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Froggy Foibles

Fred the Tortoise Receives a 3D Printed Shell After a Horrific Fire Destroys His Original

3dprint
July 26, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

News out of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, where a Red-Footed tortoise, named Fred, has received an entire 3D printed shell as a replacement for one that he had lost. Unfortunately he was the victim of a recent forest fire that completely deteriorated the majority of his shell. Veterinarians in Santos decided that they would use a desktop 3D printer to create a new shell for Fred, one which would protect him just as well as his original. With the help of a dentist and a graphical designer, the veterinarian team spent 3 months designing, iterating upon and 3D printing the new shell, which has now been surgically placed on the tortoise. Fred unfortunately came down with a terrible case of pneumonia post-surgery, which prevented him from eating for about a month and a half, but in the end survived and is now doing very well with his new 3D printed shell. 

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Business & Politics

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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VIU invests $1-million federal grant in mobile forestry training

Nanaimo News Bulletin
July 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver Island University is expected to use $1 million from the federal government to enhance hands-on training for trades students. The university will use the Western Diversification Program money to purchase equipment for a mobile forestry skills training program. It is expected to benefit students associated with the forest industry, including hand fallers, logging truck drivers and forestry technicians. …Since the unit will be mobile, it can be moved across the Island to remote communities, providing students in those areas access to training. Glynis Steen, interim dean of trades and applied technology said it will provide a safe learning environment and less wear-and-tear on actual equipment.

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Howe Sound Pulp and Paper cuts 180 jobs

Business in Vancouver
July 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Howe Sound Pulp and Paper is cutting about 180 employees – more than a third of its workforce – and permanently shutting down its paper production operations, parent company Paper Excellence announced Thursday. The closure is effective immediately. The cuts affect about 140 unionized workers and 40 salaried staff at the Port Mellon mill, the Sunshine Coast’s largest private employer. “This is a very dark day for the membership and the community,” Unifor Local 1119 president Don Rheaume said late Thursday. “We recognize that and we’re going to do everything we can to mitigate this in every way we can.”

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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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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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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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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

Can Wooden Skyscrapers Revive US Timber Industry? Washington, Oregon, USDA Betting They Can Fuel Demand

International Business Times
July 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Gregory Ettl, … director of the Center for Sustainable Forestry at University of Washington, is demonstrating the rapid growth of these tracts, which are destined to someday be leveled by loggers. …their eventual removal is part of a “working forest” that earns money for his department and the university. But despite this natural wealth, forestry in western Washington and throughout the country has long been hindered by narrowing profit margins and a shortage of loggers and mills capable of turning these trees into revenue-producing products. …Fortunately for Ettl, an industry turnaround could be on the horizon. A growing number of architects and designers predict that very soon, Americans will see a new breed of wooden high-rise buildings take shape that could shore up the struggling forestry industry in states such as Washington.

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Mother nature’s patented urban construction solution

Global Timber Forum
July 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A powerful new alliance has emerged with major potential to push back the technical and scale boundaries in timber building. The cutting edge Finnish engineered timber specialist Metsä Wood has now recruited one of the world’s most visionary and evangelical proponents for timber-based construction, Canadian Michael Green of MG Architects, to its Plan B promotional campaign. It’s a winning team. Plan B, as reported previously by the Global Timber Forum, is highlighting the potential of timber, and engineered timber products and systems in particular, by getting designers and architects to come up with blueprints for remodeling and reengineering iconic historic structures worldwide using them as the core structural materials.

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Forestry

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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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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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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Trees could make you feel younger

Herald and News
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After analyzing two sets of data from the city of Toronto, researchers report that adding just 10 trees to a single city block could improve how healthy a person feels as much as if they made an additional $10,000 a year or if they were seven years younger. …The researchers controlled for demographic and socioeconomic factors and found that living near trees still had an effect on one’s perception of health and overall health. …Toronto was of particular interest to the research team because it is in Canada — a country with universal health care. …Although the study found a strong correlation between living on a tree-lined street and health, the researchers still don’t know why.

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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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Missoula lab’s fire science breakthrough explains wildfire spread

Billings Gazette
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

According to new research developed in part by scientists at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, we’ve been dazzled by the flames in the treetops when we really should be concentrating on forces near the ground. …And it turns out, we’ve always been looking in the wrong place. “In a forest fire, you see peaks of flame with troughs in between,” Cohen said. “We’ve always been looking at the peaks of the flames, but that’s not where the action is.” As a wall of advancing wildfire moves forward, the saw blade of peaks and troughs pulsates from below – not above. Between every two flaming peaks flows a pair of corkscrew vortexs that spin the superheated gas down and outward – into the easily ignitable grass and pine needles below.

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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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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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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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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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INVASION IMMINENT: Emerald ash borer would hurt forestry economy

Vicksburg Post
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The outlook for ash trees in Mississippi is grim as a metallic green beetle makes its way southward. The emerald ash borer — referred to in forestry and entomology as EAB — has been identified in 25 states, devastating production of ash and some related trees. Mississippi and Alabama are virtually surrounded with infected forest, and it seems less a matter of if than when the most destructive forest pest ever seen on this continent invades here, Mississippi State University forestry professor John Willis told the Warren County Forestry Association.

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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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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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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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Forest Fires

Fighting B.C. wildfires from the sky props up plane businesses, at a price

Globe and Mail
July 24, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

…With more than 200 wildfires still burning in British Columbia, the contractors whose planes and helicopters are charged with putting out the flames have been earning bigger paycheques and taking on more risks. These aerial firefighters have come to embody the scale, the cost and the danger of Western Canada’s dry, hot summer. “I say this with a degree of respect, but helicopters thrive on disaster,” said Sid Peltier, chief pilot of the Terrace, B.C.-based White River Helicopters. …The forest fire surge, he said, “came along in some ways in an opportune time,” propping up sagging business for western aircraft contractors. Many of them have lost work surveying pipeline routes as the embattled resource industries of Alberta and B.C. cut expenses and oil transport projects stalled amid political pressure.

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Wildfires cost Saskatchewan $100M | Video

Leader Post
July 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

REGINA — Premier Brad Wall has put a price tag on fighting this season’s wildfires: $100 million — so far. Speaking after Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the Saskatchewan legislative building on Friday, Wall said the province will apply to the federal government for monetary assistance to offset that cost. Wall also took Harper’s visit as an opportunity to plug the national firefighting approach he and B.C. Premier Christy Clark first floated at a premiers’ meeting in Newfoundland earlier this month. The strategy includes a national cache of firefighting equipment in partnership with the provinces and firefighting training for Canadian Forces members.

From Canadian Press in the Globe and Mail – Harper, Saskatchewan premier Wall talk improving wildfire response

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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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Vancouver Island researchers developing way to predict forest fires

Global News
July 25, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, US West, Canada West

In what could be one of the worst wildfire seasons in history, scientists at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria are trying to find a way to forecast forest fires. Researchers are developing a model that they hope will predict where forest fires will occur up to two weeks before they happen. “We know the conditions today, we have weather forecasts which are increasingly accurate, and we have past history,” said Steve Taylor, fire researcher at Natural Resources Canada. Scientists hope to use increasingly powerful computers that will integrate fire history, current weather conditions and expected drying trends to create an early warning system.

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Officials cautiously optimistic fire can be kept from watershed

Union Bulletin
July 25, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Blue Creek Fire, located ten miles east of Walla Walla, started on Monday, July 20. The fire was human-caused and is under investigation. The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber on state-protected private land. Firefighters continue to aggressively work on the Blue Creek Fire. Public and firefighter safety is a significant concern, and incident management personnel are looking at all options for suppression. All efforts are being made to minimize acres burned and keep the fire out of the Mill Creek Watershed. The fire has not burned into the watershed. Fire managers are cautiously optimistic that the tremendous work completed by the firefighters will keep the fire north and west of the Klicker Mountain Road and the Mill Creek Watershed. 

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Toto, we’re not in lush, damp forest anymore

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

It needs to be said. We’re in the midst of the worst drought in state history. Humboldt County can no longer count on rain to help — if it ever could. Fire season is upon us. Now more than ever, we don’t need people flicking cigarettes, playing with fire, recklessly aiming laser pointers at emergency aircraft, or cluttering up our skies with drones. We’ve already got enough problems. New fires are breaking out seemingly every day: Nine fires more than 200 acres in size about five miles southeast of Pecwan on Saturday alone. At least 40 suspected arsons along a 20-mile stretch of State Route 169 since June. 

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1,500 Acre Forest Fire Near I-80, Alta Forcing Evacuations

Ledger Gazette
July 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The so-called Lowell Fire has spread to the Sleepy Hollow Creek area west of Alta and continues to move north. Our local affiliate reports that evacuations have been ordered for Red Dog, Chalk Bluff, You Bet, and the northeastern part of Cascade Shores in Nevada County. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Lowell Fire was burning less than a mile north of Interstate 80 near Gold Run. An evacuation center has been set up at the Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire reported power lines and poor access, combined with steep terrain, are creating the potential for a major incident. A hydroelectric plant, power lines and homes are threatened.

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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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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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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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Big Spanish forest fire forces evacuation of 100s of people

Associated Press in Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MADRID (AP) – A wildfire racing through forested hills in northeastern Spain has forced the evacuation of several hundred people. The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon in dry woodland and was being fanned by steady winds. Within hours the fire had charred around 450 hectares (1,100 acres). Firefighters said some 400 people were evacuated. Spanish news agency Europa Press said seven water-dropping helicopters and more than 100 vehicles were at the scene.

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In pictures: French firefighters battle forest fire near Bordeaux

France 24
July 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

French firefighters managed on Sunday to bring under control wildfires ravaging the pine forest on the western outskirts of Bordeaux. The fire, which broke out Friday afternoon and spread quickly thanks to 50 kilometre-per-hour winds, has consumed nearly 530 hectares of pine forest. Some 600 people have been evacuated from the village of Saint-Jean-d’Illac and the Bordeaux suburb of Pessac as a precaution, authorities said. Much of France is experiencing a drought and several fires broke out Friday in the pine forests that dominate the west and south of the city of Bordeaux.

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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change

Washington Post
July 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — …The staggering 2015 Alaska wildfire season may soon be the state’s worst ever, with almost 5?million acres already burned — an area larger than Connecticut. The pace of the burn has moderated in the last week, but scientists say the fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking this state — its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath — more than any other in America. …But arguably the most dramatic change — threatening to transform the state’s 126?million acres of forests and, perhaps, worsen climate change in the process — is occurring with the state’s wildfires.

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