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Daily Archives: July 13, 2015

Business & Politics

Forest Industry Joins CCFM on Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth

Canada News Wire Press Release
July 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is joining the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) to open up nominations for two Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth as part of an effort to encourage more Aboriginal workers to consider a career in the forest sector. FPAC has handed out a skills award to a young Aboriginal person for the past three years. However the new partnership with the CCFM means that two awards can now be handed out in 2015. The two awards will honor First Nations, Metis or Inuit individuals with strong academic standing who are committed to their field of study and to a job in the forest sector. The awards, both worth $2500, are targeted at youth from 18 to 30 who are now enrolled in a post-secondary program.

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IFIT: A Proven Success Story for Forest Sector Transformation

Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada News Wire
July 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada welcomes the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) performance report that underscores the impressive strides being made by the revitalized Canadian forest sector as it becomes more innovative and transformative. The report was released yesterday by the Minister of Natural Resources, Greg Rickford, at the National Forest Innovation Summit underway in Kenora. The publication showcases innovative first-in-kind technologies now being integrated into forest mills that are creating a more prosperous, diverse and environmentally responsible forest products sector.

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Early morning fire at Weyerhaeuser

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
July 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A blaze at Weyerhaeuser caused limited damage to some machinery early Sunday morning. At approximately 1 a.m. on July 12, County of Grande Prairie firefighters from the Clairmont, Dunes and Bezanson fire stations, as well as the Town of Sexsmith, responded to a fire in the sawmill area of the Weyerhaeuser mill, 10 kilometres south of Grande Prairie on Resources Road. The firefighters extinguished the blaze by 5 a.m. According to Wayne Roznowsky, public affairs manager for Weyerhaeuser, the fire did not result in any structural damage.

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Victorian timber bound for China under secret Andrews Government rescue plan

The Age
July 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Victoria’s low grade native timber could soon be packed into shipping containers bound for China and other cut-price countries for processing under a plan to help ailing state timber company VicForests. VicForests has been left without a market for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of so-called “residual” timber following the loss of a key contract with Japanese-owned wood-chip company South East Fibre Exports (SEFE). In response, a rule requiring local processing before export has now been relaxed in a bid to open up new markets for the struggling state-owned wood business.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Simonson Lumber applies high-tech to home design

Inforum.com
July 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

FARGO—As a homebuyer, wouldn’t it be nice to peek inside your newly designed house before it’s built? Simonson Lumber thinks so, and it’s come up with major advances in helping homebuyers and builders realize house projects. A large portion of the space has been transformed into a design studio, where images of homes and floor plans are displayed on large monitors… In addition to the design studio, which is already being used, the company is on the verge of launching a new software/hardware service that uses virtual-reality goggles to give homebuyers realistic tours of what a house interior will look like when finished. And then there is perhaps the most customer-friendly upgrade of all: the ability to build desktop models of what a new house will look like using 3D printing.

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‘Cutting trees for timber good for forest growth’

Sun Star
July 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

UNDERSTANDING the environmental impacts when using certain materials, specifically wood, is important so end-users could see its real benefits. American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) executive director Michael Snow said it is also equally important for people to understand why trees have to be harvested before they die. “By not harvesting mature trees, we are allowing carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere,” he told participants of AHEC’s 20th Annual Greater China and Southeast Asia Convention in Nanning City in China. Snow said that what should be done ideally to trees in forest lands is to cut the mature ones to allow sunlight into the soil, thereby allowing new species to grow.

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Slovakia’s wooden treasures

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July 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SLOVAKIA is so exotic – castles, Alpine vistas, manor houses, charming villages, rivers, gorges and caves – that happening upon the amazing architecture and intriguing stories of its approximately 60 surviving wooden churches can almost be dismissed as merely ordinary. But the wooden churches of Slovakia are anything but ordinary. Some are more than 500 years.

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Forestry

Canada’s Forestry Ministers to counter environmental campaigns

Thunder Bay News Watch
July 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

THUNDER BAY — Natural resource ministers across Canada have agreed to challenge environmental campaigns that target the forestry industry.  Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bill Mauro hosted Friday’s Canadian Council of Forest Ministers meeting in Thunder Bay. He said all provincial and territorial ministers were unanimous in their resolve to promote the sustainability of Canadian forestry.  Over the past decade, there has been an increase in environmental groups deploying divestment campaigns that pressure large paper companies to change suppliers. Those campaigns seek to change the forestry practices of Canadian companies by threatening to associate paper companies’ brand identities with images of clearcut forests, endangered species and Aboriginal rights violations.

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Southern Alberta trout streams threatened despite recovery plan, says survey

Canadian Press
July 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — Virtually all southern Alberta streams that spawn native trout are threatened by industrial development or overuse, says a survey from a respected fisheries biologist. That’s even though both bull and rainbow trout are protected under federal law and are supposed to be benefiting from a recovery plan, says Lorne Fitch. “I have watched habitat and fish populations crater,” says Fitch, an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary, who spent 35 years as a leading provincial biologist. “All of our systems are under extreme pressure.”

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Pine beetles partly to blame for bad wildfire season: UBC Forestry expert

CKNW News
July 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A UBC Forestry expert says BC’s Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic may be partly to blame for the tough wildfire season. Speaking on the Jill Bennett Show, Lori Daniels says the infestation helped create the perfect conditions for intense fires. “Some of the forest fires we see burning up in the Cariboo, and up in the mountain systems. Many of those fires are burning through forests that have a lot of dead wood on the ground because of mountain pine beetle.” Daniels says that problem may stem from BC’s long term firefighting strategy.

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Pine beetle population surges in Kenora

Population boost is probably due to a heavy snowfall that hit the Kenora, Ont. area in 2013
CBC News
July 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kenora, Ont., is experiencing a pine beetle boom this summer. A provincial forest entomologist said people in the area are reporting more encounters with the big, black, long-antennae beetles this year. …Scarr said the population boost is probably due to a heavy snowfall that hit the Kenora area in 2013. “And what these beetles do is they lay their eggs in those recently killed or damaged trees, and the eggs hatch and the larva or grubs tunnel inside the tree, and then they emerge two years later as an adult beetle.”

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‘Green economy’ conference to focus on forestry

The Telegraph
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry?Association (NEIA) conference this fall will focus on the province’s forestry-connected businesses, according to the organization. NEIA leadership has said Newleef 2015 — the annual event themed around the “green economy” — will be dedicated to discussion around opportunities for growth in the forestry sector. “The forestry sector does not get the public attention it deserves.

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Bill Would Fix Wildfire Funding Problem And Increase Logging

Jefferson Public Radio
July 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A bill that would make big changes to how the federal government pays to fight wildfire passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday. Currently, if firefighting costs exceed their budgeted amount – as they have done often in recent years – federal agencies have to borrow from fire prevention programs. Under the new Republican-backed legislation, the government could treat fire more like a hurricane or tornado and apply for emergency funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This kind of fix has broad support. But the bill also contains more controversial provisions that would change the rules for how federal forests are treated after a wildfire. On a conference call with reporters, Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon said those changes are crucial.

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House passes bill to hasten timber projects, treat wildfires like other federal disasters

Associated Press
July 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects. The goal is to speed up timber harvests and underbrush removal that the U.S. Forest Service deems necessary to improve the health of national forests, which are taking a hit from drought, density and infestation. 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.

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US government wants to garnish wages of former eco-saboteur

Associated Press
July 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. government has filed papers to garnish the wages of a Portland State University official, to make him pay more in restitution for his role in a pair of eco-anarchist fire bombings. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Bickers filed a writ of garnishment against 33-year-old Jacob D.B. Sherman last week, The Oregonian reported (http://bit.ly/1NXodOC ). Sherman served nearly three years in prison after pleading guilty to firebombing logging trucks and equipment at two Oregon companies in 2001, when he was 19.

US goes after wages of PSU official to recoup restitution in eco-arsons of his radical youth from The Oregonian

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Drought, beetles preying on weakened California forests

The Sacramento Bee
July 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Frank Cody wasn’t surprised to learn that at least 12 million trees across California recently have died from a lethal mix of bugs and long-term drought. Business is booming for the South Lake Tahoe tree service business owner. “We’re close to halfway through the season, at least for Tahoe, and we’ve done as many dead trees already this year as we do in an average year,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of trees dying.” Four years of drought have put an incredible strain on California’s forests – particularly stands of pine and fir. The problem is more pronounced in Southern and Central California, but foresters say it’s spreading north. The reason trees are dying is simple enough.

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New effort to increase logging, restoration in Wash. forest

AP in Longview Daily News
July 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Timber industry, conservation groups and others on Friday launched a new effort to increase logging as well as improve forest habitat in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the Darrington region. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin and others announced the Darrington Collaborative at a news conference in Darrington, about 75 miles northeast of Seattle. The collaborative approach seeks to avoid the logging conflicts during the Northwest timber wars of the 1990s. Members will work together with the U.S. Forest Service’s Darrington Ranger District to develop sustainable thinning and logging projects while also improving salmon habitat and water quality.

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Caterpillars invade Colorado forests

An outbreak of Tussock Moths in our state is affecting thousands of acres of Douglas-firs and some species of spruces.
9NEWS
July 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KUSA – Some of Colorado’s forests face a lethal threat from a little caterpillar. An outbreak of tussock moths in the state is affecting thousands of acres of Douglas-firs and some species of spruces. It’s the picturesque view that people who live near Larkspur love so much. “The mountains are normally bright green,” resident Mike Meyer said. “You don’t see a lot of brown.” That’s no longer the case, though. “Everything had turned brown, it seems like overnight,” he said. Like many in this area of Douglas County, Mike and Diana Meyer have watched swaths of trees, mainly-Douglas-firs, turn a dull reddish-brown.

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Wildlife group wants moose on endangered species list

July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A national wildlife protection group wants to place moose alongside the polar bear as a tragic symbol of climate change by petitioning the federal government to protect it under the Endangered Species Act. Warming global temperatures are a driving factor in the sharp decline of moose numbers in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, which Thursday asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review the animal’s status. Listing it would provide permanent protection against hunting and legal incentives to improve its habitat, the petition said. “Under a warming climate, those habitats are shifting,” said Collette Adkins, a Minnesota attorney with the center. “It’s a contributing factor that intensifies other threats that moose are facing.”

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Oregon delegates split as forest management bill passes US House

Bill seeks to let feds clear forests, removes ban on cutting larger trees
The Bend Bulletin
July 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio, of Springfield, and Kurt Schrader, of Canby, joined Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, in supporting the bill, which passed 262-167, largely along party lines. “This bill takes that first step in ending that practice of fire-borrowing,” DeFazio said. “That alone gives this bill tremendous merit.” Oregon’s representatives split on the bill that would also require the Bureau of Land Management to conduct further studies on a proposed management plan for Western Oregon’s federal forests known as O&C lands for the Oregon and California Railroad that once owned the land.

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Walden optimistic for ‘Resilient Forests’ bill

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, is backing a bill to improve wildfire funding and expedite forest thinning projects on federal land.
East Oregonian
July 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, discussed his support of the bill Thursday, which passed the House handily and once again puts forest management reforms to the Senate. Last year, Walden promoted legislation that would have required the Secretary of Agriculture to designate land in every national forest suitable for commercial timber harvest, and reduce hazardous wildfire fuels in at-risk areas established by the governor. That bill passed the House two years in a row, but was never taken up by the Senate and was threatened with a veto from the White House. Environmental groups criticized the proposal, saying it would result in unprecedented and unsustainable timber harvest levels.

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Gypsy moths ravage hardwood trees on SouthCoast

SouthCoast Today
July 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEW BEDFORD — … Trees throughout eastern and southeastern Massachusetts are bare this year — stripped of their leaves by one of the most notorious pests of hardwood trees in the eastern part of the country: gypsy moths. “It’s like a wave that cuts across the state,” said Todd Sandstrum, a board member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership. “The issue this year is we’re in that cycle. This year is particularly bad for oak trees and white pines.” Mark Mello, research director at the Lloyd Center, said the insects have “defoliated everything.” He said the problem is evident in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Increased Logging and Oversight on Maine Public Lands Passed into Law

The Free Press
July 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In spite of increasing questions about whether Maine’s Public Lands are being treated more like commercial forests than the multiple-use forests they were established by law to be, logging targets increased from 141,000 to 160,000 cords per year when the new biennial budget was signed into law in late June. The 160,000-cord-per-year limit (averaged, over three years) was introduced quietly and late into the budget process after the committee that oversees public lands held the line at 141,000 cords. The new law calls for an independent timber inventory to be conducted after July 1, 2015, to see if the 160,000-cord limit meets the requirements of sustainable forestry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Firewood in high demand already

The NG News
July 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Robert Brooks has burnt wood to heat his home in Mt. William for 13 years now, but has never had such a hard time getting a load of full-length wood as he has this year. …What frustrates Brooks is the fact that there’s so much hardwood now being chipped for biomass or used at pulps. What’s even more frustrating is seeing pulp mills getting permission to cut on Crown land for free, he said, when local contractors don’t seem to be able to get firewood. Eric Williams, a co-owner of Williams Brothers, acknowledges the high demand. “There’s more and more orders come in every year because some people are getting out of the supply side,” he said.

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Scientists predict huge sea level rise even if we limit climate change

The Guardian
July 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

Even if world manages to limit global warming to 2C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 ft) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline and affecting millions in the process. That finding comes from a new paper published on Thursday in Science that shows how high sea levels rose the last time carbon dioxide levels were this high. That was about 3m years ago, when the globe was about 3-5F warmer on average, the Arctic 14.4F warmer, megasharks swam the oceans, and sea levels stood at least 20 ft above their current heights.

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UK scraps zero carbon homes target

The Guardian
July 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Housebuilders, planners and green groups have condemned the government for scrapping plans to make all new UK homes carbon neutral. The zero carbon homes policy was first announced in 2006 by the then-chancellor Gordon Brown, who said Britain was the first country to make such a commitment. It would have ensured that all new dwellings from 2016 would generate as much energy on-site – through renewable sources, such as wind or solar power – as they would use in heating, hot water, lighting and ventilation. This was to be supported by tighter energy efficiency standards that would come into force in 2016, and a scheme which would allow housebuilders to deliver equivalent carbon savings off site.

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Forest Fires

Homes lost to wildfire in B.C.’s Cariboo region; evacuation orders expanded near Puntzi Lake

Vancouver Sun
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of the Red Stone First Nations reserve near Williams Lake have packed their clothes, medicines and personal treasures and are ready to flee at a moment’s notice if an aggressive wildfire at Puntzi Lake starts heading their way. The reserve, in the Cariboo, is on evacuation alert after the nearby Puntzi Lake wildfire doubled in size over the weekend, consuming 70 square kilometres and destroying the Woodland Caribou Resort, two permanent homes, a seasonal residence and several outbuildings. “We have been going door to door getting people’s names,” said Agnes Case, who lives on the 300-member reserve. “We’re pretty well prepared. People said they already got their pictures by the door ready to go.”

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Ontario firefighters help fight blaze on Boulder Creek in B.C.

Canadian Press
July 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burning trees, thick smoke and extreme heat are all part of the job for a group of Ontario firefighters battling a massive blaze in a devastated swath of forest in central British Columbia “A lot of action; it’s very dry,” fire ranger Vincent Carriere, speaking from a fire base in Pemberton, B.C., said in an interview “There are trees that are just dead, standing with their needles ready to light up. On the ground there is also fuel left to be burned so it’s still just creeping along; a lot of activity.” The 22-year-old from Chapleau, Ont., is one of a crew of 21 fire rangers from Ontario who began work Thursday helping fight the Boulder Creek wild fire north of Whistler.

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On the front lines with firefighters battling B.C.’s wildfires

Braving the blazes
Globe and Mail
July 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

In British Columbia, more than 2,300 workers are risking their lives battling upwards of 200 active wildfires. Reporter Andrea Woo and photographer John Lehmann joined one team putting out a blaze along the Sunshine Coast. Working swiftly, they march into the bush, yellowed grass and parched tree branches crunching under the weight of their boots. They tip their drip-torches, spilling flaming fuel onto the arid land. The fires spread, racing across the carpet of tinder-dry earth, then upward, consuming trees that are 10 or more metres high. The heat – warm at first, then uncomfortably intense – forces others to hustle down the dusty logging road.

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B.C. wildfires hammer ministry budget but increase revenue for firefighting companies

Business in Vancouver
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

2015 is shaping up to be one of B.C.’s most devastating forest fire years on record, with the government already spending more than $97 million, far in excess of its annual $63 million forest-fire-fighting budget. The active fire count stands at more than 180 at time of writing, and the B.C. government expects 30 new fires to start every day because of the unusually dry conditions. Some forestry operations have shut down because of the fires. TimberWest, the largest private timberland owner in Western Canada, has suspended harvesting on its 800,000 acres of forest as well as virtually all harvesting on Crown land for which it has a licence to log. “It’s unusual to be shut down for a fire hazard so early in the year,” TimberWest vice-president Domenico Iannidinardo told Business in Vancouver.

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Wildfire threat lessens near Jasper, and for some Sask. evacuees

Homes destroyed by Puntzi Lake fire in central B.C.
CBC News
July 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 400 wildfires are raging in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, but there’s good news for some people ousted from their homes and for those battling to contain an aggressive 70-square-kilometre blaze raging in central B.C.’s Cariboo Region. Rain, and the prospect of more precipitation and cooler temperatures in the forecast, spells a huge shift in the forest fire situation in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. It means the 50-square-kilometre fire that forced the evacuation of 1,000 tourists, hikers and campers from the popular Maligne Valley hasn’t gotten any bigger.

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Edmontonians can breathe easier Monday, forecast says

Edmonton Journal
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A shift in the winds is forecast to give relief on Monday from smoky conditions that sparked air-quality warnings over the weekend in Edmonton. The city ranked as a nine on the Alberta government’s air quality health index, where 10 denotes the worst conditions. Edmonton’s rating was expected to moderate to eight Sunday night and five for Monday. Smoky haze wafting from forest fires in Saskatchewan and northern Alberta prompted the federal and provincial governments to issue a special air quality statement on Sunday.

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B.C. fire count grows to 250 despite weekend rain

CTV News
July 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


It’s another weekend, another 120 new fires for British Columbia – bringing the total number of active blazes in the province to 250. An estimated total of 283,430 hectares have burned across the province since April, according to BC Wildfire Services – an area nearly the size of Metro Vancouver. Cooler temperatures and wetter weather are helping firefighters, says Kevin Skrepnek, chief fire information officer at BC Wildfire Service, although lightning has been responsible for the majority of new blazes.

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35-acre brush fire threatens structures in San Bernardino National Forest

ABC News
July 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

YUCAIPA, Calif. — Four homes along Yucaipa Ridge were evacuated after a wildfire broke out in the San Bernardino National Forest on Sunday afternoon. Dubbed the Mill 2 Fire, the brush fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m. in Mill Creek Canyon near Highway 38 and Bryant Street, which is east of Mentone and north of Yucaipa. It burned at least 35 acres and was fueled by chaparral. By about 6:30 p.m., the flames were 10 percent contained.  About 17 fire engines, seven crews, two dozers, five helicopters and several air tankers were ordered in response to the wildfire.

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Firefighting planes briefly grounded by drone over wildfire

Associated Press
July 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

YUCAIPA, Calif. — Authorities said a drone temporarily halted air tankers that were fighting a wildfire on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Carol Underhill said the fire broke out in a canyon north of Yucaipa Sunday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of four homes. She said firefighters at a nearby air tanker base responded swiftly and stopped the fire’s forward spread at about 35 acres. However, she said fire officials grounded the planes for about eight minutes until the drone left the area of the fire. It was the fourth time in the last month that the spotting of a drone over a California wildfire prompted the Forest Service to ground the firefighting planes out of fear that the drones will collide with the aircraft.

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Wet air slows growth of Paradise Fire, but more rain needed, firefighters say

Peninsula Daily News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Moist marine air that moved up the Queets River drainage is keeping the Paradise Fire quiet, with no significant growth reported up the rugged slopes of Pelton Peak, firefighters said Saturday. Continued minimal growth for the backcountry rain forest wildfire was forecast through today. The blaze on Thursday gained an additional 20 acres. It has now consumed a total of about 1,600 acres and is about 21 percent contained. Full containment isn’t expected until late September.

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In North Idaho, wildfires last seen a century ago could be in the offing

Idaho Statesman
July 10, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Idaho’s fire season has been turned on its head this year. North Idaho, the wettest part of an otherwise dry state, is where the greatest threat of big fires exists. Conditions look hauntingly like those 105 years ago, when a million acres burned in two days across North Idaho and Montana. That year, there was little spring rain and the snow cover melted early, said Elers Koch, the Forest Service supervisor who wrote the official history of the 1910 fires. “July followed with intense heat, and drying southwest winds from the Columbia plains,” Koch wrote. “Crops burned up all over the region.” Sounds familiar.

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Kiwis to help fight Canada forest fires

Otago Daily Times
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Firefighters from rural New Zealand are flying to Canada to help battle blazes raging in almost 800,000 hectares of forest. The western Canada wildfires have forced thousands of people to evacuate and thick smoke has triggered air quality warnings across the country and into the United States. One of the fires was more than five times the size of Saskatchewan’s largest city Saskatoon, officials said.

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General

Wildlife group wants moose on endangered species list

July 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

A national wildlife protection group wants to place moose alongside the polar bear as a tragic symbol of climate change by petitioning the federal government to protect it under the Endangered Species Act. Warming global temperatures are a driving factor in the sharp decline of moose numbers in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, which Thursday asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review the animal’s status. Listing it would provide permanent protection against hunting and legal incentives to improve its habitat, the petition said. “Under a warming climate, those habitats are shifting,” said Collette Adkins, a Minnesota attorney with the center. “It’s a contributing factor that intensifies other threats that moose are facing.”

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Annual list of potential timber harvest sites available for review

International Falls Journal
July 9, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until July 17. The list of potential harvest sites is for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2016. DNR field staff will examine nearly 2,600 forest stands on 58,000 acres for potential timber sales during the year. The DNR estimates that about 40,000 of the 58,000 acres of forest land will be suitable for timber sales. “The public has two options for reviewing the list,” said Jon Nelson, DNR forest planning supervisor, in a news release.

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