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Daily Archives: July 27, 2015

Business & Politics

Forestry struggles point to sector’s failure to modernize

Globe and Mail
July 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

When Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz talks of a “puzzling” export slump beyond the oil patch, it’s because of companies like Fortress Paper Ltd. The Vancouver-based pulp-and-paper maker should be a beacon for Canada’s struggling export sector. Fortress did all the right things. It reinvested in old paper plants, innovated and aggressively pursued new markets in Asia. But things haven’t worked out according to plan. The company’s big bet on transforming pulp into rayon for the global textiles industry has faltered. Last week, president and chief executive Chad Wasilenkoff, 43, stepped down from day-to-day operations, taking the fall for mounting losses and a languishing share price. He will become chairman.

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Canfor Pulp Products PT Lowered to C$16.50

Mideast Times
July 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Equities researchers at Scotiabank reduced their price objective on shares of Canfor Pulp Products from C$17.50 to C$16.50 in a research report issued on Thursday, Market Beat reports. The firm currently has an “outperform” rating on the stock. Scotiabank’s price target points to a potential upside of 15.79% from the stock’s previous close. Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Analysts at Raymond James downgraded shares of Canfor Pulp Products from a “strong-buy” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, July 10th. 

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Union warns about trade shortage

Chronicle Journal
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the forestry sector makes a turnaround, Canada’s largest private sector union is warning about a possible skilled trades shortage that could affect sawmills in Northwestern Ontario.
Unifor in a news release says with an increasing number of trades people retiring as a number of mills come up for reopening, there’s now competition among the various companies to recruit skilled trades people from a dwindling pool. Thee union says that they are encouraged by provincial leaders at the premiers’ meeting, held earlier this month, recognizing the importance of apprenticeship training and education. The same couldn’t be said for the federal government.

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Industry checkoff program development discussed at PFI conference

Biomass Magazine
July 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An update of the proposed wood-to-energy (WTE) checkoff program was provided at the 2015 Pellet Fuels Institute conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The concept is under review by industry, and a draft is expected late this year or early 2016. Rob Davis, president of Forest Energy Corp., gave the presentation at the conference held earlier this week, July 19-21. “It has been talked about in the past, and now we have really formulated something and are moving forward on what the possibilities would be for the wood-to-energy sector,” Davis said. “This is not a PFI initiative, it is really an industry initiative. PFI is helping assimilate information, but it is strictly an industry program.”

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Saratoga timber industry gains steam as beetle epidemic wanes

Casper Star Tribune
July 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SARATOGA – Vast swaths of the Medicine Bow National Forest stand gray and dead in the wake of the worst mountain pine beetle epidemic in history. Since 1996, the tiny, rusty brown, quarter-inch sized beetles have chewed their way through more than half of the Medicine Bow Forest’s 1.2 million acres. Spruce beetles have hit an additional 118,000 acres. Standing inside the Saratoga sawmill at the edge of the Medicine Bow Forest on a recent July afternoon, Gary Ervin patted a towering stack of two-by-fours. The wood is marked throughout with the blue stain characteristic of beetle-kill. Each piece is emblazoned with the name Saratoga Straights.

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Bell Lumber & Pole Company acquired 31 acre site in Longview, Washington

Lesprom
July 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Bell Lumber & Pole Company has purchased a 31 acre site in Longview, Washington, to expand its business, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Located 50 miles north of Portland, OR on I-5 in southwestern Washington, this property sits in the heart of Bell’s Coastal Douglas fir wood procurement activities, a key region for both public and private timberland activities.

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Fire cripples Palisade manufacturing business

Brainerd Dispatch
July 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A large commercial producer of thermally modified wood products in Waukenabo Township near Palisade was almost completely destroyed by fire July 19. The Aitkin County sheriff’s office received a report at 3 p.m. of the fire at Superior Thermowood of Minnesota from a passerby. Firefighters from the Palisade, Aitkin, Hill City and McGregor fire departments were on scene for several hours battling the blaze, which appears to have originated from a wood pile adjacent to a building. Strong winds complicated efforts to extinguish the fire, the sheriff’s office reported.

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Arkansas Forestry Commission announces new Deputy State Forester

Log Cabin Democrat
July 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) has named Mark Cutrer as its new Deputy State Forester. Most recently, Cutrer has served as District Forester for AFC District 3, which encompasses 16 counties in east Arkansas. Following an interview process with several excellent candidates, State Forester Joe Fox and a small interview committee invited Cutrer to take the place of recently retired Deputy State Forester Larry Nance. “Mark’s broad knowledge of forestry in Arkansas, his varied experience with the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and his proven leadership ability will uniquely help us as we fulfill our mission for Arkansans and Arkansas forests. We expect great things from him,” said State Forester Joe Fox.

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Special Report: China OSB Industry Update

Wood Markets
July 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China imported 160,000 m3 or 44.6 million USD of OSB products in 2014. This represents significant growth compared with 2013. Volumes are up 44.8% while the total value increased 58.2%, making 2014 the best year for OSB products import in China. North America and Europe are the main supplying countries of imported OSB in China. Typically Canadian OSB has been used for structural applications; however during last year, OSB products from Canada have seen a gradual increase in furniture production application. This broader use has contributed to a dramatic increase in Canadian OSB imports in China in 2014. Canada supplied 53,243 m3 of OSB to China last year; this represents a huge 672.8% increase compared with 2013.

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Tasmanian forests on line in bid to revive Gunns pulp mill

The Australian
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A bid to resurrect the Gunns pulp mill is close to fruition but may requi­re the Abbott government to approve the use of native forests as feedstock, provoking a monumental environmental stoush. KordaMentha, liquidator of the collapsed timber company, is in the final stages of choosing a preferred bidder for the site and permit for the controversial $2.5 billion project, proposed for Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. The liquidators indicated yesterday “all assets are involved”, ­including the permit to build and operate the mill, with two competing bids, although it is thought one may be for the site only.

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Cheshire flour mill explosion: Victims’ relatives search for owner of company that operated blast-stricken building

UK Independent
July 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Charles Boden is not normally shy of the limelight. …But Mr Boden was less conspicuous this week when journalists sought out the owners of a wood mill in Bosley, near Macclesfield in Cheshire, which was destroyed in an explosion and blaze that fire services were still tackling a week later. …Mr Boden is a director of Wood Treatment Ltd, which operated the mill, and reporters were anxious to put to him comments from Mr Barks’ brother, Kelvin, who said William had previously described the factory as a “disaster waiting to happen”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Saskatoon fire chief retires

CKOM News Talk 650
July 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

He’s battled blazes for 31 years, but now Saskatoon’s top firefighter is hanging up his helmet for the last time.  Saskatoon Fire Department chief Dan Paulsen will retire at the end of the month after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60. He passes the reins to his second in command, Morgan Hackl. …Paulsen predicts firefighters everywhere will face new challenges in the coming years. In particular, he said the lightweight construction of homes and other buildings will pose a significant hurdle. “The older style dimensional lumber construction, we would consider 20 minutes of stability if you had structural impingement and now we’re down to four to six minutes,” he said, adding a physically expanding city will only add to the challenge.

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Bottom Line: Old wood finds new life in lumber reclamation company

Worcester Telegram
July 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WORCESTER – Recycling isn’t just for paper, glass and containers. For Holden native Marc Poirier, beams, siding and other parts of buildings targeted for demolition or renovation are the perfect source for high-grade wood for new projects. Mr. Poirier – whose company, Longleaf Lumber Inc., is based in Cambridge and has a mill in Berwick, Maine – said he started his company 10 years ago after working in residential construction. “We deal strictly with reclaimed material. The whole idea of reclaiming lumber is a green one, and it makes financial sense,” Mr. Poirier said. “Reclaimed lumber is now being traded as a commodity.”

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Forestry

Loggers asked to help preserve forestry photo collections

Victoria Times Colonist
July 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Self-preservation doesn’t just describe the objective of thousands of forestry workers in British Columbia in an increasingly globalized economy over the past three decades. It also refers to an artistic and historical project undertaken by the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative that will bring one of the logging industry’s legendary archivists back into the spotlight. The co-operative is challenging retired and active loggers on Vancouver Island to support an expansion of the Kaatza Museum in Lake Cowichan.

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Tree rings and plant surveys: scientists map intensity of N.W.T.’s forest fires

CBC News
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dan Thompson has been tramping through burned out forest throughout the Northwest Territories this summer, looking for clues into the ecological impact of the fires that burned nearly 34,000 square kilometres last summer. “We have good numbers about the area, from last year, and now we’re trying to put together what we call a map of severity,” he said. Thompson and his colleagues with the Canadian Forest Service, a branch of Natural Resource Canada, are documenting what’s growing back, what kind of damage they see, and, with help from colleagues at the Wildlife Service, the birds and other forest creatures that have come back.

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WorkSafeBC investigating death of tree faller on Vancouver Island

Global News
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC and the coroners office have been called out to investigate the death of a tree faller. The accident happened Friday morning in a remote region of northern Vancouver Island, west of Port McNeill. The man died while working for a company contracted by Western Forest Products. A representative of the United Steel Workers says he was killed by a tree, but not the one he was working on. No name has been released at this time.

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Report chides TimberWest over old trees in the Great Bear Rainforest

Globe and Mail
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the government of B.C. agreed in 2006 to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, it won widespread praise and the Gift to the Earth award from the World Wildlife Fund. The deal covered more than six million hectares of rugged coastal terrain that sweeps from near the north end of Vancouver Island to the Alaska Panhandle. Under the Great Bear agreement, large tracts of forest would be set aside and the remainder would be subject to a newly developed ecosystem-based management (EBM) plan. EBM logging was developed as a tool to preserve ecosystem diversity, and environmentalists had high hopes it would protect the dwindling supply of old-growth forest in B.C. 

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Scientists Unravel the Mystery behind ‘Hair Ice’ on Tree Branches

Northern Californian
July 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In a remarkable discovery, scientists have unraveled the mystery behind the glimmering ice, which resembles ‘strands of hair’ and is visible in rotting tree branches. They attributed this ice burst to fungi that inhabit the tress. …The study concluded that the fungus aided the ice growth into thin strands with diameters of about 0.01 millimeters. It also helped to keep the strands in this shape over several hours at temperatures close to 0 degrees Celsius. 

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OSU Study Finds Beetle-Kill Forests No More Likely To Burn

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Northwest forests that have significant damage from insects, like the mountain pine beetle or the western spruce budworm, might seem more prone to wildfires. Those critters can chew their way through a forest and leave large stands of dead trees in their wake. However a new study from Oregon State University shows that’s not necessarily the case. “As an insect outbreak progresses, the forest is actually experiencing tree mortality, and that results in dead trees that have reduced foliage in the canopy,” said Garrett Meigs, a coauthor of the study. “So you have less fuel available for a fire.”

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Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in

Idaho Statesman
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO, NEV. — For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire. Now, scientists in Nevada and California are helping federal land managers develop technology to expand a network of high-definition cameras to do the job, including one in northern Nevada that recently captured a blaze in real-time more than 100 miles away in Oregon. The latest project led by the Nevada Seismology Laboratory began two years ago at Lake Tahoe in conjunction with the Forest Service and other local agencies.

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Cook: Wyoming trees are in trouble

Casper Star Tribune
July 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Trees are the lungs of this world. Trees provide the oxygen we need to survive. Wyoming trees are in trouble, and in Washington, a Wyoming senator is trying to do something about it. On June 25, Sen. John Barrasso introduced S.1691, his National Forest Ecosystem Improvement Act of 2015. Regrettably, the act is headed in the wrong direction. Meanwhile, more than 70 million trees are turned into clothing every year, through a pulping process that is criminally wasteful. By 2050, climate change may have denuded Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks of trees, a recent study reveals.

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Painted Puzzle Pieces: How Ponderosa Pine Bark Protects and Preserves

Montana Public Radio
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The bark of any tree is more than just a good-looking facade. Even the most graceful aspen or stately ponderosa requires bark to protect its sensitive inner flesh from disease, parasites, and other environmental stresses, such as fire. Much like our skin, this outer layer is a necessity to protect the biological functions occurring within its protective covering. However, there is no denying that in many cases, bark has certain characteristics that make it pleasant to behold or otherwise experience. The bark of a ponderosa pine, for example, has large, deep furrows and grooves that divide the surface of the trunk into a series of scales that fit together like the pieces of an intricate natural jigsaw puzzle.

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Executive order needed to log Wolf Creek

Pine River Times
July 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…I attended a tour and then a forum spearheaded by Hinsdale County Commissioner Cindy Dozier regarding the devastation of Southern Colorado forests by the spruce beetle. Speakers at the forum included experts in forest management from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Colorado Forest Service. The number of dead trees on Slumgullion Pass equal numbers on Wolf Creek Pass. The difference is, on Slumgullion Pass, the USFS has contracted with the sawmill in Montrose to remove dead trees along the highway corridor. This will help to serve as a fire break in case of a catastrophic fire. Young, living trees are left standing which will hurry reforestation of the area.

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Editorial: Spotted owl strategy shows bad thinking is not extinct

The Bend Bulletin
July 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Go figure. In its effort to save the northern spotted owl from extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to kill barred owls to see if that helps. It will do so because U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken, of Eugene, has ruled that the study may go forward. It isn’t a bad ruling, actually. It’s just that the ruling, like the study and the problem that prompted it, may be an exercise in futility. The Fish and Wildlife Service must, by law, do what it can to save the spotted owl, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act. As part of that effort, it has come close to eradicating Oregon’s timber industry. That doesn’t seem to have helped the owl.

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A new strategy to help heirs keep family lands

The Post and Courier
July 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONCKS CORNER — Over the years, the Manigault family amassed more than 100 acres on four parcels outside town, and parents Louis and Hester farmed the land to teach their nine children about hard work. …But when the children grew up and moved out, and as the Manigaults grew older, the farming tapered off. Their son Louis Manigault II said he planted only about 10 acres of corn this year. But the family members have a new strategy to keep their land productive — and in their own hands. They have begun managing it as a forest, and their story illustrates how passing property down from one generation to the next involves more than tending to wills, probate and legal details.

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Revisiting timber sales in the Shawnee National Forest

The Sourthern Illinoisan
July 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRISBURG — Surrounded by thousands of trees in an economically challenged area, would it make sense to harvest some trees from the Shawnee National Forest to help local coffers? That was one of the reasons that the nation’s national forests were created back in the late-1800s, according to one regional national forest spokeswoman. But posing that question is akin to re-opening wounds and debates from 25 years ago, when environmentalists banded together to protest logging in the Shawnee National Forest. According to one Southern Illinois activist, the answer is still the same: No.

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Victorian environment department to remove ambiguity from logging definitions after VicForests cleared of logging near Bendoc State Forest

ABC News, Australia
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning will change logging regulations after clearing VicForests of illegal logging in East Gippsland. The state-owned VicForests has been cleared of logging cool temperate mixed rainforest in the Bendoc State Forest, near the NSW border. VicForests general manager Nathan Trushell said the organisation was pleased with the outcome and would continue to follow forest regulations. It was the fourth investigation this year into VicForests logging practises in East Gippsland.

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Forestry is replacing families in rural Ireland

Leitrim Observer
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sinn Féin north Leitrim councillor, Padraig Fallon , has expressed concern over the increasing afforestation levels in Co Leitrim and the lack of support for farmers who wish to farm the land. In a statement issued to the Leitrim Observer this week, Cllr Fallon said that forestry is now replacing families and communities in rural Ireland. “In the context of sustainable rural communities and addressing rural decline, the issue of afforestation needs to be examined. There is an aging population of farmers in Co Leitrim and less people taking up farming. Leitrim has been hit hard by emigration in recent years,” he told our reporter.

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Forestry workers may not have cover, warns CTU

Radio New Zealand
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Council of Trade Unions warns many forestry workers may not have accident cover. Union ACC lawyer Hazel Armstrong said some employers were getting out of paying their ACC levies by treating their workers as independent contractors. She told Parliament’s Transport and Industrial Relations Committee hearing submisisons on proposed ACC law changes that she believed the practice was widespread. “They say to the worker, ‘You’re self employed, you’re a contractor, you pay the levy,’ but the worker has no idea how to go about paying the levy.

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ForestrySA plantation management change won’t impact CFS

ABC News, Australia
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


The issue of fire protection in South East forests is again in the news after the State government’s decision to transfer management of ForestrySA plantations from the government corporation to the OneFortyOne Plantations company. The Forests Minister Leon Bignell says he’s been assured by ForestrySA and OneFortyOne that there will be no impact on fire management. OneFortyOne would provide the same level of protection and management within its forestry estates, while ForestrySA would retain responsibility for native forests outside those plantations.

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Forest Fires

Vancouver firefighters put out brush fire at Wreck Beach

CBC News
July 24, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver fire officials are investigating after a brush fire that ignited in the forest above Wreck Beach Thursday night. Vancouver Fire and Rescue had several fire trucks and a fire boat on scene after 9 p.m. Witnesses said the flames shot up quickly in the forest above the iconic clothing-optional beach on the west side of the University of British Columbia. “I was watching the forest, the cliff, and instantly I saw 200-feet flame, bursting up into the air, like ‘whoosh.’ It [caught] on fire in two seconds,” said Normand Auclair. …UBC’s largest tree — an ancient Douglas fir — nearly got caught in the fire, according to Vancouver’s Big Trees, a group that keeps track of large trees in the Lower Mainland.

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Five new forest fires reported in Northeast region

Northern Life
July 25, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

As of the early afternoon Saturday, five new fires have been confirmed in the Northeast region in the last 24 hours, says a news release from the Ministry of Natural Resources.  “Two of these are in Chapleau, two are in Sudbury and the remaining fire is located in Timmins,” the release said. “Currently there are 13 active fires in the region, a majority of which are being observed in the far north. Sudbury 38 is not yet under control at 23.6 hectares.” The weekend forest fire hazard is mainly low to moderate across the region, with pockets of high risk around Ottawa and Kingston, as well as Geraldton, Kapuskasing and Manitouwadge, the release said.

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WSU researcher: Fighting wildfires economically complex

Union-Bulletin
July 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


Fighting wildfires is expensive. Firefighters must be paid and equipment must be purchased and transported to fires. Operations and maintenance cost money. And, as residential development near urban areas increasingly mixes with forest land, fires threaten more homes and potential damage increases. #According to a recent paper by Washington State University professor Jonathan Yoder and colleague Dean Lueck at the University of Arizona, the incentives to lower those costs are out of balance, and the researchers are working to understand the sources of the incentive problems.

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California wildfire threatens homes, prompts evacuations

Associated Press in Washington Post
July 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

ALTA, Calif. — A Northern California wildfire raced through more than six square miles of drought-stricken timber Saturday, threatening at least 150 rural homes in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said. …The fire was jumping from tree to tree, turning them into torches and throwing embers a half-mile ahead, she said. Homes and small ranches dotted the heavy timber. Mandatory evacuations were called for areas of Red Dog, Chalk Bluff and You Bet in Nevada County, and the community of Cascade Shores.

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UC Davis Study Finds Drought and Climate Change Fuel High-Elevation California Fires

Sierra Sun Times
July 25, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires in California’s fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis. The phenomenon — likely driven by climate change, forest-management practices and other factors — may influence the rate at which forests in this ecosystem are altered by the effects of climate change, the researchers suggest. It also may have implications for how forests are restored after fires. Findings from the study, which analyzed data spanning 105 years, are reported July 23 in the journal Ecosphere, published online by the Ecological Society of America. 

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Alaska’s wildfires and the changing boreal forest

News Miner
July 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

FAIRBANKS – It’s late July, and more than 300 wildfires are burning in Alaska. With burned acreage totals one month ahead of the historic 2004 fire season, summer 2015 is again the year of the wildfire. Many scientists are not surprised. In papers written a few years ago, Alaska researchers and others suggested smoky years like this one will be the norm for a few decades as hardwoods replace the spruce of Interior Alaska. The boreal forest, a swath of spruce-dominated woods from Interior Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean, might be in for a big change.

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Beneath Alaskan Wildfires, A Hidden Threat: Long-Frozen Carbon’s Thaw

National Public Radio
July 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Fish Creek Fire in Interior Alaska isn’t much to look at. It’s about 7,500 acres in size, sitting about an hour south of Fairbanks near the twisty Tanana River. The main fire front — the made-for-TV part, with torching trees and pulses of orange heat — flamed out more than a week ago, leaving behind a quiet charred landscape. But the fire is far from over. It’s one of nearly 300 fires still burning in Alaska, after a spectacular lightning storm late last month sparked hundreds of blazes and a wave of fire larger than any in the state’s history — nearly 5 million acres in total.

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Bulgaria authorities struggling to contain forest fire in Rila Monastery Nature Park

Focus Information Agency
July 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Sofia—A wildfire started to rage in the area of Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery, burning dry grass and shrubs, it was announced on Friday. The authorities continued to make efforts to contain or extinguish the fire on Saturday.  “Some 180 people are struggling to contain the forest fire in the area of Rila Monastery Nature Park,” Chief Commissioner Nikolay Nikolov, head of the GD Fire Safety and Civil Protection, said, speaking for FOCUS News Agency on Saturday. “Some 180 individuals with special instructions, about 30 of whom volunteers, left for the area where the fire is raging at 6:00 a.m.,” Nikolov announced. 

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Fire destroys 395 acres of Israel’s forest near Jerusalem

Xinhua News Agency in Global Post
July 25, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

JERUSALEM — Some 395 acres of woodlands near Jerusalem have been consumed in Friday’s forest fire, the largest of its kind in Israel in five years, Israeli officials said Saturday. A spokesperson for the Jewish National Fund, an organization in charge of afforestation in Israel, said that wildlife, including local jackals, turtles and snakes were trapped by the fire and perished. He estimated that it will take about 20 years to recover the forest from the blaze that broke Friday near Beit Shemesh, some 30 kilometers west of Jerusalem. The wildfire raged for hours as more than 150 firefighters and 13 aircrafts struggled to contain it. Control of the fire was finally gained late on Friday

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Winds whip up large forest fire near Jerusalem

Jewish Chronicle
July 24, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Israeli firefighters are battling to put out a “growing” blaze near Jerusalem. The fire was ignited in the Beit Shemesh area, east of Jerusalem, on Friday afternoon. Authorities have said that the fire, which started in the Ya’ar Ha’Nasi forest, is: “Growing at a tremendous rate due to strong winds”. It is said to pose a threat to residents living in Tarum, Ta’oz and Kfar Uriya. END

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