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Business & Politics

Global Buyers Mission 2015, one of the largest wood & woodworking exhibitions to be held in Canada

Punjab News Express
August 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

The annual Global Buyers Mission will be held in Whistler, British Columbia in Canada from September 10 – 12, 2015.The event will help Indian delegates establish new business relationships with all large scale wood producing lumber mills in Canada. The exhibition will also bring together world renowned architects and designers. The event will exhibit Canadian Wood from British Columbia (B.C.) including species such as Western Hemlock, Yellow Cedar, Douglas-Fir, Spruce–Pine-Fir (SPF), andWestern Red Cedar which are well suited to the Indian climatic conditions and are being extensively used by Indian manufacturers in varied interior, outdoor and even structural applications.

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Contract awarded for Watson Island cleanup

The Northern View
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The repurposing of Watson Island moved closer to becoming a reality today as the City of Prince Rupert announced the awarding the cleanup contract to NRI Group. The company, based in Ontario, will work toward removal of assets decommissioning of a substantial portion of the former pulp mill site with the two-year site preparation and decommissioning plan expected to begin immediately. “We are pleased to be able to move forward with the decommissioning of the pulp mill, which will enable the site to be repurposed so that Watson Island can again contribute to the economy of Prince Rupert,” said Mayor Lee Brain.

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Western Forest Products profit falls in 2nd quarter

Times Colonist
August 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products has reported net income of $19.1 million for the second quarter, down from $29.2 million in the same period a year ago. Revenue for the period ending June 30 was $289.2 million, compared with $296.2 million for the second quarter last year. Western credited an increase in specialty product sales for the profit in the second quarter. The company also said it increased shipments of western red cedar and reduced its exposure to a significant downturn in both commodity lumber and Japanese markets.

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Conifex Announces Acquisition of Sawmill Assets in El Dorado, Arkansas

Marketwired
August 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- – Conifex Timber Inc. (“Conifex” or the “Company”) (TSX:CFF) announced today that it has completed the purchase (the “Purchase”) of 100% of the outstanding shares and shareholder loans of a private Delaware company (“AcquisitionCo”). The consideration consisted of 100,000 common shares of the Company at a deemed price of CAD$6.75, as well as the reimbursement of certain costs previously incurred by the vendor. AcquisitionCo had the exclusive rights to acquire a sawmill and related facilities and equipment, including approximately 186 acres of land, located near El Dorado, Arkansas, United States (the “El Dorado Mill”).

Conifex Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results from MarketWired

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B.C. mill owners, operator to review ruling after workers’ deaths in blast

Canadian Press in Vancouver Sun
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The owners of a northern British Columbia sawmill and its operator say they will review the recommendations of a coroners inquest into the deaths of two workers in an explosion. Hampton Affiliates and Babine Forest Products say they will also discuss last week’s ruling with employees in the next 60 days. The inquest concluded that 45-year-old Robert Luggi and 42-year-old Carl Charlie died accidentally after a January 2012 blast at the mill about 200 kilometres west of Prince George.

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Babine Mill Owners Issue Release on Inquest Findings

250 News
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, B.C.-Babine Forest Products and Hampton Affiliates, he majority owner of Babine, have issued a statement on the findings and recommendations from the the Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of Robert Luggi Jr, and Carl Charlie in the explosion and fire of January 2012.The deaths of Robert Luggi Jr. and Carl Charlie were classed as accidental. There was testimony at the inquest that no one was aware of the explosive properties of dust in a sawmill setting “We are eternally sorry for this lack of recognition and have taken many steps at all of our sawmills to ensure this never happens again” reads a quote from Hampton CEO Steve Zika. The release indicates Hampton is “participating with other British Columbia and U.S. sawmill owners to increase awareness and training relating to the risks of combustible dust in a sawmill environment,”

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Port Hawkesbury Paper meets with U.S. officials in tariff probe

CBC News
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper officials are hopeful a visit from American government representatives this week can reverse a ruling that imposed trade sanctions on its supercalendered paper products. A spokeswoman from Premier Stephen McNeil’s office confirmed Wednesday that Department of Commerce investigators are reviewing information submitted by the mill to refute a complaint that it is receiving industrial subsidies from the province. The preliminary ruling resulted in the paper mill being forced to pay a 20.3 per cent interim tariff on supercalendered paper exported to the U.S. It’s the type of high-quality glossy paper used in magazines. A final decision is due in December.

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Rayonier Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

Business Wire press release
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) today reported second quarter net loss attributable to Rayonier of ($1.5) million, or ($0.01) per share, versus income of $16.4 million, or $0.12 per share, in the prior year quarter. The second quarter results include $1.5 million of costs related to shareholder litigation.1 The prior year second quarter results included $12.1 million of income from discontinued operations2 and $3.8 million of costs related to the spin-off. Excluding these items, pro forma net income3 was $0.0 million, or $0.00 per share versus $8.1 million, or $0.06 per share, in the prior year period.

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Freres Lumber cited multiple times in 2014 worker death

Statesman Journal
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Freres Lumber Co. was cited four times for safety and procedural violations uncovered during inspections launched after a worker died at its Mill City plant in September 2014, according to documents obtained by the Statesman Journal. Bryan Dodge, a 34-year-old millwright, husband and father of four, was killed when a plywood press he was replacing a steam line for activated and pinned him between the press and a post. According to a citation and notification of penalty report from the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, the machine lockout procedures that prevent equipment operation were not followed. The company did not have or follow uniform lockout procedures for operating or servicing the press.

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Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL) Releases Earnings Results

Dakota Financial News
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lumber Liquidators Holdings (NYSE:LL) posted its earnings results on Wednesday. The company reported ($0.75) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.81, Marketbeat.com reports. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.60 EPS. The business had revenue of $247.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $257.66 million. The company’s revenue was down 5.8% on a year-over-year basis.

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The value of furniture compared with unprocessed log exports

Kaieteur News
August 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) no longer publishes information on which enterprises are exporting logs of which timber in what volumes to which destinations; notwithstanding that the logs were derived from standing trees which were public assets in the patrimony of the citizens of Guyana. Timber categorized in the Special and Class 1 categories for royalty are suitable for flooring and furniture. In 2013 and 2014, these two categories comprised 68 and 72 per cent of total declared log production. …Readers will note that FOB cost is significantly greater than the FOB values declared by exporters and recorded by the GFC. For example, between January and April 2015, the declared FOB for greenheart logs was between US$130-210. 

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Rayonier to lift stake in Matariki Forestry

National Business Review
August 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Rayonier plans to increase its holding in Matariki Forestry Group to 77% from 65% with a US$160 million capital infusion that will be used to repay debt. Rayonier manages 2.7 million acres of forests in the US and New Zealand. Matariki is New Zealand’s third-largest forestry estate with more than 169,000 hectares of plantations. The company’s Matariki partner is Phaunos Timber Fund, a Guernsey-registered, London Stock Exchange-listed investor in timberland and wood processing that was launched in 2006 and now has about US$321 million of assets. Phaunos acquired 35% of Matariki in 2010 from existing shareholders in Australia and the US.

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Misconduct alleged at Senate inquiry into forestry investment schemes

ABC News, Australia
August 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The chairman of a Senate inquiry into forestry managed investment schemes is alleging criminal conduct by some of the parties involved. Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish Wilson also questioned the integrity of some banks and financial advisers. He said some advisers did not disclose large commissions they would receive, when signing investors up. Senator Whish Wilson said evidence from credible witnesses also showed some schemes grossly overstated timber yields and dividends in their prospectuses.

Banks can’t say if they will book an forestry scheme losses from The Sydney Morning Herald

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2015 January – May exports of logs in Japan rose nearly 50%

Timber China
August 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Japan’s total timber exports reached 259,515 cubic meters this year from January to May period, an increase of 47.5% over last year. If this rate continues, the total annual exports will reach 700,000 -80 million cubic meters. However, in April and May Kyushu log exports slowed, accounting for 80% of the market share last year. Because the Japanese Yen, Chinese customers to Japan active inquiry. But Japan and China short distance shipping, timber stacked at the loading port. South Korea economic recession, a slowdown in Japan’s exports to South Korea. According to customs statistics Kagoshima, covering Shibushi City and Sendai in Kagoshima shipping port, log exports than last year’s January exports doubled, 34.2% higher than in February last year, up 71.9 percent year on year in March, down 36.2 percent more than in April, while YoY in May increased by 14%.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Plastic bags turned into outdoor decks

Kelowna Capital News
August 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Outdoor decks made with recycled plastic bags? That’s right…. do yourself and the environment a favour by checking out decking made with recycled plastics. This versatile decking lets you beautify your home and close the recycling loop. Recycled plastic decking has really grown in popularity in recent years and now is readily available online and at most major home improvement stores. Recycled plastic decking typically is made from recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastics used for plastic bags, wraps and more. …Once cleaned, the plastics are heated and combined with other materials such as pigments and UV blockers—and even wood fibres to make “composites”—before being molded into items such as decking planks, posts and spindles.

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Forestry

Greens Go to Bat for Threatened Woodpecker

Courthouse News Service
August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO – A rushed logging project clearing 5,000 acres in a burned Northern California forest could hurt the threatened black-backed woodpecker, a “keystone species,” environmentalists claim in court. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Forest Service on July 30 in Federal Court, claiming it violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving a logging project without enough research on its environmental impact. The Center says the Forest Service fast-tracked the Bald Project without conducting an Environmental Impact Statement and the logging could have severe impacts on the threatened black-backed woodpecker.

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Timber Plantations Can Make California Wildfires Worse

Capital Public Radio
August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California’s own forestry regulations may be part of what helps fuel wildfires. Researchers know that pine trees planted like rows of corn make wildfires worse.  But there may be a way to prevent plantations from being incinerated when the inevitable fire occurs. Rob York walks through an experimental forest near Georgetown in the Sierra Nevada. He’s with UC Berkeley’s Blodgett Forest Research Station and studies all the different ways to manage forests, from doing nothing to logging everything. This stand is choked with trees.

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Startup woman starts campaign to prevent planned logging near Wallace Falls

The Monroe Monitor & Valley News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Startup woman has begun circulating a petition to stop a timber harvest that would remove trees from nearly 200 of acres of land located northeast of Gold Bar near Wallace Falls State Park. Inessa Pearce, a paraeducator and Russian translator for the Monroe School District, moved to the Sky Valley 17 years ago. Amazed at the park-like beauty of the area, Pearce quickly fell in love with the Skykomish River and the lush, green forests surrounding her home. So she was stunned three years ago when the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began logging the hillside located northeast of her residence.

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Idaho won’t use hired wolf killer in Frank Church wilderness

Idaho Statesman
August 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, IDAHO — The U.S. Forest Service has notified a conservation group that Idaho officials won’t use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness this winter. Earthjustice in a statement says it received the notification Wednesday from the federal agency as required by the settlement of a federal lawsuit. The letter from Forest Service officials to Earthjustice says the Idaho Department of Fish and Game notified the federal agency of its decision on Friday. “We are relieved that it will be managed as a wild place with natural wildlife populations, rather than an elk farm, for at least this coming winter,” Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso said in a statement.

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$4 million agreement signed to complete young growth inventory, job training and development in Southeast Alaska

Sit News
August 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – The U.S. Forest Service and the State of Alaska signed a $4 million challenge cost share agreement to work collaboratively 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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Federal Wildfire Legislation Sparks Debate on Salvage Logging (radio)

KQED.org
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Record-breaking wildfires in recent years as well as heightened concerns over the drought are prompting debate about how best to manage forests to prevent wildfire. A bill pending in Congress would expedite salvage logging of dead trees in national forests. We’ll discuss the legislation and best practices to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire while safeguarding forest ecology.

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Groups land $5M to help keep Oregon’s forests healthy

Portland Business Journal
August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmental groups in Oregon are celebrating a cash infusion that aims to restore various forests and fish and wildlife habitats. The Oregon Department of Forestry Federal Forest Health Program received $5 million from the state, or nearly double the level received during the 2013-15 biennium. Sustainable Northwest and The Nature Conservancy advocated for the state funding. The groups intend to seek three-to-one matching funds from the federal government, much like the money received between 2013 and 2015. The funds will help state and federal forest management agencies work with collaborative groups to improve forest health across the state..

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Walden pushes for FEMA help with wildfires

Mail Tribune
August 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Treating wildfires like other natural disasters and streamlining federal processes to expedite thinning and salvage logging will help Southern Oregon better deal with forest health and wildfires on federal lands “ripe for explosion,” U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said Wednesday. With the smoky haze from a nearby forest fire as a backdrop at the Forest Service tanker base in Medford, Walden stumped for a bill that he said would more effectively put federal funds toward helping forests withstand wildfire and expand coffers to pay for it when they do burn. Among many things, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help fund wildfire expenses so the Forest Service doesn’t have to cannibalize other portions of its budget to douse flames. Current law allows FEMA responses for hurricanes and floods but not wildfire suppression.

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Destructiion of our soil is more serious than climate change

New Zealand Scoop
August 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Destructiion of our soil is more serious than climate change An international soil scientist says restocking the world’s arable soil with carbon is more important than climate change. Dr John Baker says too many people around the world treat soil like dirt when it should be revered because “our lives depend on it.” He believes that because soil isn’t sexy, is not on our radar and is metaphorically beneath us, it’s taken for granted by many farmers and ignored by politicians and city dwellers. …“Climate change, while serious, is not going to starve you but the rape of our soil over the last 1,000 years through traditional tillage methods, is already leading to reduced crop yields and will eventually result in famine and malnutrition.”

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Forest Fires

Forestry crews busy spotting new fires spawned by overnight storm

CP and News 1130
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – There is some relief in the forecast for crews working on that massive wildfire that continues to grow near Harrison Lake. News1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says as much as 15 millimetres could fall around the fire today. The blaze has expanded again, now sitting at 650 hectares, which is an estimate. Fire Information Officer Donna MacPherson says they’re seeing a lot of smoke right now, which is good and bad. “It will actually cool the temperature underneath the fire but the smoke does impact air operations a great deal. Air tankers and helicopters fly by line of sight, they have to be able to see the ground to be able to do their work. If the smoke is in the way, the air support is limited.”

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B.C. conservation officers threatened by campers violating fire ban

Global News
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite widespread fire bans across the province some Conservation officers say they are stunned at the number of campers breaking the rules. Jeremy Hunka reports. Campfire bans remain in place across most of southern B.C., but some conservation officers in Squamish say they are stunned at the number of campers breaking the rules. “It’s astonishing how many people are having fires,” said Tim Schumacher of the Conservation Officer Service. “People are deliberately breaking the law. They’re putting out the fire as we approach the site.” On average, officers are receiving three reports of fire ban violations per night in the Sea to Sky and Fraser areas and they’re finding even more while on patrols.

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Southeast fire centre has battled 397 fires this year

BC Local News
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A combination of excellent work by BC Forest Service crews and contractors, and maybe a little luck, is seeing this region through a very busy fire season. Fanny Bernard from the Southeast Fire Centre says that considering the amount of lightning this summer, it’s quite remarkable that there haven’t been more fires of note. …last year at this time we’d had 217 fires. This year, we’ve had 397, with 63 of those human-caused,” Bernard said. “It’s been an exceptional year, with a phenomenal amount of lightning. “The real story is how few of these lighting caused fires have grown past the initial attack phase. There’s been some really good work from crews and contractors. They have done an excellent job.”

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Large forest fire near Skutz Falls is contained

Alberni Valley Times
August 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large forest fire that broke out near Skutz Falls has been declared to be 100 per cent contained, and is now in “mop-up” process. “Crews are working to get hot spots out and we’re hoping to get it in patrol by mid-week,” Coastal Fire Centre information officer Donna MacPherson said on Monday. “We’ll be turning it back to industry for patrol.” The fire has since grown to 16 hectares (39.5 acres), though according to the Coastal Fire Centre, crews have it contained within the perimeter, and it is no longer considered a “wildfire of note.”

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Sudbury forest fire reaches 438 hectares. Not under control

Forest Fire Situation Update: Northeast Fire Region
Soo Today
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Yesterday there were two new fires reported in the region. North Bay 13 is being held at 0.3 of a hectare and Parry Sound 12 is now out at 0.1 of a hectare. So far today, one new fire has been reported. Sudbury 73 is not yet under control at 0.1 of a hectare. There are currently 13 active fires in the region, two are not under control, two are being held and nine are being observed mostly in the far north. The fire hazard today is low across most of the region except for Sault Ste. Marie to the Greater Sudbury area as well as Algonquin Park, these regions seeing a moderate hazard.

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The cost of fighting wildfires is sapping Forest Service budget

By Tom Vilsack
USDA Blog
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

WILDFIRES are now burning in Washington and across the West, in a year that may become the hottest on record. As our forests go up in flames, so too does the budget of the U.S. Forest Service, putting at risk lives, property, clean air and water, and jobs for thousands. The number of fires the Forest Service and its partners fight every year is staggering: There have been more than 36,000 fires this year alone. And although we are successful at suppressing or managing 98 percent of fires when they start, the 1 to 2 percent of fires that escape are expensive, constituting 30 percent of annual costs.

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Forest Service warns of 300-day fire seasons, 82 percent of the year

The Washington Examiner
August 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday cited the growing wildfire scare in California to push the administration’s climate change warnings and raise concerns about running out of money to fight the flames. In a 16-page budget report, Ag’s U.S. Forest Service said that spending on fire suppression for the first time this year has consumed more than 50 percent of its budget and could reach 67 percent, or nearly $1.8 billion by 2025. A key culprit, added the forest service, is climate change, President Obama’s top priority as he finishes out his two terms. …It also blamed climate change for longer fire “seasons,” adding, “Climate change has led to fire seasons that are now on average 78 days longer than in 1970. 

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Idaho fire roundup: Crews battle blazes in Boise National Forest, BLM land

Idaho Statesman
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Three wildfires in and around the Boise National Forest continued to burn Wednesday near Idaho City and Arrowrock Reservoir. Cooler temperatures, light winds and cloud cover aided firefighters on all three fires, according to a Boise National Forest news release. The Grayback Fire, about 2 ½ miles south of Idaho City, remained at 15 to 20 acres, burning mid-slope in a densely forested area. Due to the close proximity of this fire to Idaho City and the amount of fuel surrounding the fire, it continues to be the highest priority fire for the Boise National Forest, officials said. No structures are threatened.

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California is battling its scariest 2015 wildfire so far — the Rocky Fire

The Washington Post
August 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

It’s turning into quite a summer for wildfires across the United States. And the latest conflagration worrying authorities is the Rocky Fire north of San Francisco, which has burned 69,600 acres so far and is only 30 percent contained. The fire has consumed 43 homes and threatens thousands more — the list of areas under mandatory evacuation is quite long. Nearly 3,500 firefighters are currently on scene, fighting with 17 helicopters, 4 air tankers, and much more. Alarmingly, fire pros have been describing this fire’s behavior as pretty un-heard of. “Over the weekend, we saw this fire burn 20,000 acres in a five hour period,” says Daniel Berlant, chief of public information at Cal Fire. 

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Oregon wildfires as seen from space

KVAL
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

This satellite image shows smoke from several fires in Oregon and California on Aug. 2, 2015. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of smoke from these fires Aug. 2 at 21:05 UTC (5:05 p.m. EDT). The multiple red pixels are heat signatures detected by MODIS. The smoke appears to be a light brown color. In Oregon smoke from the Cable Crossing Fire, the Stouts Fire and the Potter Mountain Complex Fire commingle. The Cable Crossing Fire was reported burning on forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) at approximately 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, near Oregon Highway 138 East, near Mile Post 23, east of Glide.

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California meets drought-fueled fire season with extra crews

AP in The Missoulian
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The firefighters come from near and far, working 24-hour shifts to snuff out an unpredictable blaze that has burned more than 100 square miles in Northern California near a major recreational lake. They bunk in tight sleepers and eat in a big mess hall. They depart in the mornings with enormous high-calorie sack lunches of sandwiches and cookies as others come back tired, footsore and hungry to their makeshift base at the Lake County fairgrounds. The National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho has listed the fire 110 miles north of San Francisco as the nation’s highest priority for crews and equipment. It is the largest of 23 fires statewide and takes up nearly a third of the 10,000 firefighters dispatched in California, which has become tinder box amid years of drought.

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Logging project sparked fire near CA-NV line north of Reno

KLS.com
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A mechanical saw at a fuels reduction project near the California-Nevada line apparently sparked a wildfire that has burned about 17 square miles of remote, rugged forest and high desert 100 miles north of Reno. The Bureau of Land Management says no homes were threatened by the fire estimated to be 20 percent contained Wednesday night. More than 100 firefighters were battling the blaze in sage brush, grass and juniper trees 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, California. 

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Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires

The Oregonian
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Latest updates on Oregon forest fires.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Middle Sackville residents upset about noise from Hefler biomass project

Chronicle Herald
August 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Middle Sackville-area residents are fed up with a biomass project that’s created too much noise for the past month, says a local councillor. Coun. Brad Johns said Wednesday he started getting complaints in late June about the release of steam from the new biomass plant at Hefler Forest Products. The sporatic noise, which occurs day and night, sounds like a jet engine and can last for up to three hours, Johns said. “Some residents, I’ve actually walked in their backyard and you can’t talk at a normal volume,” he said in an interview. “You’re almost at a yelling point to be heard while this is going on.” The Hefler operation recently installed the biomass generator, which is powered by sawmill waste, to heat its plant. 

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UK to build world’s first power plant with negative emissions

New Scientist
August 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

IT IS the dream scenario for fighting climate change: a power station that delivers negative emissions. And it could be coming to the UK, helped along by the growth of forests in the American South and some handy holes beneath the North Sea. …Its owners are now planning to replace coal with wood pellets and bury the emissions. Combined with growing trees to replace all those burned, the mega-polluter could one day be transformed into the world’s largest industrial absorber of CO2. “This is a very exciting new technology,” says Jeremy Tomkinson of the National Non-Food Crops Centre, a consultancy that promotes bioenergy. “It means we can actually reduce the volume of CO2 in the atmosphere.”

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