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Business & Politics

What about the Prince Albert Pulp Mill?

Prince Albert Daily Herald
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coun. Don Cody suggests that more can be done to reignite the mill. It’s been almost two years since Paper Excellence provided the last public update about the Prince Albert Pulp Mill’s future. At the time, they estimated that the mill would be developing fluff pulp by the summer of 2014 — a target that still hasn’t been reached. It’s been about a year since Paper Excellence shut down the mill’s co-generation project, which they opened in 2012 and which employed about 40 people. On Friday, Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Larry Fladagar noted that he hasn’t heard “a thing” about the mill’s future.

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B.C. invests $2.2 million to promote new uses for wood

Government of BC
September 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is investing $2.2 million in the Wood First program to promote the use of B.C. wood both locally and internationally, and help advance innovative wood-building systems and value-added wood products. The funding is being awarded to six industry trade associations and institutions with proven records in research, development and marketing of wood products and skills training to carry out Wood First activities. They include: BC Wood Specialties Group – $558,910; Canadian Wood Council – $770,109; University of British Columbia – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $359,166; University of British Columbia – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – $65,000; FPInnovations – $428,928; Design Build Research Institute – $51,762

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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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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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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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Deer Lodge sawmill lays off 50 workers

Helena Independent Record
September 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DEER LODGE — Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge has shut down the night shift in the sawmill, planer and finger-jointer operations, resulting in the layoff of almost 50 workers. That leaves 115 people working at the mill. Owner Sherm Anderson said Friday the layoff decision was difficult, but a dramatic drop in the price of 2×4 and 2×6 studs and the high cost of logs made the decision necessary. Anderson said prior to 2008 the price for studs peaked at $500 per thousand board feet (mbf) and the mill was paying $400 to $500 per mbf for logs.

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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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The Austrian sawmill industry on the road to recovery

IHB – The Timber Network
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After a record low in lumber production in the past year, with 8.4 million m3, the Austrian sawmill industry reports an upward trend for the first half of the year. Warehouses are currently filled, and the supply of the sawmill industry lies 5% above the previous year and the slightly higher lumber demand could be well served. The supply of sawn softwood lumber had inferior sharp fluctuations in the first half. There are also large quantities of damaged wood. As a result of high summer temperatures, this quantity is expected to rise, even in neighboring countries.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Local builders and suppliers covet beetle-kill

The Durango Herald
September 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Despite vast spreads of beetle-kill in the region, La Plata County’s lumber suppliers and custom-home builders are looking elsewhere to obtain the wood. The cost of building in the area has led to heightened efforts to find cheaper ways to construct homes. One of those ways is to build with the cheap, abundant wood, often pine. The beetle-kill wood is recognizable by its blue tinge… He began building with beetle-kill three years ago, though the motivation was the wood’s unique look, which was in high demand, rather than savings.

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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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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

Castle designation will mean lost forestry jobs

Letter by Robert Murray
Lethbridge Herald
September 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

So our environment minister can smile and laugh while potentially putting sawmill workers, truckers, tree planters and loggers out of work in the Castle area. But we’re going to create minimum-wage jobs for transients in the tourism industry. Those jobs are much more valuable than the jobs of folks who live in our communities, pay taxes, and coach kids’ sports teams. With the headline on the news release the NDP government has just told 18,000 Albertans who work in the forest industry that you are not welcome. These folks have made Alberta their home, not been parachuted into Alberta from B.C, Ottawa or Manitoba.

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Petition calls for end of herbicide already banned for cosmetic use in Ontario

Thunder Bay News Watch
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — A thousand people across Northern Ontario have signed a petition calling for an end to the use of an herbicide the World Health Organization calls “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Ontario banned glyphosate for cosmetic use in 2008 but forestry companies are still aerial spraying the chemical in reforesting areas to control competing vegetation.  “At that time, there was a discussion of protecting human health from unnecessary and potentially toxic chemicals,” said Julee Boan, Ontario Nature’s Boreal program manager. …Thunder Bay-based Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet presented the petition entitled, “Stop the spraying of Monsanto’s controversial VisionMax herbicide in the Boreal Forest in Canada” to Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Bill Mauro this week.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation takes Ontario to court over clear cutting

Court case will test whether Charter of Rights can protect people from environmental harm
CBC News
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, is taking legal action Monday to stop Ontario’s plan to allow logging near the community’s traditional territory. Research shows that clear cutting can release methylmercury — a neurotoxin — into the environment, a pressing concern among Grassy Narrows residents already suffering mercury poisoning. Chief Roger Fobister said the court action is necessary after Ontario turned down the First Nation’s request for an individual environmental assessment of the latest forest management plan.  “We’re trying to protect our people’s health here, our fundamental human rights,” Fobister said.

Grassy Narrows sues Ontario over mercury health threat from clearcut logging from The TB Newswatch

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Provincial Safety Centennial Conference

Wawa News
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Thursday, September 24, Ontario celebrates a century of worker health and safety in the forestry, pulp and paper industries at a special conference in Thunder Bay. …“This is a very important milestone in workplace health and safety,” says Ballanger-Michaud, “especially when you look at how dangerous logging and sawmills were in the early years. We’ve come a long way since then, and we’re inviting all businesses involved in Ontario’s forestry, pulp and paper industries to join us in in Thunder Bay on September 24 and help mark the occasion. A special thank you to our sponsors Resolute and Domtar. There’ll be a full day of presentations, workshops, safety awards, equipment exhibit, and trade show.

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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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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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Saws needed to make forest stands resilient

Summit Daily
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GUNNISON, Colo. – With not much left to feed on, the mountain bark beetles of northern Colorado have been faltering the last few years. But spruce trees in south-central Colorado have been getting hit hard. Foresters estimate 30 percent mortality of spruce trees on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. “What we’re really facing is a natural process exacerbated by all the droughts we’ve had,” said Scott Armentrout, the forest supervisor. In one area of the San Juan Mountains, near Lake City, all spruce trees larger than 3 inches in diameter have been attacked.

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Guilty plea in poaching of big leaf maples in national forest

Associated Press in Komo News
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TACOMA, Wash. – A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to illegally harvesting bigleaf maple trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington and selling the most valuable portions to a local lumber mill. Ryan Justice entered his guilty plea to theft of government property in federal court in Tacoma Thursday. Federal prosecutors have recommended 15 months in prison. He is to be sentenced in December. Justice admitted that he and others cut down 16 bigleaf maples in the forest near Randle over about two weeks in late 2011, as well as other trees. The maples were worth more than $40,000.

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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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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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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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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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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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Feds say New England cottontail doesn’t need protection

Associated Press in Yahoo News
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DOVER, N.H.  — Public and private conservation efforts have helped the New England cottontail rebound to the point where it can be taken off the list of species under consideration for protection, the federal government said Friday. The small, brown rabbit has been threatened by a loss of habitat throughout its range in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. It’s vanished from Vermont. …The cottontail does best in tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests. The rabbit’s habitat is destroyed when forests mature and large trees replace small ones. Habitats also have been lost to development. Since the 1960s, the rabbit’s range contracted by 86 percent.

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Ugandan Community Leader Receives Top Forestry Prize

All Africa
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ugandan forestry activist Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi was today awarded the 2015 Wangari Maathai ‘Forest Champions’ Award in recognition of her efforts to promote the conservation and sustainable use of her country’s forest resources. Given in recognition of outstanding efforts to improve and sustain forests, the award was established in 2012 by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which is chaired by FAO. Its name honours the memory of Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

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Sawmill owners fear Pilliga forest in NSW being destroyed by timber contract pressures

ABC News Australia
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sawmill owners in western New South Wales fear they are destroying the Pilliga forest in order to meet their timber contracts. They say they are being forced to harvest increasingly younger trees — including saplings of the bare minimum size — which they say will ultimately devastate the forest. The Baradine Sawmill signed wood supply agreements 10 years ago with the New South Wales Forestry Corporation. The Forestry Corporation allocates areas to be logged based on its estimates of the timber in the forests, but it is up to the sawmills and their logging contractors to find and harvest what is out there.

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Ethiopia: Stepping Up Efforts in Forest Management

The Ethiopian Herald
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In accordance with the recently published report of FAO , the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 per cent over the past 25 years… By the same token, Ethiopia has been getting involved in a nationwide afforestation campaign over the past two decades, as a result , most of the barren lands and deforested areas have turned into forest areas .Apart from protecting the natural forest areas in Ethiopia , reafforestation areas have been dramatically increasing from time to time. However, so much more remains to be done on sustainable forest use and enhancing forest management knowledge as well as skills through out the country.

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Bay of Plenty forestry worker killed

NZ City
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A man was killed in a forestry accident in the Bay of Plenty this week, WorkSafe New Zealand has confirmed. The accident happened in Tuhoe Forest, Waiohau, between Murupara and Whakatane, on Wednesday morning. A WorkSafe spokesman confirmed they were investigating but would not reveal any further details. The Whakatane Beacon reports it believes the victim was in his 60s and from Kawerau. The forest industry is improving its safety performance following a horrendous spate of deaths. According to the Council of Trade Unions the forestry accident rate has dropped by 60 per cent and there has been one fatal forestry accident in 15 months before Wednesday’s death. END OF STORY

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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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Forest Fires

State, federal officials close to resolving dispute

by Rob Chaney
Helena Independent Record
September 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Federal and state firefighters appear to have fixed a problem that left some Montana helicopters off the call list for initial attack missions this wildfire season. “They found our operations to be safe and effective,” state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation director John Tubbs said of a federal inspection team’s analysis of five modified helicopters Montana uses for water-drops on forest fires. “They still have some rule changes necessary on the federal side for them to fully engage our helicopters in future fires.” The problem surfaced a year ago, when U.S. Department of Agriculture officials informed DNRC that the five helicopters were carrying water buckets larger than federal standards allowed.

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New Jersey Forest Fire Service Helps Control Montana Wildfires

SNJToday
September 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MAYS LANDING – The United States Forest Service requested Larry Birch from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and 19 other Mays Landing area firefighters to help control the wildfires in Montana. “It went to a level five, so they were so in need of resources, and we went out,” said Birch. “We ended up sending two crews out, two hand crews, and three of our water tenders. Our out west program, the state’s out west program, we go out and suppress the out west fires, or help support them.” Birch works for the Forest Fire Service in Hamilton Township by watching over South Jersey for forest fires. With 15 years experience, Birch worked for two weeks with his crew working around the clock to help control the wildfires in Montana.

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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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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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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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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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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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Singapore says Indonesia to share names of companies causing forest fires

Reuters in Daily Mail Online
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

SINGAPORE, Sept 14 – Indonesia has agreed to share with Singapore the names of companies suspected of causing forest fires that have led to a deterioration of air quality in the city state. Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, told Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Vivian Balakrishnan, that the names would be shared once the information had been verified, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement. Haze has engulfed Singapore and Malaysia for several days, pushing the PSI air quality index to unhealthy levels of over 100 in the city state on a 24-hour basis.

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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

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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