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Daily Archives: August 10, 2015

Business & Politics

Wei Wai Kum Nation gets historic woodland license

Campbell River Mirror
August 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With an exchange of gifts at the new Campbell River Band office Friday, Wei Wai Kum Chief Robert Pollard and Steve Thompson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, signed a woodland licence agreement designed to enhance employment and economic opportunities in the region. The 25-year First Nations woodland licence allows the Wei Wai Kum to harvest almost 9,900 cubic metres of timber per year from their traditional territories. The agreement covers a 2,414 hectare parcel of Crown land near Heydon Bay on B.C.’s south central mainland coast and another 1,212 hectares by Pye Lake, north of Campbell River.

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Forestry company Resolute launches ad campaign against Greenpeace, ForestEthics

CP in Chronicle Journal
August 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products is fighting back against years of attacks on its forestry practices by launching a publicity campaign that counters what it says are inaccurate allegations from environmental groups Greenpeace and ForestEthics.  Full page ads began to appear Friday in several Canadian newspapers. The Montreal-based company said it plans to spend “significant” sums on advertising in national and regional publications, direct mail, along with digital advertising and social media campaigns. “We are turning the tables in a way that no company has ever done before and we believe that we are doing it for a just and worthy cause,” vice-president Seth Kursman said in an interview.

Resolute strikes back from the Chronicle Journal

Resolute launches campaign against its environmental adversaries from TB Newswatch

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BRIGHTON: U.S. ruling on mill duty has history

Chronicle Herald
August 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The U.S. Department of Commerce will decide by October whether to maintain or lift a 20 per cent countervailing duty imposed last week on paper imports from the controversial mill in Point Tupper and three other Canadian mills. Officials are investigating whether the Nova Scotia government has subsidized the paper mill to the detriment of competitors in the United States… Regardless of how U.S. officials interpret the facts, the deal to sell the troubled mill was done on the backs of Nova Scotia taxpayers and ratepayers, who are still carrying a hefty financial burden for the mill’s owner.

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Idaho endowment lands produce a record $124 million

AP in the Idaho Statesman
August 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s endowment lands generated a record $124 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The Idaho Department of Lands in a report last week also said that the Idaho Endowment Fund increased 3 percent to $1.8 billion. …The biggest money producer from state lands was timber, which generated $68.2 million on the sale of 277 million board feet. “We feel confident of the continued success of our timber sale program,” said Director Tom Schultz.

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Ta Ann Tasmania to source timber from private forest industry for its $16m plywood mill in state’s north-west

ABC News Australia
August 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Ta Ann Tasmania says the private forest industry will be a vital source of timber as the company ramps up production at its new plywood plant in the north-west. The new $16.4 million-dollar Smithton mill was co-funded with a $7.5 million-dollar Commonwealth grant and has created 37 new jobs so far. Executive Director, Evan Rolley, said the plywood plant, which has an installed capacity of 36,000 cubic metres a year, will be sourcing timber from private growers. “As we build the production capacity we’ll be looking to go to private growers, private landholders on the north-west coast, who have either hardwood or softwood timber available for sale,” he said.

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Claim Govt won’t develop long-term forestry policy

Radio New Zealand News
August 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Institute of Foresty is helping develop the Forest Policy Project as the government is unwilling to initiate long-term forest policy, institute president James Treadwell says. The institute is holding a conference in Wellington today to discuss the project, which it hopes could form government policy for the forestry and wood sectors for a hundred years. Mr Treadwell said forests would have more to offer New Zealanders if the government understood their long-term benefits. “We believe that in the last five or 10 years, some of the words and legislative changes coming from government have reduced the ability of forests to offer things to New Zealand, he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Sperlich brings Splatsin dream to life

Vernon Morning Star
August 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Enderby’s Peter Sperlich is passionate about building log and timber structures… The bulk of his creations are shipped overseas in ready-to-assemble pieces for clients in Germany, Japan and other faraway destinations. So when the opportunity arose to rebuild the gas station owned by the Splatsin First Nation in his hometown, the owner of Canadian Pride Log and Timber Products jumped at the chance. Destroyed in a November 2012 fire, the old service station couldn’t be salvaged. When Sperlich went to view the site early the following year, he proposed to rebuild the structure in a way that would showcase Splatsin culture. His specialty in log post-and-beam construction proved a good fit for the project.

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Workshop is built out of flat-pack cross-laminated timber, and looks like something much more

by Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
August 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There are so many things to love about wood construction. Wood is a renewable resource; it sequesters carbon; It’s looks so darn good. Even in a simple, utilitarian agricultural warehouse building like this one on Holme Lacy campus of Herefordshire and Ludlow College, not far from the straw bale café shown earlier on TreeHugger. Like the café, it’s designed by Hewitt Studios, who tell us that it was a fast, efficient and cost-competitive flat pack made from Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT)….The choice of cladding materials has sought to make the most of the College’s natural resources. The western red cedar cladding was forested from the college’s 150 acres of woodland. This was cut to size on-site, by College contractors, just a few hundred yards from the building.

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Forestry

Cariboo Fire Centre to Receive New $5.88 Million Facility

KamloopsBC Now
August 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cariboo Fire Centre in Williams Lake will have a brand-new firefighting facility. The B.C. Government is providing $5.88 million in funding to construct the new facility at the Williams Lake Airport for the use of BC Wildfire Service staff and crews. The one-storey, 2,045 square metre main building, along with three upgraded outbuildings, will be the home of the Cariboo Fire Centre main office, associated support services, and ground crew and air facilities. “Firefighters set an incredible standard of bravery and commitment by working tirelessly to put out multiple fires in difficult conditions,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. 

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Oobius agrili, parasitic wasp, introduced to Ontario to fight emerald ash borer

CBC News
August 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

… The federal government recently approved the introduction of a foreign breed of parasitic, non-stinging wasp that destroys ash borer eggs from within. Oobius agrili non-stinging parasitic wasp fights emerald ash borer eggs Scientists are now starting to release them into the National Capital Region. In their native China, the Oobius agrili wasp is the natural enemy of the emerald ash borer. The wasps lay their eggs inside the eggs of the emerald ash borer. The wasp larvae eat the contents of the emerald ash borer eggs and then burst forth from the destroyed eggs as fully formed wasps to search for new eggs.

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Tester: Zinke bill tough sell in Senate

Hungry Horse News
August 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana Sen. Jon Tester said recently that Congressman Ryan Zinke’s forest management bill that passed the House will be a tough sell in the Senate. Zinke’s bill, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 allows for categorical exclusions on some timber sales up to 5,000 acres and even has provisions for categorical exclusions for sales up to 15,000 acres. A categorical exclusion sale does not require an environmental review. Other sales call for a collaborative process with public involvement. If an environmental group wanted to challenge those sales, they’d have to post a bond under the law.

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Bark beetle associated with tree mortality, study shows

Visalia Times-Delta
August 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Sequoia National Forest has been experiencing drought effects for years, but dramatic surges in bark beetle-associated mortality are increasing, according to a recent report. The State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection and the South Sierra Shared Service Area put out the report July 13. It focused on current tree mortality, and potential bark beetle infestation in the forest and surrounding communities. While the forest and communities surrounding the forest are experiencing tree mortality, recent aerial and ground surveys indicate significant levels of bark beetle associated in the cause, the report also stated.

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Environmentalists sue over tree-cutting plan in beetle-killed forest

Helena Independent Record
August 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUTTE — Two environmental groups are suing the Forest Service to stop parts of a nine-year effort to restore beetle-damaged forest at the headwaters of the Clark Fork River. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council sued the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest recently in Missoula federal court to stop tree-cutting on approximately 40,000 acres of forest east of Deer Lodge. Electric Peak and Champion Pass are to the east of the project area. The Forest Service plan to cut the trees is part of a restoration effort that began in 2006.

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Editorial: Fires are overwhelming the Forest Service budget

The Bend Bulletin
August 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has become the U.S. Fire Management Service. Its mission is increasingly going from managing forests to managing the fight to prevent them from burning down. In 1995 it spent about 16 percent of its annual budget on fighting fires. This year, it’s going to be more than 50 percent, as the agency relayed this week in a new report. There’s been a corresponding reduction in nonfire staff by 39 percent. If nothing is done, the trend will continue. Less and less money is available for other forest programs.

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Forest Service Abandons Lake Tahoe Logging Plan Following Biologist’s Legal Challenge

CBS/AP
August 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO — The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned logging plans it suspended in the mountains above Lake Tahoe nearly two years ago after a prominent scientist filed a lawsuit accusing the agency of acting illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that did not exist. Dennis Murphy, a professor of conservation biology at the University of Nevada who has authored key research for the service at Tahoe for years. He welcomed the cancellation of the fuels reduction project across about 100 acres of old-growth forest about 8 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, California. But Murphy said the legal fight will continue in federal court.

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Tiny caterpillars damage miles of Idaho national forest

AP in Krem.com
August 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Federal officials say an outbreak of a little caterpillar known as the western spruce budworm has defoliated more than 500 square miles of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The Post Register reports that the budworm has chewed through high amounts of conifers throughout the West this year. Joel McMillin with the U.S. Forest Service says the Boise forest district is getting calls from the public concerned over the dying foliage. Budworms don’t always kill mature trees, but they can cause reduced growth and make the trees more susceptible to other pests like the bark beetle.

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Board to vote on proposal to seek buyer for state forest

Associated Press in San Francisco Gate
August 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The State Land Board is scheduled to vote on a plan to find an unusual buyer for the Elliott State Forest: one that will pay a fair market price, conserve older trees, protect threatened fish and wildlife, produce logs for local mills, and leave it open to the public. The board, made up of the governor, the secretary of state, and the state treasurer, meets Thursday in Salem to consider the 315-page proposal. The 140-square-mile forest in the Coast Range north of Coos Bay was created in 1930 and 90 percent of it generates money for schools.

State seeks buyer for Elliott State Forest from the Stateman Journal

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Prescott National Forest seeks volunteers for project review

The Daily Courier
August 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Prescott National Forest is recruiting members of the community to review and recommend forest management and restoration projects through the Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee. In the past four years, the RAC recommended 58 projects for funds totaling $1.8 million going toward projects in Yavapai County.  On Oct. 3, 2008, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized as part of Public Law 110-343. The new Secure Rural Schools Act has some changes that encourage counties to collaborate with National Forests on projects to benefit public lands.

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CNNF-DNR Partner To Manage Timber In National Forest

WXPR Public Radio
August 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The DNR and the U.S. Forest Service have announced an agreement where the state and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will partner on forest management within the 1.5 million acres of the state’s only national forest. It’s under the 2014 Farm Bill called Good Neighbor authority. Under the agreement, the amount of timber offered for harvest that’s in an approved plan will increase 25 percent to more than 100 million board feet in 2016. Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the extra revenue will be trusted to the state… “…the state is going to sell the timber sales and they are going to hold that money. It can only be used to reinvest back into the national forest…”

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Destructive moth damaging cherry trees in Allegheny National Forest

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A tiny moth is munching on Pennsylvania’s most commercially valuable tree, the black cherry, turning large swaths of the Allegheny National Forest brown and eating into future timber sale profits. The cherry scallop shell moth, an insect pest native to Pennsylvania and the eastern United States, has defoliated cherry trees on more than 17,000 acres in the Allegheny National Forest and a total of 56,000 acres in the public and private forests around the national forest in the northwestern corner of the state, according to a recent aerial survey by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

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Council could lose powers over forestry

Marlborough Express
August 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Proposed national guidelines for forestry could strip the Marlborough District Council of its regulatory powers over forestry activities, says a council leader. The Ministry of Primary Industries wants to roll out a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry that will replace each council’s district plan on how they manage forestry. The Government says it will reduce “unwarranted variations” that forestry companies faced between district plans across the country. The Marlborough District Council said the standard was a blunt instrument to resolve an administration issue rather than an environmental one. Council environment committee chairman Councillor Peter Jerram said council’s biggest gripe was it could lose its control over forestry activities.

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Prey Lang Campaign Kicks Off

KHMER Times
August 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As deforestation in Cambodia’s forests has grown in recent years, more and more citizens have come together to fight against it. Now, a group of 300 people are going to campaign for awareness about the destruction of Prey Lang, the largest evergreen forest in the country.  Prey Lang covers land in Kratie, Stung Treng, Kampong Thom, and Preah Vihear, and activists in the Prey Lang Forest Community group plan on running a five-day campaign against illegal logging from August 10 to 14 in all four provinces.  The campaign has over 300 participants already, and they hope to gather about 200 motorbikes from each province and drive to the core area of Prey Lang to visit the office of Seng Sokheng, the coordinator of the Prey Lang Forest Community.

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Forestry safety system aims to reduce logging dangers

New Zealand Stuff
August 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A safety management system designed to support forestry workers is “no silver bullet”, but it will help to reduce dangers that loggers face in the industry, says its maker. Mike Alexander, director of Fast Harvesting Ltd, figured if dog collars could be used to track hunting dogs, then they could be applied to those on the ground in dense forests. These workers, known as fallers and breaker-outs, often can’t see the person controlling the machine which hauls two-tonne trees out from under their feet. So in response to an industry which has recorded fatal workplace accidents, Alexander developed Logsafe – a safety system that tracks and monitors those on the ground, and gives visual aides to hauler operators working up above.

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Forest Fires

Progress made in Wood Lake fire near Harrison Hot Springs

CKNW News
August 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A weekend with slightly cooler temperatures and a bit of rain did make a difference to crews battling fires burning on the coast of the province. Fire Information Officer Ryan Turcot says the rain helped crews contain the Wood Lake Fire near Harrison Hot Springs. “The forecasts are calling for rain along the coast over the next few days which should bring some relief, now on the other hand the interior part of the province is expected to return to warmer and drier conditions over the next few days which is a concern.” “What we have seen on the Wood Lake fire burning twenty kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs is that we are now at 40% containment.” Turcot says 31 of the fires currently burning across the province are human caused.

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Wyden secures backing for wildfire funding fix

KTVZ
August 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, secured a commitment Thursday from nine other senators from both parties to work together on a bipartisan solution to fix the broken system for funding wildfires when the Senate resumes regular business in September. Led by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Wyden and Crapo submitted a statement for the Congressional Record on the need to work together to find a solution to address budget concerns surrounding wildfire funding and fire suppression.

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Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work

Homeland Security Digital Library
August 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

This report documents the growth over the past 20 years of the portion of the Forest Service’s budget that is dedicated to fire, and the debilitating impact those rising costs are having on the recreation, restoration, planning, and other activities of the Forest Service. In 1995, fire made up 16 percent of the Forest Service’s annual appropriated budget–this year, for the first time, more than 50 percent of the Forest Service’s annual budget will be dedicated to wildfire. Along with this shift in resources, there has also been a corresponding shift in staff, with a 39 percent reduction in all non-fire personnel. Left unchecked, the share of the budget devoted to fire in 2025 could exceed 67 percent, equating to reductions of nearly $700 million from non-fire programs compared to today’s funding levels.

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Our View: Fund firefighting first, fight forest battle later

The Mail Tribune
August 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden is right about changing the funding for fighting wildfires. He’s right about easing the logjam over timber harvests, too. But he’s wrong to lump the two issues together in one bill that’s unlikely to pass the Senate. First the firefighting: Federal law provides for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for natural disasters such hurricanes and floods — but wildfires on federal lands ignited by lightning strikes and made worse by drought conditions don’t qualify. As a result, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management must pay for fire suppression out of their own budgets.

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Aggressive tactics nearly halve number of structures threatened by Stouts fire

The Oregonian
August 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters battling the Stouts fire near Milo southeast of Roseburg have decreased the number of structures threatened by the blaze from 300 to 163, officials said Sunday. The fire has burned through 22,051 acres of logging slash and timber since it broke out July 30. The fire is 35 percent contained and has 1,628 people on the fire lines. The cause remains under investigation. The cost so far to fight the fire is estimated at $16.8 million. …The fire is burning on private timberland, other tracts of private land, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Umpqua National Forest lands, officials said. It’s being managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Forest Service.

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Forester visits Sula fire sites on ‘Black Sunday’ 15th anniversary

NBC Montana
August 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SULA, Mont. – Fifteen-years-ago, a number of lightning strikes sparked multiple wild land fires in the south Bitterroot Valley. They called August 6, 2000, “Black Sunday.” The Valley Complex Fire burned 365,000 acres in the Bitterroot alone, changing much of its landscape, and etching into people’s collective memory, the fires of 2000. Since “Black Sunday,” Montana State University Extension forestry professor, Peter Kolb has been monitoring the terrain the fires left behind. Kolb took NBC Montana to his favorite overlook site to see the view of the mountainous south valley near Sula. It’s a kind of classroom.

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How dry is it? Sprinkler system set up in Olympic rain forest

KOMO News Network
August 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

QUINAULT, Wash. – In yet another sign of this year’s unusually dry, hot summer – a giant sprinkler system has been set up for the Olympic rain forest. Yes, you read that right. Fire officials, desperate to combat a wildfire that has been burning for weeks in a remote, rugged area of Olympic National Park, decided to try out something more than water drops from helicopters. So they set up a sprinkler system that is designed to boost humidity in the now bone-dry area, which normally receives well over 100 inches of rain a year and is considered one of the largest temperate rain forests in the world.

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New fire burning in Glacier National Park

The Missoulian
August 10, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Glacier National Park won’t escape fire season with just one blaze, as firefighters are working on a new fire that was spotted Sunday afternoon in the Thompson Creek drainage. The fire was first sighted around 3 p.m. Sunday and has grown to about 500 acres, said Ema Braunberger, public affairs officer with the Flathead National Forest. The fire is burning about a mile to the southeast of Mount Thompson, to the east of Lake McDonald. Braunberger said a single helicopter is currently working on the fire, and more helicopters have been ordered to assist in the firefighting operation.

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Firefighter fatally struck by tree while battling wildfire

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
August 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

VALLEJO, Calif. — A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was killed in the Lake Tahoe area after he was struck by a tree while battling a wildfire — the second firefighter killed in a California blaze since the summer wildfire season got underway, officials said. Michael Hallenbeck, 21, of Shingle Springs, Calif., was hit Saturday during the initial attack on a fire that broke out south of the Echo Summit mountain pass, the agency said in a statement Sunday. …”The grief we are feeling at the sudden loss of two of our firefighters … reminds us of the sacrifices these men and women make every day,” said Randy Moore, the agency’s Pacific Southwest regional forester. More than 10,000 firefighters have been dispatched to fight 20 wildfires burning in drought-stricken California.

Fallen US Forest Service firefighter’s father: It was his very first fire from KCRA

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Officials lift evacuations in Northern California wildfire

Associated Press in Herald and News
August 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. — All evacuations were lifted Saturday after cooler weather helped firefighters gain more ground against a Northern California wildfire that has forced hundreds of people from their homes. The blaze is 62 percent contained after sweeping through nearly 109 square miles of rural timberlands and brushy hills in Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties, Cal Fire said. Cooler weather overnight and relative humidity allowed fire crews to make progress and reinforcement, which includes 50 fire engines, sent to California from Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona helped relieve some fire personnel who have been working two weeks straight, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

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Mercury News editorial: Wildfires are disasters; budget accordingly

San Jose Mercury News
August 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

As dramatic wildfires rage across the West — especially California and Alaska — a familiar debate has erupted in the nation’s capital on how to pay the enormous costs of fighting them. Deciding which federal agency’s budget should cover firefighting might seem to be just a bureaucratic shuffle, but it’s not. It has a direct effect on California’s vulnerability to fire. The current, dead-wrong system takes the money out of forest management, and that money could be used to help prevent wildfires that are expected to only get worse in the coming years. The problem is that the federal budget does not treat relief from wildfire devastation the same as it does other disastrous events such as hurricanes and floods.

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Forest Fires Could Make California Wines Taste Like Salami and Wet Ashtrays

Munchies_ Food by VICE
August 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Terroir is a funny thing. In the Mediterranean Basin, the pervasive thickets of thyme, lavender, kermis oak, rosemary, and other shrubs are collectively called garrigue, and are known to impart an earthy or herbal flavor to wines produced nearby. In California, however, smoky notes may be on the horizon for the state’s winemakers. …One Sonoma winemaker told the Guardian, “It’s a really big concern for a lot of these vineyards who are near fires and all that smoke because for red grapes, where the skin is still used in the winemaking process, that smoke could potentially infuse and create abnormal flavors.” Not just potentially—it has in the past. In 2008, smoke from forest fires blanketed California’s Anderson Valley, imbuing the grapes grown there with “smoke taint” that ended up overwhelming all the other notes in the bottle a couple years later.

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Crews Fight Fire in Medicine Bow National Forest

K2 Radio Wyoming
August 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters from several agencies are battling a 76-acre blaze in the Medicine Bow National Forest, a spokesman said. “We had a new start yesterday on the extreme northern end of the Medicine Bow National Forest in the Laramie Peak area about a mile away from Curtis Gulch Campground,” Aaron Voos said Friday. “It’s in La Bonte Canyon, aptly named the La Bonte Canyon Fire,” Voos said. The canyon is in northeast Albany County. The Black Mountain fire lookout reported the fire Thursday afternoon. Winds last night pushed the fire to its current size. It stayed that size through Friday morning, he said.

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More than $10M spent on Glacier Park fire – and it could have been worse

The Missoulian
August 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

ST. MARY – The 2 1/2-week price tag for suppression efforts on the Reynolds Creek fire in Glacier National Park, believed to be human-caused, topped the $10 million mark Friday. Even as Going-to-the-Sun Road reopened and more firefighting resources were released, almost 300 personnel were still assigned and the size of the area burned increased for the first time in several days, to 4,311 acres. Agencies have spent $10.1 million fighting the fire, a figure officials have said would have been higher were it not for the fire’s proximity to St. Mary Lake, where helicopters have grabbed well over a million gallons of water to dump on the flames.

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Residents evacuated as Cave Junction wildfire spreads

AP in Longview Daily News
August 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Up to 40 homes have been evacuated just south of Cave Junction due to a fast-growing wildfire in the area. The Oregon Department of Forestry says the fire originated on the south side of the Illinois River and has recently jumped the river and grown to 40 acres in size. It is starting spot fires out ahead of itself. Illinois Valley Fire District spokesman Jason Bayless said the fire was reported at about 1:30 p.m. behind the Illinois Valley Airport and the Rough & Ready Lumber mill. Its cause is under investigation. Bayless said 125 structures are threatened by the fire; it’s unclear how many of those are homes. So far, he said, no structures have been lost to the blaze.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Thomson: Listen up, candidates: Mother Nature has a message for you

Edmonton Journal
August 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – One billion dollars. That’s how much insurance payments could reach this year for Alberta farmers hit by drought. We’re talking almost all of Alberta’s grain farmers — 80 per cent of them. And we have yet to add up the cost of the destruction caused by forest fires that grew so large, so numerous and so quickly this summer that we had to call in help from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa… You’d think Mother Nature is out to get us. And you couldn’t blame her. When it comes to these disasters, we are not just the victim, we are more than likely the culprit. Nobody can say for sure that any particular forest fire or flood or drought is caused by human-induced climate change, but these little bits of Armageddon are just what climate scientists are saying we should expect to see from global warming.

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Editorial: Biomass benefits

The Gainesville Sun
August 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

New regulations may make Gainesville’s much-maligned biomass plant into a far better bet. Last week, President Barack Obama unveiled regulations to cut carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. The plan calls for emissions from power plants to be reduced 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, leaving it to states to develop plans to meet those goals. If the regulations are implemented as proposed — and that’s still a big if, given the legal and political challenges they face — biomass should be a benefit to GRU, its customers and the city. The plan is an overdue step in efforts to address climate change.

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