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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

‘He didn’t deserve to die like this’

Prince George Citizen
July 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A coroner’s inquest into the explosion that leveled the Babine Forest Products sawmill near Burns Lake began Monday with testimony from the widow and the sister of the two men killed in the blast. Alternately sobbing and fighting back tears, Maureen Luggi, the wife of Robert Luggi, 45, described the father of four as a happy, easy-going person with a sense of humour who was also hard working. She said her husband, who had worked at Babine for more than 22 years, had been transferred to a new shift at the start of the year and was training to become a lead hand when the explosion struck on Jan. 20, 2012.

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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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UPM has certified all its European pulp and paper mills

Pulp and Paper News
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

“Sustainability-driven not only describes our solutions, but also our way of performing” UPM has published the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) statements for the year 2014. The company has certified all its European pulp and paper mills, the UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay and the UPM Changshu paper mill in China in accordance with the EMAS. Transparency and openness with stakeholders are an essential part of UPM’s corporate responsibility worldwide. The EMAS registration and third-party verified reporting promote continuous improvement.

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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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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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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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Wood, Paper & Green Building

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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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

MP defends gov?t pine beetle response

Prince George Citizen
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal government has been fulfilling its commitment to mountain pine beetle-affected communities, according to a local member of Parliament. Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer said nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars have gone to B.C. forestry projects over the past number of years. “I understand the concerns if you only look at that one particular program, but a more fulsome understanding of the money is important,” said Zimmer, citing $726 million worth of B.C. investment spread across four different funding envelopes, including the mountain pine beetle program.

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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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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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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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Kenora Declaration adopted at forestry summit

Kenera Online
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest sector in Canada is moving forward with innovation. Company CEOs, ministers and leading researchers have been meeting in Kenora over the past two days to discuss the industry. President and CEO of FPInnovations, Pierre Lapointe, says the forest sector has diversified immensely over the last few years. “Oh yes, yes. But it has taken a lot of time because everyone is used to the traditional products. Getting a drone in to survey the land when they’re walking, making a tall building out of wood, it took them two or three years to realize that there are other clients,” he said. Now the forest sector offers a huge range of products from textiles to biofuels to food additives and bio-plastics all made from trees. 

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U.S. forest situation characterized in new academic research article

Not Without A Fight
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The United States is unique among countries with large forest endowments because of the dominant position of privately owned forests (56% of the total forest area), particularly in the southern part of the country. Private noncorporate owners, including individuals, Native American Tribes, unincorporated partnerships, clubs and lands leased by corporate interests, control 38% of all forest land. Corporate owners encompassing legally incorporated entities, account for another 18% of all forest land. Private forests account for 92% of the wood harvested in the country (Smith, Miles, Perry, & Pugh, 2009).

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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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A fix for fragile forests

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

Freshly scalded by the Cape Horn Fire, locals have witnessed the devastation that awaits one thoughtless moment or one random lightning strike. Maybe that burning sensation throughout the West will finally lead to change. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador was among a bipartisan House majority that approved the Resilient Federal Forests Act on Thursday. The Idaho Republican lauds H.R. 2647 for its ability to improve forest health and reduce fire risk. He understands that the two are intricately connected. According to Labrador, the U.S. Forest Service classifies 58 million acres at high risk for catastrophic fire, while just 3 million acres are treated each year to reduce the likelihood of a fire becoming catastrophic.

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LTE: Zinke’s forest reform is a common sense solution

Letter to the editor
Ravalli Republic
July 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In this age of suburban sprawl, it is refreshing to see that Montana is different than the rest of the country: the last best place. As a certified forester myself, I have seen the devastating effect of decades of bad forest policy coming from Congress. Often, what Washington touches quickly becomes a bureaucratic mess, and forest management is no exception. I was elated to hear Congressman Ryan Zinke introduced comprehensive forest reform that strikes at the root of the problem that negatively impacts our timber communities and economy.

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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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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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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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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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B.C. wildfire official calls for vigilance despite arrival of wet weather

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

VANCOUVER – A change in weather could offer British Columbians a break from an otherwise ferocious start to this year’s wildfire season, but a provincial official says a few days of rain isn’t necessarily enough to hit the reset button on weeks of soaring temperatures and parched conditions. “It does appear that we’ve got a bit of a temporary reprieve from the current situation … but we are still very early in the summer and the weather is fickle and changing daily,” said Kevin Skrepnek, a B.C. Wildfire Service spokesman. “We need to ensure that people aren’t getting complacent as a result of this rain.”

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Western provinces struggling to find resources to fight wildfires

Globe and Mail
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fires raging in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are taxing assets in those provinces and requiring firefighters, planes and equipment from across the country to head west in significant numbers. Fire agency managers in those provinces – and to a lesser extent in Manitoba – plus the Yukon and Northwest territories are under strain to find the human and materiel resources to meet the need of suppression efforts on large fires, which are threatening communities and blackening swaths of forest. Of equal challenge is to balance the need of those larger fires with the need to have enough firefighters and gear in reserve to meet any new fires that may start in the days to come, catching them small and keeping them that way.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Worried about Wildfires? Climate Change Will Keep ‘em Coming…

Union of Concerned Scientists – The Equation
July 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

Is 2015 shaping up to be a sign of things to come? It’s only a few weeks into summer, but already we’re seeing exceptional weather conditions driving a very active wildfire season. Some of these events are breaking records – but they’re entirely consistent with what we expect to see in a warmer world. Unfortunately, this may be just the beginning. Let’s start in an unlikely place to think about warming: Alaska. The Alaskan interior experienced a relatively warm and dry winter this year, followed by a rapidly warming spring and summer. This left vast stretches of the boreal forest especially dry – and a recent spate of “dry thunderstorms” has ignited an enormous number of fires.

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Fire threatening 300 homes in Waterville, Wash.

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

WATERVILLE, Wash. — Officials in central Washington are encouraging 300 families to leave their homes in the path of a fast-growing wildfire. KING-TV reports the Douglas County sheriff’s office issued about 300 evacuation notices Sunday morning to people living in the Palisades neighborhood of Waterville. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said those in the area should not wait for an evacuation notice, however, and move their family to safety if they see the fire getting closer.

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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

City moves closer to creating biomass plant

The Nelson Daily
July 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city is poised on the threshold of yet another pioneering effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community. Utilizing biomass from locally collected wood waste, the city’s electrical utility is investigating a low carbon alternative to heating with natural gas, and fleshing out a plausible business case for constructing a plant to produce it for distribution in the downtown core. Called the District Energy System (DES), the conversation surrounding the project evolved from whether to move forward to how to best move forward at the city council table last Monday night.

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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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