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Daily Archives: April 14, 2015

Business & Politics

Ministry mulls options as Meadow Creek Cedar misses deadline

Nelson Star
April 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests is getting legal advice after Meadow Creek Cedar met some but not all of the requirements of a remediation order by a March 31 deadline. District manager Garth Wiggill says while the company fell short, it wasn’t for lack of trying. “They still have four staff actively working on the ongoing obligations in the order,” he told 103.5 Juice FM. “Meadow Creek has ordered trees for planting this spring. We are, however, considering further legal action on the license, which remains suspended.” Wiggill said the ministry has seized about 11,000 cubic meters of unmilled logs from the site of the company’s mill, which burned in November, and is selling them to other mills in the area to service debts to the Crown.

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Governments, First Nations disagree on solution to B.C. treaty process

Canadian Press
April 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is easy agreement between First Nations and the British Columbia and federal governments that treaty negotiations are languishing, expensive and fraught with obstacles, but all sides have completely different views on how to solve the trouble. The agony and ecstasy of the maligned and saluted treaty process was on full display last week when hundreds of cheering people witnessed the signing of an agreement-in-principle on a southern Vancouver Island treaty after 20 years of talks.

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Date to be set for Nanaimo sawmill-murders trial

Victoria Times Colonist
April 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The man accused of killing two workers at a Nanaimo sawmill in April 2014 is expected to be back in Nanaimo Supreme Court May 25, when a date is to be set for his murder trial. Kevin Douglas Addison, a former employee of the Western Forest Products mill, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm. Two employees at the mill, Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern, were shot and killed. Tony Sudar was shot in the face, but made a full recovery. Another injured man, Earl Kelly, required a longer stay in hospital.

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Cottles Island Lumber fire not arson, company says

Interim plan for production underway
CBC News
April 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A lumber company on Newfoundland’s Notre Dame Bay is picking up the pieces after learning a fire that destroyed its main warehouse was not suspicious in nature.  In a news release Monday, Cottles Island Lumber owner Rex Philpott said fire investigators have notified them that the cause of Wednesday’s damaging blaze was not arson. The fire that broke out in the company’s warehouse in Cottles Island, near Summerford, required crews from two fire departments.

Lumber Warehouse Fire Not Suspicious from VOCM

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Builders FirstSource to buy ProBuild Holdings for $1.63 billion

Reuters
April 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Builders FirstSource, a U.S. supplier of residential building products, said it would buy privately held ProBuild Holdings LLC for $1.63 billion in cash. Builders FirstSource shares rose 57 percent to $10.83 in premarket trading on Monday. The transaction is expected to immediately add to Builders FirstSource’s earnings, the company said. ProBuild was created in 2006 by Devonshire Investors, the private equity arm of Fidelity Investments, the second-largest U.S. mutual fund firm. The company reported about $4.5 billion in revenue in 2014.

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Workers Alerted Company To Problems With Prineville Mill Roof Before Collapse

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On Nov. 13, 2014, Tod Halsey noticed something strange about one part of the roof under the cut shop at Woodgrain Millwork. It was sagging between two beams. “It was literally bowing,” said Halsey, a forklift driver who worked at the mill for 28 years. “It looked like it was smiling.” “I told supervisors,” he said. “They came out and looked at it and said it would be all right.” The sagging roof troubled Halsey, but he said even he would not have guessed what would come.

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Mohegans announce Pasta Vita partnership, third wood-pellet plant

TheDay.com
April 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Mohegan — With the fate of its in-state gaming ambitions in the hands of the state legislature, the Mohegan Tribe forged ahead on the nongaming front Monday… On the same day, a tribal subsidiary, Northeast Wood Products LLC, announced it has begun renovating a third wood-pellet manufacturing plant in Jasper, Tenn., and expects to have it up and running this November… In Monday’s announcement regarding Northeast Wood Products’ expansion, the Mohegan subsidiary said the Tennessee wood-pellet plant would produce 125,000 tons of premium wood pellets a year. Northeast’s existing plants are in Peebles, Ohio, and Ligonier, Ind.

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Leaf Resources garners paper industry interest with new patent

Proactive Investors.com
April 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Leaf Resources has lodged a new patent application for Hybritech, its platform for the flexible production of pulp and cellulosic sugars. The Hybritech platform addresses a strategic focus of paper and pulp producers, and has a US-focused business development campaign in the paper and pulp industry currently underway… The process can be externally or internally integrated into chemical pulp mills. In this way a paper and pulp producer has the option of producing cellulosic sugars for bio-products or pulp, thereby adding a new flexibility to their operations.

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Businesses addressing substance abuse in workplace

Businesses successfully addressing substance abuse in workplace
Scoop.co.nz
April 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Auckland — A growing number of New Zealand businesses are recognising the danger of drug abuse in the workplace and addressing the issue, according to New Zealand’s leading on-site workplace drug testing agency. The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) CEO Kirk Hardy says, “Our 2014 statistics show a growing diversity of industry sectors are drug testing on-site with TDDA teams and their vigilance is beginning to pay off, especially in one high risk industry, forestry… “Full credit to the industry for recognising they were facing problems and taking all possible steps to address it, and it’s beginning to pay off as reflected in the test results,” Kirk says.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Government Invests To Grow Wood Market

Nanaimo Business News
April 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

On April 9 the Government of British Columbia announced that it is investing $6.2 million to support the forest sector in expanding global markets for B.C. wood products… Building international markets for B.C.’s natural resources is a central part of the BC Jobs Plan, the government’s strategy for spurring economic activity and job creation throughout the province. More than 60,000 British Columbians throughout the province work directly in the forest sector and its 7,300 companies.

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2015 Wood design awards presented

Journal of Commerce
April 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The best designed wood projects in British Columbia were recently honoured at a gala in Vancouver. The 11th Annual B.C. Wood Design Awards took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year, there were a record 107 nominations in 12 different categories from all over the province, as well as an international nomination of a B.C. project by a New York-based designer. “Each and every one of these projects is spectacular in its own right and demonstrates how wood can be used in innovative ways as an architectural and structural building material,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC.

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City Council Express WIDC Park Concerns

250 News
April 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – A public open house regarding the Wood Innovation Design Centre (WIDC) park concept will take place at the Ramada Hotel between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm today. But not before Prince George City Council had the chance to share their views during last night’s bi-monthly meeting. The $750,000 project, which will involve the development of useable green space downtown directly behind the newly constructed WIDC building mid-block between 4th and 5th avenue and between George and Dominion Street, raised safety concerns among some councillors.

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DNRC working to increase wood products sales

Great Falls Tribune
April 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has been awarded a $240,000 grant to promote the use of Montana wood products in construction. The DNRC was one of 43 organizations to receive a “Wood Innovations” grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as part of that agency’s effort to support new market opportunities for wood energy and innovative wood building materials “This year over 100 proposals were received for the Wood Innovations grant program, highlighting the expanded use of wood as a renewable energy source and as a building material,” a USDA news release states.

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Henry Schein World Headquarters Building Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Melville East Building Recognized for Sustainable Operations and Maintenance
PR Newswire
April 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Henry Schein, the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the Building Operations and Maintenance rating system to the Henry Schein Melville East Building… As part of the LEED certification, Henry Schein was recognized for using lamps with 50 percent less mercury than alternative products, having 50 percent of the building’s material content manufactured with recycled materials, and ensuring 60 percent of the building’s wood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified.

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Forestry

The Future of Forestry

PaperAdvance.com
March 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada and Canada’s Public Policy Forum jointly hosted an innovative and collaborative panel at Ottawa’s Museum of Nature, to discuss The Future of Forestry: Sustainable Solutions… Regional, national and international contexts were represented. David Mitchell, president and CEO of Canada’s Public Policy Forum opened the event by reflecting on how far Canada has come since the 1990s ‘war in the woods,’ inviting participants to first recognize that progress is indeed possible, and noted that Canadian identity is intrinsically tied to the vast green spaces that make up the country.

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First Nations should seize opportunity of territorial title

Letter to the Editor Re: Poverty-fighting scheme faces shutdown, April 9
Vancouver Sun
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The plight of the Chilcotin First Nation communities is disturbing, as outlined in your April 9 issue… Fortunately, the area is endowed with forest and mineral resources which can be harvested. Examples are the Williams Lake wood processing plants which have been fed by Chilcotin timber and the stalled Prosperity copper project… The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision granting more control over natural resources to the Chilcotin natives provides a new economic opportunity for this community. Unfortunately, up to the present, native leaders have opposed logging and mining. Hopefully, they will reverse their stand and encourage natural resource projects designed to balance the crying needs of their society with environmental considerations.

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Letter: Recent expansion to West Arm Park will not significantly benefit caribou herd

Letter to the editor
Castlegar Source
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) played a leading role in the establishment of Valhalla and Goat Range Provincial Parks, and it goes without saying that VWS welcomes the recent expansion to West Arm Park. Contrary to government claims, however, the addition will not significantly benefit the endangered South Selkirk mountain caribou herd. Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

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New mobile radio protocols on track for resource roads

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – New mobile radio communication protocols are being implemented throughout B.C. to improve safety for resource road users. The changes include new standardized road signs, radio call protocols and a bank of standardized mobile radio channels. Quesnel, Thompson Rivers, Cascades and Okanagan Shuswap natural resource districts will convert to the new protocols and resource road radio channels beginning May 4, 2015. The new protocols will impact forest service roads and other road permit roads in these areas.

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West Yellowstone smokejumper base needs major repairs

The Missoulian
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS (AP) — Arsenic-tainted water, sewage problems and old seasonal housing at West Yellowstone’s 1960s-era smokejumper base have put the future of the Forest Service facility in question. “In the past we’ve been able to Band-Aid things together, but we’re beyond that now,” said Marna Daley, public affairs officer for the Custer Gallatin National Forest, told The Billings Gazette… The Custer Gallatin forest has asked for money in the past to update the smokejumper base — known as the Interagency Fire Control Center — but has been turned down. If that happens again, the base and its 32 seasonal employees may have to move. 

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Rep. White maintains task force not about federal land transfer

Helena Independent Record
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The sponsor of a bill to study federal land management said he was offended by critics linking the amended legislation to efforts to transfer federal lands to state ownership, calling it an attack on his character. Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, brought House Bill 496 before the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Monday. The bill appropriates $35,000 to form a task force to study management of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management administered lands in the state, including economic analysis and identification of pilot projects for state or local assistance in federal projects.

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EDITORIAL: The Future of Our Forests, Part Two

Pagosa Daily Post
April 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

About a week ago, the Denver Post published an article about the relative shortage of snow in the Colorado Rockies as we head into the spring of 2015. Colorado is actually doing remarkably well, compared to Washington, Oregon and California. A recent report from the US Department of Agriculture states, “the largest snowpack deficits are in record territory for many basins,especially in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada where single-digit percent of normal conditions prevail. Very low snowpacks are reported in most of Washington, all of Oregon, Nevada, California, parts of Arizona, much of Idaho, parts of New Mexico, three basins in Wyoming, one basin in Montana, and most of Utah… ”

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Senate committee debates federal land management

Great Falls Tribune
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A bill creating a state task force to study the management of federal lands was debated in a Senate committee Monday, but no vote was taken. Conservation groups still think the intent of the bill is to study a transfer of federal lands to the state, a controversial proposal, but Rep. Kerry White, the bill’s sponsor, told the Senate Natural Resources Committee that isn’t true. Earlier in the session, White introduced a bill creating a task force to study a transfer of federal lands to the state, prompting a large rally against it in the Capitol rotunda. White, a Bozeman Republican, noted Monday the idea of transferring federal lands to the state is controversial.

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On a positive note: Bitter Root RC&D provides support

The Missoulian
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Behind many of the successful ventures in Ravalli County is the Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, commonly known as the RC&D. The mission of the Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. is to provide leadership and support on natural and community resource issues and projects in our service area of Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli counties and beyond by facilitating the planning, coordination and implementation of initiatives which promote a sustainable rural lifestyle for current and future generations.

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Fifth-graders plant trees to restore lands scorched by Douglas Complex fires

The News-Review
April 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GLENDALE — Students from Fir Grove Elementary and Sunnyslope Elementary spent Thursday morning digging holes into a steep hillside, and the consensus was, yes, it beat sitting behind a desk. After throwing all of his 11-year-old frame onto a shovel, which barely seemed to move, Jackson Bangs turned and said, “In my opinion, this is way better than school. You get to work. Sitting down’s boring.” A hundred or so fifth-graders spent a few hours that day lugging shovels taller than themselves around a hill near Cow Creek Road.

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Reps request for more Northwest Forest Plan listening sessions successful

Meetings to be held in Bend, La Pine and more
The Bend Bulletin
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rural communities affected by upcoming changes to the Northwest Forest Plan will get to express their views to the U.S. Forest Service, after U.S. House of Representative members called for their inclusion. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it will hold 12 or more additional listening sessions on proposed revisions to the Northwest Forest Plan, or NFP, including locations in Bend or La Pine, Lakeview, Klamath Falls and Hood River. Three listening sessions have already been held in Portland, Seattle and Redding.

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Restoration Efforts Make Progress In Colorado Forests

KUNC.org
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A long-term forest health improvement program that began in 2009 is making a difference in Colorado and other states, according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is focused on 23 sites covering more than 1.4 million acres nationwide. This includes a large swath of Front Range forest land within the Arapaho-Roosevelt and the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. Efforts at the sites include thinning and other activities to improve forest health and wildlife habitat, while reducing the risk of wildfires.

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Officials encourage steps to prevent spread of oak wilt

Associated Press
April 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LANSING, Mich. — Officials are urging Michigan residents to take steps to prevent the spread of oak wilt. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says people should avoid pruning red oak trees from this week until after July 15. Oak wilt hasn’t been detected in every Michigan county. But Roger Mech, forest health monitoring program manager for the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, says vigilance is needed across the state to prevent it from spreading further.

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Thousands of central Ohio ash trees succumbing to borer

Associated Press
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Central Ohio has been especially hard hit by the ravages of a killer insect that has destroyed tens of thousands of majestic ash trees the last few years. The Columbus Dispatch reports that American Electric Power has a crew dedicated to cutting down dead and dying ash trees before they fall on power lines. AEP took down 13,000 ash trees last year alone. The city of Columbus has spent about $4.5 million to remove 17,000 ash trees since 2011. The removal of 450 ash trees on a city golf course has dramatically altered its layout.

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How might forestry be impacted by Waterways of the U.S. rule?

Joe Fox, director of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, explains
Delta Farm Press
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It isn’t just row crop agriculture that is fearful of the EPA’s Waterways of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposed rule. If implemented, the rule would also have a tremendous impact on forestry. …“Well, the (WOTUS) proposed rule says that all tributaries of currently navigable waters would come under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government. It took five-and-a-half pages of the Congressional record to address all the tributaries. Even so, it isn’t clear is, say, a forest road ditch will be considered a tributary of navigable water. That’s a major worry.

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A Gorgeous Atlas of New York Tree Species

CityLab
April 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone—not counting private properties and parks—there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census. Zoomed out, it looks kind of like oodles of stained cells under a microscope:

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New Mesoamerican Pine Beetle Described by SRS Scientist and Collaborators

New species appears to work in concert with southern pine beetle in attacking Central American forests
USDA Forest Service
April 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus Armendáriz-Toledano and Sullivan, has been described in a paper published online in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America by a group of researchers that includes a U.S. Forest Service scientist. Numerous and diverse studies by a research team that includes members from the U.S., Mexico, and Norway determined the organism to be a species new to science and provided information needed to manage the insect, which may share responsibility with the southern pine beetle for catastrophic damage to pines of Central America in recent years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood energy revisited

Michigan State U
April 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When should one employ wood heating? First, wood-fueled technologies should be considered when it is time to replace an aging system. Second, if your home, business or community is off the natural gas grid, then price advantages are significant. Third, the size of the space to be heated matters. Fourth, the infrastructure and design of the current heating system will influence conversion costs to a wood. Fifth, there must be a willingness to consider adopting a “new” technology.

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Energy Self-Sufficiency of Woody Biomass Utilization for Residential Heating

A Case Study of Nishiwaga, Japan
Scientific Research
April 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Renewable energy sources, including bioenergy, are presently attracting considerable attention as possible substitutes for fossil fuels. Among the various sources of bioenergy, biomass can arguably play a significant role in the reduction of greenhouse gases and the provision of a stable energy supply. However, the use of fossil fuels continues in the production of bioenergy. Consequently, the overall extent to which biomass utilization for energy can reduce carbon dioxide emissions as a substitute for fossil fuels and whether this can improve the energy self-sufficiency rate remains largely unknown. This study responds to these questions using a case of a Japanese rural community using firewood for residential heating. The results showed that woody biomass utilization for energy is able to both reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate climate change.

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Ontario adopts cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases

Ontario, Quebec and California team up on cap-and-trade system
CBC News
April 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ontario will adopt a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday before she travelled to Quebec to sign a deal with that province. Wynne offered scant details on how the system would work and said specifics will come later. “It would be irresponsible of us to speculate on exactly what the costs are going to be when we haven’t worked to design the mechanism yet,” she said in Toronto. That will come in the next six months, she added… British Columbia has a carbon tax that includes a seven-cent-a-litre levy on gasoline.

Ten things you need to know about Ontario’s cap-and-trade proposal no matter where you live in Canada from The National Post

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General

Tree-killing pine beetle has reached Connectcicut, is headed north

WWLP.com
April 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: US East, United States

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — State foresters are cutting down pine trees to hold back an invasive beetle that threatens the state’s decimated stocks of pitch pine. The Republican-American reports that the tiny Southern pine beetle, which is about the size of a pencil-tip, was found in Connecticut for the first time this spring and has been identified in various central Connecticut towns. The beetle feeds and nests in hard pine trees imported into Connecticut for timber or landscaping.

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CRD considers limiting access to Leech Water Supply Area

Victoria Times Colonist
April 11, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

The need to further restrict access to the Leech Water Supply Area will be the focus of a series of five open houses over the next two weeks.  The land, 9,623 hectares around the Leech River, is located west of the Sooke Lake Reservoir, which provides most of Greater Victoria’s water. …The possibility of forest fires is the biggest concern, she said. “That could impact our current water supply.” The idea is to do away with unauthorized access, Constabel said. “One of the options that we’re presenting at the open houses is the potential for sanctioned recreational groups to apply,” she said.

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Southeast state forest plan out for public comment

KTOO
April 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

The state of Alaska this month is taking public comment on a draft plan for managing the newly created 48-thousand acre Southeast state forest. It’s the third state forest in Alaska and much smaller than the other two state forests in the Tanana Valley and near Haines. The Southeast forest lands were set aside by the state legislature in 2010 and acreage was added the following year. Overall the lands total over 48-thousand acres in 33 units on 12 different islands and the mainland near Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island. The lands are primarily designated for timber sales.

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