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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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Opinion: Recall TimberWest’s logging permits

Vancouver Sun
July 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

How would you expect a government and a car manufacturer to handle information that a certain car had defective brakes? Issue a recall, right? The same should apply to TimberWest’s defective logging permits in the southern part of the Great Bear Rainforest. TimberWest logged far above it allocation and in a manner that is of such legal and regulatory concern that it should be investigated. Further, much of their new logging targets endangered ecosystems. That’s what we call defective in a region in which the goal is to maintain healthy forests.

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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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Timberland REITs Standing Tall

Reit.com
July 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Timberland is regulated by federal rules and state forestry commissions, which means that timberland REITs generally face tougher compliance requirements than other sectors within the industry. Even so, the very nature of their assets makes ecofriendly business practices a necessity. Consequently, sustainability platforms have become must-haves across the timberland REIT sector. “All the timberland REITs have 100 percent of their land third-party certified as sustainable either by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council,” says Rick Holley, CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co., Inc.

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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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Japan: Seihoku group stops plywood production

IHB The Timber Network
July 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Japanese softwood plywood market has been in slump with weak demand then the supply has been more than the shipment so that the inventories have been swelling. In this supply glut, the market continues weakening so the major manufacturer, Seihoku group, which has more than 50% share in softwood plywood market, announced to reduce the production to restore the market. Japan’s April softwood plywood inventories were 256 M cbms, 2.3 times more than April of last year and the market prices of 12 mm 3×6 panel prices are down to 700 yen per sheet delivered or less from 850 yen in early January and the prices have not bottomed out in June yet.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

How to keep termites off your property: Lessons from Laurentian Hills

CBC News
July 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A pilot program to treat termite infestation in Kitchener’s Laurentian Hills neighbourhood has prevented the pests from spreading beyond 13 properties according to the city. Manager of Buildings Tim Benedict said the program began in the spring and involves spreading microorganisms called nematodes on infected properties. Nematodes, which have been used to treat grub problems, multiply inside a termite when ingested, eventually causing the termite’s death. They are not harmful to humans.  Benedict said the city is also using borate, a natural termite deterrent, to contain the infestation. 

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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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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

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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Scientists try to fight off emerald ash borer using fungus traps

More than 200 traps have been installed aimed at covering the beetle in fungus, spreading disease to species
CBC News
July 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Montreal, with help from Natural Resources Canada, is continuing its uphill battle against the emerald ash borer — this time by introducing a disease to the species that will hopefully kill the beetles off. “Right now, we have no way to control the emerald ash borer. It’s living freely with no predators and no disease,” said Robert Lavallée, an entomologist and research scientist with Natural Resources Canada. Lavallée is in Montreal this week collecting beetles and checking the 210 traps they have set up across five of Montreal’s boroughs.

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Cree Grand Chief travels to Waswanipi to calm opposition

Community unhappy with forestry settlement signed with Quebec
CBC News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Grand Chief of the Cree Nation is in Waswanipi, Que., trying to calm concerns over a forestry agreement signed last week between the Cree Nation and the province of Quebec. The deal was signed last Monday in Quebec City to resolve a long-standing dispute over how forestry industry was clear cutting on a large swath of land between Lac St. Jean and James Bay. The community of Waswanipi opposed the agreement, saying it threatened their efforts to protect the Broadback River Watershed, which is more than 600 kilometres north of Montreal, near the communities of Waswanipi, Oujé-Bougoumou and Nemaska.

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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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BLM ignores public concerns on timber management plans

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

The federal Bureau of Land Management controls over 2.5 million acres in Western Oregon. How the agency manages these lands significantly impacts our economy, environment and critical public services. Unfortunately, the BLM is sidestepping citizen input in its push to adopt new resource management plans (RMPs) before the next administration takes office. Considering the details of what the agency is proposing, many Oregon families, homegrown businesses and rural counties will pay the price if their rush to adopt new management plans is successful. Federal land management policy is extremely complicated, and the draft RMPs and its narrow range of alternatives are no different.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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PEFC UK launches new online certification tool

Pulp and Paper News
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PEFC UK has launched a new certification system designed to enable small and medium-sized woodland owners to participate in forest certification.Forest Cert System Picmedium. The new online forest certification system aims to provide a simple and cost-effective solution to assist the UK’s small and medium-sized private forest owners to become PEFC-certified. The new tool is designed to help increase the UK’s certified forest area and boost the supply of certified material to the UK primary processing sector and its customers.

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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Warming oceans, low river levels raise B.C. fish mortality fears

Business in Vancouver
July 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

When north coast fishermen set their nets on June 9 in anticipation of a good fishing season, they got more than they bargained for – and less. Along with Nass River sockeye, their nets pulled up thick blankets of slime.  It was originally thought to be marine algae, but the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has determined the slime to be a “goo” of phytoplankton. It’s believed to have been caused by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the northern Pacific Ocean. The slime fouled fishing nets so badly that some fishermen managed to get in only one set before the opening ended, and in a subsequent opening, others had already called it quits, said United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union spokeswoman Joy Thorkelson.

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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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Bio logical? The case for biomass

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

Biomass has a part to play in the renewable energy revolution – but only if certain conditions are met, says Natalie Bennett We urgently need to produce energy from renewable and sustainable sources if we are to avoid climate chaos, as well as conserving energy with efficiency measures and demand reduction. Biomass can be a part of the project of moving away from reliance of fossil fuels. But only the right sort of biomass in the right place.

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Forest Fires

Wildfire prevention debate heats up

Business in Vancouver
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As B.C. spends hundreds of millions fighting one of the province’s worst wildfire seasons, critics are questioning the relatively small amount earmarked for wildfire prevention and whether those funds are being used efficiently. Following devastating wildfires in 2003, the province provided nearly $68 million over 10 years for wildfire prevention for communities that have populated areas near the forest.  The funds are administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), which has disbursed $55 million to communities between 2004 and 2015. Of that total, $9.2 million is earmarked for past and future administration costs and $3.5 million for future grants. 

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Puntzi Lake fire 67 per cent contained

Williams Lake Tribune
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Puntzi Lake wildfire is now 67 per cent contained. “We’ve had cooler temperatures although it is windy so we are anticipating increased aggressive fire behaviour today,” said Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Emily Epp Monday from the Puntzi Air Tanker Base. Crews have managed to contain the fire along the southeast and north sides of the fire and continue working on the west flank, she said, noting there is a bit of smoke, but it’s not too bad. The wildfire is still estimated to be 8,142 hectares and an evacuation order and evacuation alert remains in effect for the area. As of Monday morning the Bald Mountain fire 10 kilometres south of Riske Creek was entirely contained. Crews have established a guard and laid hose around 100 per cent of the fire.

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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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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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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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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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Fire crews: Mount Jefferson Wilderness fire now at 120 acres

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

DETROIT, Ore. — Willamette National Forest officials say a 120-acre wildfire burning near Marion Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness is 50 percent contained. The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/4JmSbc ) that many closures are still in place at the popular recreation area east of Detroit. That’s about 45 miles southeast of Salem. Forest officials say lightning started the fire on Saturday. About 100 firefighters are working on it, using water from Marion Lake. Incident commander Chad Calderwood says fire activity is moderate. He adds there is a lot of large downed wood and snags in the area from a previous fire.

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California wildfire jumps highway: Motorists recall terrifying escape

Raging fire trapped hundreds on congested highway connecting Los Angeles to Las Vegas
NBC Montana
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

RAVALLI COUNTY –  A lightning-caused fire in Idaho is burning about 3 miles west of the Bitterroot National Forest boundary near Lost Horse, south of Hamilton. The Rock Point Fire has consumed 36 acres in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It is in rugged, inaccessible terrain in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The Forest Service said suppression in such terrain would unnecessarily endanger firefighters. Eleven firefighters of the Selway Wildland Module are monitoring the fire. The Forest Service said they are highly qualified in fire ground operations, can operate self-sufficiently in wilderness areas and can generate their own weather reports.

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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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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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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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General

Bio logical? The case for biomass

July 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Biomass has a part to play in the renewable energy revolution – but only if certain conditions are met, says Natalie Bennett We urgently need to produce energy from renewable and sustainable sources if we are to avoid climate chaos, as well as conserving energy with efficiency measures and demand reduction. Biomass can be a part of the project of moving away from reliance of fossil fuels. But only the right sort of biomass in the right place.

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Separate inquest worth time and expense

Prince George Citizen
July 20, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

The B.C. Coroners Service did the right thing by relenting to pressure from the friends and family of Robert Luggi and Carl Charlie – the two men who died in the Babine sawmill explosion three-and-a-half years ago – to hold a separate inquest into the disaster. The original plan was to hold a single inquest into both the Babine disaster and the similar, dust-fueled explosion that leveled Lakelands Mills in Prince George. But those affected by the Babine incident complained Prince George was simply too far away – it’s a two-and-a-half-hour drive between communities – and chief coroner Lisa Lapointe agreed. It has proven to be the correct decision in more ways than one.

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