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Daily Archives: July 14, 2015

Froggy Foibles

A Batman Suit From Tree Bark? This French Artist Made One

Weather Network
July 13, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

It’s a safe bet you never imagined you’d see a Batman suit made from tree bark. But that’s exactly what French artist Christophe Guinet — who also calls himself Monsieur Plant — has created, with a little help from Warner Brothers France and the Splendens Factory, a Paris-based design agency. …With this project, he wanted to make a “wearable apparatus that combines fiction, fantasy and floral materials,” Designboom points out, explaining that he used tree bark, lichen, fungus and vegetal moss to cover a foam mold of the Batman suit, helmet and shoulder covering. “The bark of the tree is like the suit of the superheroes — a protective force,” Guinet said in an interview with Designboom. 

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Business & Politics

Barbara Yaffe: B.C.’s forest industry restructures for expected recovery

Vancouver Sun
July 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — A trend whereby B.C. forestry companies have been snapping up sawmills south of the border while shuttering plants here is likely to continue. That prediction, from a new Conference Board report, is part of a good news/bad news story about a sector contributing $12 billion annually to the province’s economy, along with 146,000 jobs. The report more precisely is about the forestry industry across Canada. But it devotes much of its commentary to B.C. since this province accounts for, by far, the biggest share of the country’s softwood lumber production. Indeed, forestry is an iconic industry in B.C., boasting a bounty of sky-high timbers that stand out as a symbol in much the same way the Pacific salmon does.

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Particleboard Plant Revamps for Pellet Production

Woodworking Network
July 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

SMITHERS, BC – A Northern Engineered Wood Products (NEWPRO) particleboard facility is filing a permit amendment to become a wood pellet manufacturing plant. Particleboard production has been halted at the Smithers, BC, plant since January 2014. Although not typically required when reducing emissions, a full consultation report will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment Aug. 3, said Rebecca Martin of SLR Consulting, who is overseeing work on the plant. News reports of the application say it shows the switch will result in 94 percent decrease in total particulate matter, from 432 to 26 tonnes per year. Modeling was done to predict the emissions levels.

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Two Sides reports interim success in anti-greenwash campaign

PPI Magazine
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

DAVENTRY, UK, -80% of organisations remove Greenwash following the latest Two Sides Anti-Greenwash Campaign Two Sides have been actively challenging organisations which use greenwash to mislead consumers regarding the environmental benefits of alternative media. They have done this by requesting that organisations carefully consider their messages and the potentially misleading anti-print and paper statements that are being made such as: ‘go paper-free and do your bit for the environment’ or ‘e-billing is more environmentally friendly than the traditional paper bill’.

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Paper giant APP turns over new leaf to become unlikely protector of Indonesia’s forests

South China Post
July 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Paper has never been the first industry to come to mind when it comes to talk about forest protection and sustainable development. But one Chinese-Indonesian pulp and paper producer has made an attempt to change this by rebranding itself from the stereotypical tree-razing commodity giant to unlikely protector of the archipelago’s forests. In 2013, Asia Pulp and Paper announced that it was officially stopping any forest clearances as part of its operations, setting what green groups hope will be an example for the entire Indonesian industry, China and the rest of Asia.

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Prices for logs in Russia increased 2.6% in June 2015

Lesprom
July 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The logs prices in Russia increased 2.6% in June 2015, according to ‘Logs prices review’ released by Research Department of Lesprom Network. The prices continue to grow after increase 3% in May. Prices for hardwood pulpwood (6-16 cm, 6 m, grade 1-3) and hardwood sawlogs (16-30 cm, 3-6 m) grew by 4% compared to May. Prices for softwood logs rose by 1.5%. In June, prices for logs increased due to the continuing decline of logging in Russia, as well as growth in demand from Asian importers. In July, experts predict stagnation in prices.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cedar casket business expanding for aboriginal entrepreneur

Business in Vancouver
July 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some businesses are recession-proof. The food business is one; the funeral business is another. …A few years ago, Tom Simpson, a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, ended up – almost by accident – on the supply side of the funeral business when he started making cedar caskets for coastal First Nations. …In Coast Salish culture, cedar was used for making everything from clothing and hats to eating utensils, canoes, houses and burial boxes. His first few caskets were plain, but then Tom Sewid, a Coast Salish artist, offered to paint some of his designs on Simpson’s caskets, which helped raise their profile. However, many of the caskets Simpson makes are not painted by Sewid, but by relatives of the deceased.

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Council to look at green building rules

Fort McMurray Today
July 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is debating revising one of its green building standards for downtown development. Council will consider a motion from Coun. Tyran Ault during its Tuesday meeting which calls for to remove the Canada Green Building Council LEED Gold building standard from land-use requirements. Currently, any project in the City Centre area over 1,000 sq. ft. is required to be built to the Gold level of certification; Ault’s motion would allow developers to pick any of the four LEED levels.

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Government of Canada supports CLT Outaouais Inc.

Digital Journal
July 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) …announces that the firm CLT Outaouais has been granted funding to improve its facilities and acquire equipment for the manufacture of wood products for the residential and commercial building market. This support has is being awarded in the form of a $374,000 repayable financial contribution through CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program. …”By supporting the start-up of CLT Outaouais, our government is recognizing once again the fundamental role that businesses play in bringing about economic growth and job creation.”

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Nanotechnology to transform waste into hardwood Part 1

ABC News, Australia
July 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Nanotechnology and water-based glue will be used to transform low-value wood such as thinnings into high-value hardwood at a trial plant in the South East. A company called 3RT Holdings will put a $994,000 State government grant towards the cost of constructing the Strand Technology Production Unit at Mount Gambier. The grant was part of $7.1m announced for forestry and wood product projects in the third and final round of funding from the South East Forestry Partnership Program.

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New fears over timber-frame buildings after two fires

Questions about the safety of timber-frame construction have resurfaced after two fires in Canterbury and Wigan
Architect’s Journal
July 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A blaze at City Wall Avenue in Canterbury on 3 July left five apartments destroyed, the front of the building collapsed and a further 25 homes severely affected. The incident follows a fire at Wharfside apartments near Wigan Pier, which left more than 40 flats condemned. Speaking after the Canterbury fire, chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) said: ‘This fire questions the suitability of using timber frame construction for multi-storey buildings. ‘There is widespread acknowledgement of the fire risk of timber frames during the construction phase but this fire quickly spread in a completed building despite its fire mitigation measures.’

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Forestry

Audit of Western Forest Products near Gold River

BC Forest Practices Board
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Western Forest Products Inc. on forest licence A19231 during the week of July 20, 2015. The auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The audit includes all forestry activities carried out over the last two years, primarily on Nootka Island, 45 kilometres west of Gold River. Other nearby communities include Zeballos and Tahsis.

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Cree-Quebec forestry agreement is unacceptable, Innu say

Montreal Gazette
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… While the agreement between the Quebec government and the Grand Council of the Crees calls for co-management of forestry cutting and protection of woodland caribou in northern Quebec, it may set off a new legal battle. Gilbert Dominique, chief of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan Innu First Nation, said in a telephone interview from Mashteuiatsh Monday that the Cree-Quebec agreement is “unacceptable” because the land at the centre of the dispute is Innu, not Cree. Dominique said 21 Innu families live in the 7,245-square-kilometre zone where the Crees say they have 14 traplines.

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Drought leaves Edmonton’s urban forest shedding branches

Hundreds of large branches have cracked and fallen off the city’s mature trees this year
CBC News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If a tree falls in Edmonton, does anyone hear it? Yeah, lots of people. Well, maybe not whole trees, but plenty of branches anyway. It’s been so dry this year that hundreds of large branches have cracked and fallen off the city’s mature trees. Jeannette Wheeler, the city’s supervisor of urban forests, said this is the driest year since 2009. Dry weather is stressful for trees, she said, and when there’s little rain the trees will use the limited moisture available for the strongest branches, making others more brittle.

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Agreement to resolve Baril Moses dispute: Cree Nation of Waswanipi calls for protection of its last intact forests

Cree First Nation of Waswanipi
Canada Newswire press release
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Parallel to today’s announcement by the Quebec Government and the Cree Nation Government on the protection of 9134km2 of land in Eeyou Istchee, the Cree Nation of Waswanipi calls for complete protection of their proposed Protected areas, and a complete stop to all logging and road building within their last intact areas of traditional land. The community membership unanimously opposed today’s announcement related to protection in the Broadback area since it ignores the vast majority of Waswanipi’s proposed protected area and opens the door to new logging and road building, thus threatening unique ecological and cultural heritage on Waswanipi land.

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Cree and Quebec sign agreement to resolve dispute over forestry practices

Cree Nation filed a $13M lawsuit in 2013 over clearcutting in traditional-use areas
CBC News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Quebec government and James Bay Cree representatives have signed a partnership and co-operation agreement aimed at resolving a forestry dispute about territory that stretches from Lac St. Jean to James Bay. The agreement between the Quebec government and the Grand Council of the Crees was signed in the National Assembly on Monday by Premier Philippe Couillard and Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come. “Today, we set another significant milestone in the nation to nation relationship between Quebec and the Crees,” said Couillard.

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When a tree falls in the forest, what’s the impact on water resources?

July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Forest management practices such as cutting or thinning trees reduce the risk of wildfires, and enhance the overall health of the woodlands. However, they also can speed up the pace of snow melt, which in turn may increase erosion and destabilize streams. Too much melt within a short time interval sends excessive sediment and nutrients into streams, harming ecosystems and degrading water quality, which is expensive to treat. Mukesh Kumar, assistant professor of hydrology and water resources at Duke University, thinks there needs to be an equilibrium between maintaining the well-being of the forest through sound forest management practices, and preserving seasonal snow in forested uplands that serve as a critical water source for most of the western United States.

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Forest Service hears objections over Lincoln-area logging project

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

An objector to a proposed timber project near Lincoln told the Forest Service Monday that the project would be “devastating to wildlife” and that “scare tactics” are being used to generate support. Sara Jane Johnson, director of the Native Ecosystems Council and former Forest Service wildlife biologist, told Forest Service officials at an objection meeting that logging as proposed in the Stonewall Vegetation Project would eliminate habitat for the threatened Canada lynx. The Forest Service failed to develop a programmatic biological opinion on the cat’s critical habitat as required by case law, she said. “It is lynx critical habitat, and we’re talking about destroying 6,000 acres of lynx habitat for 50 years,” Johnson said. “It’s just another extermination project for the lynx.”

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Federal judge halts state schools salvage sale along wild and scenic Selway River

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

A federal judge halted road construction and logging on an Idaho County fire-burned timber sale worth $2 million for the Idaho public school endowment fund to protect the wild and scenic values of the Selway River. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill granted a request Friday by Idaho Rivers United and Lowell property owners Morgan and Olga Wright who challenged a U.S. Forest Service determination that a road accessing state land along the Selway is a “public road.” The salvage operations were scheduled to begin today.

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Forest service, Sitka restore gold mining site in land swap

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

SITKA — A 48-acre piece of land that was formerly the site of gold mining efforts in southeastern Alaska is growing wild again as the result of conservation efforts included in a land swap between Sitka and the U.S. Forest Service. Cleaning up about 100 years of mining on Chichagof Island near Sitka cost the city almost $80,000, KCAW-FM reported. Waste and large items like sheds, a bulldozer and a camping trailer were removed to make way for the forest service. The land swap gave the Boomer Lands to the U.S. Forest Service in exchange for an area that flooded when the Blue Lake dam was raised and the reservoir overflowed.

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Restoring Fire to Oklahoma’s Priority Forest Landscapes

USDA Blog
July 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forest Action Plans represent the first-ever comprehensive assessment of America’s forest resources across all lands—public, private, rural, and urban—and offer proactive strategies that state forestry agencies use to conserve, protect and enhance the trees and forests we depend on. …For the past five years, Oklahoma has used this strategy to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and educate the public about healthy forests. Implementation of Oklahoma’s Forest Action Plan demonstrates the need for state agencies to work with the U.S. Forest Service to use all of the tools at their disposal to achieve landscape scale restoration, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and educate the public on effective land management.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tuesday’s Editorial: Burning questions for leaders

Edmonton Journal
July 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

While Canada’s politicians fiddle about on the barbecue circuit this summer, the country burns. By Monday afternoon, 5,041 wildland fires had scorched 3.02 million hectares, equal to about half the area of Nova Scotia, and 902 of them were still burning. …The intensity of this fire season should prompt a thoughtful, tangible response from provincial and federal governments. It should force Canadian politicians to deal more directly with an obvious and worsening symptom of climate change.

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House backs Poliquin’s bid to nix biomass rules for mills

Associated Press
July 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

AUGUSTA, Maine – The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment introduced by Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin that’s designed to protect the state’s mills from what he says are burdensome regulations. The Republican’s amendment was attached to a spending bill approved by the Republican-controlled House this week. It seeks to block all funds for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new boiler regulations. Poliquin says the rules would cost the Sappi paper mill in Skowhegan and others across the country millions of dollars. He says his amendment will safeguard the hundreds of jobs at Sappi and elsewhere.

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Drax Group operations director Peter Emery

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

Drax Power Station dominates the skyline around the North Yorkshire town of Selby. Its 3,960MW of generating capacity it the largest of any power station in western Europe; alone it supplies some seven per cent of the UK’s electricity; it has six energy-generating units, each with a nameplate capacity of 667MW – the largest in the UK. …Most of the biomass Drax burns is pellets of fast-growing coniferous wood, sourced from sustainably managed forestry in the US, where Drax Power Group, the company that owns and runs the power station, has built and manages plants to convert the felled trees into suitable pellet form for transportation and burning.

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Forest Fires

Wildfire future: Canada facing far more flames in years to come

The Daily Brew
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

From Vancouver, where the hazy orange air smelled like a campfire last week, to smoke-clouded Saskatchewan, wildfires are adding even more scorch to a hot summer. The fire season in Western Canada started early this year and with a vengeance. Lightning set off tinder-dry remote northern forests, augmented in the south by human stupidity ranging from dubiously tended campfires to criminal carelessness with discarded cigarette butts. Yes, still. Experts say we’d better get used to this. Climate change is extending the wildfire season and increasing the intensity of the fires, adding risk to life, property and stretching provincial fire-fighting budgets.

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Dog Mountain fire 100% contained

Alberni Valley Times
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was what the community was waiting to hear. By Saturday, the Coastal Fire Centre’s fire information officer Marg Drysdale confirmed the Dog Mountain Fire 100 per cent contained. Although the Mars water bomber was not used on this wildfire, the plane gave Port Alberni a hero’s welcome by flying over the city and performing a test run over Harbour Quay on Friday. Heads turned to the sky and people rushed outside to have a look. Over the weekend, 11 people remained on site to check for hot spots. There were also two boats for transport and to patrol the area. Drysdale said her most important message was to remind the public to keep away from the area. “I want to warn everyone that the slopes are not stable,” Drysdale said.

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Saskatchewan First Nation firefighter says work rewarding

Fire crew has already run into dangerous situations
CBC News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hilliard Leon Gamble has been working as a firefighter in Saskatchewan for the last 20 years and this is the busiest fire activity he’s ever seen in the province. Gamble and his crew recently arrived at the Montreal Lake Cree Nation to keep fires away from the community. Gamble said he’s already seen his fair share of frightening situations this year. He and his crew have already had to run away from several crown fires, where fire burns trees up their entire length to the top, creating a wall of flames. “It’s not a happy time when that happens,” he said.

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Lac La Ronge chief calls for more locals fighting Sask. fires

CBC News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Amid stubborn, widespread forest fires in northern Saskatchewan, Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson is calling for a provincial fire strategy that utilizes more northern residents to fight fires. The government has called in hundreds of military personnel and reservists to help, but Cook-Searson believes there are enough locals willing to help. “We can fight this on our own,” Cook-Searson said in an interview with CBC Radio. “We can come together as people from Saskatchewan.”…”We know the land. We know the territory. This is our traditional land,” she said.

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Lightning sparks new B.C. wildfires

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
July 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Lightning has sparked about 60 new wildfires in British Columbia during a season where fire fighting resources are already stretched thin. Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says about 60 of the 67 new fires that started on Friday were caused by lightning, and most are located in the eastern part of the province. Skrepnek says that Friday saw the highest number of fires started in one day so far this season, where 1,025 wildfires have burned since April 1. Currently 238 fires are burning across the province, and about 2,300 people, including crews from Ontario, are involved in battling the blazes.

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Debacle on Dog Mountain was a ‘make work project’ for forestry service

Letter to the Editor
Alberni Valley Times
July 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – With all the aerial fire suppression equipment available to our forest service, personnel, air tankers and helicopters, the fact everyone is on high alert, there is no reason the Dog Mountain fire became what it did unless one considers the idea of a well-orchestrated make work project witnessed by so many. Or is someone accountable? I agree with Mr. Cole and feel our forest service desperately needs a shaking up and an inquiry into some of their decisions ,especially when apparent conflict of interests arise. For many years Forest Industries Flying Tankers Ltd supplied aerial fire suppression to most of Vancouver Island and the mainland coast at no cost to the government.

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Canada is on fire, let’s all pray for rain

Hinton Parklander
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada is on fire and we are not talking about medal counts at the Pan Am Games. As of Monday, there were more than 400 wildfires burring across Western Canada alone, thousands of residents have been displaced. At one point, communities such as Jasper, Alta., Williams Lake, B.C., and Meadow Lake, Sask. were under siege as evacuations strategies kicked in. While some rain over the last 48 hours has mitigated the threat there is still a lot burning out there, consuming millions of hectares of timber, and harming the air quality. Forest fires in Canada have long been part of the reality living in one of the world’s largest and forest-covered countries. Fires are nature’s way of regeneration.

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Saskatchewan wildfires destroy dozens of homes, cabins

Rain, cooler temperatures not helping much, fire officials say
CBC News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

At least 81 homes and cabins have been destroyed by Saskatchewan wildfires, fire officials say. According to Steve Roberts, who heads the province’s wildfire management branch, crews are getting updates on the number of structures hit by forest fires since May. The latest number, 81, includes both principal residences and seasonal cabins, Roberts said. That’s up from last week, when about 60 burned structures had been identified. Meanwhile, despite some rain and cooler temperatures, it’s clear the war against northern Saskatchewan wildfires is not over yet.

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As power poles burn, SaskPower scrambles to make repairs

Lines down, poles burned after rash of forest fires
CBC News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While northern Saskatchewan forest fires rage, SaskPower is struggling to keep up with the damage being done to its infrastructure. Last week, employees worked to restore 42 poles on the line to Pinehouse, Sask., that had been burned by fast-moving fires. The power company said Monday it was cutting the power in the Stanley Mission, Grandmother’s Bay, Missinippi, Sucker River and English Bay from 9:30 a.m. CST until noon so it can repair poles in those areas.

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Over 200 active wildfires impacting province

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


VICTORIA – With 220 wildfires burning around B.C., the Province continues to caution all British Columbians to be diligent with fire safety and to report all wildfires to authorities. …There were 13 new wildfires in B.C. yesterday. As of noon today, there were 220 active wildfires throughout the province (of these, 21 are active fires of note), with three states of local emergency due to wildfire, and 10 Evacuation Alerts and Orders currently in effect.

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Timmins dealing with high forest fire risk

Q92 Timmins Rock
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Over 300 forest fires a burning in Ontario but Timmins isn’t feeling the heat. Fire Information Officer, Shane McCool says cooler weather and rain could help lower the chances of a fire in the region. “We are expecting to see precipitation in the next few days potentially lowering the risk. Should the rain not come, the risk will climb higher.” “At this time we don’t have any fores near the Timmins region. The closest one is north of Sudbury and it is 0.1 hectares and is contained.” McCool also says Timmins crews are being deployed to hard hit areas like the Northwest Territories, Alberta, and British Columbia, where over 250 wildfires are burning. END OF STORY

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The stunning statistic that puts this year’s Alaskan wildfires in perspective

The Washington Post
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Every day they update the numbers. And every day, the number of acres burned in Alaska seems to leap higher yet again. As of Monday, it is at 4,447,182.2 acres, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center — a total that puts the 2015 wildfire season in sixth place overall among worst seasons on record. It’s very likely to move into fifth place by Tuesday — and it’s still just mid-July. There is a long way to go. According to the Center, 2015 is now well ahead of the rate of burn seen in the worst year ever, 2004, when 6,590,140 acres burned in 701 fires.

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Evacuation order partly rescinded for Puntzi Lake wildfire

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

The Cariboo Regional District expanded an evacuation order and alert as the Puntzi Lake wildfire expanded to 7,000 hectares (70-square-kilometres) Saturday. Fortunately, rainfall slowed growth of the blaze, which fire officials says is now 30 per cent contained. “It gives us a chance to go out there, make some progress, assess the situation, and potentially get into areas where it wasn’t safe for crews to access before,” said fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek.

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Wildfire near Detroit 100 percent contained

Statesman Journal
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A 79-acre wildfire that began burning near Detroit Lake on the Fourth of July was 100 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry. Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Jerri Chase said the cause of the fire remained under investigation. The wildfire, which began burning around noon July 4, started about a mile from Highway 22 near the Big Cliff Dam. On the first day it burned about 30 acres and more than doubled by the next day.

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Forest Service using old Coast Guard planes to fight fire

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The U.S. Forest Service is taking possession of U.S. Coast Guard planes that are being converted to drop retardant on wildfires. The first of the planes, an HC-130H, is based in Sacramento, California and ready to start flying as far as 500 miles to drop retardant on a wildfire .Six more are coming online through 2019 and will be based around the West. The Forest Service has been working since 2004 to modernize and stabilize the tanker fleet following a series of high-profile crashes. The former Coast Guard plane brings to 21 the number of planes available for dropping retardant around the West.

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General

When a tree falls in the forest, what’s the impact on water resources?

July 14, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Forest management practices such as cutting or thinning trees reduce the risk of wildfires, and enhance the overall health of the woodlands. However, they also can speed up the pace of snow melt, which in turn may increase erosion and destabilize streams. Too much melt within a short time interval sends excessive sediment and nutrients into streams, harming ecosystems and degrading water quality, which is expensive to treat. Mukesh Kumar, assistant professor of hydrology and water resources at Duke University, thinks there needs to be an equilibrium between maintaining the well-being of the forest through sound forest management practices, and preserving seasonal snow in forested uplands that serve as a critical water source for most of the western United States.

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