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Daily Archives: June 22, 2015

Special Feature

Prominent forestry advocate moonlights as keyboardist for the Rolling Stones

Chuck Leavell quotes Aldo Leopold, grows trees in Georgia
Journal Sentinel
June 21, 2015
Category: Special Feature

If any industry could use a prominent advocate, it’s forestry — because nothing grates on the ears of a forester like hearing someone say they won’t buy a book because it’ll kill a tree. And few, if any, fit the role of forestry spokesman-at-large as well as Chuck Leavell, easily the world’s most recognized tree farmer. Leavell’s tree plantation occupies 2,900 acres in Georgia. He has written books on woodland management, testified on logging legislation before Congress and likes to quote legendary Wisconsin conservationist Aldo Leopold. And he has one other noteworthy credential: He plays keyboards for the Rolling Stones.

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Business & Politics

Executives urge Canada to diversify beyond natural resources

Globe and Mail
June 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It is beginning to sink in among the Canadian business elite that the economy is going to have to start weaning itself off oil. The latest quarterly C-Suite Survey shows that almost two-thirds of Canadian corporate executives – including those in the west – feel Canada’s economic policy relies too much on Alberta and its natural resources. Fewer than one out of five say the economy currently has a good mix of industrial sectors. As the next decade unfolds, priorities must change, they said. Information technology, renewable energy and services will rise in importance to the Canadian economy over the next 10 years, the executives said, outpacing mining, automotive and oil.

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Forest Industry applauds Committee Report on transformation of sector

Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
June 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says the recommendations by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources on transforming the forest sector will help the industry reach the ambitious goals of its Vision2020. The committee report is calling for continued strategic investments promoting research and development of innovative technologies. This type of support is necessary for the industry to generate an additional $20 billion in economic activity through new products and markets as outlined in Vision2020.

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Students invited to dip into the trades

Vernon Morning Star
June 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Mitchell Benzmer enrolled in the forestry program at Charles Bloom secondary school, hard work wasn’t high on his list of priorities. By the time he finished the program, he had a part-time job, was helping out as a peer tutor in Grade 12 and had been named Forestry Student of the Year. “It gave me a pretty good work ethic,” said Benzmer, 18, who graduated last year. “Before forestry, I didn’t have a job and didn’t want to get one. “This program was more hands-on and you’re not stuck in a classroom all day, so I got to learn how to use a chainsaw, a skidder and other equipment; the hard part was learning how to build wood projects in the classroom — we had to bring the wood back from the bush and mill it ourselves.”

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Lumber company fined for safety violations after worker dies

Associated Press
June 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

TUMWATER, Wash. — State safety regulators have fined the Manke Lumber Company in Tacoma for 25 serious and 11 general safety and health violations after a worker died. The Department of Labor & Industries says the fines topped $87,000. The agency launched an investigation after Jeffrey Busha was killed in December. He died when his clothing was caught by a rotating shaft that pulled him into a conveyor as he tried to loosen jammed lumber. The violations included failing to safeguarding exposed shafts at four locations, including where Busha died.

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Lumber prices have fallen sharply in key markets around the world in early 2015 with the biggest declines seen in North America and Europe

Wood Resources International
June 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE — Lumber prices have fallen throughout a majority of the main softwood lumber markets in the world during the 1Q/15. The biggest declines have occurred in the US, Canada and the Nordic countries, while the drop in import prices to China and Japan has been more modest… So far in 2015, the lumber market in the US has not improved as much as some market observers predicted (or hoped) last year. US housing starts during the four first months have ranged between 900,000 (February) and 1.13 million (April) starts on a seasonally adjusted annual rate. Despite housing starts being lower in the 1Q/15 than in the 4Q/14, lumber production in the US and Canada has increased slightly.

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The challenge of picking climate change winners and losers

Financial Times
June 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Investors must take action to protect their portfolios against climate change, even as governments worldwide step up their efforts to combat global warming, according to new analysis by Mercer, the consultancy. Mercer warns that returns across most asset classes will be affected by climate change even if governments agree aggressive measures to mitigate its impact. The Group of Seven industrial powers agreed in June that the world should phase out fossil fuel emissions this century. However, doubts remain about whether it will be possible to secure a global agreement that includes developing countries at an important UN climate change conference in Paris in December.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Orono researchers get $225,000 grant to study eco-friendly foam

Bangor Daily News
June 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States


ORONO, Maine — Where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet off the coast of Turkey, thermal insulation for buildings isn’t much of a concern. Not like in Maine, at least. …When Nadir Yildirim, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, arrived in Maine from Turkey in 2011, building insulation was a curious thing to him. He explored the concept and eventually saw opportunity for foam insulation made from all-natural compounds. …The opportunity he saw got a vote of confidence earlier this month from the National Science Foundation, which awarded Yildirim and his business partner, Alex Chasse, a $225,000 grant to help start their own lab and in the course of a year refine the process for making foam insulation using wood fibers and organic polymers.

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Biobased products seen as vital for Maine’s growth

A federal report says the state’s diverse landscape and resources could make it an industry leader.
Portland Press Herald
June 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Of the 50 states, Maine has the third-highest concentration of jobs in the “biobased products” industry, which seeks to replace petroleum products with those made from renewable resources such as plants. But it has the potential to create many more. That’s the finding from a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued last week, part of a USDA campaign to promote the biobased products industry, saying it offers a way to bring manufacturing jobs back to states with abundant natural resources such as Maine. One product that Vilsack believes could be manufactured in Maine on a large scale is cross-laminated timber, a building material made of pressed and glued wood that is more comparable in strength to steel and concrete..

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Wood award winners announced

Otago Daily Times
June 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Mark Henderson, C3 Ltd’s port manager, accepts his company’s award for logistics/transport/port excellence from Phil Caulton, Dynes Transport general manager, during last night’s Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards 2015 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. The southern forestry industry’s best and brightest talents were acknowledged at the event, at which five awards handed out before an audience including Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew. Other awards were. – Modern apprentice of the year: Sam Connor, Dave Paul Logging.

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ROC know-how opens new doors for wood construction

Taiwan Today
June 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A wooden building utilizing cross-laminated timber technology in Taichung City, central Taiwan, is prompting architects to take a fresh look at one of the world’s oldest construction materials. Located downtown in Xitun District, Woodtek Home Co. Ltd.’s five-story headquarters stands out like a lone tree in an urban jungle for its upside-down staircase design. “The structure started life as a mock-up demonstrating CLT architecture for our clients,” said Stan Chiao, product manager with Woodtek. “Although it was built in just 20 days, the whole project took five years to realize.”

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Forestry

Wind gusts, high temperatures hamper battle against Lytton blaze

TimesColonist
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LYTTON — The winds in the Fraser Canyon gust so strongly at times that it can be difficult to carry on a conversation with someone standing just a few steps away. That makes a wildfire on the steep mountain slopes here particularly hard to fight. From a helicopter above the Cisco Road fire on Tuesday, ghostly wisps of white smoke could be seen drifting over scorched trees. As the southerly winds picked up speed, orange bursts of flame erupted here and there in the trees at the fire’s edges, sending off thick copper clouds… Some dropped water on the flames, but at least one chopper was literally fighting fire with fire. Positioned down below the edges of the blaze, the helicopter dangled a torch that dripped bright flames onto the trees, creating a burn line in the hope of keeping the wildfire contained.

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Elaho Valley wildfire likely to grow with hot, dry conditions in forecast

Public warned to stay out of area with seven-square-kilometre fire only about 30 per cent contained
CBC News
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire burning northwest of Whistler, B.C., is expected to grow as hot and dry conditions are predicted for the region in the coming week. B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch says crews have contained about 30 per cent of the seven-square-kilometre fire raging in the Elaho Valley, located 67 kilometres west of Pemberton, B.C. “This fire is in very steep and inaccessible terrain, in thick forest,” says a notice posted on the branch’s website. “This valley, and the trees within it, are very dry and it is expected that it will not receive substantial rainfall in the foreseeable future.” The branch is warning hikers to steer clear of the area.

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N.W.T. crews fight 2 forest fires near Fort Smith

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

Crews in the Northwest Territories are fighting two fires near Fort Smith, and two cabins north of the town may have been burned. One of the fires is just west of town on Salt Mountain near Highway 5. Crews from N.W.T.’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Wood Buffalo National Park are fighting it. Richard Olsen, N.W.T.’s manager of fire operations, says the other fire is about 80 kilometres north of Fort Smith and crews are working to keep it away from structures in the area.

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Wildfire Near Lytton 50% Contained

250 News
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kamloops, B.C. – Although smoke is still very visible, crews are making progress on the Cisco road fire, burning south of Lytton.The wildfire is now 50% contained. About 200 fire fighters, aviation staff, and support staff are working to extinguish this wildfire which was first reported on June 11th. The fire is estimated to be 1,885 hectares in size.. The increase in the size of the fire is due to controlled burning. The north side of the fire is the main focus, as that is the edge closest to structures.

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Turn old-growth forests into provincial parks

Letter to the editor
Victoria Times Colonist
June 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Old-growth logging could trigger protests: group,” June 9. I think it is short-sighted to cut old-growth forests when we can have tourists coming to B.C. for the next 500 years to view those forests. There are few stands of old-growth timber left in B.C. It would be an incredible shame to cut these for a small and temporary profit. The provincial government should act to preserve these forests. The easiest solution is to make all old-growth forests provincial parks. Timber companies could receive tax credits to cover lost revenues. Then, in a hundred years, our grandchildren will be able to see nature at its finest.

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B.C. burns through budget for fighting forest fires

Hot, dry conditions presage bad fire season; some B.C. rivers at near-record low levels
Vancouver Sun
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s still early in the wildfire season and yet B.C. has already eaten through $52.5 million of its $63-million firefighting budget for the year. The province is parched after an unusually warm winter and a hot, dry spring, raising concerns that this could be a particularly rough season for fires. B.C.’s annual wildfire budget is based on very conservative estimates, according to fire information officer Ryan Turcot, and the province might be able to offset some of those costs with money recovered by sending crews to other jurisdictions like Alberta. “We do have the power to spend more than that and we will spend whatever’s necessary to fight the fires,” Turcot said.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation mercury needs immediate cleanup, NDP says

CBC News
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mercury contamination in the English-Wabigoon river system near Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario needs to be cleaned up immediately, according to the provincial NDP. A Dryden, Ont. paper mill dumped mercury in the waterway in the 1960s. A report released in mid-June calls for remediation. It also shows mercury levels continue to rise in some of the lakes that people from Grassy Narrows rely on for sustenance fishing. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne said the report, commissioned by the province and the First Nation, leaves many unanswered questions and more study is needed. The NDP disagrees.

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Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Policy for Training and Certification of Use of Saws by Forest Service Employees, Volunteers

USDA Forest Service
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal (link is external) that would establish a national policy providing consistent oversight and training on the use of saws by employees, consultants and volunteers on lands managed by the agency. The proposal does not apply to groups including contractors, special use permit holders or private firewood cutters. “Our first priority is safety,” said Leslie Weldon, deputy chief for the agency’s National Forest System. “The proposed national policy would ensure that our employees and partners are trained consistently, to help us complete critical work on our national forests in a safe manner.”

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Merkley fits increased fire funding into U.S. Senate bill

The Bend Bulletin
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The federal government would fund disastrous wildfires at all costs instead of taking money from the funds designated to prevent them under a proposal that cleared a hurdle in Washington on Thursday. A budget committee gave an early go-ahead to fund firefighting based on the 10-year average costs, allowing the U.S. Forest Service to treat major wildfires like natural disasters and to fight fires without borrowing money from other parts of the budget, a move dubbed fire-borrowing. Oregon Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley helped attach the measure to a larger funding bill that will likely pass later this year, though not until late in the ongoing wildfire season. Oregon fire officials said the move marks a shift in national policy of prioritizing wildfires in the future.

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Sudden Oak Death Is Still Spreading, Still A Threat

Oregon Public Broadcasting
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Remember sudden oak death? That’s OK, a lot of people have forgotten about it. Reports on sudden oak death syndrome don’t seem to be nearly as common as they were a few years ago. The invasive plant disease, which has devastated oak stands along the West Coast, continues to spread in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon. But funding, public engagement, and solutions have been hard to come by. Sudden oak death is caused by a non-native plant pathogen called Phytophthora ramorum. Since its discovery 20 years ago it has spread to 15 counties in Northwestern California.

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State seeks input on Elliott State Forest at series of upcoming meetings

The Oregonian
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After a State Land Board meeting last week to discuss ways to stop the Elliott State Forest money suck yielded no final solutions, the Department of State Lands is turning to outside parties for ideas. Throughout July, the department will host a series of work sessions across the state to gather fresh ideas for the forest, where logging restrictions have created a funding deficit. Restrictions to protect sensitive species have curbed timber harvests so steeply in the Elliott, Oregon now spends more money to manage the forest than it earns by logging trees there. The funding problems have Department of State Lands officials looking to shed the forest.

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Saving The C.C. Cragin Watershed

Payson Roundup
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mind the spotted owls. And the goshawks too. But get moving anyhow. That’s the gist of the Coconino National Forest’s effort to thin the dense stands of pines on the watershed of the C.C. Cragin Reservoir — before a disaster overtakes Payson’s water supply. Foresters have already started work on preparing a $1.5 million environmental assessment of a plan to cut maybe 60 million trees on the 64,000-acre watershed that drains into the long, deep, narrow reservoir. The Salt River Project each year pumps some 11,000 acre-feet from the reservoir and sends it down the East Verde River to reservoirs supplying Phoenix.

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Industry Gets Behind Oregon Aerial Pesticide Spraying Bill; Advocates Disappointed

Jefferson Public Radio
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Repeated high-profile incidents of people being sickened by pesticides sprayed from aircraft in Oregon have increased calls for new regulations. But push-back from agricultural and timber industry groups has led to a bill that supporters of stronger rules say won’t solve the problem. …Lininger’s bill – co-sponsored with Senator Michael Dembrow of Portland– would have required that residents get advance notice of aerial pesticide spraying in their area.  ….But objections from the timber and agricultural industries led to a compromise bill without those provisions. Scott Dahlman – policy director for Oregonians For Food And Shelter – says advance notice is simply not practical in a region with rapidly-changing weather.

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25th anniversary of spotted owl listing: fewer owls, less timber industry

Peninsula Daily News
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The heated debate over whether to curtail the logging of old-growth forests to protect the northern spotted owl was at full throttle when the federal government declared the bird a threatened species June 22, 1990. At the time, environmentalists worried that the federal plan would fall short of saving the spotted owl. Timber interests worried that a wave of environmental rules would gut the Olympic Peninsula’s wood-products industry and devastate communities. Twenty-five years later, the effects of the landmark decision can be seen in the reams of economic, industry and environmental data routinely gathered by state and federal governments. The outcomes are by turns expected, disheartening and surprising.

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Crews slow spread of huge Southern California forest fire

Associated Press
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif.  — Crews working amid sweltering conditions in rough terrain have slowed the spread of a huge forest fire that’s churning through timber in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains. The U.S. Forest Service said Sunday that the blaze in old-growth wilderness east of Los Angeles is holding steady at 25 square miles. The fire is 15 percent contained as it pushes east toward the Mojave Desert. About 400 buildings, including old cabins, are threatened but none have been lost.

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Cooler, cloudier conditions slow Olympic National Park fire in Queets River valley

Peninsula Daily News
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The drought season’s first wildfire in Olympic National Park slowed a little today because of cooler and cloudier conditions, an incident report said this morning. The fire is at the confluence of the Queets River and Paradise Creek and has been named the Paradise Fire. As of 7 a.m., it was reported to cover 381 acres and continues to burn slowly along the river in an area of tall, centuries-old trees, according to InciWeb Incident Information System. The 48 total personnel on the scene are working to limit the fire’s spread on the west side, and will then move eastward to capitalizing on the cooler and moister weather. Additional fire crews and a helicopter are on order.

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Ailing forests forcing look at more aggressive logging

Albuquerque Journal
June 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California’s national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease. As the national forests suffer from drought, density and infestation, House Republicans are resurrecting efforts to thin more quickly millions of acres and take down dead trees. It’s not a new battle by any means, but this time some of their proposals are winning positive feedback from the Obama administration, even as some environmental groups and House Democrats express concerns.

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Businesses want more recreation at Tongass National Forest

Associated Press
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska – A group of 49 business owners in southeast Alaska wants the federal government to put more money into recreation opportunities at the Tongass National Forest. The Juneau Empire reports  the group sent a letter in May asking lawmakers to consider the Tongass’ recreation program when Forest Service funding is appropriated. The group says the recreation budget has dropped 42 percent in the last six years.  Montana-based research firm Headwater Economics released a report in
November saying the Tongass is spending more on its timber program than
recreation.

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TED: Buckskin Fire 30 percent contained

Herald and News
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews progressed with their burnout along the southern flank of the Buckskin Fire, which is 4,900 acres and 30 percent contained. This controlled burning operation combined with the main fire consuming unburned pockets of vegetation increased the amount of smoke in the area. Fire officials anticipate the burnout to be completed within the next two days. Firefighters completed a containment line in their effort to secure the southwest corner of the fire near Baldface Creek. Crews implemented a combination of indirect line and natural barriers to locate the fireline and also cut a helispot for support and safety concerns.

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Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover

Can a small Alaska town overcome the booms and busts of resource development?
High Country News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…This is what the new economy of Southeast Alaska looks like. Leslie, who used to make millions and employ 75 people felling timber in the Tongass National Forest, is now extolling the virtues of wilderness to visitors from Los Angeles and Sydney. When a combination of federal mandates and environmental pressure caused the timber industry to go belly-up in 1992, Leslie — like many of his neighbors in a place once known as the Timber Capital of Alaska — lost everything. The mills closed, and Wrangell’s unemployment shot up to 35 percent. “I was bitter when the timber industry collapsed,” he says later. “My future was set and so was that of my children, and at the age of 44, it was all gone.”

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By the numbers: Past week’s Oregon wildfire activity considered moderate

The Oregonian
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

tate and federal wildfire officials say the first week of fire season saw only moderate wildfires break out across Oregon, despite extremely dry conditions. Fires on state-protected lands Sunset Grade fire: The 67-acre fire, reported June 13, burned on the Tillamook State Forest. Oregon Department of Forestry, assisted by the Forest Grove and Banks Fire departments, contained the fire the next morning. Cause is under investigation.

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Firefighter agency calls policy shift ‘catastrophe waiting to happen’

Forest Service ends practice of take-home vehicles
ABC News
June 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


SAN DIEGO – A group that represents wildland firefighters believes a policy change at the highest levels of government could lead to slower response times for fires at national parks. “It’s a catastrophe waiting to happen,” said the Casey Judd, president of the Federal Wildlife Fire Service Organization. Team 10 first reported on the policy change last week after hearing from multiple sources that on-duty chiefs for the U.S. Forest Service could no longer take their duty vehicles home. Sources claim not having those command vehicles and the radios inside them means fire chiefs will take up to an hour longer to respond to fires, jeopardizing public safety.

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Rep. Zinke’s logging bill takes away Americans’ constitutional rights

Helena Independent Record
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana’s lone congressman, Rep. Ryan Zinke, didn’t think it was fair when I said in a Montana Public Radio interview that America didn’t let the Mississippi congressional delegation solve the civil rights problems in the 1960s and America isn’t going to let the Montana congressional delegation mandate radical logging without laws on our national forests now. I stand by my statement and here’s why. Zinke recently introduced a bill in Congress to require Americans to post a several hundred thousand dollar bond if they want to challenge a decision by the Forest Service in court.

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Symphony of Chain Saws Cuts Clean Through Central Park’s Calm

The New York Times
June 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Typically, an orchestra comprising cellists and violinists might play Mozart at the Naumburg Bandshell, a neoclassical concert stage near 72nd Street in Central Park built in 1923 to stimulate the public’s interest in classical music. Instead, on Saturday, tall, bearded, thick-necked men hacked at pine logs with axes and chain saws. They were there to determine who was the best lumberjack in the United States. The contest is part of the Stihl Timbersports series and, seeking more publicity on its 30th anniversary, the competition teamed up with Adventures NYC, a daylong event sponsored by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation intended to introduce urbanites to outdoor activities.

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State produces guide to help foresters deal with climate change

VT Digger
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released a guidebook last month on adapting forests for climate changes. The guidebook, titled “Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change,” was written with the purpose of supplementing current forest management planning and practices with forest-adaptation strategies that are more relevant to the current climate change trends and projections. Immediate risks to the forests due to climate change are increases in chance of fire, changes in freeze cycles that could disrupt regular cone production among many others, according to the guidebook.

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Texas logger accused of timber theft

Associated Press
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Texas logger faces one count of felony timber theft following an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. On Thursday, forestry agents arrested Ronnie Dale Clayton of Linden, Texas, and booked him into the Caddo Parish Detention Center. Clayton is accused of cutting an 80 acre tract of timber in Rodessa in Caddo Parish without first obtaining consent from 80 percent of the landowners. Agents say Clayton assisted a landowner in securing a Texas notary, who notarized 15 falsified timber cutting agreements. They say Clayton paid the owner $35,000 for the timber.

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Code of practice signed for WA forest transport

WA Road Transport Association and Forest Industries Federation sign off on scalable compliance
Austrulasian Transport News
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Western Australian transport industry is moving further from the national regulator, with adoption of a new forestry sector Code of Practice, formally signed on June 18. The code was developed between the WA Road Transport Association (WARTA) and the Forest Industries Federation WA (FIFWA), with specialist risk and compliance consultancy Latus also on board. Latus managing director Mike Wood says the new code provides a practical guide for highlighting effective work practices within the state’s compliance and enforcement (C&E) act.

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Looking to beat back encroaching desert, Chile preserves forests

Business Insider.com
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SANTIAGO – As part of efforts to counteract desertification and erosion brought about by climate change, Chile will invest $250 million to plant vast tracks of native forest, the national forestry agency said on Friday. Home to the Atacama desert, the world’s driest, Chile will plant trees on 100,000 hectares. The forestry agency Conaf will also incorporate a similar amount of forest in the 13 million hectares it already manages as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “Some $1.5 billion have been provided in recent years to recover lands, in areas like forestry, prairies, and agricultural lands,” Conaf head Arron Cavieres said.

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General

Stella-Jones signs definitive agreement to acquire Ram Forest Group

Lesprom Network
June 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the shares of Ram Forest Group Inc. and Ramfor Lumber Inc., as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Ram Forest Products Inc. and Trent Timber Treating Ltd., Ram Forest Group manufactures and sells pressure treated wood products and accessories to the retail building materials industry. Ramfor Lumber is a lumber purchasing entity serving Ram Forest Products and Trent Timber Treating. The definitive share purchase agreement provides for a purchase price of $58 million which includes $15 million of working capital and is subject to adjustments.

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