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Can Canfor Corporation’s Tomorrow Be Different? The Stock Increases Again

Sonoran Weekly Review
February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The stock of Canfor Corp is a huge mover today! The stock increased 4.98% or $0.63 on February 12, hitting $13.27. About 187,487 shares traded hands. Canfor has declined 49.08% since July 9, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 38.88% the S&P500. The move comes after 7 months positive chart setup for the $1.76 billion company. Out of 6 analysts covering Canfor Corporation, 4 rate it “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 2 “Hold”.

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What’s Interfor Corp Upside After Today’s Huge Increase?

Sonoran Weekly Review
February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The stock of Interfor Corp is a huge mover today! The stock increased 9.35% or $0.87 on February 12, hitting $10.17. About 737,765 shares traded hands or 69.84% up from the average. Interfor has declined 46.64% since July 9, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 36.44% the S&P500. The move comes after 6 months positive chart setup for the $702.01 million company… Out of 7 analysts covering Interfor, 6 rate it “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 1 “Hold”. This means 86% are positive.

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Timber agency draws criticism

Vernon Morning Star
February 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The discussion was strained as rural politicians met face-to-face with a provincial agency. B.C. Timber Sales representatives were before the Electoral Area Advisory Committee Thursday, and director Hank Cameron raised the contentious issue of logging in Cherryville. “I’d like to see the geotechnical report for the (2004) slide on North Fork Road,” he said. That led to Colin Johnston, B.C. Timber Sales woodlands supervisor, saying, “Any information we have is public.” However, Cameron wasn’t satisfied with Johnston’s response.

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Report: Kamloops industrial tax rate five times that of Kelowna

CFJC Today
February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — Heavy industries in Kamloops pay more than five times as much in taxes as they would in Kelowna. That’s according to a new report coming to Kamloops council this week from a coalition of the three local companies that fall into the heavy industrial category: Domtar, Tolko, and Lafarge. The coalition is lobbying council to make its heavy industrial tax rate more competitive, something the city has been trying to do with the proposed annexation of the New Afton mine. The three companies say they employ 690 people in total, and 1,725 are employed in related jobs.

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Foreman fired for squabble with ex-wife suing West Fraser

Prince George Citizen
February 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Quesnel man is suing West Fraser Ltd. for alleged breach of contract after a conflict with his ex-wife led to his dismissal from the company. …According to a notice of civil claim filed Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Quesnel, Couture confronted his ex the next day, saying she had harassed him by filing the complaint with the RCMP. In turn, she filed a complaint with West Fraser, saying he had harassed her. In response, two West Fraser managers interviewed Couture twice over two successive days before suspending him pending completion of the investigation. Four days later, on Nov. 20, 2014, Couture was fired, with management concluding the complaint of bullying and harassment had been established.

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Environment minister defends decision on pulp mill

February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Critics who suggest the province caved to Northern Pulp in its decision to relax environmental conditions on its mill operations have it wrong, according to the province’s environment minister. Following a cabinet meeting Feb. 11, Margaret Miller defended the decision, saying the new approvals will allow the government to achieve its environmental targets while ensuring the company continues to operate in the region. “We haven’t caved to Northern Pulp at all,” Miller said. “We came to a compromise. We made sure they can still operate in Pictou County.” Miller said the findings of three separate studies supported Northern Pulp’s initial claim that it couldn’t operate within the environmental guidelines the province was proposing.

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Environment minister defends decision on pulp mill

February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Critics who suggest the province caved to Northern Pulp in its decision to relax environmental conditions on its mill operations have it wrong, according to the province’s environment minister. Following a cabinet meeting Feb. 11, Margaret Miller defended the decision, saying the new approvals will allow the government to achieve its environmental targets while ensuring the company continues to operate in the region. “We haven’t caved to Northern Pulp at all,” Miller said. “We came to a compromise. We made sure they can still operate in Pictou County.” Miller said the findings of three separate studies supported Northern Pulp’s initial claim that it couldn’t operate within the environmental guidelines the province was proposing.

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Timber jobs expected to stay in Columbia Falls after company merger

KPAX.com
February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – A Weyerhaeuser special shareholders meeting approved the merger with Plum Creek of Columbia Falls… “Come day one of the merger…all the manufacturing jobs we currently have will continue status quo,” Ray pointed out while saying that other areas within the company are being looked at. “Over time some of those will transition to Seattle and that will take some time. It could be up to 24 months. Jobs that are in HR, accounting; IT those are the type of jobs that could transition,” Ray said. Ray says employees at Plum Creek will have the opportunity to apply for those new positions and that those who are left without a role will be offered severance and relocation services.

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Oregon man pulled head-first into wood chipper, survives

Associated Press in The Oregonian
February 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LEABURG — A man is expected to survive being pulled head-first into a wood chipper thanks to his helmet and his foot catching a safety bar. …Officials say the man was wearing a harness rope that became entangled in the wood going into the chipper. He was pulled into the chipper, with his foot catching the safety bar that turns off the machine just as his head came up against the chipper blades.

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Plum Creek Shareholders Approve Merger with Weyerhaeuser

Flathead Beacon
February 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Shareholders approved the proposed merger of Plum Creek Timber Company and Weyerhaeuser at separate meetings on Friday, moving forward a major deal between two timber giants. At a special meeting in Seattle, 99 percent of the shares voted were in favor, representing about 70 percent of the shares outstanding, according to a company press release. At a similar meeting in Federal Way, Washington, more than 98 percent of the shares voting at Weyerhaeuser were in favor of the proposal. After the merger becomes effective, Plum Creek common stockholders will receive 1.60 Weyerhaeuser common shares for each share of Plum Creek common stock. The merger is expected to become effective before the end of the first quarter of 2016. The dividend will be payable on March 18.

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Log shortage forces another round of layoffs at Rough & Ready

The Mail Tribune
February 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

CAVE JUNCTION — Rough & Ready Lumber is going through its second shutdown in three years, the company has announced, citing a log shortage. Co-owner Jennifer Phillippi told the sawmill crew this morning, and tearfully described over the phone the situation at the longstanding mill. For now 20 sawmill workers are out of work, and another 40 on the planer and kiln dryers could be gradually phased out over the next six to seven weeks, Phillippi said. About 70 full-timers had been working at the mill four miles south of Cave Junction. The mill is believed to be the second-largest employer in Cave Junction after Taylor’s Sausage. Whether the mill can reopen at full strength any time soon is completely uncertain, she added. “What’s tragic is the mill hit record production this week,” Phillippi said. “This crew has really jelled.

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Ruling on paper imports to impact Domtar mill in Johnsonburg

The Bradford Era
February 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A vote this week by the U.S. International Trade Commission on paper imports will have a direct impact on the Domtar Corp. paper mill in Johnsonburg. In a prepared statement released Thursday, Domtar Corp. officials said they are happy that the International Trade Commission reached an unanimous affirmative final determination that imports of certain uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal have materially injured the U.S. industry. …As a result, countervailing duty orders are being placed on imports from China and Indonesia and antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal.

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Fortum’s new bio-fuelled CHP plant in Stockholm in final testing phase before commissioning

Global Newswire
February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Fortum’s new bio-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) plant, co-owned by Fortum and the City of Stockholm, has started the final tests before commissioning. The plant uses forest residues and wood waste to provide district heating for 190,000 households and electricity equivalent to 20,000 rooftops covered with solar panels. The new unit is one of the world’s largest biomass-fuelled CHP facilities and will reduce CO2 emissions in Stockholm.

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Russia: Softwood lumber prices drop by 22%

Global Wood Markets Info
February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Softwood lumber sales from Russia to foreign markets went up by 5%, to 22.4 million m3 in 2015. Still, the average value decreased by $753 million, at a total amount of $2.7 billion and registered a general decrease of 22% in dollar terms, according to WhatWood. The same statistics show that China increased the deliveries by 18%, reaching a total amount of 9.8 million m3, but the import value decreased by 8% to $973 million. Meanwhile, Russia reached a 50% share in the Chinese imported lumber market. 

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Forestry

The rainforest negotiator

National Observer
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Her diagnosis was cancer. But environmental negotiator Jody Holmes’ first thought was “Oh, thank God.” The Great Bear Rainforest negotiations are now being celebrated as a wondrous gift to the world, but those early decades were so taxing for the participants that when Jody got the doctors’ call, her immediate reaction was relief that she finally had a ticket out. In her 20 years negotiating the Great Bear Rainforest agreement, Rainforest Solutions Project director Jody had a painful miscarriage that nearly killed her, gave birth to a daughter, raised her as a single mother, survived breast cancer, chemo, radiation and a double mastectomy. She would return again and again to the negotiating table through life-threatening challenges and emotional trauma, devoted to finding common ground even with others she initially feared and disliked.

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Province creates community forest near Burns Lake

BC Government News
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The creation of a new community forest near the Village of Burns Lake will help promote economic stability and employment opportunities, and enhance the ability for local forest stewardship, announced MLA for Nechako Lakes, John Rustad, today, on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson. The Chinook Community Forest Agreement covers 90,670 hectares and includes an allowable annual cut of 150,000 cubic metres. The agreement has an initial term of 25 years, and is renewable for another 25-year term after 10 years. Creation of the Chinook Community Forest helps fulfil a provincial commitment to support opportunities to source timber for the rebuilt Babine Forest Products mill that experienced an explosion and fire on Jan. 20, 2012, resulting in loss of life. 

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Fight brews over federal wildfire funding after devastating year

San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…President Obama’s proposed budget, released this week, calls on legislators to allow the Forest Service to use disaster funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay its firefighting tab. But under that proposal, the relief from FEMA would begin in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who oversees the Forest Service, supports the idea but says the agency may need help sooner. Vilsack told a group of California forest managers during a Bay Area visit last weekend that if the agency’s wildfire funding runs out this year, as it has in seven of the past 14 years, he won’t “raid” other department accounts to fill the gap and will demand Congress pony up. “I’m not going to authorize the borrowing,” Vilsack said at the Forest Service office in Vallejo. “Every time we do it, we let (Congress) off the hook.”

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Payson Water Future Faces Frightening Peril

Payson Roundup
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service this week released the details of a plan to dramatically thin 64,000 acres of hillside forest to protect the C.C. Cragin Reservoir and surrounding communities from the effects of a catastrophic wildfire. The Forest Service is now seeking public comment on the draft of the streamlined proposed action plan… The preliminary assessment shows conditions ripe for a ground-searing, forest-destroying crown fire on virtually the entire, tree-crowded watershed of the reservoir on which Rim Country’s water future depends. The Forest Service hopes to use a mixture of logging sales, controlled burns and hand-thinning to remove perhaps 25 million trees on 100 square miles of thickly forested land.

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Working in the woods: Expansion of Threemile WMA project aids local loggers

by PERRY BACKUS
Ravalli Republic
February 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scott Kuehn is not of a fan of reality television. “That Ax Men program has put our profession back 30 years,” said the Salmon River Wood forester. “It’s just so staged. Thirty or 40 years ago, you might have yahoos like that working in the woods, but those days are long gone.” Kuehn is preaching to the choir as he visits with his boss, Joe Fraser, at the fork in the road on the Threemile Wildlife Management Area on this springlike morning. The two are checking maps and making sure their crew is doing everything just right on a timber sale that’s certain to be scrutinized in the coming months. The thinning project on the state-owned wildlife management area is the first of perhaps many more to come as Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks looks to manage its forests in hopes of improving wildlife habitat.

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American Tree Farm System Celebrates 75 Years, Commits to Future

Benzinga
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) today kicked off its celebration of the 75th anniversary of the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the largest and oldest sustainable forestry program for family forest owners. In celebration, AFF’s governance, Tree Farmers, volunteers and partners have pledged to measurably increase their impact on the clean water, wildlife habitat and wood supply that comes from family-owned forests. “Our woodlands are facing incredible challenges today – a changing climate, catastrophic wildfires, insect epidemics, development pressures, and much more,” said Tom Martin, President and CEO of AFF. “Yet we continue to need the clean water, wildlife habitat and wood supply we depend on from our forests. Tree Farmers exhibit the most exceptional forest stewardship that helps protect and enhance these benefits.”

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4FRI contractor needs more Forest Service oversight

AZ Daily Sun
February 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On paper, this region is blessed with a pioneering 2 million-acre forest restoration plan that is a model for the rest of the nation. But in reality, there is little to show yet for all the effort that has gone into the Four Forest Restoration Project. More than a half-dozen years of coalition-building, environmental impact reports, RFPs and contract awards have produced barely 5,000 acres of thinning. And despite assurances from the new primary contractor that lost ground will soon be made up, it doesn’t look as though 4FRI will be turning the corner anytime soon. As we report today, there’s a disconnect between what the contractor, Good Earth Power AZ, is promising and what the experts say can reasonably and responsibly be delivered.

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Letter: Elliott forest is not for sale

Letter by David Mildrexler
The Corvallis Gazette-Times
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Public lands are a treasure that elevate the quality of life here in the West. These shared lands are a big part of why so many people are moving to Oregon. I think the greatest good of public lands is simply that they stay in public ownership so that they can be enjoyed by all in perpetuity. But we don’t have to look to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to see threats to the existence of public lands. …Each of us needs to do our part and push the State Land Board, led by Gov. Brown, to scrap the plan to privatize the Elliott — Oregon’s coastal rainforest gem — and find a more acceptable way to fund education that doesn’t sacrifice our public lands legacy, the best outdoor classroom our children will ever have.

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Tracking 4FRI’s landscape impacts

AZ Daily Sun
February 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While much of the focus on the 2.4 million-acre project has been on thinning trees, another major component involves tracking the environmental impacts and effectiveness of the forest work. That information will be used to adjust thinning, prescribed fire and restoration activities as needed — a process called adaptive management. Monitoring also is crucial to maintaining trust in a project that affects thousands of acres and dozens of communities, stakeholders said. “There is a long history of contention between the Forest Service and other monitoring groups,” said Travis Woolley a forest ecologist with the Nature Conservancy and a member of 4FRI’s multiparty monitoring board. “As the pace of restoration continues, we’re going to have to show the desired conditions are what we’re attaining on the ground.”

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Oppose big logging cuts being planned

Letter by Dick Artley
Herald and News
February 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oppose big logging cuts being planned Please submit comments to the Forest Service if you enjoy outdoor recreation in Central Oregon. Your hiking, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing opportunities might be over if the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla, and Ochoco national forest supervisors aren’t convinced to stop planning the largest timber sale in America since the national forests were established in 1905. The supervisors claim they need to restore forest health because the trees are overcrowded and growing too close together. Their solution? They plan to log 195.3 square miles in the Umatilla National Forest, 179.7 square miles in the Ochoco National Forest and 199.2 square miles in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

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Forestry Agencies Release 2015 Aerial Survey Results for Wyoming

KGWN
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), released the 2015 forest health aerial survey results for Wyoming. Every year the USFS and WSFD work together to aerially monitor forest health conditions on millions of forested acres across the state. Aerial survey observations of tree-damaging insects and diseases native to Wyoming’s forests are highlighted below. …”The area impacted by the mountain pine beetle in the Black Hills is still growing; we continue working to slow the spread. The cooperation between the two states, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, local governments, and industry serves as a model for other areas dealing with similar issues,” said Bill Crapser, Wyoming State Forester.

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Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants

Associated Press in St. Louis Dispatch
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORT STEWART, Ga. — Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday. Projects at bases in Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina were among 84 chosen to receive $720 million. The money comes from the federal government as well as private and nonprofit groups taking part in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill.

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A new focus on the forest?

Baker City Herald
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Perhaps the key sentence in the U.S. Forest Service’s recent announcement of its Forest Resiliency Project for the Blue Mountains is this one: “We are shifting some of the work from planning to implementation.” The words are from Bill Aney. He’s the agency’s eastside restoration coordinator for the Pacific Northwest region. Aney said the Forest Service’s current workload for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla and Ochoco national forests is woefully inadequate. That work, he said, covers just one-thirtieth of what’s needed to restore forests that are suffering from a combination of factors, the effects of which have accumulated over the past century. 

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Court rules Good Earth owes subcontractor $525,000

AZ Daily Sun
February 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Wednesday an Oregon district court judge granted a partial summary judgment in a breach of contract dispute between Good Earth Power AZ and a former subcontractor, Campbell Global. The ruiing held that Good Earth owes Campbell Global $525,000 under a Forest Restoration Service Agreement between the companies in relation to work on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. Campbell Global was the timber manager for Good Earth on its 4FRI contract from October 2013 until June 2015, when Campbell Global initiated an end to their working agreement. Three months later, in September, Campbell Global sued Good Earth for breach of contract, claiming $3 million in damages for outstanding fees and payments.

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Water takes center stage at logging conference

Redding Record Searchlight
February 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two-thirds through Thursday’s talk on forests and water yields at the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference, moderator Jim Ostrowski asked the audience about the governor’s mandate for a 25 percent statewide water use reduction. “Maybe we need to tell the governor we got a better a deal,” Ostrowski said. He was referring to the PowerPoint just given by Rob York, a UC Berkeley adjunct professor who for years has been studying the role of sustainable timber harvesting as way to reduce fire risk, restore the forest and increase water available for agriculture and residential users. Reducing the forest canopy cover by 30 percent can mean an extra 6 inches of water, York said.

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Large Prescribed Fire Treatment Planned For Houston Mesa Road Area

Payson Roundup
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin conducting a large, landscape scale, broadcast fire treatment in the Houston Mesa Road area between Gillian Gap and 1st Crossing. Beginning Tuesday, February 16, fire specialists burn 3,033 acres of brush. Smoke from this large burn will impact all communities south of Diamond Rim. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell heavy smoke during the two day burning operation. During the day smoke will impact Diamond Point and Ellison Creek summer homes, Las Cienegas Ranch, Bonita Creek, Whispering Pines, Verde Glen, Rim Trail, Beaver Valley, Freedom Acres and Cold Springs.

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Josephine County commissioners join O&C lawsuit

Associated Press in The Herald and News
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Josephine County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday endorsed a lawsuit against the federal government that would raise local timber harvest yields. The Association of O&C Counties, of which Commissioner Simon Hare is vice chairman, contends that none of the federal forest management plans enacted in recent years have been true to the spirit of a 1937 congressional act that sets those yields. Hare said the county remains under the thumb of the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan, “which doesn’t offer up a lot of revenue.” The association’s goal is to increase the harvest on O&C lands to 500 million board feet. The timber industry has battled the Bureau of Land Management for two decades over reduced timber harvests on 2 million acres in 18 western Oregon counties hard hit economically by the Northwest Forest Plan.

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MSU launches tree thinning app

WTVA Tupelo Columbus
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Landowners who manage pine plantations can simplify tree thinning by using a new app created by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Guide to Thinning Southern Pines, or Pine Thin, was developed to allow landowners and foresters to quickly determine if a pine stand needs thinning by taking advantage of smartphone technology. James Henderson, associate Extension forestry professor, said thinning is a way to maintain timberland growth rates. “If the pine stand becomes too dense, growth rates will slow,” he said. “In pine plantation management, the goal is to produce sawtimber-sized trees in 25 to 35 years after planting.”

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Forest fire season starting in Kentucky

The Courier-Journal
February 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The spring forest fire season officially commences in Kentucky on Monday, Feb. 15, and runs through April 30. During this time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The statewide burning law is intended to prevent fires by allowing burning only during the time when conditions are less likely to cause the spread of fire. Kentucky has lately had a run of cold, wet weather, but how wet or cold the ground has little to do with how vulnerable dead grass is to a spark, state officials advise. “Despite recent precipitation, dead fuels like grass, leaves and twigs are rapidly dried with sunlight and wind,” William H. Steele, Jr., director of the state Division of Forestry, said. “With only a few hours of sunlight and wind, these fuels can become primed for carrying a wildfire. It is very important that people do not develop a false confidence during wet conditions.”

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Revised Strategic Forestry Plan Holds Steady On Timber Harvests

WBAA
February 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ newly-revised strategic forestry plan doesn’t include any significant changes to the amount of timber cut by the Indiana agency, but does include plans to make forests more accessible to Hoosiers looking to pitch a tent or explore a cave. DNR Forestry Division Director John Seifert calls the strategic plan a “living document” that’s revised even while its original iteration is in effect. While it doesn’t contain binding resolutions or legislation, the plan maps out the DNR’s direction and priorities for its 13 state forests through 2019. Seifert says other than logging, one of the most popular requests the DNR fielded was for more recreational opportunities in forests.

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DNR revises southern Indiana Forest plan based on ‘considerable public input’

Chesterton Tribune
February 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry has released its revised Strategic Plan for 2015-19. “Considerable public input” helped shape revisions to the initial plan, released last year, DNR said. “We expanded the public input process to include open houses, public meetings, and opportunities to comment on the plan,” Director of DNR Forestry John Seifert said. “We addressed each and every comment received from the public to the extent possible. Those comments covered a wide range of topics, from timber harvesting and wildlife habitat to recreation, ecosystem protection, funding, private lands assistance, and organizational efficiency.”

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Man killed in Cayuga County logging accident

CNYcentral.com
February 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TOWN OF NILES, N.Y. — Deputies in Cayuga County are investigating a logging accident that left a man dead. The Sheriff’s Department says it happened Friday night around 8:13 p.m. in an area near Richardson Road in Niles. 59-year-old James Rowe, from 4746 Rowe Rd. in Niles, was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say Rowe was harvesting trees by himself when the accident happened. He had left in the morning to do so and family members became worried when he did not return home when they expected. They found Rowe in the woods and called 911. The Sheriff’s Department says it’s investigation is ongoing, and deputies are asking anyone with information to call Detective Joshua Blanchard at 315-253-3902. END OF STORY

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Authorization of Widespread Destruction of Protected Bat’s Habitat Center for Biological Diversity

Logging, Coal Mining, Oil and Gas Projects Allowed in Areas Critical to Bat’s Survival
Habitat Center for Biological Diversity
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON— Four conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authorizing logging and widespread destruction of habitat for northern long-eared bats, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, launched by the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Coal River Mountain Watch and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, will challenge the agency’s rule, issued last month, allowing the type of habitat harm that is normally prohibited under the Act. Although the deadly disease known as white-nose syndrome is the leading cause of the northern long-eared bat’s greater than 90 percent decline, habitat loss continues to be a serious threat to the survival of the bat, which requires large, continuous tracts of interior forest for foraging, migrating and roosting.

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Victoria’s forest firefighters in battle for recognition

The Age, Australia
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

They work deep in the forest, mostly unseen. When smoke plumes in the distance, they’re already there –leaping out of helicopters and into scorching scrub, running hose lines from tankers and drowning out flames. …Australian Workers Union secretary Ben Davis said. …Publicly, senior government ministers have praised the green-clothed firefighters for their “extraordinary effort” in the recent Great Ocean Road fires that razed about 120 homes on Christmas Day. But privately the government is refusing to budge on the forest firefighters’ long-running claim to be recognised as emergency service workers, with the dispute headed for the Fair Work Commission this week.

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WA fires: South West bushfires ravage timber stocks

Australian Associated Press in WA Today
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Western Australian timber industry is counting the cost of the recent South West bushfires, with more than 3000 hectares of pine plantations lost in the deadly blazes. Salvage operations have begun to recover as much saleable timber as possible, with the industry predicting it will cost about $8 million to replace the destroyed Myalup plantations. Forestry Minister Mia Davies said the local industry had lost an estimated one year’s supply of timber that had been destined for major processors.

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Waroona bushfire damage to pine plantations to cost WA economy up to $50m

ABC News, Australia
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Extensive damage to state-owned pine plantations after the Waroona bushfire is set to cost the WA economy up to $50 million in lost revenue. The bushfire, which was started by lightning in January, claimed two lives and destroyed more than 160 properties in the South West shires of Harvey and Waroona. The blaze burnt through more than 3,300 of the 5,000 hectares of Forest Products Commission (FPC) pine plantations in McLarty, Myalup, Bombara and Eckersley in the Myalup coast region. In addition, a further 25 hectares at the Myalup plantation were damaged during the Harvey bushfire last week. The FPC estimates it will lose up to 500,000 cubic metres in future resource or the equivalent to one year’s supply to major log processors.

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