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Daily Archives: November 12, 2015

Business & Politics

Closure costs burden Canfor result

EUWID
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

One-off costs totalling Can$19.4m in connection with the closure of the Canal Flats sawmill in British Columbia, as well as declining selling prices on softwood-lumber markets in North America and Asia have resulted in the third quarter in a sharp fall in operating result at Canfor. At Can$8.5m, the operating result was down year on year by 90%. The concern’s net result slipped into the red, at minus Can$17.3m. The operating result achieved by the Lumber division decreased to minus Can$26.9m, down from plus Can$5.1m in the previous quarter and from Can$59.6m in the third quarter of 2014.

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Sawmill closure in Canal Flats, B.C., leaves 75 out of work

‘100 years of sawmill operation in or around Canal Flats … has come to an end’
CBC News
November 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The main employer in the village of Canal Flats in B.C.’s East Kootenay region shut down today, putting 75 employees out of work. Canfor announced the closure of the mill on Sept. 9. The last processing work concluded at the end of September, and employees have been doing shut down work since then to prepare the plant for final closure.. It was pretty sad, quite frankly … just the reality that this is the end, right?” Doug Singer, president of the local branch of United Steelworkers, told Radio West host Rebecca Zandbergen. “When you look at a 170 jobs missing from May until now when the closure happened, that’s a lot of jobs in a very small area.”

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Court approves $32.5 million settlement in Sino-Forest class-action lawsuit

The Kelowna Daily Courier
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved a $32.5-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by investors who lost money when Sino-Forest Corp. collapsed in 2012 amid allegations of fraud. Several Canadian banks and other financial institutions that helped the Chinese forestry company raise millions on the financial markets agreed to the settlement back in January. The agreement does not include any admission of wrongdoing. The case alleged that directors, officers, auditors and underwriters at Sino-Forest used misleading accounting tactics to defraud investors.

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Ryan & Maniskas, LLP Announces Investigation of Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc.

PR Newsire
November 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WAYNE, Pa., — Ryan & Maniskas, LLP is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (“Plum Creek” or the “Company”) (NYSE: PCL) concerning possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law related to the Company’s efforts to sell the Company to Weyerhaeuser Company (“Weyerhaeuser”) (NYSE: WY).

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Can Plum Creek Timber Company Incorporated hit expected sales?

The Bend Bulletin
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In its most recent quarter Plum Creek Timber Company Incorporated had actual sales of $ 414M. Among the 4 analysts who were surveyed, the consensus expectation for quarterly sales had been 434M. This represents a -4.608% difference between analyst expectations and the Plum Creek Timber Company Incorporated achieved in its quarterly earnings. We’ve also learned that Plum Creek Timber Company Incorporated will report its next earnings on January 25, 2016. The earnings report after that one will be on April 25, 2016, and the report for the fiscal year will be made available on January 25, 2016.

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Bend business owner named association president

Charley Miller to head Western Building Material Association
The Bend Bulletin
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Charley Miller, president of the Miller Lumber Co. in Bend, has been elected president of the Western Building Material Association, an industry trade organization. The election was held at the association’s 113th annual convention, a three-day event that began on Nov. 3 in Marysville, Washington. Miller said he has personally been a member of the association, which has around 400 member businesses from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, since 1985, and that Miller Lumber Company has been affiliated for at least two decades.

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Boise Cascade announces downtime at lumber operations in Oregon and Washington

Lesprom
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Cascade lumber operations will take the following downtime due to market-related conditions: Pilot Rock, Oregon, – November 23 to December 7, Random Lengths reports. Mt Emily – La Grande, Oregon, November 23 to November 30. The head rig at La Grande will continue on curtailment through the week of December 7. Kettle Falls, Washington, – November 23 to November 30. Boise Cascade manufactures engineered wood products, plywood, lumber, and particleboard and distributes a broad line of building materials, including wood products manufactured by the company’s wood products division.

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Plum Creek-Weyerhaeuser timber deal could indicate institutional forest ownership shift in Oregon

Portland Business Journal
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co.’s planned acquisition of timber company Plum Creek could signal a shift in the way corporate owners treat their Northwest forest holdings. The $8.4 billion deal will set the company up as the largest single owner of timberland in the country. Washington-based Weyerhaeuser will shell out 1.6 shares of stock for each share of Plum Creek Timber, another Washington company. …”What most people don’t know is that this land is owned by our pension funds, retirement accounts, insurance companies and other large investors,” Hayes wrote in an email. “Whereas 30 or 40 years ago most of the land was owned by vertically integrated companies, today we have a model where forestland is traded back and forth just like baseball cards. It’s hard to say whether this deal will have any role in changing that.”

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Timber Products completes purchase of SierraPine facility

Springfield Times
November 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Timber Products Co. announced Nov. 10 that it has completed the purchase of SierraPine’s Ampine Particleboard facility in Martel, California. The two companies had originally announced they had reached a tentative sales agreement in mid-August. “This is an exciting opportunity for Timber Products to leverage the expertise and capabilities of SierraPine’s particleboard facility with Timber Products’ Medford particleboard operation to serve the growing needs of our customers,” Timber Products Company CEO Joe Gonyea, III said in a press release. “We are pleased to add this manufacturing facility, product line, and team members to our company.” Going forward the Martell facility will operate as “Ampine, a Division of Timber Products Company.”

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Forestry company cleared of blame for worker death

Newstalk ZB
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Nelson forestry company has been cleared of blame over the death of a 28-year-old contractor. Coroner CJ Devonport has just released his findings into Michael Langford’s death in 2013. Mr Langford was killed when he was pinned between two trees while working at a private forestry site in Wakefield. During the inquest, witnesses claimed Michael Langford was over-worked by his employer Total Havest Solutions, and so the accident can be directly attributed to the fatigue he was feeling. But Coroner Devonport said the only one who can answer that is Mr Langford himself and tragically he’s deceased. END OF STORY

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Pulp it up: Drumod’s pulp sold to Leitrim success story Masonite

Irish Independent
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

On the visit to Drumod Beg Wood, we heard that some of last year’s pulp harvested during the second thinning was sold to the Masonite Ireland facility near Drumsna, Co Leitrim. As you may have read in last week’s Farming Independent, Masonite Ireland processes wood waste and residue to manufacture moulded door skins, a component part of interior-moulded doors. …Masonite requires very clean spruce wood chips for the production of door skins. Some pine can also be used but larch cannot. Logs need to be between 2 and 3.5 metres in length with a minimum diameter of 7cm.

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Australian pine more valuable as housing construction increases 17 per cent

ABC News Australia
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Record low interest rates and greater housing construction are driving up the price of Australian pine trees, according to Australia’s largest forestry investment company. A new report released by the Federal Government indicates Australia’s housing construction is up 17 per cent, and general log harvesting is up eight per cent to 27 million metric tonnes. New Forests chief executive officer David Brand said low interest rates had caused more construction. “When interest rates go down, mortgage rates go down, people are able to buy new houses. When people build houses, they need structural lumber to build those houses and so demand for timber goes up,” he said.

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PNG in no rush to crack down on Asian logging giants

ABC News, Australia
November 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Papua New Guinea’s government has indicated it will allow intensive logging under the pretext of agricultural development to continue. Logging to clear land for agricultural use has allowed Asian companies to seize vast reserves of customary land under 99-year Special Agricultural Business Leases, or SABLs. Landholders and civil society groups have strongly criticised the leases, and the government has been promising to act on them for more than two years. But Rick Jacobsen from environmental monitoring group Global Witness said export data showed that this type of logging has expanded. “PNG’s log exports have greatly increased over the last few years because of logging under SABLs,” Mr Jacobsen said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood works

Proposed new tower in Pearl District aims to make Oregon a growing force in wood construction.
Portland Business Journal
November 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

First things first. This wooden 12-story tower they want to build in the Pearl District: Will it burn down or fall over? No, says Thomas Robinson, principal and founder of Lever Architecture in, who is on the forefront of working with cross laminated timber (CLT). Wood of this thickness can resist fire for two hours. And the structure will have inbuilt “fuses” or metal joints that can bend and absorb the shock of a big earthquake, then be replaced with new ones. The tower, called Framework, will be built starting October 2016 and finished in 2017, at 430 N.W. 10th Ave. The landowner, Beneficial Bank Corp, will have its offices there, and a branch of Albina Community Bank (which it owns) at street level. The building will have spec offices and small, affordable housing units owned and managed by the housing authority Home Forward.

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Stefano Boeri plans second ‘vertical forest’ for lausanne

Designboom
November 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Italian architect stefano boeri has been chosen to build a 117 meter-tall residential tower in lausanne, switzerland. the project, which bears many similarities with boeri’s ‘bosco verticale’ in milan, will be home to more than 100 trees as part of 3,000 square meters of greenery. apartment units protrude from the structure offering views towards the adjacent lake geneva. named ‘la tour des cedres’, work on the building is set to get underway in 2017, with a completion date yet to be established. stefano boeri’s milan-based studio will develop the scheme in collaboration with studio laura gatti and burohappold engineering.

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China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair Ends in Success with Revenues Exceeding US$773 Million

PR Newswire
November 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

YIWU, China — The four-day 8th China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair ended in success with recorded turnover of 4,718 million yuan (approx. US$773 million), up 0.75 per cent year on year. Turnover from domestic sales stood at 3,503 million yuan, 74.25 per cent of the total, whileturnover from export sales reached 1,215 million yuan, 25.75 per cent of the total. The fair, featuring 3,677 booths spread over an 80,000-square meter exhibition space, attracted 1,502 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions worldwide, making the show the largest of its kind in China. Buyers visiting the show numbered 403,200, including 5,086 from abroad, 26 professional procurement teams and 10 overseas procurement teams. 

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Forestry

Spray Lakes logging trucks approval angers Bighorn area residents

Spray Lakes Sawmills granted permission to haul logs by road in MD of Bighorn
CBC News
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some residents of the Ghost Valley, west of Cochrane, are upset that logging trucks have been granted permission to use local roads to haul timber. “The road use decision is a stinging disappointment in a series of disappointments for the community,” said resident Sharon MacDonald. Spray Lakes Sawmills has cleared regulatory hurdles with the Bighorn municipal district to use Richards and Jamieson roads to access a three-square-kilometre section of forest for clear cutting. The decision is the latest setback for local residents who oppose the pace of logging in the area.

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Deal reached to buy Wildwood Ecoforest

Nanaimo News Bulletin
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A deal has been reached that could see ownership of Wildwood Ecoforest in Cedar transferred from the Land Conservancy of B.C. to the Ecoforestry Institute Society. The non-profit conservancy holds the 31-hectare forested site in trust, but wants to sell due to multimillion-dollar debt. The society has eyed the property since fall 2013, and recently upped its offer to $900,000 from $600,000, said Kathy Code, society spokeswoman. The deal will need B.C. Supreme Court approval. In addition, an ecoforestry management plan must be approved by Herb Hammond, an ecoforester and impartial third party, according to Code, in order to make certain Wildwood continues to adhere to principles of Merve Wilkinson, former owner and sustainable logging pioneer.

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City task forces to tackle forestry and waterfront site

Campbell River Mirror
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City council has approved the formation of two new task forces designed to rejuvenate forestry in the community and to come up with a plan for the city’s prestigious waterfront property. … Adams said at last week’s Monday council meeting that the city’s search for a new city manager and other business had temporarily put the two task forces on the back burner. “It’s been a long time coming but we’ve been busy with a number of things,” Adams said. “I know there are people who are champing at the bit to get going on these.” The first, the Forestry Task Force, will meet with all the forest-based companies in Campbell River and on the Island to seek guidance in developing recommendations for council on how the city can create a community that supports existing forestry business and, at the same time, attract new forestry capital.

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Logging Opponents Block Road Work in ‘Threatened’ Walbran Valley

An epicentre for protest 20 years ago, old growth forest sees new conflict.
The Tyee
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three individuals temporarily blocked logging company Teal Jones Group’s road building work in the Walbran Valley on Tuesday, suggesting that confrontation in the area may escalate. Dave Cascagnette, Trevor Schinkel and Jennifer Whitehouse acted on their own, not as part of any organized group, according to an announcement the Friends of Carmanah/Walbran distributed. The group called the action “a strong sign of the growing public opposition to the continued industrial destruction of this threatened rainforest watershed.” The three people had been camping in the area for as long as six weeks before deciding to erect a checkpoint and turn back work crews in the Glad Lake area of the Walbran Valley.

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Mi’kmaq, protesters clash; Cape Breton moose hunt off

The Chronicle Herald
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A controversial moose cull has been halted in Cape Breton Highlands National Park after a confrontation between Mi’kmaq hunters and protesters Wednesday morning. Derek Quann, resource conservation manager for Cape Breton Highlands National Park, said a group of about 30 protesters entered a restricted area of the park at about 10 a.m. and confronted hunters at a Mi’kmaq hunting camp. He said words were exchanged but the confrontation did not get physical. “They had some interactions with Mi’kmaq harvesters that were present,” said Quann.

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Crews thinning trees affected by pine beetle

The Sheridan Press
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SHERIDAN — There were large snowflakes falling on the mountain Tuesday morning, but that wasn’t the only thing landing on the forest floor. Chainsaws roared as tall Ponderosa Pines fell with a resounding snap. At first glance it looked like the men were cutting down green and healthy trees. But a closer inspection of a felled tree revealed several patches of sap oozing out of the bark along the length of the trunk. “That’s called a pitch column,” Assistant Engine Captain Ryan Joseph of the Bighorn National Forest said. “This tree was already dead.”

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GUEST COLUMN: Forest management should be a top priority

By Sallie Clark – El Paso County commissioner for District 3 and president of the National Association of Counties.
The Colorado Springs Gazette
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am encouraged by signs that the U.S. Forest Service is starting to recognize that we simply can’t afford to continue forest management practices that allow our public lands to become overgrown with far too many trees. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell noted in recent testimony given to the House Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee that more than half of the agency’s annual budget now goes toward fire suppression. The cost of fighting wildfires this season reached a record. More than $1.7 billion has been spent to fight about 50,000 wildfires across the nation. Nine million acres have burned, and 2,500 single-family homes have been destroyed.

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Officials OK update to guidance on landslide-prone sites

Associated Press in The Longview Daily News
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State forestry officials have approved an update to a section of a state manual that offers guidance for evaluating landslide-prone sites. After a hearing that lasted several hours, the state Forest Practices Board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the changes, but said that in February they would revisit some of the language that has put timber-industry officials and environmentalist at odds Environmentalists and some small forest land owners have argued that the rewrite of the manual doesn’t go far enough, especially in light of a deadly 2014 mudslide that struck about 55 miles north of Seattle when a hillside gave way in the Washington town of Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway.

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Trying to Prevent Devastating Bat Disease in Montana

KLYQ
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A disease that has killed millions of bats in a decade has spread through caves in Northern America, but has yet to reach Montana. The White Nose Syndrome started in New York and has been found in over half the states in the U.S. and in five Canadian provinces. The disease is spread by fungal spores, usually from bat to bat, but also can be carried into caves by people, according to Leona Rodreick of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. So, “Leave No Trace” signs are being installed in large and small caves in Montana, urging cavers to be careful in the caves and practice “Clean caving.” Don’t leave garbage behind, be aware of delicate formations and report any odd behavior of bats.

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Wildfire management is not the tribes’ job

Letter from Dave Townsend
The Seattle Times
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Guest columnists U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and Jim Boyd have it wrong [“Tribes can help lead on better forest-management practices,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. They advocate passage of the Resilient Federal Forests Act to grant tribes the authority to manage neighboring National Forest lands to reduce the wildfire danger to tribal lands. Since when is management of your neighbor’s land your responsibility? The responsibility for forest management of the National Forests rests with U.S. Forest Service, not the tribes. The tribes should advocate a grass-roots effort to encourage the Forest Service to properly manage its lands. The Forest Service’s lack of management is mismanagement.

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Central Washington Holds Summit To Take Stock Of Worst Fire Season In History

Northwest Public Radio
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The summer of 2015 was the worst wildfire season in Washington state history: three young firefighters died and hundreds of homes burned in blazes that sent more than a million acres up in smoke. For residents of central Washington, a gathering on Monday offered the first chance to come together and ponder the future in a region likely to see more and bigger fires in years to come. Experts, policymakers, and elected officials from around the state came together in Wenatchee to speak at a summit called “Wildfires and Us.” “We don’t have to be victims of fire,” said Rufus Woods, publisher of the Wenatchee World newspaper, in his opening remarks. “We can, if we’re smart enough, take control of our own destiny.”

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Editorial: Resolve funding first, then forest policy

The Bend Bulletin
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

All sides in the U.S. Congress, both House Republicans and Senate Democrats, seem willing to put off critical work on the nation’s forests because they cannot resolve their every disagreement about forest management. It’s the wrong way to go, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday. His department released a report showing that the U.S. Forest Service is gaining ground on forest restoration, though not enough to forestall the catastrophic fires burning each summer. Western forests are in big trouble. They haven’t been taken care of properly in years, and too often the result is disaster. Just ask the folks in Grant County about that. That’s where this summer’s Canyon Creek complex fires destroyed 43 homes and burned through more than 110,000 acres.

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Runaway wildfires turning Forest Service into ‘fire department,’ chief complains

November 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… But Vilsack, whose department includes the Forest Service, says agency restoration efforts have failed to keep pace with fire risk, with some 65 million acres still in need of restoration. He is hoping Congress will pass new budget legislation before the next fire season to free up more money for restoration. “Frankly, I had to hand out a number of flags to family members who lost loved ones in horrific forest fires this year, and I’m really tired of fussing with Congress on this,” Vilsack said. Vilsack said his staff also has been talking with the Environmental Protection Agency to see if there is a way to make air-quality standards more flexible to accommodate prescribed burns that generate smoke pollution.

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Fighting wildfires: Ag secretary says it’s all about the money; will Congress buy it?

New Zealand First Party
The Oregonian
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday prodded Congress to relieve the U.S. Forest Service of paying for the most devastating wildfires, saying it’s the only way to dramatically reduce fire hazards on vast tracts of overgrown federal forests in the West. “We can’t dance around the fact,” Vilsack said in a telephone interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive. “It is about the money. It’s about making sure that there is a process that puts forest fires – intense, horrific forest fires – on the same level and in the same place as a flood, a tornado or a hurricane.” Vilsack spoke as his department released a new report claiming that the Forest Service has managed to increase the pace of forest thinning and other restoration work aimed at reducing the intensity of wildfires.

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Historic Salem trees felled due to new disease

Statesman Journal
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Six century-old black walnut trees on the Oregon State Hospital campus are being felled this week due to infection with thousand cankers disease. The disease already has forced the removal of 15 historic black walnut trees at the hospital, and has infected 32 more that eventually will come down as well. And, it’s spreading into the surrounding neighborhood. Experts say the disease could eventually kill all of Salem’s black walnuts. The fungus that causes thousand cankers disease is spread by tiny twig beetles native to the Southwest. There, the beetles live on the Arizona walnut without causing any damage. Elsewhere, the fungus kills black walnuts by causing cankers to develop around every location where the beetles attack.

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Ranger Station Renamed in Honor of Fallen Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp

Caldwell Journal
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ASHEVILLE, NC – The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in the Pisgah National Forest within the Grandfather Ranger District in Nebo, North Carolina was renamed the Jason Crisp Forest Service Building during a ceremony on Nov. 10, 2015. U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 partner, Maros, lost their lives while on a manhunt in pursuit of a homicide suspect on March 12, 2014. 

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The Nature Conservancy Applauds Nine Percent Increase in Forest Restoration by Forest Service

The Nature Conservancy
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Arlington, Virginia – The Nature Conservancy welcomed an announcement by the U.S. Forest Service this week that they have achieved a nine percent increase in the pace of forest restoration since 2012. The Conservancy also emphasized the need for Congress and the Administration to pass the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act and implement and fund the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy to maintain momentum.  “The Nature Conservancy is pleased to see the collaborative, science-based progress at the Forest Service to restore more American forests,” said Chris Topik, director of the Restoring America’s Forests program for The Nature Conservancy. 

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Massive expansion of WNC wilderness possible

Carolina Public Press
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN — Designated wilderness areas in the Pisgah and Nantahala National forests could increase by as much as 362,400 acres, placing more than a third of these federally owned lands off limits for many human activities. But that acreage only represents nds that the U.S. Forest Service has included in a new inventory of potential additions to the National Wilderness Preservation System, a list the agency unveiled Monday at a public meeting in Franklin. A recommendation on whether any given parcel should actually receive special preservation status will come later. The public is being asked to provide input on the inventoried lands between now and December 15 using an online form. The Forest Service will use this feedback in evaluating each parcel and eventually analyzing its potential and practicality for designation as wilderness.

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Lumber theft on the rise in Georgia

WFXL FOX 31
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lumber theft is on the rise across the state of Georgia. Georgia Forestry Commission investigators say that there isn’t a set number of thefts that happen each week – some weeks there aren’t any thefts reported but other weeks there are two or three. Most thefts that do happen are on properties with an absent land owner that isn’t around to check the property regularly. Investigators say that you should always have a contract with a timber harvester. Seth Maxwell, Grady County training officer and Georgia Forestry Commissioner investigator, says “if you feel like you’re not being offered a fair price, contact another harvester — get two or three prices and see which one is the better option. Always be mindful of where your property boundaries are and if there has been an overcut on it.”

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Georgia receives $3.1 million for longleaf pine restoration

Atlanta Journal Constitution
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Georgia landowners are in line for $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help restore longleaf pine stands — critical habitat for endangered birds, tortoises, snakes and other critters. The Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced Tuesday that $10.6 million is to be spent on private lands across nine states where the majestic longleaf pines once flourished. Development, logging and fires have slashed the Southeast’s longleaf pine territory by 97 percent — near the point of extinction — over the past two centuries. The pines once covered the coastal plains and provided a lush ecosystem for 29 threatened or endangered species, including the gopher tortoise, black pine snake and red cockaded woodpecker. Fifty or so species of wildflowers, shrubs, grasses and ferns thrive in the pine forests.

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Report: Forest land size of New Jersey restored in 2014, but no dent in fire risks

AZ Central
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Forest Service restored 4.6 million acres of forest land last year to reduce the threat of devastating wildfires — an area the size of New Jersey, and a 9 percent increase over the acreage treated in 2011. But that’s not nearly enough, a Forest Service report being released Tuesday concludes. To reduce the number and severity of wildfires, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Congress needs to pass legislation that changes the way the government funds fighting fires.

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Trees, needs and forestry

Learn how forest management can improve both tree health and forest health.
Michigan State University
November 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

… In fact, forests don’t need management. That’s right. Forests grow just fine without the assistance of human beings. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Forests existed long before people began to tinker with them, although people have been tinkering with forests for thousands of years. On the other hand, people need forests. That’s the reason for management. Wood, water, wildlife, recreation, and inspiration are some of the benefits we seek. Management provides more of all these things. Over the last few decades, per capita consumption of wood and the use of forest lands have grown. Our population size has also risen. However, the amount of “working” forest has shrunk, although the total amount of forest land has actually increased. One does not need to be a math wizard to understand the “squeeze dynamics” of this trend

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National park advocates unveil petition to Maine delegation

Bangor Daily News
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BANGOR, Maine — A group supporting a proposed national park and recreation area in the Katahdin region on Tuesday unveiled a petition containing 13,580 signatures from people around the world who back the idea in hopes of convincing Maine’s congressional delegation to help make it a reality. Speaking at a press conference at the Charles Inn, the group said the petition, which was signed by 2,750 Mainers in 371 towns, calls for a federal bill supporting a park. U.S. residents and residents of 53 countries comprised the majority of the signers — a powerful example of a park’s international appeal, according to supporters. Copies of the petition were scheduled to be delivered to congressional offices in Augusta, Bangor and Waterville on Tuesday.

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Indonesia uses trained elephants to control forest fires

Associated Press in The Missoulian
November 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SIAK, Indonesia — Forest fires difficult to control? Call in the pachyderm patrol. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants outfitted with water pumps and hoses to help control fires that have claimed vast amounts of forest while sending thick haze into neighboring countries. For nearly three months, Riau province in East Sumatra has been blanketed by smoke from forest fires and land clearing, especially in peat-rich areas where flames are difficult to contain. At the elephant conservation center in Siak district, 23 trained elephants are being used as “forest watchdogs.” Carrying water pumps and other equipment, elephants and their crews patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don’t reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands.

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