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Business & Politics

Tsilhqot’in, BC government reconciliation talks to focus on mill and moose

Canadian Press in Canadian Business
October 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Restarting a sawmill and rebuilding moose populations in British Columbia’s Interior are now the focus of reconciliation talks between the provincial government and Tsilhqot’in Nation. The talks began last year after the Tsilhqot’in won title in court to 1,750 square kilometres of its territorial lands in the remote Nemiah Valley. Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad said in an interview Wednesday that both sides have signed a letter of intent, which is the next step in the reconciliation work. “It’s a way to get out of the starting blocks for us to be able to spend some time working on a couple very important issues,” he said.

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Main 4FRI contractor in breach of contract dispute

Arizona Daily Sun
October 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The sudden break last June between two companies working on the largest contract in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative appears to have come amid an increasingly rocky relationship. Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon reveal the partnership between 4FRI contractor Good Earth Power AZ and timber manager Campbell Global crumbled due to disputes and allegations about unpaid fees, insufficient funding, labor and contract mismanagement and behind-the-back maneuvering. The two companies began working together in October 2013 to complete the 10-year, 300,000-acre 4FRI forest stewardship contract that Good Earth acquired in Sept. 2013. 

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Bullock commits millions to timber industry, forest restoration

NBC Montana
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER, Mont. – …Bullock also announced his new plan to increase investment in the industry at Tuesday’s award ceremony. “Today I am pleased to announce another $2 million to continue our efforts to accelerate forest restoration efforts on private lands and tribal lands in the state with a particular emphais on areas close to loggers who can quickly implement the process and near mills that need an affordable supply of timber,” Bullock said. “I have authorized an additional $1.5 million at the ready as we all work together to watch the soft woods market develop.”

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‘Forest Products Week’ Will Highlight Colorado Timber

Pagosa Daily Post
October 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Coloradans use enough wood fencing to completely enclose the state’s borders with Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico, and enough framing lumber in residential construction that, laid end to end, would reach over halfway to the moon. Yet 90 percent of the forest products purchased by Coloradans are imported into the state. In recognition of the value that wood products play in everyone’s lives and the importance of the local forests that provide them, the Colorado State Forest Service is excited to help recognize National Forest Products Week. “We’re asking Coloradans to take a few minutes of their time this week to appreciate all the ways wood products make our lives better,” said Tim Reader, CSFS utilization and marketing forester.

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Documents show financial devastation from Lincoln mill boiler explosion

Bangor Daily News
October 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — The now-bankrupt Lincoln Paper and Tissue’s revenue was chopped in half in 2014, during a year when the mill struggled to recover from a boiler explosion that left it unable to produce its own wood pulp and ended its paper production. Previous testimony to the bankruptcy court shed light on what drove the mill’s owners to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, stating that the explosion in November 2013 left the mill leaking cash. Documents filed Monday put hard numbers to the impact on the privately held business, where gross revenue in 2014 dropped to $70 million from $145.3 million the previous year. Through Monday, Oct. 19, the company listed year-to-date revenue of $55.5 million.

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Maine congressional leaders to testify at tariff hearing

Associated Press in WCSH6
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON– Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin are going to testify before the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is considering imposing duties on Canadian paper imports. Officials say the hearing will focus on whether subsidies given the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill in Nova Scotia provide an unfair advantage – causing harm to Maine’s paper industry. The Nova Scotia mill makes so-called supercalendered paper, a thin, coated paper that’s often used in magazines, catalogs and directories. Thursday’s hearing is being described as the final phase of an investigation into countervailing tariffs.

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Georgia-Pacific Announces $110 Million Investment At Alabama River Cellulose Mill In Monroe County

PR Newswire
October 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MONROEVILLE, Ala.,  — Georgia-Pacific today announced plans for $110 million in upgrades to its Alabama River Cellulose (ARC) mill. The investments include replacing one of the mill’s two existing wood yards that process incoming logs, upgrading the other wood yard and a major upgrade to one of the mill’s machines that produce pulp. The formal announcement was made today at the mill by Jim Hannan, CEO and president of Georgia-Pacific, alongside Governor Robert Bentley, to an audience of employees, local and state leaders, key stakeholders and media.

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New Forests banks on forestry’s revival

The Australian
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Saskatchewan-born forestry expert David Brand sometimes can’t quite believe his luck at having started a timber-based funds management business in Sydney in 2005. Since then his New Forests business has found itself picking up about 2 million hectares of forestry in Australia, almost all of it freehold, at prices he’d prefer not to tell those retail investors who lost their dough in a domino series of timber Managed Investment Schemes (MIS). One after another an entire industry of poorly devised but at one time very lucrative (for their promoters) tax-driven timber plantation businesses went to the wall at a time when buyers were few and far between.

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Handling Wairoa’s ‘wall of wood’

Gisborne Herald
October 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…The Gisborne container freight market potential remains and, in fact, will grow with a wood processing hub to be established. Gisborne’s port is a specialised log exporter but is unlikely to ever attract export container ship calls. Napier is the logical container destination, being closer than Tauranga. The immediate challenge, however, is how to handle the “wall of wood” from the Wairoa forest harvests, which will ramp up dramatically over the next few years. Not including logs, which will continue to move by road to processors like Pan Pac, Wairoa export log harvests will move from 323,000 tonnes next year to a million tonnes and more from 2020.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian cement and mining industries ready to collaborate with Trudeau

Daily Commercial News
October 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA—Canadian cement and mining industry stakeholders look forward to collaborating with incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party after their landslide election win. …Said Cement Association of Canada President and CEO Michael McSweeney. “Like the Prime Minister-designate, our industry is a strong proponent of collaboration. When it comes to addressing climate change, we’re walking the talk not only by reducing our emissions, but by helping governments and communities across Canada adapt and secure a low carbon and prosperous future.” As part of their election platform, the Liberal Party committed to a $2-billion Low Carbon Economy Trust that will fund projects that help reduce carbon emissions.

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Kelowna Yacht club gains architectural accolades

Kelowna Capital News
October 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new Kelowna Yacht Club, has received double honours from the BC chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association. The wood stairwell in the centre of the new clubhouse was designed by Meiklejohn Architects of Kelowna, who were honoured as top architect for the province for the project, receiving the 2015 Jack Sigurdson Award. Top 40 Woodworks from Kamloops who did the millwork received the 2015 Gold Award in the small commercial category. …Meiklejohn Architects Inc was selected architect through an Architectural Institute of BC sanctioned design competition organized by the Kelowna Yacht Club. Their design offered a simple and elegant use of distinctly nautical forms, materials and shapes.

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FSC Lumber, LEED Certification, and the Price of Being Green

Promotivia.com
October 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Green building is a hot topic in the construction world these days. Increasing the demand for natural lumber and new manufactured products, such as those by NuCedar Mills, the LEED certification program by the Green Building Council aims at awarding certification based on a carefully constructed points system. Just like many people are misguided about how buying imported lumber impacts the environment, a high percentage misunderstand the value of using FSC certified lumber. Unfortunately, the way FSC certified lumber currently relates to LEED certification adds to the confusion.

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Grant to help UMass professors explore using local trees for new wood material

MassLive
October 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

AMHERST – Peggi Clouston gets almost giddy when she talked about the cross laminated timber beam that was on display at the celebration of the new $52 million design building at the University of Massachusetts. The associate professor of environmental conservation at UMass is hoping that this new composite can use wood species from the Northeast that are not being used now. She and colleagues received a three-year $390,000 National Science Foundation grant to show that the new material can incorporate currently underused wood species and creating a market for local trees and opening jobs in rural communities. As she stood near the beam she said, “this is the most advanced wood structure in the United States.”

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WRAP unveils wood packaging flow study

Lets Recycle
October 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WRAP has commissioned Valpak to conduct new research on the material, following its previous work on glass, metals and plastic flows. The compliance scheme is also involved in an active project to examine paper and card packaging. The wood flow project will provide the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) with “robust and independent” updated estimates of the amount of wood packaging placed on the market (POM), and the amount of wood packaging recycled, recovered or sent to landfill for the period 2014. …He highlighted the volatility in the PRN markets over the years and remarked how wood recycling has fallen because more was going to biomass, which does not count as recycling unlike other outlets for waste wood such as panel board.

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Forestry

Mayor concerned pine beetle could increase wildfire risk

The Fitzhugh
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jasper’s mayor is concerned the mountain pine beetle, which is spreading eastward through the park, could increase the community’s wildfire risk. Mayor Richard Ireland raised his concern during a meeting with Parks Canada on Oct. 16. The mayors of Hinton and Yellowhead County, as well as representatives from the forestry industry, also attended the meeting. “As the forest turns increasingly red and dead west of us, our primarily concern locally is the safety of the community from wildfire,” said Ireland, who took an aerial tour of the park last week to see the beetle’s impact first hand. During the meeting, Parks shared information about its ongoing mountain pine beetle studies and briefed officials about its proposed strategy to mitigate the impact of the beetle in the park.

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Council approves forest money

Funds to support variety of community projects
Powell River Peak
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over $100,000 was distributed to City of Powell River and community organization projects from Powell River Community Forest (PRCF) Ltd., a second disbursement in one of the company’s best harvest years. Powell River council voted to accept PRCF board’s recommendations for grant support at its October 15 meeting. “It’s a great asset for us to have to be able to support a number of capital projects like this for the city and region,” said councillor Russell Brewer. The city established PRCF in 2006 and is the company’s sole owner. The company’s profits are return to the community through dividends deposited into the City Community Forest Reserve Fund.

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Opinion: All of us benefit from Canada’s resources

Edmonton Journal
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Something strange has happened to Canada. We have forgotten that the modern country we take for granted was scratched and clawed out of often-inhospitable terrain by men and women who risked everything for a better life. …The Resource Industry Suppliers Association reflects that ongoing reality. Our more than 200 member companies across the country reflect the spirit that built modern Canada. Many got their start as entrepreneurial, locally based businesses run by people with dirt under their fingernails. Our membership base spans across the natural resource industry sectors and includes businesses and associations both large and small. When resource projects create opportunities, their suppliers expand, one hard-won success at a time.

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Four more bears put down this week

Comox Valley Record
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three adult bears and two cubs have been put down within four days in the Comox Valley, and conservation officers are asking the public to become extra diligent with open garbage and fruit trees. Provincial Conservation Officer James Hilgemann said a 500-plus pound male bear was put down Monday morning in Cumberland, and a sow later that evening near Third Street and Maryport Avenue. The sow had two cubs in a tree nearby, and they were subsequently put down Tuesday morning. “We get frustrated … because people say ‘why are you shooting the family? Can’t you just trap them and relocate them?’ Relocation does not work on conditioned bears.”

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New Roundtable Brings Community Voices to the Future of the Nechako Watershed

Marketwired (press release)
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The Nechako Watershed Roundtable, a new community initiative launched today, will work to bring together diverse interests to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for current and future generations. The Roundtable is a collaborative group that includes representatives of BC First Nations, provincial agencies, local governments and other organizations with responsibilities and interests in the watershed. The Roundtable plans to educate on the health of the Nechako watershed, provide information for decision-makers on key watershed issues, and undertake stewardship initiatives. …The Nechako watershed … is facing significant challenges, including impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and salvage logging, climate change, and the diversion of water.

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Obama leaving mark on contentious law — with scant Hill input

E&E Publishing
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Obama administration is quietly reshaping the Endangered Species Act in hopes of tempering congressional critics and avoiding courtroom battles. Over the past several years, the administration has pushed a series of administrative reforms that it says will make the 1973 law more nimble, transparent and legally defensible. It has shifted course on how the law is applied, utilizing incentives over regulations to coax industry and private landowners to save vanishing habitats. “The law has inherent flexibility,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “We can apply that flexibility thoughtfully, and we can catalyze conservation, not command it.”

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Canyon Creek Complex Fire: After the flames

Blue Mountain Eagle
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CANYON CITY — Driving up Canyon Creek, south of John Day toward Burns, the devastation is dramatic. The Canyon Creek Complex Fire tore through this canyon in mid-August, leaving the woods and community forever changed. “This was so awesome in here before this,” Grant County Judge Scott Myers said as he drove his pickup along U.S. Highway 395 through the canyon. For about 8 miles the highway cuts through where the wildfire burned and destroyed homes. Around each turn comes a shocking sight, remnants of once proud homes or homes that were somehow spared from the flames. The Canyon Creek Complex Fire destroyed 43 homes, 39 in the canyon in a massive flare-up on Aug. 14.

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‘Fast-Track’ Timber Sale Near Whitefish Moves Forward

Montana Public Radio
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new kind of fast-track timber sale is being proposed to reduce fire danger around homes northwest of Whitefish. It’s on 1,300 acres of National Forest land near the ski resort. The City of Whitefish asked the Forest Service to thin trees from the area in 2004, but was told there was no funding available. Then, last year, new provisions in the latest Farm Bill passed by Congress allowed Montana Governor Steve Bullock to designate the area as a so-called “priority landscape.” That means it’s eligible for a faster than normal review and approval process. Mo Bookwalter, a state liaison with the Forest Service, says there are a couple of reasons why state and federal elected leaders passed the new Farm Bill fast-track provisions.

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DNR Commissioner denies appeal of Baby Brown timber sale

KHNS
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In April, Haines-based Lynn Canal Conservation was joined by Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands in appealing DNR’s final best interest finding for the Baby Brown timber sale. “Here we are, still in the dark ages of forestry,” said LCC President Eric Holle. He sees the extensive sale area as geared toward an export market, not the local economy. “Cutting them down and exporting them so that there’s very little local processing and very little local benefit.” DNR Commissioner Mark Myers repeatedly emphasizes throughout his 17-page response to the appeal DNR’s mandate of multi-use management. He says the department has a dual mission to conserve and develop natural resources.

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Granby forester receives national award for applied forestry

Colorado State News
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ron Cousineau, district forester for the Colorado State Forest Service Granby District, has been recognized by the Society of American Foresters with a 2015 Presidential Field Forester Award. The award honors foresters “who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound scientific methods and adaptive management strategies.” “Ron’s can-do attitude exemplifies what the Forest Service expects of our employees. He really knows how to get things done,” said Mike Lester, state forester and CSFS director. Cousineau is one of nine individuals to receive the award this year.

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Where there’s smoke, there’s data: Forest Service tries novel approach to predict impact of wildfires

GeekWire
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When wildfires blaze, the smoke matters. It matters to firefighters battling the flames on the ground and those pouring water and flame retardants from helicopters or planes. It matters to babies, children, older people and those with respiratory conditions including asthma. And when it gets bad enough, the smoke threatens everyone. The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab in Seattle is trying to clear the air — or least tell people where to find breathable conditions. The lab has built a program called BlueSky that takes data and modeling from numerous sources and generates predictions about where wildfire smoke will travel over time and the chemical nature of the emissions.

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Contract awarded on West Fork campground timber salvage

The Missoulian
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bitterroot National Forest has announced that Nelson Trucking of Darby has been awarded a timber contract to clean up dozens of fallen trees in the Sam Billings Campground on the West Fork Ranger District. The trees, mostly large ponderosa pines, came crashing down during a windstorm Aug. 10. The same storm was responsible for toppling trees across the valley and leaving thousands without power. There were several people in the campground at the time of the storm, but no one was injured and there was no damage to vehicles.

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Ten Mile-South Helena Collaborative considers options in roadless areas

Helena Independent Record
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the Helena National Forest develops plans for more than 61,000 acres south and west of Helena, one of the biggest concerns raised thus far is work within inventoried roadless areas. On Wednesday, the Ten Mile-South Helena Collaborative Committee visited one of those roadless areas to learn more about the Forest Service proposals and pros and cons for different alternatives. Last year the Forest Service unveiled the Ten Mile-South Helena Project, which includes more than 25,000 acres of work within a 61,500-acre project area aimed at protecting water quality for the city of Helena and addressing fire management and response. Projects proposed include more than 8,700 acres of commercial timber harvest, more than 13,600 acres of prescribed fire and 2,700 acres of noncommercial cutting and thinning.

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U.S. Forest Service closes Trail of 100 Giants over worries about falling trees

Beetles are killing pine trees in drought
Fresno Bee
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sequoia National Forest officials have closed the Trail of 100 Giants – a major feature inside the Giant Sequoia National Monument – because dead and dying trees could fall across the trail and hurt or kill a visitor. The Trail of 100 Giants leads to a grove of giant sequoias in the mountains of Tulare County not far from Camp Nelson and Ponderosa. It’s a popular stop for tourists. The closure went into effect Tuesday. Giant sequoias themselves are not considered at risk of falling. But many drought-stricken pine trees are under attack by Western bark beetles and could topple, said Denise Alonzo, a Forest Service spokeswoman.

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Proposals sought for forest projects

Project proposals for fiscal year 2016 funding are due electronically by November 16.
Blue Mountain Eagle
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests are seeking project proposals to be funded under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The act was reauthorized for two more years by Congress. The federal legislation encourages individuals, nonprofit organizations, local governments, and others to propose projects that restore watersheds, decommission or maintain roads, control noxious weeds, or otherwise improve the condition of the forest. Proposed projects do not need to be implemented on Forest Service lands, but must show a benefit to national forest resources.

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Haines forestry office to temporarily close this winter

KHNS
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Haines State Forestry office is set to temporarily close this winter, sometime between November and February. Earlier this year, the state legislature zeroed out funding for the Haines office, and one forester lost his job. The division scraped money together to keep one local forester in Haines, but that funding is uncertain and doesn’t cover a full year salary. … In the current budget situation, the revenue from local operators might not be enough to keep the Haines forestry office alive. “You know that’s the point that we’re at in the division; the offices that generate the revenue are the offices that are gonna get the staffing,” said State Forestry Director Chris Maisch. “[Haines] doesn’t really register very well on that funding piece. Compared to some of the other offices in Southeast, especially the Ketchikan office, it’s not even in the ballpark.”

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Logging scheduled for Columbia County wildlife and fishery areas

Lodi Enterprise
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Visitors to Mud Lake, Grassy Lake and Paradise Marsh Wildlife Areas in Columbia County are likely to see active timber harvests on these public properties in the near future. Harvests are scheduled for a total of approximately 213 acres across these properties this fall and winter. Harvesting may also occur as a result of a 33 acre timber sale on the Rocky Run Fishery Area and the adjacent Rocky Run State Natural Area. No harvesting will occur during the upcoming nine day gun deer hunting season on any of these properties. “Harvesting will start over the next several weeks,” said Bruce Henderson, DNR forester ranger for Columbia County. “These lands are managed based on long-term plans with objectives that include maintaining or improving wildlife habitat.

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Firefighters working to control 657-acre Sipsey Wilderness wildfire

AL.com
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Firefighters are conducting burn out operations to help control the 657-acre wildlife that continues to burn in the Sipsey Wilderness of the Bankhead National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service says the burn out tactic involves firefighters setting fire inside a control line to widen it or consume debris between the edge of the fire and the control line. More than three dozen crews from Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia were working to contain the fire that sparked on Friday. Dave Casey, Bankhead district danger, said the quick response of a horse rider with Back Country Horsemen of Alabama, volunteers with Wild South, Lawrence and Winston County Sheriff’s Departments and local hikers helped authorities get a jumpstart on fighting the fire.

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Forestry firefighting crews keeping busy during drought Mississippi News Now

Mississippi News Now
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Nearly 50 wildfires in the last five days. Firefighting teams from the Mississippi Forestry Commission are certainly keeping busy during these dangerous drought conditions. The governor enacted a statewide burn ban Tuesday night because of the extremely dry conditions. Wildfires in the 10 county southeast region of the forestry commission have scorched more than 2500 acres the past five days. “With no rain that we’ve had, it’s real dry.The conditions are real bad,” said forestry firefighting crew member, Anthony Johnson, “So, they’re starting to get really intense. We’re having to watch ’em close.”

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Romania’s Government sets up Forest guards to fight against illegal logging

Romania-Insider
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


The Government has set up the Forest guards, a sort of Police for forests, to fight illegal logging. The Senate approved on October 20 the Government ordinance on the new structure. The Forest guards are public institutions, subordinated to the central public authority responsible for the national forest area. They will need to monitor and enforce the forestry regime within the national forest area, reports local Capital.ro. The Forest guards will have maximum 617 people, overall, and each guard unit needs to have at least 40 positions.

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Leading Kiwi logging experts head to Vancouver: Innovative remote-controlled steep slope harvesters boost safety

Innovatek
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nelson, New Zealand – As New Zealand’s first remote-control forest-harvesting machine is being put to work in one of the country’s biggest region of steep slope forests even loggers in Canada are taking notice. Building up from the research stage to commercial trials the Wood Contracting team doing the testing has gained a track record of success already. Meet the world’s leading steep slope innovators from New Zealand at a one-day logging conference devoted to the latest in winch assist harvesting. Held in Richmond, BC, Canada on March 2, 2016

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Jakarta Post 2 Russian jets land in Indonesia to help douse forest fires

Jakarta Post
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Two Russian jets that can drop 12.5 tons of water arrived on Sumatra island Wednesday to help douse Indonesia’s massive forest fires that have spread smoky haze over parts of Southeast Asia. The amphibious planes, leased by Indonesia’s government and sent by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, can suck 13,250 liters (3,500 gallons) of water from a river or sea in seconds. Similar planes helped extinguish fires on Sumatra and Borneo islands in 2007. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the two Beriev Be-200 planes landed in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra province. The Russian jets will be deployed to fight the fires soon.

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Austrian timber giant ransacking Romania’s forests

The Ecologist
October 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Austrian timber company Schweighofer is linked to large-scale illegal logging which accounts for half of Romania’s timber production. An EIA investigation finds that almost all the illegal timber ends up in the company’s mills. The Austrian timber giant Schweighofer is processing large amounts of illegally harvested timber from Romanian forests into semi-finished wood products and biomass, according to the US Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The accusation comes in a new report released today, which follows two years of investigations and details, for the first time, the extent of the destruction caused by the high volumes of illegal wood reaching Schweighofer’s Romanian mills.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UNBC research eyes ash use

Prince George Citizen
October 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

University students showcased an ongoing project Wednesday that seeks to re-use waste ash from bioenergy plants in the community and on campus. UNBC environmental science students Graham Thornton and Ashli Oe sat in front of potted plants of barley and orchard grass as part of the university’s National Bioenergy Day showcase. The plants are part of a two-month experiment, where the class tests the effects of ash in soil. “We’re using two different kinds of ash from the Canfor boiler and the UNBC bioenergy plant,” Thornton explained from the Canfor Winter Garden. “It means we can use our waste ash as a fertilizer instead of just throwing it out.” “We’re testing how well it works as a fertilizer,” said Thornton, 20, adding they haven’t yet done any testing, but it seems “the ash does affect the growth.”

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US forests under threat as demand for wood-based biofuels grows

An increase in US wood pellet exports intended to reduce reliance on fossil fuels may be threatening ecologically important forests across the country, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council
The Guardian
October 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

European Union (EU) rules intended to reduce power plant reliance on fossil fuels are threatening significant areas of ecologically important hardwood forests across the southeastern US, and will do little to mitigate carbon emissions, according to a new report. The report, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in collaboration with the Conservation Biology Institute, detailed a 150% increase in wood pellet exports (pdf) from the US during the past three years. Most are bound for Europe, where power companies are replacing coal and other fossil fuels with wood-based biofuels in order to benefit from EU incentives on renewable energy sources.

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Clarkson University Hosting Events to Celebrate National Bioenergy Day Oct. 29

Clarkson University News (press release)
October 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Clarkson University is again taking a leadership role in the promotion of bioenergy throughout the region by celebrating the third annual National Bioenergy Day on Thursday, Oct. 29. Sue PowersClarkson’s bioenergy event this year will focus on anaerobic digestion as a means of transforming organic waste materials to manage waste streams by transforming this waste into biogas for electricity and heat energy generation. The goal for the day is to encourage more communities, institutions and small farms to consider the advantages of implementing a digester for their organic waste management and energy generation needs.

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