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Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

Special Feature

Tell Us What you Think of the BC Forest Practices Board

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Forest Practices Board
March 2, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the past two decades, the Forest Practices Board has served the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices on public lands in BC. How important is this function? How are they doing? What issues should they be addressing? 


To ensure the Board can improve on its work, the Board has engaged the Tree Frog News (our consulting arm – Wood N Frog Communications) to undertake a survey of BC stakeholders and people interested in BC’s public forest and range lands. The survey consists of 19 questions and should only take 10 minutes. All responses will be held in strict confidence and the results shared on a collective basis only. Thank you for participating in the survey. Your feedback is important.

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Business & Politics

B.C. clean tech companies receive $27 M in SDTC funding

Business in Vancouver
March 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West
A startup that is using carbon nanotubes to increase the conductivity of aluminum and a lignin recovery project at an Alberta pulp mill owned by forestry giant West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. are among the 10 B.C. companies or demonstration projects receiving $27 million in funding through Sustainable Development Canada. The funding was announced March 16 in Richmond by National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who said the Canadian clean-tech industry is worth $11 billion, employing 41,000 people. The latest financing announcements are part of $325 million in funding announced in 2013 for SDTC over an eight-year period. 

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AFPA-member companies produced 884 million board feet of lumber in 3Q

Lesprom Network
March 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Values of lumber, pulp and paper, and panelboard manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association members totaled approximately $696 million for the 3Q 2014. The value of production was up $26 million, or 3.9% from the same period last year, as AFPA said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “Although the torrid pace of growth has begun to slow somewhat, 2014 has still been an exceptional year for Alberta’s forest industry,” said AFPA President and CEO Paul Whittaker. “4Q growth for our industry means more investment into communities, stable jobs for Albertans, and an important source of economic diversity for Alberta.”

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U.S. has tough standards for wood dust, inquest told

Prince George Citizen
March 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The explosive potential of wood dust has long been recognized in the United States, an expert told a coroner’s inquest into the Lakeland Mills disaster on Monday. Amy Cronin of Boston-based Strategic Code Solutions, an industrial safety consultancy, said an insurance company survey of 166 dust-related explosions between 1993 and 2006, found wood dust to be the leading source of fuel in 70 of them and agreed with United Steelworkers counsel John Rogers that it’s not an emergent issue south of the border.

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Hard to see any strategy

New Glasgow
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

When it comes to wood products, the end value varies. Hardwood used for furniture and flooring, for example, would be right up there. What a shame then that a Westville sawmill finds itself having to close temporarily and lay off employees. It’s become routine for Groupe Savoie, unfortunately, to be forced to close for 13 to 20 weeks around this time of year because of a short supply. The company says a more reliable supply could be helped with more access to hardwood from Crown lands, specifically land under licence to Port Hawkesbury Paper.

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Japan’s paper mills looking for ways to diversify, expand abroad

The Japan Times
March 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The nation’s paper manufacturers are branching out into sectors such power generation and battery components as well as expanding operations elsewhere in Asia as demand for traditional paper-based products shrinks at home. Demand for paper and paper board in Japan peaked at 31.96 million tons in 2000 and has since been on the decline, slipping below 30 million tons in 2009 and totaling only 27.66 million tons in 2013, according to the Japan Paper Association.

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Record Millions of Wood Pallets Meet European Format Standards

Woodworking Network
March 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY – The European Pallet Association saw 66.3 million wooden pallets produced in 2014, a 3 percent increase in wooden pallet production over the previous year. In addition to the increase in production, the number of repaired EPAL pallets increased slightly to 22.4 million, over 22.3 million in 2013. 2014 is the first complete calendar year in which EPAL has been granting licenses for the production of Euro pallets marked exclusively with the “EPAL in oval” brand, after production of one-brand pallets started on Aug. 1, 2013.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Private Member’s Bill passes to allow 6 storey wood structures in Alberta

660News.com
March 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A private member’s bill brought forward by Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA George Vanderburg has passed in the Alberta Legislature. Bill 203 amends the safety codes act to allow wood-constructed buildings to be built to a maximum of six storeys across the province. The bill now lines up with changes made by the City of Calgary last year to its building code, which allows permit applications for six-storey wood-frame buildings in approved land use zones. Vanderburg says there has been consultations with local fire departments over this bill. 

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WaterNest Floating Home Is 98% Recyclable

Green Building Elements
March 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Meet the WaterNest 100 floating home. Designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and developed by EcoFloLife after years of research, the WaterNest is intended for use on any calm body of water and is built from materials that are 98% recyclable. The 1000-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 40 feet in diameter and 14 feet tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber atop a recycled aluminum hull. It is self=powered by a roof mounted, 600 square foot solar display that generates 4 kW of electricity. 

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Carbon implications of wood construction

FOA You Tube Channel
March 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Jim Bowyer speaks at the Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector international online conference. Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in February 2015, the conference explored how a wide range of different interventions in the forest sector might help to mitigate climate change, based on existing country experiences as well as analyses of the costs and benefits of various options under a range of different circumstances.

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New method for producing nanocellulose wins prestigious award

Pulp and Paper News
March 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The 2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is being awarded to a group of researchers from Japan and France for their development of an energy-efficient method to produce nanofibrillated cellulose. Stabilizers in chemicals, food and cosmetics, raw materials for new types of textile fibres or composites or materials for wound dressing are just a few examples of the wide field of possible applications. …Professor Akira Isogai and Associate Professor Tsuguyuki Saito from the University of Tokyo and Dr Yoshiharu Nishiyama from the Centre de recherches sur les macromolécules végétales, Cermav in Grenoble, France, have found and developed an energy-efficient way to produce nanofibrillated cellulose.

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Forestry

FSC Calls for Immediate Action by Resolute Forest Products

Forest Stewardship Council
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

(Bonn, Germany) – In a letter to the president of Resolute FP Canada, FSC has requested Resolute to immediately stop its discriminatory activities against FSC, and take appropriate corrective and preventive measures demonstrating respect to all ofFSC’s statutes and all membership and Policy of Association requirements. The letter follows many months of repeated public attacks by Resolute on FSC’s management and policies, after the suspension of Resolute’s FSC certificates.

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Canadian Communities Awarded Almost $300,000 in Grants for Sprouting Innovative Urban Forestry Projects

Tree Canada
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Communities across Canada are developing innovative projects to grow and care for their urban green spaces – and today are being recognized for doing so. As part of the 2015 TD Green Streets program, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada awarded 22 communities with grants to support municipal forestry and greening projects. “Supporting urban forestry has never been more important and with the number of outstanding applications received this year, it’s clear that Canadian municipalities continue to share our passion and commitment for creating greener communities for all to enjoy,” said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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VOP revisits possibility of community forest

RFP issued to conduct feasibility study, looking at costs and other factors
Whistler Question
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Village of Pemberton (VOP) is taking the next step in investigating whether it should develop a community forest. While past councils have looked at the issue over the years, the VOP recently heard presentations from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) on the application process. B.C. Timber Sales has also approached the VOP about possible partnership opportunities, according to Sheena Fraser, manager of corporate and legislative services for the VOP. “This prompted council to re-open discussion on this initiative and direct staff to undertake further research, which resulted in a recommendation to council to consider undertaking a feasibility study,” Fraser said, in an email. 

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Morice Timber Supply Area cut level reduced

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of BC
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut for the Morice Timber Supply will be 1.9 million cubic metres and decrease to 1.6 million cubic metres effective March 16, 2020, chief forester Dave Peterson announced today. For the first five years, the new allowable annual cut includes a substantial amount of pine that has been dead for 10 years, as well as dead spruce and dead balsam. The 300,000-cubic-metre reduction in the allowable annual cut in 2020 reflects that at that time dead trees will have degraded to the point that they are no longer suitable for harvesting. 

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Birders, nature groups call for better boreal forest protection

Edmonton Journal
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Top birding and nature organizations in Canada and the United States are pressing government for increased protection of boreal forests, including portions of northern Alberta. The coalition, which includes the Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited, is launching a campaign Monday that seeks to have at least half of North America’s boreal forest set aside from development to protect billions of birds that rely on the habitat for breeding purposes. The Boreal Birds Need Half initiative is endorsed by Audubon, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Nature Canada and Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology.

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Future of ecoforest uncertain

Nanaimo News Bulletin
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Proponents of Wildwood forest are concerned about a potential sale to private interests. The 31-hectare site, located in Cedar, was sold by sustainable logging pioneer, the late Merv Wilkinson, to The Land Conservancy in 2000, with the expectation it would remain in the public domain. However, due to about $8 million of debt, the non-profit land trust is looking to sell. Many consider Wildwood a prime example of sustainable forestry. “It’s representing what we could’ve been doing, particularly in the Douglas fir ecosystem zone, where there’s less than half a per cent left remaining that hasn’t been clear cut or somehow cut, but this shows an example how it could’ve been done sustainably,” said Bruce Hepburn, site coordinator for Friends of Wildwood, the non-profit dedicated to its preservation.

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Research shows mountain pine beetle has moved east

My Prince George Now
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


The mountain pine beetle is starting to move east. While the bug has gone away in Northern B-C, the outbreak here has lead to a breach of the Rocky Mountains. University of British Columbia Associate Professor Allan Carroll says the mountain pine beetle carried itself on winds to the Peace Country and then established itself into the pine forests of Alberta. “And those pine forests, which begin as lodge pole pines next to the Rockies, actually spread east wards and begin to hibernate as jack-pine, and ultimately transitioning into jack pine as you get closer to Saskatchewan.” Carroll says at this point the beetle is entirely confined to Alberta’s boreal forest. But the government has spent $350 million dollars since 2006 to prevent the spread.

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Fire season weeks ahead of schedule due to spring-like weather

Calgary Herald
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

RADIUM, B.C. — The smoke was barely visible from the village of Radium, B.C., below, but a fire burned about 90 hectares in just a couple of hours on Friday. It was a closely watched prescribed fire to restore some open forest and native grasslands for bighorn sheep near the Redstreak campground in Kootenay National Park. “As soon as the snow comes off, we want to burn it,” said Jed Cochrane, fire and vegetation specialist with Parks Canada. “The grass is going to be dead once the snow comes off. It’ll take just a few days for that dead grass to dry. As soon as that dead grass is dry, it’s ready to burn. “This year, it’s about three weeks early.” The fire — which involved 25 crew from the national park, the province and the town — will also serve as a fireguard for the village about three kilometres away.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation holds logging protest in Kenora

Ontario government has cleared the way for logging to resume near Grassy Narrows First Nation
CBC News
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of Grassy Narrows First Nation will be in Kenora, Ont., today to take part in a protest rally being held to show the First Nations continuing opposition to logging in the Whiskey Jack Forest. Grassy Narrows spokesperson Randy Fobister said the protest will be will be a peaceful one. “It’s pretty much a rally,” he said. “We are going to have vehicles and, in each location we are going to walk on the side of the road, back and forth. And there is going to be a drum,” Fobister said. “There is going to be some people speaking. And I will speak as well too.”

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Will Kitzhaber’s forestry legacy continue?

Capital Press.com
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Kate Brown would serve the state well by continuing the work of her predecessor in changing the way forests are managed in Oregon. Since Gov. Kate Brown was sworn in as Oregon’s 38th governor last month, many in the forest products industry have wondered whether the new chief executive would continue her predecessor’s proactive efforts on forestry issues. Aside from the circumstances surrounding his departure, we appreciated the time John Kitzhaber took to understand the connection of sustainable forest management to maintaining healthy forests and healthy communities.

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Legislation seeks to end Elliott State Forest logging

Capital Bureau
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Environmental groups hope a bill in the Legislature will permanently end logging of the Elliott State Forest and rule out a sale to private investors. Legislation introduced earlier this month would establish a system to protect state trust land such as the Elliott State Forest, by allowing officials to transfer the land to a state agency that will manage it for conservation. Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, is the chief sponsor of House Bill 3474 to create a trust lands transfer commission similar to a system in Washington. 

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Few options remain for Iowa DNR’s State Forest Nursery as closing date looms

March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DES MOINES — There was no lack of passion or shortage of ideas at a meeting on the future of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ nearly 80-year-old state forest nursery. Raise the price of seedlings to cover escalating costs. Drop the price of seedlings and make it up on volume. Consolidate the nursery operations at its 98-acre Ames location. Operate the nursery as a business. About 25 representative of woodland owners, forestry businesses, and conservation groups as well as a handful of legislators were unanimous in their support of the nursery at the Monday afternoon informational meeting in Des Moines.

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The reality of ‘old growth’ forests is not a pretty picture

Letter by Bill Payne
The Western News
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The designation in 1990 of the northern spotted owl as an endangered species led to the 1994 “Northwest Forests Plan” which called for a drastic reduction in logging on federal forests. This moratorium on federal timber sales eventually led to closing of most of the lumber mills in the northwest, including the one in Libby that had sustained our community for nearly 100 years. This draconian measure not only decimated the lumber industry in the northwest, but also elevated the danger of forest wild fires as fuels in unmanaged forests grow alarmingly.

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Senators in need of forest guidance

The Missoulian
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester are years away from their next election, yet they can’t seem to quit campaigning for mandated logging targets and deregulation of longstanding federal statutes that protect America’s forests, water quality and wildlife habitat. Bashing the environment and environmentalists – especially local “extremists” and “obstructionists” – has become a favorite perennial “political football” for both parties.  Singing the praises of Montana’s timber industry agenda in perfect
harmony, this senatorial duet reminds me of the good old days when
former U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Conrad Burns got together to “release”
to industry over 80 percent of Montana’s 6.4 million acres of publicly
owned, roadless forest land.

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Dead trees in forest need to be addressed

Record Online
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last week’s story of the growing threat the tens of thousands of dying trees in our upper foothills and mountains pose only pointed to a greater concern: The inability of the U.S. Forest Service to do something about the growing fire fuel source. Four years of drought are beginning to take their toll on the forest, as did droughts in the past. The trees need water to survive and when they do not get enough, they stress and become susceptible to bark beetles which can kill a tree in a few months. There are already tens of thousands of dead trees.

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Legislature begins negotiating weed killer spray reforms

The Oregonian
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislators, industry and environment representatives are beginning to reconcile reform proposals for Oregon laws governing the spray of weed killers from helicopters. A 2014 investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive found Oregon does less than neighboring states to protect people and the environment from chemicals sprayed to control weeds after clearcuts. Oregon’s rules even do more for fish than people. Streams with fish get a 60-foot buffer. Homes and schools get none, despite the risk of toxic chemicals drifting.

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Guest Opinion: Return to clearcutting is wrong approach for counties

The Mail Tribune
March 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

During the clearcut logging boom that ravaged America’s public lands during the 1970s and ’80s, some county politicians were able to live beyond their means. Here in Oregon, where “O&C” counties received a 75 percent cut of the proceeds from liquidating old growth on publicly owned lands, this allowed for an expansion of county government without the need for the local tax rates necessary to maintain it. But in the 1990s, when public opposition finally reigned in the liquidation of old-growth forests, these politicians were left without a Plan B. More than two decades later, some are still demanding a return to old-growth clearcutting.

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Judge orders harder look at ecological forestry project

Associated Press
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore.  – A federal judge in Oregon has told federal forest managers to take a harder look at the environmental harms that may be caused by a new “ecological restoration” forestry project planned in northern spotted owl habitat. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled Monday in Eugene that the environmental analysis the U.S. Bureau of Land Management did on the planned White Castle timber sale outside Roseburg, Oregon, was inadequate, and ordered a more stringent environmental impact statement. She found the BLM didn’t consider how logging mature forest areas would harm the spotted owl, a threatened species.

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Gov. Kate Brown’s environmental record unproven

March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Conservationists, timber interests and other people with environmental ties in Oregon are waiting to see what new Gov. Kate Brown will be like when it comes to the concerns they care about most. “I think that is the million-dollar question,” said Josh Laughlin, interim executive director for Cascadia Wildlands, a Eugene-based conservation group. “She is really starting with a clean slate, and it is her time to shine in terms of guarding Oregon’s outstanding environment.” Gauging Brown on the environment leads to comparisons with former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned last month.

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Logging revenue not meeting Kitsap County’s expectations

East Oregonian
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BREMERTON, Wash — Kitsap County isn’t making as much money from logging in parks as officials had expected. The Kitsap Sun reports ( http://bit.ly/1Ate0SK ) the first year of the Kitsap County Parks Department’s selective logging program generated only about a third of the $100,000 the department hoped to earn when it began harvesting trees at Newberry Hill Heritage Park seven months ago. The logging operation is part of the department’s new forest stewardship program.

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DeFazio vows support for Oregon drone industry

The Corvallis Gazette-Times
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ADAIR VILLAGE — Rep. Peter DeFazio came to Benton County on Friday to see a demonstration of just how much drones can accomplish – and to hear complaints from the state’s emerging unmanned aerial systems industry about how it’s being grounded by federal regulators. At a miniature airport for remote-controlled aircraft enthusiasts in Adair Village, Oregon’s 4th District congressman got a glimpse of some of the drones being used by Oregon State University’s Aerial Information Systems Laboratory, headed by associate professor Michael Wing.

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Proposed Threemile WMA thinning project moving forward

Ravalli Republic
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – After receiving just two comments – both positive – on a proposal to thin forested lands on the state-owned Threemile Wildlife Management Area, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials will seek final approval of the project next month. The comment period officially ended earlier this week on the proposal to thin about 400 acres on the 6,169-acre game range. FWP Region 2 wildlife manager Mike Thompson said he hopes to put the project before the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission at its April meeting. The commission gave its tentative approval last July, but the process required time for public comment before it could move forward.

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Let Forest Service manage the forests, support local economies

The Missoulian
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When the U.S. Forest Service was created and the national forests began to take shape, President Teddy Roosevelt saw that small counties would lose a tax base and made a provision to offset that. In 1908, he authorized the 25-percent timber receipt law to pay counties for the logs harvested on national forests within that county. In Mineral County, we have 4,000 residents and just 10 percent privately owned land to develop and tax. The balance is owned by the state and 83 percent by the Forest Service. For 90 years, this formula worked well by providing not only timber receipt money for the local schools and roads in the county, but also creating jobs and the economic ripple effect of those jobs.

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Forestry crews in La Crosse have taken down 2,500 of 4,500 ash trees

Associated Press
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Forestry crews in La Crosse are making progress as they work to rid the city of 4,500 ash trees. Parks and Recreation officials say it’s one of the biggest undertakings ever. About 2,500 ash trees have been removed so far, even if they are not infected by the destructive emerald ash borer. Supervisor Jay Odegaard tells WKBT-TV ) crews have hit the outskirts of the city, removing 50 trees a week. Now, they’re moving into the neighborhoods. The city wants to remove the trees as quickly as possible because it takes about 30 percent longer to remove a dead tree.

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The Great Amazonian Pantry: How Eating the Products of the Rainforest Could Save the Earth

Huffington Post Green
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There is a type of river snail — a churo — in the Peruvian Amazon, large and meaty, that is especially delicious when slow-braised and served in the shell with a bright sauce of golden tapioca pearls. Indigenous people harvest the giant snail when the forest is flooded and transformed into an otherworldly realm where, because of the rising water level, fish swim among the majestic kapok tree and through the umbrella-like branches of the cecropia tree. “People go through the middle of the flooded forest in their canoes, where the churos have laid their eggs in the treetops,” explains biologist Miguel Tang, of the Association of Amazonians for the Amazon (AMPA).

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Forest reserves shut to combat haze

The Bangkok Post
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Authorities are banning people from foraging in forest reserves nationwide until the end of April in a bid to control smoke-related haze. Dapong Ratanasuwan, minister of natural resources and environment, said Tuesday that the ban was necessary as smoke from forest fires had reached critical levels in the North and was affecting the economy and tourism. It is necessary to ban entry to forest reserves. In fact, the law already forbids it, but it had been relaxed to let people forage. But
reckless villagers have used fire to facilitate collection and that causes considerable forest fires,” Gen Dapong said.

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Chile firefighters contain blaze near Valparaiso

BBC News
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Firefighters in Chile say they have managed to control a huge forest fire around the port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. One person was killed and thousands were evacuated as the fire spread fanned by strong winds. Officials said they would bring charges against the owner of an illegal landfill site, where the fire is believed to have started. Last year, a fire severely damaged Valparaiso, a World Heritage site.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Europe Carbon Trade Would Gain Extra $1.1 Billion From Biomass

Bloomberg News
March 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

European carbon trading will probably bring in as much as an extra 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year to combat climate change if wood-burning power stations are included in the system for limiting greenhouse-gas emissions. The assumption that burning wood doesn’t mean more carbon because greenhouse gases are sucked up by growing trees ignores the effect of changes in land use, emissions from transporting the so-called biomass and unsustainable operations, said a report from the Transport & Environment campaign group, BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau.

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General

Island Timber trails at risk

Bad apples spoil it for public use of private land
Alberni Valley Times
March 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberni Valley’s largest landowner is watching its property more closely amid concerns that public use could be threatening assets. For nearly a decade Island Timberlands has owned private forest land throughout the region, part of its 254,000 hectares of property throughout Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Some of this land is regularly used by the public for recreational purposes, but a letter recently sent to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s board of directors warned that opening its trails up to the public has created problems.

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