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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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Question remains on who’s responsible for cleaning contamination at long-closed west Calgary creosote plant site

Calgary Sun
September 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Determining who will ultimately be responsible for paying to remediate creosote contamination in West Village could turn into a lengthy legal battle, said a provincial environmental compliance manager. The province took over maintenance and control of the site — which was home to a Creosote Canada plant for nearly 40 years — in the early 1990s after contamination was found during drilling in the late 1980s. Creosote Canada, taken over by Montreal-based Domtar, no longer has a corporate presence in Alberta, making it difficult for officials to seek restitution, said Darren Bourget, a regional compliance manager with Alberta Environment. “When Domtar left, 30 years later the province and federal government became concerned about potential contamination leaving the site,” he said.

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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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Weak Southern Pine Lumber Demand Forces Production Slowdown

Woodworking Network
September 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

VANCOUVER, BC — Interfor Corp. said weak demand for southern yellow pine lumber is forcing it to reduce production by 20 percent at its southern U.S. mills. Work hours at the mills were reduced by five hours until further notice, Interfor (TSX:IFP) said. “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 and 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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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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Rotorua impresses investor

Rotorua Daily Post
September 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

An Austrian timber manufacturing company wants to build a $32 million facility in the Asia-Pacific – and has been in Rotorua checking out the region’s suitability. KLH Massivholz GmbH managing director Mario Wagner spent five days in Rotorua visiting businesses, construction sites and sawmills. The visit was co-ordinated by Grow Rotorua and supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). Mr Wagner met Rotorua MP Todd McClay, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise regional investment manager Guy Tapley and Grow Rotorua chief executive Francis Pauwels last week. .

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The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2015

By Wood Resource Quarterly
Scoop Independent News
September 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sawlog prices fell again in the 2Q/15 in most of the 19 regions worldwide that are part of the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI). The Index is at its lowest level since 2009, and is down 20% from its all-time high four years go.The only regions where prices increased in the 2Q were in Northwest Russia and the Interior of British Columbia. Global trade of softwood roundwood slowed down towards the end of 2014 and log shipments have continued to be slow during the first half of 2015, with the biggest reduction in imports being in Japan, South Korea and Sweden.

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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

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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Forestry

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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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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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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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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P.E.I. budworm tracking data important to scientists

CBC News
September 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A summer long research project on spruce budworm on P.E.I. has been completed. About two dozen citizen scientists assisted the Canadian Forest Service project that is tracking the migration of the spruce budworm. Spruce budworm feed on balsam fir and spruce trees and outbreaks have already destroyed millions of hectares of forest in Quebec. The last outbreak on P.E.I. was 35 years ago. But a small number of budworms is normal. Volunteers in six provinces and Maine set up traps baited to attract moths in wooded areas and checked them at least once a week. The citizen scientists documented how many budworm moths were in the traps with some volunteers using a smartphone app.

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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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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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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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Frank Murkowski: Hopefully Obama remembers Alaska resources along with Alaskans’ hospitality

Alaska Dispatch News
September 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaskans came together to welcome our president to the Great Land. While we heard important points in the president’s agenda, Alaskans hope he has taken home a better perspective of our state and its resources. …Moreover, we have seen the closure of our third largest industry, timber. Factually, Southeast Alaska is the Tongass National Forest. The communities of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines, Skagway and other smaller towns are all surrounded by the Tongass. National preservationist pressures have shut down timber harvesting in the forest. Over 4,200 jobs have been lost since the mid 1990s. Mills have been shut down and scrapped. Yet, less than 8 percent of the commercial timber has been cut since 1900. 

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Weed spraying planned on Three Saddle Project

The Missoulian
September 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – The Bitterroot National Forest will conduct post-timber sale treatment of weeds on the Three Saddle Project east of Stevensville to encourage native vegetation recovery and prevent the establishment of invasive weeds. Spraying is scheduled to begin Monday, and if the weather cooperates, will be completed in two weeks. Work will not occur on weekends. Treatments are planned on roads 428 (Ambrose), 428A, 2129, 640 (Threemile Creek) and 1334, along with all timber sale temporary roads. Spot spray applications by ATV, truck, or hand methods will target several species of concern, including spotted knapweed, houndstongue, St. Johnswort, dalmation toadflax, leafy spurge, and rush skeletonweed.

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Letter: Lack of forest management is disturbing

Letter by Ron Seidl
Tri-City Herald
September 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Washington wildfires are disturbing. But what is possibly more disturbing in the complete lack of forest management by the state or the National Park Service. I heard that they were frantically cutting fire breaks in the side of a hill to stop the advance of the fire. My question is why do they wait until there is a fire to cut fire breaks. In my humble opinion, the park service should have a planned-out fire management system that sections the entire forest for either storm-caused or man-made fires.

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Letter: Maintain state’s healthy forests

Letter by J.C. WOODLEY
Daily Reflector
September 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Recently driving from Pitt County to the area where I grew up in Northampton County, a portion of the route seemed unfamiliar. Although I have made this drive countless times, I thought for a moment I had made a wrong turn. The woods were gone from a certain portion of the route. An area once so awesome to drive through was now a wasteland. Tree stumps protruded out of the marsh-like region, and the forest no longer was there. I was devastated. I thought, “What would this area look like if all of the forests were destroyed?

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World Heritage Area selective logging still an option despite Unesco advice: Wilderness Society

ABC News, Australia
September 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is determined to log parts of the World Heritage Area (WHA) despite receiving expert advice months ago the action would threaten World Heritage values, the Wilderness Society claims. The Government wants to provide limited access to specialty species trees for craft timber workers, which the State Opposition also supports. In June, Unesco’s World Heritage Committee urged the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to ban commercial logging within the zone. Vica Bayley, from the Wilderness Society, released documents obtained under Right to Information laws showing Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt received expert advice from the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council in March that the logging would significantly threaten World Heritage Values.

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Tasmania’s threatened species being forgotten with ‘out-of-date’ management plans, Greens say

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

Management plans for half of Tasmania’s most vulnerable plants and animals are well out of date, the Greens say. Today is Threatened Species Day and marks the 79th anniversary of the death of the last known Tasmanian tiger. Tasmania has almost 650 animals and plants listed as rare, vulnerable or threatened. The State Government has pledged to improve the protection and management of listed species, but state Greens environment spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff said it was dragging its heels.

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Aerial pictures reveal rampant illegal logging in Peru’s Amazon forest

The Guardian
September 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Only from the air is it possible to make out the scale of three illegal logging roads which have been carved into Peru’s eastern Amazon, while local authorities in the jungle Ucayali region seemingly turn a blind eye. Huddled in a twin-engine Cessna 402, the Guardian saw as many as 20 lorries carrying tree trunks plying their way up and down three dirt roads, each estimated to measure up to 32 miles. Dotted by stockpiles of logs and workers’ camps, the roads led to barges on a dock on the Ucayali river, a major tributary of the Amazon, a few dozen miles from the regional capital Pucallpa.

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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Poplar trees are best bet for biofuel in UW-led research project

University of Washington
September 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Groves of poplar trees could one day fuel our vehicles and be the source of chemicals that we use in our daily lives.A five-year, $40 million study is laying the foundation for a Pacific Northwest industry that converts sustainably produced poplar feedstock into fuels and chemicals. The research, led by the University of Washington, will seed the world’s first wood-based cellulosic ethanol production facility. The handful of other cellulosic ethanol factories use agricultural waste to convert feedstock into sustainable transportation fuels.

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Forest Fires

New restrictions on drones near wildfires sought by B.C.

Drones grounded airtankers and helicopters at two wildfires this past summer
CBC News
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government plans to toughen up the laws prohibiting the operation of drones near wildfires, after the unmanned aircraft grounded air tankers and helicopters that should have been fighting two forest fires earlier this summer. Legislative amendments to the Wildfire Act will be introduced next spring, Mike Morris, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, announced at a news conference in Prince George Friday. “Our message is simple. If your drone is in the sky above an active wildfire, you are grounding firefighting aircraft, putting lives at risk and may cause the fire to spread,” said Morris.

BC Government to introduce legislative amendments related to drones operations near wildfires from The Canadian Underwriter
BC asks for tougher regulations after drones hamper wildfire fights from The Canadian Press

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Local wildfire season was quiet, says official

Prince George Citizen
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The manager of the B.C. Wildfire Branch’s Prince George Fire Centre is thanking the weather for a relatively quiet forest fire season in the local area. Other than the Bobtail Lake blaze, which covered 25,000 hectares west of the city, there was little if anything to report. That’s in sharp contrast to last year when smoke from nearby forest fires darkened the sky so much that street lights stayed on well into the morning. “Just weather,” was Les Husband’s response when asked what the difference was. Crews were busy elsewhere in the Prince George Fire Centre, which stretches up into the Yukon border in the Peace-Liard.

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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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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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Crater Lake fire makes history

September 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Amid a hectic wildfire season in Oregon, the largest fire in the recorded history of Crater Lake blackened the northwest corner of the state’s only national park. Still burning after five weeks, but waning and 70 percent contained as of Saturday, the National Creek Complex Fire has burned 15,500 acres — almost 25 square miles. Of that, about 13,022 acres are in the park and the rest is national forestland. While historic, the big blaze did not leave a mark close to Crater Lake or any of the park’s signature sights. “As far as scenic vistas, it is not something you are going to notice unless you look for it and you are aware that it is there,” said Greg Funderburk, fire management officer at Crater Lake National Park. 

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Large California fire expected to rage into holiday weekend

Associated Press in Washington Post
September 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. — California’s largest wildfire so far this year was expected to rage through the Labor Day weekend in the Sierra Nevada, spewing smoke that has forced campgrounds near a popular lake to close and prompted health warnings, officials said Friday. The fire that has burned 130 square miles east of Fresno is just one factor that has challenged people planning outdoor activities in recent weeks. An infestation of bugs swarmed high-desert communities on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. In addition, an 18-day manhunt along the famed Pacific Crest Trail ended with the suspect’s death.

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Maine forest rangers aid in fight against Western wildfires

Bangor Daily News
September 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

FORT KENT, Maine — Hundreds of thousands of acres of forests are burning this summer in the Pacific Northwest destroying homes, timber, crops and accounting for several deaths in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Maine Forest Service rangers and equipment have joined an international team of firefighters on the ground battling the 150,000-acre Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex fires in Washington, the 15,000 National Creek Complex fire in Oregon and the 700-acre Last Inch fire in Idaho, according to the Incident Information System website. “We have seven rangers in Western states that are working to help the other [forest service] agencies with a fairly significant fire problem,” Jeff Currier, regional forest ranger with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, said last week. “We also have three fire engines we trucked out there from Maine.”

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Crater Lake fire makes history

September 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Amid a hectic wildfire season in Oregon, the largest fire in the recorded history of Crater Lake blackened the northwest corner of the state’s only national park. Still burning after five weeks, but waning and 70 percent contained as of Saturday, the National Creek Complex Fire has burned 15,500 acres — almost 25 square miles. Of that, about 13,022 acres are in the park and the rest is national forestland. While historic, the big blaze did not leave a mark close to Crater Lake or any of the park’s signature sights. “As far as scenic vistas, it is not something you are going to notice unless you look for it and you are aware that it is there,” said Greg Funderburk, fire management officer at Crater Lake National Park. 

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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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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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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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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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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

Green groups speak out against energy subsidies for biofuels and wood burning

Economic Voice
September 8, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Bioenergy Out – Why bioenergy should not be included in the next EU Renewable Energy Directive. A coalition of European and international organisations is calling on the EU to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy Directive, and thereby to stop direct and indirect subsidies for renewable energy from going to biofuels and wood-burning. Campaigners have published a new briefing on the impacts of the EU’s bioenergy policies, and say that they are targeting policy makers. The controversial EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has claimed that the European contribution to emission reductions is “the most ambitious presented to date”. 

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