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Daily Archives: July 24, 2015

Business & Politics

An update from Port Hawkesbury Paper regarding US trade matter

Midland Paper
July 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

…two U.S. producers of supercalendered paper, Madison Paper Industries and Verso Corporation, filed a petition several months ago with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. Department of Commerce, seeking the imposition of countervailing duties on supercalendered paper imported from Canada. The petition identified four Canadian mills, including Port Hawkesbury Paper. …on July 28th, we expect to know the results of an interim ruling by the Department of Commerce, which could see the imposition of an interim duty levied on the Canadian mills. It is important to understand that the duties would impact not only Port Hawkesbury Paper, but other members of the supercalendered paper industry in Canada.

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Paper Excellence mill closure will hurt Sunshine Coast communities

Unifor
Canada Newswire press release
July 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT MELLON, BC, – The unexpected closure of the paper production operations at the Howe Sound Mill owned by Paper Excellence could cost more than 130 jobs, says Unifor Local 1119. “The announcement was a shock to us all,” said Unifor Local 1119 President Don Rheaume. “We’re very disappointed and will work hard to help our members who are displaced by the closure.” Rheaume says the union will be working with Paper Excellence to establish a Labour Adjustments Committee to mitigate the impact on the mill’s workers. He said that he hopes to secure severance packages, early retirement packages, and re-training opportunities for those affected.

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WestRock formed from merger of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn

Pulp & Paper Canada
July 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WestRock Company began operations on July 1, following the completion of the merger of two packaging companies: MeadWestvaco Corporation and Rock-Tenn Company. WestRock is one of the world’s largest paper and packaging companies with $15 billion in annual revenue and 42,000 employees in 30 countries. The company owns one mill in Canada, the former RockTenn facility in La Tuque, Que. The company says it has the most comprehensive substrate offering in the industry and offers a wide variety of packaging solutions for diverse end markets from food and beverage to personal care and healthcare.

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Dueling lawsuits: Log exporters take beefs to court

Daily Astorian
July 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Both sides allege breaches of a contract they entered into in January 2014. Lawsuits are again flying and partnerships unraveling over log exports at the Port of Astoria. On July 13, Westerlund Log Handlers’ founders David Westerlund and Roger Nance filed suit in federal court against Murphy Overseas USA, local subsidiary Astoria Forest Products and owner Dennis Murphy Sr. The same day, Murphy Overseas filed suit in state court against Westerlund, Nance and Westerlund Log Handlers. Both sides allege breaches of a contract they entered into in January 2014. The contract details an arrangement in which Westerlund was to transport, store, process and prepare logs procured by Astoria Forest Products for shipment overseas.

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Cleanup at Rayonier pulp mill site in Port Angeles to be completed in another five years

Peninsula Daily News
July 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Cleanup that began on the former Port Angeles Rayonier Inc. pulp mill site in 2000 should be completed by 2020, a top state Department of Ecology cleanup official said Tuesday. Rebecca Lawson, southwest regional section manager for Ecology’s toxics cleanup program, updated the project to 30 participants at the Port Angeles Business Association’s weekly breakfast meeting. She said the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company’s parcel 2 miles east of downtown is largely free of dioxin and other contaminants that were contained in 34,000 tons of dug-up soil. “The worst contamination has been removed,” she said of the prime upland waterfront parcel.

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Mount Gambier MP Troy Bell ‘doubtful’ forestry management privatisation to OneFortyOne Plantations about jobs

ABC News Australia
July 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A local MP is doubtful the South Australian Government’s decision to privatise the management of its south-east plantation forests is based on job security. OneFortyOne Plantations bought the harvesting rights to the timber in 2012 for an upfront payment of $670 million. The Government’s ForestrySA was expected to manage the asset until at least October 2017, with the option to reapply via a tendering process. But on Wednesday, South Australian Forests Minister Leon Bignell travelled to Mount Gambier to tell more than 70 workers the private company would assume full management of plantation forestry assets.

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South Korea might impose anti-dumping duties on Chinese softwood plywood

IHB The Timber Network
July 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

South Korean Trade Comission decided this week to launch an official investigation into alleged price dumping of Chinese softwood plywood. KTC recommend to begin imposing punitive tariffs of up to 5.9 percent on Chinese imports, Yonhap news agency reported. The investigation comes after a four-month preliminary probe into allegations that importers of Chinese plywood were underselling softwood plywood, Yonhap reports. The move apparently trues to avoid anti-dumping tariffs already imposed hardwood plywood from China, according to the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

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Forest safety director appointed

New Zealand Scoop
July 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A National Safety Director, Fiona Ewing, has been appointed to advance the work of the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC). This is a key role in the recently-formed Council, set-up to lead safety culture change and to drive improvement in safety performance across the sector. Ms Ewing has 30 years’ experience as a health and safety professional in a wide range of industries including energy, engineering, construction, agriculture and forestry in the United Kingdom. Her most recent position was Group Manager Health Safety Environment and Quality for Powerco.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. needs ‘net-zero’ building revolution to combat climate change

Vancouver Observer
July 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Clean energy experts are putting the B.C. government’s feet to the fire after learning that “net-zero” buildings are within its reach, but remain unsupported by weak provincial energy policies.  The Pembina Institute, … teamed up with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) to produce two reports examining B.C.’s energy-efficient building regulations, and paving the pathway to meeting its energy-efficient ambitions. …“If energy requirements for B.C. buildings continue at current pace, we will not see net-zero buildings before 2050,” Josha MacNab, B.C. director of the Pembina Institute, told the Vancouver Observer. “This would put us at least 20 years behind schedule if we expect to be able to tackle climate change in a meaningful way.”

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MP Ed Fast Announces Investment in Forestry Innovation

Natural Resources Canada
Canada Newswire press release
July 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

ABBOTSFORD, BC, – The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, on behalf of Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced close to $900,000 through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program to Dynamic Windows and Doors to install an innovative manufacturing process to produce Passivhaus wood windows at its facility in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Passive houses are valued for their rigorous energy-efficiency standards, which require little energy for space heating and cooling.

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The ‘renaissance father of fine furniture making in Maine’ gets his due at MECA

Bangor Daily News
July 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — In 1972 Thomas Moser left the podium as an English professor at Bates College and started a new life. Inspired by the purity and simplicity of Shaker design and the love of woodcraft, he launched a cabinet-making enterprise. …His ability to marry aesthetics and ingenuity with great success makes Moser a prime candidate for this inspiring show. …Viewers can examine a timeline of the craftsman’s rise from country startup to celebrated designer with showrooms from Freeport to Boston to Madison Avenue to San Francisco. And see his evolution from a one-man operation to 130 employees, of whom half are craftspeople.

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Forestry

Kanata ‘tree massacre’ charges withdrawn, city says

Prosecutor found there was not sufficient evidence to prove charges beyond reasonable doubt
CBC News
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city has withdrawn two charges against Metcalfe Realty after a Kanata woodlot was clear cut last year, saying that a prosecutor found there wasn’t sufficient evidence. In June 2014, the City of Ottawa issued a stop work order against Metcalfe Realty and later laid charges against the company under the Urban Tree Conservation Bylaw for allegedly destroying and injuring trees in May 2014 at 936 March Rd. A charge was also laid against Ottawa Valley Tree Experts. Under the bylaw, a permit is required to cut down trees greater than 10 centimetres in diameter at breast height. The penalty for violating the bylaw ranges from $500 to $100,000.

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Smokies bats declining, research shows hope

The Daily Times
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The spread of deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) continues to threaten bat populations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but scientists are making possible progress in treating the cause of the sickness. In May, 75 bats were successfully released back into the wild at a site in Hannibal, Mo., after being part of the first field trials in protecting bats from WNS through the use of a common species of bacteria as a biological control agent. Bat Conservation International, the U.S. Forest Service and the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy helped fund the research.

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More Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires

The New York Times
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…Just as they did in 2013, supporters of this legislation are using the public’s fear of forest fires to advance their agenda. They argue that overgrown and “unhealthy” forests raise the risk of wildfires, and that the government has been hampered by litigation and environmental reviews from allowing timber companies to thin forests to reduce the risk of fire. Accordingly, this legislation would allow more logging on federal lands, including clear cutting, by exempting some logging from environmental reviews entirely, limiting oversight in other cases and making it much more difficult to challenge harmful logging projects in court.

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Supes Ask Feinstein For More Rim Fire Support

My Mother Lode
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

onora, CA – US Senator Dianne Feinstein will shortly have three letters in her “Inbox” from the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors. At yesterday’s meeting, the supervisors asked for the senator’s support for an increase in funding from the US Forest Service as well as for swifter response through the Rim Fire restoration phase, noting the quick, effective work of the Rim Fire Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team through post-fire stabilization efforts. In their communication, the supervisors stated that, without the requested support for the massive burn area, there is an increased likelihood of more wildfires there and that noxious weed, brush and bio mass buildup continue to have negative impacts on real forest landscape and habitat recovery.

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Both sides of timber debate upset with new BLM policies

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

The Bureau of Land Management is looking to rewrite its logging and tree conservation policies of the last 20 years. It’s 1,500 pages long and it’s called their draft resource management plan. It has five options for proposed forest reserves and timber cutting zones for 2.4 million acres of land. The plans cover the 18 O & C counties in Western Oregon, including Lane, Douglas, and Coos. Both sides of the timber debate are not happy with the new plans. “We’re not going to see revenues generated that’s going to be any better than what we’ve seen in the past few years,” said Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart.

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Oregon board delays ruling on logging buffers to cool streams

AP in The Oregonian
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — The Oregon Board of Forestry on Thursday postponed a decision on updating state logging regulations to keep streams cool enough for salmon. After four years of consideration, the board had been scheduled to vote in Salem on a new riparian rule for the Oregon Forest Practices Act, mandating just how many trees must be left along small to medium streams on private timberlands in western Oregon. Department of Forestry spokesman Tony Anderson says the board formed a subcommittee to make recommendations that will be considered sometime this fall.

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Editorial: Fighting fire in wilderness was the right call

Albany Democrat-Herald
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sometimes, the best call when wildfire breaks out in a wilderness area is to let the fire burn — after all, fire plays an important role in shaping the ecosystem of a forest. But sometimes the best bet is to get a jump on a wilderness fire, and that’s what officials elected to do this week with a fire in eastern Linn County. The Marion Fire, so named because it’s burning right along the shores of Marion Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, was sparked by lightning, smoldered for days and erupted into a 120-acre fire over the weekend. In general, U.S. Forest Service policy is to allow fires to burn within wilderness areas.

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Tenakee Logging Company

by Owen Graham, Executive Director, Alaska Forest Association
Sit News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The article also includes a statement that “There’s nothing good about clear cuts, as far as the environment goes.” I disagree and the Forest Service has also explained the many environmental benefits of clear cuts as a method of regenerating a forest after harvesting including warming the soils which increases grow rates; the increased sunlight enables the spruce trees to compete with hemlock trees; clearcutting minimizes the spread of insects and disease to the young-growth and clearcutting minimizes the blowdown that is common in select cuts. The Forest Service summarized the benefits of clear cutting by stating “A forest meets many needs while it is growing to maturity: wildlife food and shelter, watershed cover, recreation, aesthetics, to name a few.

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Forest thinning to take place at Seaquest State Park

The Longview Daily News
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SILVER LAKE — There’s an area of Seaquest State Park where the Douglas firs grow tall and thin, clustered together in predictable monotony. Stout shrubs crowd the dirt below, drinking in what they can of the scarce sunlight that peeks between the trees’ canopies. To the untrained eye, the area appears refreshingly green and healthy, but forest officials say otherwise. “From a wildlife standpoint, it’s pretty impoverished,” said Rob Fimble, natural resource program manager for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Which is why officials are going to do some selected logging in the popular state park five miles east of Castle Rock.

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State land board updates Coos County officials on Elliott State Forest alternatives

Coos Bay World
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COQUILLE — With the Elliott State Forest’s current revenue stream proving inadequate, the state land board updated the Coos County Board of Commissioners this week on its progress in developing an alternative strategy. Based on the current situation, Stephanie Cummins, of the Oregon Department of Forestry, said more money was being spent to take care of the forest than what was coming in, leading to the need to find another strategy to fund the Common School Fund. “In recent years because of the constraints of the Endangered Species Act, the harvest has been reduced and what is happening is the Elliott State Forest is not generating sufficient revenue for the fund,” Cummins said.

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Groups Petition for Emergency Action to Save Alaska Wolves

Center for Biological Diversity
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Environmental groups today asked three state and federal agencies to take decisive action to save the rapidly dwindling population of Alexander Archipelago wolves in the Prince of Wales Island area in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Following up on a June report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game indicating that the wolf population in the area is alarmingly low, the groups asked Fish and Game and the Federal Subsistence Board to cancel the area’s 2015-2016 trapping and hunting season. They also asked the U.S. Forest Service to suspend logging and road-building in its Big Thorne timber sale and to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement for the project to reconsider impacts to wolves.

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Law professor got forest policy wrong

Jim Geisinger, executive vice president of Associated Oregon Loggers
The Oregonina
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For a law professor, Michael C. Blumm deserves a failing grade for demonstrating a serious misunderstanding of law and proposed legislation. In his full-throated attack on solutions to end the gridlock on federal forests, one wonders whether he actually read the Northwest Forest Plan or the Resilient Federal Forests Act recently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on a bipartisan vote. First, Blumm celebrates the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) as the “foremost … example of an ecosystem management plan” that “ended an era of industrial management of federal forests.” 

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Rehabilitation begins for Lake Fire burn area

Big Bear Grizzly
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The next two years are critical in the rehabilitation of San Bernardino National Forest land within the Lake Fire burned area. The Lake Fire Burned Area Emergency Response team finalized its soil burn severity findings on July 8. The Lake Fire began June 17 off of Highway 38 near Heart Bar. A map of the Lake Fire burned area shows that the majority of the land within the burn area escaped severe damage. About 30 percent of the burned area is either moderately or severely burned, equal to about 9,000 acres of forest land. Randy Westmoreland, the leader of the BAER team tasked to collect data for the Lake Fire report, said the main focus was to identify where the fire affected the life and safety of the public.

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Trees may be the answer to cooling down streams

AP in The Bend Bulletin
July 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — 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. The choice for the Oregon Board of Forestry, which is scheduled to vote Thursday in Salem, is that the more trees left standing, the better the chance of meeting the temperature standard, but the lower the profits for timberland owners.

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Kirkpatrick: Resilient forests, resilient communities

By U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
Tuscan Sentinel
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizonans are all too familiar with the consequences of unhealthy and poorly managed forests. Wildfires not only lead to devastating economic losses, they can take a tragic human toll. …I cosponsored the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 because it takes a common-sense approach to forest management. And I’m pleased to announce that it passed the House on July 9 with bipartisan support. It is now headed to the Senate for consideration, and I urge our two Arizona senators to fight for its passage. This bill does several things that promote healthier forests in Arizona and across the country.

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What’s up with the WSU forest

Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bonney Lake City Council adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan June 30. …Part of the city’s future development includes plans for its share of the Washington State University forest along SR 410. …The WSU forest was deeded to the college by Weyerhaeuser in 1942 to be used as a living classroom for students. In 2004, the Washington State University and Weyerhaeuser Company entered into an agreement together to sell off the 147-acre forest and split the proceeds.

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Oregon Board of Forestry punts on no-logging buffers

The Oregon Board of Foresry will wait to decide whether to expand no-logging buffers around streams.
The Capital Press
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — The Oregon Board of Forestry has punted its decision whether to expand no-logging buffers around streams to prevent water temperatures from rising after harvest. After hearing testimony from timber and conservation groups on July 23, the board formed a subcommittee that will narrow the range of possible options for consideration during a future meeting in September or October. Supporters and opponents of expanding Oregon’s no-cut buffers, currently set at 20 feet from either side of a stream, didn’t seem to have appetite for compromise during the recent hearing.

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Forest Fires

Saanich scientists hot on trail of wildfire forecasting

Victoria Times Colonist
July 24, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


As forest fires rage across the province, a group of scientists is working on a model that could predict wildfires up to two weeks before they happen. Steve Taylor, a research scientist at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Saanich, said the goal is to cut response times by giving emergency planners more notice. “We won’t be able to say specifically where they will occur, but these episodes where we have a lot of large fire starts — they don’t really come out of nowhere,” Taylor said. “They’re associated with large-scale weather patterns, longer periods of drying. And that’s somewhat predictable.”

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EDITORIAL: Where’s the forest fire prevention announcement?

Kelowna Daily Courier
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Is anyone else surprised at how much attention the Shelter Cove fire is getting? It has led national newscasts, appeared on the front pages of our national and provincial papers and hosted the premier — twice — and prime minister. …What surprised us even more was hearing Premier Christy Clark suggest climate change is to blame for B.C.’s extended fire season — that this is the new normal. “Climate change has altered the terrain. It’s made us much more vulnerable to fire,” said Clark. “We have to be planning with the knowledge that this isn’t going to be an unusual year.” OK, great. So now’s about the time we’d expect to hear about funding announcements for fire prevention.

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Harper says wildfires could be linked to global warming

Vernon Morning Star
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged today that global warming could be playing a role in the wrath of forest fires currrently burning across Western Canada this summer, particularly in B.C. and Saskatchewan. Harper made a stop at the command centre on Westside Road for the Shelter Cove wildfire Thursday afternoon to thank the firefighters for their efforts, something he plans to also do when he travels tomorrow to Saskatchewan. In talking briefly about global warming, Harper also noted that his government is the first to establish gas emissions standards, but that further solutions to changing environment issues and finding solutions will carry on in discussions with other countries in the coming months.

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Forest fighting services welcome cool, damp July weather

CBC News
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Despite the grumbling of sun-lovers in the province, the wet and cold weather in Newfoundland and Labrador this July is actually welcome for the province’s fire fighting services. Fog and temperatures that have dipped into the single digits means things are not heating up on the ground, and that’s just the way the Department of Natural Resources likes it. “From a fire perspective, we love this weather,” said manager Eric Young. “It’s been cool and low temperatures and a little bit of precipitation.”

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Timmins-area fire out, three new forest fires in region

from ONTARIO MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY
Timmins Today
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

So far today, three new fires have been reported in the region. North Bay 7 is being held at 0.2 hectares and is located west of Highway 11 and north of the city. Sudbury 38 is not under control at an estimated 20 hectares and is located southeast of Dunbar Lake and east of Halfway Lake Provincial Park. Water bombers and fire crews are currently working on containing this fire. Timmins 8 is now out at 0.1 hectares. Currently there are 11 active fires in the region, 7 of which are being observed in the far north. Chapleau 3 is under control at 0.4 hectares. Sudbury 33, Sudbury 36 and Sudbury 37 are all out.

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Cost of Fighting Washington Wildfires Nearly $35M So Far

AP in NBC
July 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – The cost of fighting large wildfires in Washington state has hit nearly $35 million so far this year, as 29 large wildfires have scorched brush, grass and timber. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says those large blazes have burned nearly 130 square miles, or about 81,500 acres. A large fire burns at least 100 acres in timber or 300 acres in grass or brush. There have also been more than 1,000 small wildfires through July 21.

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Fires rage in California wine country [VIDEO]

CBC News on Facebook
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Fires rage in California wine country. Nearly 300 firefighters are battling the blazes.

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Crews make good progress on Cabin Gulch Fire

Helena Independent Record
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Crews on the Cabin Gulch Fire east of Townsend continued to make good progress Thursday as cooler temperatures and higher humidity allowed a more direct attack on the fire. “That allowed fire crews to really get out there and make good progress building fire line,” said fire information officer Mariah Leuschen. …The Broadwater County Sheriff’s office has lifted evacuations in the area, but the National Forest lands in the vicinity of the fire remain closed. Highway 12 is open to single lane traffic with a pilot car. However, people traveling in the area need to expect delays with construction and fire traffic.

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A Day In A Fire Lookout Tower On The Mogollon Rim

Woman looks over forest from fire tower
Payson Roundup
July 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

As a Hotshot crew cuts a line around a lightning-caused fire on the Tonto National Forest near Lost Spring, storm clouds brew on the horizon. From the depths of the forest, firefighters only see smoke and the pickax in their hand. Keeping a watchful eye over the weather and the firefighters’ safety from a 6,384-foot perch sits Dee Carstensen and her dog Smokey. Carstensen, soft-spoken and genial, with warm laugh lines around eyes, picks up her binoculars and surveys the Mogollon Rim and the Young valley.

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The Latest: California wildfire threatening 200 homes grows

AP in The Missoulian
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A fire burning about 45 minutes east of Northern California’s Napa Valley wine country that is threatening 200 homes has grown as it raged on for a second day. More than 10 ½ square miles have burned in drought-parched countryside near Lake Berryessa. Winds have died down from Wednesday and temperatures are cooler, hovering around 75 degrees. The most active part of the fire is burning along a mountain range in a remote area several miles from a highway that feeds into the lake park. Water is being scooped from the lake and dumped on the fire.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Going against the grain: Saskatchewan mechanic builds wood-burning truck | Video & Gallery

Regina Leader Post
July 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEAR MORTLACH — Cal Rader has two options when his truck is low on fuel: go to a gas station or pull up to a wood pile. “(It’s) a lot of fun, especially when you can go down the road and you can pass the service stations and you can give a wave,” Rader, 72, said Tuesday at his home north of Mortlach. Rader is the proud creator of a hybrid red and silver 1992 Dodge Dakota that runs on both wood chips and gasoline. “Everybody talks about the price of gasoline and possibly someday the shortage of gasoline … plus what carbon does to the environment. And, this really interested me,” he said.

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Now is the time to tell Christy Clark you want climate action plan with teeth

Vancouver Observer
July 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Blazing fire and choking smoke. Water bans, and lettuce-wilting heat. That’s how British Columbians are going to remember the summer of 2015. But there is also some encouraging news, and you can be a part of it. Earlier this year, British Columbia’s government announced it is ready to get serious about climate action again. The timing couldn’t be better. …Last week, BC released a discussion paper and opened up a public survey to get a sense of the climate-action ideas and priorities of British Columbians just like you. … The Climate Action Consultation ends on Aug. 17th. Head over there now and click on “Take The Survey.” It only takes a few minutes and your input can help ensure a better future for all British Columbians.

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