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Daily Archives: July 16, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Tree huggers unite! Portland trying to reclaim world record for tree hugging

The Oregonian
July 15, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

A group of environmentally-minded Portlanders are looking to show the world just how much they love trees, by gathering en masse to wrap their arms around as many trunks as they can. The event is Tree Hug PDX – coming to the Hoyt Arboretum this Saturday, July 18 – a gathering that will celebrate community, educate the public about environmental issues and, of course, host a potentially record-breaking group tree hug. … “But the event has also brought worldwide attention to the act of hugging trees as a way to raise awareness and showcase environmental achievements.”

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Business & Politics

Worker recalls lucky escape in Babine blast

Prince George Citizen
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE –Moments before the explosion that destroyed Babine Forest Products, Ryan Clay had received a text from his then-girlfriend, now his wife, asking him how work was going.Even before the Jan. 20, 2012 blast that killed two men – Robert Luggi, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42, – it had been a week Clay would sooner forget. Both he and Luggi were training to become quality control lead hands, a sort of troubleshooting position, and due largely to the extreme cold that had settled over the area – it had dropped as low as -45C with the windchill – they were being kept busy trying to keep the mill running.

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Blast survivors recall harrowing night

Prince George Citizen
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — Steve Dominic fought back the tears as he recalled the day in question while testifying Wednesday into the coroner’s inquest into the explosion that destroyed the Babine Forest Products sawmill and killed two of his friends. …Dominic patrolled the mill’s basement unclogging jammed conveyors and dealing with the sawdust and debris piles when he could. A WorkSafeBC investigation concluded the ignition point for the explosion was a flash fire, sparked by friction between a v-belt and the sawdust that had accumulated inside a guard protecting the assembly, located in the basement’s eastern section. 

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Explosion victims should brace for disappointment: NDP

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

Families in Burns Lake are gearing up for the same level of disappointment felt by those affected by the mill explosion in Prince George, according to the NDP’s labour critic. “(In Prince George), while the jury presented some good recommendations about changes around the sector, this inquest did not address the family’s key questions,” said Shane Simpson, during Monday afternoon’s question period in Victoria. “It did not talk about who was responsible. It did not look at that. It did not look at the conduct of WorkSafe.” MLAs are back in the Legislative Assembly for a special summer session focused on new legislation for liquefied natural gas projects.

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Key rate shift may aid Island forestry firms

Nanaimo Daily News
July 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A cut to Canada’s key lending rate isn’t expected to affect housing sales much but it could improve the bottom line for Island forest companies. The Bank of Canada cut its target for the overnight rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.5 per cent, sending the Canadian dollar tumbling to its lowest levels in years. The key rate affects what financial institutions pay for short-term borrowing, which affects the cost of consumer borrowing. The rate cut is to stimulate the Canadian economy, which has been hurt by a double whammy – oil oversupply and falling demand for goods, services and commodities from the U.S. and China.

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Explosion survivor left with life-altering injuries

Prince George Citizen
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — There was a moment when Ken Michell was so covered in flames, he thought they were part of him. “The heat was unbearable,” said Michell Monday, the first day of the coroner’s inquest into the January 2012 explosion at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake. The 60-year-old had been working at the sawmill as a board edger operator that night, wearing a T-shirt despite the frigid outdoor temperatures. He remembers putting a piece of warped green wood into his machine and looking through the clear evening air toward the log deck. “All of a sudden two orange balls. Boom! Boom! Metal started shooting over top of me,” Michell recalled of the blast that killed his cousin, Carl Charlie, 42, as well as co-worker Robert Luggi, 45.

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Province Defending Forest Industry

CKDR.net
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province of Ontario is speaking out in favour of the forest industry. Bill Mauro is the Minister of Natural Resources and says recent campaigns by environmental groups have painted a poor record of sustainability. Mauro says the province is all about the facts and stresses they will be spreading the word about the province’s record on managing and harvesting resources. He adds lobbying against these type of campaigns is important because without customers the industry will collapse. Mauro believes the recently signed Kenora Declaration on Forest Innovation will go a long way in helping the industry.

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Rickford leads forestry innovation summit

The Dryden Observer
July 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Industry leaders and members of government met in Kenora last week to chart a course forward through challenging times for what was once Canada’s strongest industry. Kenora MP and Federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says it was Ontario’s turn to host an annual meeting of Canada’s provincial forestry ministers which is convened by the federal government. Rickford said in 2015, they would add a technology and innovation component to the summit. “I wanted to create an opportunity to meet with business leaders in the forest sector, people who drive innovation, technology and research and development in the forest sector, also Canada’s mayors from across the country to see what are the challenges moving forward and what are the opportunities?”

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Deltic Timber Expands Board; New Members Include Mid-States Wood Owner

Woodworking Network
July 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DORADO, AR – Deltic Timber Corporation (NYSE:DEL) expanded its board last month, naming as directors Bert H. Jones, owner and president of Mid-States Wood Preservers, LLC of Simsboro, Louisiana; and Lenore M. Sullivan, managing director of Texas Women Ventures Capital Management. Deltic Timber owns approximately 530,000 acres of timberland, operates two sawmills and a medium density fiber-board plant, and is engaged in real estate development. Headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas, the Company’s operations are located primarily in Arkansas and north Louisiana Jones established Mid-States Wood Preservers, which manufacturers treated wood products, in 1979.

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Spanish imports of lumber increased by 19 %

EUWID
July 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first quarter Spanish imports of lumber increased by 19% vis à vis the comparative quarter last year to 212,138m³. According to the association of Spanish timber importers and the timber industry (AEIM) imports from European countries increased by 17% to 195,911m³. As a proportion of imports overall, imports from European countries declined by two percentage points to 92%. Increases in imports from France (+32%), Sweden (+30%), Finland (+16%) and Germany (+17%) contrasted with a decline in imports from Portugal (-4%), which is the second largest supplier after France. Imports from non-EU countries increased by 60% to 16,227m³ and to a proportion of 8%.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nano-engineered Film Neutralizes Strong Food Odors

Tech Times
July 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

It’s an unfortunate but common occurrence: you’re sitting on the bus or the train — and someone pulls out reeking onions, garlic or some other pungent food. Stinky foods can be problematic in many situations, especially transportation and storage. The durian fruit is an extreme example. In Southeast Asia, it is quite popular despite its stench, which many compare to the smell of garbage or dead animals. The fruit is banned from hotels, airplanes and mass transit in most cities in the region. That’s what inspired Lennart Bergström and his colleagues to develop an odor-neutralizing film for food.

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Nanotechnology to transform waste into hardwood Part 2

ABC News, Australia
July 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

This is Part 2 of an interview with Albert Goller, chairman of 3RT Holdings which plans to build a trial Strand Technology Production Unit in Mount Gambier. The plant will use nanotechnology and a patented water-based glue to transform low-value wood such as thinnings into high-value hardwood products.

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10 of the best wooden skyscrapers

WorldBuild365
July 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood in architecture usually brings to mind saunas, flooring or intricate interiors, but there are architects taking its use to new heights. Since Canadian architect Michael Green published his 200-page thesis on the case for using wood in multi-storey buildings, more and more wooden skyscrapers have been winning tenders and getting built. Here are ten of the most striking ‘plyscrapers’ – past, present, and potential – that are proving the case for the material’s use for a solid structure as well as a pretty finish.

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Forestry

Red pines discovered in north are the oldest in Atlantic Canada

‘Double-double’ trees were found in the Nepisiguit protected natural area during a scientific gathering
CBC News
July 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A couple of red pines in northeastern New Brunswick are the oldest of their kind in Atlantic Canada, by far, according to a professor and the New Brunswick Museum. “These trees have lived 300 years,” said Ben Phillips, the conservation scientist at the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve and a professor at Mount Allison University. Stephen Clayden, a research curator and the head of the botany and microbiology section at the New Brunswick Museum, said that is very old for a red pine. “Typically they’re overcome by disease or windthrow before they reach those kind of ages,” said Clayden.

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Forest Restoration Bill Pits Arizona Democrats Against Conservationists

KJZZ.org
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

How do we stop wildfires? According to Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Flagstaff, the answer is ramp up logging and cut the bureaucracy that slows down forest restoration. “It’s just a common sense approach,” said Kirkpatrick, who recently joined Arizona Republicans and Democratic U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema in voting for the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015. Kirkpatrick said the legislation will address the “unhealthy, poorly managed” forests in the state. …Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity said the bill bypasses the federal environmental review process for sections of forest that are only 5,000 acres and requires citizens to put up money before filing a lawsuit against a project.

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Assessment of Lincoln National Forest management plan underway

Public input will be sought
Ruidoso News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Officials with the Lincoln National Forest notified the public this week that the assessment phase of the Lincoln National Forest Land Management Plan Revision is underway. The assessment is the first phase in the multi-year Forest Plan Revision process. The Forest Land Management Plan describes the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next 15 years on the three districts of the Lincoln National Forest. Officials invited the public to participate in a collaborative process to identify relevant information and local knowledge to be considered for the assessment.

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Three state land projects wrapped up in Lincoln County

Ruidoso News
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Projects under thee New Mexico State Land Office successfully contributed to the restoration of more than 3,000 acres of state trust land since January 2015, including three areas in Lincoln County. Land Office officials collaborated with many local and state agencies to prioritize forest and watershed health on state trust land in numerous places around the state. More than $1 million was spent in the initial restoration efforts, which included mechanical thinning and prescribed fire to better manage the forests.

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OPINION: Why collaboratives are just another failed effort at forest management

Not Without A Fight
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I find it very interesting and concerning, to say the least, that a leading timber industry magazine would agree that the solution to our national forest problem is collaboration. While I can agree there have been some abuses by the Forest Service in the past with regard to overcutting, those abuse pale by comparison to that agency’s current forest management practices of abandonment and failure to manage overgrowth and hundreds of thousands of acres of diseased and dying trees in our national forests. And in fairness to the Forest Service, they did not just decide one day to stop cutting trees. They were stopped in court by the same people Evergreen Magazine is now encouraging collaboration with.

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Forest Service gets earful from county residents

Malheur National Forest officials hold listening meeting in John Day regarding forest access.
Blue Mountain Eagle
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY – Citizens from Grant County, and neighboring counties, gathered at a July 7 meeting to raise their concerns regarding forest access issues on the Malheur National Forest. …Sitting in a large circle, the audience was asked what concerns they have regarding forest access. Several said forest road closures are changing their way of life and history. …Public Forest Commission member Jim Sproul of Canyon City, and fourth-generation family rancher, said he wrote five comments to the Forest Service, and hasn’t received a reply. “The Forest Service works for us. County people need to stand up,” he said. Several others around the room also complained their emailed comments had not been answered.

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Forest groups pick SW Washington tree growers for annual honor

The Capital Press
July 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Greg and Sue Pattillo of Raymond, Wash., have been named Washington State Tree Farmers of the year by two associations of forest landowners. A Raymond couple has been named the Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year. Greg and Sue Pattillo received the honor May 1 at the annual meeting of the Washington Farm Forestry Association in Grand Mound. The WFFA and the Washington Forest Protection Association sponsor the annual award.

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Oregon timber harvests over 4 billion board feet in 2014

The Oregonian
July 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than four billion board feet of timber were harvested in Oregon last year. However, the harvest was a 1.74 decrease from 2013, and might decrease again in 2015 due to the problems at the slow ports and fewer-than-expected housing starts at the beginning of the year. The Oregon Department of Forestry released a report Tuesday on the year-end numbers of how much of Oregon’s 30.2 million acres of forestland were harvested for timber. For 2014, that number was 4.13 billion board feet.

Associated Press version of this story in the Longview Daily News – Oregon timber harvest again tops 4 billion board feet

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Oak wilt threatens Michigan trees; know the signs

Detroit Free Press
July 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

This disease kills in a matter of weeks. It creeps from the top down, clogging vessels just beneath the surface. Transmitted by insects, it can infect and kill thousands. Is it the bubonic plague? Malaria, maybe? For red oak trees, the fungus ceratocystis fagacearum is just as lethal. Today marks the end of a three-month window in which red oaks are most at risk for catching the disease, said Bob Heyd, a forest health specialist from the Department of Natural Resources in Marquette.

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Pine marten spotted in England for the first time in over 100 years

The Guardian
July 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The first conclusive sighting of a pine marten in England in over 100 years suggests that the elusive domestic cat-sized member of the stoat and weasel family may have been living in the Shropshire hills for years. … The photographic evidence has now been verified by Stuart Edmunds, chair of the Shropshire mammal group. “The pictures proved conclusive. We matched the exact tree that the pine marten was passing with the pictures that were taken. We have now put out lots of camera trails [traps] to see if the animal or his family – lives in the area. There is a real possibility that they may have been living here right under our noses for a long time.

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Forestry thinning ‘a crop management activity – not a profit earner’

Agriland
July 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The timing of thinning forestry for the first time depends on a number of factors, according to Padraig Egan, General Manager with SWS Forestry. He said that tree species, site productivity and geographic characteristics of the site are all key determinants in when and how first thinning should take place. Anyone who planted forestry in the mid 1990s should be looking at thinning, he said, as a good-yielding Sitka spruce site would be thinned at between 15 and 18 years of age.

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Great Bear Rainforest – At the Finish Line

by Karen Brandt, Director, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, Interfor Corporation
Coast Forest Products Association
July 13, 2015
Category: Forestry

The British Columbia government is seeking public comments on proposed amendments to land use objectives for the Great Bear Rainforest. The draft order offers a unique solution for this globally significant area. It was developed by the Province, the Coastal First Nations and the Nanwakolas Council using technical recommendations from the Joint Solutions Project, a coalition of major environmental organizations and BC coastal forest companies. The process that led to these recommendations is as unique as the region – an area of 64,000 square kilometres, about the size of Ireland, with 28 First Nations calling the region home.

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Forest Fires

Opinion: Governments need to be proactive in preventing wildland fires

Regina Leader Post
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While Canada’s politicians fiddle about on the barbecue circuit, the country burns. By Monday afternoon, 5,041 wildland fires had scorched 3.02 million hectares, half the area of Nova Scotia, and 902 were still burning. Air tanker companies are logging twice the normal flying hours. Ground crews are taxed, and new recruits are arriving from New Zealand, New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Mexico and the U.S. The intensity of this fire season should prompt a thoughtful, tangible response from provincial and federal governments.

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Editorial: Penalties alone not a deterrent

Victoria Times Colonist
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Imposing tougher penalties for people who start wildfires is appropriate but will not necessarily be effective. The deterrent effect of a penalty comes not from its severity, but from the likelihood of getting caught. Any increase in penalties is doomed without a proportional increase in enforcement. The B.C. government is looking into increasing the severity of punishments for those found responsible for wildfires, including impounding the vehicles of people who flick cigarette butts out their car windows. “There are some who suggest that you can’t legislate against stupidity,” said Forests Minister Steve Thomson. …The careless tossing of a burning cigarette butt is a seemingly small act, done without much forethought, but it can have huge consequences.

This story was also carried in Business in Vancouver

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Jack Knox: Inmates doing vital work to back B.C. firefighters

Victoria Times Colonist
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sometimes, when Nelson is unrolling yet another smoky, soot-soiled fire hose, he finds a burnt, blackened stick trapped inside. “That’s what gets me,” he says. The charred twigs are a reminder of the reality of B.C.’s forest fires, of the wildlife fleeing the flames, of the exhaustion of the firefighters, of the homeowners left wondering if they’ll have anything left to come home to. “It lingers with you.” Nelson says he would volunteer to fight the flames himself if he could, but he can’t. He’s in jail. He’s an inmate at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre at Brannen Lake, one of the unlikelier fronts in the war against the forest fires raging across the province this summer. It’s where the B.C. Wildfire Service sends thousands of its hoses for refurbishing.

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New penalties eyed for careless fire starts

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News – Terrace Standard
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is reviewing its penalties for those who start forest fires with campfires or discarded cigarette butts, as losses pile up from a severe early fire season. …Morris said he will examine what new penalties can be effectively enforced. “For example, should we be banning those who break fire bans from attending our provincial parks?” [MLA Mike] Morris said. “Should we look at larger fines up to and including possibly of the impoundment of vehicles for those who flick lit cigarette butts out of their windows?” …States of local emergency continue in the Cariboo, Squamish-Lillooet and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional Districts as of Tuesday.

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Comox firefighters help contain Dog Mountain fire

Comox Valley Record
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As one of 12 structural protection specialists in the province, Gord Schreiner’s phone has been busy. As the fire chief of the Comox Fire Department, Schreiner, along with six other firefighters from the department, recently returned from the Dog Mountain fire on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni. “The biggest challenge (to fighting the fire) is not knowing when you’re coming back. Sometimes you get an hour to pack your bags, and you have to expect to be gone for up to 14 days,” he explained. The Comox firefighters were tasked for about a week to lend their skills to fight the aggressive forest fire, in which they were able to protect and save many structures, some even with flames within feet of the building.

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Born and Raised: Don’t let me catch you watering the lawn

Comox Valley Record
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

“So what, it’s not like it’s against the law,” was the reply of one indignant Lower Mainland woman who was caught on film by a commuter after she flicked her lit cigarette butt out her window during this lengthy drought and dangerously high fire hazard. That type of response seems to be pretty typical of people across the Island and Lower Mainland this summer who are being careless with cigarettes, illegal camp fires and lawn watering despite a ban. I don’t understand. Do all these people think they’re entitled to something? Entitled to littering? Greener grass? S’mores? What makes their priorities more important than things like potential forest fires or a lack of drinking water?

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B.C. drought rating hits highest possible level, more water use restrictions possible

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

More water restrictions could be on the way after the provincial government raised the drought rating this week for B.C.’s south coast and Lower Fraser areas to a level 4, the highest possible rating. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations made the announcement Wednesday, attributing the new rating to continued dry conditions and ongoing low stream flows. …With water shortages come concerns about fish stocks. “Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures,” the ministry warned.

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How Climate Change Is Making Wildfires Worse

Time Magazine
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

In a vicious cycle, wildfires are also making climate change worse, a study finds. Increasingly hot and dry climates, the result of global climate change, have led to a worsening of wildfires around the world, according to new research. In turn, wildfires are aggravating climate change by killing trees that could absorb carbon in the atmosphere. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, finds that fire season has gotten longer for more than quarter of the Earth’s vegetated surface from 1979 to 2013. Overall, across the globe, fire weather season increased by nearly 19%. The trend occurred on all continents where wildfires occur except Australia.

Headlines & Global News – Climate Change May Have Lengthened Global Wildfire Season By As Much As 20 Percent (also based on Nature Communications study)

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Wildfire Worries Rage In Typically ‘Wet’ Washington State

NPR
July 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The iconic forests of the Pacific Northwest — with their towering, moss-covered fir and pine trees — have never been this dry. The grass underneath the ferns has already turned gold. Of the five large wildfires burning in Washington alone right now, one has scorched more than 1,500 acres of a rainforest on the typically misty Olympic Peninsula. The wildfire threat in the drought-stricken Pacific Northwest right now is extraordinary, and there are concerns that the region may not be prepared for a long summer. …”When you start to think of the potential for loss of life in areas like this, it’s terrifying,” Larsen says. Fire managers aren’t being overdramatic when they say things like that. The forecast in the Pacific Northwest warns of more lightning and hot weather moving in by week’s end.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Investing in Forest Communities can Reduce Poverty, Climate Change

Reuters in Khmer Times
July 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BANGKOK  – Asia has a unique opportunity to fight climate change and lift many more people out of poverty if it invests more in the communities living in its forests, experts said. More than 450 million people in the region rely on forests for income and food, but forest dwellers often struggle to make a living as rural poverty, deforestation and climate change threaten their livelihoods. “If we truly want to sustain Asia’s forests, we need to address inequality and poverty by investing in people living in the forests,” said Tint Lwin Thaung, executive director of RECOFTC, which promotes community forestry in Asia.

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