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Daily Archives: July 21, 2015

Special Feature

Eye on BC’s Forests: The FPB Newsletter Summer 2015

BC Forest Practices Board
July 17, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Practices Board is celebrating 20 years of service to the public and government of BC as the independent oversight of BC’s forest and range practices. The Board’s body of work is substantive and has contributed to better and more consistent practices, compliance and regulatory performance. Independent oversight is good public policy—it builds accountability, credibility and public trust. Today, independent oversight is a key piece of the public’s stewardship expectations. It also contributes to the forest industry’s social licence to access forest resources, and to the markets for BC wood products.

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Froggy Foibles

Ash’s Squirtle called out of retirement to help battle BC wildfires

The Peak
July 20, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

With over 200 wildfires (as of print time) currently blazing across British Columbia, the provincial government has called Ash Ketchum’s Squirtle out of retirement to help combat the growing numbers. A once prominent member of the Pokémon trainer’s roster, Ash’s Squirtle was last used in a trainer battle over 14 years ago. The Squirtle will first be deployed to Puntzi Lake, and then to near Bobtail Mountain Provincial Park, where two of the largest fires in the province are currently raging. “In 2015, we’ve already doubled the number of forest fires we had in all of 2014,” Forests Minister Steve Thomson said in an announcement this week. “Ash’s Squirtle isn’t a last resort, but we are certainly exploring all of our options in order to get these fires under control. “

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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper CEO to step down in shakeup of former high flier

Globe and Mail
July 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Not so long ago, Chad Wasilenkoff was a darling of the stock market, having found a way to transform money-losing old paper mills into low-cost producers of rayon that sent shares of his Fortress Paper Ltd. soaring on the TSX. But Fortress fell out of favour, done in by steep import duties in key markets, a global supply glut and ramp-up problems. Now Mr. Wasilenkoff is stepping down as president and chief executive. While the company said Mr. Wasilenkoff will focus on “strategic initiatives” in his new role as executive chairman, the move is a stunning turnaround for Mr. Wasilenkoff and the company he started in 2006.

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‘The toughest part is the injustice’

Prince George Citizen
July 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – Though Kathleen Weissbach doesn’t understand German, she can tell when her husband speaks to family back home about surviving the January 2012 explosion that flattened the Burns Lake sawmill. “I knew exactly when he was talking about the mill explosion because his legs and his arms would just start shaking,” said Kathleen of Dirk Weissbach, one of 19 who lived through the Babine Forest Products disaster. Just minutes before the 8 p.m. blast tore the roof off, Dirk was relieved from break by Carl Charlie, who died that night. His other co-worker Robert Luggi was the second victim, and the two are the focus of the coroner’s inquest that started this week in the small town of about 2,000 people.

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Local mill raises concerns about crime, trespassing

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
July 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wayne Roznowsky is concerned for the public’s safety.  In the last couple of years, the public affairs manager for Weyerhaeuser Canada said the area mill, located about 10 kilometres south of the city on Resources Road, has seen a steady increase of trespassing and vandalism issues.  Roznowsky said his worry with people going onto the mill grounds, private property, is someone being seriously injured or worse. …“Our biggest concern with raising this with county council was some awareness and a solution, trying to work with the group to find a solution,” he said.  Talks are already underway between county enforcement, the mill and even the RCMP. 

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Editorial: Labor statistic has implications for economy

Timber harvest numbers
Albany Democrat-Herald
July 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Another economic number made news this week: The Oregon Department of Forestry released its annual report about the state’s timber harvest. Some of the news was good: In 2014, for the second straight year, more than 4 billion feet of timber was harvested on Oregon’s forests. (The number was 4.13 billion board feet.) And the number is expected to remain about 4 billion feet in 2015 as well. The timber harvest number is obviously much better than it was during the depths of the recession. But, again, troubling signs lurk just underneath surface. The 2014 timber harvest was down just a bit, about 2 percent, from the 2013 harvest.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Winner’s Announced in Columbia Forest Products PureBond Quality Awards Competition

Virtual Strategy
July 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Columbia Forest Products announces the winners of the fourth annual PureBond® Quality Awards (PQA) competition. The PQA competition recognizes exceptional design and craftsmanship using PureBond® hardwood plywood materials to create interior spaces and finished goods that are both visually distinctive and functionally impressive. …Now in its fourth year, the PureBond Quality Awards competition has become an important way to spotlight the accomplishments of woodworking specialists. …The first place winner of the Residential Kitchen category is Rivendell Woodworks, Inc. of Concord, CA. 

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See 8 storybook log houses: Steiner Cabins Tour on Mount Hood (photos)

Oregonian
July 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Put away your levels. The logs forming these old cabins in Mount Hood are straight and sturdy. The decorative wood pieces are not. Crooked, bowed and bent, they prove that Henry Steiner was an artist as much as he was a home builder. Steiner, who worked with his 13 children to hand make about 100 rustic getaways during the Depression through the start of the Jet Age, intentionally selected trees with natural, curvy character. The results? Real-life versions of the storybook, cozy little cabin in the woods.

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From wood to wine: France dominates oak barrel trade

AFP in CTV News
July 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

JONZAC, France — Crafted by artisans using high quality oak, “Made in France” wine barrels — in which age some of the world’s most expensive wines — are selling like hot cakes abroad, with exports making up 70 per cent of the market. The barrels house an elite club of wines, with only two to four per cent fermenting in these prized oak containers. Other wines usually age in concrete or steel tanks. While the barrel market dipped slightly in 2014 after 20 years of solid growth, the industry is still going strong.

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Industry embracing responsibly sourced timber, says WWF report

Construction Manager, UK
July 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The construction sector has scored highest in a report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) into how companies in the UK sustainably source timber. The WWF’s 2015 Timber Scorecard assessed 128 UK contractors, retailers, manufacturers and traders that buy timber and timber products on their publicly available buying policies, and performance from 2013 onwards. Each company was given a score from zero trees, meaning no apparent progress on sustainable timber and timber products, to three trees, where more than 70% certified sustainable wood has been sourced. 

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Forestry

Environmentalists fight to save tract of old-growth Island trees

Victoria Times Colonist
July 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the end of a logging road, past expanses of clear-cut land, is the entrance to one of the largest contiguous tracts of old-growth rainforest on Vancouver Island. The Central Walbran Valley near Port Renfrew is not protected parkland, but has incalculable ecological value, environmentalists say. “You come to this area of pristine old growth and everything changes. Your mood changes. It’s — how do I put it — it gives you a feeling of well-being,” said environmentalist Saul Arbess. “

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VanDusen Garden hits panic button after Level 3 water restrictions

Vancouver Sun
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gardeners at VanDusen Botanical Garden are scrambling to keep treasured plants alive. Metro Vancouver’s Stage 3 water restrictions have sent the garden’s 17 gardeners into panic mode as they drag out hoses and watering cans and try to keep rare and valuable plants alive while watering by hand. “This is going to be a big problem for us,” says Howard Normann, director of the garden. “In the past, we had the option of using soaker hoses and sprinklers. We have never seen anything like this before. “This drought has the potential of doing lasting damage to the garden and many other gardens in the park board system,” he said.

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Nova Scotia forests still being clearcut at high rate despite reductions

The government is playing ‘a game of semantics’ says Ecology Action Centre
CBC News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


An environmental group in Halifax says clearcutting has been reduced in Nova Scotia’s forests since 2010, but not nearly as much as the minister of Natural Resources claims. In an interview earlier this year with CBC Radio’s Mainstreet, Zach Churchill quoted numbers from 2010, the latest numbers he’d seen. “Back in 2010, clearcutting made up about 75 per cent of the harvest in the province. And those numbers have steadily been brought down. Currently I think they’re about at 64 per cent,” he said.

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Sen. Tester: Resilient Federal Forests Act Focuses Too Heavily On Logging

Montana Public Radio
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Senator Jon Tester says a forest management reform bill co-sponsored by Montana Republican Ryan Zinke that recently passed in the U.S. House will have a tougher time in the Senate. The bill scales back environmental reviews for some timber projects, and makes it harder to file lawsuits that delay thinning projects. Tester says he appreciates the House effort to pursue timber reform, which he says must remain a top priority….Tester says the House’s “Resilient Federal Forests Act” focuses too heavily on cutting timber. He says he’d like to see more wilderness designation and recreational opportunities in any final forest management reform.

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Forest management: Real, collaborative models should be nurtured

Montana Standard
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Currently, forest management is a hot button in Washington, D.C., which is a little disconcerting, since it is a place where policy ideas often get fed into a wood chipper before emerging as legislation. U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is to be commended for understanding how vital forests are to Montanans, and for trying to improve national forest management with a recent bill he introduced, which got folded into a bigger House bill which he supported, the Resilient Federal Forests Act. It passed the House and is awaiting Senate action.

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Senator Steve Daines tours Bear Canyon timber sale site

KBZK
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN – Senator Steve Daines toured the Bear Canyon timber sale site Friday to show his support on how active forest management can benefit Montana. This site contains 10 timber harvest units stretching to nearly 750 acres. It is being used as an example to show that forest management can improve forest health and create community jobs. Daines was shown how projects such as these can be used across the state and even federally.

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Miller: Wyoming management is the solution

Casper Star Tribune
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recent article in the Star-Tribune continued the attack on those legislators and other concerned Wyoming citizens who favor Wyoming control of the public lands in Wyoming instead of Washington, D.C. Included in the latest attack was the following: “I’d expect huge tracts being bought by Chinese billionaires, Russian oligarchs or Arab shaikhs,” the last invoking a continued response by the author: “The latter wouldn’t have any trouble imposing sharia law on those lands,” (Cody Caverns, Star Tribune, July 4). I believe the hysteria about Wyoming controlling public lands in Wyoming versus the failed bureaucrats in Washington has reached a new level of outrageousness. Whoa, here, folks. Let’s get back to the basics:

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Work begins on Bitterroot Forest’s largest ever road decommissioning project

Ravalli Republic
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Work began last week on the Bitterroot National Forest’s largest single effort to date to address the legacy of old logging roads. A single excavator began obliterating the first of 66 miles of road built decades ago on lands acquired by the Forest Service from the Darby Lumber Company in 2013. When the project is complete, another 51 miles of the road will be “stored,” which means they will remain on the national forest’s road system and will be made hydrologically stable before being set aside for potential future uses. Decades ago, building roads and logging went hand in hand. Back then, logging crews needed the roads close together so they could use draglines to haul timber up steep hillsides.

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Lawsuits disable the Forest Service

KCSG Television
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Tom McClintock statement gives important insight into why local control of our public lands is crucial to protect the health, access and safety of those lands, as well as the sovereignty of our states. Rep. McClintock (CA-04), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Lands made the following opening statement at oversight hearing, entitled “Litigation and Increased Planning’s Impact on Our Nation’s Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests.”…”Between 1989 and 2008, 1,125 lawsuits were filed against the Forest Service. Many more have been filed since then and much more case law created.

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Forest, wildfire bill needs to become law

The Spokesman-Review
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The U.S. Forest Service estimates that between one-fourth and one-third of all national forest acreage is at risk of catastrophic wildfire. Much of this is dead, diseased and bug-infested timber. Unfortunately, those who want to help clear this dead timber are stymied by endless red tape and bureaucratic hurdles, and the Forest Service’s hands are tied. As a result, little gets done and no significant dent is made in the number of at-risk acres. When the Evergreen State goes up in smoke, it doesn’t bode well for anyone. Roughly one-quarter of the world’s forest products come from the United States. The damage from even a small-scale forest fire does considerable harm to our local businesses and our state’s competitiveness nationally and around the world.

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Sen. Udall checks out forest restoration work

Albuquerque Journal
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dark-bellied clouds hinted at more of the rain that has blessed much of New Mexico this spring and summer as Sandia District Ranger Karl Malcolm talked to people, including Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., clustered at Sulphur Canyon in the Sandia Mountains on Friday morning. “Forest restoration is never going to be more apparent than in a year like this,” Malcolm said, referring to the greater-than-normal precipitation the state has experienced. “It’s a matter of just add water. Restoration areas look great. We have never seen such a diversity of grasses.”

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Wyden checks in on Central Oregon fire season

Senator also discusses drones, timber payments
The Bend Bulletin
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden met with federal and state officials Saturday to check in on Central Oregon’s fire season, which has been at average levels, despite hot, dry conditions. At Deschutes National Forest headquarters, Wyden said he thought the “terrible trifecta” of drought, high temperatures and fuel buildup on the forest floor would lead to more fires, but officials told the senator that the number of fires has actually been about average for this time of year. Wyden said he knows the fire prevention work the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Forestry do plays a huge role in keeping a fire season tame. When there aren’t enough funds for prevention, large fires, which he called “infernos,” are more likely to occur, he added.

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Oregon senators propose doubling harvest on O&C timberlands (& video)

KVAL
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon’s Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced legislation to double the timber harvest on Oregon’s O&C lands while permanently protecting old-growth trees in 18 Western Oregon counties. “Without compromise our forests are going to remain locked up due to lawsuit after lawsuit, management will be stalled, and the health of our forests will continue to diminish while wildfire risks mount,” Wyden said. …Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart said the plan looks good on the surface, but analysis by their consultant at the Association of O & C counties found the higher timber yields and revenue boost would only be in the short term.

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New forest management group seeks public involvement

Plumas County News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Feather River Stewardship Coalition is an emerging forest management collaborative effort in the upper Feather River watershed. The FRSC group began as a partnership between the Plumas National Forest and the Plumas County Fire Safe Council. Involvement has expanded and now includes concerned citizens, business owners, community representatives, county officials, members of the Maidu community and representatives from the timber industry. The group recently agreed on the name of the organization as well as a draft vision and mission.

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Threatened bats halt some timber projects

Eagle Tribune
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

This summer, lumber harvesters and landowners in the Northeast who want to sell their timber have new neighbors to worry about — and they’re hiding in the trees. The Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) was officially listed as “threatened,” just one step below endangered, in early April after a severe decline in their population in the Northeast due to White-Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease. Along with that designation came some new rules for timber harvesting, a lawsuit, and the creation of a limbo that has those in New Hampshire’s timber industry uneasy about the future.

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Bat study focuses on nesting trees in Northland as deadly disease spreads

Duluth News Tribune
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST — She was hissing and squealing and trying to open her tiny mouth wide enough to nip the glove of the biologist who was holding her. But the young female northern long-eared bat — now wearing pink band No. L-A-1171 — wasn’t much of a match for U.S. Forest Service researchers. After all, she weighed less than half an ounce. It’s not exactly clear to scientists what trees northern long-eared bats roost in during the day or what trees females raise their single pup in June and July. And with northern long-ears newly protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, scientists are scrambling to fill in the blanks on the bat’s life cycle.

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Forestry law puts ‘land up for grabs’

Scoop.co.nz
July 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Proposed new forestry standards will put huge swathes of New Zealand land up for grabs for overseas forestry companies, a meeting has heard. At a public meeting in Nelson on Monday night, representatives from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) presented on the proposed creation of a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry. If implemented the standard would replace councils’ existing district and regional plans for managing plantation forestry “What we found was that each council had different rules for how forestry operated,” said MPI’s director of forestry and land management Aoife Martin. “

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Forest Fires

Cumberland adds fire prevention patrol to monitor forest lands and parks

Comox Valley Echo
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Village of Cumberland is taking more measures to protect its forest lands and parks surrounding the community. Due to the high level fire hazard situation attributed to extreme dry weather, the village is concerned about the risk of wildfire. In an effort to avoid forest fires from happening, council has decided to monitor the areas using fire prevention patrols. Council has approved a two hour evening patrol for the summer months. But since the village has no existing budget for this type of service, council has directed staff to bring forward an amendment to the 2015 financial plan bylaw to add $5,000 that will be drawn from the 2014 annual surplus balance.

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Comox firefighters help save properties at Dog Mountain wildfire

Comox Valley Echo
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comox firefighters helped save cabins and properties that were at high risk during the wildfire at Dog Mountain in Port Alberni recently Comox Fire Department chief Gord Schreiner, who is a structural protection specialist, was called in on July 4 to assess whether the town’s sprinkler projection unit was required. “When I got there, I realized it was a really good fit for this type of work,” said Schreiner, because the fire had started to move closer to the cabins.

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Westside Road closed due to wildfire

Vernon Morning Star
July 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire has forced residents out of their home and the closure of Westside Road. Westside Road is closed in both directions between Cinnibar Creek and La Casa because of a lightning-caused fire and no detour is available. An evacuation order is in place for an area affecting about 70 homes along Westside Road as result of the flare-up Monday night of the Shelter Cove wildfire.

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Sask. fires could cost hundreds of millions, Greg Poelzer says

CBC News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fires in northern Saskatchewan could cost hundreds of millions of dollars with the economic impact lasting a few years, according to a professor from the University of Saskatchewan. “It’s going to be a lot larger than people realize,” Greg Poelzer told CBC Saskatchewan’s Blue Sky. Poelzer is the Fullbright Arctic Initiative Scholar and is a professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the U of S. He said the cost of fighting the fires was huge. Then there was the massive relocation of thousands of residents. There has also been a direct impact on different businesses and industries, including a slow-down of the mining sector. He said commercial forests have “literally gone up in smoke.”

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Wildfire numbers down, but much work still ahead: Sask. government

CBC News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rain may have cooled off Saskatchewan’s wildfire situation, but the province is not out of the woods yet, environment officials say. Hundreds of Canadian Forces members were leaving the fire zone in the province’s north Monday and there are fewer active fires than last week. But with 98 fires still burning, the battle to protect northern communities and forests continues. Steve Roberts, who heads the wildfire management branch, said it is expected to be warmer and windier tomorrow, possibly resulting in more lightning strikes and fires. Even with the Canadian Forces leaving, another 800 people remain on the fire lines.

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Dog Mountain update: new evacuation order for properties due to unstable slopes

Alberni Valley News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) has issued a new local state of emergency and evacuation order for Dog Mountain due to unstable slopes in areas affected by a wildfire. “The basis for this new evacuation order is a preliminary post wildfire assessment completed the West Coast Region of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations,” ACRD spokesperson Russell Dyson said in a press release. “Properties within the evacuation area are those subject to moderate to high rock fall hazard as identified by this assessment.”

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Eight forest fires burning

Timmins Press
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – There are currently eight forest fires burning in this part of Northeastern Ontario, ranging in size from 3.0 hectares to 2,500 hectares. The newest of those blazes, Cochrane 16, was started by lightning on July 2 and has consumed 25.0 hectares to date. Located southwest of Fort Severn, Cochrane 16, is listed as “being observed.” Cochrane 15, which was also caused by a lightning strike on July 2, is located northwest of Cochrane 16. It has consumed 50.0 hectares to date and is also listed as “being held.” Cochrane 14 and Cochrane 13 were both started by lightning strikes on June 29.

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Wildfire west of Helena ‘somewhat under control’

Helena Independent Record
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – A fast-moving wildfire burned about 33 acres west of Helena Monday in windy and dry conditions. The fire started around 5:15 p.m. on the RV Ranch approximately 5 miles west of Helena off of U.S. Highway 12, and over a ridge from Colorado Gulch, which is populated with homes. As of 8 p.m. Monday, the fire had not damaged any homes. The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office had warned between 40 and 45 residents up to the 1700 block on Colorado Gulch Drive, but no formal evacuations were ordered, said Sheriff Leo Dutton. Only residents of the area were being allowed in, he said.

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Burning Olympic Rainforest Poses Firefighting Challenge

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

It’s 6 a.m. and a special team of fire response coordinators is gathered at Port Angeles High School. This incident command center is more than 100 miles from the wildfire they’re dealing with: the Paradise Fire. It’s burning in the Queets River Valley, near the western edge of Olympic National Park. The immediate vicinity of the fire is no place for a command center. There are only two ways to access the burn area: by helicopter or by fording a river and hiking more than 15 miles of trail.

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Fire near Woodland continues to grow

The Longview Daily News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A fire in clearcuts east of Woodland grew to about 100 acres Monday and officials called in reinforcements to combat a growing number of wildfires in the region. By late Monday afternoon, four helicopters and a large airship were dropping water and fire retardant on the blaze, but none of the fire had been contained as evening began, fire officials said. “The first thing we do is to get a line all around it to get it contained,” said Jim Shank, the incident commander for the state Department of Natural Resources. About 5 percent of the fire had been contained as of midday Monday.

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Oregon wildfire acreage down

Largest wildfire in Central Oregon this year also largest in state
The Bend Bulletin
July 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Despite ongoing drought around Oregon, the acres blackened by large wildfires are the least in the past few years at this point of the fire season. Between the start of the year and July 15, Oregon saw 17 large wildfires that burned a combined 77,829 acres, according to data from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland. The center organizes wildland firefighting around the Northwest. In contrast, during the same time frame, 2012 had 11 large fires had burned 757,817 acres, 2013 had 14 large fires that burned 85,556 acres and 2014 had 26 large fires that burned 165,311 acres.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

In a warming forest, fungi may be key to trees’ survival

United Press International
July 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 20 — Most climate scientists and ecologists expect a warming climate to bolster drought conditions in places around the world. The question is: Will trees be able to adapt? And if so, how? Researchers at Northern Arizona University are studying what they believe will be one the keys to the survival of trees vulnerable to hot, dry conditions — fungus. In the human gut, communities of microorganisms work to digest food, as well as regulate the immune system and ward off harmful invaders. Microbiota in the soil may be equally important to tree health, but even less understood.

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Push for large-scale wood pellet mills as Tasmania deals with native timber waste

ABC News Australia
July 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

There are hopes Tasmania will soon catch up to New Zealand, in developing large-scale wood pellet mills to process native timber waste. The state’s forest industry produces millions of tonnes of residues each year and the Tasmanian Government has called for expressions of interest from the private sector, to put them to good use. Resources Minister Paul Harriss is pushing for biomass proposals, stating value adding in Tasmania is preferable to wholesale exports of woodchips. Pellet retailer Rob Douglas said there was huge potential for native timber residues to be made into wood pellets for bio-energy.

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