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Daily Archives: September 21, 2015

Froggy Foibles

The Axe Hole targets Edmonton customers for indoor axe-throwing fun

Edmonton Journal
September 20, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bored by bowling and aggravated by archery? Edmonton now has another indoor sport to hone your hand-eye co-ordination — axe throwing. The Axe Hole opened on the weekend in a commercial unit near Kingsway and 119th Street to cater to what manager Kat Spencer says is a growing number of people who like to toss sharp items at wood. “This is kind of an underground hobby that people have done on their own time,” Spencer said Sunday. “Axe throwing is so popular because it’s so basic. All you need is a target and an axe. No fancy electronics or special skills.” It’s a familiar field for Spencer, a Smoky Lake-based forestry specialist.

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Business & Politics

Use of medical marijuana at work poses challenges for employers: experts

Canadian Press in Sunshine Coast Reporter
September 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As medical marijuana gains traction as a treatment option for a host of conditions including chronic pain and other conditions, Canadian employers could find themselves grappling with a sticky issue. …But although employers have a duty to accommodate workers’ medical conditions, experts say that duty must be balanced with the need to keep the workplace safe. …A recent decision issued by the BC Human Rights Tribunal illustrates some of the limits that apply to the employer’s responsibility to accommodate workers’ needs. The Tribunal ruled in July that B.C.-based Selkin Logging did not violate John French’s human rights by refusing to allow the logging contractor to use marijuana while on the job. The company, which has a “zero tolerance” policy on marijuana use, had argued that it did not discriminate against French based on his use of cannabis to handle the symptoms of cancer, but rather was concerned about safety.

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Resources firms endorse call for aboriginal veto rights to projects

Globe and Mail
September 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Two of Canada’s biggest resources companies have endorsed a call for governments and industry to clearly assert the right of aboriginal communities to veto major projects that negatively affect their traditional territories. Suncor Energy Inc. and Tembec Inc. are members of the Boreal Leadership Council that is releasing a report Monday calling for the adoption of the principle of “free, prior and informed consent” when industry is working with indigenous populations.

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Catalyst Announces Powell River Land Sale

Catalyst Paper
September 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Richmond, BC – Catalyst (TSX: CYT) today announced the sale of approximately 250 hectares of surplus land in Powell River, British Columbia, for $4.5 million. The forested land is adjacent to the Powell River mill site. While the land was previously harvested by predecessor companies, it has never been the site of manufacturing activity. Catalyst had no plans to use this parcel of land.

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Alberta forest products sector has a lot on its mind

Edmonton Journal
September 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week in Jasper — an appropriate setting, it turns out — the Alberta Forest Products Association holds its annual general meeting. Paul Whittaker, the association’s president and chief executive, talked about pine beetles and other issues facing the industry in this province. The mountain pine beetle is “Item 1” among issues of concern to the industry, Whittaker said, adding the pine-tree killing insect poses a threat that is “real and not going away.” “We have some significant challenges in places like Jasper National Park, where it’s spreading and it’s difficult to eradicate,” Whittaker said.

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Alberta government probe finds timber deal violated provincial law

Edmonton Journal
September 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A northern Alberta timber project is on hold after an independent investigation found the deal between three Métis Settlements and a London-based energy group violated a provincial law. The KPMG investigation found that the East Prairie, Paddle Prairie and Peavine Métis Settlements violated the Métis Settlements Act by entering into a joint venture agreement with Active Energy Group without due diligence, according to a letter sent to the settlements Monday by Aboriginal Relations Minister Kathleen Ganley and obtained by the Journal. The investigation found the settlements’ councils “provided insufficient evidence” that proper planning, risk assessments and consultations were done before the joint venture agreement was signed.

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Teal-Jones continues to meet environmental certification standards

Canada Newswire press release
September 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, – The Teal-Jones Group, a B.C. based forest products company, has once again received endorsement from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for its excellence in sustainability practices. A non-profit organization responsible for ensuring national forest certification standards are met or exceeded, the PEFC eco-label is only given after third-party auditor assessment is completed. This year, Teal-Jones utilized the professional, independent services of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) for the inspection process.

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Hefty Grant Given for Sustainable Missoula Lumber

ABC Fox Montana
September 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – A hefty grant boosts a small Missoula company, where the employees lovingly call themselves “tree huggers.” And they plan to use the money to promote sustainable lumber practices. As a part of the Chase Mission Main Street Grant, Missoula’s sustainable lumber company is receiving $100,000 to expand their business. Those with the company say 100% of their products come from locally salvaged, reclaimed and recycled materials There is also a zero waste policy. Ryan Palma started this all in his garage, and he believes his company represents a step toward the future of sustainable lumber.

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Employee dies in accident at Domtar Paper Mill in Ashdown, AR

ktalnews.tv
September 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Today Domtar is mourning the loss of one of our employees in a railcar incident at our pulp and paper mill in Ashdown, Arkansas. We are working closely with emergency personnel and local authorities to actively investigate and manage the incident. The name of the employee has not been released, pending notification of family members. We will keep all those affected by this tragedy fully informed as we learn more. Little River County Sheriff’s Office confirms an accident involving fatality. NBC 6 has a crew on the way to scene and we will bring you the details as they become available.

Victim identified in fatal Domtar plant incident from KTBS News

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip to use guitars made from Maple Leaf Forever tree wood

Inside Toronto
September 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

When Blue Rodeo guitarist Colin Cripps heard about the 2013 wind storm that took down the Maple Leaf Forever silver maple tree in east Toronto, his first thought was unsurprising. The tree that may have inspired Alexander Muir to write the Maple Leaf Forever — Canada’s de facto national anthem before O Canada took its place — should do more than inspire music. It should make it. “My first thought was what can be done to repurpose this extraordinary wood from this significant historic tree,” said Cripps. “Of course, being a guitar player, I thought we should build a guitar.”

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Tall Wood Building Prize of $3 million shared between two timber towers

TreeHugger
September 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Although a hundred years ago building taller buildings in wood was relatively common, particularly on the west coast, It fell out of favor as the big trees became scarce, and as building codes changed to promote noncombustible steel and concrete. The prize money is being used to catch up, for “the exploratory phase of their projects, including the research and development necessary to utilize engineered wood products in high-rise construction in the U.S”. And while the steel, concrete and masonry people are apoplectic about this and keep running ads screaming about burning buildings, the heavy timber buildings like these are have been shown to be pretty safe.

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Can advanced wood products lift rural Oregon?: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian
September 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s timber industry will never be what it once was. The state’s annual timber harvest is about half what it was 30 years ago, and employment in the wood products industry has fallen by a similar amount. With dozens of mills closed, many of those jobs wouldn’t come back even if harvests increased dramatically. But is there a chance that what remains of the industry that once defined Oregon can reinvent itself in a way that would bring back at least a portion of the more than 30,000 jobs that have been lost since the mid-1980s? The past two weeks brought evidence that such hope exists in the form of a product called cross-laminated timber (CLT). DR Johnson Lumber of Riddle became the first U.S. company to be certified to produce cross-laminated timber. 

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Tall Wood Building Winners Thrills a CLT Mill

Bulletin Leader
September 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Every few blocks, steel frames and concrete beams are formed and stacked high in the air. Scientific research and testing over the past five years, as well as the construction of more than 17 tall mass timber buildings (seven stories or taller) around the world, has provided building officials, designers, contractors and consumers’ confidence that these buildings are safe and resilient. Congratulations to the winners, and to Tom Vilsack for supporting this. Now a new 10-story building in Manhattan is planned that will be unlike any other in the U.S: It will be made nearly entirely from wood. Integrating lessons learned from tall timber structures in Canada and Europe, Robinson and his team are expected to incorporate new structural and architectural technologies that include an engineered wood core and lateral system for seismic integrity and CLT floor panels fabricated up to 50? in length.

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Orlando MetroWest condo complex faces millions in code-violation fines

Orlando Sentinel
September 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Orlando’s biggest challenge with building-safety violations isn’t in a blighted area. It’s a manicured MetroWest condo community where landscapers weed and security guards check guests. The English-themed Hamptons community of 743 condominiums faces $4 million in code-enforcement fines for violations — the largest tab in the city, according to Orlando officials… The Hamptons, he added, are representative of condominiums and apartments built during the pre-recession period throughout Orlando, and Central Florida in general. “I genuinely believe that every similar aged wood-frame apartment building or condominium conversion in Central Florida, clad with thin-coat stucco and single-pane aluminum windows, is probably as bad or worse than the Hamptons,” Prichard said. Florida property owners in particular get a false sense of security about their buildings… But when you look closely, or examine the wood framing behind the pretty exterior, you see major problems.”

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Government adviser launches National Structural Timber Specification

Timber Trades Journal
September 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Government chief construction adviser Peter Hansford gave his backing to TRADA’s National Structural Timber Specification – launched last night at Arup’s office in London. The specification document is designed to help level the playing field and better enable timber to compete against steel and concrete in construction. Mr Hansford praised timber in construction, calling it the “oldest building material”, which he said was “beautiful” and “sustainable”. “This new government is very keen for industry to lead itself, to step up to the plate,” said Mr Hansford. “By developing this specification you have done just that.”

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National awards showcase timber’s strength and flexibility

New Zealand Herald
September 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Waiheke Island Community Library exemplifies the intersection of construction, architecture, fine art and natural elements in timber construction. The library won overall winner and Commercial Architectural Excellence category in the New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards announced last week. The awards included eight categories from residential and commercial architectural excellence, innovation and novel applications of wood. The library “is a lyrical response to the idea of a timber library building, and a robust yet visually appealing statement,” said judges of the competition.

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Forestry

Planned logging of old-growth B.C. forest “shameful,” could spark blockades, say environmentalists

by Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
September 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Province says area is small compared to large area protected in Carmanah Walbran park. The B.C. government has approved a permit for logging on one of eight planned “cutblock” areas in the central Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island, which an environmental group says could reignite the war in the woods from the 1990s. “This type of old-growth forest is simply too rare to destroy, and the fact the government isn’t responding to this crisis is shameful,” Wilderness Committee campaigner Torrance Coste said in a news release from the group. The area in question was not protected when more than 16,000 hectares of forests were placed off limits to logging in the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park created in 1993 following protests and blockades.

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BC Timber Sales hosting Mount Macpherson logging open house

Revelstoke Times Review
September 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales and the City of Revelstoke are hosting an open house to allow people to review and provide feedback on logging plans for Mt. Macpherson. BCTS plans on harvesting a cutblock on Macpherson in 2016 that would impact several mountain biking and Nordic ski trails. Last month, BCTS presented detailed harvesting plans, including proposed cutblock layout to the Revelstoke Cycling Association. The plan would include a buffer that would protect the TNT trail. On October 7, the public will have the chance to provide feedback on the plans. Feedback will be considered before logging begins next year, but don’t expect substantial changes or a halt to operations. “We will listen to what’s said at the meeting,” said Colin Johnston of BCTS. “That’s all I can commit to. I’m not going to say we’re going to re-draw the plans because somebody doesn’t like them.”

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B.C. protects more old-growth forests in Whistler area

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The government of British Columbia is protecting more old-growth forests and enhancing biodiversity by establishing another 27 old growth management areas. British Columbia’s newest old growth management areas all lie within the Whistler Landscape Unit of the Sea to Sky Natural Resource District and cover 7,061 hectares. This represents about 18% of the 39,039 hectares of Crown forested land base within that landscape unit. The establishment of old growth management areas helps protect the biological diversity of old-growth forests by ensuring that stands from different ecosystem types are protected and land use objectives are met.

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CVRD, Cumberland, Timberwest fulfill Hazard Abatement Order

Comox Valley Echo
September 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The engineering report required in the Hazard Abatement Order regarding the bank sloughing that took place on Perseverance Creek and believed to have caused the high turbidity levels in the Comox Lake and the lengthy boil water advisory last December was presented to Island Health one day ahead of the Sept. 16 deadline. The Comox Valley Regional District, the Village of Cumberland and Timberwest Forest Company were all involved in paying for the report as directed by Island Health medical officer Charmaine Enns on Aug. 7. Enns received the report on Tuesday afternoon. “They have all fulfilled the requirements of producing the report in the order,” said Enns. “Now we all have to go through it, think about it and determine what can be done short term and long term.”

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BC to increase wolf cull, says it’s the best plan to save endangered caribou

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
September 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – British Columbia is aiming to increase the number of wolves it kills this winter in the second year of a plan to save endangered caribou, prompting criticism from celebrities and renewed debate over the controversial strategy. The wolf cull is the best shot to protect threatened caribou from extinction, say caribou experts and government officials, who admit it will take years to determine if the science behind killing wolves works. “It’s like trying to dial a radio station in with boxing gloves on,” said Tom Ethier, an assistant deputy minister at B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, which oversees the cull. “We’re really trying to figure out: does this work?”

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Parks Canada needs help planting 30K trees in Cape Breton park

CBC News
September 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Parks Canada needs volunteers to help plant 30,000 new trees in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park this fall because moose have eaten so many of them in the last 15 years that grasslands now cover 11 per cent of the park’s land. Public outreach education officer Daniel Sinclair says the problem started 40 years ago after an outbreak of Spruce Budworm in the park’s forests. New trees grew where old trees died. For the moose, the treelings became breakfast, lunch and dinner.  “Over time, what happens is that moose population increases so we now have a hyper-abundant moose population and a lot of food for them, a lot of regenerating trees. So over time, they’ve just taken everything out,” Sinclair said. 

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Urban tree protection plan in the works for the City of Ottawa

CBC News
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

he City of Ottawa will start crafting a strategy this fall to protect urban trees and ensure a healthy canopy in the future. “There are all kinds of stresses on our urban trees and forests,” said David Chernushenko, city councillor for Capital Ward and chair of the city’s environment committee. “There’s always reasons to cut them down, take them away, not replant major trees, but it takes real work to do the opposite.” While many cities have long-term visions and overarching plans for their urban forests, Ottawa currently has only a medley of policies, regulations and programs related to trees. “It’s 100 per cent necessary and we’re very excited that we’re going down this route,” said Velta Tomsons, who leads a campaign for the organization Ecology Ottawa that is seeking to plant one million trees in Ottawa by 2017.

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Cargill Marks Anniversary of No-Deforestation Pledge With New Forest Policy; Greenpeace Wants More

Sustainable Brands
September 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

On Wednesday, just a few days from the first anniversary of the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) — an international, multi-sector commitment to safeguard the world’s forests and to help tackle climate change signed by Cargill and other major multinational companies, governments, and civil society organizations at last year’s UN Climate Summit — Cargill released a new Policy on Forests. Backed by forest protection action plans for Cargill’s priority commodity supply chains, the policy sets a comprehensive approach for the company in its efforts to prevent forest loss. …By signing the NYDF last year, Cargill pledged to do its part to halve deforestation by 2020 and end it completely by 2030.

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State takes over pine beetle fight

Black Hills Pioneer
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NORTHERN HILLS — Faced with steadily decreasing state funding for the Hills-wide pine beetle battle, Lawrence County has largely handed over the local fight to the state for the upcoming cutting season. Lawrence County Deputy State’s Attorney Bruce Outka said that starting in 2014, and continuing into 2015, the state replaced the respective counties as the responsible entity for mountain pine beetle tree identification, marking, and tree cutting.  “Lawrence County received no state grant funding in either 2014 or 2015,” Outka said. “To the extent the county undertook mountain pine beetle activities in 2014, it was owing to state grant money carried over from 2013 and remaining donated funds.”

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Firefighting Costs For Canyon Creek Complex Near $30M

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire officials are starting to get a handle on the cost of Oregon’s most destructive wildfires this year. To date, the lightning-caused Canyon Creek Complex has cost about $30 million. The bill is shared between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Forestry. “So we split that based on the number of acres across the entire incident,” said Tracy Wrolson, who is the assistant district forester ODF’s Central Oregon district. “ODF, private grounds had about 18 percent of the total acreage on Canyon Creek.”

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As ‘Lorax Dave’ sat in an Eastmoreland sequoia, those below staked out their own positions

The Oregonian
September 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sixty feet above the ground in Southeast Portland’s Eastmoreland neighborhood, the man they called “Lorax Dave” sat quietly Thursday, almost hidden by the branches of the 170-foot sequoia he was in. The noise and action that day came from below. Portland police officers called to the man, Dave Walters, assuring him he wouldn’t be arrested if he came down voluntarily. Residents standing in backyards adjacent to the tree and two other sequoias periodically applauded and shouted, “We love you, Dave!” A man sat on a deck and drummed. Two drones, launched by a pair of Clackamas County hobbyists, buzzed overhead.

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Study proves value of thinning projects as California goes up in flames

Payson Roundup
September 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thinning treatments can save forested communities, even when the treatment leaves behind dense areas for wildlife, according to a comprehensive study of the effects of the two biggest wildfires in Arizona history. The study looked at the impact of the thinning treatments that saved Alpine and Nutrioso from the Wallow Fire. The thinned buffer zones transformed a seemingly unstoppable crown fire into a manageable ground fire, concluded researchers from the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service, who published their work in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

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Another 250 homes destroyed in N. California wildfire

The Oregonian
September 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — A Sierra Nevada fire claimed an additional 250 homes, bringing the total to 503, California fire officials said Saturday after making new assessments. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler said the increased count comes as firefighters make progress and damage inspection teams have access to affected areas. Cal Fire had reported 252 homes destroyed as of Friday night by the fire burning in Amador and Calaveras counties. Two deaths have been reported. The fire is 65 percent contained.

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Colorado State Forest Service says off-color pine needles normal, not disease

Summit Daily
September 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thousands of evergreen trees in the High Country are beginning to display dying orange and brown needles, but foresters say most trees are simply going through a natural shedding process and are not infested by bark beetles or tree disease. Colorado evergreens shed their older, interior needles as part of an annual growth cycle. Needles on the lower portion of the crowns or closest to the trunk are most commonly shed, but trees stressed due to drought or root damage may shed more needles to keep the tree in balance with its root system. Soon-to-be shed needles typically turn yellow first, then a reddish-orange or brown color before dropping off.

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Controlled burns planned for Mount Washington Wilderness

Willamette National Forest may start burning in fall 2016
The Bend Bulletin
September 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Plans for prescribed fires in the Mount Washington Wilderness are still in the works for the Willamette National Forest, with burning possibly happening next fall. Meanwhile, the Deschutes National Forest has put on hold plans for such controlled burns in wilderness closer to Bend. The goal would be to restore thick woods to a state where wildfires could burn themselves out, said Matt Peterson, assistant recreation staff officer for the Willamette National Forest in Springfield. Currently fire crews pounce on any new wildfires in the woods near Scott Mountain, not wanting them to spread out of the wilderness.

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Don’t be hasty on changing Northwest Forest Plan

The U.S. Forest Service should not be too hasty to abandon a regionwide approach in the Northwest Forest Plan.
The Seattle Times
September 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TWENTY years ago, the intergovernmental Northwest Forest Plan defused the timber wars, quieting the heated chatter of owls versus jobs. The breakthrough flowed from a regional approach to managing 24 million acres of public federal lands in Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Today, as the plan faces revision, its forward-thinking design is at risk. The U.S. Forest Service has signaled that it may jettison the plan’s regionwide strategy covering all the forests and return to the pre-1994 model of overseeing individual forests along arbitrary boundaries. That would be a mistake. In the era of record wildfires and climate change, a strong regional framework is the only viable, ecologically sound path forward.

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Dean Pepper named outstanding logger; Keith Kanoti wins Abby Holman Award

The Maine Forest Products Council also named Jim Robbins Sr., of Robbins Lumber in Searsmont, the Albert D. Nutting Award winner at its annual meeting.
Kennebec Journa
September 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Dean Pepper of Fayette was named Maine’s Outstanding Logger and Keith Kanoti, formerly of Somerville, received the Abby Holman Public Service Award at the recent Maine Forest Products Council 55th annual meeting. Jim Robbins Sr., president of Robbins Lumber in Searsmont, received the Albert D. Nutting Award, which recognizes leadership, integrity and “a commitment to the values, both public and private, generated from the working forest,” according to a press release from the MFPC. …Pepper, of D.R. Pepper Wood Harvesting, was honored for “exemplary on the ground performance and a strong commitment to meeting the management objectives of the landowner through innovation and sound business management,” the release said.

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Clearcutting, fees, on tap in Indiana forests

Environmentalists say state officials are rushing a controversial statewide forest planning document through the public process.
The Courier Journal
September 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Indiana plans to increase clear-cut logging on its state forests and improve recreational facilities including at Clark State Forest near Henryville over the next five years, while looking to increase user fees, according to a proposed strategic plan that’s the subject of three public meetings this week. Environmentalists are objecting to the substance of the proposal and are calling on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to more widely seek out public input by opening a formal 60-day comment period. “You own these forests, not the timber industry,” Jeff Stant, executive director of the Indiana Forest Alliance, wrote in a Sept. 14 letter to supporters.

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Tree of the Year 2015, in pictures

The Telegraph
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The shortlist has been released for the title of Tree of the Year. The winning tree from each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will go forward to the European Tree of the Year competition in early 2016. …Northern Ireland: The Dark Hedges (Bregagh Road, Stranocum, Ballymoney): Nominated by June Boyd and Carole O’Kane  This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. (James Stuart built Gracehill House in c.1775 and named it after his wife, Grace Lynd.)

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Indonesia arrests seven company executives for illegal forest fires

A senior executive of plantation company Bumi Mekar Hijau is one of those held for suspected environmental crimes, as part of a wider drive to combat the pollution haze crisis, reports The Straits Times
The Guardian
September 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesian police arrested seven corporate executives on Wednesday in connection with illegal forest fires across Sumatra and Kalimantan, as part of a wide-ranging effort to stop the haze crisis. Suspects included a senior executive from Bumi Mekar Hijau, a unit of Singapore-based Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), which is also Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper producer. The national impetus includes deploying more police to help with firefighting and handling probes against culprits, and increasing cloud-seeding sorties to douse the blazes, especially those burning on dry peatlands. These carbon-rich peatlands produce the thick haze that has blanketed many parts of Indonesia, as well as neighbours Malaysia and Singapore in recent weeks, bringing the air quality down to unhealthy and sometimes hazardous levels.

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Grieving parents promote the importance of workplace safety

ABC News, Australia
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nothing brings home the importance of workplace safety more than a preventable death on a work site. In New Zealand in 2013, 10 people were killed in forestry accidents. Robert’s parents, Wiremu and Marcella Edmonds are now dedicated to promoting the importance of workplace safety, recently giving talks to forestry workers in the south west of Western Australia. I believe that all accidents are preventable and our sons death was no different…if it was avoided we wouldn’t have a story to tell, simple as that… “The world changed pretty much… so a tree was felled on top of him [Robert] by the foreman of the crew,” she said. “There were many things that happened that day that shouldn’t have.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Swinomish, Ecotrust receive federal funding for forest conservation, carbon sequestration

Native Times
September 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

LACONNER, Wash. – The Swinomish Tribal Indian Community and Ecotrust have been jointly awarded federal funding to explore the establishment of a “forest bank” on the Swinomish Indian Reservation, the two organizations announced Sept. 17. The Tribe is in the process of developing new plans for improved forest management and climate change adaptation, said Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman Brian Cladoosby. Partnering with Ecotrust, a private non-profit conservation organization, creates the opportunity to achieve several important objectives, he said. “Forest conservation and climate change adaptation require new ways of doing business – which could open up new business opportunities,” said Cladoosby. 

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General

Looming Expiration of Softwood Tariff Worries Beleaguered Timber Industry

September 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

A witch’s brew of misfortune has cast a spell on Montana’s timber industry, staggering the beleaguered market as mills pare back hours and lay off employees with little relief in sight. The multifaceted problem is complex, compounded by the looming expiration of the softwood lumber agreement – the Canadian tariff that former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus put in place in 2006, ending a vitriolic lumber trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada – is set to expire Oct. 12…And with the U.S.-Canada trade agreement set to end next month, the market will likely be flooded with more Canadian lumber. Chuck Roady, director at F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber in Columbia Falls, said competing with cheaper Canadian lumber is a lopsided endeavor because the U.S. and Canada have two different systems for harvesting logs.

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Mayors to press B.C. Premier Christy Clark on wildfire prevention

Globe and Mail
September 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

In July of 2009, wildfires chased 15,000 West Kelowna residents from their homes. The district’s Mayor, Doug Findlater, was one of the evacuees. Every summer since, he stays home to keep vigil because of the recurring threat to his community. “I dread summer, I really do,” he said in an interview. “That’s not the way it should be. Your life is never quite the same when you have been forced out of your house and are wondering if everything is gone.” Mr. Findlater is leading the campaign at this week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention to press Premier Christy Clark to put more money into preventing the wildfires that threaten B.C. communities with increasing regularity.

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