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Business & Politics

Harper Government helps connect Canadians with jobs in forest products and wood manufacturing

from Employment and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada
July 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, – The Honourable Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced two projects to connect workers with careers in the forest products and wood manufacturing sectors. The Forest Products Association of Canada is receiving over $1 million to create an online database for the forest products sector that will include information on available jobs based on skills and geography. It will also provide a variety of forecasts to help both employers and job seekers anticipate what skills will be in demand.

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US imposes countervailing duties on Canadian glossy paper in preliminary ruling

Global Trade
August 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. Department of Commerce last week issued a preliminary decision to impose countervailing duties on Canadian imports of supercalendered paper. The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports—U.S.-based companies Madison Paper and Verso Corporation—petitioned the government in February 2015 and asked it to impose countervailing duties on imports of supercalendered paper from Canadian paper producers Port Hawkesbury Paper, Resolute Forest Products, Irving Paper, and Catalyst Paper. The petition was also supported by the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, which represents workers at Madison Paper Industries mill in Madison, Maine.

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Jury hands down verdict in Babine inquest

Prince George Citizen
July 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bridging communication gaps and having a more diverse workforce emerged as key elements requiring attention to prevent another tragedy like the one at Babine Forest Products, according to recommendations issued Friday from a coroner’s inquest into the Jan. 20, 2012 explosion that killed two employees and injured dozens more. … Ultimately, the deaths were ruled accidental, but the jury issued 33 recommendations aimed at preventing similar incidents like the sawmill explosion that destroyed the community’s largest employer.

Coroner’s jury rules deaths of two mill works in Burns Lake, BC, accidental from Canadian Press in the Victoria Times Colonist
Long list of recommendations in deadly mill blast from CKNW

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Raw log export part of forestry’s massacre

Letter by Richard Berg
Alberni Valley Times
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – It’s obvious that our current mayor knows nothing about forestry and our former mayor, Ken McRae, is very forgetful. What happened in 2004 is that Gordon Campbell and Mike De Jong took the private lands out of TFL 44, thereby making possible the unfettered export of raw logs. When the private and public forests were in TFL 44, there was an annual allowable cut and rules for harvesting, replanting, stream protection, etc. Now the owners of the private lands can do anything they want on them and export as many logs as they like. Doubtless the current massacre on area forest lands far exceeds the old annual allowable cut and the old restrictions on harvesting.

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Canfor Pulp Products insider Acquires C$137,258.53 in Stock

WKRB News & Analysis
August 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products (TSE:CFX) insider Canfor Pulp Products Inc. bought 10,700 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 30th. The shares were acquired at an average price of C$12.83 per share, for a total transaction of C$137,258.53. Canfor Pulp Products Inc. also recently made the following trade(s): On Wednesday, July 29th, Canfor Pulp Products Inc. acquired 10,000 shares of Canfor Pulp Products stock. The stock was purchased at an average price of C$12.39 per share, for a total transaction of C$123,927.00.

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Inquest recommendations give chance to heal for family of Burns Lake blast victim

Prince George Citizen
August 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sister of a Burns Lake millworker is greeting the end of a coroners inquest into his death with relief, exhaustion and the hope the recommendations arising from an explosive workplace disaster will not be ignored. Lucy Campbell said Saturday her family “can now start to heal” after the inquest into the January 2012 blast at the Babine Forest Products Inc. sawmill that killed her brother Carl Charlie, 42, Robert Luggi, 45, and injured 19 others wrapped up Friday.  “The last… weeks have been very heartwrenching, listening to the survivors of the explosion, the management, WorkSafe, the Steelworkers,” said Campbell. “The injustices… the accountability… All of this could have been avoided.

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TAYLOR: Mill subsidy case could have major impact

Chronicle Herald
July 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


A trade dispute with the United States over Port Hawkesbury Paper’s exports has the potential of having broader implications for how Nova Scotia regulates power rates. Earlier this week, Premier Stephen McNeil announced the province will fight a U.S. Department of Commerce interim report that found Port Hawkesbury Paper’s exports are subsidized 20.3 per cent by government. As a result, an interim duty will be applied on Port Hawkesbury Paper exports to the U.S. until mid-October, when a final decision is expected. The interim duty is estimated to add about $4 million to Port Hawkesbury Paper’s cost of exporting to the U.S.

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U.S. department to probe Point Tupper mill

The Chronicle Herald
August 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Representatives of the United States Department of Commerce will visit Port Hawkesbury Paper next week as part of their investigation into whether the mill is subsidized. Their visit coincides with the beginning of a 20.33 per cent countervailing duty on all of the mill’s paper entering the U.S. The duty was announced Monday by the Department of Commerce based on its ruling that the Point Tupper operation is subsidized by the Nova Scotia government.
 Pacific West Commercial Corp. bought the mill in 2012 after former owner NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. went bankrupt. 

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Weyerhaeuser achieves higher sales in the wood products segment

IHB The Timber Network
August 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sales for Weyerhaeuser’s Wood Products segment totaled $1,004 million (Q1/2014: $923 million). Sales volumes increased seasonally across all product lines, says Weyerhaeuser. Manufacturing costs improved due to higher operating rates and operational excellence initiatives, and Western log costs were lower. These higher sales volumes and lower costs were partially offset by lower average sales realizations for lumber and oriented strand board, Weyerhaeuser reports. Sales for the Timberlands segment came in at $336 million in the quarter, while sales for the Cellulose Fibers segment came in at $467 million. Overall, Weyerhaeuser’s quarterly net income slipped to $133 million versus a year-ago profit of $280 million.

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Peter DeFazio aide to take top spot at Portland-based timber industry trade group

The Oregonian
August 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Travis Joseph, who has been a top advisor to Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, will become the new president of the Portland-based American Forest Resource Council. Joseph’s new role is indicative of the good relationship the industry has built with the Democratic congressman in recent years — and of the council’s desire to build bipartisan support for its agenda in Congress. “We understand the politics” of Congress, said Tom Partin, outgoing president of the council. “You have to take a bipartisan approach.” …The council represents the timber industry in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and California.

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Sizzling temperatures could help Weyerhaeuser’s bottom line, executive says

The Longview Daily News
July 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Dry weather has sparked earlier-than-normal fire restrictions that could cut into local logging supplies but help to boost prices, Weyerhaeuser Co.’s top executive told investors in a conference call Friday. “I can tell you just drive around the Pacific Northwest, it’s dry out there. It almost looks like you’re in Arizona as opposed to the normally wet Pacific Northwest,” said Doyle Simons, Weyerhaeuser Co. CEO and president. Large swaths of Oregon and Washington timberlands are under fire restrictions that limit logging hours. In the past week, a chunk of Oregon forests were closed off to logging under even tighter restrictions. That affected 15 percent of Weyerhaeuser’s Western timberlands.

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Former Simpson Tideflats sawmill on the block again

The News Tribune
July 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


Just five months after it completed its purchase of a Simpson Lumber Co. mill on the Tacoma Tideflats, a Canadian forest products company is putting it back on the market. … The Tacoma mill alone, the company said in its second-quarter earnings release, was responsible for $7.7 million of Interfor’s $20.6 million net loss for the quarter. … “The decision to exit the Tacoma sawmill was taken after much analysis and deliberation,” said Duncan Davies, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “We understood at the time the mill was acquired that a turnaround was required at Tacoma. While good progress has been made from an operating standpoint, the drop in product prices experienced in the second quarter of 2015 resulted in operating losses greater than expected when the mill was acquired,” he said.

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California sawmills face massive backlog as fires rage

Breitbart News
August 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

California’s sawmills are reporting a massive lumber backlog as fires rage across the state, and environmental regulations are partly to blame. With just one sawmill left in the entire southern Sierra region, Sierra Forest Products is facing a tremendous backlog of wood from wildfire-salvaged trees. However, the damaged lumber brings in about 40 percent less profit than fresh trees do and laborers in this dying industry are having a difficult time making ends meet. Environmentalists have been fighting to keep large tracts of land off limits, and have restricted logging since President Bill Clinton designated the Giant Sequoia forest a National Monument in 2000. Yet loggers argue that many of the Golden State’s forest fires could be prevented if they were allowed to remove more fresh trees.

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Australia Forest Stewardship Standard released for community input

ABC News Australia
August 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The second draft of the Australia Forest Stewardship Standard has been released. It covers high conservation value native forests across Australia and addresses scale, intensity and risk for forest activities. Forest Stewardship Council Australia CEO Adam Beaumont said the draft also dealt with workers rights, Indigenous rights, assessing environmental impacts and protection of waterways. “What is good and responsible management is codified at a general level globally,” he said. “But locally there are some differences in different forests, so our job is to set the local standard.

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Forestry

Pine beetles don’t increase risk of wildfires, says new study

The Province
August 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests damaged by the ravenous mountain pine beetle are no more susceptible to wildfires than forests that have not been affected by the insect, according to a recent study from Oregon State University. Researchers analyzed data from 30 years of forest fires in Oregon and Washington states, mapped the locations of insect (pine beetle and western spruce budworm) outbreaks and wildfires and found that factors such as drought, storms and fuel accumulation from years of fire suppression may be more important than insects in determining whether fire is more likely from year to year.

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Environmental groups sue to halt Red Lodge logging project

The Billings Gazette
July 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two Montana environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Friday in U.S. District Court in Missoula seeking to halt implementation of a logging project northwest of Red Lodge. “We have tried to work with the Forest Service, but it has refused to listen to the best available science and actually arbitrarily changed definitions, remapped federally designated lynx habitat, and erroneously claimed the entire project is in the wildland urban interface to get around legal habitat protection requirements,” said Mike Garrity, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, in a press release.

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Forest Service agreement improves management practices

Juneau Empire
August 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service and the State of Alaska signed a $4 million challenge cost share agreement to collect, analyze, and evaluate forest resource information to ensure sound, sustainable forest management practices across Southeast Alaska. The agreement will also directly support forest-related workforce development and improvements to forest industry infrastructures. Specific timber objectives of the agreement address inventory work for young growth (50,000 acres) and old growth (20,000 acres) across federal lands, as well as inventory and treatment of young growth stands on State of Alaska and private lands.

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Beetle-Infested National Forest Can Be Cut

Courthouse News Service
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. – The U.S. Forest Service did its due diligence before deciding to cut down trees killed by insect infestation in a Montana national forest, a federal judge ruled. The Native Ecosystems Council and Alliance for the Wild Rockies sued the Forest Service in September 2014 under the National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act and the Administrative Procedures Act. They challenged the Forest Service’s Environmental Assessment, Decision of Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the South Bridger Interface Project in the Gallatin National Forest, about 15 miles northeast of Bozeman. 

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Forest Collaboration in Northeast Washington: Russ Vaagen

Evergreen Magazine
July 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“There are a lot of misperceptions about what collaboration is and what collaboratives do. But the biggest problems aren’t on the inside where you would expect to find them. They are on the outside. Fringe groups are part of it, but the larger portion involves people who don’t understand collaboration and refuse to join our group because they fear we won’t accept them if they don’t agree with us. This isn’t true. Anyone can join us anytime. The more points of view we have represented in our coalition’s work the stronger we will be. Trust, transparency and diversity of opinion have been the keys to our ongoing success, and certainly the key to our political success.”

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Logging method could reduce Sierra fire losses

Timber industry, environmentalists find common ground
The Modesto Bee
July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PINECREST People gathered here, about 7 miles from the Rim fire’s northern boundary, to talk about an approach to logging that could prevent such devastation. The goal, as with past efforts at forest thinning, is to reduce the number of trees per acre. The difference here is that the loggers would not just leave an expanse of large, evenly spaced trees, but diversify the landscape with clumps of trees in some spots and openings for grass and brush in others. The idea has support from a Tuolumne County coalition that includes the timber industry, environmental groups and other partners. It has moved beyond past conflicts, such as clear-cutting, in support of common goals.

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Senator’s representative meets with county commissioners

Clark Fork Valley Press
July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUPERIOR – A representative from the office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines met with Mineral County commissioners last week to hear some of their concerns regarding issues within the county. …“He wanted to know what was on our agenda and what he could do to help us,” Zylawy said. “Primarily we talked about Forest Service issues and land management. He seemed to understand and hopefully he will take this back to the senator.” Zylawy said they spoke at length about a bill proposed by Daines that would make it harder for environmental groups to litigate projects like timber sales and other proposals that deal with forested land in Mineral County.

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Timber sales profit, perturb local community

Some timber sales in the Astoria District of the Clatsop State Forest have environmentalists rankled.
The Daily Astorian
July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As they wound their way through the forest roads in the eastern reaches of Clatsop County last week, regional foresters Ty Williams and Dan Goody pointed out the ages and makeup of timber stands. They and the Oregon Department of Forestry are tasked with managing 137,000 acres of the Clatsop State Forest for the social, economic, and environmental benefit of Oregonians. Goody, the Astoria district forester, proudly mentioned that the forest in Clatsop County is the most productive in the state, with trees that grow up to 3 feet a year.

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Petition wants to stop clear-cutting near Wallace Falls

King5.com
July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GOLD BAR, Wash. — A petition is circulating to stop the auction and logging of nearly 200 acres beside Wallace Falls State Park. The park is a main attraction for visitors at Rocky’s Retreat, a gateway to Washington’s mountains meant to offer a wilderness experience. Except when people look up, they don’t always like what they see. “Sometimes they’re shocked,” explained owner Inessa Pearce. Rocky’s Retreat has only been open since March. Pearce believes the clear-cuts currently around Rocky’s Retreat hurt business. “It looks like there’s no hope,” said Washington Forest Law Center Director Peter Goldman.

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Feds tour Ashland Forest Resiliency project

The Mail Tribune
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two high-level officials from the Interior and Agriculture departments got a tour Wednesday of Ashland’s watershed and a tutorial on the Ashland Forest Resiliency project, which they deemed a pioneering model for a “cohesive wildfire strategy” that also restores forests and supports jobs and the environment. The pair have learned that “Ashland has done as much as anyone to restore forests to their natural state and deal with wildfire,” said Under Secretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie, a senior advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Forest Service is in that department. Bonnie noted that, for the past 100 years we’ve put out forest fires, radically changing the ecosystem, creating much higher fuel levels and making the fire season 78 days longer than it was three decades ago.

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Investment in the Tongass is an investment in southeast Alaska

The HIll
July 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the Forest Service revises its land management plan for the Tongass National Forest and Congress considers bills related to national forest management, the people of southeast Alaska and the Tongass are in the middle of another successful tourism and fishing season. We have a unique opportunity to make some forward-looking changes to support these community economic drivers in our largest national forest. The Tongass is a world-class tourism destination, drawing more than a million visitors every year. Tourism brings $1 billion to our region each year, directly employing 6,700 people and supporting a total of 10,000 year-round and seasonal jobs according to the McDowell Group and Southeast Conference.

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Forest Service scraps Echo Lakes tree-thinning plan

News.10.net
July 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EL DORADO COUNTY – The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned its controversial plan to remove trees and brush around Echo Lakes. The plan, announced in 2012, was aimed at preventing a catastrophic fire by providing defensible space around the rustic summer homes that are built on leased forest service land. A conservation biologist who owns a cabin on Upper Echo Lake sued the agency in Sacramento federal court shortly after contractors with chainsaws went to work in the fall of 2013. Dennis Murphy, an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, claimed the work was unnecessary because history had never recorded a wildfire at the lakes due to the 7,400-foot elevation and sparse soil.

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How Oregon Rivers Carried Millions Of Trees Into Production

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Around the same time famed photographer Carelton Watkins first captured the Columbia River Gorge with his traveling darkroom, on the south fork of the Coos River in southwest Oregon a large dam helped fuel Oregon’s burgeoning timber industry. The Tioga Dam was the largest splash dam in the Northwest. It was the first of what would grow to become 230 splash dams throughout western Oregon. Let’s start big picture. From 1849-1924, Oregon produced over 47 billion board feet of lumber production, most of it hauled out on rivers. For context, trucks carried about 4 billion board feet lumber out of the woods on forest roads in 2014. 

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Concerns South Australia’s mid north forests region will be sold off following bushfires

ABC News, Australia
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Councils and communities have major concerns of widespread job losses and impacts to economic growth in mid-north South Australia, as the future of the forests region is considered. The State Government has released an expression of interest for the potential long term use of land devastated by the bushfires in 2013 and 2014. The Bangor blaze burnt 80 per cent of the Wirrabara Forest in the southern Flinders Ranges, while 30 per cent of pine plantations were wiped out in the Bundaleer Forest.  The month-long EOI is open and proposals are being received on a range of land use options for the region.

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Horse chestnut parasite could soon spread to Scotland

August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Parasitic “hitchhiking” moths, which infect and destroy the leaves of horse chestnut trees, are moving north and could soon invade Scotland. The horse chestnut leaf-mining moth, which originates in the Balkans, was first recorded in London in 2002 and has spread throughout England and Wales. Dr Darren Evans, an expert in conservation biology at the University of Hull and a co-founder of Conker Tree Science, said “it’s only a matter of time” before the species expands further north into Scotland. The invader feasts on the leaves of the conker-producing trees, turning them brown and causing them to drop in the late summer.

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Forest Fires

Fire near Lake Cowichan 90 per cent contained

Victoria Times Colonist
August 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire near Skutz Falls that required support from the Martin Mars water bomber is 90 per cent contained. Sixty-one firefighters from the Coastal Fire Centre continued to fight the blaze between Lake Cowichan and Duncan on Saturday. “…The fire broke out Tuesday, burning a 61-hectare area on private forested land about 10 kilometres east of Lake Cowichan. Steep terrain and heavy debris from a logging operation have made fighting the blaze challenging for firefighters. The Martin Mars water bomber was called in to assist on Wednesday, but has not been used in the area since.

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Human-caused wildfire forces out long-weekend campers near Harrison Lake

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
August 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A human-caused wildfire is burning near Harrison Lake, forcing campers out of the area. Fire information officer Donna MacPherson says the blaze was discovered early Sunday afternoon burning about 20 kilometres north of Harrison Lake in an area thick with brush and logging debris. The fire isn’t threatening any homes or structures, but it is in a recreational area so RCMP have blocked off the road and asked campers to leave the nearby Wood Lake campground. MacPherson says about 20 people are fighting the fire, along with three helicopters and airtankers that are dropping both water and retardant on the flames.

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Campers evacuated as crews continue to fight aggressive Harrison Lake wildfire

Vancouver Sun
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stephanie Rosencrans was relaxing with friends and family at the recreational campground at Wood Lake Sunday when the kids came running up to say they saw smoke. …Shortly after, helicopters were on scene, pulling up buckets of water from Wood Lake and dumping on the fire, which was burning about 20 kilometres north of Harrison Lake in an area thick with brush and logging debris that is a heavily used recreation area. …About 70 firefighters remained on the ground Sunday morning, aided by four helicopters, while officials considered whether they could bring in six fixed wing air tankers and the Martin Mars bomber to help dampen the 45-hectare blaze. The fire was believed to have increased in size overnight Sunday as the winds picked up.

BC Fires: Harrison Lake wildfire grows to 100 hectares in size from CBC News

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Wildland Firefighters from Mexico take Days of Rest in Hinton

Hinton Parklander
July 31, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sixty-two wildland firefighters from Mexico took “Days of Rest” at the Hinton Training Centre (HTC) last week. The firefighters arrived at the facility after firefighting efforts in High Level, and left to fight fires in Peace River on Aug. 2. According to Rob Galon, Director of Agriculture and Forestry Division, “Days of Rest” are mandatory for wildland firefighters working long hours tackling wildfires. Depending on how many hours the firefighter works determines how many days the firefighter is required to take for rest. This protects firefighting personnel from burning out due to exhaustion. “It gets pretty stressful, I mean firefighters are working 14 days … 14 hours a day,” explains Galon in an interview.

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Firefighter killed battling blaze in California forest

AP in the Helena Independent Record
July 31, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

ALTURAS, Calif. — A U.S. Forest Service firefighter from South Dakota has been killed battling one of more than a dozen wildfires raging across California, Forest Service officials said Friday night. David Ruhl, an engine captain from South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest, died sometime Thursday while battling the fire in the Modoc National Forest, U.S. Forest Service officials said in a press release. The blaze, burning about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, is one of 18 fires raging across the state. Most are in Northern California. Forest Service officials didn’t say how Ruhl died. He had vanished sometime Thursday and his body wasn’t recovered until Friday morning.

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Northern California fire explodes; 24 homes lost, thousands threatened

Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Rocky fire exploded overnight, burning 47,000 acres as of Sunday morning and threatening 6,000 structures in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties.  The U.S. Forest Service said “fire activity dramatically progressed” late Saturday, forcing the closure of several state highways in the area. The fire is just 5% contained; about 12,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. Nearly 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze and more are coming into the area. The Rocky fire is burning east of Clear Lake, Calif., in a remote area roughly between Calfornia 29 and 16, south of California 20. The fire has been fueled by erratic winds and is burning in rugged areas that are difficult for firefighters to access. Smoke was also moving through the region.

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Stouts fire burns 15,000 acres and counting

Mail Tribune
August 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Wind gusts of up to 20 mph, 100-plus degree temperatures and low humidity have pushed the southern Douglas County wildfire that’s overloading the Rogue Valley with smoke to more than 15,000 acres.  Oregon Department of Forestry officials say the fire, which first roared to life about 11 miles east of Canyonville Thursday afternoon, turned northeast Saturday after burning east. The blaze is about 3 percent contained, according to the Incident Information System website.  Due to the fire’s rapid flare up, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has also authorized the use of federal funds to help fund fire operations. 

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People underestimate wildfire risks

Less-effective mitigation techniques overvalued
The Durango Herald
July 30, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – A recent study suggests what fire officials and policymakers have always feared – people underestimate wildfire risks. The study by the University of Colorado Boulder highlights that people are focused on mitigation in the wrong areas. For example, those living in areas prone to wildfires overestimate the importance of specific risk factors beyond their control, including the composition of vegetation, while ignoring things they can mitigate, including replacing combustible siding with more fire-resistant materials. “A lot of natural-hazards research finds that people tend to overweigh things they have pretty limited control over.

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Paradise Fire still growing in Olympic National Park; blaze blossoms by 504 acres

Peninsula Daily News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


QUEETS — The Paradise Fire grew by 504 acres between Thursday and Sunday and as of Monday had scorched a total of 2,292 acres in the Queets River Valley in southeastern Olympic National Park, according to new measurements by fire managers. Hot, dry weather contributed to the fire’s growth, and the blaze is now burning toward the northwest. The new fire activity followed the riverbed west and north from the where the fire was sparked by lightning May 14. The fire — considered slow-moving — has grown by 1,020 acres since July 3 and is the largest wildfire on record since Olympic National Park was created. On Monday morning, the fire remained east of Bob Creek and north of the Queets River.

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Glacier Park wildfire continues to burn in Two Dog Creek area

by Roby Chaney
Helena Independent Record
July 31, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

ST. MARY — Towers of smoke made the Reynolds Creek fire look busy on Friday, but most of the flames ran themselves into Glacier National Park’s rocky cliffs. “The vast majority of what we’re seeing today is up in the Two Dog Creek area on the fire’s north flank,” fire information officer Mark Struble said. “It’s burning some timber there, but then it runs up into the rocks and peters out. It’s doing what we expected it to do.” The fire remains at 3,170 acres along the northwest shore of St. Mary Lake on the park’s east side. It’s considered 63 percent contained. Investigators suspect the fire was human caused sometime between July 14 and 21. It burst into action on the 21st, growing from a spot blaze to more than 1,000 acres in hours.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cheakamus Community Forest can now generate and sell GHG credits

Whister Question
August 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

In its quest to achieve carbon neutrality, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is now able to trade off its corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by purchasing carbon offsets locally through the Cheakamus Community Forest. A carbon offset is a credit for GHG reductions achieved by one party that can be used to compensate, or offset, the emissions of another party. The community forest’s sale of carbon offsets recently became possible thanks to its Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Plan, which employs techniques like harvest rotations, reduced harvest volumes and protection of old-growth forests and wildlife habitats. “The province and the Cheakamus Community Forest entered into an agreement to sell carbon offsets,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

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