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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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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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Help wanted: Forest sector runs short of skilled workers, union says

CBC News
July 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A shortage of skilled tradespeople could put a damper on the upswing in the forest sector, according to Unifor. The union says steady jobs, with pay up to $42 per hour at some northwestern Ontario mills, are hard to fill because there are few qualified candidates. Mills in the region are now competing for employees, a situation that could price smaller companies out of business, Unifor national representative Stephen Boon said. “The wages are very lucrative right now and the resumes should be flowing in quite steadily and they’re not,” Boon said. …“The fact that we went through such difficult times for such a long time, I think that’s been a bit of a stain on the reputation of the industry,” Kursman said. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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University students and faculty research prairie-forest border dynamics

Morris Sun Tribune
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MORRIS – Peter Wyckoff, professor of biology, is one of ten University of Minnesota, Morris professors guiding students in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Wyckoff and students Thomas Pederson, Josh Bartles, Katie Beauto, and Cailyn Horsch are collecting data that will help predict the response of regional forests to climate change in the next century. In addition to climate, the group is exploring several drivers of forest dynamics, including soil nutrients, deer, invasive earthworms, and the invasive European buckthorn tree. 

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conflict of interest for new EPA head

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

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency has been an open advocate of genetic engineering, and therefore has a conflict of interest when it comes to looking after the environment, says the Soil & Health Association. Dr Allan Freeth starts his role as chief executive of the EPA in September. While managing director of Wrightson Group, Dr Freeth was described as an outspoken advocate of GE, and facilitated research into GE pasture species. During his time at Wrightson’s, the company bought Genesis, which has been involved in growing GE trees with ArborGen in the USA and South America. “We are concerned that Dr Freeth’s appointment is part of a push for genetic engineering on several fronts in New Zealand,” says Marion Thomson, co-chair of Soil & Health. 

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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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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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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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The way we pay for wildfires could be making them worse

Washington Post
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

As a frightening story in Monday’s Washington Post shows, the American West is burning up. And the sad fact about wildfires is the more the West burns, the less money the federal government has to pay for it. In fact, the federal government hasn’t had enough money to pay for fighting wildfires in at least a decade. And its patchwork method for paying for the fight could actually be causing more fires to happen. Allow us to explain. Wildfires have become much more common in recent years thanks to climate change, drought, more people living near forests and the fact that wildfires beget wildfires. But our system for how to pay for them hasn’t changed in almost a century.

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Number of wildfires in California up, but damage is smaller

Washington Post
July 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. — California has seen more wildfires so far this year, but the acreage burned is smaller thanks to favorable weather and more firefighters who can quickly be dispatched to corral flames, fire officials say. Since Jan. 1, about 5,200 fires have burned on state and federal lands, according to the U.S. Forest Service. That’s 10 percent more than last year, but the 74,000 acres is 6 percent smaller. …So far this year, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes — a 41 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Cal Fire. The fires have burned 28 percent less area than last year.

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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Clark and Harper know forest fires linked to climate change. Why won’t they do anything about it?

National Observer
July 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, after appearing for years to have forgotten about the environment, appear to have finally seen the light. That’s because they both have admitted, finally, that climate change is affecting the planet. More specifically, they’ve said it’s playing a role in increasing forest fire damage. …Premier Clark actually said on Wednesday …: “Climate change has altered the terrain and it’s made us much more vulnerable to fire.” Harper, on the other hand, having for years based his recipe for political survival on making Canada an “energy superpower” (by “energy,” he means oil, fracked gas, and a dash of nuclear), stumbled his way towards half-admitting what every climate scientist, and most Canadians, already know.

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Haley Street Adult Services in North Sydney to produce wood pellets

Cape Breton Post
July 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTH SYDNEY – An offhand remark about the shortage of wood pellets has translated into a new enterprise for the Haley Street Adult Services Centre. “With all the press around the shortage of wood pellets, somebody said well why don’t we make wood pellets,” explained society executive director Debra MacLean. “Our wood production officer Randall Finnigan came into the office. We discussed the idea and within a half hour I was on the phone with (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and within a week we had proposals in for funding support.”

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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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