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Daily Archives: July 23, 2015

Business & Politics

Saskatchewan’s hot economy extends to forestry

Road conditions, lack of qualified drivers remain issue for log haulers and producers in Saskatchewan
Truck News
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – As Alberta moves into an era of uncertainly thanks to low oil prices and a new government intent on ensuring “social justice,” the once have-not province immediately to its east faces an entirely different future – and according to one industry expert, the government in power has a lot to do with it. That’s the upshot from Ian MacIver, general manager for Sakâw Askiy Management of Prince Albert, a partnership formed between six forest companies and two First Nations. MacIver sees good things happening in Saskatchewan, though he noted it’s been a while coming.

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B.C. forestry sector poised for steady growth

Truck News
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

SALMO, B.C. – British Columbia has traditionally been one of Canada’s leading regions for the forest industry and despite some major challenges – not all of which are related to the economy – it appears to be poised for continued growth over the next several years.  That’s according to Chris Sutherland, president of the Salmo-based Sutco, who told Truck West he thinks the industry will rebound after a couple of challenging years. “Lumber prices are little bit weak right now, but in the longer term they are forecasting stronger lumber prices,” he said, noting that “many of the mills in this area have put money into their (operations) to get more production, so they’re going to need more logs.”

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J.D. Irving Ltd. seeks to stop closure of Saint-Léonard airport

Company and community groups issue cease-and-desist letter to City of Edmundston, Madawaska Airport Authority
CBC News
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Ltd., and a number of community groups have issued a legal warning in a bid to stop the closure and possible dismantling of the Saint-Léonard airport in northwestern New Brunswick. The cease-and-desist letter, addressed to the City of Edmundston and the Madawaska Airport Authority, says it appears some infrastructure from the airport is being taken apart and moved to a smaller airport outside Edmundston. “You should ensure that the continued operation of the CYSL [Saint-Léonard] airport is maintained,” the letter states. If not, “you will be held responsible for all prejudice and damage to
the airport caused by your failure to comply” with the cease-and-desist
demand, it continues.

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Thunder Bay’s Resolute Forest Products gets tax break approval

Resolute Forest Products gets reduction in tax assessment for Thunder Bay mill
CBC News
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A 50 per cent reduction in the value of the Resolute Forest Products mill in Thunder Bay will cost the city millions of dollars. Earlier this month, the Assessment Review Board handed down a decision that slashes the property value by almost $40 million, for the 2009 to 2012 tax years. Thunder Bay city councillors voted in a closed session this week to accept the ruling. Reserve funds will cover the cost of paying back the taxes, but that pot of money is dwindling, city manager Tim Commisso told CBC News. 

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Video: Paper giant Domtar just got a whole lot cooler

Campaign pushes the importance of paper at iconic Comic-Con event
Northern Life
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The paper industry — like the mining sector — has its ups and its downs. It has its boom and bust cycles, too. From the softwood lumber dispute to shrinking paper usage to stiff global competition, North American paper-makers have to find ways of showing their continued relevance in this digital world we live in. That’s why Domtar Corporation’s stunt at San Diego Comic-Con recently was so spectacular.  Domtar, which bills itself as “the Sustainable Paper Company,” operates pulp and paper operations across the continent, the largest in North America and the second largest in the world.

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Boise Cascade Company Reports 2015 Second Quarter Net Income of $20.2 Million on Sales of $955.4 Million

Market Watch
July 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade or Company) BCC, -5.37% today reported net income of $20.2 million, or $0.51 per share, on sales of $955.4 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. …In second quarter 2015, total and single-family U.S. housing starts increased approximately 16% and 12%, respectively, from the same period last year. The July 2015 Blue Chip consensus forecast for 2015 reflects 1.11 million total U.S. housing starts, an 11% expected increase from 2014 levels. At that level, total housing starts would remain below the historical average for the last 20 years of approximately 1.3 million starts per year.

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County wrestles with erratic timber revenue

Profits from timber sales are essential to the county’s operations. But they’re also highly unpredictable.  Right now, it looks as though commissioners will see very little revenue from timber sales in 2015.
Chinook Observer
July 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PACIFIC COUNTY — So much depends on timber sales, but timber sales aren’t dependable at all. Like many other rural Washington counties, Pacific County depends on revenue from the sale and harvest of state-managed forestlands. That income helps to pay for local schools, ports, fire departments and other essential services. But due to an ample regional supply of both logs and lumber, and lessening demand for lumber in China, “Lumber and log prices have fallen markedly since the beginning of 2015,” according to a recent report from the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Matt Weaber leads recapitalization of Weaber Lumber

PR Newswire
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LEBANON, Pa. — Weaber, Inc. , based in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, announced today that its CEO, the grandson of Weaber’s founder, Matthew G. Weaber, has led a recapitalization of its business which has transitioned a controlling interest in the company back to the Weaber family. Cleveland based Cyprium Partners, a private equity firm focused on making non-control investments, supported Mr. Weaber in the recapitalization of the Company. 

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The “Wall of Wood” arrives

Interest New Zealand
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Peter Weblin assesses the consequences of harvesting the large forest plantings of 20+ years ago and the implications facing forest owners. During the 1990s forestry investment was at an all-time high in New Zealand. This was stimulated by a price spike in 1993 which saw log prices reach an historic record high in the third quarter of 1993. Export A-grade peaked at $370/m3 delivered to wharf gate (NZ port). …The actual increase in harvested volumes won’t look like this chart. This is partly because the chart is based on harvesting at age 30, whereas the average harvesting age is actually several years younger than that, especially when the log market is strong. The increase will also be constrained by logging, transport and port capacity.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden Buildings: Your Questions Answered

July 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

This may seem like a bold statement, but he certainly doesn’t stand alone in that belief. It’s been a big year for wooden buildings and there is growing global support for their prioritisation as a building material, particularly for multi-storey projects. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has dubbed 2015 the year of the “Woodscraper” while the United States Department of Architecture (USDA) is currently reviewing entries for the recently launched US Tall Wood Building Competition, for which Waugh is a judge. A US$2 million prize is at stake while globally, the wooden project pipeline is full of activity.

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Forestry

Prehistoric trees may help a B.C. forest fight climate change

National Oberver
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

 …Oliver Kellhammer owns a 20-acre woodlot on Cortes Island in Desolation Sound off the B.C. coast. Along with a British biologist and parapsychologist, Rupert Sheldrake, Kellhammer has been experimenting with growing trees that last thrived in the area some 50 to 55-million years ago. “One of the things that Rupert and I are advocating is to, on a small scale, experiment with bringing back formerly native species, species that have been extinct for millions of years, but have the genetic memory to grow in these warming habitats,” Kellhammer told the National Observer.

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3 ways to stop the spread of Dutch elm disease

Saskatoon dealing with first-ever case
CBC News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dutch elm disease has destroyed millions of elm trees since it was brought to North America in the 1930s. Despite being in Saskatchewan since the 1980s, the City of Saskatoon said it is now only dealing with its first case. Jeff Boone, the city’s pest management supervisor, said there are a number of things the public can do to help stop the spread of the disease.

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Public input invited on Merritt timber supply review

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Comments are being accepted until Sept. 23, 2015, on a discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Merritt Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. The discussion paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base case harvest forecast. It also describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices of the Merritt Timber Supply Area.

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Runaway logs on the Columbia

Castlegar News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Visitors to Millenium Park may have noticed four bundles of logs jammed on the opposite shore of the Columbia River over the past week. The logs escaped the Interfor Sawmill over a week ago, during a storm. “[They] broke free from their pens—some cables broke—and they went down river,” explains Andrew Horahan, regional general manager of Interior operations at Interfor.

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Investigation highlights importance of EBM spirit and intent

Forest Practices Board
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A complaint about logging of old forest on Sonora Island on B.C.’s South Coast has highlighted the importance of following the spirit and intent of ecosystem-based management (EBM). Residents of Sonora Island complained that TimberWest Forest Corp. was logging old-growth forest and rare and endangered plant communities in the Great Bear Rainforest. While TimberWest was found to be following the legal requirements of land use orders, the board was concerned that the company’s approach to identifying old forest and rare and endangered plant communities did not meet the spirit and intent of EBM.

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Bayfield County officials seek balance between forest health and deer population

Superior Telegram
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Foresters in Bayfield County say deer are having a significant impact on efforts to regenerate forest areas, and officials are now weighing options to balance deer numbers with the forest’s long-term health. Bayfield County forester Mike Amman said they’re seeing significant impacts to seedlings like white birch, red oak and jack pine because deer are feeding on them. “If we see that, we need to drop the herd in these areas to a level where we can demonstrate positive growth on these species,” said Amman.

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Reducing Fuel

Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service working together to clear trees
Sierra Star
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a joint effort, Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Madera County Road Department came together to begin thinning dead and dying trees on forest land in the Mountain Area. An estimated 160 cedars and pines, along with a few oaks were felled last Thursday in Cedar Valley, which was the first of several needed tree mortality removal projects. The area was ranked high on the priority list because of having only one way in and out for emergency responders and residents in case of an emergency. Once the Mt. Bullion inmate crew, three Cal Fire engines (Ahwahnee, Rancheria, and Oakhurst), and two U.S. Forest Service crews from area stations (SNF 314) finished in Cedar Valley, they moved on to Bass Lake, felling another 80 trees.

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Tree-thinning on Baldy resumes this summer

Ketchum Ranger District, Sun Valley Co. team up to manage forest
Idaho Mountain Express
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the second straight summer, the Ketchum Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service and Sun Valley Co. will be thinning trees from a grove about midway up Bald Mountain. The work aims to improve the health of other trees in the area by cutting down dead or diseased trees, and lower fire danger by reducing fuel loads, District Ranger Kurt Nelson said. Crews are focusing on 25- to 50-acre sections each year, as the total project area encompasses 182 acres and is expected to take three to five years to complete. Sun Valley Co. has a masticator, essentially an excavator with a tree-chomping head, working in the Frenchman’s area of Baldy.

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Land trust, others acquire ridge top Chimacum forest to avoid clearcut

Peninsula Daily News
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHIMACUM— An 850-acre parcel that was slated for clearcutting is now protected in a partnership that includes the Jefferson Land Trust, which plans to explore its recreational and economic potential. Chimacum Ridge, a forested area located between Center and Beaver valleys in sight of the Chimacum Crossroads, will be developed as a community forest where timber is selectively harvested and then used in local projects, according to Sarah Spaeth, Jefferson Land Trust’s director of conservation and strategic partnerships.

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Tussock moth devours fir needles in Southern Jefferson County

The tussock moth’s caterpillar has hit trees along the South Platte River, but impact is isolated
The Denver Post
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


JEFFERSON COUNTY — Even as the South Platte River near Buffalo Creek swells from this year’s heavy rains, trees along the river are turning brown. But the cause is not lack of moisture or even too much rain. The needles of the Douglas-fir trees — mostly those along the north-facing slope on the river’s south shore — are being devoured by the tussock moth. “It’s really sad, a lot of the needles have already fallen off the trees, so a lot of the trees are already just defoliated,” said Janet Shown, a Conifer-area community member who alerted area residents about the pest on social media.

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Editorial: Forestry Board should consider environment and economics

The Bend Bulletin
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Later today, the Oregon Board of Forestry is expected to decide on new rules aimed at keeping west-side streams on private land cooler. As it does so, it must do what it can to minimize the economic pain of landowners. The rules will govern how many trees may be harvested along small and medium streams. Trees provide shade; when too many are removed, stream temperatures rise and fish, including trout, salmon and steelhead, can suffer. Current rules set a logging buffer of 20 feet along the streams, with some logging permitted within them. As the buffer is expanded, to as much as 100 feet, streams do stay cooler but landowners can see profits fall, in some cases dramatically.

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BEETLE INVASION: Pesky bug could halt timber industry

Vicksburg Post
July 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A shiny green bug is posing a threat to one of Warren County’s biggest industries. The invasive emerald ash borer has already invaded forestry operations in northern states. While it hasn’t shown up here yet, the pesky beetle is likely to show up in Warren County soon, causing massive destruction to timber and landscaping. “They’ve quarantined some areas and aren’t moving forest products. I think that’s a concern for Mississippi,” Warren County Extension Agent Anna McCain said. In Warren County, forestry is a $340 million a year industry, according to the extension service.

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New Jersey sees major increase in tree damage by gypsy moths

AP in Fox5NY
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TRENTON, N.J. – State agriculture officials say a recently conducted aerial survey of New Jersey showed a major increase in tree damage from gypsy moth caterpillars. The survey made public Wednesday showed an estimated 290,696 acres of trees in 175 municipalities in 20 counties were defoliated, compared to 1,330 acres in 24 towns in 11 counties in 2014. Most of the tree damage was in the state’s seven northernmost counties. The highest concentrations were in Sussex, with 108,882 acres; Passaic, with 61,386 acres, and Morris, with 60,699. The hardest hit towns were West Milford in Sussex County, with 40,632 acres of trees defoliated, and Jefferson Township in Morris County, with 22,562 acres.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

David Suzuki: Premiers’ energy strategy doesn’t go far enough

By David Suzuki
Canadian Press in CTV News
July 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

On July 15, a state-of-the-art new pipeline near Fort McMurray, Alberta, ruptured, spilling five million litres of bitumen, sand and waste water over 16,000 square metres… At the same time, while forest fires raged across large swathes of Western Canada – …Canadian premiers met in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to release their national energy strategy. The premiers’ Canadian Energy Strategy focuses on energy conservation and efficiency, clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. …Canada’s premiers should take these issues seriously and commit to a faster shift from fossil fuels as they continue to develop their energy strategy.

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Airlines turning to biofuels to meet emissions rules, capitalize on growth in air travel

Associated Press in Chronicle Journal
July 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

NEW YORK — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice. …without a replacement for jet fuel, that growth could be threatened by forthcoming rules that limit global aircraft emissions. …Making biofuels at large, commercial scale is difficult and dozens of companies have gone belly up trying. The logistics of securing a steady, cheap supply of whatever the fuel is to be made from can take years. Financing a plant is expensive because lenders know the risks and demand generous terms. A sharp drop in the price of crude oil has made competing with traditional fuels on price more difficult.

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Grant will explore expansion of wood energy

Chadron Record
July 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Nebraska Forest Service has landed a grant to consider the feasibility of expanding Chadron State College’s wood energy system to several other entities within the city. The $77,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund a study to explore the possibility of expanding the current system to more of the college campus as well as to three buildings in the Chadron Public School district and the city’s swimming pool, all across the street from the campus. The study will also look at converting the Chadron Community Hospital to its own wood energy system.

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Red Rock Biofuels to power FedEx jets under new contract

Fort Collins company contracted to sell FedEx 3 million gallons of jet biofuel per year
The Denver Post
July 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

FedEx is set to fly its jets on fuel made by Fort Collins-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC from tree branches and pine needles. Red Rock announced Tuesday that FedEx has contracted to buy 3 million gallons of jet biofuel a year from a $200 million refinery it is set to build in Lakeview, Ore. …The Lakeview refinery is designed to turn about 140,000 dry tons of woody biomass into 15 million gallons a year of renewable jet, diesel and naphtha fuels. “We are using the waste wood from a saw mill — branches, bark, pine needles,” Kulesa said. “It is a really cheap feedstock.”

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CoastLine: Emerging Wood Pellet Market Boon for NC; Opponents say It Decimates Forests

WHQR
July 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Wood pellets. They’re a simple idea, but their potential implications are far more complicated and controversial. Member countries in the European Union are buying these small, compressed cylinders, which are made up of everything from sawdust to wood pulp, to use as a more planet-friendly fuel source than coal. Eventually, some say increasing restrictions on allowable carbon emissions will force the discontinuance of wood pellets as a fuel source because they’ll no longer meet government requirements.

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Why renewable ‘biomass’ is not as good for the climate as we’d hoped

ABC News, Australia
July 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Burning biomass to generate electricity is officially listed as being ‘carbon neutral’. But claims that it helps prevent climate change are not as straight-forward as they seem. …If wood pellets are derived from construction debris, discarded shipping pallets and the debris left from forestry operations, they are probably helpful to reducing CO2 emissions. All these materials are likely to decompose or get burned within a short period of time. We might as well burn them instead of coal. Burning some forms of live biomass also helps to reduce CO2 emissions, if it is derived from short-lived plants, such as weedy grasses and short-rotation forest trees.

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Native forests can help hit emissions targets – if we leave them alone

The Conversation
July 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The debate over native forest logging has been sparked once again, partly by the government’s successful push for wood burning to be included in the revamped Renewable Energy Target. However, the disagreement over the best way to manage Australia’s … native forest is thrown into sharp relief by analysis showing that ending native forest logging, and completing the the industry’s shift into plantations instead, would get Australia much of the way to its greenhouse gas emissions reductions target. Analysis done using the Australian government’s public native forest model suggests that stopping all harvesting in the public native forest estate would generate in the order of 38 million tonnes of potential credits (that is, the equivalent of 38 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions avoided) each year in the short to medium term.

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Forest Fires

Unstable slopes on Dog Mountain

Alberni Valley Times
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest fire that overtook Dog Mountain this month has left a lasting impact on the stability of the peninsula’s slopes, prompting the regional district to issue another evacuation order this week. On Monday the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District announced a state of emergency and evacuation for 15 of the mountain’s cabins by Sproat Lake. The 21 lots on Dog Mountain were previously ordered to evacuate earlier in July as the fire rapidly grew to encompass 450 hectares. At least one cabin has been destroyed by the fire. The ACRD has now barred entry to much of the peninsula due to a rockfall hazard. “There is a threat to accessing Dog Mountain at present,” said regional district CAO Russell Dyson.

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B.C.’s wildfire costs could reach $400 million by season’s end: Christy Clark

Vancouver Sun
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — With the cost of fighting B.C.’s forest fires soaring to more than $140 million already this year, Premier Christy Clark acknowledged the province could end up spending as much as $400 million by the end of the season. On Wednesday morning, Clark visited the area of one of the province’s most concerning fires because of its proximity to dozens of properties, the Westside Road fire near West Kelowna. There she pledged to spend whatever it takes to protect residents’ homes, livelihoods and their sense of security. “We have a $1.7-billion (provincial budget) surplus, so I don’t think this will put us into deficit,” she said, adding the $63 million set aside for this year’s fire season was calculated based on a rolling average of the past five or six years.

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Premier warns B.C. in for more wildfires, blames climate change

Globe and Mail
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As she toured a fire zone in her Okanagan riding, Premier Christy Clark heaped praise on the more than 2,000 people fighting hundreds of wildfires in British Columbia and warned there could be worse to come for the province because of climate change. “I am mostly concerned that … the forest fire season won’t give us a break and that we’re going to see more homes threatened, more people’s livelihoods threatened, more forest resources lost,” Ms. Clark said Wednesday. She said B.C.’s extreme fire season has been bad, but it appears to be part of a longer-term trend rather than an anomaly.

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B.C. Premier Clark fears raging wildfires new norm, blames climate change

Prince George Citizen
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – Relentless forest fires burning across British Columbia may be the new normal, Premier Christy Clark … Clark spoke near the Westside Road fire outside West Kelowna on Wednesday, where flames have forced emergency officials to issue evacuation orders to the residents of 70 homes. It’s one of 10 evacuation alerts or orders across the province, where more than 250 blazes are burning, 43 of which broke out on Tuesday following a series of lightning storms. The premier said she is concerned that climate change has altered the terrain, drying out the land and making it more vulnerable to fire, and as a result what B.C. is seeing isn’t unusual and will happen more often.

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Evacuation orders lifted for all northern Sask. communities

Communities of Clam Lake Bridge and Hall Lake among the last evacuated communities to return home
CBC News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The general evacuation order for the last two communities under threat from forest fires has been lifted, and people can finally go home. The people of Clam Lake Bridge and Hall Lake will be the last of 43 communities to return home. “Best news ever,” wrote Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson in a Facebook post. According to Saskatchewan’s Wildfire Management, “there are no longer any communities under direct threat from wildfire.” They do, however, urge those with health priorities to stay clear of the area until more smoke clears.

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B.C. wildfires: Back-breaking battle drags on at Puntzi Lake

Team putting in exhausting, 14-hour days against fire
CBC News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even as new fronts in British Columbia’s intense wildfire season open in the Kelowna and Kamloops areas, hundreds of firefighters continue the dirty, back-breaking job of trying to tame other fires that have been burning for months. A CBC News crew has just returned from the central Chilcotin area, about 700 kilometres north of Vancouver, where it will take an entire summer’s effort to put out the Puntzi Lake fire. “The risk is it’s only the middle of July and we still have eight weeks of hot weather and there are still aspects of this fire where it could threaten communities,” said Rob Krause, the fire boss for the operation, as he drove his pick-up past the roadblock and into the fire zone.

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Firefighters contain wildfire east of Stevensville

Billings Gazette
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE — The Pat’s Gulch fire, located east of Stevensville in the Sapphire Range, remained at 2.5 acres this morning after firefighters established a hose line around the perimeter, according to Forest Service officials. More firefighters arrived today to help build the fire line and work began to contain two spot fires that started outside the perimeter, according to officials. The additional firefighters brought the total crew to 20.

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Fire at Marion Lake 90 percent contained, closures remain

Statesman Journal
July 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Aided by cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity, firefighters made substantial progress towards containment of the 120-acre wildfire burning near Marion Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness east of Detroit. The Marion Fire is now approximately 90 percent contained, but many closures on hiking trails remain in effect. “The weather did us a huge favor,” incident commander Chad Calderwood said. “Fire fighters were able to take full advantage of the conditions to reinforce handline construction and get water to hot spots. The firefighters have done an excellent job working safely and efficiently.”

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Suspect arrested for Cabin Gulch fire, evacuations lifted

Helena Independent Record
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A suspect is in custody in connection with the Cabin Gulch fire, and officials lifted evacuations Wednesday in the Deep Creek area as cooler weather helped fire crews. Robert Alexander Norman was arrested in Park County Wednesday as a suspect in the Cabin Gulch fire, confirmed Broadwater County Attorney Cory Swanson. Norman was on probation for previous convictions, Swanson said in an email. He was sentenced in 2013 for criminal production or manufacturing of dangerous drugs in 2010, according to online court records.  On Tuesday, Broadwater County Sheriff Brenda Ludwig said her office was looking for a dented, older model Pontiac Grand Am with Lewis and Clark County license plates in connection with the Cabin Gulch Fire.

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General

Wooden Buildings: Your Questions Answered

July 23, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

This may seem like a bold statement, but he certainly doesn’t stand alone in that belief. It’s been a big year for wooden buildings and there is growing global support for their prioritisation as a building material, particularly for multi-storey projects. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has dubbed 2015 the year of the “Woodscraper” while the United States Department of Architecture (USDA) is currently reviewing entries for the recently launched US Tall Wood Building Competition, for which Waugh is a judge. A US$2 million prize is at stake while globally, the wooden project pipeline is full of activity.

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