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Business & Politics

Bonfire of volatilities: fallout from China’s contentious move to market-based economy

Business in Vancouver
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

In January, Russ Taylor was in China watching the price of B.C. lumber crash to the floor in response to record declines in real estate prices. “Every day we’d see lower prices, we’d see buyers in distress; it was just ugly,” the president of Vancouver-based International Wood Markets Group told Business in Vancouver. “Builders had stopped building, they’d run out of cash, the banks weren’t lending money, they weren’t able to sell their homes because sales were down, and the whole supply chain just started to shut down with log [and lumber] inventories piling up at the docks.” Taylor said he’d never seen lumber inventories that high, but the stockpile was to keep growing over the next four months.

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Election 2015: Candidates share economic strategies

Nanaimo Daily News
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Today marks the second in a series of questions posed to local candidates. Question: “What will you do to stimulate the economic activity on Vancouver Island?… Sheila Malcolmson, NDP… New Democrats have been calling for an end to the senseless export of raw logs for a long time. And we’ll end the Conservatives unconditional handout of billions of tax dollars to large corporations… Paul Manly, Green…As your Green MP… And finally, I will work to end raw log exports. We need to use our natural resources for maximum employment in value-added industries, and we must ensure that international trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement don’t take away our ability to do that.

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G&G Forest Products Has Relied on Woodland Equipment for Decades

TimberLine Magazine
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FLORENCE, Wisconsin – There’s nothing as self-motivating as being your own boss. That’s the way Lance Glime, owner of G&G Forest Products, Inc. sees it. Lance has worked full-time in the woods with his father, Mike, since graduating from high school. Lance operates a TimberPro TN725-B with Risley Rolly harvesting head, Mike runs the Komatsu 840 forwarder. Lance’s wife Sue manages the office and tries to keep them both in line. No day is trouble-free, of course. Yet across most of the 26-plus years he has been logging, Lance has had a strong partner in Woodland Equipment, Inc. in Iron River, Mich. Why? In addition to purchasing equipment from Woodland, Lance has been able to rely on Woodland Equipment during some trying times.

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Strong pulp mill odor hanging over Longview area

The Longview Daily News
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Longview’s air may stink like rotten eggs, but the pulp mill odor wafting around town this week poses no health hazard, according to the Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management. The stench originates at KapStone. It is from non-condensible gases from turpentine, which is part of the pulp and paper making process. The odor is irritating but nontoxic, DEM Coordinator Lori Hendrickson said. The levels are below the reportable quantity to be considered a health, safety or environmental concern, she said.

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Judge reviewing Miami Twp.-based NewPage acquisition

Dayton Daily News
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Oral arguments were held before a federal judge Monday on whether Verso Paper Corp.’s acquisition of Dayton-based NewPage Holdings Inc. was in the public interest. Judge Tanya Chutkan is reviewing the settlement agreement that the U.S. Department of Justice entered into with Tennessee-based Verso to allow the $1.4 billion acquisition, which closed in January, the Portland Press Herald reported. That agreement required NewPage to sell its paper mills in Rumford, Maine, and Biron, Wisconsin, to Catalyst Paper in order to prevent the new Verso from controlling too much of the coated paper market in North America.

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Rumford mill paper machine idled indefinitely

Business Sun Journal
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RUMFORD – Catalyst Paper announced Tuesday that its No. 12 paper machine at the Rumford mill will remain idle indefinitely. The machine, which manufactures coated paper used in catalogs and magazines, was shut down in May and over 50 workers lost their jobs. No more layoffs are expected, according to officials. When Catalyst Paper announced the temporary shut down in May, Rumford mill spokesman Tony Lyons said the resulting layoffs were “directly market-related,” and that the mill would be re-evaluating the situation throughout the summer. Following the announcement Tuesday, United Steelworkers Local 900 President Ron Hemingway said he still has hope that the No. 12 paper machine will run again.

Catalyst makes Rumford paper machine shutdown indefinite from The Bangor Daily News

Press release from Catalyst via Canada NewsWire Market Wire

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Former Simpson Mill Back Up for Sale

Building-Products
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor has placed the former Simpson Lumber mill on the Tacoma Tideflats up for sale, just five months after acquiring the property. The new owner shut down the facility May 22, after two months of struggling to make the relatively modern mill profitable amid falling lumber prices. The mill was among four Simpson properties Interfor purchased for $94.7 million. Built in 2000, the mill had been recently upgraded and had an annual capacity of 400 million bd. ft.—although it produced less than half that total in 2014. END OF STORY

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South Korean Market On Ice

Biomass Magazine
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…For now, the Canadian-Korea pellet trade is at a stand-still and really has been since this spring. The stoppage can be traced back by a decision by the Korean government to require a either FSC or PEFC chain-of-custody certification for all bids submitted to wood pellet tenders (basically an RFP). This caused a number of reactions including the issuance, Gordon tells me, of certificates that were later deemed to be fraudulent by some Vietnamese pellet producers (currently the largest supplier of wood pellets to Korea).

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Stirling-based forestry company Tilhill bought out

BBC News
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A leading forestry company based in Stirling has been bought out by a national timber group. Tilhill Forestry was established in 1948 and grew to become the UK’s largest forest management and timber harvesting company. It will now operate as a subsidiary of BSW Timber Limited, a Berwickshire-based firm which operates sawmills across the UK and in Latvia. Tilhill was previously owned by Finnish forestry giant UPM.  The firm will retain its previous management and directorship, with three new board members joining from BSW.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Prairie Wood Solutions Fair

Wood Works!
September 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A one-day educational event on wood products and construction. Early bird registration ends tomorrow at 5 pm. Register today for a chance to win our early bird prize – Architecture LEGO! Early bird registration ends at 5pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
The early bird prize winner will be announced on Thursday, September 3.

EVENT INFORMATION
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8am-5pm
Edmonton Expo Centre | Northlands, 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4X5
Cost: $50+GST (includes lunch and parking)

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Timber’s Transformation: An Old Building Material is Reborn

Metropolis
September 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

We ask: If the 19th century modern building technology was associated with steel and the 20th century with concrete, could the 21st be the century of “MCT,” mass construction timber?.. Stateside, the Boston Society of Architects recently featured Urban Timber, an exhibit showcasing innovative developments in wood technology and construction, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a $2M ideas competition for the design of tall wood buildings. Given all of this hoopla, one could assume that we are on the verge of a global timber revolution, yet the U.S. is lagging far behind our European neighbors. In fact, to date, neither the U.S. nor Canadian building codes explicitly recognize mass timber structural systems.

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Forestry

Cooper: Environmentalism to blame for Calgary’s smoky air

Calgary Herald
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last week, smoke from wildfires in Washington and B.C. reached Saskatchewan. Air quality in Calgary was worse than that of Beijing… Fire suppression, the triumph of Smokey Bear, has caused a huge problem of fuel loading. The result: too many, not too few, trees… Officials on both sides of the line have known for years about overstocked forests and the cause: a prohibition against human disturbance of the woods. Here is where things get interesting. The Sierra Club wants to end all logging on federal public lands in the U.S. Greenpeace has testified before the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (a malignant twin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that everyone needs to adopt “environmentally appropriate substitutes” for wood. But as Patrick Moore, who co-founded Greenpeace before they went goofy, noted: “no list of substitutes is provided.” Why not? Well, because there aren’t any.

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B.C. tree-faller certification questioned

24 Hrs Vancouver
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A study funded by WorkSafeBC is questioning the effectiveness of a certification program tree-fallers in B.C. have been required to pay for and obtain for nearly a decade, suggesting the certification process has had no effect to reduce injuries. Lead author Chris McLeod, an associate professor in the University of B.C. School of Population and Public Health, examined injury rates among manual tree fallers — those who use chainsaw equipment to take down trees — between 2003 and 2008. He was trying to examine injury rates before and after the B.C. Faller Training Standard was made mandatory in 2006 — some had participated voluntarily since 2004. What he found were no significant differences in the number of people getting hurt in an industry that regularly sees fatalities each year.

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Forest minister hears concerns

Williams Lake Tribune
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Predator management, timber supply, and human-caused fires were some of the discussions local stakeholders had with Steve Thomson, B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations when he visited the Cariboo-Chilcotin last week. Accompanied by Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, Thomson met with representatives of Williams Lake City Council, Cariboo Regional District, West Fraser, Tolko and local union representatives. He traveled to Redstone to meet with ranchers, and was also meeting with stakeholders in Lac La Hache and 100 Mile House. Thomson said the top topics have been current drought conditions, predator management, wildfires, fishing and fibre supply in the forest industry.

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WorkSafeBC sharing videos around the world

Journal of Commerce
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In less than a decade, WorkSafeBC’s video production has evolved from a handful of cassette tapes to tens of millions of views online. Gordon Thorne, manager of product and program development, said WorkSafeBC started out distributing videos in the form of VHS tapes out of a bookstore. The reach was limited. A study showed that after three years less than 800 tapes had been dispersed. In 2006, WorkSafeBC made the switch online to YouTube. “We saw an exponential jump in the number of people who were having access to our videos,” Thorne said.

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Comment: Wetter weather could spell danger for Walbran

By Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island campaigner with the Wilderness Committee
Times Colonist
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The rain that arrived last weekend was a welcome relief for the rivers and streams on Vancouver Island. But for one valley, the wet weather could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing… But it has also stalled industrial activity in the tinder-dry forests, including proposed clearcut logging in the ancient forests of the central Walbran Valley. The Walbran, which sits just a few hours west and north of Victoria in unceded Nuu-chah-nulth territory, contains some of the most spectacular and ecologically important old-growth rainforest in Canada. In May, the Wilderness Committee learned that this tract of thousand-year-old trees is under direct threat of destruction by logging company Teal Jones.

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The Sierra Club has become a front group for its donors’ financial interests (OPINION)

The Oregonian
August 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

One of America’s most respected environmental nonprofits has traded in one kind of green for another. Some of the Sierra Club’s board members and most important donors have put the almighty dollar before Mother Earth by encouraging the organization to engage in activities that bolster their bottom line. In a new report, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute reveals that many environmental activists benefit richly from their donations to the Sierra Club.

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The Federal Forest Service Has Built a Tinderbox

Insider Online Policy Ideas for advancing Liberty
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Wildfires are on pace to break some records for area burned this year. Climatic factors may explain the spike, writes Julian Morris, but we should look to federal land management practices to understand the rise in wildfire damage in recent decades. In particular, he points to the practice of suppressing all fires instead of allowing smaller, controlled burns to clear out fuel that accumulates in national forests. Morris explains: “In a dense forest full of diseased and dead trees, a lightning strike rises up the ladder created by the thick understory, reaching the crown. The resulting, explosive crown fire then spreads rapidly, especially in arid, windy conditions.” Reducing timber harvests has also increased the density of fuel in the National Forests, making them susceptible to uncontrolled fires…

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Time for real forest restoration, like closing roads, change grazing management

Letter by Pete Bengeyfield
The Montana Standard
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I read with interest the editorials on forest management in Thursday’s paper. Man, if that’s the level of discourse on the subject, we sure haven’t learned much in the last 50 years. Rep. Zinke seems to think that mismanagement of the Forest Service timber program has let our forests unravel to today’s condition. That somehow we could have logged our way out of this. Bull. Today’s forests are a product of 90 years of fire suppression, coupled with a warming climate that no longer kills beetles in the winter and allows them to spread faster in the summer. And, more importantly, some combination of these factors has occurred on every acre of national forest out there. Problems of this scale can’t be solved with logging.

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Stouts Creek fire starter could be looking at a multimillion-dollar bill

The Oregonian
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD — Forestry officials say a potential multimillion-dollar claim against the Douglas County resident believed to have accidentally started the Stouts Creek fire is still under consideration. Though no one expects to collect anything close to the cost of the fire — currently estimated at more than $36 million — the state will pursue damages in cases involving negligence or criminal conduct. Kyle Reed, a fire prevention specialist for the Douglas Forest Protective Association, says fire officials determined that the suspected fire starter, whom they have declined to identify, was using a lawnmower in violation of fire season equipment restrictions when the blaze began July 30. “The cutoff time (for using the mower) was 1 a.m. and the fire started at 1 p.m.,” Reed says.

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Ninth Circuit Establishes Standard for EPA Policy Reversals

The National Law Review
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The past few years have seen an increase in the federal executive branch launching significant policy initiatives. While some of these policy initiatives may continue regardless of who holds the presidency, others may change depending on policy views. …Kake involved a national roadless lands policy (the Roadless Rule), which would limit timber harvesting and construction of roads in inventoried “roadless areas.” The Roadless Rule was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the very end of the Clinton administration. In its original 2001 Record of Decision (ROD), the USDA concluded that the Roadless Rule should include the Tongass National Forest in Alaska because the failure to include this area could occasion “the loss of important roadless area [ecological] values.” 

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Put foresters to work

Letter from Jack Hay
Dalles Chronicle
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This last week Sen. Merkley announced that he is sponsoring a bill to fully fund fire fighting. He is concerned about the fires in the west but hasn’t he heard that we are $18 trillion in debt and going up? We can’t keep spending money. #Instead of throwing more money at the problem, why not put people back to work in the forest? Start up the saw mills…Why not clean up the load of wood fuel that is clogging and ruining the forest environment. Stop destroying fire access roads and rebuild them. Allow greater pasturing of wooded lands with cattle, sheep and goats to clean up areas.

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Clallam commissioners closer to forming timber reconveyance committee (with audio)

KONP.com
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

(PORT ANGELES) Commissioners in Clallam County are moving closer to establishing a committee that will look into the re-conveyance of trust lands to the county. County commissioners want to form a Trust Lands Advisory Committee that will specifically work for ensuring that the DNR is fulfilling its obligations of Trust Land to taxing districts within Clallam County. Commissioner Jim McEntire explains what the Commissioners hope to see from the committee….Arrearage of timber harvest is proving to be a hard figure to pin down
with the DNR. Commissioner Bill Peach said the DNR has not brought
forward any up to date figures that show what the county junior tax
districts are owed over the last ten years.

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Drought And Beetle Infestation Killing California Forests

Capital Public Radio
August 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Aerial surveys around the state show more than 20 million dead trees so far this year. The drought has a partner in crime – the pine beetle. If this deadly combination continues it could drastically change California’s forested landscape. To understand the impact of the drought in the Sierra Nevada forests, one need only visit Al Anderson’s 800-acre ranch in Mariposa County. Loggers are busy cutting down dead trees on his property. Anderson says over the last two years, he’s watched his trees die. “We took out more than 40 loads in April and May and we thought we pretty much had it,” says Anderson. “Then, the day after the loggers left, we noticed more trees were dying.”

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Flake praises 4FRI, disappointed in Good Earth Power

Arizona Daily Sun
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake praised the collaboration between local and state governments and the federal government on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative during a visit to Flagstaff Tuesday. He didn’t give the entire initiative glowing reviews, though, saying he was frustrated with the lack of progress by primary project contractor Good Earth Power and the lack of access to timber on U.S. Forest Service lands. Flake was in the Flagstaff area Tuesday to tour Newpac Fibre in Williams, check on Good Earth Power’s mill and forest thinning operations east of Williams, speak with Flagstaff City Council, and lunch with APS and members of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce.

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Major forest acquisition aims to reduce wildland fire, increase water supplies

Scientists to test forest restoration techniques and restore forest health
The Folsom Telegraph
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the wake of massive wildfires across drought-stricken California, the American River Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy and Northern Sierra Partnership announced the acquisition of 10,115 acres of forest in the fire-endangered Sierra Nevada. Now protected, this massive watershed—referred to as the American River Headwaters—will serve as a living laboratory for scientists to test how forest restoration could reduce the risk of mega-fires and increase the state’s dwindling water supply while improving wildlife habitat. The property will be owned by the American River Conservancy and the restoration and research activities will be implemented in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

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Field day stresses importance of forest management

The Chadron Record
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The northern Panhandle is no stranger to devastating wildfires. Preventing extensive damage from fire, insects and disease was the focus of the annual statewide Forestry Field Day hosted by Chadron State Park. The Deadhorse Fire in 1973 and the 1989 Fort Robinson Fire served as wake-up calls for those working in forest management, said Mike Groenewold, a park horticulturist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In the aftermath of those fires, Chadron State Park began a selective harvesting program…. …Fire plays an important role in the ecosystem, but human habits have changed fire behavior as land use as shifted, said Dr. Derek Scasta from the University of Wyoming. European settlement introduced a different type of grazing and introduced fire suppression to the ecosystem, changing plant structures.

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Statewide forestry inventory results released

By Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Communications
Suwannee Democrat
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the results of an inventory of Florida’s nearly 17 million acres of forestland. The study, led by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service, evaluated the distribution, availability, ownership and sustainability of Florida’s timber resources. Florida’s forestry industry employs 80,700 Floridians and infuses $16.3 billion into the state’s economy.

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Royal Forestry Society expands teaching programme

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has expanded its successful Teaching Trees project into the East Midlands and the National Forest from the start of this academic year (September 2015).
Horticulture Week
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The move is phase one of a planned expansion across the country. It has been made possible following an appeal to RFS Members and others which raised more than £60,000 to fund the expansion Nicki Jempson, a former primary school teacher from Market Bosworth, has been appointed RFS’s first Teaching Trees Education Officer for the East Midlands. She has taught for 24 years and will be delivering the free sessions from the RFS’s Battram Wood near Ibstock, in the National Forest. She said: “Working in the outdoors with children is incredibly rewarding – for them, as well as for teachers. It often brings children who might otherwise be reticent in a classroom setting, out of themselves.

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Trees covering an area twice the size of Portugal lost in 2014, study finds

Palm oil plantations are devouring forests rapidly worldwide, with west Africa becoming the new hot spot for tree loss
The Guardian
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Trees covering an area twice the size of Portugal were lost worldwide in 2014, according to an analysis which shows west Africa is becoming a new hotspot for tree cover loss. Demand for palm oil, used in everything from margarine to shampoo, is blamed for four west African states featuring in a list of 10 countries where the rate of tree loss has accelerated fastest since the millennium. Globally, 18m hectares were lost last year due to both manmade and natural causes, satellite data published by Global Forests Watch shows. Researchers at the US-based World Resources Institute (WRI) who analysed
the data said they were surprised by the west Africa finding.

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Enigma of the trees that resist wildfires

BBC News
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Spanish scientists Bernabé and José Moya couldn’t believe their eyes. More than 20,000 hectares of forest were charred. But in the middle of the devastation, a group of cypresses was still standing tall and green. When a fire swept through an experimental plot in Andilla, in the Spanish province of Valencia in 2012, it gave researchers the perfect opportunity. The plot, which was part of CypFire, a project financed by the European Union, was established during the 1980s to test the resistance of more than 50 varieties of Mediterranean cypress to a pathogenic fungus.

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Forest Fires

A summer of fire, smoke, ash and climate change

Troy Media
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quathiaski Cove, BC – Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned, along with hundreds of homes. Firefighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding. 

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Rock Creek fire 100 per cent contained; high winds still expected in area

Castlegar Source
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s been almost three weeks since the Rock Creek fire flared up, sending campers fleeing from the Kettle River Provincial Park, and forcing hundreds of residents to leave their homes.  Today, the good news has come in that the Rock Creek-Westbridge fire is 100 per cent contained at 4,417 hectares.  According to the BC Wildfire Service, crews are continuing to work on hotspots inside the perimeter, patrol the area and mop up the fire boundary. They are also recovering some of their equipment.  In a release, the Service said a scan is scheduled for this morning.

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Showers help ease Island forest fires

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

Rainy weather over the past few days has helped forest-fire crews around B.C., including those at the Lizard Lake fire near Port Renfrew. The human-caused fire has been burning for close to three weeks about 11.5 kilometres northeast of Port Renfrew and 27 km southwest of the Town of Lake Cowichan. The Pacific Marine Road between the two communities was closed as a result of the fire, but reopened last week. The rain has helped get the fire to a point where it is 90 per cent contained, said Donna MacPherson, a fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre. “It certainly helped,” she said. “It meant the crews could make better progress.”

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Saving structures

Alberni Valley News
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While close to 450 hectares of forest on Dog Mountain have gone up in flames, only one cabin was destroyed thanks to the efforts of six Comox firefighters. Considering the 21 cabins located within those 450 hectares, Comox Valley fire Chief Gord Schreiner is calling his crew’s mission a success. “We got here Sunday (July 5) afternoon,” said Schreiner. His crew is a six-man team from the Comox Valley Fire Department that spent a week installing sprinkler units on homes at risk of burning in the Dog Mountain blaze. “The Comox Fire Department started one of the first structural protection teams on the Island,” said Schreiner. While he’s the fire chief for the town of Comox, he was in the Alberni Valley last month on behalf of the provincial office of the fire commissioner.

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Wildfires have now burned a massive 8 million acres across the U.S.

The Washington Post
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

As of Tuesday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 8 million acres have burned in U.S. wildfires in 2015. 8,202,557 of them, to be precise. That’s an area larger than the state of Maryland. And the numbers are still growing: 65 large fires are currently raging across the country, particularly in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. That includes three Washington state fires or fire complexes that are larger than 100,000 acres burned. As of this writing, the United States remains at wildfire preparedness level 5 — the highest level — where it has been since Aug. 13. There are only six other years that have seen more than 8 million acres burned — 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004 — based on National Interagency Fire Center records that date back to 1960.

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Firefighters strengthen lines around Canyon Creek fire as calm weather holds

By Stuart Tomlinson
The Oregonian
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews Tuesday continue to strengthen fire lines on the Canyon Creek fire, as calm weather boosts efforts to reach full containment. “Everything is good,” said Susan Garner, U.S. Forest Service fire information officer. “It’s a bit cooler, with no big winds.” Garner said back-burning efforts will continue within the bulldozer and hand lines that firefighters have established over the past several days on the fire burning south of John Day. Bulldozer lines around spot fires that were blown by 50-mph winds on Saturday are also near completion. Those high winds pushed the fire downhill from timber into grassland, threatening homes on the south side of Prairie City, 13 mile east of John Day.

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Cool weather moderates western Montana fires

The Missoulian
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

TARKIO – Firefighters made strong progress at the West Fork Fish Creek fire on Tuesday, with helicopter water drops checking its western spread. A crew of 204 on the ground was able to build control lines along the northern and eastern edges of the 12,283-acre fire west of Missoula, while protecting numerous buildings near the Clearwater Crossing trailhead. Mandatory evacuation notices remain in place for cabins and homes along the West Fork Fish Creek Road south of Big Pine Fishing Access. Those with urgent need to visit their homes can make arrangements through the fire’s incident command center by calling (406) 822-9004 between 10 and 11 a.m. or 6:30 and 7 p.m.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Unilever launches deforestation ad ahead of UN Climate Change conference

Global Cosmetics News
September 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Advertising agencies David Buenos Aires and Olgivy & Mather London have created a one-minute advertisement aimed at drawing attention to the issue of deforestation on behalf of Unilever. The spot, titled Farewell to the Forest, will launch ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change and features an uprooted tree journeying from the perilous rainforest, where 36 football fields of forest are destroyed every minute, to the relative safe haven of the city… However, critics of the Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant may well level ‘greenwashing’ accusations at the company who has been attacked for itsrecord on sustainability and deforestation in the past.

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Swedish pulp company invests $7 million in biomass boiler

Biomass Magazine
September 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Waggeryd Cell in Sweden has invested 60 million SEK ($7.1 million) in a biomass boiler in order to replace liquid propane gas (LPG)with bioenergy as energy source for the flash dryer. The ground work is just about to start. The mounting of the boiler will begin during March 2016 and the start-up is scheduled for September. The mill’s emission of fossil carbon dioxide will be reduced by 85 percent. Waggeryd Cell produces bleached chemi-thermomechanica softwood pulp (CTMP) and since start-up in 1989, the whole production has been flash dried using LPG as heat source.

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