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Daily Archives: March 20, 2015

Business & Politics

Brian Gallant won’t change wood allocation in forest deals

CBC News
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Brian Gallant says he will not try to change the wood supply provisions of contracts signed by the previous Progressive Conservative government with major forestry companies. “We will have to respect many of the contracts that have been signed,” Gallant said Thursday in Question Period. And he told reporters “it’s a fair conclusion” that that means no changes to wood allocations, which are laid out in the contracts. The comments come after some mixed messages on the issue. Gallant promised in last year’s election campaign to seek changes to the forestry contracts signed by the David Alward government.

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Coroner’s Inquest Well Behind Schedule

250 News
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The inquest into the deaths of Alan Little and Glenn Roche continues, and continues to fall behind schedule.This morning, for the second straight day, the inquest got underway nearly 2 and half hours later than scheduled as lawyers discussed a number of matters with the Chief Coroner Lisa Lapoint. When members of the public were finally allowed into the courtroom, juror number 3 was no longer present, presumably excused although his conspicuous absence was not mentioned to anyone in open court. This is the second time since the inquest started on March 2nd, that a juror has been excused. The number of jurors is now down to 5.

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Combustible dust must be considered explosion hazard

Prince George Citizen
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Understanding of the potential of sawdust as a combustible hazard has much improved since the explosions that leveled Lakeland Mills in April 2012 and Babine Forest Products three months earlier, a WorkSafe inspector told a coroner’s inquest Thursday. Kim Hess said she now has an understanding of how to assess the role of combustible dust and recognizes that confinement, one of the key ingredients in the recipe for an explosion, is not limited to more tightly confined areas such as baghouses. The greater understanding is also evident among sawmill operators and their employees, Hess said.

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500 COFFEES #74 – RICK JEFFERY

 BY BOB KRONBAUER
Vancouver is Awesome
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Rick spent a lot of time camping. Much like I do now, he bumped down logging roads and camped along them, which is where he got an appreciation for forestry. He went to school and studied it, worked in the industry for 30 years and ended up where he is now, working to influence policy as well as educate industry and the public about matters to do with forestry in our province. It’s Rick’s job to let people know that our forest products are superior to most, and that we’re doing it better than anyone else in the world. “It” being managing our forests and maintaining a balance so that the next generation of British Columbians will have this resource to enjoy, as well as have jobs in. 

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More of province’s mill loan should have went to capital projects: Byrne

The Western Star
March 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gerry Byrne says the bulk of the $110-million loan the province gave to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited didn’t go to re-invest in improvements in capital inside the mill. “It was used simply to buy out existing debt from the mill’s bank lenders,” the MP said. Byrne made the comments during an address Thursday to the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade at the Greenwood Inn and Suites. He said approximately $85 million was simply offered to the Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and others to put the mill’s debt into the hands of the province, and roll that debt into the province’s Finance Department, “Making it all our debt.”

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New Brunswick government says it will respect forestry contacts signed by Tories

Canadian Press
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick will respect contracts signed with forestry companies by the previous Progressive Conservative government, including an increased allocation of wood that can be cut from Crown land, Premier Brian Gallant said Thursday. Last year, the previous government released a 10-year forestry plan that allows companies to harvest an additional 660,000 cubic metres of softwood a year, an increase of 20 per cent. The Liberals have let open the possibility of changing the forestry plan and Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry has held meetings with forestry companies and other groups.

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Good Sense, Not Greed

Huffington Post
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

You rarely hear of anyone refusing to accept a couple million dollars with no strings attached. Yet the CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co., Rick Holley, recently did just that. He refused 44,000 restricted shares of stock his company had awarded him because he didn’t believe he deserved it. He could have made a similar statement by liquidating the stock and then making a charitable contribution with the money to lower his tax burden and raise his profile as a decent guy. Instead, he did the honorable and selfless thing by simply refusing to accept it. In a regulatory filing, 

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Letter: High stakes at the Port

Letter by Jim Santee
The Daily Astorian
March 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…Recently the game plan has morphed into something totally different, which creates a serious credibility issue for the Port. Chasing the fickle log export market, becomes a major issue. Now the Port becomes a one booth trade show risking everything in a high stakes international marketplace. When (not if) the logs stop going over the docks, the Port will find itself not able to recapture what it should have been doing in the first place. In closing, there is nothing wrong with log exports. If properly managed in coordination with our entire region, this short-term niche opportunity could help the Port generate needed revenue. But it should not displace a well-thought-out process and long-term planning which people had already staked their investment decisions on.

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Manistique mill closure confirmed

Upper Michigan Source
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FutureMark Manistique confirmed Wednesday the company is shutting down the paper mill. FutureMark says due to large cash needs to fully reposition the mill, it will close on or around March 24. The company recently started marketing the mill and will continue the process. The mill employs 147 workers and the announcement will affect all positions at the mill. “This is an extremely difficult decision for us given the exceptional efforts put forth at the Manistique mill since it emerged from bankruptcy in 2012 to reposition the mill’s grade mix and invest strategic capital to improve the operational and financial performance of the mill,” said Matthew Nightingale, CEO of Manistique.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Three FPInnovations researchers recognized for their industry contributions and achievements

FPInnovations
March 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Pointe-Claire, QC  – Three outstanding researchers at FPInnovations have received prestigious honours given by respected industry associations for their exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the forest industry. Erol Karacabeyli, Advanced Building Systems Program Manager, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Wood WORKS!, a division of the Canadian Wood Council. …Dr. Michael Paleologou, Research Leader, Lignin Products – Pulp, Paper & Bioproducts Division, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the 2015 Research and Development Technical Award and William H. Aiken Prize, given by the Technological Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).

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CBU and B.W. BioEnergy researching value added products from birch trees

Medical compound from birch bark sells for $150 per gram
CBC News
March 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cape Breton University is partnering with a New Waterford-based company to produce a valuable compound from birch bark that could be used for medical applications. CBU chemist Hisham Sleem is working on a process to extract and refine betulin, which sells for $150 per gram. “Our project focuses on how to extract the betulin in a high yield with a high purity to decrease the cost,” he says. Sleem is using birch bark that’s produced as a byproduct by B.W. BioEnergy Ltd., a company in Lingan, near New Waterford, which is using birch chips to create activated carbon.

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What the 2015 International Building Code for Wood Construction: Part II

Construction Specifier
March 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

To help translate what the latest changes to building codes mean for opportunities in wood construction, the American Wood Council recently introduced four new standards which are adopted by reference in compliance with the 2015 International Building Code. Last month, this author covered the 2015 National Design Specification for wood construction—providing an overview of the dual-format allowable stress design and load and resistance factor design standard used to design wood structures worldwide. The implementation of cross-laminated timber, new terminology for laminated strand lumber and oriented strand lumber, and clarified withdrawal design values for lag screws were also discussed.

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Green Building Initiative Announces New Executive Director, Leadership Transition

Global Newswire
March 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicki Worden, a long-time consultant to GBI and an accomplished leader in the sustainability and non-profit sectors, as its new Executive Director. Worden was part of the original launch team that brought Green Globes® to the United States and served as Vice President of Commercial Programs for the organization from 2005 to 2010. In that role, Worden became a national spokesperson and champion for green building, resulting in significant recognition of Green Globes® by designers, building owners, and all levels of government.

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Letter: Stronger building codes save lives

Joseph J. Ferrara, co-owner of Ferrara West LLC.
NJ.com
March 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

After every great disaster, our leaders evaluate the lessons learned to avoid future catastrophes. The Avalon fire in Edgewater was the second fire to strike this luxury apartment complex in 15 years. Both blazes are considered among the worst in the history of Bergen County. Was a lesson learned? Buildings of this type are a major safety problem. Now is the time for substantial changes to New Jersey building codes to avoid a future disaster and better ensure preservation of life and property. We urge state officials to amend the building code to limit construction with wood materials and put in place regulations that prohibit reductions in safety measures simply because there are sprinklers.

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Planet Ark research says wood products are better for health

ABC News Australia
March 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Surrounding yourself with wood products is good for your health, according to a study commissioned by environmental organisation Planet Ark. The findings, based on meta-analysis of dozens of studies from both here and abroad, suggest that timber products have atmospheric and even psychological properties unmatched by synthetics. Planet Ark’s Brad Grey said the evidence was almost undeniable. “What we’re finding is wood is having real and measurable benefits for the people who are surrounded by it,” he said. “There’s a whole suite of research around the world which shows there are positive, health-giving benefits to people when they’re surrounded by wood rather than if they’re surrounded by plasterboard or steel.”

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Forestry

Who works in the forest industry? Amazing people, that’s who!

by Paul Lansbergen, Vice President, Regulations and Partnerships, Corp Secretary, FPAC
Paper Advance
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The most important part of the Canadian forest products industry isn’t the trees, it’s the people. Without the 230,000+ employees that make up our industry, it would not be the economic powerhouse that it is. Below, my colleague Paul Lansbergen tells the story of the importance of people to our industry. Like Paul, I am proud to work alongside all of these people and am looking forward to the ongoing contributions of great people to a great industry. …Then last week, I had the distinct pleasure to present on behalf of FPAC, our very first Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Bradley, recently retired from Canfor Pulp. Mike started in the pulp and paper sector in 1970 working for Domtar in the UK. In 1981, he joined the Canadian sector when he moved to Domtar’s mill in Cornwall, Ontario.

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Funding heats up for wildfire threat

Vernon Morning Star
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With blazes in Fintry, Falkland, Kelowna and West Kelowna burned into the collective memory of local residents, communities are being urged to take action against wildfires. On Thursday, the provincial government announced an additional $5 million for the strategic wildfire prevention initiative. “The top priority is safeguarding British Columbians,” said Forests Minister Steve Thomson during a press conference at the Vernon Fire Zone office in the Commonage. The new funding will focus on prescription and fuel treatment projects in communities facing higher-than-average wildfire risks. “There’s a huge need,” said Catherine Lord, Vernon councillor, of wildlands adjacent to residential subdivisions.

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Carihi forestry program a blossoming success

Campbell River Courier-Islander
March 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Carihi forestry students Kody Reynolds, Dion Durfresne, and Daniel Morton were awarded top project honours for their construction of a working model of a logging grapple yarder after presenting to a panel audience of forest industry leaders, city officials and school district leadership. Four best projects from throughout the forestry course were selected to present in front of the panel audience who ultimately voted for their favourite project. Members of the audience included Mayor Andy Adams, city councilor Charlie Cornfield, Holbrook Dyson Logging partner Justin Rigsby, School District 72 Superintendent Tom Longridge, Assistant Superintendent Nevenka Fair, Director of Instruction Rhona Soutar, Carihi principal Sean Toal and vice-principal Fred Schaub, and many other parents and forestry workers within the community.

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That’s not long term log rotation

Letter to the Editor by Ronda Murdock, Parksville
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a letter to the editor ‘Log or develop’ (The NEWS, Feb. 19), Rod Bealing of the private forest landowners association writes: “compared to alternate land uses, sustainable forest management over long crop rotations is an extremely low impact use of land — possibly the lowest impact of any use mankind makes of land.” No disagreement with that statement, however, long crop rotation is not what we see the private forest landowners doing on Vancouver Island. The letter says “private forest land management in this region is over a long time rotation of perhaps 50 to 60 years.” Fifty-60 years is not long term rotation, it is short term rotation, also termed “economic rotation,” and it is certainly not ecologically sustainable especially in sensitive ecosystems. 

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‘Warm blob’ of water in Pacific Ocean could hurt salmon

CBC News
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A “warm blob” of water — which originated in the Gulf of Alaska — is moving south along the Pacific Coast, and scientists are warning it could hurt marine life in B.C. “Probably I think is fair to say it’s unprecedented in terms of the oceanography,” Dick Beamish, a retired scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, told The Early Edition’s Rick Cluff. The blob is up to 3 C warmer than average temperatures, which Beamish said will be a significant increase to fish like salmon. “It sure makes a difference to animals that don’t regulate their body temperature, so this is major event.”

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Mountain Pine Beetle Still Active in South Okanagan

Kelowna Now
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The devastation caused by the little mountain pine beetle is on the decline, but there are some areas in the South Okanagan that are still feeling the affects of this pesky insect. “We have had little mountain pine beetle activity in the past few years as it has collapsed throughout much of our region. There are still a few areas where it is active and even a few spots in the South Okanagan,” said Lorraine Maclauchlan from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. A total of 51,804 hectares were affected, down from 63,102 hectares in 2013. Here in the Central Okanagan, effects of the mountain pine beetle has decreased significantly, but attacks remain widespread across much of the Kootenay Lake, Cranbrook, Invermere, and Arrow timber supply areas (TSAs).

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New map shows details of NB Crown forests

Atlantic Farm Focus
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources released a new online map March 12 that shows, in detail, Crown land conservation areas. It also illustrates changes in those areas in relation to the 2014 Crown Land Forest Management Strategy. “This is a continuation of our commitment to be more transparent and open with the public in relation to Crown forests,” said Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry. “In December we posted all the forestry agreements with forestry companies online. We will continue our work in reviewing the forestry plan as well as our discussions with stakeholders.”

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Hardy’s first bill would restrict federal land buys

Las-Vegas Review Journal
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Rep. Cresent Hardy introduced his first bill on Wednesday, a measure that would restrict federal land purchases until the government gets its budget in balance. Hardy, R-Nev., said a $29 billion backlog of maintenance by federal land agencies is evidence the government “has bitten off more than it can chew. It cannot be trusted to serve as responsible stewards of even more of our land and resources.” The measure couples Hardy’s stated distrust of federal land control with a philosophy of fiscal prudence.

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Proposed Como Forest Health Project aims to treat 2,254 acres

The Missoulian
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARBY – The Bitterroot National Forest released a draft proposal Wednesday to log, thin or use prescriptive fire on more than 2,000 acres of forest land between Lake Como and Lost Horse Canyon. The Como Forest Health Project has been in the planning stages for several years to address a variety of forest health issues, including the spread of pine beetle infestations and reducing the potential for crown fires. If the project goes unchallenged, work could get underway as early as late August or early September, said Darby District Ranger Chuck Oliver.

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Forest Service seeks public comments for proposed restoration project

NBC Montana
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. – The Forest Service is considering new comments on a Missoula-area forest restoration project in the works since 2008. The proposed work would happen on 13,000 acres in the lower Rattlesnake Creek drainage, touching parts of Marshall Creek and Woods Gulch. The Forest Service says the Marshall Woods project will include prescribed burns, and workers will thin and replant trees. There’s also a plan for limited commercial logging. The Missoula Ranger District with the Lolo National Forest says the project will protect the area in the long run, but not everyone agrees.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Hearing

Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Society of American Foresters (SAF), with 12,000 professionals representing all disciplines within the forestry profession, promotes science-based, sustainable management and stewardship of the nation’s public and private forests. SAF appreciates this opportunity to submit public witness testimony on Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations because sufficient funding for the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) is vital to conserving and improving the health and productivity of our nation’s forests.

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Revised forest plan gets first public airing

Daily Inter Lake
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A good compromise, it’s been said, leaves everyone equally unhappy. But despite some dismay among people at an open house Tuesday hosted by the Flathead National Forest to discuss its proposed forest plan revision, others said the agency had struck a reasonable balance between competing uses, particularly where wildlife is concerned.   “I heard from some folks tonight that this is the best plan we’ve come up with since the ’80s,” said Joe Krueger, a forest planner with the agency and the project team leader. “But I also heard concerns that it goes too far to the wilderness side.”

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Flathead artist portrays the Montana logger

KAJ18
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


BIGFORK – A Flathead artist has brought to the canvas a rarely seen genre, the Northwest Montana logger. Gretchen Finch’s lumberjack art is now on display at the Bigfork Community Museum and Library in downtown Bigfork. Finch, who lives in the Columbia Falls area close to the Stoltze Lumber Company wanted to paint a series of paintings that would truly represent Montana and it’s roots. She spent time out at the Stoltze lumber company with the employee’s, many of which she painted in her collection.

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Siskiyou supervisors want a say in national forest budget process

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors wants in on the formulation of the local national forest budgets this year.
The Siskiyou Daily News
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors wants in on the formulation of the local national forest budgets this year. At Tuesday’s meeting of the board, District 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt said that he brought the agenda item forward due to concerns about the interplay between lack of funding and timber production on national forest lands. He requested that the board consider coordinating with the Klamath National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest when those two entities prepare their 2016 preliminary budgets in June. Siskiyou County resident and American Forest Resource Council member Rick Svilich echoed Haupt’s concerns, urging the county to get involved early in the process.

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Rattlesnake legal history casts commercial logging plan in doubt

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Proposed logging in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area would violate the law that created it, according to one of the people who shepherded the legislation through Congress. “When I heard about that, I couldn’t sleep,” said Cass Chinske, who helped draft the policies governing the area north of Missoula in 1980. “I had to go find all the old hearing reports. The pages have all turned yellow now, but I have them.” The Lolo National Forest’s Missoula Ranger District put its final draft of the Marshall Woods Project up for public review this week.

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CalFire awards grant for Manton fuel break

Red Bluff Daily News
March 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Manton >> The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has awarded more than $9.5 million in grants throughout the state, including $95,549 to a fuel break project near Manton. The Tehama-Glenn unit will receive the money for the Hazen C-Line fuel break, which is about four miles southeast of Manton along the Sierra Pacific Industries C-Line Road between its junction with Forward Road and a point nine miles southeast. Cal Fire awarded grants to 83 projects aimed at reducing the elevated threat of wildfires due to the ongoing drought. The projects contribute to prevention efforts around homes and reinforce Cal Fire’s ongoing efforts to address the risk and potential impacts of large, damaging wildfires, according to a press release.

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Forester no stranger to controversy

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

Forester Norm Johnson was enticed by “a career that lets me wander around the woods,” but his time is often spent in the thicket of controversy. During his three decades as a forestry professor at Oregon State University, Johnson has shaped key federal forest policies while drawing fire from environmentalists and the timber industry. “He’s had a real imprint on forest management out here,” said Josh Laughlin, executive director of the Cascadia Wildlands environmental group. His role in forming the Northwest Forest Plan, which established a conservation and harvest regime for federal lands in 1994, is often cited as a signature achievement.

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Rep. Wilson: Local control bill rescues forests from deadline

Natural Resource Report
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

State Representative Carl Wilson has a plan to quickly fix Oregon’s forest crisis before the terrible looming deadline this July 1st for when the timber payments run out and leave counties without the support they were promised when their land was taken away. Federal forest policy has been stuck in a legal quagmire with the result of leaving rural Oregon with double digit unemployment and a damaged tax base that can’t fund local law enforcement. Rep. Wilson wishes to return federal land back to the states so local communities can create jobs, expand the tax base and fund vital community services.

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Murkowski: Forest Service Failing Alaska Communities

Sit News
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pressed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell Wednesday on the agency’s failure to address the needs of Southeast Alaska communities affected by federal forested lands in its 2016 budget request. Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, criticized the Forest Service’s commitment to rural communities who depend on revenues from timber activities on federal forested lands. “The Forest Service should manage our forests for multiple-use and sustained-yield and it doesn’t. While I appreciate the idea of the Forest Service mantra – ‘caring for the land, serving the people’ – it doesn’t feel like the service is living up to it in Southeast Alaska or across our country,” Murkowski said.

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Post Fire Logging–a bad deal for forest ecosystems

The Wildlife News
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new publication titled Post Fire logging reduces surface woody fuels up to four decades following wildfire was published in Forest Ecology and Management this week. The research will undoubtedly be used by pro logging advocates to justify more post fire logging under the guise that it will prevent or reduce future severe fires–which is the conclusion of the study for a specific short period of perhaps 10-20 years. A couple of points to keep in mind. Keep in mind this study was done by the Forest Service researchers and have failed to put their research into an ecological context.

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Urban Botanist Wants To Bring Forest To Times Square – VIDEO

CBS News New York
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK – Imagine walking through Times Square among the crowds and honking horns when suddenly you stumble upon a lush, tranquil forest filled with trees and the sounds of nature. That is the goal of Marielle Anzelone, an urban botanist who wants to grow a temporary forest in Times Square, CBS2’s Jill Nicolini reported. “Mostly people just think New York City is like pigeons, weeds and rats,” Anzelone said. “So the idea that New York City has real nature, that New York City has forests and marshes and meadows is so surprising to people.” Anzelone’s “pop-up forest” would bring nature for all to enjoy straight to the heart of New York City.

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Michigan’s timber industry adopts new operational standards

March 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) first developed Standards and Rules for the management and harvesting of timberlands in 1995. Michigan’s forest products industry voluntarily adopted these standards as operational guidelines for how timberlands should be managed and harvested across the state. To meet the needs of shifting public expectations, changing environmental factors and changes in scientific research these SFI standards are reviewed, modified and updated on a five-year cycle. Following extensive public review, they published and introduced newly-enhanced Standards and Rules in January 2015.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Column: Looking at the pros and cons of utilizing forest residues

Williams Lake Tribune
March 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Here’s a multifaceted approach to using forest residuals or pros and cons of two approaches to using forest residues. The first article (from the Wood Science Department UBC) describes relatively small production facilities in three communities with existing lumber mills… The advantages from this approach are the creation of local jobs as well as the utilization of biomass that would normally be burned as waste because of the long distance from manufacturing plants… Another approach could be one described by Tony Kryzanowski in the February, 2015, Logging and Sawmilling Journal. A privately owned producer of bio-oil since 1989 (Ensyn Corp.) uses 70 bone dry tons of wood fibre daily for an annual production of three million gallons of liquid fuel per year.

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Con: Protesters oppose energies that make life cleaner and better for all

March 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As a university professor for more than 30 years, I can state unequivocally that campus rhetoric never produced one single kilowatt hour of electricity, never cooked one meal and never fueled one automobile. The coal, natural gas and oil that do all these things provide 82 percent of our energy. Yet organizers of “Global Divestment Day” held protests in February to demand that universities eliminate these life-giving fossil fuels from their financial holdings… The gathering and burning of wood and other biomass leads to deforestation, erosion, land degradation and contaminated water supplies, all leading to a devastating impact on the same environment the protesters claim they will save by forbidding the foundation of contemporary human development—fossil fuels.

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Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives

Biomass Magazine
March 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Legislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in early February. The House version of the bill, H.F. 536, was introduced on Feb. 2 by Reps. Rod Hamilton, Jeanne Poppe, Paul Anderson, Jason Metsa, Ron Kresha, and Bob Gunther. Reps. Bud Nornes and Debra Kiel later signed on to support the measure. The Senate version of the bill, S.F. 517, was also introduced on Feb. 2 by Sens. Tom Saxhaug, David Tomassoni, Julie Rosen, and Bill Weber. Sen. Scott Dibble later signed on to support the legislation.

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