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Daily Archives: March 10, 2015

Special Feature

Forest Contractors Downsizing, Laying Off Young Workers And Going To Auction

Truck Loggers Association
March 9, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – There is something strange happening in BC’s coastal forest industry. On Tuesday, March 10, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ is hosting the second big sale of forest contractor equipment in the past six months. This time, over 420 pieces are being sold at auction and 95 per cent of it is local logging equipment. What’s going on? Alternative Forest Operations (AFO) is one of the companies that have a lot of equipment in Tuesday’s auction… “Sig is just one of many forest contractors taking part in this auction. That’s a big red warning sign for me,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director… “It’s terrible that TLA members are being forced to lay off young people,” said Elstone. “That, more than anything else, tells me the forest industry in BC is broken.” 

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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper posts reduced Q4 loss, sees benefit from production efficiencies

Canadian Press
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP) says it’s seeing some positive effect from efficiency improvements but continues to lose money amid anti-dumping duties imposed on some of its output by China, as well as operational challenges. The Vancouver-based company’s net loss from continuing operations was $11.9 million, while its EBITDA loss excluding certain items was $1.4 million. The results were an improvement from the fourth quarter of 2013, when Fortress had a net loss of $21.3 million and an EBITDA loss of $9.4 million.Sales from continuing operations were $74.4 million, up from $37.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 but down from $80.4 million in the third quarter of 2014.

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WTO to help settle Canadian trade rows with China, Taiwan

Economic Times
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

GENEVA: The World Trade Organization agreed Tuesday to create two expert panels to help settle Canadian rows with Taiwan and China over tariffs on steel pipes and cellulose pulp. In the first case, Taiwan had launched a complaint against Canada over duties on carbon steel welded pipes that Ottawa claims are being dumped on its market. Canada had blocked Taiwan’s initial request for WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body to create a panel to rule on the dispute, but with its second request, the panel was automatically set up in accordance with WTO rules.

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Mercer International Reaches New 12-Month High at $14.95

Lulegacy.com
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mercer International hit a new 52-week high during trading on Monday, ARN reports. The stock traded as high as $14.95 and last traded at $14.63, with a volume of 368,656 shares. The stock had previously closed at $14.30. A number of analysts have recently weighed in on MERC shares. Analysts at Raymond James upgraded shares of Mercer International from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 3rd.

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LAKELAND INQUEST: Fire prevention officer not aware fine dust posed explosion hazard until Babine blast

Prince George Free Press
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Prince George fire prevention officer went through Lakeland Mills about a month before the April 23, 2012 explosion and fire that destroyed, killing two men and injuring 22 others. It was the first time Capt. Steve Feeney toured the mill with the knowledge that the fine dust in the air was an explosion hazard. It was only after the Babine Forest Products sawmill explosion and fire in January of 2012 that Feeney became aware that the fine dust could explode. “I knew it was a fire hazard,” he told a six-man coroner’s jury looking into the deaths of Alan Little and Glenn Roche, who died as a result of the Lakeland blast.

Inquest hears fro fire prevention officer from Prince George Citizen

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TimberWest drowns itself in flattery at watershed event

Letter to the Editor
Comox Valley Record
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When TimberWest presented itself as an ideal “corporate citizen” at Re-Think our Watershed, public relations clearly triumphed over tact. But when they asked us to “just believe” that clear-cut “logging and drinking water can coexist”, we entered the realm of insult. “Watersheds don’t have problems,” they said, “people and communities have problems.” Especially when we try to have things both ways at major ongoing loss to real citizens. Where TimberWest is not a corpo resident, governments easily agree with a fiscal lens that “the primary purpose of a watershed is to provide safe, clean water” – not board feet and stumpage fees.

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Lakeland Mills equipment not up to code, coroner’s inquest told

The equipment in the spot where the Lakeland Mills explosion originated was not rated for use in a high sawdust area 
Business in Vancouver
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The equipment in the spot where the Lakeland Mills explosion originated was not rated for use in a high sawdust area, a coroner’s inquest into the disaster heard March 6. British Columbia 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. The headrig’s operator, Glenn Roche, was one of the employees who died from injuries suffered in the blast.

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Resolute announces additional capacity reduction

Recycling Today
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc., Montreal, has announced that it will permanently close a paper machine at its mill in Alma, Quebec. The shutdown, slated to occur by early April 2015, represents a reduction of 75,000 metric tons of annual specialty papers production capacity. The mill, which has three paper machines, has a total annual capacity of 350,000 metric tons. In deciding to permanently close one of its machines, Resolute points to market weakness for the specialty paper grades, along with high fiber costs as the key reason for the closure. The company also cited what it calls a “misinformation” campaign by Greenpeace and other environmental groups for the closing.

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Lumber Liquidators Gets Another Black Eye

Woodworking Network
March 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Do you know where your hardwood floors come from? There’s a chance some of your household wood products were sold to you at the expense of the habitats of endangered species — and possibly your health. In a February 25 SEC filing, Lumber Liquidators – the largest retailer of hardwood flooring in America – admitted that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) may seek criminal charges against the company for violations of the Lacey Act, a landmark conservation law that prohibits the importation of illegally sourced wood products.

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Everett mill site ready to come off state cleanup list

March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT – Weyerhaeuser Company’s cleanup of property along the Snohomish River in northern Everett meets state cleanup requirements and the Department of Ecology proposes removing the parcel from its Hazardous Sites List. Ecology seeks public comment through April 6, 2015, on that proposal and on a five-year site review, required at all cleanup sites that must maintain a special condition…. Weyerhaeuser operated several mills at the 35-acre site from 1914 to 1992, producing pulp, boards and other wood products. The company cleaned up soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, chromium, mercury, ethylbenzene, xylenes and petroleum and water contaminated with arsenic and petroleum in various parts of the site.

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Hines company finds market for juniper

March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HINES — On a12-acre parcel just west of Burns, Gerard LaBrecque mills wood from perhaps the least popular tree in Oregon. “Everybody hated the junipers; everybody thought they were worthless,” LaBrecque said. “But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Joseph’s Juniper, the company LaBrecque founded in 2011, takes in Western juniper logs from across the region and mills them into fence posts, gate entryways and other products. LaBrecque markets his products in six states, and he said he was granted a 10-year stewardship contract for juniper logged near Steens Mountain.

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Everett mill site ready to come off state cleanup list

March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT – Weyerhaeuser Company’s cleanup of property along the Snohomish River in northern Everett meets state cleanup requirements and the Department of Ecology proposes removing the parcel from its Hazardous Sites List. Ecology seeks public comment through April 6, 2015, on that proposal and on a five-year site review, required at all cleanup sites that must maintain a special condition…. Weyerhaeuser operated several mills at the 35-acre site from 1914 to 1992, producing pulp, boards and other wood products. The company cleaned up soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, chromium, mercury, ethylbenzene, xylenes and petroleum and water contaminated with arsenic and petroleum in various parts of the site.

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Trimble Acquires Fifth Element to Expand its Global Presence in Forestry Logistics and Harvest Solutions

PR Newswire
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SUNNYVALE, Calif.,  — Trimble TRMB, -1.66% announced today that it has acquired privately-held Fifth Element, a leader in forestry enterprise and mobile software solutions for logistics and harvest operations. Based in Espoo, Finland, Fifth Element expands Trimble’s forestry presence in Northern Europe, one of the largest forestry regions globally. Financial terms were not disclosed. Fifth Element provides integrated, scalable software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to some of the largest global forestry companies.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Calgary fire spurs concerns about new six-storey wood building policy

Global News
March 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY- The city of Calgary is changing a construction policy to allow wooden buildings to reach six storeys tall, instead of the current four storeys. The city will start accepting building permit applications for such wood-frame residential buildings on May 1. The massive fire at Centre St. and 17 Ave. S.W. on Saturday has raised some concerns over the new policy, though the cause of the fire is still under investigation. But the city says approval for the taller wood-frame buildings will be contingent on a site plan with enhanced fire safety protocols during construction.

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Summer cottage is prefabbed out of cross-laminated timber

TreeHugger
March 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, makes so much sense these days. Trees are renewable; wood construction sequesters carbon for the life of the building. CLT also is a form of flatpack prefab, where the sheets are cut to size at the factory and shipped on a flatbed, then assembled like a house of cards. Kariouk Associates of Ottawa designed this three season cottage by a lake in Quebec for a family from Manhattan. It replaces an existing cottage of the same size that was in “an advanced state of decay”.

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More study needed to clarify impact of cellulose nanocrystals on human health, researcher reports

Phys.Org
March 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Are cellulose nanocrystals harmful to human health? The answer might depend on the route of exposure, according to a review of the literature by a Virginia Tech scientist, but there have been few studies and many questions remain. Writing in the journal Industrial Biotechnology, Maren Roman, associate professor of sustainable biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, pointed out discrepancies in studies of whether cellulose nanocrystals are toxic when inhaled or to particular cells in the body. She said more studies are needed to support research results that the nanocrystals are nontoxic to the skin or when swallowed. Cellulose nanocrystals are produced from renewable materials, such as wood pulp.

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Schumer urges action on concerns about power pole pesticide

Idaho Statesman
March 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Elected officials and suburban New York residents called Monday for a federal environmental study on the use of the pesticide pentachlorophenol on wooden utility poles. “I’ve seen no reputable study that gives me any comfort about the safety of having this chemical near our parks, near our groundwater, or in our backyards,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said during a news conference at a park in the town of North Hempstead, near Long Island Sound. Schumer and others want the federal Environmental Protection Agency to immediately investigate its use on utility poles, and he urged PSEG Long Island to halt the installation of any poles treated with the pesticide until a study is finished.

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Unique Green building technologies come to Minnesota

Hydrogen Fuel News
March 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Minnesota will be home to the tallest wood-framed building in America. A seven-storey, 210,000 square foot office building designed with a frame constructed from sustainably grown and harvested wood will be the tallest of its kind in America, and this structure featuring wood-based green building technologies has received a lot of positive attention in the country. The unique building will be constructed of concrete, steel, and engineered lumber. …While a substantial portion of the building will be made of engineered
lumber, the foundation and first story of T3 will be steel and concrete.

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Forestry

Canada Warbler’s Steep Decline Prompts Recovery Planning from Scientists, Conservationists and Resource Managers

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA ON — Thirty scientists, conservationists and resource managers are coming together today in Ottawa to apply the best, most-recent science and problem-solving to halt the decline of the threatened Canada Warbler. Nature Canada is convening the workshop with the support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Environment Canada, BirdLife International, Swarovski Optik and Weyerhaeuser. Compared with the mid-1960s, today there is only one Canada Warbler where there were once three. This two-thirds population decline didn’t happen suddenly.

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Planned burns scheduled for the rural Lumby and Cherryville areas

Vernon Morning Star
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A series of ecosystem restoration burns is being planned for the Cherryville/rural Lumby area. These prescribed fires will occur in several phases and may start as early as Tuesday and continue until the end of March, weather conditions permitting. “These controlled burns will assist with ecosystem restoration and will be conducted by Wildfire Management Branch crews and ministry staff in the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District,” states a government release. “Smoke may be visible from Lumby, Coldstream, Cherryville and Vernon.”

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Flathead National Forest Unveils Vision for Future Management

Revised forest plan recommends additional wilderness, recreation opportunities and suitable timber for harvest
Flathead Beacon
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hiking, camping and fishing. Harvesting timber. Sheltering a diverse collection of wildlife and fish species amid scenic rivers and wild forests. The Flathead National Forest — spanning 2.4 million acres, making it the 10th largest national forest in the U.S. — plays a significant role in the cultural and ecological landscape. Seeking “the greatest good” for the Flathead’s wild interior over the next two decades, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing a historic makeover of its broad management strategy.After nearly two years of public meetings and analysis, the agency on March 5 released its proposed revision of the Flathead National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, or forest plan.

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USFS slates listening sessions on plans

Wallowa County Chieftan
March 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As announced on Feb. 18, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) and Pacific Southwest (California) Regions are beginning a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area. To gather ideas on the revision process, the Forest Service is holding a series of public listening sessions — March 17 in Portland, March 18 in Seattle, and March 25 in Redding, Calif. The Forest Service’s listed goals for the sessions include sharing information about plan revision, the 2012 planning rule, and the role of science; outlining the agency’s current thinking about the plan revision strategy; and gathering ideas from stakeholders on the revision process.

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Tester lied and then lied again

by MICHAEL GARRITY
Helena Independent Record
March 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mike Dennison’s article in the Feb. 26 IR about the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column giving Sen. Tester four Pinocchios for telling a lie about timber lawsuits in Montana fell short. The story that the Washington Post wrote makes it clear that Tester lied in his statement to Montana Public Radio and then lied again in his correction. Dennison correctly wrote that Tester lied when he said on Montana Public Radio on Feb. 18, “Unfortunately, every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them.” But he then quotes Tester’s spokesperson saying Tester made a mistake and corrected it.

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County may sue to stop grizzly restoration

Okanogan County commissioners say they may sue to stop grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades. Chelan County commissioners also oppose the idea put forth by federal and state agencies.
Capital Press
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OKANOGAN, Wash. — Okanogan County commissioners are exploring the possibility of a lawsuit to prevent the U.S. Department of Interior from restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades. “We think we have uncovered enough of where they did not follow procedure and process. They’re no different than their commander in D.C. running rogue with his pencil and phone. Yes, Obama,” said Jim DeTro, Okanogan County commissioner. …Commissioners strongly oppose restoration and say a majority of county residents do. Ranchers, back country horsemen, ATV users, hobby farmers and rural residents don’t want another apex predator to worry about, DeTro said.

Some See Grizzlies as Good for Ecosystem, Others See Them as Bad Neighbors from Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Arizona forest boss to lead Tongass

Conservationists excited by announcement
Juneau Empire
March 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Earl Stewart will already have a lot on his plate when he shows up for his new gig as Tongass National Forest supervisor this spring. The current Coconino National Forest supervisor now works in Flagstaff, Ariz., but will be heading to Southeast Alaska to take over management of the United States’ largest national forest, which spans 17 million acres. He’ll also head up the forest’s federal timber sales, which are vital for Southeast’s timber industry but have long been criticized by conservation groups that want to stop old growth logging.

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Forest issues plan for Rim fire replanting

Modesto Bee
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SONORA – The Stanislaus National Forest proposes to replant conifers on 30,065 of the acres burned by the massive Rim fire of 2013. The plan, which involves about 12 percent of the total burned acreage, has drawn initial support from timber industry and environmental leaders. “We applaud the Forest Service for putting together a reforestation program that looks like it’s going to meet the needs of the forest,” said Mike Albrecht, owner of a Jamestown-based company that does logging and other work in the woods. “But it’s unfortunate that it takes so long to get the reforestation plan together.”153361.html#storylink=cpy

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Oregon agriculture agency blew off another complaint about helicopter spraying weed killers

The Oregonian
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dena Reynolds called everyone she thought could help. A helicopter last July sprayed herbicides to control weeds on a forest clearcut a few hundred feet behind her house. Soon, fumes enveloped her home, which sits on 40 acres in Douglas County, the heart of Oregon’s timber industry. Helicopters have sprayed weed killers there more frequently than in any other Oregon county in the last decade. Reynolds and her partner got headaches, she told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

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Tiny beetle increasing risk of forest fire in Pinehurst (video)

Your Central Valley
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A tiny beetle is increasing the risk of forest fire in Pinehurst. Many of the trees are already weak from the drought and unable to fight off the bark beetle. It feeds on the bark and kills the tree. At this point, there are clusters of dead trees surrounding hundreds of homes and it’s all fuel for fire.

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No evidence logging helps reduce forest fires

Helena Independent Record
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recently Sen. Daines and Sen. Tester have stated their support for increased logging of Montana’s federal forestlands under the presumption that logging can preclude severe wildfires. There is no evidence that under severe fire weather that logging and thinning of forests can reduce fire spread. The only reason thinning appears to work is that most fires do not burn under severe fire conditions, but under such conditions, fires remain small and are hardly a threat to communities. However, all the big fires — the very fires that Daines and Tester seeks to preclude — are driven by severe fire weather and are not fuel-driven events.

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Forest thinning necessary, say experts in light of Milton man’s concerns over tree-cutting

InsideHalton.com
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Milton resident David de Sylva says he is “sick and tired” of watching trees being chopped down, with limbs left scattered all over the forest floor. But according to forestry experts, trees must be removed in order to keep the forests healthy. “Even if it looks quite bad, if you scrape beneath the surface there’s a pretty good reason why it’s happening,” said Niall Lobley, manager of risk and landholding services for Conservation Halton.

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Collaboration forms partnerships without sacrificing principles

by Chris Ryan – he had a 35-year career with the U.S. Forest Service
The Missoulian
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…This work of building partnerships requires constant collaboration, and collaboration usually requires compromise. Trouble is, compromise is always controversial, drawing strong opinions from all sides. …Yet lately, I have read a few guest columns in Missoula-area newspapers that call into question collaboration as if it were a bad word. Some of these critics have claimed that progress is more easily made through “subversive” tactics or “real” conservation advocacy. While some of these criticisms are thought-provoking, many seem ideological in origin and over-the-top in their accusations. This is frustrating to me, in part because it’s a bit too familiar.

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Forest Service law enforcement takes budget hit; Region 1 loses 15 jobs

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Budget cutbacks at the U.S. Forest Service have taken a big slice out of its law enforcement capabilities. Region 1 forests, headquartered in Missoula, have at least 15 law enforcement vacancies, according to spokesman David Smith. They range from administrative support to special agent in charge – the supervising officer for all of Montana, northern Idaho and parts of South Dakota. Forest Service national spokesman Larry Chambers said the agency has been dealing with consistent cuts as wildland firefighting costs have climbed.

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Enough Band-Aids, it’s time to heal the wound

Letter Jerry Okonski
The Western News
March 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Just over two weeks ago, Sen. Daines held a roundtable discussion in the Flathead Valley concerning the management of Montana’s National forests. The roundtable featured a varying range of comments and perspectives on the topic. Additional discussions were also to take place in Missoula and Bozeman. About 15 people representing various interests were invited to the table, plus observers and media. They included county commissioners, environmental groups and wood products employees and executives. The counties of Lincoln, Mineral and Sanders each had a commissioner at the table. They unanimously expressed the same glaring fact: the very precarious fiscal condition of their respective counties.

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Five Montana forests move to manage habitat for delisted grizzlies

Montana Standard
March 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Grizzly bears have boundary issues. In northwest Montana, about a thousand of them wander the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. That eight-million-acre expanse includes Glacier National Park, at least six counties, two Indian reservations, and five national forests. And the bears are ready for more. To deal with that growing population and territory — as well as the potential that grizzlies could soon be removed from the federal endangered species list — those five national forests are considering a single habitat management plan that would keep all the U.S. Forest Service folks on the same page, bear-wise.

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New partnership seeks to restore Sierra forests

Sacramento Bee
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Sierra Nevada is many things to California: a mountain playground in winter and summer, a swath of public land stretching nearly the length of the state, and vital habitat for a broad variety of wildlife. It also provides the majority of California’s freshwater supply. With a fourth year of drought looming, state and federal agencies have launched an ambitious partnership to improve the Sierra’s ability to store and filter water, as well as reduce fire risks, by restoring its forests. Called the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program, it aims to coordinate the diverse activities of government agencies, property owners and nonprofit groups to focus on the Sierra’s most serious problems. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Should Canadians have a right to burn wood for heat?

Cantech Letter.com
March 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

It’s a part of a Canadian vignette that lives in so many of our memories; the crunch of sharp blades on pond ice, the brace of morning air, the smell of wood smoke from a distant chimney promising warmth for soon-to-be frozen fingers and toes.  But our children, it seems, will have different memories. Across the country, the burning of wood for heat is under fire. In Montreal, it is already illegal to install a new wood burning stove, except for those that use energy efficient wood pellets, like the ones that have caught on in parts of Europe… In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency has already banned the sale of the majority of wood burning stoves.

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Energy project partner needed

Alberni Valley Times
March 6, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city is preparing to search for a private partner to launch a large-scale biomass energy production project, a development that proposes to improve Port Alberni’s air quality, reduce landfill waste and save on heating costs. City council has directed staff to prepare a request for proposals for a company to engage in the design, financing, building and operation of the District Energy Project. The initiative plans to use approximately 2,800 tonnes of unused wood that currently goes to the regional landfill to heat the community’s largest buildings. The wood waste would be burned in a boiler, sending heat through a steel piping network built under the frost line.

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New EPA regulations for wood burning stoves causing quite a stir

WVNS TV
March 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

FAYETTEVILLE – According to a national statistic by the EPA, one in ten families heat their homes with either a wood burning or pellet stove. Now new regulations updated in February are causing quite a stir. “The EPA thought now was a time to strengthen those standards and allow consumers to choose cleaner burning wood stoves, pellet stoves, and hydronic heaters” said Andrew Kreider, an environmental protection specialist with the EPA. Kreider said the questions many people have is if they already own a wood burning stove does that mean they can’t use it anymore?

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New information helps predict future climate change impacts on global tropics

Phys.Org
March 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers at the University of Montana, Princeton University, Stanford University and Rutgers University, among others, are collecting new measurements of tropical forests to gain a better understanding of how they respond to seasonal climate variations. The new information helps predict how the global tropics may react to future climate change. These findings are detailed in a paper titled “Photosynthetic seasonality of global tropical forests constrained by hydroclimate,” which was published in Nature Geoscience this month.  “A better understanding of tropical forest behavior is needed because tropical forests serve as the lungs of the Earth,” said UM Professor John Kimball, a contributor to the study. 

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General

Hines company finds market for juniper

March 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

HINES — On a12-acre parcel just west of Burns, Gerard LaBrecque mills wood from perhaps the least popular tree in Oregon. “Everybody hated the junipers; everybody thought they were worthless,” LaBrecque said. “But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Joseph’s Juniper, the company LaBrecque founded in 2011, takes in Western juniper logs from across the region and mills them into fence posts, gate entryways and other products. LaBrecque markets his products in six states, and he said he was granted a 10-year stewardship contract for juniper logged near Steens Mountain.

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