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Daily Archives: October 29, 2015

Froggy Foibles

A little something for your Christmas wish list: Wooden Bicycle

Woodworking Network
October 28, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West
According to the website xmasclock.com, there are only 56 days until Christmas. It’s time to start your wish list. And we have your first item. This news story features a man who makes beautiful wooden bicycles.  Mike Mahoney, founder of Savvy Cycles in Grand Junction, CO, says he worked for close to two years, designing, testing and perfecting the process of making a wood bicycle frame. Mahoney has extensive experience in woodworking and 3D laminating from ten years of longboard skateboard manufacturing, seven years teaching woodworking, and thirteen years of furniture and cabinet making.

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Business & Politics

Canfor Reports Results for Third Quarter of 2015

Canada Newswire press release
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation (TSX: CFP) today reported a net loss attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net loss”) of $17.3 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2015, compared to shareholder net income of $11.1 million, or $0.08 per share, for the second quarter of 2015 and $45.5 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter of 2014. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company’s shareholder net income was $23.1 million, or $0.17 per share, compared to shareholder net income of $145.3 million, or $1.05 per share, reported for the comparable period of 2014.

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Resolute Reports Preliminary Third Quarter 2015 Results

Canada Newswire press release
October 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL, – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today reported net income of $14 million (excluding special items), or $0.15 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compared to net income of $15 million (excluding special items), or $0.16 per share, in the same period in 2014. Sales were $905 million in the quarter, down $191 million, or 17%, from the third quarter of 2014. GAAP net loss was $6 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to a net loss of $116 million, or $1.23 per share, in the third quarter of 2014.

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Sun Wave owner questions legality of Watson Island settlement

Prince Rupert Northern View
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The debate surrounding ownership of Watson Island was thrust back into the spotlight this week with the owner of Sun Wave Forest Products calling the settlement agreement with the City of Prince Rupert “null and void”. A declaration signed by Sun Wave Forest Products owner Ni Ritao, published in the Northern View on Oct. 28, says the agreement entered into by Sophia Liu on behalf of the company on Aug. 20, 2013 was done without his legal authorization. …However, the City of Prince Rupert says the proper protocols were followed in reaching the deal and that evidence was provided to indicate Liu had the authority to reach the agreements in question.

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TPP a springboard for Canada’s green forestry industry

October 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the federal election now behind us, the new prime minister can and must promote the economy and the environment in the first few weeks of his mandate. The foundation for both future economic stability and environmental sustainability will be laid for decades to come based on two significant global initiatives: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the United Nations climate change conference in Paris. As the representative of an industry that directly supports 230,000 well-paid jobs across Canada and is a world leader in green, sustainable forest practices, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) fully understands that economic and environmental policies are inextricably linked and cannot be viewed in isolation.

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Big and small mills lobby for piece of the timber pie

E&E Publishing
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Tucked deep in Congress’ bill to fund the government in 2015 was a request to the Forest Service: Get moving on a long-stalled rule that could aid the survival of America’s small timber mills. The report language “strongly encouraged” the agency to write a directive that could ensure small mills are not bullied out of federal timber contracts by larger, better-capitalized corporations. The language, which was backed by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), signaled Congress’ growing involvement in a debate that has sown deep rifts within the forest products industry. At issue is whether protections for small businesses currently in place for conventional timber sales should be extended to stewardship sales, which are an increasingly popular way for the Forest Service to sell timber.

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On the Brink of Major Development, SmartLam Rebuilding Blue-Collar Heritage in Columbia Falls

October 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS — After gaining widespread appeal across Europe and Canada as a cutting-edge building material, cross-laminated timber is making inroads in America, and a manufacturer in Columbia Falls is at the forefront of the major breakthrough. Operating out of a 40,000-square-foot facility near the heart of town, SmartLam is the nation’s largest producer of CLT. Only one other manufacturer is online in the U.S., an upstart in Oregon. In only three years, the local company has capitalized on the market interest and already outgrown its plant, leading SmartLam to develop plans for the world’s largest CLT manufacturing site.

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On the Brink of Major Development, SmartLam Rebuilding Blue-Collar Heritage in Columbia Falls

October 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS — After gaining widespread appeal across Europe and Canada as a cutting-edge building material, cross-laminated timber is making inroads in America, and a manufacturer in Columbia Falls is at the forefront of the major breakthrough. Operating out of a 40,000-square-foot facility near the heart of town, SmartLam is the nation’s largest producer of CLT. Only one other manufacturer is online in the U.S., an upstart in Oregon. In only three years, the local company has capitalized on the market interest and already outgrown its plant, leading SmartLam to develop plans for the world’s largest CLT manufacturing site.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPInnovations Releases Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook

FPInnovations
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

FPInnovations has published the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook to help facilitate the design and construction of 5- and 6-storey wood-frame buildings across Canada. The handbook is intended to be used by early adopters and mainstream design practitioners to design mid-rise wood frame buildings in compliance with the National Code, Provincial Codes, and the Canadian Standard for Engineering Design in Wood. The growing interest in wood-frame construction as an economical and environmentally friendly type of construction, along with the growth in the urban population, prompted the regulatory authorities of many provinces to allow taller wood-frame buildings in the last few years. 

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USDA Kills Hardwood Checkoff Program

Woodworking Network
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – There will be no Hardwood Checkoff promotions program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stopped the rulemaking process on the controversial “Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order.” Published in the Oct. 28 Federal Register, the notice from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service states: “Based on comments received, outstanding substantive questions and significant proposed modifications from stakeholders, USDA is terminating the proceeding.” The termination is effective Oct. 29. …The USDA said it received more than 900 comments to the original proposal, the majority of which opposed the program.

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Buzzsaw of opposition fells plans for lumber promotion program

The Charlotte Observer
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON A controversial plan to promote U.S. hardwood lumber is now sawdust, at least for the time being. Following a fierce and extended debate, the Agriculture Department on Wednesday formally unplugged the proposal for a new industry-funded program touting the nation’s hardwood lumber and plywood. The decision is a blow to North Carolina-based Columbia Forest Products, Georgia-based Atlanta Hardwood Corp. and other firms whose executives have long sought a research and promotion program similar to the ones serving the milk, beef and cotton industries, among others. …But the proposal’s withdrawal heartens opponents, who flooded the
Agriculture Department with hundreds of criticisms and objections over
the past several years.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article41710419.html#storylink=cpy

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Portland’s latest wood-structured office building hits the finish line

Portland Business Journal
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The heavy-timber creative office crazy continues in Portland with the near-completion of the Framework building in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The building, developed by Urban Development + Partners, is five stories and about 25,000 square feet of creative office space at the corner of Northeast Sixth and Davis. Its timber framing, including custom made brackets, and plank flooring give the building a classic tone, and copious amounts of glass let in natural light and expansive city views. Eric Cress, a principal with UDP, said that although he and his partners weren’t ready to dabble in a cross-laminated timber building, they were drawn to the more traditional feel that glue-laminated heavy timber evokes.

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Low carbon high strength fire rated composite decking solution for bushfire prone areas

Architecture and Design
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A new decking solution introduced by UBIQ is helping homeowners living in the bushfire-prone regions of Australia create safe and long-lasting timber-look decks on their property. INEX>DECKING from UBIQ is a concrete composite decking material that looks incredibly like timber. This low carbon, high strength cement-based decking board is engineered to deliver greater durability than traditional timber decking solutions. Suitable for both residential and commercial installations, UBIQ’s BAL-FZ fire rated decking boards are non-combustible, making them an ideal choice for property owners rebuilding or renovating after a bushfire. INEX>DECKING is deemed to be non-combustible under Australian Standard AS/NZS 1530.1:1994 Part 1: Combustibility test for materials and deemed to comply for construction in decking for all bushfire-prone zones including BAL-FZ.

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Forestry

Spray Lake Sawmills takes stewardship seriously

By Brian Boyle
Cochrane Times
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West
I have worked in the forest Industry for over 30 years… and have not come across the wasteland described in various letters from clearcutting. …Most of these advocate groups seem to be suffering from the NIMBY syndrome (Not in My Backyard) and it is amazing the number of log homes that are seen in these areas that have a wood burning fireplace. Wood fences and posts mark the property lines which would seem to come from these same harvest areas. The forest industry in Canada is tightly regulated and most companies belong to organizations such as Alberta Forest Products Association, Forest Products Association of Canada or other organizations such National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and FP Innovations. Spray Lake Sawmills is no different and has continued to show environmental diligence by attaining its Forest Stewardship Council certification.

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Good news about mountain pine beetle in Saskatchewan: There still aren’t many

Canadian Press in the Province
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SASKATOON — There’s some promising news on the mountain pine beetle’s presence — or lack thereof — in Saskatchewan. The insect has destroyed millions of hectares of lodgepole pine in British Columbia and Alberta, and there were worries that it could move further north, where there are a lot of jack pines. Rory McIntosh, Saskatchewan’s forest entomologist and pathologist, says they have found no trace of the dangerous bug in the northwest part of the province for the second straight year. McIntosh says the situation is also improving in the Cypress Hills area in the southeast, where both Alberta and Saskatchewan are working together to slow down the beetle.

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Hundreds of ash trees to be cut down this winter in Kitchener

Waterloo Record
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KITCHENER — Some residents in northwest Kitchener will get a rude shock this winter, as crews cut down ash trees in an ongoing effort to manage the devastation caused by a destructive beetle. About 1,100 ash trees will be cut beginning in early to mid-November and continuing until the end of March, at a cost of about $150,000. The city began cutting down ash trees in 2012, about two years after the emerald ash borer was first discovered in the city, and tree cutting is scheduled to go on for another couple of years. The invasive beetle is expected to kill about 5,000 ash trees in the city — four-fifths of all ashes in Kitchener.

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Anti-anxiety dog meds made from tree bark studied in Ontario

CBC News
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Researchers from the University of Ottawa claim they’ve found a successful botanical anti-anxiety medication similar to Valium — for dogs. All the researchers need are vines from Costa Rica and sycamore bark harvested from trees in Windsor, Ont. …”It acts almost as well as Valium but it has none of the side-effects [Valium] is known for.” …The goal is to get the botanical anti-anxiety medication approved for human tests by Health Canada, Durst said. He hopes the product can eventually be used to help people experiencing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Nature Trust pivotal player in land conservation

By Dale Smith, Nature Trust Board Member
The Chronicle Herald
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dianne Powell’s Sept. 25 opinion piece, “Conserve our forested areas, too,” congratulates the Nova Scotia Nature Trust… Ms. Powell goes on to express the understanding that “almost all” of the areas protected by the province’s two leading land trusts are situated on the coast, and to make the case that land trusts should start to preserve Acadian forests in addition to seaside lands in light of environmental impacts of industrial forestry and clearcutting… With the exception of the approximately 25-kilometre Isthmus of Chignecto that links our province with New Brunswick and the rest of North America, Nova Scotia is all but an island — with an estimated 13,300 kilometres of coastline and with no place in the province being more than 60 kilometres from the ocean. 

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Moose hunt protest planned in Cape Breton Highlands

Cape Breton Post
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CAPE NORTH — Local hunting guide Dennis Day expects a huge crowd for Saturday’s protest against a proposed Mi’kmaq moose harvest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. “I think I’m going to have a lot of people with me that don’t want a hunt,” Day said. “I’d like to see the park (Parks Canada) come to their senses, see how many people are against it, and cancel it. I’m confident that there is going to be a good turnout.” Parks Canada has set aside a 20-square kilometre area on North Mountain for the hunt, which is tentatively scheduled for two weeks in early November. …Day said he would like to see Parks Canada do additional studies on the moose population in the area of North Mountain. …Day, who is from Musquodoboit, has lived in Cape North for 13 years.

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Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race

Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

If Ken Ivory could ask the Republican presidential hopefuls a question at their debate Wednesday night in Colorado, the state lawmaker from Utah would raise a subject that might seem arcane to much of the nation but no doubt would stir strong responses from the event’s Western audience. First, Ivory would hold up a color-coded map showing the huge amount of land in the West — about 50% of the entire region, compared with a fraction of that in the East — owned by the federal government. Then Ivory would hit the candidates with his radical proposal: Why not transfer control of most of that land to the states, which could clear the way for more hunting and fishing, more oil wells and coal mines and tree harvests, with all the economic benefits that surely would follow?

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How Green are Oregon’s Forest Management Practices?

Earth Island Journal
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New documentary takes aim at clear-cutting and herbicide use on private forest lands. “Come out to Rockaway Beach and walk into Jetty Creek and you’ll feel that sense of outrage,” says Kate Taylor who lives in this small northern Oregon coastal town where she and her boyfriend run a fishing and travel guide business. Shortly after they’d settled into their new home there, the couple received a notice saying their water didn’t meet US Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards. Why? Because its source, the Jetty Creek watershed – water that runs off the steep forest slopes above the town – has been 80 percent clearcut and repeatedly sprayed with herbicides. The water requires extensive treatment and that has resulted in toxic levels of decontamination byproducts.

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Northern Arizona University researcher finds forest treatment contributes to increased snowpack

Northern Arizona Univerisity News
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Snowpack can be difficult to measure in the rugged, varied terrain of northern Arizona’s forests, and warming winters only complicate the picture. But a careful look into the past, layered with scrutiny of the present, reveals some welcome findings. After analyzing thousands of images from satellites and airplane-flown sensors, Teki Sankey, Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist, concluded that forest thinning increases snow accumulations on the ground and allows snow to linger during the spring melt. The combined effects increase the groundwater recharge that contributes to Arizona’s water supply. …“These results are encouraging for 4FRI,” Sankey wrote, noting that areas treated to that level “appear to have an optimum threshold for accumulating and maintaining snowpack.”

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Washington official asks for millions more to boost firefighting efforts

The Spokesman-Review
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark used charred hillsides from the Rutter Canyon fire north of Spokane Wednesday as the backdrop to announce a $24 million proposal to strengthen state and local wildland firefighting efforts. The rapidly moving Rutter Canyon fire, which burned 150 acres in Riverside State Park in August, typifies how fire is moving out of the woods and into populated areas, Goldmark said. The fire led to evacuation notices for several neighborhoods and came within several hundred feet of a natural gas line that serves north Spokane. Because of its location in a box canyon, aircraft had to be called in to fight the blaze.

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Public Comments Sought on 97,500 Acre Forest Restoration Project

My Central Oregon
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Chiloquin, Ore. – Fremont-Winema National Forest managers are seeking public comment on a restoration project totaling about 97,500 acres, located within the Chiloquin Ranger District. The Lobert Restoration Project is generally located between the communities of Fort Klamath and Chiloquin, south to Hagelstein Park, and east to Swan Lake Point and Saddle Mountain. The project area primarily consists of Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest types. The area also contains mountain mahogany and juniper woodlands, and aspen trees in meadows and drainages. From 1940 through 1979, several large fires occurred within the proposed project area and ranged in size from 1,000 to 15,000 acres.

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Cut the red tape in Forest

The Porterville Recorder
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last week Sequoia National Forest officials announced they were having to close the very popular tourist destination Trail of 100 Giants because so many dead trees posed a safety hazard. That should not have been necessary. For decades forest managers were able to take care of such issues. Dead or dying trees could be removed from a campground or popular trail without going through a lot of hoops and red tape. Not any more. … We have tied the hands of forest managers so much that there is not any management of our forests these days. While the drought gets much of the blame for the dead trees, a lack of strong management the past 40 years is also a culprit. Our forests are far too overgrown. There are too many trees per acre and too many trees for them all to survive. It is in those thickest of forests where so many trees are being attacked by bark beetles and killed.

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Oregon’s urban trees as important as rural forests

Statesman Journal
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The forests of Oregon are among the most productive in the world, and are among Oregon’s most valuable resources. They touch the lives of rural and urban Oregonians in many ways and are essential to our state’s well-being.  What about our urban forests? What are they and why should people care about them? Oregon’s urban forests consist of the planted landscape as well as native forest remnants left behind, intentionally or unintentionally, as our cities developed. The trees within these urban forests make a difference to the communities in which we live. They don’t just attract residents and visitors, they contribute to quality of life in our cities. They not only provide shade, they lower heating and cooling bills, reduce noise and pollution and increase property values.

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Threemile Wildlife Management Area project is first for FWP’s first forester

by Perry Backus
The Missoulian
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – The first forester hired by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will begin his career in the Bitterroot Valley. When forester Jason Parke officially came on board in August, one of the first things that landed on his desk was a project to thin 223 acres of the state-owned, 6,169-acre Threemile Wildlife Management Area. The timber sale portion of that project is now out for bid. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, work will get underway to build about 3,000 feet of new road that loggers will use this winter to haul an estimated 600,000 board feet of timber to the mill. When the project is done, Parke said it will serve a model for the public to consider for the remaining 4,000 acres of timbered lands on the wildlife management area in the Sapphire Mountains.

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Enviros challenge forest restoration project they helped develop

E&E Publishing
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Building and reopening miles of roads in the Santa Fe National Forest for a massive restoration project designed to make the forest more resilient to wildfires and insects would cause more harm than good, according to a formal protest filed by an environmental group that helped the Forest Service develop the project. Santa Fe, N.M.-based WildEarth Guardians filed the formal objection this month, challenging a section of the project authorizing the roads to allow for logging and tree thinning across roughly 30,000 acres of the national forest. …Thus, the group’s leaders felt they had to object even though they agree with the overall objectives and many of the restoration actions in the plan, said Bryan Bird, an ecologist with WildEarth Guardians.

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Drought, other factors contribute to larger Texas wildfires

Associated Press in the Washington Post
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DALLAS — Larger, more threatening wildfires are occurring at greater rates as Texas faces lingering drought, consistent development — driven by millions of new residents and the spread of outlying suburbs — and changes in how the state’s land is used. Texas had 157,000 wildfires over a nine-year period ending in 2014, said Mark Stanford, fire chief of the Texas A&M Forest Service. Nearly 80 percent of those fires raged within 2 miles of a community, he said. “When I started, that was unheard of,” Stanford said. “Wildfires were a rural problem and not really a threat to communities.” Now those threats have turned perennial amid drought and development in areas that had been mostly rural. 

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A career path through the woods: Michigan’s next generation of forestry talent

Upper Peninsula Second Wave
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In Japan, people are encouraged to engage in the practice of Shinrin Yoku, or “forest bathing,” to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Katherine Armstrong reaps all the benefits of spending time around trees as well, but she doesn’t need a therapeutic getaway to the woods to experience them. She simply has to go to work every day. “Most people have to wait for a Saturday to go for a hike in the woods, and that’s what I do all day, most days–walk in the woods,” says the 38-year-old Michigan DNR forester who works in Kalkaska. “Hearing songbirds and seeing cool views over a river, you get to see a lot of neat places.” Armstrong is one of many young professionals in Michigan’s forestry industry. Though she was raised near Baltimore, it’s not unusual at all that she ended up working in the state that owns more forest land than any other besides Alaska.

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Forestry Students Exploring New Dynamics To Deer Management

Duke University
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DURHAM, N.C. – You you can find Patrick Smerczynski and Hunterr Payeur on any given day this Fall in the Duke Forest. Even though most of the forest is temporarily closed to the public five days out of the week, they still come. They are hunters, not the contracted bow hunters Duke Forest has hired to help reduce their swelling deer population, but hunters nonetheless, and deer meat isn’t their prize. Instead…it’s deer poop. Smerczynski and Payeur, both second year Master of Forestry students at the Nicholas School of the Environment, are conducting deer pellet surveys throughout specific sections of Duke Forest to determine where deer eat, sleep, and – yes – defecate. It is part of their joint master’s project to identify forest management practices can best promote both a healthy forest and a healthy deer population.

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Hitchcock Woods thinning process upsets some of the forest’s fans

Aiken Standard
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The results of a recent selective tree thinning operation in Hitchcock Woods have made some Aiken residents who enjoy spending time in one of the nation’s largest urban forests very unhappy. “Many of us are saddened and shocked by how dramatic the change is,” said Pat Kirk, who goes horseback riding in Hitchcock Woods about four times a week. “The new look is not very attractive. There is debris all over in the place, and it’s in huge piles. Selective thinning is part of the Hitchcock Woods Foundation’s strategy to restore and preserve the forest’s unique longleaf pine ecosystem… Tucker urged people to be patient and wait awhile before making a final judgment about what they’re seeing.

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Forest Service seeks input on wilderness

Asheville Citizen-Times
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Forest Service is seeking public input in the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan revision as it evaluates lands that might be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, which is a required part of the plan revision process. Part of this process is also identifying rivers that may be eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. “We are looking for information you may have about these areas that can inform the evaluations. No decisions have been made, and we are not at the stage of making recommendations,” said James Melonas, acting Forest Supervisor. This evaluation is the second step of a multi-step process. Evaluating these areas does not indicate the areas will be managed a certain way in the forest plan.

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Aquino okays law on forestry practice

Sun Star
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill regulating the practice of forestry in the country. In signing Republic Act 10690 on October 23, the President recognized the importance of professional foresters in nation building and development. The goal is to develop and nurture competent, globally competitive professional foresters, who will observe the highest standards of excellence. The law, also known as the Forestry Profession Act, will govern the examination and licensure of professional foresters, supervise and regulate the practice of forestry in the country, and develop and upgrade the curriculum on forestry education. It will also develop the professional competence of foresters through mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as integrate forestry as a profession.

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Northland forests dying of neglect – Forest and Bird

Radio New Zealand News
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The conservation group’s drone footage, released online today, shows extensive damage to forest in Russell, Otangaroa and northern Whangaroa. Many big trees are reduced to skeletons. Forest and Bird’s Northland advocate Dean Baigent-Mercer said the forests were dying because of rampant possum damage and it was almost too late to save them. He said the same thing was happening in other forests around New Zealand that have had no sustained pest control for decades by DOC or regional councils. Mr Baigent-Mercer said local conservation groups were holding the line with pest control efforts in forests like Waipoua, Mataraua and Waima in the north. Other reserves were becoming ghost forests and the Conservation Department would need a serious increase in funding to bring them back from the brink, he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

On the road to Paris – Climate change event

Forest Products Association of Canada
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

In partnership with the Canadian Climate Forum and the Canadian Wood Council, we invite you to tune in to our live webcast of the On the Road to Paris Climate Change event. Join as we discuss what Canada’s forest industry is doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change as the world moves to a low carbon economy. The Canadian Climate Forum mission is to disseminate and apply evidence-based climate knowledge to advance decision making for a safer and more sustainable Canada. The Forum works collaboratively with multi-stakeholders from the public and private sectors to ensure that decision/policy makers have access to the most current, innovative climate science to ensure best practices in climate related adaptation and mitigation strategies. Webcast: fpac.ca/roadtoparis, Date: November 19, 2015, Time: 1pm – 4pm (EST)

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From laggard to leader

by David Lindsay, President and CEO, The Forest Products Association of Canada
Forest Products Association of Canada
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

…Yet as angst grows about the impact of climate change, so do fears that curbing greenhouse gases (GHGs) could curtail economic activity. So wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were something that pulled greenhouse gasses out of the air while fostering jobs and growth? Instead of being part of the problem, the forest products industry can be seen as part of the solution to climate change—which scientists agree stems from the increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), from burning fossil fuels. Canada’s forest sector is helping to mitigate this global challenge by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in trees and soils, as well as in traditional and innovative new forest products from car parts to new construction materials. This contribution to a low-carbon economy is recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), but is probably less understood by many Canadians.

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General

In Case Of Forest Emergency: Use Pine Cones

Knopnews2
October 28, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

The Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands has made a great recovery after the fires from a few years ago and it’s all thanks to their large supply of pine cones. The Bessey Nursery collects and stores seeds from all different kinds of pine cones. If somewhere in Nebraska or its surrounding states loses trees to fires or beetles, they can ship out the seeds and repair the damage. “The Ranger District within region two, if they have a sowing request, which we get over one million requests every single year from them to produce conifers to go back into the burn areas and areas that were damaged by the bark beetle.” said Nursery Manager Richard Gilbert.

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TPP a springboard for Canada’s green forestry industry

October 29, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

With the federal election now behind us, the new prime minister can and must promote the economy and the environment in the first few weeks of his mandate. The foundation for both future economic stability and environmental sustainability will be laid for decades to come based on two significant global initiatives: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the United Nations climate change conference in Paris. As the representative of an industry that directly supports 230,000 well-paid jobs across Canada and is a world leader in green, sustainable forest practices, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) fully understands that economic and environmental policies are inextricably linked and cannot be viewed in isolation.

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