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Daily Archives: July 15, 2015

Business & Politics

Cost increases forecast to exceed revenue growth for wood products

Pulp & Paper Canada
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s wood products industry is benefiting from the ongoing recovery in the U.S. housing and a weaker Canadian dollar, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest outlook for Canada’s wood products industry. “The continued recovery in the U.S. housing market is supporting increased demand for Canadian wood products, leading to a 8.7 per cent increase in export volumes this year,” said Michael Burt, director, industrial economic trends, The Conference Board of Canada. “However, while production should remain strong over the next five years, growth is set to eventually slow due to timber shortages in B.C. and softer growth in demand from China.”

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Canada, Ukraine trade deal will slash duties

Canadian Press in Herald News
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CHELSEA, Que. — Canada has reached a trade agreement with Ukraine that will eventually see a near elimination of duties on goods coming into Canada from Ukraine. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the free trade agreement as he met today with Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. …Once in force, the agreement would eliminate 99.9 per cent of tariffs on current imports from Ukraine into Canada, and 86 per cent of Ukrainian tariffs on Canadian products including all tariffs on industrial goods, forestry and wood products, fish and seafood products.

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?The sawmill itself was ablaze from one end to the other?

Prince George Citizen
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — Burns Lake fire chief Jim McBride knew it was serious when he saw the glow on the horizon from Babine Forest Products even as he was driving through a blinding snowstorm. “I won’t repeat what I said to myself in the truck,” McBride testified Tuesday at a coroner’s inquest into the Jan. 20, 2012 explosion that killed two men – Robert Luggi, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42 – and injured 19 others, many of whom suffered significant burns. McBride and nearly 30 members of the volunteer fire department were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. With so little traffic, McBride drove with only his warning lights on, but the snowfall was so thick, he had to turn them off because they were reflecting in the snow.

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WorkSafe investigator walks inquest through Babine blast

Prince George Citizen
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

High accumulations of wood dust were a constant theme when the coroner’s inquest into the explosion that leveled Babine Forest Products and killed two workers was taken Tuesday through the sequence of events a WorkSafeBC investigation concluded led to the fatal blast. Robert Luggi, 45, and Carl Charlie 42, were killed in the Jan. 20, 2012 incident that also injured 19 others as it destroyed the sawmill located on the outskirts of the community of 2,000 residents about 225 kilometres west of Prince George.

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Lumber recovery slow to take root in B.C.

Business in Vancouver
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This is not the forestry recovery that was hoped for. B.C.’s lumber production has long been considered a sector that would contribute positively and significantly to provincial economic growth in the post-recession period with U.S. economic growth and increased home building the key triggers for higher lumber export demand. Despite U.S. housing starts rebounding to more than one million units in 2014 from about 609,000 in 2011, and grinding out year-to-date growth of 6% this year, B.C. lumber production remains in a disappointing holding pattern.

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Is NOMA ignoring democratic values?

By Scott Harris, member of Environment North in Thunder Bay
Chronicle Journal
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

I HAVE concern regarding the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association’s (NOMA) recent resolution, passed with support from Thunder Bay, calling on a number of environmental organizations to “cease and desist” their forestry “campaigns.” While Environment North is not specifically mentioned, we are also a registered charitable organization. Since 1972, we have strived to improve and protect the ecological sustainability and socio-economic wellbeing of Northwestern Ontario through leadership, research, partnerships, education, community advocacy, information and community capacity building. …Further, we are concerned about our city aligning its opinions too closely with the industrial sector, including forestry.

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250 employees temporarily laid off as Cloquet paper mill idles

Bring Me The News
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A decline in the demand for paper is forcing the Sappi Paper Mill in Cloquet to reduce its production, which will lead to more than 200 people being laid off for about a week. “Due to global market conditions, Sappi North America’s Cloquet paper mill will be taking one week of downtime later in July,” the company said, according to the Duluth News Tribune. “The downtime will not have any impact on Sappi’s ability to supply coated paper to our customers, as we have ample production flexibility to meet their needs.” The jobs affected will be mainly in the “front end of the mill,” where paper is cut and shipped, WDIO says. Maintenance workers will also be affected when the plant idles.

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Forestry sector restructuring to lift wood product exports

Viet Nam News
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

HA NOI (VNS) — Wood export firms have pegged their hopes on the outcome of the forestry restructuring plan to assure the recognition of a Vietnamese wood brand and to expand market share. While the sector’s restructuring efforts started two years ago, Viet Nam is expected to become a wooden product exporter to the world of legal timber with the assistance of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT), which is expected to be signed by the end of this year.

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Production of paper and board decreased in Europe in 2014

Pulp and Paper News
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) recently released its 2014 Key Statistics, giving a clear picture of the industry’s performance last year. The report includes data about production, consumption and the trade of pulp, paper and raw materials, as well as data on energy and environment. It shows an industry in full transformation, with the growth in output in the packaging sector and a more modest increase in hygiene paper production more than balancing out the continuous decline in the output of graphic paper.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building more LEED momentum in B.C.

July 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Westcoast Inc. is garnering international recognition for its sustainable construction. Last year, PCL, B.C.’s second-largest construction company (see Business in Vancouver list, page 18), was awarded the Canadian Construction Association Environmental Achievement Award for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, a six-storey office building made almost entirely from wood. The project was also named among the world’s Top 10 Big Projects by the Toronto-based architectural and design magazine Azure.

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Should Wooden Bats be Banned from Major League Baseball?

Machine Design
July 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

On June 5th this year at Boston’s Fenway Park, a fan watching the game was struck in the face by pieces of a broken baseball bat and received injuries initially described as “life threatening.” Fortunately, her prognosis now appears to be for a full recovery. …Perhaps it’s finally time to ban wooden bats from MLB, just as they have been banned from every other segment of the sport, either officially or unofficially. …The same physics used to increase the speed of balls when hit can be put to work making composite or aluminum bats that perform like solid wood bats. 

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Housing recommendations include changing code for taller wood structures

KIRO7 TV News
July 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Living Agenda committee presented a comprehensive set of recommendations for affordable housing Monday, which included a proposal to raise the height limit of wood structures built on a concrete base. modifications to allow six stories of wood frame construction.” The recommendation reads: “consider building and fire code modifications to allow six stories of wood frame construction.” While high-rise buildings must be made of concrete, this particular code refers to mid-rise structures currently maxed out at five wood stories built on top of two concrete stories at the base. …some engineers doubt the addition of a sixth wood story would work, given the additional risk it might pose to the occupants inside.

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Forestry

Proposal to allow logging trucks to cut through Sasquatch park a ‘stupid idea’

The Province
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Harrison Hot Springs resident John Allen doesn’t mince words when talking about a proposed boundary amendment to Sasquatch Provincial Park that would allow logging trucks to cut through the popular camping and fishing destination. Asked about the proposal this week, Allen, the owner of the Harrison Country Club RV Resort, called it a “stupid idea” that, if approved, would not only destroy the integrity of the 1,200-hectare park, but also potentially open up the area for further resource development. “Once you change the status of that road and say it is not in the park anymore, then it opens up all the hillsides which surround the park to resource extraction,” he said.

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Community forest finally realized in Ucluelet

Westerly News Tofino-Ucluelet
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ucluelet and the Toquaht First Nation have officially entered the community forest business. The two communities have partnered to join the Barkley Community Forest Corporation and this corporation recently signed an agreement with the provincial government for roughly 6,700 hectares near Maggie Lake to operate for a 25-year term with an annual allowable cut of 27,000 cubic metres. BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced the agreement on June 22. “Community forests are a key component of our Forest Sector Strategy,” Thomson said. “These licences give people in rural communities across the province a way to diversify their economies and gain a strong voice in how local forests are managed and sustained.”

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Alberta behind on promise to protect land, says CPAWS

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society release assessment of Canada’s promise to protect 17 per cent
CBC News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta — and Canada — are quickly falling behind on their promise to protect land and fresh water, according to a new report by an environmental group. In 2010, the federal government committed to preserving at least 17 per cent of Canadian land over the next decade as part of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. At the halfway point of that ten year plan, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has released an assessment of Canada’s progress so far and the results aren’t promising.

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Harper Government Invests in Science and Infrastructure Upgrades at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Natural Resources Canada
Canada Newswire press release
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON,- Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced investments in science and infrastructure upgrades to Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This $5 million in new funding builds on the Government’s unprecedented and historic investment in public infrastructure to ensure Canada’s future economic growth for years to come.

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Quebec’s Broadback Boreal forest receives protection from logging

Globe and Mail
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Quebec boreal forest will see about 1.3 million acres – more than a third of its land – protected from logging, the provincial government and the Grand Council of the Crees announced Monday. The Broadback Forest, located about 800 kilometres north of Montreal, is part of Canada’s boreal region and is crucial for the survival of the boreal woodland caribou, a threatened subspecies best known for its likeness on the Canadian quarter. Nicole Rycroft, the founder and executive director of environmental group Canopy, which was involved in the Broadback negotiations, said protection from logging is critical for the forest.

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Feds give $5 M to Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Sault Star
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Great Lakes Forestry Centre is receiving $5 million in federal government infrastructure improvement money. The money will be used to make upgrades to the building to improve on its energy efficiency and help scientists conduct research on sustainable forest management including biological control of forest pests and diseases, forest ecosystems and forest productivity, said MP Bryan Hayes. The money is part of the $380 million of funding injected into federal laboratories and research facilities for major repairs and upgrades that will improve the ability to perform leading-edge research, he said.

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Forestry fight spreads

Chronicle Journal
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ANYONE who knows Northern Ontario knows that forestry is king. … Forestry took a big hit in the last recession and forestry companies that survived had to be keen to adapt. One way to do that in a world increasingly concerned with sustainability is to apply to join the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) established in 1993 to “promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.” …In the main, the work of these groups is beneficial to the betterment of natural resources industries and the economy of the North. Who else will independently ensure “environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management” of our forests?

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‘Your Voice, Your Vote’: U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader on drought, wildfires (video)

KATU
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

So far this summer, we’ve seen a record-setting heat wave, which includes multiple wildfires and drought conditions in more than half of Oregon’s counties. And it’s only July. What can be done on a federal level to help our state? U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, joins host Steve Dunn to discuss options. In the second segment, Associated Press statehouse reporter Jonathan J. Cooper joins Dunn to discuss the highlights of the just-finished Oregon legislative session.

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Bishop’s bill: An RX for overgrown forests?

Deseret News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, believes he has the cure for 58 million ailing acres of forests in the nation, and the majority of his colleagues agree with the fix. Bishop, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, and Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, are chief sponsors of HR2647, which would exempt certain forestry projects of 5,000 acres or less from the environmental review process. The measure, which also imposes bond requirements for groups that bring lawsuits challenging timber harvests or other forest-related activities, passed the House last week with a 262-167 vote.

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Forest management bill may expedite post wildfire salvage projects

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that could lead to an expansive overhaul of the way national forests are managed.
The Siskiyou Daily News
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that could lead to an expansive overhaul of the way national forests are managed. House Resolution 2647, authored by Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR), is divided into numerous sections targeting expedited forest management activities, post wildfire salvage, litigation restrictions and miscellaneous other provisions. Moving to reduce the amount of time in between catastrophic wildfire and post-fire activities, the bill would require that any salvage operation or reforestation activity proposed for an affected area be completed within three months after the wildfire. It would also allow 30 days for public scoping and comment on one of the aforementioned operations, 15 days for filing an objection and 15 days for response by the acting agency.

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Recreation alone can’t replace our lost jobs

The Mail Tribune
July 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Evelyn Roether in her June 28 Guest Opinion presents an either/or choice for the BLM’s proposed Land Management Plan. For her it is either recreation or clear cuts. She posits the wrong choices. The right choice is either pure recreation or forest management. Sound forest management includes recreation. She trots out that bugaboo of clear cuts as one of the choices. Clear cutting is actually a professionally accepted method of timber harvest in the right place. Here in Southern Oregon other types of timber harvest are more appropriate most often. In order to keep the forests from becoming overgrown, posing a fire hazard, and guarding them from insect infestations, harvest must be done taking many considerations into account, including recreation.

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County working to expand the McKay Tract Community Forest

Eureka Times-Standard
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Almost a year after Humboldt County purchased 1,000 acres of the McKay Tract near Cutten to be used as a community forest, efforts are already underway to expand the forest by an additional 180 acres. County Deputy Public Works Director Hank Seemann said the expansion at the southwest corner of the community forest would generate multiple benefits as the county and community stakeholders continue planning the network of trails and draft a timber harvest plan. “It would give us a larger area for the trail network,” Seemann said. “It would give us a larger land base for timber harvest revenues. It would give us just more operational flexibility with more contiguous area.”

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Guest Opinion: Forest Practices Act can (but doesn’t) do the job

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

Much attention has been given to Oregon’s federal forests and their multiple uses, from the spotted owl controversy of the 1980s, to the hard-earned restoration of salmon spawning habitat, to the O&C debate. Yet 38 percent of Oregon forests are privately owned, and more than half of that belongs to industrial timber companies, with principally one goal in mind. …The problem here lies with “effective.” Oregon law allows cutting on slopes of any steepness — straight-up is not too much, except in specific places where public safety is at known risk. T … Analysis of the rules of surrounding states — even Idaho — found that all had substantially higher standards than Oregon.

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Lawmakers introduce 4th rendition of $415 million bill to revitalize Lake Tahoe

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

LAKE TAHOE — Federal lawmakers will once again introduce legislation in an attempt to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental relief funds for Lake Tahoe. In a bipartisan effort, Nevada’s Democratic and Republican senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller joined California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in introducing the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015 Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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Acquisition of inholdings adds more than 8,000 acres to national forest

Billings Gazette
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the course of eight years and nine land deals the Lewis and Clark National Forest has finally concluded the acquisition of 8,221 acres of private inholdings. The deal came at the behest of the Bair Ranch Foundation, which offered to sell the checkerboard acreage in Meagher County’s Tenderfoot Creek drainage in 2007, as long as it was incorporated into the surrounding national forest. The project’s partners raised approximately $500,000 of the roughly $10.6 million needed to complete the acquisition.

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Federal judge halts Idaho logging project amid road dispute

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, IDAHO — A federal judge has halted a salvage logging project on state land in northern Idaho by temporarily banning the use of a contested U.S. Forest Service road on private property within a Wild and Scenic River corridor. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in an eight-page decision released late Friday granted a temporary restraining order requested by Morgan and Olga Wright and Idaho Rivers United. “The Selway is a national treasure, and the Forest Service has to protect the numerous values that lead to its Wild and Scenic designation,” Kevin Lewis of Idaho Rivers United said in a statement. …Delaying the project will make the timber fall in value, state officials said.

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The self-appointed kings of their non-existent kingdoms

By Jim Chmelik, chairman of the county commissioner for Idaho County in Grangeville, Idaho
Helena Independent Record
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As I read Greg Zimmerman’s article, I was wondering who appointed him and the East Coast environmental cartels the kings of our lands. I believe local people care more about the true health of our forests and will do a better job of managing them because clean water and air and access and jobs matter to our families. So lets clear up the smoke around wildfire and our public lands. …Managed forests are healthy and resilient to intense fire. Healthy, green forests do not burn as intensely as thick, overgrown, unmanaged “hands-off” forests. Healthy forests sequester carbon and produce oxygen, they are not explosive tinderboxes like we have today. Fewer wildfires means cleaner water, cleaner air and better habitat for our precious wildlife.

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Colorado pine needle scale infestation raises concerns

Sky-Hi Daily News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It has been said that every solution creates new problems. For local foresters that statement is especially poignant. For the past several years state, local and federal agencies have focused on mitigating the threat posed by pine beetles. Those efforts may have created prime conditions for the proliferation of another invasive and harmful insect species, pine needle scale. “The concentrated spraying for mountain pine beetles may have contributed to the build-up of this insect,” said Ron Cousineau, district forester for the Colorado State Forest Service Granby District, “by killing beneficial parasitic insects that would normally keep scale populations in check.”

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Outdoors: American chestnut on comeback trail

The Columbus Dispatch
July 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

What is to be made of the solitary American chestnut tree growing for many decades along Ohio’s western Lake Erie shore that can be uncoupled from hope? Approaching perhaps 100 years in age, the 90-foot native chestnut spreading furtively and mostly unrecognized off the beaten path at much-visited Sheldon’s Marsh — a state-maintained, 465-acre wetlands preserve between Huron and Sandusky in Erie County — has done what billions of its kind did not do: It has survived a blight that transformed the Appalachian forests of North America.

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Congressman cheers House passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

The Ripon Advance
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) voted with the majority as the House passed H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act. …“Northern Wisconsin communities have been hit particularly hard by years of under-performing timber sales in our own Chequamegon-Nicolet forest,” Duffy said. “The Forest Service estimates that up to 40 percent of our forests nationwide are in need of treatment. In Wisconsin’s Northwoods alone, if the forests were harvested to the Forest Service’s recommended levels, it could create 4,000 jobs and inject over $200 million into Wisconsin’s economy.”

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When You Give a Tree an Email Address

City Lab
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees. “My dearest Ulmus,” the message began. “As I was leaving St. Mary’s College today I was struck, not by a branch, but by your radiant beauty. You must get these messages all the time. You’re such an attractive tree.” This is an excerpt of a letter someone wrote to a green-leaf elm, one of thousands of messages in an ongoing correspondence between the people of Melbourne, Australia, and the city’s trees. Officials assigned the trees ID numbers and email addresses in 2013 as part of a program designed to make it easier for citizens to report problems like dangerous branches. 

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Ash dieback: 100,000 trees destroyed in bid to combat disease

BBC News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One hundred thousand young ash trees have been destroyed in Northern Ireland in an attempt to combat a potentially devastating disease. They have been removed to stop the spread of ash dieback, a fungal disease that can infect mature trees and saplings. Scientists have warned that if it is not contained it could change the landscape and affect our biodiversity. It has been found on around 100 sites in Northern Ireland. All those sites were planted with imported saplings, some of which had the infection.

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Forest Fires

Wildfires burning at double the rate compared to 2014

July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


Cool, wet weather this weekend helped dampened some forest fires, but didn’t prevent new ones from starting. The province’s fire count now stands at 221, up from 180 fires that were active last week. Fire crews have made little headway subduing two large fires near Pemberton. The Boulder Creek and Elaho fires are 0% contained, Navi Saini said during a July 13 press conference. However, those fires are less active than they were before the rainy weather and are less smoky.

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B.C. mulls impounding cars if drivers throw cigarette butts

Canadian Press in CTV News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Fines and penalties currently in place for people who spark wildfires in British Columbia are coming under review as the provincial government looks for ways to cut down the number of fires it has to fight. …”There are some who suggest that you can’t legislate against stupidity, but if exploring the idea of increasing fines or acting on ideas that mean more people will get the message, I think we should be prepared to have a look at it,” [Mike Morris] said. Morris said he’ll consider banning people who break fire prohibitions from provincial parks, and he questioned whether individuals who flick lit cigarette butts out of car windows could have their vehicles impounded.

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Animals affected in different ways by wildfires raging across Saskatchewan

Canadian Press in Winnipeg Free Press
July 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

SASKATOON – The wildfires in northern Saskatchewan have been burning since late May, leaving forests charred and barren and forcing wildlife to find new homes. Animals such as elk, deer, moose and bears have the instinct to get ahead of the forest fire before it’s too late, Darrell Crabbe, executive director of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, told radio station CKOM. They migrate to habitats that can provide them the food and shelter they need, and in this case, many have been moving south. “It does create those islands of habitat that will protect them. We usually get a high concentration of animals there, and it might take them the rest of the summer or fall before they can disperse out of there,” Crabbe said.

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Forest Service allowing fire in Catalina Mountains to burn

Tucson News Now
July 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

TUCSON, AZ -A forest fire continues to burn in the Catalina Mountains, raising some concern among nearby residents. The fire is near Pusch Ridge and is visible to many people on Tucson’s northwest side, especially in Oro Valley. As nightfall approached, the orange glow of the flames were clearly visible. It had grown to 60 acres as of Monday night, but no firefighters have been dispatched. Instead, the Coronado National Forest has decided to let the “fire burn itself out.” The fire began after a thunderstorm on the western edge of Buster Mountain, and is on the top third of the mountain, according to Heidi Schewel of the U.S. Forest Service.

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Forester: Utah working to cut risk of large-scale wildfires

AP San Francisco Gate
July 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah hasn’t had a devastating wildfire in recent years like its neighboring states thanks to a mix of luck, favorable weather and prevention, the state forester said Tuesday. “We’ve probably been fortunate in Utah,” Forester Brian Cottam said. “You can look across the borders at any of the states in the West and they’ve truly had catastrophic fires — hundreds of homes lost, lives lost.” Cottam made the comments Tuesday after giving Utah lawmakers on a natural resources committee a brief update about how the agency is working to cut the risk of large-scale fires. The Legislature set aside $1.9 million last year and $2.5 million this year for projects such as clearing or reducing brush and other fuel on lands near homes.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

US decreased wood pellet supply to UK in May

Lesprom
July 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The UK’s imports of wood pellets in May dipped 14% on the month to 454,769 mt, with a substantial increase in Canadian material only partially offsetting lower supply from the US, Platts reported. However, May imports were 13% higher than the year-earlier period. Pellet deliveries in the first five months of 2015 increased to 2.2 million mt, 55% higher than the corresponding 2014 period.  The UK took receipt of 200,418 mt of US origin pellets in May – a 14-month low – 37% lower on the month and 26% down on-year.

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