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Daily Archives: July 3, 2015

Business & Politics

Exponential growth in log exports

Raw timber shipments surpass lumber cut locally by 10 to one
Alberni Valley Times
July 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The demand for B.C. wood to supply Asia’s building industry has caused a dramatic increase in raw log exports from Port Alberni over the last decade – a volume that has far surpassed lumber manufactured in the community’s sawmills. Since 2006 the amount of raw logs shipped from Port Alberni’s harbour has increased nearly tenfold, growing from the 82,272 to the 783,381 tonnes exported last year, according to figures provided by the Port Alberni Port Authority. Meanwhile the amount of timber sent for manufacturing elsewhere has eclipsed the volume of exported lumber cut at local sawmills, which amounted to 76,854 tonnes last year.

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Stella-Jones: A top-performing mid-cap stock with further upside

Globe and Mail
July 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…The Saint-Laurent, Que.-based company has core operations in two main industries: railway ties and utility poles. In 2014, 82 per cent of Stella-Jones’s sales were from the United States, the balance from Canada. Railway ties represented 42 per cent of 2014 sales and grew 34.5 per cent year-over-year. Excluding acquisitions and currency effects, sales increased at just more than half that rate, at 18.1 per cent. Utility poles, used primarily by telecommunications and electrical utilities companies, accounted for 38 per cent of 2014 sales and increased 16 per cent compared to the prior year. Excluding acquisitions and currency effects, sales increased just 4 per cent.

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Minister Rickford Announces Upcoming National Forest Innovation Summit

Natural Resources Canada
July 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor), will host a National Forest Innovation Summit in Kenora, Ontario, on July 8-9, 2015. The Summit will bring together provincial and territorial forest ministers, industry leaders, academic and research institutions and Aboriginal community leaders to support the transformation of the forest sector while creating and protecting jobs.

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Atlas Holdings Announces Sale of Forest Resources to PaperWorks and New-Indy in Separate Transactions

Business Wire
July 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

HARTFORD CITY, Ind.–Atlas Holdings LLC announced today that the assets of its portfolio company Forest Resources, a leading North American manufacturer of industrial paper and packaging products, have been sold to PaperWorks Industries, Inc. and New-Indy Containerboard, LLC in two separate transactions. PaperWorks has acquired CanAmPac, ULC, including coated recycled board (CRB) producer Strathcona Paper and folding carton manufacturer Boehmer Box. New-Indy has acquired Forest’s U.S.-based business, comprised of Hartford City Paper, Shillington Box and IVEX Specialty Paper. Terms of the two transactions were not disclosed.

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Deadline Extended for Hardwood Checkoff Comments

Woodworking Network
July 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Following a request by Hardwood Checkoff opponents, the woodworking industry now has until Sept. 7 to submit comments on the proposed program. The USDA said the 60-day extension will allow “additional time for industry stakeholders and others to review the supplemental notices and provide feedback” on the proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (79 FR 68298). Notice of the extension was listed in the July 1 Federal Register. The extension was requested by the U.S. Hardwood Industry Coalition, which opposes the checkoff.

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Weyerhaeuser’s Investment Value Weakens on Dicey Future

Zacks
July 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

We issued an updated research report on Weyerhaeuser Company (WY – Analyst Report) on Jul 1, 2015. The company is one of the leading U.S. forest product companies with operations primarily concentrated in Southern California, Nevada, Washington, Texas, Maryland and Virginia. Management believes that gradual recovery in the U.S. housing market as well as timber supply shortage in Canada will boost demand for Weyerhaeuser’s Timberlands and Wood Products segments in 2015. Housing starts are expected to be approximately 1.1 million. Also, the company remains committed toward rewarding its shareholders through dividend payments and share buybacks. In the long run, the company aims to achieve a dividend payout of up to 75% of funds available for distribution.

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Former Employees Who Purchased Closed Virginia Sawmill Find Success by Focusing on Quality

Pallet Enterprise
July 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Focusing on grade lumber and high quality production, former employees purchase and restart Virginia sawmill. New owners explain the process of reopening an idle facility. When a sawmill that had been run by International Paper (IP) sat empty in Isle of Wight County, Virginia after being shut down in the summer of 2009, several men who had been associated with the mill at different times saw an opportunity that was too good not to pursue. Almost two years since the mill reopened in late 2013, former employees are now owners and partners in Franklin Lumber. 

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British wood imports grow for the seventh quarter in a row

IHB The Timber Network
July 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Although the pace of UK wood imports has slowed in the first three months of 2015, still a +0.8% growth was registered. Thus, the upward trend lasting since 2013 is continuing. Data of the UK Timber Trade Federation, shows that UK imports totalled 2.34 million cubic meters in the period between January and March 2015, compared to 2.32 million m3 in January-March last year.  Wood-based panels were the main driver for this growth. Wood imports- both softwood and hardwood declined in the first quarter by -0.4% and -7% respectively. 

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Sappi sells Enstra Mill recycling business to Corruseal

Business Day Live
July 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SAPPI has sold its Enstra Mill recycled packaging paper business to Corruseal, a South African packaging manufacturer. Enstra recycles containerboard and kraft papers in Springs on the East Rand. Sappi said on Thursday it would retain the mill’s security paper, office, speciality and folio businesses. The disposal is not categorisable in terms of JSE listings requirements, and the value is undisclosed.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Engineered Wood Demand Will Rise 20 Percent, says APA

Woodworking Network
July 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

TACOMA, WA – Engineered wood products will see growth of 20 to 25 percent, says industry trade group APA. Economic growth and homebuilding will also increase demand for North American structural panels, which are forecast to grow 19 percent. APA represents approximately 159 plywood, oriented strand board, glulam timber, wood I-joist, Rim Board and structural composite lumber mills throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Pallet wars: corrugated industry tries to edge out wood pallets

Michigan Radio.org
July 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Pity the lowly wood pallet. Nobody thinks about it. But it does so much work. Most merchandise in supermarkets and big box stores is shipped on wood pallets. There are roughly two billion wood pallets circulating in the U.S. But now, the wood pallet is under attack. What’s wrong with them? Well, for starters, tons end up in landfills. A group called Change the Pallet says there’s a better way to ship goods. It’s a group funded by the corrugated pallet industry, which wants shippers to use more of its product. Adam Pener is with Change the Pallet. Pener says corrugated pallets are lighter and more compact. He says they weigh up to 80% less than wood pallets, and you can fit more goods into a truck by using them.

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Clemson institute secures USDA grant to expand use of wood

Clemson University
July 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CLEMSON — Finding new markets for South Carolina’s abundance of timber, changing how commercial buildings are constructed and keeping the state’s more than 13 million acres of timberland healthy is the focus of a $250,000 grant awarded to Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D). The grant is part of $9 million distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture across 23 states to promote new technologies and support new market opportunities for wood energy and innovative wood building materials, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release.

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Collins Hardwoods Looks at Kiln Innovations

TimberLine
July 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Working with BOLDesigns, Collins Hardwood’s West Virginia Plant is looking at unique drying approach developed by timber industry consultant, Dennis Clay. Being on the forefront of innovation means being in the right place at the right time with the right idea. Working with BOLDesigns, Collins Hardwoods in West Virginia is looking at taking a step into the next generation of kiln drying hardwoods, using a unique technique developed by consultant Dennis Clay. Andy Roberts is the plant manager at the Collins Hardwoods plant in Richwood, West Virginia. He has a long history in the lumber industry.

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Looking at wood sky high

Deccan Herald
July 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Micheal Green Architecture (MGA), a Canadian architecture firm based in Vancouver, has proposed a timber skyscraper for the Paris Skyline. The firm would be participating in the Reinventer Paris Urban revitalisation competition. Its main feature is its sustainability and has a roof garden that would be a community space housing restaurants, cafes, garden spaces and bicycle rentals. Vancouver-based architect, Michael Green, who specialises in building skyscrapers out of wood timbers, has a role in this audacious proposal to search for innovations in urban design and sustainability capable of revitalising Parisian Architecture.122222`

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Forestry

At least 5,000 out of homes in northern Saskatchewan

Canadian Press
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fires and thick smoke forced more people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan Thursday and emergency officials were looking to the skies for some respite. Evacuations began a week ago in the areas of La Ronge and La Loche and, as of Thursday morning, more than 5,000 people had registered at centres in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina. Fifty-one towns, villages and reserves had been evacuated or partially-evacuated. Crews were managing to keep fires out of the communities, although flames did reach the edges of Montreal Lake and Weyakwin, said Daryl Jessop with Saskatchewan Environment’s wildfire support services department.

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Sask. government’s 20 km firefighting policy criticized

Province letting fires get too close to communities, La Loche mayor says
CBC News
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West
With wildfires threatening towns and villages across northern Saskatchewan, the mayor of La Loche is criticizing the provincial government for not fighting them more aggressively. There have been more than 520 forest fires so far this year, about three times as many the same time last year. They have forced more 5,000 people to leave their homes due to heavy smoke and the proximity of the fires. The communities themselves haven’t burned, although the smoke is so intense in certain areas, it’s considered a major health risk. Meanwhile, La Loche Mayor Georgina Jolibois says a long-running government policy is putting the communities at risk.

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Alberta warns hot, windy weather could make wildfires in forest zone worse

Global News
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is warning that the weather is pushing the threat of wildfires in forested areas to extreme levels. The problem is continued hot, dry conditions and expected winds of up to 50 km/h. The province said Thursday wildfires that start under these conditions can grow very large, very quickly and are very difficult to put out. There were 46 wildfires listed as out of control Thursday and the government said there is a strong likelihood of more fires caused by lightning strikes. There were a total of 116 wildfires burning in Alberta Thursday.

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COUNCIL SEEKS UNRELEASED FUNDS FROM PROVINCE

My Prince George Now
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

?6%%ting that was promised to communities across BC impacted by Pine Beetles. While a significant amount of money has been recieved, council says it is drying up when it is needed most. “Through our Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, we’ve got a great vehicle that’s planned out strategies for economic diversification,” says councillor Garth Frizzell, “It’s a horrendous storm that we’re facing and we have a way out, and it’s one that was promised years ago.” Frizzell says many northern municipalities will lobby together for the release of the money.

City calling on feds to honour pine beetle funding from The Prince George Citizen

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Feds invest $211 million in Jasper park infrastructure and conservation

The Fitzhugh.ca
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal government announced $211.6 million in funding over the next five years for infrastructure and conservation projects in Jasper National Park, July 2. The money will go towards 26 projects throughout the park, including repairing highways, bridges and campgrounds. Of the more than $200 million, only $1.7 million will go toward conservation projects, including protecting the endangered woodland caribou… The government also promised to inject $727,000 into the mountain national park caribou conservation program. The money will be used to support existing conservation programs in hopes of protecting the endangered species. Another $1 million will go towards the recovery of whitebark and limber pine trees in mountain national parks.

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Wildfire forces evacuation of 12 homes near Nanaimo, B.C.

The fire is 20 hectares in size and is not contained
CBC News
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire near Nanaimo, B.C. has forced roughly 12 homes to evacuate in the suburban neighbourhood of Cedar. The fire is 20 hectares in size and moving in a southerly direction, according to officials. It started in a hay field, and spread to the grass and nearby trees. Air tankers have been deployed to the area to fight the fire, which is releasing thick, grey smoke. “Winds have died down, which is helping fire fighters in their efforts,” the Town of Ladysmith said on its website. Four homes have been evacuated in Ladysmith and it has activated its emergency operations centre. 

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J.D. Irving, Canadian Forest Service develop advanced seedlings

Pulp and Paper Canada
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Limited’s partnership with Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service has led to the commercial development of advanced tree breeding, field testing and seedling production techniques.”Our project will be the first large-scale seedling facility in Canada that incorporates both the somatic embryogenesis process of naturally occurring superior trees from various locations across Atlantic Canada, as well as J.D. Irving’s patented endophyte-enhanced seedling technology,” said Greg Adams, manager research & development JDI Woodlands and manager of Maritime Innovation, JDI’s lab. “This research is very critical in developing resilient forests in changing environmental conditions.”

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Forest fire season much busier than last year; 57 blazes currently burning

Thunderbay News
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Though there has been more forest fire activity so far this year than in 2014, it hasn’t been above average. So far in 2015, there have been 286 forest fires in the province which have burnt more than 28,000 hectares. The 10-year provincial average for the first three months of the forest fire season is 372 blazes spanning more than 34,000 hectares. Tim Neufeld, fire operations technician in Thunder Bay, said there are 57 active forest fires in Northwestern Ontario… At time this time last year there had only been 131 fires, burning 3,200 hectares. That was the lowest number of fires in a season in 50 years.

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Resolute given one-year extension to regain FSC certification on Quebec land

Canadian Press
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products has received a one-year extension to secure confirmation from an independent auditor that it is using responsible forestry management practices in an area of Quebec’s Lac-St-Jean region. The Quebec-based company’s says the auditor, the Rainforest Alliance which suspected its certification in late 2013, has accepted a joint request for an extension from the company and the Forest Stewardship Council. A previous six-month extension to secure so-called FSC certification expired at midnight Wednesday night. Resolute vice-president Seth Kursman says the delay will give the provincial government additional time to finalize its plan for caribou and address territorial disputes with the Cree and Innu First Nations.

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The Deadlier Scourge of Wildfires in an Age of Climate Change

Inside Climate News
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A Q&A with author Kyle Dickman, whose book, On the Burning Edge, explains why wildfire seasons are so bad and getting worse. …Kyle Dickman’s new book, On the Burning Edge, tells the story of the firefighters who died in what is known as the Yarnell Hill fire. Dickman spent five years as a wildland firefighter, and uses this story to spotlight global warming’s role and explore the state of America’s wildfire fighting system. …InsideClimate News spoke with Dickman about the Yarnell Hill fire and how poor forest management and climate change are putting millions more people at risk.

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Zinke calls for more front-line forest management

Missoulian
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After visiting both the Glacier Rim fire and the U.S. Forest Service’s Technology and Development Center, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke said forest management is better left in hands closer to the problems than Washington, D.C. “We need to incur a little more risk and get things done faster,” the Republican congressman from Montana said while touring a parachute design lab at the Missoula center Thursday. “Washington is too bureaucratic and process-oriented, not results-driven.” Zinke was promoting his National Forest Collaborative Incentive Act of 2015 to speed up collaborative forest projects.

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Main 4FRI timber manager departs

Arizona Daily Sun
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The company charged with managing timber operations for Good Earth Power AZ, the main contractor on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, has decided to end the companies’ working relationship. Portland, Ore.-based Campbell Global initiated the split from GEPAZ, which happened last week, said Stephen Levesque, director of operations for Campbell Global. Both companies would not disclose the reason for Campbell Global’s departure, citing confidentiality agreements. GEPAZ brought on Campbell Global as a subcontractor in the fall of 2013, soon after it was awarded the 4FRI contract.

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Weyerhaeuser closes Oregon tree farms to public access due to high forest fire danger

Market Watch
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FEDERAL WAY, Wash — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced effective immediately, all Oregon Weyerhaeuser tree farms are closed to public access due to high fire danger. This closure notice includes North Valley, Springfield, South Valley, Coos Bay, Northwest Oregon, and Oregon Cascade Oregon tree farms. The fire danger closure will remain in effect until further notice. Recreational permit and lease holders will still be allowed access, but will need to meet additional fire protection requirements as specified in their permits.

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Genetic Studies Reveal a Tree’s History to Ensure its Future

USDA Blog
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It can reach heights of 200 feet and live 500 years, and occupies landscapes across the western United States. Some say its bark has an unforgettable smell resembling vanilla or even cinnamon, and this tree is one tough cookie. It grows in a variety of soils and climates and survives fires that consume other species. It is also an ecologically and economically valuable tree that provides food, habitat and ponderous (heavy) lumber. It is the iconic ponderosa pine. But the world is changing, and ponderosa pine is vulnerable to climate shifts, high-intensity wildfires and bark beetles — as well as development that replaces trees.

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Boise National Forest Managers: All-Time Record High for Dry Conditions

Boise Weekly
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While thousands of Idahoans prepare to spend their 4th of July in the extremely dry Boise National Forest , fire watchers won’t have much time to celebrate the holiday as they wait and watch anxiously for the next brush fire to ignite and spread.  “We are currently at an all-time record high for dry conditions in the Boise National Forest. At the current fire danger level, we are well over the typical threshold for large fires,” said Boise National Forest Fire Chief, Bob Shindelar. On average, more than 114 forest fires occur within the Boise National Forest limits each year, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of precious soil in the process. 

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Ag secretary: Feds not liable for damage caused by 2013 fire

Associated Press
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Ranchers and landowners in South Dakota and North Dakota who sought more than $50 million from the U.S. government for an out-of-control prescribed burn that torched over 16,000 acres will not be compensated, according to a letter written by the federal agriculture secretary. The U.S. Department of Agriculture determined the federal government is not liable for damages caused by the Pautre Fire, which began as a 130-acre controlled burn set by the U.S. Forest Service on the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands in April 2013, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Could Urban Trees Become A Source Of Lumber?

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Along the fence line between two houses in Southeast Portland, an arborist cuts through the trunk of a cherry tree with a chainsaw. He’s clearly not in a forest. But he is, arguably, logging. Urban lumber advocate David Barmon is watching. He’s waiting for a crane to lift sections of the tree trunk out of the yard and into his trailer so he can mill them into tabletops. …Logging trees for lumber happens all the time in Northwest forests. But the trees we cut down in cities are usually chopped up for firewood or mulch. Barmon wants to change that.

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Conservationists may challenge certification of state forest lands

July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

….For wood products manufacturers that operate in the state, the certification provides value in the marketplace, as some large home products retailers, such as Home Depot, have come to insist on certified lumber in their stores. But the DNR could face a challenge to those certifications when they come up for a five-year renewal later this summer. Conservationists who’ve worked on forest management issues for years say recent changes in DNR policies backtrack on previous commitments and conflict with the ideals established by the two organizations that currently certify DNR-managed forests, the Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, or SFI.

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10 outbreaks of killer fungus in Tyrone trees

Tyrone Times
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ireland — There are fears that Ash dieback disease, which is rife in mainland Europe, might soon be out of control in local areas. A total of six infected woodlands have been found in the Dungannon District area alone. The Forestry Commission has just completed a survey of Northern Ireland’s trees to gain a clearer picture of how the disease has spread in the wild, recording all the infected sites. The report reveals that Northern Ireland is a hotspot for the disease, with only Norfolk, Suffolk and Kent worse affected in the UK.

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Millions of radiata pine trees planted in State Forests across central west New South Wales

ABC News, Australia
July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The recent frosty nights are a concern to cereal and pulse croppers, but they are providing the perfect conditions for teams replanting around 2,000 hectares of state-owned forest in the New South Wales central west. More than two million radiata pine seedlings are finding new homes in the forests near Oberon and Bathurst. Forestry Corporation’s Silverculture supervisor, Alex Slattery, said the sub-zero temperatures are giving the trees the best start for the next 35 years. “Winter is particularly good for a couple of reasons, mainly because the seedlings are dormant so it’s not during their growth period and that makes them easier to handle in terms of them being less likely to be damaged during planting,” she said.

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Specialty timber workers want Unesco-approved access to Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness

ABC News, Australia
July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Specialty timber workers want access to about 9,000 hectares of Tasmania’s 1.6 million hectare World Heritage wilderness. The sector, which is made up of small business owners who make products including furniture and wooden boats, claimed to only be interested in about 0.005 per cent of the total World Heritage Area. It also insisted there were not enough specialty timber trees outside the wilderness zone to keep it in business. Earlier this week, Unesco’s World Heritage Committee urged the Australian and Tasmanian government to ban commercial logging within the whole of the World Heritage Area.

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UN calls for ban on logging and mining in Tasmania’s world heritage area

Unesco also demands state government rethink its proposal to escalate the building of tourism infrastructure in the world heritage area
The Guardian
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The UN has called for a blanket ban on logging and mining in Tasmania’s world heritage area and demanded the Tasmanian government rethink its new management plan for the vast wilderness. The 21 countries on Unesco’s world heritage committee have ratified a draft decision that the government must “ensure that commercial logging and mining are not permitted within the entire property” and that a proposed new strategy for the wilderness area is reviewed so that ecological values are fully protected.

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Forest Fires

Wildfire breaks out in Summerland

Summerland Reveiw
July 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Flames raced up a Summerland hillside after a wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon. When firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire, which broke out around 3 p.m. on July 2, they found residents of neighbouring houses already at work with shovels trying to contain the blaze. A forestry team joined Summerland firefighters on scene, and a helicopter was called in to assist with extinguishing the fire. RCMP Corporal Bruce Haley said the cause of the two-alarm blaze is yet to be determined.

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Robert W. Gray: Wildfires cost far more than we think

Victoria Times Colonist
July 3, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfires this year are going to cost the provincial government much more than it thinks. At the end of every fire season the province reports on how much taxpayers’ money went into fire suppression — but the cost of suppression is only a fraction of the total or “true” cost of wildfires. In a position paper just released by the world’s three pre-eminent fire-science associations, the Association for Fire Ecology, the International Association of Wildland Fire and the Nature Conservancy, the authors point out that the true cost of wildfires is typically two to 32 times the suppression cost (fireecologyjournal.org/reduce-wildfire-risks/).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change to blame for so many Sask. wildfires, says expert

Sask. prof. says dry weather, winds, and lightning a bad combination
CBC News
July 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Why is Saskatchewan seeing so many wildfires this year? “In a short answer, climate change,” Toddi Steelman told CBC Saskatchewan’s Blue Sky. Steelman is the executive director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and is one of the leading experts in the country on wildfires. People are being evacuated from Montreal Lake and other northern Saskatchewan communities thanks to more than 100 wildfires burning in the region. (thatconradguy/Facebook) She says climate change is leading to higher temperatures, and more arid conditions which make the sky ripe for dry lightning.

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White House rejects biomass as carbon neutral

Utility Dive
July 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

n a lengthy policy statement rejecting House Republican efforts at dismantling carbon reform, the White House has categorically rejected biomass fuels as carbon neutral, saying the idea flies in the face of sound science. HR 2822 would label biomass as a renewable source, at least in part because forests are being replaced quickly. “The Administration objects to the bill’s representation of forest biomass as categorically ‘carbon-neutral,’” the White House said in the statement. “This language conflicts with existing EPA policies on biogenic CO2 and interferes with the position of States that do not apply the same policies to forest biomass as other renewable fuels like solar or wind.”

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