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Froggy Foibles

Architecture from plants: Barry Cox’s tree church

Floornature
September 8, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

In Ohaupo, New Zealand, Barry Cox spent four years of his life growing a very special garden and creating a Tree Church out of five different tree species and his own know-how. …Proprietor of Treelocation, a company that transplants trees, Barry Cox had his inspiration after passing several years travelling around the world and visiting lots of different churches. But nowhere did he see a church made out of trees. Combining his love of church architecture with his own know-how, Barry selected five different tree and shrub species on the basis of their shape, flexibility and colour. After erecting a metal structure to act as a frame for the church, he planted the trees. And now, four years later, the results are there for all to see: the walls, the colour of rock, are Leptospermum (Copper Sheen), while the roof is Alnus Imperialis (Cut Leaf Alder). The other three species present are Camellia Japonica, Acer Globosum and Thuja Pyramidalis.

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Business & Politics

Forest Products Association of Canada Joins Two Sides

Two Sides
September 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CHICAGO  – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has joined Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use, and sustainability of print and paper. “We are very pleased to receive the support of FPAC as Two Sides expands its services into Canada. The pulp and paper industry in Canada has a great environmental story to tell and we look forward to working with FPAC to ensure that the entire Canadian graphic communications value chain is sending that message. Over the years, FPAC has done a great job at gathering and effectively communicating the facts about the Canadian forest products industry. Having them engaged with us and sitting on our sustainability committee will be an asset for Two Sides,” says Two Sides North America President Phil Riebel.

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KapStone restarts a second paper machine

Longview Daily News
September 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

KapStone announced that it has started a second paper machine at its Longview pulp mill in accordance with its strike contingency plan. The No. 11 machine, which produces a broad range of kraft paper products for domestic and foreign customers, joins the No. 10 machine as the only two operating at the mill, which has five machines total. The No. 10 machine produces containerboard, primarily for KapStone’s corrugated box plants in the Pacific Northwest. The mill began shipping products to its customers shortly after paper machine No. 10 was brought back online last week, according to a company statement.

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Timber Block Prefabricated Homes Wants To Expand U.S. Dealerships

Woodworking Network
September 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CONNELLY SPRINGS, NC – A wood-panelized home construction firm, Timber Block USA, says it is opening additional U.S. dealerships as it tops out existing capacity. Timber Block, founded 10 years ago in Montreal, formally entered the United States a few years ago when it opened its first corporate model home. Timber Block provides home owners with state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible technology while using modern building methods featuring a patented panelized building system, reported at Woodworking Network two years ago. 

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Germany: Increase in prices for wood products; hardwood lumber more expensive

IHB The Timber Network
September 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In July a slightly upward trend for the German wood products price index could be noticed. As compared to the previous month, only the index values for boards, planed softwood and pellets have decreased minorly. The value of battens, wood chips and particleboard remained unchanged over June. The value of other products has increased slightly, with the strongest increase in hardwood lumber assortments.  Also year on year, the index is in uptrend. Only five index values ??show an opposite trend. Again, the increase is more pronounced in hardwood lumber assortments. In addition, wood chips have clearly risen.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. duo turns wood into furniture instead of letting it go to the chipper

Globe and Mail
September 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

For wood lovers like Eric Savics and Danny Hagge, there’s nothing worse than seeing a giant fir or elm tree come down in the city – except when it gets hauled away and chopped into chunks of firewood. “There’s so much wood out there that could be saved,” said Mr. Hagge, who partnered with Mr. Savics to found Vancouver Urban Timberworks, which turns reclaimed wood from the Vancouver area into furniture and unique slabs of timber to sell… Today, Mr. Savics and Mr. Hagge transform that wood into custom furniture, mainly tables, and unique slabs fit for timber-frame accents in new construction.

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Province puts cash into design centre

Prince George Citizen
September 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the Emily Carr University of Art and Design prepares to open its doors in Prince George, the province is stepping in to help get it on its feet. On Friday morning, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond announced that the provincial government was providing a one-time $2.1 million investment to support the school’s start-up and program delivery costs of the new Emily Carr Centre for Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship. …”The Emily Carr Centre for Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship represents a chance to re-envision a future of the wood industry; to reinvent and redefine the meaning of secondary manufacturing and, to my knowledge, this is the only program in the world that is based at the core of the operation – where the fibre is sourced – and not at a distant market,” said Bosma.

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400 housing units builds on boomlet

London (Ontario) Free Press
September 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The hammers keep swinging in London, with proposals for more than 400 new housing units going before a city council committee Tuesday. …One of the more interesting developments before the committee, which has the support of staff, is a 69-unit, six-storey midrise building at 356 Dundas St., a low-income housing development on a lot that’s been vacant since 1983. …The building, taking advantage of a recent change to Ontario’s building code allowing higher wood-frame structures, will be six storeys and built by London developer Yossie Lavie.

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Forestry

Canadian Boreal Forest agreements gets global attention

Canada News Wire Press Release
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is celebrating the international recognition for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) at the World Forest Congress now going on in Durban, South Africa. An interactive side event called From Conflict to Collaboration featured a huge 8 by 11-metre floor map of Canada’s boreal forest detailing everything from caribou habitat to the rural communities that rely on the forest sector. Panel members at the event included Mark Hubert, the Vice President of Environmental Leadership at FPAC and Éric Hébert-Daly of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. They talked about the global relevance of the CBFA, the world’s largest conservation agreement, which integrates both economic and environmental values. 

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Learning Comes Naturally at ‘Forest School’

The Tyee
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cloudberry Forest School (on the outskirts of St. John’s, Newfoundland) is the province’s first “forest school,” where the classroom is the same stretch of woods day in and day out, rain, shine, or snow. Other than the snack and bathroom break, which also serves to warm up frozen appendages, the majority of their three-hour day is spent out of doors. …While specialized training isn’t strictly necessary in order to start your own forest school, the shift to a classroom with no walls demands some adjustments. And only a handful of post-secondary programs in Canada offer outdoor education classes. Both Trask and Molyneux have taken training offered by Forest School Canada, a professional skills-enhancement organization that developed its program in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Forest School Association.

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Opposition parties weigh in on NDP’s plan to protect the Castle wilderness

Calgary Herald
September 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta’s plan to fully protect the Castle wilderness area in southwestern Alberta is being both panned and praised by opposition parties. The Notley government announced Friday that it would create two parks along the eastern slopes of the Rockies by expanding the existing wildland provincial park and adding a new provincial park. It will shut out logging, mining and future oil and gas development in a 1,040-square kilometre area. The plan, now out for public consultation, was immediately praised by environmentalists and quickly angered the forestry industry. Opposition parties are also split on the decision to protect the entire wilderness area.

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Water licence for northeast B.C. fracking operation cancelled

Vancouver Sun
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Fort Nelson First Nation has won a potentially precedent-setting decision from the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board that cancels the water licence of a natural gas fracking operation in northeast B.C. The appeal board — in a decision that took 20 months to deliver — concluded the science behind the licence was fundamentally flawed and the province did not consult the First Nation in good faith. Both the province and the company involved, Nexen, had argued using the water would have no significant adverse environmental effects and there was adequate consultation.

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Castle area logging halted by Alberta government

Process begins to create 2 parks in the area
CBC News
September 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With logging activity set to resume in the Castle Wilderness Area in southwest Alberta for the first time in several years, the province’s NDP government acted on one of its campaign promises and announced a complete stop to all commercial forestry activity. The provincial government is also putting a stop to all new oil, gas and mining activity in the area. “It was a platform commitment,” said environment minister Shannon Phillips at the announcement in Blairmore. “We take that as our guide. We take those commitments that we made to Albertans very seriously.” Phillips says the NDP has wanted to protect the area for many years while it was an opposition party.

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Museum Musings: Cliff Fenner’s lifetime of exploring

Whister Question
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Clifford Austin Fenner was a mountaineer, photographer, traveller, outdoorsman, writer, developer of Garibaldi and influential figure in choosing Whistler as a potential Olympic site. …While in England, he built a career in the lumber industry with an expertise in buying and selling lumber, and mill production. …After arriving in Canada, Fenner joined the parks division of the B.C. Forest Service, and assisted in running Mt. Seymour. The work was mainly administrative, but to get his outdoor fix Fenner joined the local alpine group and explored several mountains across B.C. All this exploration is captured through the photography of his collection. But what stands out, not surprisingly, is Garibaldi Provincial Park. 

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Locals to weigh in on community forest

Whistler Question
September 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The consultants who are conducting the Pemberton Community Forest Feasibility Study will be sharing their findings with locals during an open house on Sept. 16. Robin B Clarke Inc. Natural Resources Consultants have been consulting with stakeholders and members of the community to find out what Pembertonians envision for the project… Some of the issues that arose during those conversations were protecting sensitive ecological sites, preserving First Nations cultural sites, building trails that could be used for biking and hiking and ensuring that sight lines remain intact.

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Native tribe fights to save Boreal forest in Quebec

Associated Free Press in Yahoo News
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Waswanipi  – Mandy Gull holds back tears as she steps off the helicopter in northern Quebec. “I’ve never seen anything so sad,” says the young woman whose aboriginal tribe is seeing its ancestral lands eroded by logging. “If my grandfather knew,” says the deputy leader of the Cree tribe, one of 11 indigenous ethnic groups present in Quebec. The flyover of the Boreal forest, pockmarked by clear-cuts, both saddens her and toughens her resolve to end deforestation in the region. “We don’t own this land… as Cree, we know that we’re stewards of the land, (and) we’re here to protect the land,” she said.

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Consultants go high-tech on compiling wood inventory data

BayToday.ca
September 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A New Liskeard-headquartered forest management company is close to commercializing a proprietary remote sensing technology to calculate forest inventories. First Resource Management Group has developed a flagship timber inventory analysis and management tool, SkyForest, and is conducting various trials this year with a number of prospective clients across Canada. The 20-employee forestry consultancy, and now tech firm, aims to deliver digital maps to forestry clients to make better and more cost effective decisions in sourcing wood. “There are always little tweaks to do but we’re there, we’re patenting it and we think we’re off the races,” said company CEO-chairman Philip Green.

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Maple trees provide more than just syrup

CBC News
September 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Maple trees are known for their sap that makes the sweet syrup people put on their pancakes and waffles. But there are several ways to enjoy the tree that aren’t quite as sticky. “We can start with the most obvious, the leaf. The young leaves are edible,” said Greg Osowski from the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. “They have a slight maple flavour to them, they can have a nice sweet flavour to them also.” Osowski says once the leaves mature, they lose their flavour and become harder to digest. “I eat them raw or you can cook them up or nibble on the tree as you’re walking past them. Usually that’s what I do.”

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Quebec’s boreal forest is on the brink, article warns

Montreal Gazette
September 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Trees combat climate change,” notes a recent issue of Science, the magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “The health of the planet depends on the health of its forests.” The boreal forest of Northern Quebec is a link in a band of slow-growth northern forest, stretching across Canada to Alaska and from Siberia to Scandinavia. This global band produces more than 33 per cent of the world’s lumber and 25 per cent of its paper. It also holds at least “32 per cent of global terrestrial carbon,” according to a recent article in the journal Science, written by an international team of scientists led by Sylvie Gauthier of the Canadian Forest Service.

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Scotties Tissues Launches 5th Annual Trees Rock Video Contest

PR Newswire
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BOSTON — Scotties Facial Tissues plants three trees for every one it uses and this is more than a promise, it’s now a national educational program and $10,000 video contest for kids. Today, the company announced the launch of its 5th annual TREES ROCK! video contest in the US. The campaign, open to students in grades 3-6, provides them with environmental curriculum and tips about the many amazing things trees do in our community. To enter, students are encouraged to shoot a 1-3 minute video to tell Scotties why trees are so important. The grand prize winner (determined by a national vote) will receive $10,000 to use on a sustainable project at their school.

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Landowners managing habitat to help Canada lynx in Maine

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
September 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TOWNSHIP 4 RANGE 11, Maine — The kind of clear-cutting that made the woods of Maine an ideal hunting ground for Canada lynx is a thing of the past, but wildlife experts are trying to recreate enough of that habitat to secure the thick-furred cat’s future. With forests maturing and clear-cutting tightly regulated, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and private landowners are working together to avoid a precipitous decline of lynx in the state with the biggest population of them in the contiguous U.S. The goal is to provide patches of young spruce-and-fir forests that look like thickly wooded Christmas tree farms, the preferred habitat for the snowshoe hares on which lynx feed, said forester Scott Joachim. “It’s just a matter of providing the right habitat for their lunch,” he joked.

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Barrasso’s forest plan makes sense

Letter by Mike Kuzara
Billings Gazette
September 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The old “10 a.m. rule” of total fire suppression before the heat of the day gave way to the “let nature take its natural course,” which led to massive silt deposits in the affected streams and the barren landscape that greeted visitors to Yellowstone in 1989. Perhaps a more sane and less hysterical eye should be turned to a place where forest management does work. Finland refers to their forests as their “Green Gold.” I was impressed with how the Finns selected alternating blocks of forest to either burn down to bare rock (which releases the minerals needed for a healthy forest) or a clear-cut area, or a selective-cut area or an old untouched primeval section.

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Local forester named Resource Manager of the Year

Daytona Beach News-Journal
September 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Cathy Lowenstein, a forestry resource administrator for the Florida Forest Service in Volusia County, was recently recognized as the 2014 Resource Manager of the Year for the Forest Service. Lowenstein began working for the Forest Service, which operates under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in 1979. When the wildfires of 1998 destroyed thousands of acres in Tiger Bay and Lake George state forests, Lowenstein designed and implemented restoration plans to restore the forests. The fires burned nearly 70 percent of the two forests, which encompass nearly 49,000 acres in Volusia County.

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Koalas, your trees are growing on our coal: protest group’s anti-Shenhua mine message – video

The Guardian
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Protest group Land Water Future has released a satirical campaign video poking fun at the proposed Shenhua coalmine in NSW. The $1.2 bn proposed mine on the NSW Liverpool Plains is facing a legal challenge over claims the NSW government did not properly consider the impact the mine would have on the local population of koalas, possibly leading to extinction of the group. Chinese state-owned company Shenhua would have to start the approvals process again if it loses the challenge at the NSW land and environment court.

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UN report: ‘Decisive year’ for world’s forestry

BBC News
September 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s forests face a “decisive year” as nations prepare to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals and gather for key climate talks. In a UN report on forests, senior official Jose Graziano da Silva called slowing deforestation rates “positive”. But he added that “this positive trend needs strengthening” as the report showed that an area the size of South Africa had been lost since 1990. The report was published at the World Forestry Congress in South Africa.”The contribution of forests to the wellbeing of humankind are
extraordinarily vast and far-reach,” said Mr Graziano da Silva,
director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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PNG vows to get tough on illegal logging in climate change battle

ABC News, Australia
September 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Papua New Guinea says illegal loggers will face hefty fines and imprisonment, as part of its efforts to stop deforestation and slow climate change. Despite numerous promises and moratorium, illegal logging continues unabated in Papua New Guinea. Varigini Badira, director of the PNG Office of Climate Change the problem, along with deforestation continue to present significant challenges for local authorities in combating climate change.

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Rate of global forest loss halved: UN report

Channel News Asia
September 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DURBAN: The rate at which the world is losing its forests has halved, but an area of woodland the size of South Africa has still been lost since 1990, a UN report revealed on Monday. Improvement has been seen around the globe, even in the key tropical rainforests of South America and Africa, according to a surprisingly upbeat Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), which is released every five years Despite the good news, it points out that since 1990, the world had lost forests covering some 129 million hectares – an area the size of South Africa. …The assessment was released at the World Forestry Congress in the South African port city of Durban, host to the 14th edition of the conference.

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Forest Fires

Province wants to rein in drones after interference at wildfires

Times Colonist
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is calling for stiffer penalties for the illegal use of drones after unmanned aerial vehicles flew dangerously close to wildfires this summer. Mike Morris, parliamentary secretary to the minister of forests, said the provincial government is looking for ways to stop the use of drones near wildfires. Fighting forest fires is already a tough, dangerous job, and people who do it risk their lives every day, Morris said. “They should not have to deal with the unnecessary dangers posed by people irresponsibly flying drones near wildfires.” Fire-fighting helicopters and planes were grounded for five hours after a drone was spotted over a wildfire near Oliver last month. A similar incident took place near Kelowna.

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B.C. fires: CBC journalist faced evacuation, destruction of his own cabin

CBC News
September 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a morning news reader I’ve read stories about fires for decades.  Somehow the words on the page read differently when the fire threatened my own dream home. Last month, my vacation property near Christina Lake, B.C., fell under an evacuation alert (a warning that we may have to evacuate at any moment) and I felt what so many British Columbians have endured during this incredible year of forest fires.  …By Sunday I made a decision: time to go. My sons and their families helped us load all five “P’s”: pictures, papers, photographs, pets and prescriptions.  By Tuesday I was back at work, reading the news for CBC Radio, following every move of the fire. In between newscasts, I obsessively checked forecasts.

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Maugerville forest fire being fought by 40 firefighters

Fire crews expect to be at the scene until about midnight
CBC News
September 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters are battling a forest fire in behind the Copperhead Road off Route 105 in Maugerville. Oromocto fire chief Jody Price says the blaze is happening in an area almost two hectares in size. “When we arrived on scene, we had a fast-moving forest fire and it was spreading quite rapidly,” he said. About 40 firefighters from the Oromocto, Fredericton and New Maryland fire departments, as well as fire crews from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and three DNR water bombers, and a bird dog aircraft were fighting the fire. The planes have returned to base, but are on standby.

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EDITORIAL: Helicopter dispute misses forest for the trees

The Missoulian
September 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Hope is on the horizon that Montana’s fire season is at last beginning to cool. However, a dispute between the state and the U.S. Forest Service over the use of five helicopters threatens to linger long after this summer’s last plume of smoke has been smothered. At issue is who to blame for keeping five modified Bell UH-1H helicopters grounded instead of fighting fires on federal land. The Forest Service says the helicopters are hauling buckets larger than allowed by official policy. Gov. Steve Bullock says the Forest Service is imposing “unwarranted and artificial limitation(s).” Montanans might have more patience for a detailed policy discussion if we hadn’t just coughed through one of the worse fire seasons in recent memory.

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Idaho history: The Great Forest Fire of 1910 was Idaho’s deadliest

Idaho Statesman
September 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The forest fire season of 1910 started on April 29 with a small blaze in the Blackfeet National Forest in the northwest corner of Montana. Nobody could have dreamed that it marked the beginning of the worst fire season in Idaho history, and one of the worst in the nation’s history. Like most forest fires in the West, it was probably started by lightning, since in some years 80 percent of the fires on record started that way. The U.S. Forest Service was only 5 years old in 1910, with limited ability to fight fires. One historian describe the agency at the time as “undermanned, underfunded and underprepared for what was to come,”.

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Harney wildfire events weren’t accurately stated

Herald and News
September 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

I’d like to comment on the deflection of truth that we see in the reporting of fire from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center at its site; http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx Aug. 30 and more specifically on the Canyon Creek Complex fire in Oregon. …There has been little or no logging in
that area or any areas on the Malheur National Forest for years now.
This statement would make the uninformed think that a fire of 120,000
acres was mostly in logged terrain when in fact it is nearly all
unlogged terrain, which is the major cause of the fuel load.

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Fighting fire with fire in Mount Washington Wilderness

Statesman Journal
September 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Foresters in Oregon have long fought fire with fire, using “controlled burns” to get rid of heavy fuel loads and reduce the chance of catastrophic wildfires. Now federal officials want to bring that approach into a Western Oregon wilderness area for the first time, proposing to preemptively burn a landscape set aside by Congress and traditionally viewed as a place untrammeled by man. Last month officials with Willamette National Forest released a plan that calls for a series of controlled fires in the Mount Washington Wilderness to protect against a future blaze growing and spreading in the Santiam and McKenzie Pass areas east of Salem. Four large wildfires have sprouted from the wilderness since 2007 and officials view preemptive burning as the best strategy, even while some argue that it violates the 1964 Wilderness Act.

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As West burns, fire command center in Boise does its triage

Idaho Statesman
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Twice a day, inside a gated and fenced compound next to the Boise Airport, eight of the nation’s top fire managers play a chess game. At the National Interagency Fire Center, officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and other smaller agencies sit at a conference table flanked by an oversized computer monitor that shows the sites of wildfires burning across the United States. The season has been brutal. More than 8.2 million acres have burned in 43,819 fires nationwide — nearly three times as much land as had burned by this time last year, and an area larger than Maryland.

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One image from space captures Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season

The Washington Post
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

When President Obama visited Alaska this week to talk about climate change, he emphasized the extreme wildfire season the state has experienced. Nearly 5.2 million acres of land burned — more than in any past year on record except for 2004, when the total was 6.59 million. Now, a stunning before and after image pairing from NASA’s Earth Observatory captures how dramatically this changed the state’s appearance from space. Here’s a NASA image of what the state looked like on June 14, before the bulk of the fire activity began. Notice that some areas show what NASA calls “burn scars” from fires of prior years (they look brownish red):

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Firefighters capture stunning images of western blazes, wrestle with social media

The Oregonian
September 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

“People always ask ‘How was it?’ and it’s impossible to describe what it’s like fighting a fire,” said Preheim, a volunteer with the Cashmere Fire Department. “If you have a quick second, why not snap a quick photo and be able to share it with people you love and let them know what you’re doing?” Preheim, and other firefighters like her, are capturing some of the most stunning images of wildfires in the West this season. And that has fire officials grappling with how to approach the digital landscape — even contemplating banning cellphones — as they balance a young workforce’s desire to share with their safety in a hazardous environment.

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Forest fire burning through hundreds of acres in NJ Pine Barrens

ABC 6 Action News
September 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

Firefighters continue to battle a large forest fire that has consumed hundreds of acres in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. The fire broke out on Monday in Woodland Township, Burlington County. Officials say no homes are in danger. There have been no reports of injuries. As of early Tuesday, containment lines were expected to hold the fire at 1,000 acres. Officials were warning residents in surrounding communities that they may smell smoke. Forest fire service officials have not said what may have sparked the fire.

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Riau Engulfed in Smoke as Forest Fires Rage On

Tempo
September 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Jakarta – Smoke from forest and field fires have continued to engulf the Province of Riau, where visibility have dropped between 100-400 metres, according to Pekanbaru’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). “The worst visibility was reported in Dumai and Pelalawan, where visibility have averaged around 100 metres,” said the Head of Pekanbaru’s BMKG, Sugarin in Pekanbaru on Tuesday, before adding that visibility in Pekanbaru is still around 400 metres – while visibility in Indragiri Hulu regency is averaging at around 300 metres.

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General

Northern forests are changing fast — and no one knows what it will mean

Alaska Dispatch News
September 7, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

FAIRBANKS — It didn’t take long this year before Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch was reminded of the record wildfire season of 2004. The snow cover melted earlier than usual this year, and with little rain or cloud cover, the sun relentlessly scorched Alaska’s forests, creating especially dry conditions. Desiccated black spruce trees across the millions of acres of land that Maisch supervises were ripe for conflagration. “We knew were in very high fire risk because all of May and early June we kind of cooked the fuels and had very low rainfall,” Maisch said. “So we knew things were really prepared to burn — and we have indices to tell us that.”… “My concern is whether the forest will be resilient enough to adapt to the change,” Maisch said.

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