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Business & Politics

Lumber Company Fined $48,000 After Machine Crushes Worker’s Arm

Ontario Ministry of Labour
August 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DRYDEN, ONTARIO – Following a trial, McKenzie Lumber Inc. has been found guilty and sentenced to a fine of $48,000 after a worker’s arm was crushed by an industrial log-sawing machine. On March 12, 2013, workers were on the McKenzie Lumber Inc. worksite at 120 Mills Road in Hudson, Ontario (near Sioux Lookout), using an industrial saw machine that cuts round logs into board lumber. The machine’s master control panel contains the lock-outs for the electrical and hydraulic systems; a field control box is used to open and close the ‘clamshell’ which contains the saw towers as well as the machine’s side canters (the side canters grip the logs in place).

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Rentech reports delays at Atikokan, Wawa pellet plants

Biomass Magazine
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Aug. 11, Rentech Inc. released its financial earnings for the three and six months ended June 30, reporting a revenue increase compared to the prior year period, but combined output, losses for its Canadian pellet plants worse than expected. Keith Forman, president and CEO of the company, said “Combined output and losses for the Canadian pellet plants are worse than we expected due to significant problems in the material-handling equipment installed at the Wawa facility and the need for some corrective actions at Atikokan.”

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Monument to Garfield Weston to be built along Ottawa River

Ottawa Citizen
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It has taken more than four decades, but a new statue should appear on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River next year commemorating the late tycoon Garfield Weston’s role in the pulp and paper industry in the National Capital Region. …Weston, who died in 1978, became president of George Weston Ltd. on his father’s death in 1924 and turned it into one of the world’s largest food conglomerates, acquiring an estimated 2,000 firms on five continents. In 1943, Weston bought the E.B. Eddy Company, a major employer in the capital for more than a century, from its owner, R.B. Bennett, a former prime minister of Canada.

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Bosley mill explosion: HSE finds ‘dust issues’ at blast site

BBC News
August 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Enforcement notices have been served by safety inspectors at the site of a fatal mill explosion due to “dust issues” in buildings left standing. Four people are believed to have died in the blast in Bosley, near Macclesfield, on 17 July. The Health and Safety Executive said the notices related to sheds containing equipment at Wood Treatment Ltd (WTL). In a statement last week, WTL said it “could not predict” when the destroyed factory would be operational again. A prohibition notice has been served preventing work in one area, with a further improvement notice served for a different area.

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Australia’s oldest saw mill finds itself on the chopping block

Small saw mill in the Mid North left pining for a plan to restore the nearby forests and its commercial prospects.
ABC News, Australia
August 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Trees from the nearby Wirrabara Forest Reserve and Bundaleer Forest Reserve – a combined 10,000 hectares of forest – are brought in to the Morgan Saw Mill in Jamestown every day to be fed through heavy circular saws, leaving behind a small mountain of wood chips. The timber heads out again each day, cut and trimmed, in the form of anything from wooden pallets to patios. It may not be the largest, but the operation is the oldest commercial mill in the country, one that employs up to 60 people as permanent staff and supports four other businesses in the region around the small South Australian town.

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CTU wins second forestry private prosecution

New Zealand Scoop
August 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The employers of 19 year old forestry worker Eramiha Pairama, Puketi Logging, were today found guilty of a charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act relating to his death in 2013. Specifically that Puketi Logging failed to take all practical steps to provide Eramiha with a safe working environment and particularly to ensure that he was not exposed to the dangers of the work he was being expected to manage on his own. …CTU President Helen Kelly said “Eramiha should not have died at work. He was inadequately trained, unsupervised, and had not been provided with adequate safety briefings. He simply should not have been left to work alone that afternoon. He was killed in 2013 along with 10 other workers in the forestry sector.”

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Wood pulp exports from Russia increased by 10.9 per cent

Pulp and Paper News
August 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Wood pulp exports from Russia increased by 10.9% during the first six months of 2015, according to Lesprom Network citing Federal Customs Service of Russia. However, the volume of Russian exports of newsprint for the reporting period amounted to 573.4 thousand tons, 4.9% lower than a year earlier. Exports of wood pulp from Russia increased by 5.1% in value and amounted to $524.4 million; exports of newsprint decreased by 27.5% to $237.2 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Good lumber starts with solid foundation

The Alberni Valley News introduces a new monthly column, Shop Talk, by woodworking expert Michael Kampen. Michael is the resident woodworker and manages the CNC Shop at Westcoast Home Hardware.
Alberni Valley News
August 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

You can purchase lumber that has been dressed on all sides but the cost of this additional processing is reflected in the higher price. Purchasing your lumber as rough 4/4 stock allows the greatest flexibility and the lowest cost but you will require some machinery to prepare it. When working with solid lumber, success for any project requires stock that is flat, straight and which has the faces, edges and ends are square to each other. Any joinery or gluing up of panels will be dependent on how well you prepared your stock initially and you cannot cover up shortcomings at this stage later in the process. The machines you use and the order you use them is critical when preparing rough lumber. Remember the acronym FEE: this stands for Face, Edge and Ends.

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USDA Builds Model Home with APA Engineered Wood Group

Woodworking Network
August 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

LOCKPORT, IL – The Inside View House, now under construction with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory and the APA Engineered Wood Association by Beechen & Dill Homes, shows how OSB can be part of design plans to replace some joists and studs, among other wall and floor framing methods that save energy, speed installation, and reduce waste. The new home, a Keystone model by Beecher & Dill, is under construction in suburban Chicago and has become a learning tool for builders, architects, and code officials to experience and observe new more efficient framing practices. Co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory and APA.

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Pioneering factory assembled social homes ready in just three weeks

Scottish Housing News
August 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Fully assembled social homes are ready to leave the factory for Highland tenants after just three weeks of construction work… Believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland, the social housing project delivers fully assembled buildings which are ready for tenants to move into on delivery to site. …Over a number of years we developed the concept of modular, timber based social housing using CLT, cross laminated timber, a material used widely abroad but less so here in Scotland. …These innovative one-bedroomed units are built to a high quality, easy to install, extremely well-insulated making them inexpensive to heat. They can be built more quickly and to higher quality than traditional homes as they are built at the factory and then transported to site – saving both in time and material wastage and hence cost. 

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Forestry

Landowner awaits harvesting plan

Powell River Peak
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shareholders of PRSC Limited Partnership were informed that stipulations have to be met before Island Timberlands can harvest its trees on PRSC lands. At the Thursday, August 6 Powell River City Council meeting, Councillor Russell Brewer said Powell River Waterfront Development Corporation had asked for an update on Island Timberlands’ plans for harvesting trees it owns on two PRSC properties. A letter in response to the request for an update had been received from PRSC, which is a joint venture between the waterfront development corporation and the Sliammon Development Corporation governing the properties it purchased from Catalyst Paper Corporation.

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Tool shows where cities need trees most

TreeHugger
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Urban tree mapping has become a popular thing and for good reason. Studies have shown that not only does living near trees make our bodies healthier thanks to cleaning the air around us, but they also make us happier and less stressed. They also cut down on the heat island effect and provide needed shade for kids and older people. These are all things that city leaders would want for their residents.

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Where is our sense of urgency?

Sierra Star
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An excellent question was asked of fire officials at one of the public meetings concerning the Willow Fire – “What can we do to prevent another Willow fire?” I believe creativity, teamwork, cooperation, and lots of hard work are the only hope for our local communities of preventing large forest and brush fires since commercial removal of trees and brush are not an option like they were in the 1980s. Here are some ideas for our county leaders, Cal Fire, and the Forest Service to think about: Madera County could offer cash rebates to Mountain Area residents who purchase chippers, chain saws, weed eaters, and portable sawmills from local participating merchants. Madera County could streamline permits for those who want to operate portable sawmills.

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BLM extends comment period on controversial plan

Curry Coastal Pilot
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal agency is giving the public extra time to review its sweeping new resource management plan for timber harvest, source water production and recreation in Oregon’s forests, but that isn’t likely to satisfy two Curry County officials with concerns about the document. The Bureau of Land Management’s plan would examine, and potentially revise, the current harvesting policies for several districts in Western Oregon — including the Coos Bay district, which encompasses Curry County. Commissioner Susan Brown recently expressed concern about the potential change in policy with harvesting of O&C (Oregon and California) lands. According to Brown, the change in plans could decrease the acreage of O&C lands available for harvest.

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Can Federal Lands Save Schools?

Payson School Board member advocates state takeover
Payson Roundup
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Shirley Dye, Payson Unified School District board member, thinks as Governor Doug Ducey does — the Arizona State Land Trust should pay for schools and she would like the school board to support her position. But Dye has taken it a step further; she actively advocates the state take over the federal government lands in Arizona and put them to use for schools. …Dye believes if mines, lumber companies and ranchers start making money and paying taxes, the state budget would have enough to fully fund the schools. Currently, Arizona ranks near-last on per-student spending on schools.

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Two forests creating one plan to guide land uses

Great Falls Tribune
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service is rewriting a forest plan for the gradually consolidating Lewis and Clark and Helena national forests that will include a wilderness inventory with the final plan guiding recreation and land uses in the two forests for decades to come. It’s similar to a city zoning document, only for the forest, and takes a 30,000-foot view of forest management rather than making site-specific decisions, said Erin Swiader, forest plan revision team leader. “What do we want to see this forest look like in the next 10, 20, 30 years?” she said. Ten public meetings were launched Monday to take public comment.

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Dying California forests offer a glimpse into climate change

Experts say effects could be worse in Canada
CBC News
August 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forestry researcher Nick Ampersee chops into the pine with his axe and removes a slice of bark. The inside looks as though it has been slathered with white-out. “Mycelia,” he says. “That’s a fungus. It usually weakens the tree and then something like a bark beetle will finish the tree off.” Another researcher cuts into a different tree with her knife and shows me what looks like a couple of over-boiled grains of rice. “We are dealing with some weevil activity here at the base,” she says. The tree doesn’t have long to live. Every year over the last decade and a half, the U.S. Geological Survey has descended on Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California to give 17,000 trees a physical. But in a growing number of cases, what’s starting off as a check-up is turning into an autopsy.

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Atchley named acting Forest supervisor

Rapid City Journal
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kevin Atchley has been named the acting Forest supervisor for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands (NNFG) beginning in July through October, when a permanent forest supervisor is selected. He is the second acting forest supervisor since the departure of Jane Darnell in February. Atchley is the district ranger at Canyon Lakes Ranger District at the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado. On the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, he has dealt with the Mountain Pine Beetle effects, large fires, a rare mountain tornado, and a large flood.  

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Once and for all

Ketchikan Daily News
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Go get ’em Alaska. Southeast has been up; it’s been down when it comes to the roadless issue. It’s down again as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by one vote removed the Tongass National Forest’s exemption to the roadless rule this summer. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was in town over the weekend, acknowledged the only way to end the see-saw effect is to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court. She isn’t alone; Alaskans are saying it, too, and communities in the region are likely to encourage the Walker administration to do it.

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Wendell Wood, longtime ‘environmental conscience,’ dies while hiking in redwoods

The Oregonian
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wendell Wood, long active in the Oregon environmental community, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 11, after collapsing while hiking in the California redwoods. Sean Stevens, the executive director of Portland-based Oregon Wild, reported the news via email: “It is my sad duty to inform you that Wendell Wood passed away yesterday. …With a degree in wildlife management and biology, this former biology teacher worked for Oregon Wild in its earliest days, laboring for years, sometimes without pay, to help get the organization running.

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Legislation to Encourage Youth Loggers and Truckers

WAGM TV 8
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Aroostook County – U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine has partnered with the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine to develop legislation to assist the logging industry in Maine and across the country. The proposed legislation, the ‘‘Securing America’s Next Generation of Safe Loggers and Truckers Act,’’ was introduced in Congress by Congressman Poliquin, will help family logging companies sustain themselves for future generations. The bill will amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to allow 16 and 17-year-old children to be employed by their parents in certain logging operations and would also lower the minimum age requirement for the operation of commercial motor vehicles across state or international borders.

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South Korea: New names chosen for native plants

BBC News
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

While all plants have internationally recognised scientific names, their everyday descriptions can vary by country. The Korea Forest Service says it has identified more than 4,000 plants that it wants to rename, many of which include a reference to the peninsula’s former colonial ruler, Japan. The changes are being made to mark the 70th anniversary of Korean independence, the Korea Herald reports. Some of the plants already assigned new English names include the Japanese flowering cherry, which becomes the oriental flowering cherry, and the Japanese red pine, which is now the Korean red pine.

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Derry forest competes for ‘Woodland of the Year’ award

Derry Now
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Judges from the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Forestry Awards have visited Learmount Forest in the Park area of Co Derry. The forest is one of over 30 applicants across Ireland competing for the coveted prize of being named, ‘Woodland of the Year’. The Awards are designed to recognise community woodlands which have been developed and managed in a way which is of significant benefit to the landscape, biodiversity and local people. Owned and managed by Forest Service, Learmount Forest covers 118 hectares of the foothills of the north Sperrin Mountains and provides an important educational and recreational resource for the rural village of Park and surrounding areas.

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Logging activists fined despite their surveys revealing flaws in the law

The Age Australia
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three environmental activists have been fined for surveys they carried out in a logging coupe in East Gippsland, though the state government conceded it needed to bolster timber harvesting rules following the activists’ report. The activists from the Goongerah Environment Centre are facing fines of $440 each for entering the coupe in late April, which they say they will likely fight in court. After surveying the region the group prepared a report alleging the state-owned timber corporation VicForest had illegally logged protected rainforest on the Errinundra plateau in the Bendoc State Forest, which is near the NSW border.

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APP to clear plantations to restore peatlands

Mongabay
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In a notable shift away from business-as-usual in Indonesia’s plantation sector, forestry giant Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) will undertake ecosystem restoration in 7,000 hectares of commercial timber plantations, converting acacia back to native peatland species as part of a broader peatland management program. The move, announced at a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday, represents the next step in APP’s efforts to reform its forest management practices, which were long a target of criticism by environmental groups. More importantly, the initiative could have far broader implications in Indonesia by establishing best practices for peat management and pressuring the government and other private sector players to curb ongoing destruction of peatlands across Sumatra, Borneo, and New Guinea.

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Forest Fires

Wildfire smoke leads to eastern Fraser Valley air quality advisory

Smoke likely coming from wildfires in Washington state and California, says Metro Vancouver
CBC News
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Metro Vancouver has issued an Air Quality Advisory for eastern parts of B.C.’s Fraser Valley, including Hope and Agassiz, because of wildfire smoke that may cause health problems for infants, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. The smoke means there’s a higher level of fine particulate matter, which are particles small enough to be inhaled deep into the lungs and cause health issues in some people, including those with diabetes and heart disease. Those people should stay inside, in a cool, air conditioned space if possible, said Geoff Doerksen, an air quality planner with Metro Vancouver.

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Drought takes toll on B.C. rivers, land

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in the Nanaimo Bulletin
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Water use restrictions, inland fishing closures and a close watch on the warming Fraser River continue as drought conditions extend into a fourth month in B.C. The Fraser River discharge at Hope measured 31 per cent lower than normal Aug. 10, with the temperature at 19.2 C, one degree higher than average. The Canada-U.S. Fraser River Panel projected a temperature of 20.4 by Aug. 16, with all commercial salmon fishing closed in Canadian waters regulated by the panel. The B.C. government extended stage four drought restrictions to the Okanagan region, allowing local officials to suspend water licences depending on stream conditions. …BC Hydro has also asked customers to reduce electricity use to maintain reservoir levels as dry weather continued in most of the province.

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Fast-growing wildfire burning between Port Renfrew, Lake Cowichan

Times Colonist
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews are fighting a forest fire about 20 kilometres from Port Renfrew near Lizard Lake that grew Wednesday from just five hectares to over 135 hectares. “We think that number is low, but there’s so much smoke in the area they can’t really see,” said Donna MacPherson, fire-information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre. The fire crossed the Pacific Circle Highway that connects Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan, leading to a closing of the road. “We closed it at two kilometres south of Lake Cowichan and at the Lizard Lake location,” MacPherson said.

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Lawmakers Push New Way To Fund Fight Against Wildfires

Associated Press in Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

A bipartisan effort seeking to change the way the country pays to fight disastrous wildfires has been renewed after stalling repeatedly from lawmakers hesitant to approve letting firefighting agencies use dollars meant for natural disaster rather than money set aside for fire prevention. Over the years, firefighting agencies have been forced to borrow money set aside for forest thinning and other fire prevention projects as wildfire seasons have ballooned in activity and costs. Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon announced Wednesday that they are getting ready to pitch bipartisan legislation to Congress this fall.

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Firefighters gain some ground as wildfire in Northern California expands

AP in Times Colonist
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOWER LAKE, Calif. – Firefighters battling a wind-stoked blaze that has forced evacuations gained ground even as the blaze burned through bone-dry rugged hills in two Northern California counties. About 2,000 firefighters took a stand against the flames Wednesday, some of them lighting backfires along a road as plumes of black and white smoke rose into the sky. Most had been reassigned from a massive fire nearby that charred 109 square miles, but was 95 per cent contained after destroying 43 homes. “We made great progress and that allowed us to move those resources and personnel” said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Raging Thompson fire closes some Glacier National Park trails

Helena Independent Record
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — The perimeter of the Thompson fire in Glacier National Park now encircles a basin big enough to hold metropolitan Kalispell after an explosive run between Monday and Tuesday. “There was some activity today with high temperatures and low humidity,” Glacier spokeswoman Katelyn Liming said Wednesday afternoon. “We expect to see some increase in acreage. It’s moving east and it’s close to the Continental Divide. We’re really working to keep it west of the divide.” Liming said a Type 2 management team was taking over responsibility for the fire Thursday, which should bring more firefighting resources to bear. However, she added that the steep terrain and high fire activity makes it unsafe for ground personnel to operate there.

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Umpqua National Forest closes rec sites, ODOT closes highway due to fires

The Oregonian
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service officials shuttered recreation areas in the Umpqua National Forest on Wednesday, while the Oregon Department of Transportation closed 12 miles of Oregon 230 due to smoke from two wildfires. The Mount Bailey Trail, Silent Creek Trail and Horse & Teal Lake Trail, all located near Diamond Lake, were closed due to current wildfire conditions in the Umpqua National Forest on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades, east of Roseburg. The emergency closure also applies to the Hemlock Cabin, Mount Thielsen Viewpoint on Oregon 138, Mount Bailey trailhead and Silent Creek trailhead. 

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Editorial: Congress should pass wildfire spending bill

The Bend Bulletin
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Let’s stop letting forests burn down. More than 44,000 acres are burning in Oregon as of Tuesday. The Rocky Fire in California is bigger than all those in Oregon put together. Wildland firefighters worry they are seeing larger fires. Hotter fires. They devour lives, wildlife habitat, homes and watersheds. Congress could have done something about this. There have been proposals around for years that would change how wildfires are fought. It wouldn’t be about different firefighting techniques. The bills — backed by Oregon legislators — would have overhauled how the fire money is spent.

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Dozens of homes evacuated in wildfire path in eastern Oregon

Idaho Statesman
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BAKER CITY, ORE. — Dozens of homes in a rural area south of Baker City have been evacuated in the path of two growing wildfires in eastern Oregon. Officials at the Baker County sheriff’s office and the Bureau of Land Management say people who live in a rural community and surrounding ranchland were told to leave Wednesday afternoon and evening. Fire officials say the Windy River Fire was moving quickly to the northwest because of high winds. The fire burning in steep rocky terrain had grown to about 9 square miles by Wednesday evening. Another fire nearby has burned about 23 square miles. Further to the east and north on the Oregon-Idaho border another fire has burned more than 300 square miles.

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Weather may help slow forest fire near Mount Adams

Yakima Herald Republic
August 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


YAKIMA, Wash. — A forest fire burning southeast of Mount Adams more than tripled in size Wednesday to more than 5,000 acres. Cooler weather today could help, but it also brings the danger of more lightning storms, which could ignite more fires. Smoke from the fire and others is drifting into the Yakima Valley, where authorities warned it was unhealthy enough in places to cause problems for young children, the elderly and those with asthma. The Cougar Creek Fire, which is burning in the southwest corner of Yakima County, about 9 miles northwest of Glenwood, is one of five large, uncontained fires burning in the state. Those fires are stretching firefighting resources thin across the state, the state Department of Natural Resources warned Wednesday.

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Chambers Mill Fire closes Territorial Highway

KVAL
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LORANE, Ore. – Fire crews are on scene of the growing Chambers Mill Fire south of Lorane that started Wednesday evening. The fire has closed Territorial Highway approximately 3.25 miles south of Lorane and motorists are advised to avoid the area. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the fire is estimated to be 60 acres. The road is blocked to accommodate for firefighting equipment and personnel. The fire started on the east side of the roadway in dry grass. It quickly spread east up a hillside and into private timberlands. Part of the affected area is Weyerhaeuser timberland.

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California is battling yet another dangerously explosive wildfire — the Jerusalem Fire

The Washington Post
August 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The good news is that the Rocky Fire, by far California’s biggest and most dangerous fire so far in 2015, is now more than 80 percent contained — after having consumed more than 69,000 acres north of San Francisco. The bad news is that another large fire so close to the Rocky Fire that the two have nearly touched — the Jerusalem Fire — has now also exploded in size. It’s currently at 20,500 acres and just 16 percent contained, up from just 6,000 acres on Monday. The fire essentially doubled in size from Monday to Tuesday, and then grew still more to reach the current 20,500 acres. That’s reminiscent of the Rocky Fire which, as Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant put it, performed an even more dramatic maneuver, burning 20,000 acres in just five hours.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EIA short-term outlook highlights bioenergy production forecasts

Biomass Magazine
August 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power generation sector will decrease by 2.6 percent this year. Conventional hydropower is expected to decrease by 9.9 percent, with nonhydropower renewable power generation expected to increase by 4.5 percent. Total renewables consumption for electric power and heat generation is forecast to decrease by 4 percent this year and increase by 7.6 percent next year. The U.S. is expected to generate 117,000 MWh per day of electricity this year from wood biomass, down from 118,000 MWh per day last year.

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The Bio-Massters: If You Build It, They Will Cut and Cut and Cut

Counter Punch
August 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Generating biomass energy doesn’t result in more logging, according to the biomass industry, whose spokespersons claim facilities only make use of “waste” wood already coming from existing logging operations. Ron Kotrba, Senior Editor for Pellet Mill Magazine, wrote in the May/June 2015 issue that biomass is the “most unlikely of the forest products to drive the general practice of forestry in the U.S.” …Chris Matera, director of Massachusetts Forest Watch, a grassroots forest advocacy group based in Northampton, has long warned that “wood fueled biomass energy will add tremendous pressure, and further degrade already stressed forests.”

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The UK is building the world’s largest biomass plant – and it will be fed by US forests

Inhabitat
August 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Plans have been announced for a construction project that will result in the world’s largest biomass plant in the United Kingdom. The Tees Renewable Energy Plant (REP) will be located in the Port of Teesside, Middlesbrough and it will have a capacity of 299 MW. The plant will produce enough renewable energy for its own operations while supplying power to commercial and residential utility customers in the area by burning wood pellets largely sourced from American forests. Similar to other biomass power plants in the UK, the Tees REP will burn wood pellets and chips sourced from forest lands in the United States and Europe.

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