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Business & Politics

Canada should seek for new export markets, as the Softwood Lumber Agreement expires

IHB The Timber Network
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada needs to step up efforts to build new markets for softwood lumber as the country’s biggest customer, the U.S., shows little interest in renewing a trade agreement that expires on Oct. 12, a report from the Canada West Foundation (CFW) says. Without a Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) in place, western Canada’s lumber industry is vulnerable to punishing tariffs from the U.S., a country which buys two-thirds of our softwood exports.  According to CFW, Canada can ease the impact of any such action by redoubling its efforts to build markets in Asia. It broke into China, for example, and while that market is cooling, opportunities are arising in Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. The report suggests Canada might even be able to take a bite out of the market in Mexico, which imports much of its lumber from the U.S.

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Opinion: If the softwood lumber agreement falls in the forest…

By Naomi Christensen, special to the Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Sun
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s softwood lumber trade agreement with the U.S. expires one week before the Oct. 19 federal election, yet almost no one seems to be talking this long-contentious issue. We ignore it at Western Canada’s peril. Not having a softwood lumber agreement leaves Canada vulnerable to punishing tariffs at the whim of the protectionist U.S. industry. In spite of this risk, there is little alarm as the end of the current SLA nears, because Canada will not immediately feel the effects of living without the pact. A clause in the agreement prevents the U.S. from legally slapping tariffs on Canadian lumber imports for a year, as it has done off and on for more than 120 years.

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Inland port near Ashcroft would reduce truck traffic, save farmland: report

Vancouver Sun
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The terminal, which received its first containers from Hapag-Lloyd this week, has been in the making for more than a decade. Funded primarily by the Landucci family, with a $3.57-million grant from the federal government, the terminal is expected to offer an inland port for some of the 60 freight trains, including every car heading to and from Metro Vancouver, that now pass through the site each day. …Lumber from the West Fraser mill in 100 Mile House, for instance, could be trucked to Ashcroft, loaded on rail and taken directly to a terminal to be shipped overseas. Right now it’s hauled by rail to Metro, trucked to lumber storage and eventually hauled to a terminal, which takes two to four trips.

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West Fraser celebrates 60th anniversary Sept. 12

Williams Lake Tribune
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser’s two divisions in Williams Lake are celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary with a community event. On Saturday, Sept. 12 the company will host a full afternoon of activities for the whole family at the Cariboo Memorial Complex and Boitanio Park. “It will be an opportunity to celebrate with our employees and the community,” said plywood plant manager Dave Walgren and sawmill manager Jordan Townsend. Presently there are 175 employees working in the sawmill and 350 working at the plywood plant in Williams Lake.

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Lumber companies try again to force boost in Oregon timber sales

Reuters
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Lumber companies have filed a new lawsuit seeking to increase the amount of timber sold from public lands in Oregon, after an appellate court dismissed an earlier case on standing grounds. The companies, represented by Mark Rutzick, sued the U.S. Interior Department on Monday, arguing that the agency had not offered to sell the amount of timber required by the federal Lands Act in six Oregon districts.

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Domtar to draw down Nepco Lake for maintenance

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Domtar will begin a draw down of Nepco Lake on Sept. 8 to complete scheduled maintenance on the embankment and related items, according to a media release from Craig Timm, manager, regional public affairs. Water will be drawn down at a rate of approximately 6 inches per day and the water level will be lowered 2 feet, according to the release. The water level will be slowly brought back to a normal level by early October, according to the release.

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Catalyst Paper to indefinitely idle coated paper machine at Rumford

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The difficult market environment for coated papers has led Catalyst Paper to the decision to indefinitely idle its PM 12 at the Rumford mill. Catalyst Paper will indefinitely idle the coated paper machine PM 12 at its Rumford mill in Maine. The machine has already been standing still since 20 May and the company now said it would not restart again. According to Catalyst Paper, this decision is fully market-related. North American paper markets continued to be challenging with a decline in demand for coated paper, the company explained. “This is a difficult, but necessary decision that supports Catalyst’s commitment to align mill operations and production with market demand,” said Joe Nemeth, the company’s President and CEO.

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Special meeting slated in hopes of enticing new forest products firm

Crawford County Avalanche
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Crawford County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting to consider a resolution in hopes of luring a huge forest products firm to build a new plant in the area. The special meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, when the county board will be asked to approve a resolution in support establishing a Forest Products Processing Renaissance Zone. Crawford County Treasurer Joe Wakeley said Aleece Hodges, the economic and community development coordinator, from the Northeast Council of Governments (NEMCOG), is requesting the resolution as part of an application that will be submitted to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

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British imports of softwood lumber increase by 8%

EUWID
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

British imports of rough-sawn and planed softwood lumber increased by 8% in the second quarter vis à vis the comparative quarter of the preceding year to 1.418m m³. Of this figure, according to Eurostat, 1.242m m³ of lumber – representing an increase of 4% – was acquired from EU countries. Due to the below-average increase, however, calculated as a proportion of imports as a whole, a decline by three percentage points was recorded to 88%. Imports from Sweden and Latvia increased by 6% to 612,681m³ and 5% to 209,741m³ respectively.

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RusForest to develop harvesting operations in Ust-Ilimsk

Pulp and Paper News
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, announces plans to develop harvesting operations in its Ust-Ilimsk forest lease areas. The Company has been reviewing the best options for its Ust-Ilimsk forest lease areas after the divestment of the old sawmill and certain forest leases in the Ust-Ilimsk area in 2013. The Company has recently been subcontracting forest lease areas in Ust-Ilimsk for harvesting by third party. While the subcontracted volumes have been successfully increased, pricing levels limit the level of profitability on such activities.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Port Angeles port commission candidates share economic development ideas in forum

Peninsula Daily News
September 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — The Port of Port Angeles should establish an economic development zone to foster new businesses in Clallam County, port commission candidate Mike Breidenbach said Tuesday. …He also advocated attracting timber mills that would manufacture cross-laminated timber (CRT) components. Cross-lamination is one type of so-called mass-timber products that also include laminated veneer lumber and laminated strand lumber. The technology produces superstrong wooden columns, beams and trusses. Although a CRT mill could cost $60 million to build, Breidenbach said, Port Angeles is surrounded by 2 million acres of harvestable timber. 

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Wood Questions, Curious Answers

Green Building and Design
September 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Can wood and tape change the world? The people betting on wood frame construction to achieve Passive House standards seem to think so. When the developers of ZIP System sheathing, tape, and insulation-backed R-sheathing asked builders questions, they found smarter ways of making sustainable, high-performance buildings more achievable—and more cost-effective. …All of which is driving the development of new building products. This includes ZIP System sheathing and tape, manufactured by Huber Engineered Woods LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina. The maker of engineered wood products introduced the product for roof and wall applications in 2007. Designed to deliver a unique combination of ease-of-installation, moisture resistance, and air leakage protection, the system is made up of an engineered wood sheathing panel with a built-in weather-resistant barrier that eliminates the need for housewrap in wall applications

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Australian wood building looks up

Global Timber Forum
September 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

It’s a story of inwards and upwards in Australian construction – and wood-based building is benefiting, reports John Halkett.  Development is focusing increasingly on urban centres and other development hubs. Apartment building is growing fastest and constraints on space in these construction focal points is resulting in more multi-storey projects. And an increasing number of mid-rise apartment blocks are wood showcases, with timber specified for its aesthetics, construction flexibility and all-round performance, as well as its environmental credentials. …One of its leading exponents, Canadian architect Michael Green, is proposing 30-storeys and above and he says we have the technology in engineered or mass timber products and systems to build this high now.

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Forestry

Comments invited on proposed land use objectives order

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comments are being accepted until Nov. 6, 2015, on the proposed Land Use Objectives Order for the Cranberry Sustainable Resource Management Plan area. Public feedback on the order will be considered prior to implementing the order. The Cranberry SRMP area is approximately 205,120 ha. in size and is located in the western portion of the Kispiox Timber Supply area. The order will legally establish some of the land use objectives in the plan that must be adhered to by all major forest licence holders operating in the area. The draft land use order addresses many resource values including First Nations cultural heritage resources, freshwater ecosystems, landscape biodiversity and wildlife habitat.

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B.C. is failing on forestry

RAY TRAVERS, RPF (RET.)
Vancouver Sun
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Stewardship plans fail to offer enforceable results: report, Aug. 20 The August 2015 B.C. Forest Practices Board report left no doubt that Forest Stewardship Plans on our vast public lands are failing. Strong, corrective action is needed. A 2006 Forest Practices Board report noted lack of enforceability and low quality of Forest Stewardship Plans. In this 2015 report, the board found “there has been no improvement.” The province must amend this forest legislation to require long-term forest stewardship on public land. Then, responsible provincial forest managers could monitor, using performance ratios, to answer the following questions.

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Two University of Victoria students design tree-planting robot

Victoria Times Colonist
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two University of Victoria students have invented a tree-planting robot they hope will help restore B.C. forests following this season’s wildfires. Nick Birch, 29, and Tyler Rhodes, 22, spent the past several months designing the TreeRover. “There is going to be a big replenishing effort at some stage down the road and it would be neat if the TreeRover could be scaled up then,” said Birch. …The TreeRover uses compressed air in a pneumatic system to plant the seedlings. In its current form, it can hold 10 seedlings at a time. “It uses a hollow spike that punches into the earth and the nose of the spike opens a cavity in the earth that allows the seedling to drop down. …Birch and Rhodes plan to raise funds using the Indiegogo website, in hopes of scaling up the project. Donors can have a tree planted in their name. 

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B.C. tree-planting: $265 million project in jeopardy as drought saps seedlings

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


One of the largest tree-planting exercises in B.C. history is in jeopardy due to drought. Many in the know are worried because the newly planted trees — roughly the size of two toothpaste tubes stacked together — are vulnerable to the parched conditions. This year’s planting is one of the largest on record, with 265 million seedlings worth about $265 million, and comes as record dry conditions impact particularly the southern parts of B.C. There is anecdotal evidence that thousands of year-old seedlings have succumbed to the unprecedented conditions. “Some of our main local customers are seeing areas of heavy mortality,” said Jody Branter, nursery manager at PRT Hybrid in Pitt Meadows, a large commercial grower.

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UBC Forestry seeking trees with DNA to survive climate change

CBC News
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A search is underway at UBC for tree seedlings with the DNA to thrive under rapidly changing conditions, with the aim of better preparing B.C.’s forests to withstand climate change. B.C. experienced the driest summer on record this year, and experts say loose soil and brittle root systems may have contributed to the tree wreckage that destroyed homes, crushed cars and toppled power lines throughout the province during the weekend windstorm. But the drought is just one of many recent and unusual events tied to climate change that is challenging the health of our forests, said Sally Aitken, professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC. Aitken said researchers have recently witnessed a resurgence in the mountain pine beetle, spruce beetle, drought dieback and other tree diseases. 

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Woodworkers could benefit from Vancouver storm

Canadian Press and BC Local News
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

….The Vancouver Park Board estimates at least 500 trees came down in parks and along boulevards during the Saturday storm, with large canopied trees such as maples, among the losses. The park board says chunks from several huge cedars will be donated to First Nations artists, but that still leaves plenty of wood that must be piled and removed. Park board chairman John Coupar says several coveted species of hardwood are available. He says everyone is welcome to remove wood from boulevards and use it as they wish, although chainsaws shouldn’t be used on public property. Any wood still remaining on city property will be chipped. 

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BC Forestry Museum movie series explore all aspects of forests

Revelstoke Times Review
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Interior Forestry Museum is putting on an outdoor movie night series starting this Friday, September 4. The four-movie series looks at all aspects of the forest industry and forest ecology, from firefighting to tree planting. “It is clear Revelstoke cares about their forests. One thing I’ve learned in the five wonderful years I’ve worked at this museum and forest discovery centre, is there is so much diversity to the knowledge on the topic of forestry,” says Anna Minten, the museum’s operations manager, in a news release. “This series of films was chosen to further local knowledge of the industry and our forests, to spark conversation, and to stimulate a deeper understanding of all aspects of the industry.”

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Budworm Tracker program studies insect’s spread

Two teens and their mother help scientists track outbreak as it heads east
CBC News
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A family in eastern P.E.I. spent their summer taking part in a project looking for the destructive spruce budworm. Liam Kelly, 14, his brother Cameron, 11, and their mother Kelly Conway are part of a program called Budworm Tracker. The $18 million federal project is tracking the insect using citizen scientists in six eastern Canadian provinces and Maine. The last outbreak of the spruce budworm on P.E.I. was 35 years ago. But already millions of hectares in Quebec have been destroyed in the current outbreak and the budworm is heading east. The insect feeds on the needles of balsam fir and spruce trees, often killing large areas of forest.

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‘Always on the go,’ Coos Bay forestry pioneer Estella Morgan makes lasting mark on hometown

The Oregonian
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Talk to anyone who knew Estella Morgan and they’ll gush with superlatives about a dynamic woman who made a lasting mark in the Coos Bay area where she was born. They will tell you about a woman who, as a recently widowed young mother, studied forestry at the local community college and broke into the field 30 years ago when women were a rarity in the industry. They will tell you about a woman who rose to be a leader in the Bureau of Land Management, known for her exacting standards and reliability in evaluating federal timber as the Coos Bay District’s lead cruise appraiser.

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Prince of Wales offers first all-young-growth timber sale

KRBD Ketchikan FM
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber sales on the Tongass National Forest have been the center of controversy for some time. One argument is over how costly timber sales can be when managed by the Forest Service using tax dollars. Another area of contention is the act of cutting down century-old trees. The Forest Service on Prince of Wales Island and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are working on a plan to help ease tensions by changing rules and selling younger timber. …The first 9-acre slice of it, called Little Buck, already sold to a small, local buyer named Good Faith Lumber. The larger chunk, or Big Buck, is still relatively small at about 50 acres, but Huddleston-Lorton says Secretary Vilsack and the USDA are very interested in the outcome. Huddleston-Lorton says the USDA has been strongly encouraging a fast transition to young growth timber.

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Klamath Forest RAC seeking applicants

Herald and News
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Klamath National Forest is seeking members to serve on the Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), a committee that recommends projects for funding to federal land managers. The 15-member group represents a cross-section of county communities, industries, schools, environmentalists and local government. RAC members solicit, review and recommend projects that meet the following objectives: Enhance forest ecosystems; Restore and improve the health of the land and water quality; and Protect, restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. Projects must show a clear benefit to public lands. Many of the projects are located on National Forest lands in Siskiyou County, but a majority are on private lands.

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Two new District Rangers on Bitterroot National Forest

Bitterroot Star
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tami Sabol is the new Stevensville District Ranger and has only been on the job for a few days. Born in Portland, Oregon, she graduated from the University of Montana in 1996. After graduating she went to work for Plum Creek Timber Company. As senior forester she managed the Lolo and Potomac timber lands, doing procurement and bidding on timber sales. When the company took a hit during the recession in 2009, she went to work for the Bureau of Land Management in Miles City and Billings for three years. She then went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in Missoula, working in the timber program at Seeley Lake, Nine Mile and Missoula ranger districts. Her last job involved a stint in the Washington D.C. office.

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Harvey calls for fast logging

Baker City Herald
August 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Even as wildfires continue to smolder, Baker County Commission Chairman Bill Harvey is looking toward the future, and he believes the top goal now should be salvaging burned timber. And time, Harvey said, is already running out. “If we don’t get salvage logging, all that timber out there is going to go to waste,” he said. “We only have a two-year window of opportunity to salvage.” Harvey has in the past argued that public forests in Baker County and elsewhere in the West have too many trees and were vulnerable to wildfire. The events of August, during which more than 150,000 acres burned in Baker County, including thousands of acres of forest, have infuriated Harvey.

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Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth

Associated Press in The Missoulian
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WASHINGTON — More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it’s also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes. A United Nations-affiliated youth group had a goal of planting one billion trees and Yale forestry researcher Thomas Crowther was asked if planting that many trees would do anything to help combat human-made climate change. Trees capture and store heat-trapping carbon dioxide. Crowther said first he had to figure out how many trees are on Earth and that number was far more than anyone expected: 3.04 trillion trees, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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How a devastating forest fire revealed a tree as close to fireproof as a tree can get

Washington Post
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Moya brothers were tree experts — one was a botanist, the other an environmental engineer. But they were also tree lovers. So when a fire raged through an experimental plot of trees they were studying in the summer of 2012, their hearts sunk. “On our way to what we knew would be a Dante-esque scene during that tragic summer, we felt deep sadness at the thought of losing a plot of such value to the conservation of biodiversity,” Bernabé Moya, the botanist, told the BBC. Indeed, their 50,000-acre plot in Andilla, Spain looked like something out of “Inferno.” Vast expanses of oaks, pines and junipers had been reduced to ash and rubble. Once-verdant hillsides were gray-brown and barren.

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Forest Fires

Firefighting fleet

Castlegar News
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

With so many fires this summer, the Castlegar Airport has been buzzing with the sounds of helicopters and airtankers as they fight to keep the flames at bay. Though there is usually one Electra airtanker, one bird dog, and two helicopters stationed out of Castlegar, now there are over 20 helicopters a day, depending on deployment, and even more planes, including a fleet of air tractors (parents and Pixar enthusiasts might recognize these as being similar to Dusty from Planes).

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Firefighters contain forest fire in Kennetcook area

Chronicle Herald
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest fire that blackened five hectares in Hants County on Wednesday morning is considered contained and under control, the Natural Resources Department said Wednesday evening. The fire was reported on Rhines Road near Kennetcook on Wednesday morning, department spokesman Bruce Nunn said. Volunteers with the Kennetcook fire department and four other brigades worked with Natural Resources Department firefighters from Bible Hill to bring the blaze under control. A Natural Resources helicopter was also called to drop water on the fire.

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Data, Analytics Help Fight Forest Fires

Information Week
September 3, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

Cameron Tongier of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Branch spoke with InformationWeek from his temporary office near a fire line in Idaho. He’s one of several front line wildfire managers we spoke with about the long arc of data analysis that leads up to daily situation reports for wildfire managers. …To fight these fires, government agencies use aerial tankers, vehicles of all descriptions, shovels and pulaskis — and serious data analysis. Data about wildfires is gathered from a wide range of sources and includes real-time reporting, satellite imaging, and historical data. Data modeling tools and fire simulators are essential in guiding firefighters on the frontlines of today’s fires, as well as in predicting what the future holds.

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Cooler weather, rain should dampen western Montana fires into the weekend

Helena Independent Record
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Cooler temperatures and rain will hit western Montana starting today, tempering wildfires burning in much of the region. Highs through the rest of the week and into the weekend will be about 15 degrees below normal for this time of year, National Weather Service meteorologist Travis Booth said Wednesday. One-half to one inch of rain is predicted to fall by Sunday morning. “The cooler temperatures … and the wetting rains on top of the fires will certainly slow the fires down,” Booth said from his office near the Missoula International Airport. The front comes as fires in the region have already begun to slow and firefighting crews have made progress against several larger complexes, though evacuations remain in effect for hard-hit areas.

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Human-Caused Fires Strain Resources In The Northwest

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Ninety-seven large wildfires have burned on 1.5 million acres across Oregon and Washington this season. Of those fires, 43 were started by lightning. At least 12 were human-caused, but dozens more remain under investigation. And some of Oregon’s largest fires this year were caused by people. The Stouts Creek Fire in southern Oregon was ignited by someone mowing grass during prohibited hours. The County Line Two Fire on the Warm Springs Reservation started when a recreational vehicle towing a trailer lost a wheel, sending sparks for miles into dry grass along Highway 26. Last weekend, a 200-acre fire at Cove Palisades State Park near Culver was ignited by charcoal briquettes that weren’t disposed of properly. That fire destroyed two homes.

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Enviros: Don’t blame us for roasted timber sales

Hungry Horse News
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Two environmental groups claim they’re not to blame for timber sales that burned up in fires near the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan sued the Forest Service and lost on appeal in their challenge of the Spotted Bear River project and the Soldier Addition project. Both sales were designed to thin forests near Spotted Bear and Meadow Creek and provide merchantable timber….But the two environmental groups claim their lawsuits didn’t delay the timber sales. They note the courts never granted an injunction they asked for to stop the timber sales.

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Cooler weather aids firefighting efforts in Pacific Northwest, but danger still lurks

The Oregonian
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Though firefighters have a better handle on the more than two dozen wildfires still burning throughout the Pacific Northwest, the danger remains “very real.” “Now is not the time for folks to let their guard down,” said Tom Fields, a fire prevention coordinator for the Oregon Department of Forestry. “While the small amount of rain was a welcome relief, we are far from putting this fire season to bed.” Twenty-five large wildfires continue to burn thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington, down from 27 last week.

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Klickitat logging industry shut down due to wildfire danger

Hood River News
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The state Department of Natural Resources shut down Klickitat County’s logging industry last Wednesday, Aug. 19, in response to the extreme wildfire conditions that exist throughout the county. The notice of a move to Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 4, the highest level, affects almost all of eastern Washington’s forested areas, and is believed to be the first time in more than 20 years that DNR has had to take such a drastic measure. IFPL 4 is a general shutdown of forests, and all industrial forest activities, such as timber harvesting and road construction, are prohibited. “The move to Level 4…is based on extreme fire danger across the eastern half of the state,” the DNR said in a press release dated Aug. 19. “DNR sets IFPLs to manage wildfire risk from industrial forest activities…”

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How We Fight Wildfires (good video)

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire can burn more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s more than twice as hot as the surface of Venus. Its flames can reach more than 50 meters high. Wildfires can get so big that they create their own weather systems, with hurricane force winds. On the ground, the average wildfire moves twice as fast as the average person can run. How do wildland firefighters tame such an inferno?

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Wildfires around Lake Baikal are ‘close to catastrophic’, say WWF

But is climate change to blame, or local officials who went on vacation instead of fighting fires?
Siberian Times
September 2, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

The WWF has expressed concern at the wildfires now raging across Siberia, and called for a radical rethink from the authorities to prevent future carnage. But the director of monitoring and prevention at the Ministry of Emergencies pointed to irresponsible officials who, he alleged, chose to go on holiday rather than battle the summer wildfires. ‘It’s the result of a multitude of factors, natural and artificial alike,’ said Viktor Klimkin. ‘It hasn’t been raining in some areas, the summer has been very dry and hot.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Flying trees: Tribes part of renewable energy work

Valley Journal
September 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

RONAN — Leftover tree parts from logging operations usually end up as piles of useless ash, but academic researchers and tribal forestry officials hope that recent projects will result in less waste and a possible energy market for local forest products. Alaska Airlines hopes to fly a jet with biofuels produced by processing trees from the Flathead Reservation and other parts of the Pacific Northwest by 2016. Jim Durglo, head of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Forestry department, said the Tribes recently contributed several tons of fuel to the jet fuel project, which is spearheaded by the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance.

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