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Business & Politics

Canfor: Sharp fall in result in the lumber division

EUWID
September 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Notwithstanding higher delivery volumes, Canadian Canfor showed a decline in the operating result of Can$74.1m to only Can$5.1m in the Lumber division in the second quarter. Canfor had already seen a much smaller fall of 14.4% in the previous quarter. In contrast, turnover generated with lumber business in the second quarter increased by 10% to Can$676.0m, after there had already been turnover growth in the first quarter of 30.5%.

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Raymond James Trims Canfor Target Price to C$29.50

Dakota Financial News
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raymond James decreased their price objective on shares of Canfor (TSE:CFP) from C$35.00 to C$29.50 in a report issued on Thursday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. The brokerage presently has a “strong-buy” rating on the stock. Raymond James’ price objective indicates a potential upside of 53.97% from the company’s current price. Shares of Canfor (TSE:CFP) traded down 0.10% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $19.14. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 117,152 shares. Canfor has a 52-week low of $18.75 and a 52-week high of $31.93. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $23.15 and a 200-day moving average price of $25.23. The company has a market capitalization of $2.56 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.31.

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Raymond James Lowers Conifex Timber Price Target to C$8.00

Dakota Financial News
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stock analysts at Raymond James reduced their target price on shares of Conifex Timber (CVE:CFF) from C$9.50 to C$8.00 in a research report issued on Thursday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. The firm presently has an “outperform” rating on the stock. Raymond James’ price objective would indicate a potential upside of 61.62% from the company’s current price. CFF has been the subject of several other reports. RBC Capital reduced their price target on Conifex Timber from C$10.00 to C$9.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Saturday, July 18th. National Bank Financial dropped their price objective on Conifex Timber from C$9.50 to C$8.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, August 7th. Finally, CIBC upgraded Conifex Timber to a “sector outperformer” rating in a research note on Friday, May 15th.

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Then & Now: Iconic lumber outlasts economic ups and downs

Kelowna Capital News
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the Okanagan’s largest employers, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. has thrived throughout multiple fires, industry changes and an increasing scarcity of raw material. And one big reason for that business longevity is due to the dedicated work of its employees. It’s a story well known all over the Okanagan: A menacing fire broke out in Glenrosa in 2009, quickly ravaging the mountainside and charging toward the Gorman Bros. sawmill, where 400 families were dependent on the mill’s continued operation. When the evacuation order came, every employee on staff the day the fire broke out, disobeyed. Mary Tracey, daughter of mill co-founder Ross Gorman, says that the mill employees worked well into the night and the following day, keeping the fire away from the sawmill along Highway 97.

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Catalyst appoints new mill and corporate leadership

Canada Newswire press release
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst (TSX: CYT) today announced the appointment of Walter Tarnowsky as Vice President & General Manager of the Port Alberni mill and Graham Kissack as Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility. Both appointments are effective October 1, 2015. Walter, who joined Catalyst in 2000, brings to his new role more than two decades of pulp and paper industry experience. Most recently, Walter was Catalyst’s Director, Paper Mill Productivity, responsible for paper machine quality and productivity. He holds a B.A.Sc. (Chemistry/Energy and Fuel Science).

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Northern companies win safety awards

Northern Ontario Business
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A pair of Northern Ontario companies has been recognized by Workplace Safety North (WSN) for leading the way in health and safety practices. Kidd Operations-A Glencore Company, of Timmins, and Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., of Richards Landing near Sault Ste. Marie, picked up three of the four President’s Awards. Kidd was recognized for mining, while Fleming was a double recipient, receiving accolades in the forestry and small firms categories. ACCO Brands Canada Inc. of Mississauga was recognized in the paper, printing and converting category. Each year, Workplace Safety North (WSN) — Ontario’s occupational health and safety association for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors — recognizes Ontario workplaces that have a strong safety culture. 

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New Meinan Lathe Line Installed at Columbia Forest Products’ Production Facility in Hearst, Ontario

$15 million investment completes the conversion of all of Columbia Forest Products’ North American core-peeling activities to Meinan’s state-of-the-art peeling technology.
Benzinga
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Greensboro, NC – There has been palpable excitement along with tremendous activity this summer as crews of engineers, electrical technicians, installation laborers and technicians from Japan have collaborated on installing Columbia Forest Products’ newest Meinan lathe line – this time at Columbia’s plant in Hearst, Ontario. Columbia’s interest in finding the hardwood plywood core peeling system that delivers the world’s absolutely best quality peel, thickness tolerances and recovery available took Columbia engineers and executives halfway around the world to Japan, where Meinan peeling systems are engineered and fabricated. Andy Frei, lead engineer and project manager for the Hearst installation, noted, “The attention to detail on this system is so high that the entire 200 ft. long lathe line was assembled, tested and disassembled in Japan prior to shipping to Canada.”

Top-notich peeler arrives in Hearst from The Northern Ontario Business

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Boat Harbour cleanup begins with study request

Northern Pulp to shut Boat Harbour waste treatment plant in 2020
CBC News
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government is looking for someone who can study the pulp mill waste treatment plant in Boat Harbour. The province has issued a request for proposal for a hydrogeological study and a geotechnical and contaminant assessment. Labi Kousoulis, minister of internal services, says the assessments and test will help planners better understand surface and groundwater flow, topography and the condition of the basin. “This is a big cleanup,” he said.   The data obtained from this study will be used in a trial cleanup and will “give us the information we need to understand what the entire
cleanup and remediation will be,” said Kousoulis.

Nova Scotia seeks study of Boat Harbour contaminants from The Chronicle Herald

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Valmet to supply a tissue production line to Resolute Forest Products in the United States

Valmet Forward
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has selected Valmet’s Advantage NTT tissue production technology and Valmet’s automation solution for the new facility it is building in the United States to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. The new machine will be installed at the company’s mill in Calhoun (Tennessee), and start-up of the tissue production line is planned for early 2017. The order is included in Valmet’s third quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. “We are very proud to work with Resolute on this important project, and we will deliver first-class tissue technology to their state-of-the-art facility,” says Soren Eriksson, Director of Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

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Strong pulp mill odor dissipates from Longview

The Longview Daily News
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Longview residents can finally heave a stench-free sigh of relief. The strong pulp mill odor that emanated from the KapStone mill earlier this week has dissipated. By Wednesday, Longview Fire Chief Phil Jurmu said the department didn’t receive any complaint calls about the odor, which was that of non-condensible gases from turpentine. The gases are created during the pulp and paper making process. Their accompanying odor is irritating but nontoxic, Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management Coordinator Lori Hendrickson said Monday. The levels were below the reportable quantity to be considered a health, safety or environmental concern, she said.

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Insider Buying: Adrian M. Blocker Acquires 3,550 Shares of Weyerhaeuser Stock

Watch List News
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY) SVP Adrian M. Blocker bought 3,550 shares of Weyerhaeuser stock in a transaction on Monday, August 31st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $27.99 per share, for a total transaction of $99,364.50. Following the acquisition, the senior vice president now directly owns 26,347 shares in the company, valued at approximately $737,452.53. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

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KapStone files restraining order against union

The Longview Daily News
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A judge Tuesday granted KapStone a temporary restraining order aimed at keeping the peace along picket lines. “The strike has become violent and threatening at … the two main gates used for entering and exiting KapStone’s Longview box plant,” the company’s attorney wrote in its complaint filed in Cowlitz County Superior Court. Judge Stephen Warning granted KapStone a limited, three-day restraining order. He’ll hold a hearing Friday on a KapStone request to limit the union to two pickets on either side of a mill-employee gate on public property.

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Interfor to Take Market Related Downtime in US South

Stockhouse
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

INTERFOR CORPORATION today announced plans to reduce production across its operating platform in the US South by 20 percent on a temporary basis in response to weak market demand.  The curtailments will be taken by way of reduced hours at five of the Company’s mills in the region and will remain in place until market conditions dictate otherwise. “Prices for Southern Yellow Pine lumber have fallen by 27 percent since the beginning of the year as available supply has outstripped product demand in the region,” said Duncan Davies, Interfor’s President & CEO. “This action will help bring Interfor’s production and the needs of our customers back into balance. It will also help to keep inventory levels in check as we move into the fall.” 

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Patrick Industries Buys North American Forest Products for $85 Million

Woodworking Network
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ELKHART, IN — RV wood components manufacturer Patrick Industries purchased North American Forest Products Inc., which manufactures softwood products, along with its subsidiary North American Moulding, for $85 million. The move allows the Elkhart, IN-based company to expand its market share as well as product lines. “The acquisition of North American marks one of the largest acquisitions in our history and represents a seamless fit with our other operating entities, manufacturing expertise, and customer relationships,”said Todd Cleveland, president and Chief Executive Officer of Patrick.

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Arkansas Laminating closing Magnolia production facility with loss of 50 jobs

Magnolia Reporter
September 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Arkansas Laminating – the former Unit Structures – is closing after three years of operation. About 50 people will lose their jobs at the company on Shanhouse Drive. Magnolia attorney David Butler, one of the owners of ArkLam, confirmed the pending closure in a brief email to magnoliareporter.com. There was no immediate word on any sale of the business to a new owner or on the disposition of its equipment. The company manufactures and markets custom engineered laminated wood (southern pine and Douglas fir) products, including arches, beams, columns, trusses, 2-inch by 6/8-inch wood roof decking, and a variety of structural components. ArkLam or Unit Structures laminated beams are found in office buildings, barns, schools, churches, parks and many other locations across the United States. 

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Timber Business Booming Throughout Northeast Florida

Associated Press in ABC News
September 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The towering grove of century-old longleaf pines surrounding Roger Ward’s family home is a rare site in this verdant swath of north-central Florida — most pines here are cut and processed for profit as soon as their 15-to-18-year growth cycle is complete. The demand for timber worldwide is booming and this remote section of Florida, along with other timber-growing regions of the southeastern U.S., are benefiting. Dozens of lumber mills and pine straw, bark and wood pellet processing plants have sprung up in north Florida to take advantage of the unique soil composition, lengthy growing season and warm, moist climate in which pine trees thrive. In a state where undeveloped real estate quickly gives way to neighborhoods, strip malls, hotels or amusement parks, this timber-rich part of Florida is unique.

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One of Scotland’s largest Christmas tree farms up for sale

September 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

One of Scotland’s largest Christmas tree farms has gone on the market. Property agents Savills are inviting offers in excess of £3.2 million for the Maviston Christmas Tree Farm in Nairn, Morayshire. The 250 acre site on the shores of the Moray Firth includes almost 675,000 trees, with 100,000 mature trees expected to be sold this year. Savills said the seller, a Danish group of Christmas tree growers, is offloading Maviston as it is consolidating their business in the south and central belt of Scotland where they now have three Christmas tree farms. The former farm was converted into a Christmas tree business eight years ago, though there is no house included in the property sale.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Lumber Exports to China Unexpectedly Rise in August

Woodworking Network
September 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

U.S. hardwood lumber exports to Asia were down 10% on the year through June. However, more than half of exporters reported improving sales to China in August, a marked turnaround from the steadily falling demand of the past year. While some reports indicated that slow housing starts limited Japanese demand, one Japanese buyer said increased attention to timber legality boosted demand. Exporters did report somewhat slower activity in Vietnam. Year-to-date exports to Europe were down 17% through June, with Spain the only Top 5 European market to show an increase.

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A new Maine manufacturing strategy could turn plants into products

Bangor Daily News
September 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Yes, several Maine mills have closed and pulp and paper production statewide has declined. But the global market for advanced biobased products is skyrocketing. Maine is in an excellent position to grab market share, putting our people and natural resources to work. …The demand for biobased products is high because people increasingly want safer, sustainable products. Companies want to replace petroleum with biobased alternatives because of the price volatility of petroleum and its effects on the climate. …So how does Maine turn this potential into real jobs? Other states, such as Minnesota, Iowa and Louisiana, are actively pursuing biobased manufacturing projects. How can we do this in Maine? …We’ve got biomass — trees, agricultural waste, algae — but how much is available and at what cost? Where is it located? How much to transport it?

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Rare 100-year-old wooden water pipe unearthed in Maryland suburbs

The Washington Post
September 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Utility crews digging in the Maryland suburbs to install a new water pipe this week made a rare find: a wooden water pipe that dates back to World War I. Yes, it’s made of wood. The six-inch pipe, buried around 1915, hasn’t carried water since 1940, when it was replaced with a cast iron pipe. A contractor for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) unearthed it Wednesday and Thursday while digging a trench to install a new ductile iron pipe beneath 34th Street near Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, just outside the Washington, D.C., line. Long-abandoned wooden pipes left beneath older communities aren’t unheard of, but century-old utility plans typically don’t pinpoint their location and rarely is one ever dug up, utility officials said.

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Paper is biodegradable, even if The Sunday Times may say no

Print Week
September 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Sunday Times reported on 30 August that paper is not biodegradable. The report caused shock waves in the Indian print industry. Print technologist, Sachin Shardul says paper is produced from 100% natural ingredients. Today, even plastic and Tetrapak waste can be recycled and be used for manufacturing school utility products like benches, chairs, playground equipment etc., since they are tough and durable. With Wan-Ifra being hosted in Mumbai, he argues why the newspaper houses should combat what he sees as environmental misconceptions about print and paper use.

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Forestry

Logging is good for Love: Parksville couple celebrating 60 years of marriage met in a logging camp

The Parksville Qualicum Beach News
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Karl and Diana Yzerman (nee Miller) met in the logging camp of Port McNeill and married 60 years ago this month. They were married in a tiny church in the village of Alert Bay, reported their daughter Cathleen Hansen who was born there, and they spent years in remote logging camps. During their time in isolated Mahatta River on the north Island, former prime minister, (Leader of the Opposition at the time) John Diefenbaker visited, ostensibly on a fishing trip. In reality, he was hiding out from the Gerda Munsinger scandal erupting in Ottawa, Hansen said. Camp life was simple but not always easy, said Hansen. Groceries had to be ordered, via mail, from Woodwards in Vancouver and shipped by barge. Residents walked to a tiny one-room post office to pick up their mail, and could purchase a few basic items at the camp commissary.

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Record salmon return celebrated

Sunshine Coast Reporter
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s the elders’ vision come true. There are so many pink salmon returning to spawn in Jervis, Narrows and Salmon inlets that shíshálh (Sechelt) First Nation opened the area last month to commercial fishing for the first time in 50 years. …While the record returns (some more than double previous returns) are cause for celebration, Chief Calvin Craigan noted too many fish can cause damage to the river systems. …While the record returns (some more than double previous returns) are cause for celebration, Chief Calvin Craigan noted too many fish can cause damage to the river systems. 

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Province to announce enhanced protection of Castle wilderness area

Calgary Herald
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Following decades of lobbying for a provincial park in the Castle wilderness area, the province’s NDP government will Friday make good on its campaign pledge to better protect the iconic area in southern Alberta. Sources say Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips will announce plans to change the boundaries of the protected area, both expanding the existing wildland park and creating a new provincial park in southern Alberta. They will cover 1,040-square-kilometers. The park designations would effectively ban timber harvesting throughout the area and keep off-road vehicle use to marked trails. It would also allow the government to create new provincial campgrounds.

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State Department Of Forestry Wants To Help John Day Area Rebuild

My Central Oregon
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

John Day, Ore. It has been nearly three weeks since the Mason Springs and Berry Creek fires came roaring down canyon, consuming everything in their path. These fires merged, known as the Canyon Creek Complex, they continue to burn in the surrounding hillsides. While the smoke still lingers and the shock starts to wear off, residents begin the planning stages of the difficult rebuilding process. Thoughts of how to rebuild and reclaim a community from the fire aftermath are forming. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) wants to be a part of this process of restoring communities in Grant County.

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Embracing Forest Collaboration: Part 13: Bruce And Chas Vincent

Evergreen Magazine
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“The Forest Service’s sole management objective on the Kootenai National Forest over the last 25 years has been to avoid losing court battles to serial litigators who oppose management in any form. We are losing our forest as a direct result of management inaction. ‘Stop doing that’ has been the litigants’ mantra for 30 years. It is not a management strategy. It is a prescription for environmental disaster, which is what we are courting in every national forest in the western United States, including the Kootenai. 

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Half of earth’s trees gone, humans blamed

Atlanta Journal Constitution
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In a first-of-its-kind tree census, researchers have quantified the global tree population. There’s good news and bad news. We’ll start with the good news. According to the study, published in Nature, there are approximately 3.04 trillion trees on the planet — that’s 3 trillion, 40 billion. And that’s good news, because as it turns out, we had vastly underestimated the number of trees on our planet. Using satellite data, scientists previously estimated there were only about 400 billion trees on the planet. In other words, we used to think there were only about 61 trees for every one human on the planet; this census reveals there are actually about 422 trees for every one human. But with the good news comes the bad. Researchers estimate humans are responsible for the loss of about 15.3 billion trees each year; that’s nearly 2 1/2 times the number of people on the planet.

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Korea boosts presence in Indonesian forest industry

The Korea Herlad
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Korea Forest Service is elevating Korea’s presence in the global forestation scene with the Korean forest welfare model, chipping in large-scale investments in the production of sustainable energy in Indonesia. In 2009 Korea and Indonesia signed a cooperative agreement on fostering the production of wood pellets on 200,000 hectares of Indonesian soil.  Wood pellets, or fuel made from biomass or compressed organic matter, have become one of the most recognized sources of renewable energy. A ton of this new energy source can replace about 524 liters of crude oil and reduce carbon dioxide by about 1.37 tons. …In February, the Korea Forest Service launched a test forestation center in Semarang, Indonesia, for producing wood pellets.

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WorkSafe lead investigator questioned in forestry manslaughter trial

Stuff.co.nz
September 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The lead investigator in Paul Burr’s case says there is no time when Lincoln Kidd should have been working, even for just a minute, in the situation he was in when he died. WorkSafe investigator Donald Calder made various other admissions during defence lawyer Jonathan Temm’s four-and-a-half-hour cross examination in the High Court in Palmerston North on Friday. Calder was there because Burr, 47, is charged with the manslaughter of Lincoln Kidd. Kidd, 20, died when a tree felled by Burr crushed him on a forestry block, between Foxton and Levin, on December 19, 2013.

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Artist Griffon Ramsey on the appeal of chainsaw carving

BBC News
September 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of three women entered for Saturday’s Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships says the art form is becoming more accessible to women. Griffon Ramsey will join Alice Buttress, an artist from the event’s home of Carrbridge, and Nanci Hemming from Wales at the competition. One woman has won the event, which is best known as Carve Carr-Bridge. American Ramsey said: “Although it is a niche art form, I think it has a tremendous potential for growth.” The Texas-based artist added: “Chainsaws are getting lighter and more manageable, allowing more women to participate. Carvers from Scotland, England, Ireland as well as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Holland, Canada and USA have entered this year’s championships.

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SK to provide 3 billion KRW in aid for inter-Korean forestry initiative

Daily NK
September 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In a show of good faith, the South Korean government is planning to provide 3 billion KRW in funding for cooperative exchange between the South and North following a bilateral agreement reached on August 25th. This funding will be provided to the forestry coalition as part of initial steps to foster greater civil exchanges between both sides. According to a South Korean government official on August 30th, the 3 billion in aid will be dispersed within a week of confirmation and announcement of up to eight different private forestry groups slated to carry out the project. …Additionally, Washington-based Voice of America (VOA) recently reported that North Korean forestry specialists will begin studying forest restoration at Eberswalde University (Germany) with the aid from the South.

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Forest Fires

Wildfire break demanded

Vernon Morning Star
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some Lumby residents want to ensure they aren’t engulfed by flames. Council received a request Tuesday from 12 residents who want a fire break developed to protect the community from potential wildfire. “This year became apparent there is a risk with wildfires,” said Mayor Kevin Acton of recent blazes across B.C., including at Rock Creek and Oliver. The residents say that weather conditions are getting hotter and dryer. “Once of the attractive features of Lumby is it is circled by forest and that the homes in Lumby are surrounded by numerous mature trees of all kinds,” said Steve Elliman, residents’ spokesperson, in the letter.

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Budget buster: Forest Service spends a record $243 million on wildfires last week

Associated Press in U.S. News & World Report
September 3, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service spent a record $243 million last week battling forest fires around the country, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday. The agency has spent all the money Congress provided for fighting wildfires in the 12-month budget period, forcing it to borrow money from forest restoration work designed to reduce the risk of fires. That’s happened in six of the past 10 years, Vilsack said. Vilsack said further transfers are likely and the agency expects to continue spending about $200 million per week on fire suppression during the coming weeks.

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Congress should stop using fire prevention funds against wildfires

Herald and News
September 3, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

It’s good to see some of the West’s U.S. senators working across the political aisle in hopes of developing better forest management strategies in light of this summer’s disastrous wildfires. As reported by the Seattle Times, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., last Thursday took testimony from wildfire specialists “and pledged bipartisan action to boost forest-thinning and controlled burns — and an end to the raiding of the U.S. Forest Service’s fire-prevention budget.” A major revamping of forest planning is timely. Though still sparsely populated by global standards, Pacific Northwest forests are increasingly interspersed with housing, at the same time that climatic changes result in tinderbox-like conditions… . Some fires will almost certainly smolder until heavy winter rains begin, representing a continuing risk they might jump beyond containment measures.

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Rapid Creek Fire burns one-half acre in the Bighorn National Forest

Northern Wyoming Daily News
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SHERIDAN – Bighorn National Forest and Sheridan County firefighters responded to a wildfire burning about 2 miles northeast of the Big Goose Ranger Station on Wednesday, September 2. The Rapid Creek Fire burned about ½ acre in lodgepole pine. A Forest Service engine, county engine, and 10 personnel were assisted by a helicopter and two retardant drops from single engine air tankers. The fire has been determined to be human caused and is under investigation. The fire is contained, though one engine and six personnel will continue to mop up today and monitor the fire for as long as necessary. No structures were threatened and no roads or trails are closed.

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Wildfires: Put out ‘let it burn’ policy in West

Letter by K. Gervais
The Missoulian
September 3, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

For too long now we and the wildlife have been suffering from wildfires and smoke across the West like never seen before. The “let it burn” policy has been in place since the Bush presidency. The after-effects of this ridiculous policy can be seen in California mudslides and brush fires every year since. So far the feds and state let fires burn as long as they don’t threaten structures, leaving the charred remains of what once were beautiful healthy forests. …We need to get this “let it burn” policy changed now. The “science” the
U.S. Forest Service is following does not belong in the arid West.

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Firefighting: MT must follow helicopter rules

Letter by Dick Mangan
The Missoulian
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

It seems to me that George Ochenski is way off base in his criticism (Aug. 31) of the U.S. Forest Service for not using Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation helicopters on wildfire suppression efforts. First, the USFS policies about aircraft certifications have been in place for many years: why didn’t the state address their helicopter weight issues before August? Couldn’t they see a serious fire season coming and recognize that the DNRC helicopters might be of assistance?

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Firefighting chews up funds from Aspen-area forest

The Aspen Times
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The White River National Forest must cut between $200,000 and $300,000 from its remaining budget this year to help with the agency’s desperate transfer of funds to firefighting efforts around the western U.S. But it’s the longer-term budget implications that concern White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. The trend of devoting more funds to firefighting is going to force the Forest Service to trim money from construction and maintenance of facilities, road maintenance, reforestation after timber sales and reduce seasonal crews for such duties as trail maintenance and wilderness patrols.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Summit County chipping program challenged by shuttered biomass plant

Summit Daily
September 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Have you seen Summit County’s bright orange “Got slash?” signs this summer? For the second year in a row, the county chipping program is collecting trees and branches from residents with the goal of reducing flammable vegetation in people’s backyards and neighborhoods, reducing wildfire risk and helping property owners with their home insurance costs. Summit County CSU Extension agent Dan Schroder, who heads the program, said that this year will surpass the home participation and wood collection numbers from 2014, when a contractor company trucked 44 semis full of chips from 1,480 properties to the biomass energy plant in Gypsum.

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Wood Pellets vs. Torrefied Pellets: Which is Greener?

Ukrainian Biofuel Portal
September 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Wood pellets are widely recognized as one of the most eco-friendly types of fuel nowadays. It means that their qualit? could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the energy production industry. What is more, getting wood residues from completely renewable sources leads to the preservation of millions tons of biomass. However, torrefied wood pellets are considered as a new future of the fuel market. Thus, torrefied biomass is a relatively consistent and uniform product that could be burned at power plants, functioning much like coal. Herewith, it also helps to lower greenhouse gas emissions and much lower air pollution. But which one is a greener way to heat?

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