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Business & Politics

Boyden Leading CEO Search for Forest Products Assn. of Canada

Hunt Scanlon
July 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Executive search firm Boyden has been selected by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. David Lindsay, who has led the organization since 2012, announced his intention to move on by the end of 2015. Eric Lathrop, a partner in Boyden’s Ottawa office, is leading the search. Mr. Lathrop has a long track record in recruiting leaders for associations representing a number of Canada’s industries, including forestry, aerospace, tourism, and defense. …“We appreciate that David has given us advance notice of his intentions so we can conduct a thorough search and proper transition as we move to the next phase of our association,” said board chair of FPAC, Curt Stevens, CEO of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.

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Babine mill owner testifies at coroner’s inquest

Prince George Citizen
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — Hampton Affiliates CEO Steve Zika told a coroner’s inquest Wednesday he was concerned about the level of dust at the Burns Lake sawmill the company owned but did not think it would have fueled an explosion. …A WorkSafeBC investigation concluded the dry, powdery sawdust from beetle-killed pine, provided the fuel for the blast. Under questioning from coroner’s counsel John Orr, Zika said he would visit Babine on a quarterly basis and came away concerned about the haze the dust left in the mill’s air.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lane County commissioners approve tax break for International Paper revamp of Springfield mill

The Register-Guard
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In a unanimous vote, the Lane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to a five-year tax break totaling $8.56 million for the International Paper linerboard mill in Springfield. The company requested the break as it considers a $101.6 million upgrade to its 66-year-old mill, mainly to replace two “functionally obsolete” pieces of heavy equipment. Under the deal, the company isn’t promising to add any new jobs to its Springfield workforce of around 280. The agreement allows the company to reduce its workforce by 20 percent at any point during the five years, though company officials say they don’t plan to do so.

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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

Canada first in the world for LEED green buildings

Business in Vancouver
July 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

For the second year in a row, Canada takes top spot in the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual LEED green building ranking list. The USGBC rates countries in terms of gross square metres and number of LEED projects to date. In order for a project to be LEED-certified, it must meet strict limitations on energy and water usage and carbon emissions. “At a time when the world needs real leadership to solve the problems facing us all, Canadian business leaders, policymakers and consumers have turned to LEED to show the international community what we can do at the local level to promote real, substantive change,” said USGBC CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi.

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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

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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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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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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Chairman Roberts Reviews Forestry Bills, Hears from USDA

US Senate Committee
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a legislative hearing to review pending U.S. Forest Service and forestry-related bills. “I hope this hearing serves as a reminder to the U.S. Forest Service and stakeholders that we are a resource and an ally to address policy questions now before Congress, such as catastrophic wildfire and forest management,” Chairman Roberts said. “Forestry, much like production agriculture, faces many similar challenges whether it be an over-reaching regulation from EPA, complying with burdensome and time consuming environmental laws and regulations, or protecting countless species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Judge clears barred owl removal study

The Capital Press
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A barred owl removal study doesn’t violate environmental laws, a federal judge ruled. Killing barred owls to study the potential effects on threatened spotted owls does not violate federal environmental laws, according to a federal judge. Populations of the northern spotted owl, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act, have continued to decline in recent decades despite strict limits on logging. Federal scientists believe the problem is partly due to the barred owl, a rival species that’s more adaptable, occupies similar habitats and competes for food.

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Bigger logging buffers considered to protect salmon

Herald and News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS (AP) — A state board is considering how much to increase the numbers of trees that must be left standing along small and medium streams on private timberlands to shade the water and keep it cool for salmon. A study known as RipStream has shown logging buffers on small and medium-sized streams under the Oregon Forest Practices Act don’t do enough to maintain shade, allowing water temperatures to rise more than twice the standard of 0.54 degrees set by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Myanmar gives 153 Chinese life in jail for illegal logging

AP in The Missoulian
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

YANGON, Myanmar — A court in northern Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison on Wednesday after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing. Two Chinese minors received 10-year sentences for the same offense, while a woman in the group received an additional 15 years on a drug charge, said Khin Maung, the lawyer for the defendants. Life terms are generally treated as 20 years in Myanmar’s judicial system. Myanmar’s army in January arrested the Chinese and some Myanmar nationals in Kachin state near the Chinese border, also seizing 436 logging trucks.

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Forest Fires

Two fires were caused by humans

Comox Valley Record
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A small forest fire near Comox Main which could be seen from Comox Lake along with a larger fire in Campbell River were both human caused, confirmed the Coastal Fire Centre Tuesday. The .1ha fire on Crown Land near Comox Lake was in patrol Tuesday, but was not completely declared out, said fire information officer Marg Drysdale. …The Elk River Main fire which grew to 1.5ha from its discovery Monday, was 40 per cent contained by Tuesday. The fire is on private forest land. “It’s July; we haven’t even reached the peak of fire season which is around mid-August,” added Drysdale.

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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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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. 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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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.’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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Cabin Gulch fire at 2,500 acres; 100 acres of timber sale burned

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

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.) — The 2,500-acre Cabin Gulch Timber sale was evacuated yesterday from the Cabin Gulch Fire. Ed Regan of RY Timber said the fire burned through some of lower timber units in the east fork of Cabin Gulch, with a very rough estimate of about 100 acres affected. Logging crews left equipment on scene yesterday, and were able to return today with the Forest Service to move equipment from the area. If winds shift there is the concern of pushing the fire to the north and burning more of the timber sale, Regan said.

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Quickly growing fire in Glacier now 800-1,000 acres

Great Falls Tribune
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wind-blown wildfire near Grizzly Point along the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park on Tuesday closed the road and prompted evacuations. “It’s growing quite quickly,” park spokeswoman Denise Germann said. By 9 p.m. the fire, which first was reported at 3:45 p.m., had grown to an estimated 800 to 1,000 acres. It was moving quickly in heavy timber with extreme spread potential, Germann said. Rising Sun Motor Inn, operated by Glacier National Park Lodges, and Rising Sun Campground, were evacuated Tuesday evening, she said.

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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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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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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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