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Daily Archives: September 22, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Take a tour of an incredible $19.5M log cabin once owned by Howard Hughes

The Raw Deal
September 21, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Boasting a private pier with jaw-dropping views and known as “Summertide,” this legendary property along Lake Tahoe’s North Shore is what real estate dreams are made of. Aviation entrepreneur and American business tycoon Howard Hughes was once the home’s owner, but now it can be yours for $19.5 million. 

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Business & Politics

Give indigenous people veto power over development on their lands, report urges

CBC News
September 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A coalition of resource companies, financial institutions, First Nations and conservation organizations has recommended that aboriginal bands have veto power over development on their traditional lands. The Boreal Leadership Council – which includes resources companies such as Suncor Energy, Goldcorp and Tembec – released a report Monday that sets out recommendations for engagement with First Nations by business and government. “Free, prior, and informed consent – the right of Indigenous peoples to offer or withhold consent to development that may have an impact on their territories or resources – is the key to development, not a barrier,” said Boreal Leadership Council member Robert Walker of NEI Investments. 

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

By Justine Hunter
Globe and Mail
September 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

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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Grassy Narrows files legal proceedings against province

by Grace Protopapas
KenoraOnline.com
September 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows First Nation is filing legal proceedings against Ontario to overturn provincial plans for a decade of clearcut logging in the Whiskey Jack Forest. Deputy Chief Randy Fobister says the community held a referendum on the issue. “That’s direction from the people. How they want the leadership to stand. We’ll now look into it more. The Chief and council will meet and discuss what next steps we should be doing,” he said. The small Indigenous community fears that clearcut logging will release mercury into local waterways further poisoning local fish and people. “What clear cutting does is cause natural mercury to be released not just in our river system, the English River, but also the lakes within our territory,” said Fobister.

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Lumber company building drying kilns at landfill

The Oneida Daily Dispatch
September 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LINCOLN >> Traveling past the county landfill on Buyea Road this week, passersby can see a new entity beginning to take shape on the sunny hill. Gleaming and looking like five gigantic ovens in a row, Cazenovia-based Johnson Brothers Lumber is erecting drying kilns for their lumber business which will take advantage of the harnessing of methane gas from the landfill to run the ovens. At the end of August, all of the parts for the kiln were delivered and are now being assembled. The five insulated bays, once operational, will reach temperatures of about 180 degrees inside while drying lumber.

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports increased by 6% in July

Lesprom
September 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Export volumes of Southern Pine (SP) lumber remained steady in July. SP exports to be slightly over 45 million board feet (MMbf) during July 2015. This volume represents a boost of 6% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 6% when compared with the first seven months of 2014, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Offshore shipments during July roughly break down as follows: 24.1 MMbf dressed, 8.3 MMbf rough, and 13 MMbf treated lumber.

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Plantations, tourism credited for growing business confidence in Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
September 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A boost in confidence among northern Tasmanian businesses has been attributed to the plantation forestry and tourism industries. The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) released its quarterly Survey of Business Expectations. Businesses in the northern region joined those in the south in showing confidence in Tasmania’s economy. It was one of the first big spikes in business confidence in the north-east since the demise of forestry company Gunns in 2012, the TCCI’s chief Michael Bailey said. “So this has been a long time coming,” he said. “What’s pleasing about that is that if we look deeper into the figures we can see that that growth in confidence is uniform right across different industries in the north.”

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Log export prohibition to benefit furniture entrepreneurs

VietStock
September 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Furniture entrepreneurs hope to receive increased benefits for their businesses and create revenue for the country after the government prohibited log exports. The government also instructed that timber must be processed within the country before being exporting to foreign countries. The Lao Furniture Association believed that local industry entrepreneurs would receive substantial benefit if the government was able to control log exports after the announcement, the association’s President, Mr Khamphay Somsana said. Furniture entrepreneurs would require less capital to buy wood to make furniture and for carving to supply the domestic and export markets, he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood products industry releases Reuse Wood website

Canadian Wood Council Press Release
September 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The American Wood Council and Canadian Wood Council have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association to develop an online North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. The website can be found at: ReuseWood.org. “For wood products, there has historically been a lack of awareness of the opportunities to recycle and reuse wood products, and thereby extend their useful life. We are aiming to change that,” said AWC President & CEO Robert Glowinski. “Our industry wants to do its part when it comes to the full life-cycle impact of our products. It’s our hope that this directory will help educate builders, designers and consumers on the many opportunities to salvage, recycle or reuse wood products, in turn reducing waste.”

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Quebec firm takes on wood high-rise challenge

Globe and Mail
September 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The gravel patch nestled in a bend of the Saint-Charles River along Rue de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres is not particularly remarkable. … It’s plastered with renderings of a 13-storey red-and-white condo tower proposed for that very spot. Those renderings conceal a secret. Beneath the colourful aluminum cladding, the top 12 storeys of the proposed tower will be made almost entirely of cross-laminated timber, which would make it the tallest modern wooden tower in North America. Called Origine, and to be built by Quebec-based Nordic Structures, the tower is slated to be 41 metres tall – 39 per cent taller than the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, B.C., currently the tallest wood building on the continent. Nordic plans to break ground before winter, pending unit sales and final construction-board approvals.

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Award-winning twisted timber Cube tower is the largest of its kind in Europe

Inhabitat
September 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Timber construction just took a giant leap forward with Hawkins/Brown Architects’ The Cube, the tallest building to use cross-laminated timber in Europe. The residential building located in Hackney, London, is a timber and steel hybrid structure with a unique, yet strategic “twisted cube stack” layout. Hit the jump to learn more about this award-winning design. The Cross Laminated Timber panels and parts of the steel frame were manufactured off site and assembled onsite in order to minimize energy and time. The building is the tallest in Europe to use CLT panels. The two seemingly conflicting materials work together in this case to not only create a lightweight, but durable structure, but one that generates minimal carbon emissions in its construction.

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Anarchitect wins top honours for Abu Dhabi work

Trade Arabia
September 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Anarchitect, an award-winning international architecture, interior architecture and design practice based in Dubai (UAE) with collaborative studios in London (UK), won top honours at the Commercial Interior Design (CID) Awards 2015 held in Dubai. The company won the ‘Outstanding use of American Hardwood in the Middle East’ award for its Abu Dhabi project ‘No.57 Boutique Café’ at the awards ceremony held in the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. The award was sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council (Ahec), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, for the fifth year running.

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Forestry

SFI Sets a Guinness World Records® Title One Tree at a Time: Officially Amazing

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Press Release
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

OTTAWA, ON and WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) and its partners across North America set a new Guinness World Records title, planting 202,935 trees in one hour. SFI partnered with 29 teams of 25-100 people each to plant trees in locations from New York City to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. “As SFI celebrates its 20th anniversary, I can’t think of a more exciting way to recognize and reinforce our commitment to healthy forests and sustainable communities, and to reaffirm that the actions we take today can have a significant and material impact on the future of our forests,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI.

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In Memory of Dr. Karel Klinka – who passed away on September 15, 2015.

The Province
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KLINKA, Karel, Ing., PhD, RFP – Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Karel on September 15, 2015. …Dr. Klinka was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, June 18, 1937 and went on to study forestry at Charles University, Prague, where he graduated with the earned degree of For. Ing, Faculty of Forestry in 1960. He married the love of his life in 1962 and immigrated to Canada in 1969. He continued his studies and earned his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Forestry, UBC in 1976 under the mentorship of renowned botanist Vladimir Josef Krajina. …He was recognized for his contributions by being awarded the 1977 Distinguished Forester Award (Association of BC Professional Foresters), the 1989 BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal Award, and a 1993 UBC Teaching Prize.

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Province approves contentious Walbran old growth logging plan

September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Surrey-based company has been given the go-ahead to start logging a previously untouched piece of Vancouver Island old-growth forest. The move could spark protests and even a blockade as environmentalists say they’re ready to defend one of the battlegrounds of B.C.’s War in the Woods. “People are willing to occupy the forest,” said Gwen Barlee, policy director of the Wilderness Committee, one of the groups involved in creating the park. “The Wilderness Committee doesn’t engage in civil disobedience, but others have said they will.” In a September 18 news release, Wilderness Committee campaigner Terrance Coste said the group doesn’t want the issue to result in a blockade, and called for the provincial government to rescind the permit it granted to Teal-Jones.

Province OKs logging of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island from BC Business

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It’s National Forest Week, A time for all Canadians to celebrate our forests

BC National Forest Week
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s National Forest Week, a time for all Canadians to celebrate our forests.
Plant a tree, tour a local mill or take a walk in the woods – these are just a few ways you can take part in National Forest Week.

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As fires grow, a new landscape appears in the West

The New York Times
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NEAR COCHITI CANYON, N.M. — The hills here are beautiful, a rolling, green landscape of grasses and shrubs under a late-summer sky. But it is starkly different from what was here before: vast forests of ponderosa pine. The repeated blazes that devastated the trees were caused by simple things: an improperly extinguished campfire in 1996, a tree falling on a power line in 2011. What happened after the fire, however — or, more accurately, what has not happened — was a departure from the normal course of events. “We are in the middle of this 30,000-acre, near-treeless hole,” said Craig D. Allen, a research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey. If historical patterns had held, the remaining pines would by now be preparing seeds to drop and start the cycle of regrowth.

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As civilian, reservist ‘leads’ in fight against forest fires

Youngstown Air Reserve Station
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — In a year that has seen nearly 9 million acres lost to forest fires, the most since 2006, one Air Force Reservist is playing a lead role in beating back the flames. Col. Paul “Buster” Delmonte is an aerial firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service as a civilian. He is a lead plane pilot, escorting other aircraft, including the Air Force’s firefighting-equipped C-130s, in and out of target drop zones. According to Buster, the fire season started out slow but has turned into a record-setting year. The pilot said everything hit at once in the second week of July. With only 15 USFS lead pilots to help fight fires from Florida to Alaska, he said resources are stretched thin.

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Reporter’s grandparents spent nearly four decades spotting Idaho fires

Idaho Statesman
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“KOD-426, Squaw Butte, 10-13.” I haven’t heard Grandma and Grandpa use that radio call in 35 years, yet their twice-daily weather report to the Bureau of Land Management fire dispatch office in Boise from a fire lookout north of Emmett is seared in my mind. For 38 years, my maternal grandparents, Helen and Orville “Friday” Blessinger, worked on Southern Idaho lookouts for the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service. Besides Squaw Butte, they spotted fires from other lookouts, including the remote Packer John, between Banks and Smiths Ferry and Tripod on West Mountain, near Sagehen Reservoir north of Horseshoe Bend.

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Department of State Lands reveals protocol for Elliott State Forest sale

Coos Bay World
September 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — The Department of State Lands kicked off its push for the sale of the Elliot State Forest on Thursday, revealing the protocol for identifying interested parties. Leading the discussion, project manager John Potter said qualified parties would have to meet five key requirements to be considered for the purchase of 84,000 acres of Common School Fund lands, measuring 18 miles north to south and 16 miles east to west. Those requirements include purchasing the forest at fair market value, offering to purchase the entire property, submitting a plan by a lead person who can accept an offer, committing to protecting and enhancing public benefits and submitting a plan without contingencies benefiting the new owner.

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Fire crews battle forest fire near Red River

KRQE News 13
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RED RIVER, N.M. – The chance of rain could help 50 firefighters battling a forest fire northwest of Red River. It’s at the head of Trail Canyon in Mallette Canyon. The U.S. Forest Service says there are a lot of dead trees there because of the bark beetle so they expect the fire to grow this afternoon. . The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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State takes over pine beetle fight

Aberdeen News
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.” The South Dakota state legislature appropriated $750,000 to fight the mountain pine beetle Hills-wide for 2015-16, an amount that has decreased drastically from more than $1.2 million just two years ago.

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Thousands of evacuees head home as California blazes near containment

Reuters in Bangor Daily News
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 1,000 people who were forced to evacuate from areas of Northern California affected by a deadly wildfire will be allowed to return home on Sunday, a day after a new fire broke out further south and killed one person, officials said. The unidentified person died in the Tassajara Fire, which also prompted mandatory evacuations in Monterey County, said Lynnette Round, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire. The new blaze, which covers 1,200 acres, is 10 percent contained and has damaged 10 homes since it flared on Saturday, she said. Authorities earlier said they will allow residents to go back to Hidden Valley Lake, one of the largest areas ravaged by the so-called Valley Fire since it began a week ago. 

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UMF professor awarded grant to study forest fires

Drew Barton received an 18-month research grant that will investigate whether fires are transforming types of forest.
Kennebec Journal
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FARMINGTON — A University of Maine at Farmington professor of biology has been awarded a $67,000 federal research grant to study the impact high severity fires are having on forest ecosystems in the western United States. Drew Barton was awarded the 18-month research grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Joint Fire Service Program, according to a UMF press release. “The grant will investigate whether these large fires are permanently transforming diverse, mixed pine and oak forests into more simple oak woodlands, and whether a change in fire management can help them return to a more resilient and sustainable ecosystem,” the press release said.

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Indonesia chokes as forest and peatland fires rip

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

The burning forests and peatlands of Indonesia are once again casting a pall of choking smoke across the region, in the process releasing billions of tonnes of carbon. Promises to solve the problems stand betrayed – and COP21 commitments to tackle the problem are being weakened. A thick smoke haze from the thousands of fires blanketing Sumatra and Kalimantan is testament to the government’s failure to address forest and peatland destruction. Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s analysis shows 3,464 fire hotspots this year in Indonesia’s peatlands, which make up a fraction of the nation’s landmass, compared with 5,076 fires elsewhere.

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Selectively logged Amazon forests play important role in climate

Phys.org
September 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With careful management, selectively logged tropical Amazonian forests can recover their carbon stocks within a cutting cycle of 20 to 30 years, according to researchers who report their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 21. The findings show that sustainably logged tropical forests continue to play a key role in global carbon sequestration, with important implications for global climate. “We found that under current timber-harvesting intensities, Amazon forests logged with reduced-impact logging techniques shall recover their initial carbon stock in 7 to 21 years,” says Ervan Rutishauser of CarboForExpert in Switzerland and CIRAD in France.

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Forestry disappointed with no Minister awarded in Canberra minister reshuffle

ABC News, Australia
September 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Australian forestry industry is expressing disappointment that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not re-instated a full Minister for Forestry. The industry took the recent Prime Ministerial change as an opportunity to ask for a minister dedicated to the industry, a position which was abolished a couple of years ago. The Managing Director of forestry company P F Olsen, Pat Groenhout, said the industry would welcome a change of heart from the new Prime Minister. “We would certainly warmly welcome the Prime Minister’s reconsideration of a full portfolio for forestry,” he said.

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General

‘Government working on creating urban forest in each city in ten years’

The Economic Times (India)
September 22, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

NEW DELHI: Stressing on creating a balance between development and environment conservation, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the government is working towards creating an urban forest in each city in the next 10 years. “We have started working on urban afforestation…it is envisaged that in the next 10 years there should be a forest in each city,” the Environment and Forests Minister said, adding that one such initiative has already been undertaken in Pune. “There are gardens but not forests in cities. We will give funds and work towards creating urban forests,” he said.

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Province approves contentious Walbran old growth logging plan

September 22, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

A Surrey-based company has been given the go-ahead to start logging a previously untouched piece of Vancouver Island old-growth forest. The move could spark protests and even a blockade as environmentalists say they’re ready to defend one of the battlegrounds of B.C.’s War in the Woods. “People are willing to occupy the forest,” said Gwen Barlee, policy director of the Wilderness Committee, one of the groups involved in creating the park. “The Wilderness Committee doesn’t engage in civil disobedience, but others have said they will.” In a September 18 news release, Wilderness Committee campaigner Terrance Coste said the group doesn’t want the issue to result in a blockade, and called for the provincial government to rescind the permit it granted to Teal-Jones.

Province OKs logging of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island from BC Business

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