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Daily Archives: December 10, 2015

Froggy Foibles

The cat that saved Christmas: Brisbane moggie defeats snake wrapped around family Christmas tree

9 News Australia
December 9, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

[Frogs: Last week we carried a story warning of deer ticks hitching a ride on your live Christmas tree, we never thought we’d be warning readers about tree snakes in artificial trees!] Meet Stripes, the four-year-old house cat that saved Christmas at the O’Brien house by killing an interloping 1.2m tree snake wrapped around their plastic Christmas tree. When Natalie O’Brien and her two children arrived at their Kallangur home, in Brisbane’s north, yesterday afternoon to discover the Christmas tree on the floor, presents torn open and blood splatters they feared the worst. …“I saw the blood on the floor and then the snake – at first I thought it was a rubber snake. …But sitting there was our cat, Stripes, looking quite pleased with himself.” …Unfortunately, in true feline form, the Christmas tree also had to come down and the presents got a little shredded in the process.

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Business & Politics

Christy Clark finds prime minister’s optimism contagious

By Vaughn Palmer
Vancouver Sun
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier says meeting with Trudeau left her feeling good about softwood lumber agreement. For Premier Christy Clark, the big take-away from the recent federal campaign was not the promise-heavy Liberal Party of Canada election platform but rather the winning tone of party leader Justin Trudeau. …Clark, no slouch in the optimism department herself, has already had some positive face time with Prime Minister Trudeau and came away confident that he’ll tackle her first priority of renewing the recently expired softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. “There’s been very enthusiastic support from him on that,” the premier told me and my colleague Rob Shaw. “So I think if there’s a chance of getting the deal we may get it, I hope, in the next — fingers crossed — the next few months.”

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Interfor Resumes Operations at Georgetown, South Carolina Mill After Severe Weather Events (TSE:IFP)

Article Basis
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor (IFP.TO), supplier of lumber products, Thursday said it has resumed operations at its sawmill in Georgetown, South Carolina following record rainfalls and extensive flooding in the area over the past two months. The area near Interfor’s Georgetown mill was among the hardest hit and the operations at the mill have been severely impacted. The stock has a 52-week range of $8.86 – $23.61. The stock is up 2.57% or $0.32 after the news, hitting $12.75 per share. About 5,127 shares traded hands. Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) has declined 26.67% since May 7, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 24.73% the S&P500.

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Pardee Resources sells West Virginia sawmill to Hamer

Associated Press in the Idaho Statesman
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CURTIN, W.Va. Pardee Resources has sold a sawmill in West Virginia to The Jim C. Hamer Company. Philadelphia-based Pardee announced the recent closure of the sale on Wednesday in a news release. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The company says Hamer also will have timber harvesting rights under a 10-year agreement on 62,000 acres of timberlands owned by Pardee near the sawmill in Curtin. Kenova-based Hamer has operated the sawmill since 1984 under a lease. Pardee has owned the sawmill since 1955, when it was built.

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Wood pellet company pledges money for conservation in NC, Virginia

Pocosins, Carolina bays, cypress-tupelo swamps and Atlantic white cedars will be shielded from logging
The News & Observer
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Dogged by critics who say the growing wood pellet industry fouls the air and spoils sensitive woodlands, Maryland-based Enviva says it will provide $5 million over 10 years for conservation grants to protect bottomland forests in North Carolina and Virginia. Enviva makes pellets at two mills in northeastern North Carolina and one in southeastern Virginia, using wood from nearby forests, and loads the pellets onto ships at its export terminal in Chesapeake, Va. Electric utilities in Europe and the United Kingdom burn American wood pellets for fuel.

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Plum Creek, county at odds

The Oconee Enterprise
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Before Plum Creek Timber ever cuts down a tree, it endeavors to cut its taxes first. Oconee County and Plum Creek Timber are headed for a mediation hearing Jan. 11 in their ongoing dispute about county property taxes. Chief Property Appraiser Allen Skinner briefed the Board of Assessors Tuesday about the upcoming hearing. Skinner said that Oconee County is a holdout in the battle that he said Plum Creek seems to wage with every county to lower its property valuations. “They have the ammunition,” said Skinner, “of other counties that have flat given in. It makes it harder for us to hold up.”

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Finch Paper modernizes to compete globally

Glens Falls Post-Star
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GLENS FALLS – Finch Paper in Glens Falls now has the second largest wood debarker in the world. “You hear about our competitors in Indonesia. Well, now we’re keeping up with them,” said Mike McLarty, the company’s vice president of forestry. Finch Paper and National Grid held a press conference and tour Wednesday to celebrate completion of a two-year, $10 million wood yard improvement project. National Grid provided a $1.8 million energy efficiency grant for the project. The improvements increase efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce vehicle emissions at the wood yard operation, which processes about 650,000 tons of logs annually into pulp used to make high-quality printing and writing paper.

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports increased by 7% in October

Lesprom
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

For the fourth consecutive month, export volumes of Southern Pine (SP) lumber have established an upward trend. During October, SP exports to be just over 58 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents a boost of 7% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 8% when compared with the first ten months of 2014, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Offshore shipments during October roughly break down as follows: 32.2 MMbf dressed, 12.1 MMbf rough, and 13.7 MMbf treated lumber.

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Worker falls to death at Clayton Co. Kroger distribution center

Atlanta Journal Constitution
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A 27-year-old man fell to his death while working at a Kroger distribution center in Clayton County. About 5:56 p.m. Tuesday, the Forest Park Police & Fire Departments went to the 2000 Anvil Block Road, where Leonardo DeJesus had been working in an area of the center still under construction, police Major Chris A. Matson said Wednesday. DeJesus was “performing work utilizing [a] platform lift” when he fell to his death, Matson said.

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Taranaki is facing a timber shortage, says Taranakipine CEO

New Zealand Stuff
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Owners of marginal land in Taranaki could make a profit from it if they plant trees, says a forester and timber processing executive. Taranakipine CEO Tom Boon says the region is heading for a timber shortfall as forests planted in the 1990s are harvested and as demand increases.  So he’s suggesting to farmers thinking about establishing forests to seek professional advice. That way they can be sure of planting the right trees in the right place. “In my travels around Taranaki and drawing on my knowledge as a forester, I see land that could be suited to profitable forests,” said Boon, who’s also deputy chairman of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers AssocIatIon of New Zealand.

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NSW workplace safety watchdog confirms it is investigating incidents at Tumut Mill

ABC News Australia
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The state’s workplace safety watchdog says it is investigating recent work health and safety incidents at the Visy Pulp and Paper Mill at Tumut in southern New South Wales. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Safework Union (CFMEU) says there has been a string of potentially fatal near misses and incidents recently and it fears a fatality without an immediate investigation. The Electrical Trades Union has also raised concerns about safety at the mill. The CFMEU says there is not a full time safety officer at the Tumut mill. Safe Work NSW says while there is no legal requirement for an on site Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officer, a business has a duty of care to ensure workers and others are not exposed to a risk to their health and safety.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

City of Vancouver advances toward goal of spurring development of zero-emission green buildings

The Georgia Straight
December 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s a super-energy-efficient 85-unit apartment building being built the corner of Skeena and East Hastings streets. On its website, 8th Avenue Development Group describes the rental project as the “largest passive house building” in Canada. The description is bound to confuse those who wonder how a multifamily complex could ever be characterized as a “house”. In fact, the term passive house comes from the German word Passivhaus and does not refer exclusively to single-family homes. It’s a voluntary standard for achieving outstanding energy efficiency in all buildings, including institutional and commercial structures. …The call for more wood construction was echoed by Pander, so long as it meets fire- and seismic-safety standards. “Wood is a great carbon-capture technology,” he said.

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Designers pushing boundaries of structure with cross-laminated timber

Globe and Mail
December 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Earlier this fall, I wrote up a forthcoming Toronto condominium block to be fashioned chiefly from the high-performance forest product known as cross-laminated timber (CLT). Less newsworthy was the artistic design, which I found dowdy. In the review, I blamed the hum-drum art of the building on its cutting-edge stuff: “If I hesitate to cheer for this structural advance – which is surely desirable for all the reasons its fans put forward – it’s because CLT framing doesn’t really lend itself to artistic invention of the fresh sort cities need nowadays. …These remarks drew a quick reply from Toronto architect David Warne, who had designed (while full-time with LGA Architectural Partners) a CLT-framed wing of the new architecture school at Laurentian University, in Sudbury. “I just wanted you to know that CLT can do quite fantastic things,” Mr. Warne wrote.

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Splinter sprouts high-performance wooden sports car

Gizmag
December 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood was once a commonly used material in cars, but these days you’re more likely to find a wood car in a toy box than a garage. Not so the “Splinter,” a high-performance sports car that a team led by Joe Harmon has spent five years creating. The exotic machine is powered by a Chevrolet LS7 engine and other than that and the drive train, gauges, fasteners, tires and rims, the car is made almost entirely of wood composites. Harmon started the project as a grad student at North Carolina State University and said the Splinter was a result of his lifelong love of automobiles and his desire to use wood in ways that would push its perceived limitations. …With an 8-throttle-body intake manifold, a camshaft ground specifically for this project, and a custom-built cross flow exhaust system, it kicks out a claimed 700 bhp (522 kW)

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The Argument for Wood in the Built Environment

December 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

I’ve been surrounded by wood all my life. At camp as a kid, I learned the constellations and how to identify trees. In my 20s, I did a lot of bushwhacking in New England, and learned to read its dynamic forested landscape. Over the past 15 years, I’ve developed into a structural engineer at a timber framing company. Trees are an essential part of a sustainable future. Hermann Hesse may have captured it best when he wrote, “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”  …Modern engineered wood products start with forestry practices where trees are harvested in a responsible, sustainable way.

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US engineers to develop tall wooden towers that can survive earthquakes

Global Construction Review
December 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

University of Alabama (UA) researchers are probing how to build taller wood-framed buildings in earthquake-prone areas to facilitate denser urban layouts while keeping people safe. Test structures will be shaken in a giant quake lab to see how they perform. They’ll combine two existing methods of timber construction in search of a new system that could lead to seismically safe timber towers reaching 12 storeys, an improvement on current methods that top out at seven storeys.  “As the result of rapid population growth and urban densification, there is a need for taller buildings that are also sustainable and can perform better than simply ‘adequate’ in moderate to large earthquakes by sustaining only minimal damage,” said Dr Thang Dao, UA assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering.

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Tonewood business supplies Maine wood for guitar makers

Bangor Daily News
December 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Michael Cyr strives for perfection. The wood he has pulled from mill yards must have an unrivaled strength and beauty and be free of discoloration, knots and rot. …Tonewood refers to woods used to make stringed instruments and that possess tonal properties, which means they produce different sounds depending on their weight, density and other factors. …“Red spruce is the holy grail for guitar wood,” Cyr said. …Cyr has a history of working in the woods. He started as a forester in 1969 and has worked with wood ever since. …Cyr since has developed important relationships with Maine mill yards and loggers. Perhaps his favorite part of the job is creating these connections. …“I’m a musician, I’m a forester and I love wood,” he said.

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Forestry

Minister says he’ll act on habitat report

News Kamloops
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government says it is committed to most recommendations on improving wildlife habitat affected by heightened logging activity associated with mountain pine beetle devastation. Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations Minister Steve Thomson has committed to reviewing and acting on the advice and a majority of recommendations contained in the report, Getting the Balance Right: Improving Wildlife Habitat Management in British Columbia. In the aftermath of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, Thomson asked Parliamentary Secretary Mike Morris, a lifelong trapper, to examine the impact of the epidemic and the associated increase in timber harvesting on wildlife habitat in the Interior. 

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Opposition to Ancient Forest as park

The Rocky Mountain Goat
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At a meeting last week, some McBride residents spoke with concerns against the idea of creating a provincial park around the Ancient Forest. The province is working with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and other organizations to potentially establish a provincial park, a requirement to propose the site as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ancient Forest covers more than 12,000 hectares of mostly unlogged inland temperate rainforest containing giant, old red cedars, a unique ecosystem with an impressive biodiversity, according to researchers at UNBC, who presented some of their findings at the meeting. Within the proposed park territory there are five trap lines and one guide outfitter.

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Leading logging experts heading to Vancouver Logging Conference

Steep Slope Logging
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West, International

The tables are about to be turned on logging contractors in British Columbia. After years of exporting logging equipment and technology to countries like New Zealand, there’s been big change in forest harvesting down under. Kiwi loggers are set to show off their safe logging innovations on Canada’s west coast in March 2016. In recent years, loggers in New Zealand faced massive safety challenges in tree falling, especially on steep slopes. They had to reduce accidents. It took a contractor to respond quickly to the dilemma by building a specialised harvester to meet local needs. Once the first steep slope harvester, the ClimbMax was proven on the hill, more engineering innovators developed competing designs. 

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Input sought on forestry plan

Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Locals are invited to offer their input on the province’s proposed five-year operating plan for management areas in the Central region. Forestry Services Branch of the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency registered its Crown Zone 5 Five-year Forestry Operating Plan (2016-2020) plan for environmental assessment on Dec. 9. …The undertaking will enable the Forestry Services Branch to harvest timber, construct forest access roads and conduct silviculture activities, according to a press release from the Department of Environment on Wednesday. The undertaking is necessary to maintain or expand the existing commercial industry and allow domestic harvesting for home heating, the release added.

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ExxonMobil donates to Salmonier River conservation project

The Telegram
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is getting a boost in its fundraising for the Salmonier River Conservation Project, with a contribution from ExxonMobil. The NCC is currently targeting the preservation of 278 acres (113 hectares) of land, adding it to land already protected by the organization. It hopes raise a total of $215,000, thinking the goal can be reached by the end of this year. ExxonMobil has now provided $33,500 for the cause. “Supporting the acquisition of the land near Salmonier River is consistent with our corporate environmental mandate to Protect Tomorrow. Today,” said Alex Guiscardo, president of ExxonMobil Canada Properties.

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The northern spotted owl is in danger again. And this time it’s from another owl

The Washington Post
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Pacific Northwest forest apparently isn’t big enough for the both of them. Across that gorgeous emerald range, federally protected northern spotted owls and invasive barred owls are in a nasty turf war. In a new report from the front lines, a U.S. Geological Survey study says that spotted owls that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed on the endangered species list to save them from logging and development don’t stand a chance. Research shows that spotted owl populations have fallen by up to 77 percent in Washington state, up to 68 percent in Oregon and by more than half in California, based on some estimates. “In addition, population declines are now occurring on study areas in southern Oregon and northern California that were previously experiencing little to no detectable decline through 2009,” the USGS said in a statement about the report released Wednesday and published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

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Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project thins forest

News 10
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND, Ore– A handful of workers cut down trees as part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project. The project covers 1200 acres and brings together several groups and organizations: The city of Ashland, the Nature Conservancy, non-profit Lomakatsi Restoration Project the U.S. Forest Service. Chamise Kramer with the forest service said this is a model for forests around the country. “When the chief of the U.S. Forest Service and a lot of other dignitaries came from Washington, part of that was to see what’s being done in the watershed and with partners with the Forest Service and how we’re working with the communities in the area to really reduce wildfire risk and water quality and wildlife habitat,” Kramer said.

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Commissioners review forest thinning plan in East Fork

NBC Montana
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


HAMILTON, Mont. – The Forest Service brought a proposal to thin 3,200 acres and to decommission some roads in the East Fork of the Bitterroot National Forest before Ravalli County commissioners. The Meadow Vapor Project would reduce fuels around the remote Springer Memorial and Bonanza community developments. The Forest Service said thinning would limit threats of a catastrophic wildfire. It involves commercial timber harvesting, prescribed burns and piling slash. The Forest Service also wants to convert 30 miles of old logging roads in the East Fork to their natural state. “They are no longer needed,” said Darby Sula District ranger Eric Winthers, “and those roads that are no longer needed, we’re going to put them back into production to grow trees again.”

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Wildfire solutions fizzling out in Congress

Three bills addressing forest funding, management gaining little traction.
Wallowa County Chieftain
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of upcoming articles about forest management and dealing with wildfires in the West. Today we look at the state of wildfire management and three federal bills that attempt to address these issues but are mired in political gridlock. Western forests are desert dry and deadly, with nearly 9.8 million acres in the West scorched by wildfires this year. The devastation to communities, homes, livestock, wildlife, forests and even the lives of firefighters make this year particularly damaging. Fires razed 631,000 acres of Oregon land while costing the state more than $240 million in suppression efforts this year. At least 62 homes and numerous outbuildings were lost as well.

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Guest Column: Oregon’s forests should be managed

The News-Review Today
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The people of Douglas County value Crater Lake, Diamond Lake and the national forests surrounding the national park. It’s where we hike, hunt, fish and camp. These lands are a major economic driver for the county, supporting jobs, recreational interests and a variety of small businesses and industries. Those of us who actually live here, more than anyone else, wish to protect these forests and all the benefits they provide. This is precisely why we strongly oppose Oregon Wild’s 500,000-acre wilderness proposal. George Wuerthner wrote in our paper that we need to move on, abandon timber as a resource that powers our economic engine and our rural way of life.

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Under the M: Forestry students publish in international, peer-reviewed journal

The Missoulian
December 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An international, peer-reviewed forestry journal recently published the results of research conducted by a class of students in the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation – an accomplishment typically reserved for professors and researchers. Forest Ecology and Management published the paper, “Historical spatial patterns and contemporary tree mortality in dry mixed-conifer forests,” co-authored by graduate students Kate A. Clyatt, Justin S. Crotteau, Michael S. Schaedel and Haley Wiggins and recent undergraduate alumnus Harold Kelley. UM forest ecology Associate Professor Andrew Larson also contributed to the article, which is in the Feb. 1, 2016, edition of the journal and is online at sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112715006076.

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Ravalli County commissioners question Forest Service on road closures

The Missoulian
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Ravalli County commissioners and a state senator want Bitterroot National Forest officials to redraw the lines on a proposal to thin trees in the East Fork of the Bitterroot. The agency is seeking comments on its Meadow-Vapor Project that proposes to harvest and thin trees on about 3,200 in the East Fork of the Bitterroot. A map released with the proposal draws a line around about 8,400 acres that includes six drainages. This week, the commission took Bitterroot Forest officials to task because some of the roads designated to be decommissioned are outside the proposed boundary. Several commissioners also didn’t like the agency’s plan to reclaim a short section on most of the roads set for decommissioning, which would make the roads impassable in the future for firefighters and others.

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Spotted Owls Still Losing Ground In Northwest Forests

OPB News
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Northern spotted owl numbers are declining across the Northwest, and the primary reason is the spread of the barred owl, according to a new analysis published Wednesday. Federal scientists have been keeping tabs on spotted owls for more than 20 years now.  “We have a lot of data that suggests that they’re in real trouble,” said study co-author Eric Forsman, a retired U.S. Forest Service biologist. The research looked at the decline of the threatened owls through three lenses: climate change, habitat and barred owls. …“Habitat is very important. We all know that,” Forsman said. “But when barred owls show up it doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of difference how much habitat you have. They’re still causing the population to decline.”

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State Looks To Combat Increasing Wildfire Activity

My Central Oregon
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Salem, Ore. – Oregon has experienced a significant increase in wildfires over the past several years. Not only have these fires increased damages and costs to Oregon’s forests, landowners, and local communities but they have stretched the State’s “complete and coordinated fire protection system”. Seeking ideas to address these challenges, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) initiated a Fire Program Review Committee. This committee is made up of forest landowners, wildland fire professionals, elected officials, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office and other stakeholders to advise ODF in its effort to develop and implement a more sustainable fire organization, including large fire funding solutions.

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County, coalition join timber suit

The Western News
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three new players have joined in the lawsuit between the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the United States Forest Service over the future of the East Reservoir timber sale. Lincoln County and the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition have officially joined the suit as defendant-intervenors, while Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox has filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the case. The two sales already awarded within the project amount to nearly 2,000 acres with a production estimate of nine million board-feet of timber in the next five years. The East Reservoir project is expected to produce a total of 39 million board-feet over the course of several years.

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Logging company cited for worker safety violations

Associated Press in the Inter Mountain
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BICKMORE, W.Va. — Federal regulators have cited a logging company for 22 serious worker safety violations. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Ray Clearing Inc. of Bickmore also was issued one other-than-serious citations. The citations stem from an inspection by OSHA’s Charleston Area Office at a site in Cabin Creek on Aug. 4. The agency said Wednesday in a news release that the serious violations included employees without heavy duty logging boots and other proper protection using chainsaws to fell trees. Other serious violations included permitted employees to ride as passengers on mobile vehicles without a seat belt and assigned seat, exposing them to falls and crushing injuries.

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Forest Health Initiative launched to combat oak decline

Salem News
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

he Mark Twain National Forest announced in November they’ve initiated the Forest Health Initiative project to offset the growing impact of oak decline. Oak decline is a slow-acting disease complex resulting from the interaction of predisposing factors such as climate, site quality and advanced tree age. Most affected in the national forest are the red oak group, including black oak, scarlet oak and the northern red oak varieties. To a smaller extent, this is also occurring in the white oaks. It has been estimated that more than 300,000 acres have been severely affected by this decline, according to estimates from the Department of Conservation.

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Hydrowood: new age logging produces uniquely-coloured specialty timber

ABC News Australia
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The directors of a unique underwater logging operation, underway for a month in a remote western Tasmanian location, are eagerly awaiting the outcome of their first online timber auction. The call for tenders closed on Tuesday, and general manager Darryn Crook said sales would be finalised by early next week, at which time Hydrowood would better know the potential value of its product. “It’s undoubtedly a unique product. We’re finding beautiful timber with some unique colouration from the time underwater. The black heart sassafrass is particularly special. Some of it has a green colour to it,”

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The National Arboretum: A flourishing attraction

December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Located just six kilometres from the centre of Canberra at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin is the National Arboretum, a habitat of such tranquillity that it’s seemingly impossible to exist so close to the capital’s political turmoil.  Since its inception in February, 2013, the arboretum has grown in both size and visitor number year on year, with the attraction having celebrated its one millionth visitor in February, 2015. …With more than 44,000 trees growing onsite from more than 100 countries, the National Arboretum is flourishing across the 250-hectare site. Many of the trees are still young, but two of the 94 forests are almost 100 years old.

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Christmas trees – a long-term growth business

BBC News
December 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As we buy our Christmas trees this December, how much thought do we give to where they have come from and the work that has gone into them? The British Christmas Tree Growers Association does not gather official data but it estimates we purchase between 6 million and 8 million real Christmas trees every year in the UK, making it an industry worth hundreds of millions of pounds. And Scotland is a large producer, with ideal soil, good weather conditions and an abundance of open space providing an ideal grounding for growth. A typical Nordman Fir (the most popular type of Christmas tree) has a life cycle of about 10 years, so it is a long-term investment for a grower. 

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The National Arboretum: A flourishing attraction

December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Located just six kilometres from the centre of Canberra at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin is the National Arboretum, a habitat of such tranquillity that it’s seemingly impossible to exist so close to the capital’s political turmoil.  Since its inception in February, 2013, the arboretum has grown in both size and visitor number year on year, with the attraction having celebrated its one millionth visitor in February, 2015. …With more than 44,000 trees growing onsite from more than 100 countries, the National Arboretum is flourishing across the 250-hectare site. Many of the trees are still young, but two of the 94 forests are almost 100 years old.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Chicken and Egg Conundrum on Forests and Climate

Amy Moas, Senior Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace
Huffington Post
December 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Our understanding of and emotions toward forests can widely differ depending on where in the world we were born. For most urban dwellers, forests are often seen as exotic beautiful places teaming with wildlife. But in remote villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, or Brazil, forests are simply home, a vital source of food and shelter. n addition to our traditional understanding, in 1990 an international group of scientists formally altered the array of possible descriptions for forests. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change added to the lexicon the recognition that forests around the world are also key for a stable climate. It became widely known that forest loss and degradation is a significant source of emissions of greenhouse gases, the leading cause of climate change.

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General

The Argument for Wood in the Built Environment

December 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

I’ve been surrounded by wood all my life. At camp as a kid, I learned the constellations and how to identify trees. In my 20s, I did a lot of bushwhacking in New England, and learned to read its dynamic forested landscape. Over the past 15 years, I’ve developed into a structural engineer at a timber framing company. Trees are an essential part of a sustainable future. Hermann Hesse may have captured it best when he wrote, “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”  …Modern engineered wood products start with forestry practices where trees are harvested in a responsible, sustainable way.

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