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Business & Politics

Trudeau, Obama set to endorse continental strategy on climate change

Globe and Mail
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to sign on to a continental environment and climate-change strategy with outgoing President Barack Obama when the two leaders hold their first formal bilateral meeting in the Oval Office next Thursday. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who chairs the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations, told The Globe and Mail that the White House talks will also result in improved border-security measures and steps to conclude a new softwood-lumber agreement. …The two leaders are hoping to diffuse a potentially serious trade irritant with the expired softwood-lumber deal. Sources say U.S. officials are telling Canadian negotiators they can’t renew the deal during a U.S. election year, fearing it could cost the Democrats seats in Congress.

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Hoback responds to TPP delays

Prince Albert Daily Herald
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback wants to see the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement approved …There are additional, broader implications to a TPP agreement, Hoback said, clarifying that the federal government is currently looking at free trade agreements with China, which he’s “cautiously optimistic about.” Back in 2013, a Chinese countervailing duty on dissolved pulp products of 50 per cent effectively killed the Prince Albert Pulp Mill’s chances of earning a profit on that particular product, setting them back so far the facility still hasn’t re-opened. While the TPP wouldn’t deal with China directly, there is an indirect benefit.

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Defendants Respond to Mill Explosion Civil Action

250 News Prince George
March 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Province and WorkSafe BC have each filed a response to the notice of civil claim launched in the wake of the Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills explosions and fires that occurred in early 2012.The action, first filed in early January by workers and families of those involved in the two fatal explosions, called on the court to certify their claim as a class action suit and award them general damages along with special and punitive damages along with a declaration that WorkSafe’s inspections of the mills and its investigations into the explosions were negligent. In documents filed with the Supreme Court in Vancouver, WorkSafe denies any negligence either in its inspections of the facilities prior to the explosions, or the investigations in the wake of the tragedies.

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Regulators allowed to hold disciplinary hearing for former Sino-Forest CFO

Globe and Mail
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An Ontario judge has ruled that accounting regulators can pursue disciplinary action against former Sino-Forest Corp. chief financial officer David Horsley, who is facing a possible two-year suspension from working as an accountant. Mr. Horsley argued that the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO) should not be allowed to hold a hearing in his case because he is sheltered from all further legal action under the terms of settlement deals he reached in securities matters following the forestry company’s collapse. However, Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court ruled the CPAO’s claims “are not, and were never intended to be,” covered by restrictions negotiated in settlement deals with the Ontario Securities Commission and in shareholder class-action claims.

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Trex and Lumber Liquidators Go Separate Ways

Motley Fool
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The leading maker of weather-resistant alternative decking moves higher after posting blowout quarterly results, but the same can’t be said about the struggling top dog in discounted hardwood flooring. One of last week’s biggest winners was Trex (NYSE:TREX), moving higher after posting encouraging quarterly results.  …Trex’s product lines are clearly in demand these days, and that’s saying something in light of how some of the other publicly traded provider of flooring products have faltered this earnings season. Just as Trex’s stock was soaring, Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL) saw its stock plunge 22% last week. 

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Editorial: Mill’s story offer tips for survival

The Albany Democrat-Herald
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

It takes guts and nerves of steel to operate a mill these days, and so our hats are off to the McCool family, who have moved their McCool Millworks operation to Sweet Home and hope to employ up to 25 people within a year. As a Sunday Democrat-Herald story about McCool Millworks noted, newspapers have written a lot of stories about mills closing down over the last couple of decades. It’s much rarer to write a story about a mill opening — or, in this case, about a mill moving its operation from Goshen to Sweet Home. And you can bet that this is big news in Sweet Home, a community that still is dealing with the aftershocks of changes in policy that dramatically reduced the amount of timber harvesting in national forests. …McCool Millworks, now 16 years old, specializes in a niche market: It crafts high-end custom wood moldings to customers’ precise specifications.

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County votes 3-2 against Plum Creek plan

Gainesville Sun
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the County Commission decided not to transmit Plum Creek Timber Company’s comprehensive plan changes to the state for review, effectively halting the plan and giving the county more room to negotiate. While Commissioners Charles Chestnut and Lee Pinkoson supported Plum Creek’s proposal to develop some of their lands in eastern Alachua County, Commissioners Ken Cornell and Mike Byerly expressed serious concerns over the proposal, including its impacts to the environment. “There are people who are going to feel good about tonight and people who aren’t going to feel good about tonight,” said Commissioner Robert Hutchinson at the start of the meeting.

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Forestry company sale paid creditors

New Zealand Herald
March 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Maori who should have benefited from a Far North forest were not considered when the cutting rights were sold to a forestry company to pay off creditors, according to a report into a failed Maori trust. The Advocate has obtained a report into the Kaitaia-based Te Aupouri Maori Trust Board (AMTB) ordered by Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, revealing how the organisation came to run up a debt of up to $3 million at the very time it was expected to wind down its operations ahead of Te Aupouri’s Treaty Settlement. Among the sorry tales to emerge from the report is that of the Onepu Forest cutting rights.

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Forest owners challenge MP’s claim

New Zealand Herald
March 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The NZ Forest Owners Association has challenged Labour Party forestry spokesman Stuart Nash’s charge that foreign companies are buying up forests and selling logs overseas, leaving local sawmills short on supply. Responding to a call from Mr Nash last week that “foreign forest owners” should be forced to sell logs to local mills, Forest Owners Association chief executive David Rhodes said all owners of forests looked for the best overall returns. Forest owners were keen to sell their logs to local mills, as long as the terms of sale matched those from export markets, he said.

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New Energy Works Timberframers and Pioneer Millworks Help Local Rotary to Provide Clean Water to Nicaragua

Benzinga
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Energy Works Timberframers and Pioneer Millworks supported efforts of the Enlace Project, a non-profit organization that promotes the economic development of small communities in Nicaragua, and the Victor-Farmington Rotary of Western New York who lead the initiative of providing a pump, chlorination and distribution system for the town of Salales. …Pioneer Millworks is the leader in the reclaimed wood industry. To date, they’ve rescued over 25 million board feet of old wood from rot and landfills, giving it new life as flooring, paneling, millwork, cabinetry, and more. All wood is manufactured in a way that’s healthy for customers, employees, and the environment. …New Energy Works Timberframers have been designing and building environmentally responsible timber frames across the USA for more than 30 years from their facilities in Oregon and New York.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Thompson-Okanagan recognized at Wood Design Awards

Okanagan Life
March 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Wood Design Awards honoured excellence in architectural wood projects this week, with special honours going to projects in Kelowna, Kamloops and Enderby. …The Queensway Transit Exchange in Kelowna won the award for Institutional Wood Design- Small. Designed for the City of Kelowna and BC Transit by Graham McGarva and Scott Taylor, VIA Architecture, the Queensway is an important landmark as the central transit exchange for the City of Kelowna. Its elegant, unique and unifying shape reflects the rolling hill topography surrounding the city and a gentle wave from Okanagan Lake.

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Wood Awards honour BC designers here and internationally

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
March 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The 2016 Wood WORKS! B.C. Wood Design Awards honoured excellence in the architectural use of wood in projects ranging from a bus loop in Kelowna and interior design details at Canada House in London, England to an energy-efficient Passive House in Whistler and a visitors centre in Qingdao, China. Mid-rise buildings prominently featuring timbers and decorative wood built in smaller urban centres in B.C. were among the featured winners, another sign that wood design is no longer niche but more mainstream. “B.C.’s architects, engineers, designers and project teams continue to explore (wood’s) potential and impress us with their projects,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC.

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Wood highrises designed in BC are sustainable and safe

18-storey UBC timber tower will be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world
CBC News
March 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The search for ways to build greener, more energy-efficient buildings has triggered a 21st century version of the old skyscraper race, but these contestants aren’t made of concrete and steel. This week’s Globe Conference on sustainability in Vancouver will hear how some municipalities, including two B.C. cities, are pushing the boundaries of building high with wood. “Why wood? Wood is sustainable. It’s a renewable resource,” said the University of British Columbia’s John Metras, standing in front of what will soon be the tallest building of its kind. …Wood is still slightly more expensive than concrete and steel, but UBC says there’s another benefit. Not only do wood buildings create fewer greenhouse gas emissions, they actually store carbon dioxide as well.

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Wood design earns award

Vernon Morning Star
March 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Using wood in innovative and beautiful ways to bring new life to an Enderby hub has earned KH Designs an award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The Quilakwa Centre is home to the Splatsin boardroom and development corporation offices, a First Nation’s arts shop, gas bar, convenience store, and a Tim Hortons restaurant and drive-thru. The winning partnership includes KH Designs, Splatsin, Omega & Associates Engineering and Sperlich Log Construction. “We are pleased to be recognized with this award from SFI and the Wood Design awards program,” said Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian. “The Quilakwa Centre is the cornerstone of Splatsin, as well as the community of Enderby. It embodies the original natural style of handcrafted log construction and also embraces and showcases our local culture.”

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Appalachian Hardwood Group: Laminates Come With Health Risks

Associations Now
March 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In a new ad campaign, the trade group Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. is working to emphasize the ecological and environmental benefits of solid wood furnishings—especially compared with laminates, which the group argues are produced with dangerous chemicals. What’s the difference between hardwood and laminate? According to one industry group, it comes down to the risk of chemicals. Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. (AHMI), a trade group that represents wood manufacturers in the Appalachian region, is currently working to launch a new campaign that highlights the quality and environmental benefits of solid wood and the health risks that come with alternatives such as fiberboard, particleboard, and plywood.

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Can Bamboo Make For More Sustainable Reinforced Concrete?

Sourceable
March 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Composite bamboo materials could have a transformative impact upon the global construction sector by raising the sustainability and economy of key building materials such as reinforced concrete. The potential of bamboo to dramatically raise the sustainability of the construction sector has long been touted by green building advocates, while use of the material is currently undergoing a renaissance amongst environmentally minded architects. The gargantuan grass plant grows at an extremely rapid pace and possesses high tensile strength. Its long tubular shape also makes it intrinsically suited for use as a structural component in various building sections. …Another major advantage of the material is that unlike steel, it isn’t susceptible to rust or corrosion in maritime environments – one of the chief causes of the “concrete cancer” which has blighted many buildings in coastal parts of Australia.

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Forestry

Les Leyne: Great Bear Rain Forest deal provides certainty

Victoria Times Colonist
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Great Bear Rain Forest legislation introduced Tuesday takes the authority to set logging limits away from the chief forester and hands it to cabinet for the next 10 years. The chief forester is generally considered to have the independent authority to set the allowable annual cut on Crown land in timber-supply areas and the province as a whole. … The Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act strips that authority and several other forest-management decisions from the chief forester and gives it to cabinet for a 10-year adjustment period. It’s part of the certainty provisions that timber companies insisted on during the years of negotiations on the future of that wilderness.

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Calgary’s ‘Snowtember’ tree recovery efforts pegged at $11.8 million this year

Calgary Herald
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Calgary will spend $12 million this year on continuing efforts to restore and enhance its urban forest after a freak snowstorm ravaged half of the city’s canopy a year and a half ago. In 2015, the city assessed 69,000 trees, pruned 59,000 and planted 7,400 new trees — triple the number from a year earlier — in the wake of a historic pre-autumn storm, dubbed “Snowtember,” in 2014, according to an update report going before a city committee Wednesday. “Neighbourhoods are deeply connected to their urban canopy, especially in the older neighbourhoods,” said Coun. Evan Woolley, vice-chair of the community services committee. “The value of homes is connected to the trees in front of your house or on your property.”

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Lheidli T?enneh sign timber harvest deal

Prince George Citizen
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the provincial Ministry of Forests forged a timber harvesting agreement that will last the next 25 years. It was announced on Tuesday that the indigenous nation encompassing Prince George would get access to 25,000 cubic metres of timber per year from within their traditional territory. The agreement is focused on two parcels of timber covering 7,197 hectares of Crown land near Tabor Mountain and Sugar Bowl-Grizzly Den Provincial Park respectively.

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Clayoquot Island old growth donated to Nature Conservancy of Canada

Victoria Times Colonist
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The woman who first protected much of Clayoquot Island’s old-growth forest in 2008 has donated that forest to The Nature Conservancy of Canada. Susan Bloom purchased the island just off Tofino in 1990 and registered a conservation covenant on about 70 per cent of it with Victoria’s The Land Conservancy, blocking development. At the time, the land was valued at more than $4 million. On Feb. 29, Bloom’s donation of the 93 acres covered by the covenant was announced as “one of the largest and most generous” gifts ever received by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The land and Bloom’s contribution to long-term stewardship is worth significantly more than $4 million, said the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s B.C. vice-president Linda Hannah.

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‘Toad War’ logging begins

Castanet
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After plans to log key toad habitat near Nakusp sparked an outcry, and even a blockade, from community members, forestry work has begun south of Summit Lake. The logging, which will include 660 hectares of the species at risk ‘special concern’ western toad hibernation area, began on Monday. The Village of Nakusp owns Nakusp and Area Community Forest, the logging company responsible for the area. “Harvesting could be stopped if the Village of Nakusp council, which owns the community logging tenure, issued a stop logging order to NACFOR,” wrote the Wilderness Committee in a statement. “The Village of Nakusp has refused to meet with local residents opposed to the logging.”

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B.C. says Great Bear Rainforest act enshrines co-existence in global treasure

Canadian Press in The Vancouver Sun
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark says her government’s protection of the Great Bear Rainforest is British Columbia’s gift to the world. The province introduced legislation Tuesday that protects most of the globe’s largest intact temperate rainforest on B.C.’s rugged central coast from logging. …Forest company executive Ric Slaco said he was on the front lines of the battles between forest companies and environmental groups that organized worldwide boycotts of B.C. forest products in the 1990s to try and stop logging in the Great Bear Rainforest. Slaco, who is now vice-president of Interfor, said he was one of the backroom negotiators who helped hammer out the protection deal that keeps 15 per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest open to logging. “If the job was easy, it could have been done a long time ago,” he said. “Today is a great day for the forests of B.C.”

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Alberta wildfire crews brace for dry weather as season opens

CBC News
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta is bracing for what could be a dry and demanding wildfire season. The province officially started its wildfire season on Tuesday, a full month earlier than it had in years past. “It gives our crews the chance for recruitment, and to get men and women and equipment on the ground, ” said Oneil Carlier, Alberta minister of agriculture and forestry. The early start date was adopted after a devastating wildfire ripped through the town of Slave Lake in May 2011, forcing more than 5,000 people from their homes and causing a record $1 billion in damages.

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Legislation supports innovative forest management in Great Bear Rainforest

Government of British Columbia
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act, introduced today, supports a strict new ecosystem-based management regime created through unprecedented collaboration for the globally unique region along British Columbia’s north and central coast. The Great Bear Rainforest covers 6.4 million hectares, and includes one-quarter of the world’s coastal temperate rainforest. Ecosystem-based management was central to an agreement involving environmental groups and forest companies, and endorsed by local First Nations and the B.C. government.  …This innovative approach to forest management requires supporting legislation. …The act, which makes it clear that the unique provisions under ecosystem-based management apply only to the Great Bear Rainforest, will come into force by enabling regulation in summer 2016.

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Minister Chagger Celebrates Funding for New Research Partnerships at Memorial University

Over $6.5 million to be invested in climate change and marine conservation research
Marketwired
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR–Two research teams have received federal funding to study the effects of climate change on soil and the impact of environmental change on oceans. While touring Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, stopped at Memorial University to meet the teams and learn more about their research projects. …Dr. Susan E. Ziegler is receiving an NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant for Projects of over $590,000 to study the impact of climate change on natural organic matter in boreal forest landscapes and associated aquatic ecosystems. The objective of her research is to reduce the potential negative interactive effects of climate change and harvesting.

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Gull Bay First Nation files claim to fix 166-year-old error in size of reserve

Northern Ontario community asking for $150M in damages for years of lost mineral extraction, forestry
CBC News
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gull Bay First Nation, Ont.,has filed a lawsuit to remedy a 166-year-old error in the size of their reserve. The First Nation is claiming $150 million in damages to compensate for the years of lost mineral extraction, forestry and any other infrastructure conducted on the land that should have been part of Gull Bay First Nation. “We’ve been trying to get the government to the table to hope they’d begin a negotiation process, and it’s because of their intransigence that we felt that … we had to submit a statement of claim,” said Gull Bay Chief Wilfred King.

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Waterloo’s tree canopy in jeopardy

City expects to lose more than 500 ash trees to Emerald Ash Borer
Waterloo Chronicle
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Waterloo could lose as many as 500 ash trees in 2016 to the Emerald Ash Borer — though even that may be a conservative number. … The city expects to spend about $346,000 on Emerald Ash Borer management this year, bringing the total investment to about $580,000 since 2014 when the city first began to remove infected trees. That management plan includes identifying affected trees, removing the trees and stumps, and replanting efforts.

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Federal project puts Haines foresters to work

KHNS Radio
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Foresters Greg Palmieri and Roy Josephson are both back to work. “I mean it kind of came out of the blue but I guess I’m a little surprised to be back here,” said Josephson. He lost his job and retired last year when the state legislature zeroed out funding for the Haines forestry office. The department was able to piece together money to keep Palmieri on for about nine months of the year, but not enough to employ them both. The office was shuttered from late November to March 1. Here’s Palmieri. “I’m glad that the door’s open again,” Palmieri said. Combined, Palmieri and Josephson have about 50 years of experience as state foresters. They were two of more than 20 forestry staff whose jobs were eliminated in state budget cuts last year.

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Logger Still Struggling

Payson Roundup
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The contractor charged with the largest forest restoration project in history has both trumpeted its progress — and suffered another setback. Good Earth Power AZ released its February report insisting that although it has thinned just 6,000 acres in the past two years, it still expects to complete 300,000 acres in the next seven years. Meanwhile, an Oregon District Court has ruled that Good Earth owes Campbell Global $525,000 for work that company did when it had a contract to manage the thinning project in Arizona.

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Money Trees: Does Oregon owe counties for timber lands held in trust?

KVAL
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – Some 640,000 acres of Oregon timber land passed into county ownership through foreclosures back in the 1930s. The counties couldn’t afford to manage the lands during the Depression. So by 1938, the State of Oregon agreed to hold the lands in trust and manage them for their “greatest permanent value.” “The short story is that in 1998, the Department of Forestry passed an administrative rule that changed their focus,” said Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist. Linn County has threatened to sue the state over the management of these lands. The rule change gave environmental, recreational and aesthetic factors equal footing for managing the state forests. Nyquist argues that change has drastically reduced the timber harvest and shortchanged counties in what he calls a breach of contract.

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TopoFire turns fire managers into prognosticators

The Missoulian
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Matt Jolly, a fire sciences ecologist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, is helping to create what he calls “an automated Smokey-the-Bear map so we can categorize fire danger across the country.” Imagine, he says, a much more sophisticated indicator of fire danger, informed by satellite imagery, so what Smokey the Bear’s hypothetical hand points to “is actually based on computer models that integrate weather, fuels and sometimes ignition sources to rate what the fire danger is for that day.” Jolly and fellow researchers call it TopoFire, a new tool that helps fire managers predict the potential for, and the movement of, blazes in near real-time. It is now available online, but remains in development phase.

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Wolf recovery an American conservation success story

By Robert L. Beschta and Michael Paul Nelson
Statesman Journal
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…However, across all those forests, canyons, deserts and mountains, there are only a few dozen known wolves. Most are concentrated in the state’s northeast corner. …There is a great deal of wolf habitat in Oregon and wolves are only now beginning to occupy some of it. Whether we let wolves return home in sufficient numbers to play their irreplaceable role is up to us. However, a token population of persecuted wolves is simply not enough to accomplish that end. We have a rare opportunity to right an historic and ecological wrong. It won’t happen if we stop part way. A few dozen wolves is a far cry from a recovered or effective population. The agency charged with conserving all wildlife for all Oregonians — including future generations — needs to double down on its success.

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Forest fire near Millville, N.J. 100% contained

6abc.com
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MILLVILLE, N.J. —  The New Jersey Forest Fire Service says a blaze near Millville, Cumberland County has been 100% contained. The forest fire started burning around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday along Route 49 and Estelle Manor Road in Maurice River Township. The fire affected 73 acres; a number of abandoned structures have been destroyed. No injuries have been reported.

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A Lesson in Logging

Bangor Metro
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The line between woods and waters gets a little blurry this time of year. In March, the woods are so frozen that all of the earth’s surface is concrete. In another month, the ground will be so mushy that it may as well be porridge. Right now, the forest is alive with loggers. Like most Mainers, I take logging for granted. We see logging trucks daily. When we navigate the woods, we see harvesting operations. Because we are so familiar, we think we know all about logging. We don’t. I learned this lesson the hard way. I spent a day in the woods with master loggers Tony Madden of Milford and Scott Madden of Old Town.

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The business of timber and logging…and whiskey

Woodworking Network
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…As I described during my tour of the lumber mills, once the logs get cut up, every single board is graded according to its color and defects. The same goes for each and every log prior to entering the saw mill. The lumber grader is looking for two things. First and foremost is a veneer grade log, the creme-de-la-creme, which is worth 4x what a lumber grade log is worth. …In addition to veneer logs, the graders are keeping an eye out for whiskey barrel white oak logs. White oak is the primary species used for the staves in the building of whiskey barrels, which are currently being manufactured at an almost unsustainable rate, due to our insatiable appetite for whiskey. Whiskey barrel logs are valued just slightly below veneer grade logs, at about 3x the value of normal FAS lumber.

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Siberia Forest & Wood Products Industry Tour

International WOOD MARKETS Group
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WOOD MARKETS will be leading its 8th forest and wood products industry tour in Siberia to allow forest industry players to obtain the real story on Siberia’s expansion of its forests and mills. The Siberian log and wood products industry is expanding everywhere with production and exports, and visits will be made to some of the newest, state-of-the-art sawmills, plywood mills and a pulp mill in Siberia. The Russian trip can be extended to see the development of the massive industry on the Chinese side of Sino/Russian border that processes imported Russian logs and lumber.

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New satellite programme aims to cut down illegal logging in real time

Reuters
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Taken from outer space, the satellite images show illegal loggers cutting a road into a protected area in Peru, part of a criminal enterprise attempting to steal millions of dollars worth of ecological resources. With the launch of a new satellite mapping system on Wednesday, governments and environmentalists will have access to hard evidence of these types of crimes almost in real time as part of a push by scientists to improve monitoring of tropical deforestation. Tropical forests nearly the size of India are set to be destroyed by 2050 if current trends continue, a study warned last year, causing species loss, displacement and a major increase in climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Lawyers debate who should pay for Marlborough’s major forest fires

The Marlborough Express
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Lawyers are still disputing who should pay for Marlborough’s three major forest fires last year. The Onamalutu fire in February, the Waikakaho fire in November and the Waihopai fire in December cost the Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority a total of $4 million to fight. Principal rural fire officer Richard McNamara said they could not release the official cause of the fires until a draft ruling had been accepted by all parties. “The insurance and forest companies are reluctant to pay without exploring the full array of options open to them,” McNamara said.

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US Forestry Service Shares Remote Sensing Tech with Israel

Jerusalem Post
March 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Two USFS representatives recently visited Israel to share remote sensing technology with their KKL-JNF counterparts. “Remote sensing technology opens up doors for us in fields that we couldn’t imagine just a few years ago. This technology is like a time machine, it provides us with temporal information as well as the ability to compute data for landscape change monitoring. It’s not just about pictures; it’s a matter of measurement,” said Kevin Megown, Resource Mapping, Inventory and Monitoring Program Leader for the United States Forestry Service (USFS). Kevin Megown is visiting Israel together with his colleague Brehan R. Doud, who is responsible for the USFS International Programs in Africa and the Middle East.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

OPEN LETTER TO PREMIERS AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS

by Paul Lansbergen, Acting President and CEO
Forest Products Association of Canada
February 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

As you prepare for the March 3 meeting of First Ministers to discuss Canada’s climate change policy framework, we are writing to suggest your government’s consideration of a “Carbon First” principle for infrastructure spending and procurement policy decisions. This information is also being provided to your respective environment Ministers. We are a group of organizations committed to supporting the transition to a low carbon economy, and helping Canada achieve the ambitious goals it agreed to at the recent COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. …Carbon First as a principle is supported by science-based carbon accounting tools like life cycle assessment (LCA) and by other existing resources like carbon accounting frameworks and green building programs.

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