuser spokesman addresses low dollar, wood rights

Kenora Online
March 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A slide in the Canadian dollar may not be good news for snowbirds on vacation, but it’s good news for exporters. Wayne Roznowski from Weyerhaeuser offers an update. “Stronger American dollar is probably going to make us more attractive, in that way,” he said. “Again, it’s certainly reason for optimism.” The company’s looking to hire more skilled trades, as the recovery in the American housing market continues. Weyerhaeuser spokesman Wayne Roznowski says there’s been some slow progress, when it comes to movement on wood rights in the Whiskey Jack Forest.

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Jobs lost as Quebec mill closes paper machine

Canadian Press
March 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. says it will close a specialty paper machine at its mill in Alma, Que., in a move that will see the loss of about 85 jobs. The Alma paper mill employs 340 people with annual production capacity of 350,000 metric tons of specialty papers across three machines. The company says the closure of the paper machine at the mill represents a reduction of 75,000 metric tons of annual capacity. Resolute says it will work with union representatives and government to help the affected employees who may have the opportunity to transfer to other company operations.

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Long road back from ‘disaster’: How one bad investment nearly destroyed Forest Paper Ltd

by Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Financial Post
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mr. Wasilenkoff is a high-flying guy; a few years ago, so was his company. In 2011 Fortress Paper stock hit $62.89. The stock has since lost 97% of its value, closing Friday at $2.15. Fortress announces its year-end results on Monday; analysts expect the company will lose $4.05 per share. The answer to what went wrong lies far from the glamourous world of the jet-set, in Thurso, Que., a village of 3,500 on the Ottawa River 40 kilometres east of our nation’s capital, buried right now under a metre of snow. Thurso is famous for two things: Guy Lafleur, the all-time leading scorer of the Montreal Canadiens; and its pulp mill, which opened in 1956 and emits an acrid stench one can smell several villages away.

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Five areas businesses receive nearly $500K from NOHFC

TB Newswatch
March 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Andreas Petersen knows how important it is to be adaptive when conducting business in the forestry industry. After weathering the ups and downs of the industry for the past 25 years, the co-owner of Murillo Millworks is getting help from the province. The company was one of five area businesses to receive a total of nearly $485,000 in grant funding through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. “Do you go out and get the business first without having the infrastructure to support the business or do you have the infrastructure in place and then go get the business,” Petersen said at the funding announcement, which was held at their mill on Friday morning.

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What To Make Of Lumber Liquidators — Should We Believe Anderson Cooper and Whitney Tilson?

The Motley Fool
March 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Back in late 2013, flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL ) was the classic American success story. Founder and Chairman Tom Sullivan had taken the business from one location and turned it into the country’s largest retailer of wood and wood laminate flooring in about 20 years. Investors who bought shares after the IPO in late 2007 saw 10-fold returns by November of that year: Since then the company has faced a Department of Justice investigation into illegal wood sourcing activity, a weak housing market that has seriously affected sales, and now a report from 60 Minutes, in which Anderson Cooper accuses the company of selling laminate flooring that is not only illegal in California but could put people’s health at risk.

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Odd winter means wood is piling up, prices down

The Roseburg News Review
March 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ROSEBURG — With the deep freeze that has inundated the eastern half of the United States contributing to the drop, prices for logs and lumber processed on the West Coast have dipped over the last couple of months. Sales are down and wood inventories are up. The market today is not what was being hoped for and expected just a few months ago. “There was a quick uptick in the market in late 2014, and that had a lot of people in the industry anticipating a good start to the new year,” said Shawn Church, editor of Random Lengths, a Eugene-based publication that tracks the log and lumber businesses.

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Bad news for log sellers. Good news for builders.

Naturaral Resource Report
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Mortgage Interest rates are still under 4% but rising. Logs prices are dropping unseasonably, and lumber prices are lower. Yet, housing starts remain stable, and home values are still rising but gradually. Trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2006. Logs look respectable at $753, but word on the street is gloomy for log sellers, with prices for February predicted to be far lower than the January price, and are still falling. Why? First, and obvious to those living in the Northwest, the unusually dry and mild winter allowed logging to take place on normal spring or even some summer dirt road systems. Logging is not restricted to rock roads.

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U.S. housing uptick could help Montana timber industry

Great Falls Tribune
March 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The outlook for the forest products industry in Montana is guardedly optimistic — knock on wood, say industry experts. The national demand for timber, based on slowly increasing U.S. housing starts, is expected to continue its gradual rise since hitting rock bottom during the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009, said Todd Morgan, a certified forester and director of the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Timber prices have risen substantially and the number of Montanans working as loggers, mill workers and forestry support roles has increased the last few years, which are promising signs, said Julie Altemus, executive vice president of the Montana Wood Products Association.

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Swedish softwood sawlogs stocks 43% higher

EUWID
March 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Swedish sawmilling industry had stocks of softwood sawlogs totalling some 3.3m m³ on 31 December 2014, roughly 43% more than at the same time a year earlier. The results of surveys carried out by the Swedish Forest Agency show that the stocks in the works in the regions of Västra Götaland, Örebro, and Värmland have by far the highest rate of growth at roughly +60% above the previous year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

VIDEO: The 2015 Wood Design Awards

Journal of Commerce
March 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

British Columbia’s best and brightest wood designers and architects gathered recently at the Vancouver Convention Centre to celebrate the year’s achievements in wood use implemented in the built environment. The Journal of Commerce spoke to winners Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture, who won both the Wood Innovation and Architect award, and Marie Odile-Marceau, who won the Wood Champion award.

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WoodWorks Announces 2015 Wood Design Award Winners

Construction Magazine Network
March 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Oakland, Calif. – WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, announced the winners of its 2015 Wood Design Awards at the Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair in Oakland, Calif. on January 27, 2015. “The Wood Design Awards are an opportunity to recognize extraordinary buildings that exemplify, not only wood’s beauty, but the versatility and structural performance attributes that make it such an interesting material to architects and engineers,” said Jennifer Cover, PE, executive director of WoodWorks. “Collectively, this year’s award winning projects celebrate the kind of innovative thinking that continues to expand the possibilities for wood use—and bring wood’s cost, sustainability and other advantages to a wider range of projects.”

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Oregon team will use peer review process to try new seismic design

Daily Journal of Commerce
March 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A 32-story skyscraper planned for Portland’s Lloyd District won’t follow state building codes in its seismic design. The Oregonian reports the American Assets Trust tower will be the first in the city to follow an alternative peer review process. Developers and engineers expect to prove through computer simulations their design will hold up as well as the building code specifications. They says the peer review process will allow for faster, less expensive construction and a more flexible interior design… Andy Peterson, manager for plan review and permitting at the Portland Bureau of Development Services, said the peer-review process could clear the way for other types of alternative construction, such as taller wood-framed buildings. State and federal officials are promoting the idea of building with wood because it’s cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Plus, it could be a boon for Oregon’s timber industry.

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Forestry

ELF urges Sechelt council to save ‘Chanterelle Forest’

Coast Reporter
March 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is urging District of Sechelt council to “rein in” the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) and save a proposed cutblock in the Wilson Creek watershed that ELF has dubbed the Chanterelle Forest. Located on the west side of Wilson Creek and designated EW28 in the SCCF work plan, the surveyed cutblock was brought to ELF’s attention by an organic farmer on Field Road who supplements his income by harvesting wild mushrooms, ELF’s Ross Muirhead told council Feb. 18. “There’s a lot of different ecological reasons that this area is particularly robust in summer and winter chanterelles and pine mushrooms,” Muirhead said.

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Funding confirmed for Cherry Ridge studies

Vernon Morning Star
March 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents hope science will confirm the risk of possible landslides above them. The Electoral Area Advisory Committee agreed Thursday to allocate up to $30,000 towards hydrological and slope stability studies on Cherry Ridge. “We have some slopes with a history of instability,” said Hank Cameron, Cherryville director. “There were slides in 2012 and 1999 and no one has ever looked at the potential risk.” The issue arose when B.C. Timber Sales, a government agency, began construction of a road on Cherry Ridge. The road would eventually open the area up to commercial logging and some residents have suggested the road and clearcutting could trigger landslides that impact properties in the valley bottom.

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Dutch elms: moving cut wood can spread disease

CBC News
March 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Work to cut down about 320 diseased Dutch Elm trees in the city, begins next week and Charlottetown officials are asking the public not to move the wood. The wood is diseased and must be disposed of properly in order to manage the spread of the disease, says Beth Hoar, the city’s parkland conservationist. “The elm trees that are infected with the Dutch elm disease, they become infected by a beetle called the elm bark beetle. It actually hibernates in the wood of the diseased tree,” said Hoar. Charlottetown parkland conservationist Beth Hoar says, at this time of year, wood from cut Dutch elms is infected with the hibernating elm bark beetle. “So right now it’s hibernating in that wood.

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Finally, a ray of light amid Nova Scotia’s forestry gloom?

Chronicle Herald
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Much has been said recently about clearcutting on public lands in southwestern Nova Scotia, including the former Bowater lands acquired by the province in late 2012. Comments both for and against have shown a large, and potentially growing, gap between the various viewpoints of stakeholders and members of the public. Amongst that confusion, however, and the potential for entrenched positions, the minister of Natural Resources has come forward with a welcome policy statement that has the potential to improve this situation substantially. In a recent CBC radio interview, Minister Zach Churchill indicated that the Department of Natural Resources will be pursuing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on all public lands in western Nova Scotia.

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Wholesale destruction

Letter by Eleanor Trombley
Chronicle Herald
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re: your Feb. 19 story, “No hardwood, no business.” No wonder! The rural area where I live is bordered on the west side by thousands of acres of Crown land, on the east side by lands formerly owned by Kimberly Clark and now owned by the American company Wagner’s. Over the last few years, our government has contracted out acres and acres of Crown land to be cut. Some of the spruce and fir had reached maturity and needed to be cut. However, a lot of trucks that went by looked like they were carrying matchsticks. The hardwood was another matter. The very best of maple, beech, white birch, etc., went by daily. Wagner’s is stripping anything and everything off their land.

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3M’s new pulp & paper policy impacts Resolute Forest Products

March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new pulp and paper sourcing policy, aimed at protecting forests and respecting human rights, announced Thursday by 3M in collaboration with the environmental group ForestEthics, could have implications for industry giant Resolute Forest Products. Under the revised strategy, the maker of Post-it® notes will only accept materials made from virgin fibre that can be traced to the forest source and proven to be obtained legally. Suppliers must also protect high carbon stock forest, high conservation values, and workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights. 3M has put Resolute on notice over its relationship with First Nations, and its logging of caribou habitat, said ForestEthics executive director Todd Paglia. 

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Bowing to pressure, 3M agrees to reshape its sustainable forestry policies

Minnesota Post
March 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

After a long siege of public pressure and negotiations, punctuated occasionally by media-savvy comic stunts, the 3M Co. has gone from the doghouse to darling of sustainable-forestry activists… In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, 3M veep Jean Sweeney said the Maplewood-based corporation will end its reliance on assessments by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, widely regarded as a greenwashing arm of large logging companies, to ensure that its purchasing doesn’t needlessly harm forests, communities or workers’ rights… But rather than simply replace SFI with a more respectable certification outfit, such as the Forest Stewardship Council, for one leading example, 3M has elected the unusual and surely more expensive approach of doing its own screening, auditing and reporting throughout a vast supply chain.

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Lord of the Tree Rings

Pacific Standard Magazine
March 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Forget reading tea leaves. To forecast the future, NASA climate modeler Benjamin Cook looks to tree rings. Some woody species live for centuries, even thousands of years, growing when times are lush and halting during dry spells. Their annual rings tell their story—the thicker the circle, the better (and wetter) the year… His latest research, published last week in Science Advances, reveals that when it comes to drought, the West ain’t seen nothing yet. Sometime between 2050 and 2100, extended drought conditions in the American Southwest and central Great Plains will become more extreme than the megadroughts of the 12th and 13th centuries. 

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Sustainable forest management principles

The Missoulian
March 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There have been several recent opinion articles in the Missoulian decrying environmental organizations for working collaboratively with our legislative representatives as well as with other community organizations and businesses, such as snowmobilers, wood product manufacturers, loggers, ranchers, county commissioners, state and federal agency managers. The complaint is that they have “sold out;” “making deals with the devil(s).” I have a different perspective. All the people and organizations that have invested time over the past 10-15 years in collaborative efforts have engaged in grass-roots democracy.

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New supervisor named for Tongass National Forest

Associated Press
March 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska — Regional forester Beth Pendleton has announced the hiring of Earl Stewart as the new supervisor for the Tongass National Forest. Stewart is the forest supervisor for the Coconino National Forest based in Flagstaff, Arizona. According to a release, Stewart is expected to report for his new job in May. The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the country. It covers much of southeast Alaska. Stewart will replace Forrest Cole, who has served as Tongass forest supervisor since 2003. Cole is retiring.

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Committee hears bill to create land transfer task force

Associated Press
March 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — A state House committee has heard testimony for and against a bill that would create a task force to study the feasibility of the state assuming ownership or management of federal land now run by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Proponents cited loss of access to forests, the increasing threat of wildfires and pests such as mountain pine beetle and other problems under federal management as reasons for supporting the study of state management. Opponents said the idea of turning over control to the state doesn’t have merit, and a study is a waste of time.

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Montana timber industry guardedly optimistic on future, hope for more federal forest logging

The Republic
March 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GREAT FALLS, Montana — The outlook for the forest products industry in Montana is guardedly optimistic — knock on wood, say industry experts. The national demand for timber, based on slowly increasing U.S. housing starts, is expected to continue its gradual rise since hitting rock bottom during the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009, said Todd Morgan, a certified forester and director of the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Timber prices have risen substantially and the number of Montanans working as loggers, mill workers and forestry support roles has increased the last few years, which are promising signs, said Julie Altemus, executive vice president of the Montana Wood Products Association.

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Catastrophic wildfires expected in Southern Oregon this summer

Pre-season conditions worst in 25 years; Ashland thinning project awarded $2 million
The Mail Tribune
March 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Record low snowpack amid a second straight drought year has wildland managers bracing for what they consider an upcoming wildfire season in which catastrophic fire in the Cascades or Siskiyous “seems inevitable.” State and federal wildfire experts said Thursday in Medford that they expect mid- and high-elevation forestlands to be prime for generating a 2015 fire season that will start earlier, last longer and likely burn hotter than normal in this area known for summer fires.  With minimal or no snow around places such as Howard Prairie and Mount Ashland, the sun’s rays that normally would melt snow and wet the forest instead will be cooking it tinder dry this spring, making slopes more able to carry flames and more susceptible to fire starts caused by
lightning downstrikes.

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Committee debates land transfer legislation

Great Falls Tribune
March 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Members of the House Natural Resources Committee took up a controversial bill Friday that would create a task force to study the feasibility of the state assuming ownership or management of federal land now run by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Proponents cited loss of access to forests, the increasing threat of wildfires and pests such as mountain pine beetle and other problems under federal management as reasons for supporting the study of state management.

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Southern Oregon wildfire experts expect tough 2015 season

Associated Press
March 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire bosses in Southern Oregon are bracing for a season that could start earlier, last longer and burn hotter than usual in a part of the world known for major summer fires. “It seems inevitable,” said Allen Mitchell, fire management officer for the Medford District of the federal Bureau of Land Management. “It will depend on lightning.” The snowpack in the mountains is at a record low in the southern part of the Cascade Range and the Siskiyou Mountains, and the region is in the second year of drought. The dearth of moisture in the middle elevations of the mountains means the sun will cook hillsides into tinderboxes waiting for a lighting strike, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sandler. There were 130,000 strikes last year.

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Consecutive harsh winters hammer hemlock-killing insect (VIDEO)

WBIR.com
March 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Great Smoky Mountains — After one of the coldest months on record in East Tennessee, many people are more than ready for some warm weather. But the especially frigid winter has been a life-saver for some of the mightiest trees in the forest. This winter’s sub-zero temperatures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have devastated the once unstoppable Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. The adelgid is an invasive insect from Asia that has killed millions of hemlock trees in the eastern United States. They first arrived in the Smokies in 2002.

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Alabama professor explores ecosystems of forest streams

Alabama Media.com
March 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A study published in the journal Science co-authored by a University of Alabama associate professor reports that nutrient pollution accelerates the breakdown of forest detritus in streams, affecting the food webs in the ecosystems. “The significance is … what we are seeing in our experiments is what we are seeing over large parts of the world because of human pollution,” said co-author Jonathan Benstead, an associate professor of biological sciences at UA. The paper, based on nine years of work between two experiments in forest streams in North Carolina, was published in today’s edition of Science. 

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Extra resources for Pilliga Fires

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has declared Section 44 for one of the three fires burning in the Pilliga East State Forest. Additional resources have been brought in from across the state to help local RFS crews as they work to contain the fires. The fires are believed to have been started by lightning. The Brigalow Road fire is at patrol status, back burning is continuing on the Emu Road fire but is it considered contained, and efforts are continuing to control the Dangar Road Fire.

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What Lies Behind the Recent Surge of Amazon Deforestation

March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ecologist Philip Fearnside has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon for 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest. A professor at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon, Fearnside has focused his work on how to sustainably develop the Amazon in the face of enormous pressures to cut and clear the forest. Fearnside is now watching with alarm as, after a decade of declining deforestation rates, the pace of cutting and forest clearing in the Amazon is on the rise again.

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Palm oil firms in Peru plan to clear 23,000 hectares of primary forest

March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest in the northern Amazon in order to cultivate oil palm, according to NGOs. Operations on two plantations called Maniti and Santa Cecilia which would involve clearing more than 9,300 hectares of primary forest could start imminently following a recent government decision. “We’ve done an extensive analysis of satellite images of the project area and conclude that 84.6% of Maniti and Santa Cecilia is primary forest,” says a media statement from the Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA), in Peru, and the Amazon Conservation Association (ACA), in the US.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Washington Post Editorial Board Slams Biomass Energy, Ignores Forestry Research & Economics

Environmental and Energy Study Institute
March 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

On March 5, the Washington Post published an editorial entitled ‘the EPA’s not so-green emissions plan,’ in which the editorial board claim that the agencies’ plans to regulate biomass wastes as renewable power sources under the Clean Power Plan (CPP) will “sharply increase forest clearing.” The Post goes on to state that “giving biomass too much credit would encourage a lot of wood burning,” claiming that the CPP could result in 70 percent of the current US timber harvest being used for bioenergy, resulting in increased worldwide timber demand. The Post’s claims are not backed up by forestry economics and science. Additionally, providing an economic incentive to maintain forested lands, as bioenergy and long-lived timber products do, can also help to preserve forests and farms in the face of rampant exurban development. 

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General

Alberta delays energy lease sale on endangered caribou range

Canadian Press
March 7, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has postponed a huge sell-off of energy exploration leases on the range of an endangered caribou herd. “Right now what we’re deciding is a postponement of the land sales,” Chris Bourdeau, spokesman for Alberta Energy, said Friday. “That gives us a little more time to take a look at the issue and do our due diligence … because Albertans are very aware of some of the challenges concerning caribou, and government shares that concern.” ..  At least half the herd’s range in northwestern Alberta near the town of Grande Cache is already disturbed by energy and forestry development. Federal scientists have recommended the maximum be no more than one-third.

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