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Business & Politics

Free trade in milk, eggs, even logs?

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in New West Newsleader
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

One of the rituals of life in southern B.C. communities is cross-border shopping for certain items. …The recent slide in the Canadian dollar reduces this pressure in the short term, but the fact remains that dairy producers are propped up in Canada. And that’s increasingly a problem as Canada pursues entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership, the next big trade deal. …Another controlled and protected commodity that is seldom discussed is logs. That’s changed with the push for the Trans Pacific Partnership, as Japan protests federal and provincial restrictions that push up the cost of logs for export. Ottawa regulates the export of private land logs, but only in B.C. This is a long-standing irritant for private land owners, holding the domestic price for premium “J grade” Douglas fir logs below $80 per cubic metre while the price in Asia and Washington state has climbed above $100.

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‘Shocking’ Port Mellon mill shutdown still months away

The Sechelt Local Weekly
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Most of the 180 workers to be laid off in the partial shutdown at the Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill will still have a few months’ work remaining, their union says. The surprise announcement of an “immediate closure” of the Port Mellon plant’s paper and TMP (thermo mechanical pulp) operations came July 23 from the mill’s corporate owner, Paper Excellence Canada, of Richmond, B.C. The union for about 140 of the laid-off employees quickly issued a release to reassure its membership that “immediate” didn’t necessarily mean right away. “Union-affected members of Unifor Local 1119 will continue to work… and can potentially take a transfer to one of the other three pulp mills that Paper Excellence owns in B.C.,” Local President Don Rheaume said in a release.

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Letter: Logging in province under strict oversight and regulation

By David Elstone, Executive Director, Truck Loggers Association
Vancouver Sun
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Penalties for violations low, should be published, board says; July 22 – The last paragraph of this article says “B.C.’s forests ‘are in increasingly poor condition’ due to destructive logging.” This is wrong. The Forest Practices Board, the industry watchdog, was created in 1994 and established audit and investigation programs for the industry. …Finally, B.C. has over 5,000 highly trained and educated registered forest professionals and tens of thousands of forest workers trained in environmental best practices and work safety. Forest workers are proud of how they harvest trees sustainablility so this renewable resource will continue to support them and their communities.

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Rayonier CEO Says REIT Benefits From Diversification of Timber Markets

REIT.com
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

David Nunes, president and CEO of Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN), joined REIT.com for a CEO Spotlight video interview during REITWeek 2015: NAREIT’s Investor Forum, held in New York. In 2014 Rayonier spun off its Performance Fibers manufacturing business in order to focus on its forest products and timber operations. Nunes described the split as a “natural progression” for the company. The REIT emerged as a “more pure timber play,” Nunes said, owning 2.7 million acres in the United States and New Zealand. “We’re excited about the clarity of that,” Nunes said. From a capital structure standpoint, Nunes said the change means that Rayonier is no longer forced to compete for funds in two difference businesses.

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Paper Industry “Unfolds” Deep-Pocketed Image Campaign to Halt Slide in Demand

What They Think
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Can a multi-year, multimillion-dollar promotional campaign heavily underwritten by the paper industry finally put a floor under the declining use of paper and paper products? The campaign’s backers and the public at large are about to find out. When the Paper and Packaging Board (P&PB) announced the launch of the “Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™” media schedule on July 8, the news signaled the opening phase of an effort that will last up to seven years and is expected to spend about $20 million annually. The money, coming from government-sanctioned “check-off” fees to be collected from the paper industry, will pay for a series of messages aimed at strengthening the loyalty of consumers who are already committed to paper and packaging. 

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Potlatch Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

Market Watch
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash. — Potlatch Corporation, +1.04% today reported net income of $711,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, on revenues of $128.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Net income was $16.3 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, on revenues of $143.9 million in the second quarter of 2014. “Our earnings were pressured in the second quarter as a result of the slide in lumber prices over the first five months of the year and seasonally light harvest volumes,” said Mike Covey, chairman and chief executive officer. “While it took a bit longer than expected, we were pleased to see the sharp recovery in lumber prices late in the quarter. In the second half of the year, we expect higher lumber prices, along with seasonally higher harvest levels and continued strength in the Minnesota rural recreation real estate market to result in much stronger earnings,” concluded Mr. Covey.

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German softwood lumber output 5.1% down

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The German sawmilling industry produced considerably less spruce lumber in the first quarter of 2015 whereas the output of pine and other softwood lumber increased. The output of rough-sawn softwood lumber across the whole range of assortments fell by 5.1% to a total of 4.122m m³. According to information from German Destatis the output of spruce lumber was 8.8% below last year’s figure at 3.128m m³. 

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Stora Enso to divest its Barcelona mill

Pulp and Paper News
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Barcelona mill, which produces recycled-fibre based consumer board, to the private equity fund Quantum. The transaction is in line with Stora Enso’s strategy to focus its consumer board offering on high quality virgin-fibre products. The initial cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately EUR 10 million, subject to customary closing day adjustments. The transaction has no material income statement impact and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals.

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New forest safety council meets

Radio New Zealand
July 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The council was a key recommendation of the independent safety review panel that released its findings last year after investigating the industry’s appalling accident record. The council, chaired by Dame Alison Paterson, is funded jointly by forest owners and the government and includes representatives from forestry contractors and workers, farm foresters and WorkSafe New Zealand. Fiona Ewing has just been appointed its National Safety Director. The council’s farm foresters’ representative, Ian Jackson, said its job would be to put into effect the findings from the independent review.

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Russian pellet production grew by 25% in 2014

IHB The Timber Network
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In 2014 Russian pellet production came up to 892,800 tonnes and grew by 24.7% against the 2013 figures. In terms of pellets production volumes variation by the Federal Districts, the lead in production volumes was taken by the Northwestern Federal District – it’s share in the total Russian pellet production equalled 63%. The Siberian Federal District production accounted for 14%, while the Central Federal District manufactured 9% of all pellets in Russia in 2014, says the report of DISCOVERY Research Group. Despite the production volumes increase, in 2014 exports of the Russian pellets went down both in value and volume terms.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Proposed Bill Strengthens Construction in N.J.

Construction Equipment Guide
July 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A bill introduced in the New Jersey state legislature would require more fire resistant materials to be used in construction, as to avoid disasters seen in the Avalon at Edgewater fire. Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R) and Joseph Lagana (D) introduced Bill A4626, which includes several measures for fire-safe construction and building materials in certain multifamily residential buildings. The bill would prohibit the use of light-frame construction, such as wood, for multifamily dwellings in areas with a population density of more than 5,000 persons per square mile. In addition, these buildings would need to have firewalls built using non-combustible materials.

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Out of the woods: The products you really woodn’t think are made from timber are revealed ahead of national tree day

Daily Mail
July 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A forest conservation group has assembled a list of products you probably didn’t know are made from timber, and some of them will leave you stumped. In a bid to reveal the value of the mighty tree, the Forest Stewardship Council listed the not-so-obvious wooden goods, which include latex condoms and wine. The list comes as the non-for-profit has started awarding rewards responsible forest-friendly manufacturers with a green tick of approval on their products. The logo can be found on obvious paper and wood products like tissues and matches-but there are also some not so obvious products that you woodn’t believe are made from timber.

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Leading contractors deliver Wood Awards Finalists

Construction Manager
July 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Some of the UK’s leading contractors, including Mace, Canary Wharf Contactors, Balfour Beatty, Speller Metcalfe and Willmott Dixon, have delivered projects shortlisted for this year’s annual Wood Awards. A total of 20 UK buildings have been shortlisted for the awards, which aim to “recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood”. The shortlist contains several large-scale timber projects, reflecting the increasing use of the material to construct larger buildings. …Last year’s Gold Award was won by the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft built by East Sussex-based regional contractor Westridge Construction.

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Forestry

Carmanah is an uplifting experience

Letter by Ross White, Saanich
Victoria Times Colonist
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Environmentalists fight to save tract of old-growth Island trees,” July 21. Everybody needs to go, even if you don’t join the fight! Sadly, the years have rendered the boardwalk impassable in several places. A couple of massive trees have fallen, obliterating the path on the way to Heaven Tree. Boards and support beams are badly needing replacement. I have a solution. If MP John Duncan is so happy about pre-election handouts, why not put up the money for new contracts for old-growth park stewardship, trail crews and road-access maintenance? Logging company Teal-Jones’ concern about providing jobs could be channelled into the emerging eco-tourist economy by helping secure passable access to world-class sites such as Carmanah, the Walbran and Castle Grove.

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Flash-flood potential a new concern on Glacier fire

The Missoulian
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ST. MARY – If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Firefighters on Monday were paying close attention to the potential for flash flooding at the six-day-old Reynolds Creek fire in Glacier National Park. With heavy thundershowers possible, officials said there could be flash flooding and debris movement in parts of the 3,170-acre fire that has shut down 18 miles of the 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road. …Fire information officers did not have field reports in late Monday afternoon to know if any flash-flooding had taken place

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Finding Compromise In Forest Through New Research

My Mother Lode
July 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Pinecrest, CA — A U.S. Forest Service study is looking to the past in order to find solutions for the future. Earlier today the non-profit Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions group hosted a tour of the USDA’s Stanislaus Tuolumne Experimental Forest research project. Situated outside of Pinecrest, the project has been underway since around 2009, and is led by U.S. Forest Service Research Ecologists Eric Knapp and Malcolm North. Using a variety of techniques, their goal has been to return a small section the forest to the state it was prior to the 1930’s, before stepped up fire suppression efforts.

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20,000 comments boil down to 4 main issues in Flathead Forest plan revision

The Missoulian
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL – More than 20,000 public comments have boiled down to four main issues for revising the Flathead National Forest’s management plan. A similar four issues will be the main research topics for a Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bear conservation strategy affecting five western Montana national forests. All are expected to be presented as alternatives for the public to consider when the Flathead Forest releases its draft environmental impact statements early next year.

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Fire and the forests: Retired foresters’ book discusses role of ponderosa pine in the West

Ravalli Republic
July 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sitting in lawn chairs – fittingly in shade provided by a nearby towering ponderosa pine – retired forest ecology research scientists Steve Arno and Carl Fiedler are enthusiastically offering a constant stream of interesting information about the pine forest they both hold dear. The two have authored the recently released “Ponderosa: People, Fire, and the West’s Most Iconic Tree,” which chronicles the history, ecology a… “Of all the forest types, the ponderosa pine is the most messed up,” Arno said. “It has missed the most fire cycles. … That has led to the current nightmarish situation of overgrown forests that are prone to huge wildfires.”

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Fire prevention, BLM to treat forests in Shotgun Valley

Standard Journal
July 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ISLAND PARK — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working on a proposal to “reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and improve forest community health on public lands” in Shotgun Valley. A large portion of the Shotgun Valley is located in Fremont County. The goal of the public scoping period (which started July 16 and runs through Aug. 1) is to advise affected parties and to encourage those interested in contributing their thoughts to assist with the development of the Environmental Assessment (EA) as directed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). If the plan is approved, work will begin in the summer of 2016. “We have a lot of homes that interface with the forest,” said Ben Dyer, Fire Ecologist for BLM.

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Colorado the latest battleground over states taking over federal land

The Denver Post
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Nearly a year after Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez argued that Colorado should fight for the right to control federal public lands, the debate has risen fast in Colorado and at least eight other Western states. “This is a fight we have to wage,” he said in his first debate with incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper. “If you believe in state sovereignty, if you believe in the way this republic is supposed to work, we do need to stand up and push back on the federal government, and I’ll push back. This is supposed to be Colorado’s land, not the federal government’s.”

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Other Views: Forest restoration a water-smart move

The Desert Sun
July 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What’s the connection between fire, drought and Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious approach to climate change? It’s in California’s mountain forested headwaters of the many rivers whose waters feed our businesses, farms and cities. The source of over 60 percent of California’s water supply, these mountain forests are in bad shape thanks to decades of poor management and years of climate change driven drought. And, these forests are burning like never before, and the fires are predicted to get worse. As they burn, our already-compromised water security becomes more tenuous.

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Working to protect forests, enhance management

by Steve Daines
The Missoulian
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana’s national forests and public lands have been a treasured part of our state’s heritage for generations. …In recent weeks I joined U.S. Forest Service leaders in visiting our national forests to get a firsthand look at the urgent need to combat deteriorating conditions and reduce the risk of wildfire. While good work is being done, millions of acres across Montana are vulnerable to wildfire or suffering from beetle kill but are being left untreated. Nearly 2 million of those acres are most in need of treatment because they are near populated communities or threaten watersheds. Unfortunately, in fiscal year 2014 the Forest Service was able to treat only 52,000 of the 2 million acres. Public safety, watersheds, wildlife habitat and access to recreation are at risk.

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Saving the wild Rockies

The Ecologist
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


In the battle to save America’s real wild west of unlogged forests, grizzly bears, mountain goats, Bull trout, free flowing streams and roadless wilderness, a single person stands out, writes Jeffrey St Clair, for her dedication, courage and remarkable success: Arlene Montgomery of Friends of the Wild Swan, Montana. f you wanted to locate the frontlines for the battle to protect the future of wild nature in the lower 48 states, you could do worse than tuning your Google map to the Swan Range in northwestern Montana. This rugged and remote swath of the Northern Rockies rambles from the border of Glacier National Park southward for nearly one hundred miles.

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Forest Service sued over lag in protecting Mt. Hood’s Cooper Spur

The Oregonian
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Hood River land use watchdog group is suing the U.S. Forest Service for its slow action on a congressionally mandated land swap it was supposed to complete five years ago, protecting 127,000 acres of the Mount Hood National Forest in the process. When President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, the legislation to double the forest’s protected wilderness came with a prerequisite. First, the Forest Service must complete a land swap negotiated to stop the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort from developing hundreds of acres on the mountain’s north side.

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Embracing Forest Collaboration: Part 10: Marc Brinkmeyer

Evergreen Magazine
July 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Certainty is a two-way street. We believe Idaho needs a wilderness bill for the same reasons that we need certainty in our raw material supply. There are still millions of roadless acres here in Idaho. Some of those acres belong in designated wilderness areas, some should be managed as back country and some should be allocated to active forest management with a goal of providing certainty for lumbermen, loggers and counties in which the largest landowner is the federal government. Our company will support wilderness legislation when the time is right.”

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Forest Service bill increase would require more clear cutting

Casper Star Tribune
July 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso that would require logging in national forests has sparked opposition from conservationists and the Forest Service’s top official. Barrasso, R-Wyoming, said the bill would increase wildlife habitat and watershed health, and reduce insect infestation and wildfire severity. …The bill has conservation groups concerned with what they described as unfunded mandates for increased clear cutting and forest thinning. U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell told the subcommittee he opposes the bill as it’s currently written.

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DNR Forest Service Honors Top Employees of 2015

Southern Maryland News
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service has honored three top employees for their significant contributions to help enhance and conserve Maryland’s forests. The winners are: Jamie Weaver, Forester of the Year; Shannon Wolfe, Ranger of the Year; and Sue Mahanes, Employee of the Year. “It is with a great deal of pride that I announce the winners of the 2015 Forest Service Annual Awards,” said Donald VanHassent, acting director of the forest service. “These individuals have gone above and beyond the norm in order to achieve the goals of the Maryland Forest Service. I want to thank them for their outstanding service over the past year.”

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New group advocates more young forest habitat

The Roanoke Times
July 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A new group, called the Virginia Wildlife Habitat Coalition, is being organized to make certain wildlife gets a fair shake in the management of national forests and state wildlife management areas. “We will have a single focus: Increase young forest habitat on Virginia’s public lands,” said Wayne Thacker, the lone staff person. Early successional habitat is a critical component of a balanced and healthy forest, he said. … “Without active forest management many game and non-game species will continue to decline, even dangerously close to elimination in large portions of our state’s public land.”

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State Forest Logging Called Good For Forests, Taxpayers

Hartford Courant
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HAMPTON — The roar of Nate Wells’ grapple skidder echoes through the summer woodlands of Goodwin State Forest as the machine latches onto massive logs and hauls them up a muddy trail for transport to local sawmills. Wells, a burly, bearded lumberjack, is one of 23 for-profit timber contractors taking down trees on state land that many Connecticut residents probably consider immune from commercial logging. But state officials and environmentalists say the state’s long-standing practice of allowing timber companies to harvest designated trees is a way to both improve the health of forests and make taxpayers some money. Thinning out diseased or less desirable trees can improve those that are left behind and provide better habitat for forest animals, experts say.

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A Seriously Sneaky Move by Government

Scoop Independent News
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The National Govt is planning to over-ride current district council rules forbidding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetic Engineering (GE) being brought into Northland. It intends via the Ministry for Primary Industries to change forestry regulations to allow GE trees anywhere in NZ and over-ride NZ councils precautionary and prohibitive GE policies in local plans. …The consultation document “A proposed national environmental standard for plantation forestry” is at www.mpi.govt.nz/nes-pf The Labour Electorate Committee in Whangarei (Whangarei LEC) says the implications for Northland and Auckland, where all councils from the Bombay hills north to Cape Reinga have precautionary or prohibitive Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) policies, are huge, and there is not much time for people to act.

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Drivers of temporal changes in temperate forest plant diversity

Phys.org
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Climate change, environmental pollution or land use changes – there are numerous influences threatening biodiversity in forests around the globe. The resulting decrease in biodiversity is a matter of common knowledge today – amongst scientists as well as amongst the general public. But this is a simplified view, says Dr. Markus Bernhardt-Römermann of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany). “At least a trend like this doesn’t apply to all forests on the local scale.” This is the result of a new study by the Jena ecologist and co-authors which is published today (27th July) in the scientific journal Global Change Biology.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

When is a tree a tree, when is it ‘waste’ and why does it matter for the Clean Power Plan?

E&E Publishing
July 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

When presenting the case for wood energy use under the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan, the Biomass Power Association created a simple diagram to answer a complicated question: When is a tree a tree and when is it “waste biomass”? This question is a contentious issue in the debate over whether burning wood at power plants is a renewable, carbon-neutral energy source or harmful to the global climate. The issue may also have a bit to do with combating wildfires in the drought-parched West.

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Watching Wood Dry

Adequately drying wood chip fuel is an important component of maximizing heat and power production, and techniques vary widely.
Biomass Magazine
July 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Moisture content in wood chips used for energy can significantly influence system performance. Consequently, equipment and methods used to dry wood chip fuel are constantly evolving, as companies strive to perfect their respective processes, meet the needs of system operators and maximize plant efficiency. Drying methods today include simple, passive drying techniques to the advanced and energy-intensive methods. Adam Sherman, executive director of the Vermont-based Biomass Energy
Resource Center, says that moisture content in wood fuels is a universal
problem, and over the past couple of years, the trend has been
importing European boilers to help with the job.

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Forest Fires

Are massive wildfires the new normal?

CBC News
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, United States

Tom Harbour of the U.S. Forest Service readily admits he doesn’t know all that much about climate change. But the folksy and plain-spoken Harbour knows plenty about fighting wildfires. And since he first joined the service in 1970 , Harbour, the agency’s national director for fire and aviation management, has witnessed “longer seasons” and “bigger fires.” “When I started 45 years ago, the sense that we would have half-million acre fires in timber just was completely out of the question,” Harbour told CBS News. He says fire season is now 78 days longer than when he started. “So, you know, I don’t know all the climate change stuff. I know what I see. I know what I’ve lived … I don’t know exactly why it’s happening but I know it’s happening.”

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Kal Park fire sparked by humans

Vernon Morning Star
July 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Friday afternoon is believed to have been human-caused. While investigators haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly how the 30-metre by 30-metre blaze was sparked, humans are the culprit. “It was right behind the main parking lot, off of Kidston Road,” said Kelsey Winter, B.C. Forest Service fire information officer. RCMP were also called in to assist with traffic and crowd control. “The police and parks staff evacuated the park and locked all the gates,” said Gordon Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

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Bark Beetles and Forest Fires: Another Myth Goes Up in Smoke

Counter Punch
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Another new study published by the Ecological Society of America titled “Does wildfire likelihood increase following insect outbreaks in conifer forests?” by Garrent Meigs and co authors concludes that bark beetles outbreaks do not lead to greater likelihood of fires. This research joins a growing list of studies, all using different methods of evaluation, that finds that bark beetles are not a driving force in wildfire. Rather climate, terrain, and other factors are more important. Yet the Forest Service continues to promote the idea that logging beetle kill trees will reduce future fires in direct conflict to contradictory research.

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Spanish firefighters go on strike as flames sweep Catalonian forests

RT
July 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Spanish forest firefighters went on strike Monday as wildfires ravaged the countryside in Catalonia. While hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes, firefighters refused to battle the blaze in protest of poor wages and working conditions. The fire had engulfed large parts of Catalonia’s forests in the north-east of Spain by Sunday afternoon. The blaze was still raging on Monday, but was spreading less quickly due to weaker winds and rising humidity, AP reported citing local authorities. The blaze near Barcelona was described as the biggest in the Catalonia region this year. 

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Spanish firefighters bring major forest blaze under control

Associated Press in Washington Post
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MADRID — Authorities in northeastern Spain say they have brought under control a major blaze that was Catalonia’s biggest wildfire in three years. Officials said the fire charred some 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of forest and farmland before being extinguished Monday night. Investigators believe the blaze was started accidentally by farm equipment on Sunday. It raged for more than 30 hours, driven by strong winds and fueled by tinder-dry forests after a spring with relatively low rainfall compared with previous years.

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10,000 campers forced to flee forest fire in France

The Local France
July 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

The blaze ravaged around 30 hectares of land near the town of Frejus in the Var département of southern France. It broke out on the Bagnols-en-Forêt road around the Pin de la Lègue estate in the early afternoon, and saw around 200 firefighters, 50 fire trucks, and water planes mobilized. Not wanting to take any chances authorities decided to evacuate three campsites where 10,000 holidaymakers had been enjoying their summer vacation.

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General

Seeing the forest and the trees

Tallahassee Democrat
July 25, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

It’s well-known that Red Hills hunting estates have some of the finest examples of old-growth longleaf pine forests left on the planet. This is a treasure for which we should all be thankful, but these old-growth forests should not be viewed as exhibits in a dusty antiquated museum. They are integral models within a working landscape. Studying and observing old-growth forests of this type — where no trees are ever harvested — allows ecologists to better understand how the forest perpetuates itself under mostly natural conditions. As beautiful and endlessly fascinating as the old-growth stands are, Red Hills forests from which trees are occasionally selectively harvested are also sources of instruction

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