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Daily Archives: July 15, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Dianna Agron’s New ‘Tomboyish Lesbian’ Role We Can’t Wait to See

SheWired
July 15, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Mark this one down on your calendar everyone, you won’t want to miss it. … Dianna Agron has been cast as the lead in writer-director Scooter Corkle’s Hollow in the Land, playing, “Alison, a tomboyish lesbian who works at a pulp mill.” Never before have we been more excited for a movie taking place in a pulp mill, we can promise that. 

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Thomas Dambo Creates Recycled Wood Sculpture Called “Troels The Troll”

Contemporist
July 8, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Artist/designer Thomas Dambo has created a whimsical recycled wood sculpture in Horsens, Denmark, who has been named Troels The Troll. “Troels The Troll” is a recycle sculpture, Thomas Dambo made for the city of Horsens as part of their “Feel Horsens” campaign, to renew the city in an artistic and playful way. Troels is named after Thomas’ assistant, and is a 5 meters tall troll holding a swing for the local kids to use.

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Business & Politics

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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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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Forestry in Transition

Coast Forest Products Association
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry, much like the forests we rely on, is in a perpetual state of transition. Markets swing, customer demands shift, new research and experience informs, practices and technology evolve, climate patterns change, and people, politics and the law transform. This myriad of factors means the industry is in a perpetual state of adaptation. Innovation is a necessity – not a luxury. Some transitions are bigger than others. Most people recognize that the pine beetle epidemic is driving extraordinary changes to the structure, size and competitiveness of the Interior forest sector. As a result, the Interior sector is embarking on a profound rationalization. What is less readily apparent is that the Coastal forest sector is facing a transition of similar scope and size. Several factors contribute to this transition.

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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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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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Uniboard to invest into particleboard capacity expansion and a new thermally fused laminate line at its Sayabec plant

PR Newswire
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LAVAL, QC – Uniboard is proud to announce an investment of over $29 million at its Sayabec plant. Two (2) major investments being announced today at Sayabec are: An innovative wood fibre mat-preheating unit to expand capacity in particleboard line 2, as well as a new short-cycle thermally fused laminate press adding capacity for high-end surface structures and finishes. Both investments will allow Uniboard to increase productivity and improve its product offering and service to our customer base in Canada and the United States. The announced investments will be implemented in early 2016. 

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West Virginia Lumber Industry is back

WOWKTV.com
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, WV – The beautiful trees that cover the Mountain State are being used for more then just a tourist attraction. After recent studies have shown that over the past three years the timber industry has been on the rise. 84 Lumber manager Logan Quinn couldn’t agree more. “It’s fantastic right now. We’re in an upswing. We’re really building houses and have houses going up,” he said. From 2005 to 2013, West Virginia companies exported on average $90.8 million in lumber. In 2014, that number jumped to $136.8 million, a 54 percent increase from the previous year.

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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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Timber trade funds conflict in Central African Republic: report

The Sydney Morning Herald
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Dakar: The European and Chinese timber trade with Central African Republic has been funding armed groups on both sides of a conflict simmering since 2013, the anti-corruption group Global Witness said on Wednesday. A Global Witness report estimated the logging industry paid nearly €3.4 million ($5 million) in 2013 in security and checkpoint payments to the mostly northern Muslim Seleka rebels who seized control of the southern capital Bangui that year. It also paid some €3.7 million in state taxes in 2013. In 2014, the report added, logging companies paid an estimated €127,864 to Christian anti-balaka militia groups.

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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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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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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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New Building Codes Spurred by Fatal Berkeley Balcony Collapse Up for Vote Tonight

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

The Berkeley City Council will consider stricter standards for balcony construction and inspection this evening in a legislative effort to prevent accidents like the collapse of an apartment balcony last month … The proposed legislation was drafted by city staff who concluded the collapse was likely caused by dry rot in the wooden joists of the cantilevered balcony at the Library Gardens apartment complex. Moisture somehow infiltrated the enclosed and ostensibly waterproofed balcony, causing the dry rot. …A draft of the letter distributed by Arreguin today says that the balcony was constructed according to state codes. …“These indications show that the current building standards, in this specific regard, are not providing an effective safeguard to public health, safety and general welfare.”

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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

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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Editorial: Quebec-Cree forestry deal is a step forward

Montreal Gazette
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The newly signed forestry agreement between the province of Quebec and the Grand Council of the Crees is a remarkable accomplishment. Six months of challenging negotiations, mediated by former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard, have yielded a set of compromises that will put limits on logging in a 7,245-square-kilometre tract of land, completely protect an additional 9,134 square kilometres of woodland, set the scene for a long-term forestry management framework and rid the province of the looming threat of a multi-million dollar lawsuit launched by the Cree.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vancouver Island’s largest forest fire happened during similar drought-filled summer (video)

Chek News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Duncan author and historian says there are some parallels between this summer and the summer when Vancouver Island saw its largest recorded fire in 1938. It was called the Bloedel or Sayward or Great fire and it burned 300 square kilometers from north of Campbell River to near Forbidden Plateau in the Comox Valley. Hundreds of men were involved in the fire fight and smoke from the fire was visible in Seattle. CHEK News reporter Kendall Hanson looks at the similarities and differences from then to now.

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Forest fire north of Banff started by lightning strike

Parks Canada says fire is so remote it must be fought by aerial crews
CBC News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire is burning in Banff National Park, prompting the closure of the Clearwater River valley. The fire is about eighty kilometres north of the Banff townsite in a remote area. Parks Canada says it was started by lightning on the north slopes of Snarl Peak and has grown to about five hectares in size. The area is closed and aerial crews are fighting the flames. A fire ban remains in place for Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.

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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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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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General

Building more LEED momentum in B.C.

July 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

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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