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Daily Archives: September 14, 2015

Business & Politics

Reactions pour in to mill closure

Cransbrook Daily Townsman
September 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Reactions continue to pour in to the news that the Canal Flats saw mill will close permanently in early November. On Wednesday, Canfor announced the permanent closure of the mill effective Nov. 9, 2015, which will impact roughly 80 jobs. The USW Local 1-405 immediately decried the announcement, as president Doug Singer noting that the closure came pretty much out of the blue. “There was nothing communicated to us that would lead us to believe that there was any imminent problem coming down the road in the near future at home,” Singer said… Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald expressed his disappointment over the news in a press release… Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett also lamented the news of the mill closure.

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Wood pellets in high demand and short supply

Wood pellets are becoming harder to find on store shelves months before snowfall
CBC News
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wood pellets have become a favourite for those who shy away from electricity or fuel to heat their home. But they’re becoming harder to find. “My advice is to get them while you can, as soon as you can,” said Home Hardware employee Daniel Anstis. “People have been buying them in August.” In the last few years wooden pellets have been in high demand and short supply. Derek Russell, the manager of wood pellet supplier H.J. Crabbe & Sons Lumber, said he’s been preparing for the heightened demand all year. “We’ve been running a double shift here at our facility and this
summer we did a couple of modifications that will give us an extra 20
per cent production.”

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How Canada’s Warren Buffet wagered on Tembec

Bloomberg News in Montreal Gazette
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Soon after Prem Watsa — the investor known as Canada’s Warren Buffett — became the largest shareholder of Tembec Inc., the bond market started betting creditors may be taking over instead. The forestry firms’ bonds plummeted to about 68 cents on the dollar after the Montreal-based company warned that if its earnings continue to fall it could breach the terms of a bank loan. That would force Tembec to immediately come up with millions of dollars, and any unexpected cash drains could put it out of business, the company said.

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Tembec provides September 2015 quarter forecast

Canada Newswire press release
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Consistent with Tembec’s previously announced plans to enhance its liquidity, the Company is evaluating current capital market conditions, and in connection therewith, is having discussions with certain investors. Such discussions have led to questions regarding the Company’s performance in the current fiscal quarter. As such, Tembec today is issuing an operating earnings forecast for its fourth quarter ending on September 26, 2015.

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Time to get to the bottom of NSP biomass mess

By Rachel Brighton
The Chronicle Herald
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Note to Nova Scotia Power: don’t burn green wood or wood left out in the rain. And don’t sign contracts with an affiliated company that dings you for energy you didn’t use. Along with revealing such remarkable management practices, new evidence confirms the per-megawatt cost of burning biomass at the utility’s power plant in Point Tupper has risen while energy generated at the plant has fallen. Yet again, the mind-boggling and otherwise clandestine inner workings of the power monopoly are being made public, piecemeal fashion, in documents filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board as part of a requested hike in the base cost of fuel. 

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University of Kentucky Forestry Details Economic Impact of Possible Closure of Wickliffe Paper Mill

WKMS News Morning Edition
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The University of Kentucky’s Department of Forestry has released a whitepaper detailing the economic impact of the potential closure of the Verso paper mill in Ballard County. Verso announced last month it was indefinitely idling the plant, which could result in more than 300 jobs lost. UK forestry professor Jeff Stringer told WKMS the day of the idling announcement a closure could mean a $600 million hit to the state’s economy. He says the new whitepaper details a lesser, yet still massive, economic impact if the plant closes. “The specific analysis we were able to do kind of zeroed in and indicates about a $360 to $400 million impact annually to the commonwealth and that’s what we can document,” Stringer said. “There’s a chance it could be larger than that.”

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Södra appoints Jörgen Lindquist as new CFO

Lesprom
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Jörgen Lindquist has been appointed the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Södra, a role that also includes responsibility for Purchasing and IT, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. He will assume this new position on 14 September, at which point he will also become a member of Group Senior Management and report to President and CEO Lars Idermark. He will be joining Södra from IKEA, where he has spent the past five years working as CFO and Acting Vice President of the company’s industry division Swedspan International.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Why Wood is Best for Building Explained at New Website

Woodworking Network
September 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

OLYMPIA, WA – Laying out the case for wood construction over steel, concrete and bricks, the Innovative Wood Products Collaborative notes that as timber grows, it soaks up carbon dioxide. That carbon is stored in wood products, a carbon sink that mitigates climate change. About half of the dry weight of wood is stored carbon; while 16 percent of global fossil fuel goes into making steel, bricks and concrete. At www.TheMostNaturalResource.com. details are presented about these and other benefits of building with wood. The Innovative Wood Products Collaborative launch its website – www.TheMostNaturalResource.com – Sept. 11.

Press release from Innovative Wood Product Collaborative via PR Newswire

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Oregon firm first in US to be certified for new wood product

Associated Press in Longview Daily News
September 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore.  — A Southern Oregon company has become the first in the United States to be certified to produce cross-laminated timber, a product that could provide an economic shot in the arm for rural communities. Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, products will be produced by D.R. Johnson, a Riddle firm. The material “could make Oregon a supplier for the next generation skyscraper and produce more jobs in rural communities,” according to state economic development officials. CLT is made by bonding together perpendicular layers of dimensional lumber, such as 2-by-4s, to create panels used for walls, floors and roofs. The panels can be up to 13 feet wide, 65 feet long and 15 inches thick.

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Timber innovation company signs Canada deal

Stuff.co.nz
September 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

An innovative Christchurch start-up has signed a lucrative agreement with a Canadian company for its laminated timber technology. The deal could see a product developed by Prestressed Timber after the Canterbury earthquakes used in buildings throughout North America. The firm is part owned by the University of Canterbury, where the technology that uses pinus radiata in laminated form to give strength and flexibility to building structures was developed. “We’ve been helping a Canadian company with a 15 storey timber building in Ottawa … the Canadians have a great deal of interest in it,” said University of Canterbury engineering professor Andy Buchanan, one of the firm’s four owners… The firms have jointly signed with Canadian “forestry industry” company Forest Products Innovation for it to use the timber technology in North America, Buchanan said.

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Korea Wood Show coming up next month in Seoul

IHB The Timber Network
September 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Korea Wood Show, is scheduled for November 12-15, 2015 at Kintex, a suburb of Seoul, as the country’s largest trade show specialized in wood products… This year’s show is expected to be visited by more than 20,000 qualified visitors including many foreign buyers from countries such as Japan, China, USA, Canada, Taiwan, EU, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.

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Forestry

Kenora Hosting Major Forestry Conference

CKDR.net
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Institute of Forestry is holding its national conference in Kenora this coming week. Matt Wilkie is the Co-Chair and says the theme is “Sharing the Forest.” Wilkie says they have a long list of user groups set to make presentations, with experts set to talk about the industry side, economics, sustainability and ecologically. He notes there will be around 200 delegates in attendance. Wilkie says they will have representation from local First Nations, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and Kenora Conservative Candidate Greg Rickford. Officials from the United states will also be on hand.

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Fatal Logging Incident Thursday In Saugeen Township

Blackburn News
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A logging mishap has claimed the life of a man from the Clifford-area. Bruce County EMS, Saugeen Shores police and firefighters responded to a call at a bush property yesterday afternoon, west of Hwy. 21 between Concession 2 and the Bruce-Saugeen Townline. The victim had been operating a chain saw and his partner was operating a log skidder. As they attempted to skid out the logs, one log knocked over a standing dead tree stump, which hit the victim. Mark Fritz, 51, of Clifford was pronounced dead at the scene. The Coroner’s Office and Ministry of Labour are assisting Saugeen Shores police with the investigation.

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Missing helicopter located, two bodies recovered

Timmins Press
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FOLEYET – On Friday at approximately 5 p.m., Apex International Inc. located its missing helicopter in a heavily wooded area south west of the point of origin. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Emergency Response Team (ERT), Foleyet Detachment, South Porcupine Detachment attended the scene. Two bodies have been confirmed to be at the location of the crash. The identities will not be confirmed until after post mortem has been completed. Transportation Safety Board (TSB) Canada and the Regional Coroner is also attending the crash scene for investigative purposes. …Both men were employed by Apex Helicopters Inc. of Wingham, Ont. They were doing aerial spraying, working under contract to a northern forestry company.

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10,000-acre forest deal near Lake Tahoe to aid in drought studies

Sierra Sun
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Researchers are hoping the preservation of 10,000 acres of watershed land west of Lake Tahoe can help provide solutions to California’s persisting drought and wildfire epidemic. The Nature Conservancy — an environmental group that aims to prove that thinning areas of the Tahoe National Forest could enhance old forest habitats and improve the quality of water flowing from higher headwaters downstream — partnered with the American River Conservancy and Northern Sierra Partnership to buy the land for $10.1 million.

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Willamette National Forest proposes controlled burn

This would be the first controlled burn ever in the area
Associated Press in Koin.com
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – The Willamette National Forest is asking for public input on a proposal to use controlled fire to burn a large tract of forest in Mount Washington Wilderness. The Register-Guard reports prescribed fire would be used on up to 1,725 acres as early as fall 2016. The area is northwest of Highway 242. Officials say that portion of the forest is struck by lightning every summer. This year, lightning started one fire. Because the forest has a lot of vegetation, a small fire could convert into a large wildfire. Officials say the prescribed fire would have a short-term impact on the character of the wilderness, but over the long run would strengthen the forest. It would be the first time prescribed fire is used in the Willamette National Forest’s wilderness area.

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Researchers looking at Front Range forest health and fire

Researchers wanted to take a look at the effects of a destructive beetle, affecting forests along the Front Range.
9News Colorado
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West
KUSA- “Fire is kind of tricky,” she said. Briggs is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. For months, she, along with Community College of Denver professor Fleur Ferro and student Marianne Blackburn, have been taking a look at the health of forests up and down the Front Range. They compared their findings to data collected back in 2009… “Forests are always changing,” Briggs said. “There’s lots of disturbances.” One of the culprits is the mountain pine beetle, which has killed millions of trees in the western U.S. and Canada. On the Front Range, they found it affected forests of Ponderosa Pine.

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Peninsula tribal leaders nominated for Women of Color Empowered award

Peninsula Daily News
September 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Two tribal leaders from the Olympic Peninsula have received nominations for Women of Color Empowered recognition from Northwest Asian Weekly magazine. Meredith Parker, general manager of the Makah tribe, and Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault Nation since 2006, are among the 13 nominees for the Women and Money Award. Parker, who lives in Neah Bay, worked for 25 years in the forestry sector and retired after serving 13 years as CEO of the Makah Forestry Enterprise. She also serves as president of the Makah Cultural and Research Center, president of the Neah Bay Chamber of Commerce and vice president of the philanthropic Potlatch Fund, which operates in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

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Setting the record straight on Alliance for the Wild Rockies

David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Helena Independent Record
September 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Apparently my column on forest reform touched a nerve, drawing a hasty response from Michael Garrity from the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and a number of online comments. These responses are long on vitriol and short on facts. These are the facts. Nowhere in U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke’s article did he claim spotted owls live in Montana. He stated, “During one such project they (AWR) litigated on the grounds of preserving spotted owl habitat.” Zinke referred to an AWR lawsuit on spotted owls — which Garrity claims never happened: “We have never sued anyone over spotted owls.” Garrity’s website includes a story about AWR’s 2013 appeal stopping a project on Utah’s Dixie National Forest that “is important habitat for the endangered Mexican spotted owl.”

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Putting a Price on Nature

By Mark Anderson
Bangor Daily News
September 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Commodification of nature was a product of the market economy that Europeans imposed on the peoples and landscapes of North America, a process historians have documented as a growing connectedness of the planet over the past several centuries. By the end of the 20th Century we reached a point where even committed environmentalists had come to focus almost exclusively on the commodity value of nature. The history of environmentalism in the second half of the 20th Century shows how this came about. Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is often credited with igniting the environmental movement of the 1960’s.  

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Truck fire forces area highway closures

Herald and News
September 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A tailer that hauling wood chips between Klamath Falls and Lakeview caught fire Saturday afternoon, forcing the temporary closure of Highway 140 East. It was fully engulfed and pretty much destroyed. Flaming wood chips caused numerous spot fires near the site. The truck driver, Willard Keys with truck company Boyd Transport, said he was hauling the chips from Lakeview to Collins Mill in Klamath Falls. Keys said he wasn’t sure when the trailer caught fire. While the cause of the fire isn’t known, Keys said he must have picked up a spark when he picked up the load in Lakeview.

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Muckleshoot Tribe Chooses SFI Certification to Enhance Long-Term Sustainable Timber Harvest and Support Cultural Values

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington, D.C. — The Muckleshoot Tribe’s ancestors inhabited Central Puget Sound for thousands of years. Today, this coastal Salish Tribe is a major contributor to the local economy and community, providing resources to governments, schools, nonprofits, and churches throughout Washington State. The Tribe’s decision to certify its Tomanamus Forest to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Forest Management Standard is the latest example of its commitment to sustainability and responsible forestry practices

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Timber harvest on Maine state land fuels $8 million question

Bangor Daily News
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — A special legislative commission is taking a closer look at how the state can spend $8 million in funding generated from timber harvesting on public lands. Gov. Paul LePage has tried to use the money to pay for heating assistance for the elderly, but critics say the state constitution restricts the use of those funds. The $8 million that has accumulated in the account comes from timber harvesting on more than 400,000 public acres in Maine.

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Forests key to climate change pact: Durban congress

AFP in Yahoo News
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Durban (South Africa) – Two major UN conferences on climate change and sustainable development must tackle the key issue of deforestation, the World Forestry Congress urged Friday. “Forests are an essential solution to climate change adaptation and mitigation,” according to a statement released by the congress, which drew 4,000 delegates from government, conservation groups and the private sector to the South African city of Durban this week. Apart from offering oxygen, fuel and building material, trees store important quantities of carbon gas, which, if released, contribute to global warming.

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Council forestry rules a mishmash

New Zealand Scoop
September 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest owners’ spokesman says council rules for forestry are a mishmash which vary from district to district without good cause. Often they are also more stringent for forests than for farms on the same country. Forest Owners Association environmental committee chair Peter Weir says a proposed National Environmental Standard (NES) aims to straighten out the mess. It was drafted by a group that included environmental groups, forest owners and three local bodies, with input from technical experts. “It’s all about creating certainty and improving overall standards of environmental stewardship,” he says.

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Environmentalists slam forest congress

eNCA
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DURBAN – Environmentalists are slamming what they call misleading definitions in the forestry sector. They say existing terminology allows for abuse of the system.  They have been speaking at a counter-conference running parallel to the 14th World Forestry Congress in Durban. Wally Menne from the Timberwatch Coalition says, “We believe what the FAO is doing, it’s a farce to call a plantation a forest. It needs to be called something more honest”. Environmentalists from across the world are slamming the use of what they say are misleading definitions in the forestry sector.  They believe referring to plantations as forests allows industry to abuse the system. 

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Not guilty verdict in forestry manslaughter trial

The first forestry worker charged with manslaughter has been found not guilty after a tree he felled crushed his co-worker almost two years ago.
Radio New Zealand News
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Paul Burr, 47, closed his eyes and his family members wept after the jury in the High Court in Palmerston North exonerated him. Lincoln Kidd, 20, died when a tree felled by the contractor crushed him on a forestry block near Levin in December, 2013. Mr Burr had been felling trees inside a harvester when one fell back past his machine and onto his co-worker, smashing his skull and breaking his back. In his final submission today, Justice Brown said the case was unique as it was the first time a forestry worker had been charged with manslaughter, rather than a company being prosecuted.

Not guilty verdict in forestry manslaughter trial from The New Zealand Herald
Paul Burr not guilty in groundbreaking forestry manslaughter case from Stuff.co.nz

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Tree Resin Research Offers New Epilepsy Treatment Potential

Epilepsy Research UK
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers in Sweden have published innovative new research that details how certain types of tree resin might contain substances with the potential to relieve or cure epilepsy. The Linkoping University study, published in Nature’s open-access periodical Scientific Reports, built on existing knowledge of the function of ion channels, a type of pore in the cell membrane that permits the transport of charged ions between the cell’s interior and its surroundings. …This new research highlighted the fact that resin acids, which are found naturally in the sticky resin from conifers, are fat-soluble and electrically charged, allowing them to bind to and block these ion channels in order to curb or prevent harmful nerve activity.

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World Forestry Congress sets out vision for future of forests

from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
PR Newswire
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ROME — The world’s forests must be recognized as “more than trees”, the XIV World Forestry Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa, concluded today. Instead, forests hold vast potential to play a decisive role in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change. The largest gathering on forests this decade set out its vision of how forests and forestry should look in 2050, adopting the Durban Declaration after a week of debate. The vision calls for the forests of the future to be “fundamental” for food security and improved livelihoods. Forests and trees must also be integrated with other land uses such as agriculture in order to address the causes of deforestation and conflict over land, according to the declaration.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Western Australian company receives gold standard certification for carbon emissions reduction

ABC News, Australia
September 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Perth-based carbon farming company Carbon Neutral has become the first Australian carbon emissions reduction project to receive Gold Standard certification. Media player: “Space” to play, “M” to mute, “left” and “right” to seek.  The certification, by the Geneva-based Gold Standard Foundation, recognises the project’s environmental, social and economic credentials. Over the past eight years Carbon Neutral has established reforestation projects covering ten thousand hectares across Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, including properties in the shires of Morawa and Perenjori. Company director Kent Broad said they measured carbon stored in trees to sell to private companies as carbon credits.

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Foresters bailing out of ‘failed’ ETS scheme

The ETS ‘fiasco’ has sent NZ’s forestry crop backwards, foresters tell Rob Tipa.
Stuff.co.nz
September 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Whatever happened to the emissions trading scheme? When the ETS was introduced in 2008 it was sold to the New Zealand public as the country taking responsibility for its carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol and making an international commitment to reduce those emissions by 2020. Initially, forest owners embraced the scheme with both hands, actively encouraged by the Government to register their forests and claim the annual carbon credits they were entitled to. The scheme allowed owners of forests planted since the Kyoto Protocol baseline year of 1990 to annually claim for carbon credits equal to the amount of carbon stored by their trees each year.

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Forest Fires

America in flames

September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

…The outlook is grim. The National Research Council estimates that the amount of land burned in western North America could quadruple with every degree of warming—of which there are expected to be at least a couple by the end of this century. The feared effect of this and other warming-related changes is that America’s forests could, as early as 2030, start to emit more carbon into the atmosphere, including in smoke from wildfires and methane from disturbed ground, than they absorb through photosynthesis.

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General Grant, Boole trees spared from Rough fire so far

The Fresno Bee
September 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

GRANT GROVE — Being on tree watch puts a lot of weight on Luis Magana’s shoulders. Because he’s not watching just any tree. Magana is monitoring General Grant, the second-largest tree in the world and a longtime destination for tourists worldwide. On Saturday, fears that the 129,000-acre Rough fire might fell the magnificent sequoia in Grant Grove lessened when it became apparent that backfiring and monitoring efforts have helped protect some of the world’s most highly treasured trees…. He was keeping an eye out for hot embers flying over the grove from other areas of the fire. In particular, he watched for tiny flaming pieces of black bark that could set off spot fires with the potential to grow.

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4 firefighters suffer burns in fast-moving California fire

Associated Press – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — Hundreds of people rushed to escape a massive wildfire charging across the tinder-dry Sierra Nevada foothills and another fast-moving blaze that broke out in Northern California Saturday, sending four firefighters to the hospital with burn injuries. The firefighters, all members of a helicopter crew, got burned while battling the fire in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, that grew to about 15 square miles (or 10,000 acres) in just a few hours, said Daniel Berlant, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman. The firefighters were rushed to a hospital burn unit for treatment; their conditions have not been released.

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Northern California fire destroys 400 homes, businesses

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — Two of California’s fastest-burning wildfires in decades overtook several Northern California towns, killing at least one person and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and sending thousands of residents fleeing highways lined with buildings, guardrails and cars still in flames. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confirmed one fatality in the wildfire north of San Francisco that raced through dry brush and exploded in size within hours. Officials also counted 400 homes, two apartment complexes and 10 businesses destroyed by the flames, department spokeswoman Lynn Valentine said. In addition, up to 1,000 structures such as barns, sheds and other outbuildings were burned, said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. The devastation comes after a separate wildfire to the southeast destroyed at least 81 homes.

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Montana helicopters won’t fight fires on US lands this year

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
September 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont.  — A federal review found that Montana has a safe aviation program, but it is unlikely the state’s five firefighting helicopters will be used to respond to blazes on U.S. Forest Service lands this year, officials said Friday. The five modified Bell UH-1H helicopters have been barred from responding to fires in the state’s national forests because federal standards require that they use smaller buckets to scoop water. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock objected to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, citing the shortage of firefighting resources as hot weather and dry conditions sparked dozens of wildfires last month. Further discussions by Bullock and Vilsack led federal aviation experts to review the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s program last week.

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How crews are protecting ancient giant sequoias from a California wildfire

The Washington Post
September 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters were working to ensure that California’s famed giant sequoias were protected as a wildfire in the state continued to burn and threaten the land on which the majestic trees stand. The Rough Fire has grown to more than 100,000 acres in Central California, fire officials said in a Friday morning update. Andy Isolano, a Clovis Fire Department spokesman, told the Associated Press that crews dealing with the blaze had taken steps to protect Grant Grove, home to the General Grant tree, which was designated as the Nation’s Christmas Tree nearly a century ago. Those precautions included sprinklers and bulldozed lines, according to the AP.

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Nine Things Oregonians Should Know About Forest Fires

Oregonwild.org
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Forest fires can be a threat to homes and property, but they also play an important role in restoring and maintaining a healthy forest. Here are nine things every Oregonian should know about forest fires in our area. Fire isn’t always bad. Humans have made forest fires worse. Climate change could increase risks. Many forests need restoration. Protecting homes doesn’t mean logging the backcountry. Logging in recovering areas makes things worse…

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Indonesia rules out evacuations in forest fire areas

The Sydney Morning Herald
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Jakarta: The Indonesian government has ruled out evacuating residents from Sumatra despite media reports of deaths from respiratory illnesses due to crisis levels of pollution from forest fires. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency told Fairfax Media “the best medicine for haze is rain” and it was considering creating artificial rain to douse the fires ravaging South Sumatra. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI), which measures air quality, soared to “dangerous” levels of 984 in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau in Sumatra, and 550 in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra.

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General

America in flames

September 14, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

…The outlook is grim. The National Research Council estimates that the amount of land burned in western North America could quadruple with every degree of warming—of which there are expected to be at least a couple by the end of this century. The feared effect of this and other warming-related changes is that America’s forests could, as early as 2030, start to emit more carbon into the atmosphere, including in smoke from wildfires and methane from disturbed ground, than they absorb through photosynthesis.

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