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Daily Archives: September 25, 2015

Special Feature

BC’s coastal mayors re-examine log export policy

Truck Loggers Association
September 24, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association hosted 32 civic leaders from BC’s coastal communities on Tuesday evening to discuss UBCM Resolution B36 Re-Examine Log Export Policy and how the BC coastal forest industry supports their communities. “We were able to address some of the major ‘myth-conceptions’ around log exports,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director.  Access to global log markets sustains local jobs—this was the main message. These exports support 60,700 direct forestry jobs in BC. We know a healthy forest sector requires a balance between meeting domestic manufacturing requirements and logs being exported to higher value markets around the world. 

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Business & Politics

Fewer raw logs, more funding on UBCM agenda

Alberni Valley News
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raw logs and funding for search and rescue and victims services are the issues being highlighted by Alberni politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention this week. A UBCM resolution sponsored by the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District asks that “the provincial government reexamine the log export policy and the impact this policy has on the coastal forest industry.” According to the ACRD, coastal log exports have increased in volume by 65 per cent from 2010 levels. In 2013, log exports totalled 6,348,674 cubic metres. The coastal regions, the ACRD stated, represent 90.6 percent of total log export volume in B.C.

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Global Market Dynamics Amid Volatile Currencies

International Wood Markets Group Inc.
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! NEW 2-Day Event!
WOOD MARKETS’ 6th ANNUAL GLOBAL SOFTWOOD LOG & LUMBER CONFERENCE – Vancouver, BC Canada

Building on the success of this long running event, the 2016 Conference will again feature the in-depth coverage of global markets for softwood logs and lumber in all the major countries. New for 2016: A complete second day to focus strictly on developments in Russia and China. How will developments in Russia and China impact your business in 2016 and beyond? Here is your chance to find out. New two-day format will allow for enhanced information exchange, more time for networking, and a chance to know more about the potential for any future shocks to global log and lumber markets.

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New head at Catalyst

Alberni Valley News
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Walter Tarnowsky has taken over as vice-president and general manager of Catalyst Paper in Port Alberni. Tarnowsky, who has been with Catalyst since 2000, brings to his new role more than two decades of pulp and paper industry experience. Most recently he was Catalyst’s director, Paper Mill Productivity, responsible for paper machine quality and productivity. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry/ energy and fuel science.

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Canada warns U.S. not to rule cheap electricity contract is subsidy

Reuters
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

U.S. trade officials would set a dangerous precedent if they confirm a ruling that a private contract to provide a Canadian paper mill with cheap electricity was a government subsidy, a U.S. trade hearing on paper imports was told on Thursday. In a preliminary decision, the U.S. Department of Commerce set anti-subsidy duties on paper from Canada’s Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP), after a complaint by U.S.-based Madison Paper Industries of Maine, owned by Finland’s UPM-Kymmene Corp , and Verso Corp of Ohio. Gilles Gauthier, a senior official at the Canadian embassy in Washington, told a Commerce hearing the ruling would allow foreign companies to retaliate against U.S. companies which also do deals to secure cheap power. “If not corrected, this will create a dangerous precedent,” he said.

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Man dies in accident at Twin Rivers sawmill

A man in his 50s has died in a workplace accident at the Twin Rivers Sawmill in Plaster Rock
CBC News
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A man in his 50s has been killed in a workplace accident at the Twin Rivers sawmill in Plaster Rock. The RCMP and WorkSafeNB confirmed the man’s death and an investigation on Thursday. “The accident claimed the life of a man in his 50s,” said Beverly Stears, the acting WorkSafeNB director, in an email. RCMP Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said officers went to the mill and determined there was no foul play. The police have left the investigation to WorkSafeNB.In a release on Thursday, WorkSafeNB said the man was a heavy equipment
operator who died after he was crushed in a workplace accident on
Wednesday.

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Rolland Paper Mill sets bold new eco-precedent for forest conservation

Graphic Arts Magazine
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Rolland Enterprises (St-Jérôme, Quebec), the Canadian-based producer of fine recycled paper, has announced its commitment to advance the protection of endangered forests, engage in research and development of alternatives to tree fibre, and avoid all controversial forest fibre sources. With this policy, developed in cooperation with international environmental not-for-profit organization Canopy, Rolland “has set a new standard for the North American paper industry.” “Rolland has a track record of setting the pace for eco-paper development and post-consumer recycling,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Executive Director. “

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Cookville wood pellet factory burns to ground

CBC News
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A wood pellet plant in Cookville, Lunenburg County, was destroyed after a fire broke out late Thursday afternoon. Nine fire departments battled the blaze which was brought under control within a few hours. Nearby a cluster of chicken barns escaped being engulfed by the flames. Thousands of birds were scheduled for delivery but the structures were empty at the time the fire began, at about 4:30 p.m. The one-storey, wood-framed industrial building that produces wood pellets located at 900 Highway 10, was levelled.

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Chinese company looks to add value to New Zealand forest exports

Shanghai Daily
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

WELLINGTON — A Chinese company is looking into building a state-of-the-art wood processing plant that would assuage New Zealand concerns about the lack of value added to its timber exports. Fenglin Wood Industry Group, based in Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is carrying out a feasibility study on building and operating a highly advanced sawmill in the central North Island, it emerged Thursday. “The estimates are around 250 jobs and a 250-million-U.S.- dollar investment to build the plant using world class state of the art technology,” said Fritz Frohlke, general manager of the Enterprise Great Lake Taupo development agency.

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Global wood pellet market expected to grow by 14.1% annually until 2023

Bioenergy-news.com
September 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The global wood pellet market for power plants and heating is expected to grow annually by 14.1% and reach a value of €20,073 million by 2023, according to Transparency Market Research. Wood pellets production has increased substantially in the past few years, owing to the implementation of stringent emission norms in Europe and North America. High energy density and easy availability are some of the advantages that facilitate international trade of wood pellets. Growing concerns regarding greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) have promoted the use of wood pellets as substitutes to fossil fuels for heat and power generation.

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Timber company fined after worker loses fingers and thumb

By WorkSafe NZ
Scoop Independent News
September 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand Timber Limited has been fined $51,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $38,000 after an employee had the tip of a thumb and the fingers on his right hand amputated. The employee has had a number of surgeries on his hand to re-attach his index finger and forefinger. He lost his ring finger, little finger and the end of his thumb. Medical treatment is ongoing. New Zealand Timber Limited was sentenced today in the Hamilton District Court under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure an employee was safe.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPInnovations signs licensing agreement with NZ-based firms

Deal allows for the introduction of post-tensioned timber structural systems in North America
FPInnovations Press Release
September 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

FPInnovations has signed an agreement with New Zealandbased Structural Timber Innovation Company Ltd. and Prestressed Timber Ltd., which will allow FPInnovations to acquire North American rights to their post tensioning technology for timber building systems. Under the agreement, FPInnovations will obtain rights to US and Canada Patents related to development of post tensioning technology and will have complete access to all knowledge, research data, and reports, thereby placing FPInnovations at the forefront of post-tensioned-timber systems in North America. Post-tensioning technology has already been introduced to concrete and steel systems. 

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Armstrong presented with Wood WORKS! merit award

Vernon Morning Star
September 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The use of wood in a popular Armstrong amenity has harvested provincial recognition. During the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver Wednesday, Armstrong was presented a merit award from Wood WORKS! B.C. for focusing on wood construction in Memorial Park’s gazebo. Mayor Chris Pieper says the honour specifically goes to members of the Armstrong Lions Club who initiated the project. “They are being recognized for their community involvement.” Wood has been the featured material in a number of developments, including the Nor-Val Centre.

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The beloved show devoted to all things wood is being taken over by owners of the Hamilton Wood Show

Woodstock Sentinel Review
September 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the Woodstock Woodworking Show, formerly Woodstock Wood Show, reaches a milestone, its new owners say it has undergone an extensive renovation, restoration and refinishing. Originally owned by Joe Daniel, the show, which turns 30 this year, was once considered one of the best and brightest wood shows in all of North America and drew crowds of 20,000 or more. “It was magical,” said Gina Downes, who, with her husband, has taken over management of the show. “It was the largest in North America.” …“There’s definitely a lot more tools and tool companies than last year and they are bringing in more reps and dealers,” she said. “A lot of companies are coming out simply because they did so well at the Hamilton show.”

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How a New Website Aims to Promote Wood Recycling

Waste360: Tell us a little bit about the AWC and its mission
Waste 360
September 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Creators of the just-launched ReuseWood.org are knocking on the hard stuff that their new collaborative website will help capture more of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s reported 1 billion feet of usable lumber generated from demolished buildings each year. Behind the virtual curtain of this effort are three organizations–the American Wood Council  and Canadian Wood Council and the Building Materials Reuse Association –which have joined forces to develop an online North American directory highlighting reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. …Reclaimed wood products represent a largely untapped and valuable resource for sustainable construction.

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Pearl District could host nation’s tallest wood building

Pamplin Media Group
September 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $1.5 million to a team hoping to build the first tall wood building in the United States at the site of the Albina Community Bank branch in the Pearl District. The 12-story tower is proposed by Framework LLC at 430 N.W. 10th Ave. D. R. Johnson hopes to supply cross-laminated timber for the building, manufactured at its new plant in Riddle, in Southern Oregon. If built, the Framework building would combine ground-floor retail, office space and affordable housing, as well as a public Tall Wood Exhibit. The project team includes Beneficial State Bancorp, the property owner affordable housing investor Home Forward Lever Architecture and Anyeley Hallova.

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High-Rises Made Of Wood Might Actually Be Good To Look At

Gizmodo
September 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

High-rise housing blocks are all too often concrete monstrosities, the kind of places that don’t exactly scream Home Sweet Home. In an effort to make them just a little more welcoming, Swedish architects are proposing an all-wood construction. Building skyscrapers out of wood isn’t a totally novel or ridiculous idea. You have to understand that architects aren’t just proposing to stick up a couple of really long 2x4s and call it a day. Prefabricated, cross-laminated wooden beams are surprisingly strong, and better than steel in a fire. Plus, from an economic perspective, an all-timber construction gives work to rural farmers, and it’s even environmentally friendly.

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Forestry

Why Canada needs more forest conservation

Nature Conservancy Canada
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

… Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. The 2010 report on ecosystem status and trends in Canada concluded that the quality and intactness of our forests is declining, along with the area of old growth. The newly released Global Forest Resource Assessment 2015 by the United Nations highlights how Canada compares the rest of the world when it comes to forests on two important measures: forest loss and forest protection.

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Andrea Inwards: Regulating, organizing, educating in the forestry sector

Merritt Herald
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Like many Merritt residents, Andrea Inwards has built a career around forestry. Though while many are busy with the job of turning trees into lumber, Inwards is concerned with regulation. After obtaining her science degree in forest management from UBC, she became a registered professional forester for the provincial government. That was 24 years ago, and she hasn’t looked back. Her job has many different facets to it. Part of it is looking after wood lot licenses and cut control. But her favourite part of her job is community forestry. A community forest is an area-based license managed by a local community and its stakeholders. About 10 years ago, the B.C. provincial government changed the Forest Act to allow communities to hold forest licenses.

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Milner needs help

By Larry Williams, Coombs
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Please, conservationist-inclined people, it is time to accept that if a natural area is to be preserved when surrounded by urban development, it must be secured, cared for, enhanced and not “just left alone.” …locally, there is a remnant patch of forest called, in B.C.’s biogeoclimactic inventory, the “Coastal Douglas fir moist maritime regime.” This unique coastal forest ecology used to extend from Comox to Victoria. Today? Not so much. …As you walk, do you notice: shrubs crowded in openings and few young conifers; little recruitment in crowded even-aged forest; alien plants; much standing and downed fuel; invasive pines along forest’s edge at Hwy 19A equals interrupted hydrology. …To do nothing is to condemn the woodland to the status of an abandoned, fire-prone, woodlot. It deserves better; we deserve better. VIU has a wonderful opportunity to create courses that will lead to jobs in conservation biology.

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Aleesha Rielley: Young forester harvesting a wealth of experience

Merritt Herald
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In forestry terms, Aleesha Rielley is just a sapling, but her responsibilities with Aspen Planers are an integral part of how that company does business. Rielley, 22, has lived in Merritt her whole life and obtained a diploma in environmental and natural resource technology at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, graduating from the two-year program last May. “I was really fortunate that I was able to get a job really quick and get on with Aspen [Planers],” she said. Before being employed by Aspen, she began working with a forestry consultant in cruising — which involves determining the volume of wood in a forester’s cut block, the tree species and the health of the forest.

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No serious decline in timber harvest in Kamloops region for next 10 years

Kamloops This Week
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The amount of timber harvested in the Kamloops region will not significantly decline for at least a decade under a scenario presented to the province’s chief forester. An analysis presented by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations shows a “base case” mid-range harvesting volume at 2.5 million cubic metres a year for the next decade. That compares to the average of about 2.7 million cubic metres harvested between 2009 to 2013 in the Kamloops timber supply area. The pain, according to that forecast, would be felt a decade from now, when volumes would have to fall by a quarter to about 1.8 million cubic metres a year.

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Comment: Walbran plans balance green, economic values

By Rick Jeffery – president and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association
Victoria Times Colonist
September 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans to harvest timber in the Walbran Valley are part of an intensive, collaborative process. The Commission of Resources and Environment Vancouver Island land-use planning process that took place in the early 1990s was a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder process. It resulted in the government enacting the 2000 Vancouver Island Higher Level Plan Order that achieved a hard-won balance between environment, economic and social outcomes for land use in the region. Back in those days, I was one of the many stakeholders who sat at the planning table working toward a plan that would specify a new way of managing Vancouver Island lands and forests. I led the negotiations on behalf of small forestry-related business. My fellow stakeholders included others such as Bill Routley, MLA for the riding that includes the Walbran Valley, and Saul Arbess, who represented the environmental non-governmental organizations. We were at it for three intense years.

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Essay: A brief look at the Tsilhqot’in Nation Aboriginal title case

By Jennifer Dustin – Winner of the 2015 Mike Morrison Memorial Scholarship
Merritt Herald
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On June 26th, 2014, for the first time in Canadian history, the Supreme Court of Canada declared Aboriginal title to a Canadian First Nation. The Tsilhqot’in Nation Aboriginal Title Case Decision (also referred to as the William Case Decision) resulted in Aboriginal title to nearly 1,900 square kilometers in south central British Columbia. Aboriginal title designates primary control of land — including the right to enjoy and profit from the land. Stemming from a series of cumulative legal proceedings spanning over two decades, the Williams Case Decision resulted in a landmark decision that is sure to change the future of land claims and economic development for Canadian First Nations.

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Timber review open to comments

News Kamloops
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comments are being accepted until Nov. 24 on a discussion paper released as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Kamloops Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. The paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast. It also describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices of Kamloops Timber Supply Area. Kamloops Timber Supply Area covers 2.77 million hectares with approximately 1.7 million hectares available for timber harvesting.

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The Timber Supply Review in a nutshell

Merritt Herald
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Started in 1992 to update the understanding of timber supply in each of the province’s 38 timber supply areas (TSAs). – British Columbia’s chief forester determines the allowable annual cut (AAC), based on a review of a management unit. – The AAC is the maximum amount of timber that the chief forester determines is reasonable to harvest from the TSA. – The chief forester’s job is to determine the AAC for each TSA every ten years, or, as in the case of the upcoming Merritt TSA, whenever it is deemed necessary. – The last TSA done in Merritt was in December of 2010. The chief forester at that time said that as the mountain pine beetle was wrapping up its attack on the district, he wanted to get back sooner than the typical 10 year period.

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Letting it burn

Merritt Herald
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although much of this summer the BC Wildfire Service was kept busy putting out fires, there are actually some benefits that come with letting some of them burn, or starting fires of their own. “When a wildfire comes through, depending on the intensity of that wildfire, it can definitely have benefits to the local ecosystem,” said BC Wildfire Service information officer Kayla Pepper. “We call it ecosystem restoration.” Sometimes the centre will set off low intensity controlled burns — especially at the shoulder ends of the fire season — if an area could benefit from an ecosystem restoration.

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Guinness confirms local forestry company part of new world record

Trail Daily Times
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s official. A Fruitvale forestry company helped set a Guinness World Record earlier this year. Three ATCO Wood Products employees and 23 Greenpeaks Holdings workers gathered outside of Rossland at Neptune Creek Drainage in May, and planted 7,785 trees in one hour. The impressive feat was part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) that had 29 SFI teams of 25 to 100 people from New York City to Vancouver Island planting 202,935 trees in 60 minutes – setting a new world record. A certificate of recognition is on the way, says ATCO Silviculture Supervisor Mark MacAulay, referring to SFI’s Tuesday news release confirming the title. “Attempting to set the record added a little fun and competition to work,” he said.

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Let’s conserve forests along with coastal lands

Chronicle Herald
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Congratulations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust for their continuing efforts and successes in protecting large tracts of the province. This is important and significant work and requires lots of money, time and dedication. However, I cannot help but notice that almost all of the protected areas are coastal — marshes, islands, coves, etc., which, of course, contain significant habitat for flora and fauna. What seems to be missing is any effort to protect the Acadian forests of Nova Scotia, large sections of which continue to be clear-cut at an alarming rate. Vast stretches of the Cobequid Mountains, for example, are continually assaulted by the large wood processors that cut indiscriminately, destroy the soil, create deep ruts that cause erosion in rain and eliminate protection and sustenance for all the creatures of such forests.

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New UBC degree focuses on climate-proofing cities

UBC News
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Urban forests are under attack from climate change and development pressures. With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, cities need urban foresters who can deal with the unique challenges to help build sustainable, green communities. To meet this growing demand, the faculty of forestry has launched a new bachelor of urban forestry degree program, in collaboration with the school of architecture and landscape architecture. .

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State agriculture officials concerned gypsy moths jumped in numbers

The Oregonian
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it has found 14 gypsy moths, an invasive pest that can wreak havoc on agriculture, this year in the state. But two are especially concerning. The Asian gypsy moths are newer to Oregon, and have attributes that make them possibly more dangerous to the environment, according to an ODA release. Still, finding 14 of any type of gypsy moth is concerned to state officials, who had found no more than four per year over the last five years. The moths can devastate forests, opening a path for invasive plants to spread. They also damage crops, which compounds when those crops need to be quarantined, causing monetary losses to farmers.

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Forest management, wildfires and climate change

Climate change doesn’t cause wildfires so much as wildfires release more greenhouse gases that many believe cause climate change.
The Capital Press
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As firefighters struggle against the deadly plague of wildfires that has scorched the West this year, politicians are chiming in with their theories about what causes them. California Gov. Jerry Brown thinks climate change is to blame. Other politicians agree, saying it caused the drought that has made the region more vulnerable to wildfires. While drought certainly has contributed to the wildfire nightmare, other causes have played a larger role. The poor management of federal land, which has allowed forests to become overgrown and bulging with fuel for fires, is the primary cause of the increasing number of large wildfires.

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Larger stream buffers will make for healthier salmon (OPINION)

The Oregonian
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…After an eight-year, state-sponsored study clearly showed logging along streams raises water temperatures above the legal standard, Oregon’s Board of Forestry was finally poised to expand protective buffers along streams in July. Gov. Kate Brown’s adviser told the board, “to be truly sustainable, Oregon’s private forests need to do their part to meet water quality standards and protect our environment.” We agree. But after hearing concerns expressed by timber representatives in the audience and on the board, they delayed action once again. The board will now take up the topic in late September for possible action in early November. Oregonians overwhelmingly believe that salmon are worth saving; they are our regional icon.

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Mahogany company uses drone in the Northern Territory to get the wood on tree health

ABC News, Australia
September 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The company in charge of Australia’s largest African mahogany plantation has enlisted the services of a drone this week, to gather data on its trees in the Northern Territory. African Mahogany Australia (AMA) manages nearly 13,000 hectares of mahogany trees in the Douglas Daly region, 200 kilometres south of Darwin. AMA’s Northern Territory manager, Frank Miller, said forestry companies across the globe were seeing plenty of benefits in using drone technology. “We’re using the best available technology to gather information on our plantations to enhance the management of what we’re doing in the Douglas Daly,” he told ABC Rural.

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Ponsse operating in France since 1995

GlobeNewswire
September 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ponssé SAS, Ponsse’s French subsidiary, was established in 1995 in Gondreville, in north-eastern France, where its head office is still located. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary with 200 customers and partners. …In 1995 when the company was established, only one Ponsse forest machine was sold in France. The French Ponsse pioneer was Mr. Arnaud, a harvesting company based in Limoges, which has been a customer of Ponsse SAS ever since the company’s establishment. The company operates in Limoges with eight PONSSE machines. The company also has faith in the future in the logging business: in addition to Mr. Arnaud and his brother, the company is nowadays owned also by his son Christophe.

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Think Forests Video Competition

Center for Biological Diversity
September 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Think Forests Video Competition – Show the world why forests matter. This weekend, the world is coming together at the UN Sustainable Development Summit to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals. Forests contribute to almost all SDGs, which is why we asked you to make a video showing why forests are vital to a sustainable future. With over 80 entries from 29 countries, it was a tough decision for the judges and the public, but the results are in … and we are excited to announce the winners! To see all the videos click our read more.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Drax pulls out of £1bn carbon capture project

BBC News
September 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Drax is part of a scheme to store carbon dioxide next to its plant in North Yorkshire, which is the biggest coal-fired power station in the UK It is halting further investment because of the government’s decision to reduce subsidies for renewable energy. The company said that due to lack of profits it had to put the business and shareholders first. Drax chief executive Dorothy Thompson said it was a very sad decision and they thought the White Rose project still had a lot of potential. Speaking to the BBC, she said:

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General

Pyramid Mountain Lumber awarded Bitterroot timber sale

The Missoulian
September 24, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

HAMILTON – Work to thin 1,770 acres of Bitterroot National Forest lands between Lake Como and Lost Horse Canyon will get underway in the next couple of weeks. Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. of Seeley Lake was awarded the timber contract for the Como Forest Health Project on the Darby Ranger District this week. “We will be working to put in some of the initial roadwork in the next couple of weeks,” said Pyramid resource manager Gordy Sanders. “We’re still a few weeks out before we begin harvesting.” Sanders expects that most of the harvest work will be completed through the winter months. “We should be there until spring,” he said.

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