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Business & Politics

Canadian Lumber Producers Tumble Amid Slow U.S. Housing Recovery

Bloomberg News
April 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

West Fraser Timber Co. and Canfor Corp., Canada’s largest lumber producers, are suffering from tepid demand in the U.S. where the recovery in the housing market is stuttering. U.S. housing starts fell a more-than-expected 8.8 percent last month, the Commerce Department said April 19. Housing demand isn’t strong enough to support lumber prices at current levels, according to Stephen Atkinson, an analyst at Dundee Capital Markets. “This is a pretty slow recovery we’re seeing,” Joshua Zaret, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst in New York, said in a telephone interview. “Lumber buyers have been cautious.”

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Mining & Forestry Manager: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016

Canadian Business
April 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Despite the commodities downturn, helping resource companies optimize their operations still makes for a lucrative and relatively stable career. This group of managers work in Canada’s natural resources sector, overseeing the operations of facilities like mines, lumber mills and fisheries. Mining and forestry managers spend some of their time outdoors inspecting ground operations. They’re responsible for hiring and training new personnel, and reporting progress to senior management. The main goal of a person in this position is to make sure production quotas are met and the site is adequately staffed and equipped through careful planning.

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Carter to replace Rippon at West Fraser

Wood Business
April 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser has announced several executive changes in view of the fact that Peter Rippon, vice-president, pulp and energy, will retire at the end of April and Dave Lehane, vice-president, woodlands, will retire at the end of June 2016. Keith Carter, currently general manager, pulp operations, has been appointed vice-president, pulp and energy operations, and will assume the pulp and energy operational responsibilities of Peter Rippon on his retirement. Carter has been with the company since 2000 and has held a variety of maintenance, engineering and general management responsibilities. Larry Gardner, currently general manager, Canadian woodlands operations, will assume the Canadian woodlands responsibilities of Dave Lehane on his retirement and take the title vice-president, Canadian woodlands. 

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Shut-down time at Weyerhaeuser

Big Country XX
April 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A two week shut-down is underway at Grande Prairie’s Weyerhaeuser pulp mill. Company spokesman Wayne Roznowsky says routine maintenance will be done. “Boiler inspections, that type of work. Just a normal, major maintenance shut-down. No special projects are planned for this one, (but its) still a big undertaking,” he adds. Roznowsky says besides the mill’s 300 or so employees, 1000 outside people will be on site when the work is at its busiest time. “Some are local. Some are fairly specialized and come from elsewhere. Others will hire local support as well. Its a mixed bag. I would suggest a significant part of the people on site are local.” Roznowsky adds he has “not heard that anyone has had any issue getting labour, that’s for sure.”

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Lucien G. Rolland, former head of Rolland, dies at 99

Canadian Press in La Presse
April 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The former boss of the Rolland Paper Company, Lucien-G. Rolland, died, Cascades announced Wednesday. Born in Saint-Jérôme in 1916, Mr. Rolland has gradually moved up the ladder before arriving at the head of the family business. After being hired as an engineer, he will alternate manager of the Saint-Jérôme (1947), Deputy Director General (1949), President and CEO (1952) and, finally, President and Chief management (1978). Under his leadership, said the Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec, the company “is implementing a comprehensive modernization and expansion program.” The years that follow will be auspicious for “this company that stands out in the world of fine paper.”

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Yreka eyed as potential nanocellulose production location

The Siskiyou Daily News
April 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…Scientists are working with local government officials and timber processors on a project that could help turn small diameter trees into high tech products. The key ingredient is microscopic particles of cellulose, called “nanocellulose.” Scientists have found that nanocellulose materials have unique properties and may be useful in a variety of applications, stated a press release from the Klamath National Forest. …The Yreka Cellulose Nanomaterials Project began in 2014, when the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors met with forest service officials. From that meeting came a proposal to evaluate the possible construction of a commercial scale cellulose nanomaterials production facility in Yreka. Yreka was identified as a promising location due to the plentiful supply of wood and the support from local government.

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A cut above the rest

Latrobe Valley Express
April 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

About 7000 visitors from across the world and a projected $10 million injection into the region’s economy were the result of last week’s AUSTimber 2016 expo. Held in the Latrobe Valley for the first time, bringing Gippsland’s timber and forestry industry into the spotlight, organisers are anticipating the Valley could become the expo’s permanent home. “We’ve created a very positive image of our industry to the local community,” Australian Forest Contractors Association chair Ian Reid said. “We’ve shown a very positive image to interstate and international visitors who attended as well; people were very complimentary of the area and our industry here.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Against the grain: NAU’s wood scientist carves his own path

Northern Arizona University
April 19, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

One Northern Arizona University researcher took the road less traveled to academia, going from a music business executive to wood scientist, discovering that he could apply acoustics to his work in a whole new way. School of Forestry assistant professor David Auty is NAU’s premier wood scientist. His research helps determine the suitability of wood for a specific end use, which can inform investment decisions by the forest products industry. He assesses wood quality using a variety of innovative methods, including non-destructive acoustic evaluation tools and computer modeling. In Arizona, his research is of particular importance while the region’s forest products industry slowly reemerges after decades of stagnation tied to environmental lawsuits and public land management concerns.

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Building a foundation for a better world

Arizona State University
April 20, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Substandard housing affects almost 2 billion people worldwide. Wood, often the American building material of choice for housing, isn’t always a global resource in developing nations and can be fraught with environmental and durability issues. That’s why Arizona State University professor Barzin Mobasher is developing fiber- and textile-reinforced concrete that is strong in compression like traditional concrete but has the added capability to be strong in tension as well as flexible — a material more suitable for a wider range of infrastructure projects. “I want to develop the next generation of the two-by-four that’s not wood, but acts like wood — it can be connected with screws and be used to build trusses — and would not contribute to cutting down forests,” said Mobasher

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London’s Skyline Could Soon Host Towers Made of Timber

Sourceable
April 21, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK capital could soon add timber high-rises to its skyline … The high-rise proposal …envisages the creation of a 80-storey timber tower within the City of London’s Barbican Centre, which is one of the largest performing arts centres in Europe. The mixed-use tower would rise to a height of roughly 300 metres, equivalent to nearly ten times the height of the Australia’s tallest timber high-ris, the 32-metre Forte apartment complex in Melbourne. …Architects around the world are increasingly to wood as a safe and viable construction material for high-rise projects following improvements engineered timber building products. The University of British Columbia is currently working on the 53-metre high Brock Commons student residence, which will be the tallest timber building in the world upon completion.

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Community Forests International picks backwoods cabin of future winner

CBC News
April 20, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Community Forests International has named a winner in its second annual backwoods cabin of the future contest. The Sackville-based organization asked people to design a cabin that will be built on its farm this summer. The contest drew entries from 62 designers and architects from 24 countries, but it was a German design firm that won the $1,000 prize, donated by NB Power. Zach Melanson, the communication director for the organization, said the winning design used a lot of natural materials. “It has straw insulation, it’s made of wood, it’s a timber frame … and it has a unique siding,” he said. The Japanese torrified siding is charred to preserve the wood from rot and protect it from insects. “And it gives it this interesting look too. It’s like dark and quite beautiful, kind of iridescent, almost,” said Melanson.

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Forestry

Finding forestry work in the 21st century

CKNW News Talk 980
April 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry. Since B.C.’s inception, it’s been one of our province’s driving industries. But in the 21st century is it still relevant? For the next part of CKNW’s series, Putting BC To Work, The Drex Live Show highlights the pros and cons of getting into the forestry sector. “We’re looking at recruiting about 2,700 people a year over the next 10 years to replace those folks in the sector. Many of those jobs, key occupations industrial electricians, power engineers, heavy mechanics, truck drivers, ect. Those are also in high demand by other sectors.” That’s Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, talking about current and future job opportunities in the B.C. forestry sector. 27,000 jobs over the next 10 years sounds pretty good, but how does it compare to other industries?

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Clark continues to espouse outlandish claims about province’s timber industry

Letter by Dr. Brian L. Horejsi, Forester and Wildlife Scientist
Osoyoos Times
April 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…In Kelowna the other day, her penchant for aborting the truth got the best of her while pandering to some of her generous campaign donors in the timber industry. …Here in the B.C. Interior, there are 20 fewer lumber mills than two decades ago. In spite of the industry cutting virtually the same volume of trees as they have for decades, we rank 14th of 15 industrialized nations for getting value from wood harvested – and we get under half the value the U.S. gets from wood. So how has Clark responded? She has responded by doubling whole log exports – industry likes to call these logs “raw” – in just the past six years. Logs exported whole produce one tenth the number of jobs the same amount of wood milled in B.C. does.

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Wildlife officer who spared bear cubs denied return to job

Victoria Times Colonist
April 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The conservation officer who decided — against the advice of his superiors — to spare two bear cubs will not be going back to his job at the Ministry of Environment. Bryce Casavant’s actions last July came after the cubs’ mother was judged to be too habituated to humans and was killed for twice raiding a freezer at a Port Hardy-area home. The decision not to kill the cubs led to Casavant’s suspension. That sparked an online petition for his reinstatement that reached close to 310,000 supporters. The case attracted international attention, which included comedian Ricky Gervais sticking up for Casavant via Twitter. Casavant, 33, returned to work in late August in a different job at an equal pay grade.

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Logger killed in accident

Castanet Vernon
April 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC, the BC Coroners Service and the RCMP are investigating following a fatal logging incident last week. According to BC Forest Safety Council, a fatal incident occurred at a logging site north of Hope on April 13. “A guyline on a yarder broke and the tower fell onto the cab, fatally injuring the yarder operator,” writes the BCFSC. “Our condolences go out to the family and co-workers of the deceased worker.” The BCFSC reports that details of the incident are still unknown and it is being actively investigated.

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Questions, concerns and some answers: Is forest clear-cutting legal? When? Where? Conditions?

Pontiac Journal
April 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MRC PONTIAC – In the April 6 Pontiac Journal, columnist Katharine Fletcher described a foresty clear-cut in Thorne and raised several important questions; the Journal has investigated this issue further, to determine its legality and conditions. The Québec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks crafted the Forest Act to preserve future wood supplies while protecting the environment and wildlife. …According to Larivière, enforcing the bylaw could becomedifficult, since it’s the municipality’s responsibility to pursue any legal actions. “The building inspector is not an environmental engineer. If the problem is obvious, like verifying the size of cut trees, we can deal with it, but if it is more technical, we will hire a firm to offer recommendations, which is costly,” she explained, including additional costs for legal actions.

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Stand up for forestry

Muskoka Region News
April 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Stand up for forestry because forestry is our history. I say this not just as it relates to our family, but also to the local area, our province and Canada as a whole. Canada’s forest industry was born as a result of the Napoleonic wars, and the need for timber to build warships. As a result, lumber camps sprang up throughout eastern Canada to harvest the white pine and ship it back to Britain. This was the beginning of the forestry industry in the Ottawa Valley area of Ontario. Over the next few decades, the industry produced primarily square timber. However, an evolution was underway towards an industry based primarily on sawmilling the timber into products to supply the growing Canadian and American domestic building market.

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Forests for all, forever

The Chronicle Journal
April 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Debate over the use of Ontario’s forests has intensified in recent years. At the heart of the matter: how do we determine which activities are sustainable, and which are not? How much risk is too much risk? And most importantly, who should decide? Even in a democratic society, such as Canada, expectations for determining whether forestry activities are sustainable go beyond mere compliance with federal and provincial laws. They also go beyond assertions of sustainability from companies themselves or their industry associations. Most forests managed for industrial logging in Ontario are third-party certified — meaning that they are audited and assessed using additional sustainability criteria. The predominant voluntary forest certification system in Ontario is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Almost twice as many hectares of forest are certified under FSC than under any other third-party system in the province.

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New plan in works for region’s third largest forest

Great Falls Tribune
April 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cheryl Quintero was hopeful during an early spring walk on a warm day along Trout Creek Trail as it followed the sparkling creek in the shadow of gorgeous limestone canyon walls. “The promise of new life,” she said. New life is what the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest officials are attempting to give a new forest plan now under development and the public’s microscope. The plan, when finalized, will guide where recreation and timber harvesting and other uses can occur on 2.9 million acres of the newly combined Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest including places such as Trout Creek Trail. Wilderness also is being identified as part of the process, and the plan will contain recommendations. It will replace two separate plans that have guided the individual forests for 30 years.

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Foresters seek solution to clear-cut image problem

The Capital Press
April 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s timber industry has a blemish on its otherwise positive public image: People consider clearcutting unsightly. Most Oregonians know that state law requires trees to be replanted after harvest, but clearcutting is nonetheless associated with negative words, including “ugly,” “sad” and “greed,” according to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, which educates the public about forestry. According to an OFRI survey, 68 percent of Oregon residents had a favorable view of the forest products industry — more than for tourism, construction and high-tech manufacturing — and 62 percent agreed that current forest protection laws are strong enough. Even so, only 25 percent said that clearcutting was acceptable compared to 45 percent who found it unacceptable.

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If a Tree Falls: Fighting Climate Change in the Harvard Forest

Harvard Crimson
April 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…As far as its mission is concerned, the Harvard Forest has changed little during its 100-year existence. Founded in 1907 as a research and field laboratory for students and as a model of sustainable forestry, the forest continues to fulfill these aims. Today, students can research at the forest over the summer, and many groups, like the students in Quincy, visit for short trips. “The goal was always to be a remote part of Harvard that could fully immerse students and faculty in the New England landscape,” David R. Foster, the current director of the forest, explains. “That was the intent in 1907, and that’s what it currently is as well.”

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Local Group Works to Save Park’s Trees from Pervasive Beetle

TWC News
April 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is waging a battle to save thousands of trees that have been infected with a pest that turned up in Erie County five years ago, and has now spread to every corner of Western New York. In just the past five years in Erie County alone, a pervasive beetle called the emerald ash borer has decimated thousands of trees. For some trees at Martin Luther King Park, there’s only one way to cure them. …They do that by injecting the trees with pesticides can help, but it’s expensive: $70 per tree, and there are thousands of them in the Olmsted Park system that need saving. “The injections only last one to two years depending on the chemicals used, so we need additional funding to save these trees,” said Stephanie Crockatt, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy executive director.

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Forest Fires

Wildfire fighting won’t be spared resources, Notley says

CBC News
April 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Rachel Notley repeated Wednesday her assertions that Alberta will supply everything needed to fight wildfires, despite a significant dip in this year’s wildfire suppression budget. “Resources that are allocated to firefighting will be maintained, and every single resource that we require to fight fires in this province this summer will be expended,” she told the legislature. “All we are doing is managing and projecting the budget on the same basis, the same assumptions that had been done previously. If the demand is greater, we will meet the demand.”

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Alta. First Nation community scrambles under wildfire emergency evacuation order

Canoe News
April 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of Paul First Nation remained away from their homes Wednesday, two days after a wildfire destroyed one house and threatened many more. “The boys that were in there, they fought the fire with their fists and their boots,” said Dougie Rain, a resident who was driving home when he saw the plumes of smoke as far away as Genessee. Rain joined fellow residents in a makeshift attempt to fight back the flames while some trained personnel assisted after a state of emergency had been declared. Other local fire crews were unable to respond as they were busy with the fire in nearby Duffield.

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Say goodbye to the Mars

Castanet
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regardless how bad the 2016 wildfire season gets, don’t expect the province to bring the Martin Mars bomber back in service. The iconic fire-fighting plane was brought back into service last year by the province. It assisted on one fire, a small blaze east of Nelson. It hasn’t been in full service since 2013. “We have a new asset coming on stream through our regular procurement processes through the air fleet and the fixed wing aircraft that’s available,” Forests Minister Steve Thomson said during a conference call Tuesday. He wasn’t specific about what that asset is. “We’re confident with the resources we have and the approaches we take in terms of quick response and efficient response, we have adequate resources in place.”

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Fire bombers deployed early

Castanet
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is deploying water bombers early this year to counter the quick start to the fire season in northern B.C., despite more-favourable conditions on the horizon. There are currently six “fires of note” burning near Fort St. John, five of which began on Monday due to high temperatures and strong winds in the area. The largest of these fires, and the largest in B.C., is northeast of Fort St. John, at an estimated 5,500 hectares in size. Because of these early fires, the province is mobilizing their bomber crews weeks early to get an upper hand on the currently uncontained blazes. … “Given the activity we’ve had already, the decision was made by the province to bring our air tanker fleet online early.”

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Don Braid: NDP cuts fire-fighting budget while predicting “catastrophic’ conditions

National Post
April 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

We can only hope baby Patrick doesn’t scare easily. NDP cabinet minister Stephanie McLean’s infant is hearing a lot of spooky stuff from his front-row legislature perch in mom’s sling. On Wednesday, it was forest fires and climate doom. The Wildrose opposition predicts fiery Armageddon because it’s tinderbox-dry out there, fires are already igniting and the NDP has sharply cut the firefighting budget. Meanwhile, the same government that cut the budget also forecasts “catastrophic weather” for Alberta. The accusations and insults are often bizarre, but this is an interesting debate on the facts. Why does the government think $86 million is enough to fight fires, when the job cost almost $500 million last year? Premier Rachel Notley’s answer is that whatever the budget, the province will pay up if the fires come. The estimate is often low, she pointed out. The practise has always been to find whatever cash it takes to fight the fires.

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Christy Clark says LNG can help reduce wildfires

Premier says LNG will help China get off coal, cut global carbon emissions
Alaska Highway News
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Liquefied natural gas can help cut China’s coal consumption and turn the tide against climate change, which is contributing to an early wildfire season in Northeast B.C., Premier Christy Clark said Wednesday in Fort St. John. …“This is the reality we’re facing today as the planet gets warmer,” she continued, saying climate change leads to dry conditions that exacerbate wildfires. “If there’s any argument for exporting LNG and helping fight climate change, surely it is all around us when we see these fires burning out of control.”   Clark tailored her comments to the current wildfires, but the argument is far from new. The BC Liberal government has long argued that LNG is less carbon-intensive than oil and coal, making it a net-positive for emissions reduction.

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‘It could be a bumpy ride:’ N.W.T. braces for another busy wildfire season

Last time there was an El Nino winter, close to 1.5 million hectares burned
CBC News
April 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service says the Northwest Territories is in for yet another busy wildfire season this spring. Kerry Anderson spoke with Northbeat’s Randy Henderson Wednesday, and said an El Nino ocean current effect in the Pacific made for a warm dry winter in the N.W.T. He expects the territory will see an above-average number of forest fires in April, May and June. “We are a little bit worried about that,” he said. …Anderson said a La Nina ocean current — the opposite of an El Nino — is expected this summer and should result in cooler, moister weather over western and northern Canada. “We are expecting that following this very aggressive fire season it will probably settle down sometime in June, perhaps July, into more of a regular fire season.”

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First prescribed fire of 2016 a roaring success in Jasper park

The Fithugh
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Parks Canada successfully carried out its first prescribed fire of the season, April 17, albeit with a little more excitement than it had initially planned. According to Parks, the fire—14 km north of Jasper along Highway 16—remained within the containment area, but due to shifting winds jumped the highway, burning just under a hectare of land along the west side of the road, near the railroad tracks. “The fire went really, really well,” said Dave Smith, a fire and vegetation specialist in Jasper National Park and the incident commander. “The conditions were not perfect. So we did have the one spot fire that gave us a little bit of concern, but thanks to having the proper people in the right place we were able to control that fire pretty easily without having to stop the main ignition.”

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Progress Energy evacuates North Montney ops due to forest fires

Business in Vancouver
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Progress Energy Canada Ltd., the most active gas driller in British Columbia, evacuated workers from its operations in the North Montney in Northern British Columbia due to wildfires in the area April 18. Workers were safely evacuated from the company’s Altares and Farrell Creek gas plants as well as nearby camps. Both facilities have been shut-in and secured. Crews were to inspect these facilities and assets April 19 to determine when operations will resume. …As a result of wildfires in northeast B.C., the BC Oil and Gas Commission on April 19 said it activated its Emergency Operations Centre and continues to work with other emergency centres within the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), City of Fort St. John and the District of Taylor.

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Alberta wildfires on the rise amid hot, dry spring weather

Fire bans now in place in rural areas all around Calgary but burning still allowed in the city
CBC News
April 19, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dozens more wildfires started in Alberta forests overnight, according to the province, bringing the number of such blazes so far this year to 157. That’s an increase from the 106 wildfires reported at the same time last year, which is being attributed in part to the warm and dry conditions so far this spring. Some 650 firefighters are battling the blazes provincewide, assisted by 60 helicopters and two air tankers. Two firefighters were injured battling a fire in Lamont County, northeast of Edmonton, on Tuesday, but that blaze is not included as one of the the 37 wildfires burning in Alberta’s “forest protection areas.” The Lamont County fire consumed two homes and 15 other buildings including barns, shops and tool sheds, mostly on farm land.

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Paul Band scrambles under wildfire emergency evacuation order

Edmonton Journal
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of Paul First Nation remained away from their homes Wednesday, two days after a wildfire destroyed one house and threatened many more. “The boys that were in there, they fought the fire with their fists and their boots,” said Dougie Rain, a resident who was driving home when he saw the plumes of smoke as far away as Genessee. Rain joined fellow residents in a makeshift attempt to fight back the flames while some trained personnel assisted after a state of emergency had been declared. Other local fire crews were unable to respond as they were busy with the fire in nearby Duffield. “We’ve gone through everything you can go through in a lifetime,” said Darlene Rain, disaster services co-ordinator. The evacuation put 166 people in hotel rooms Tuesday and poor air quality or other medical health reasons sent a handful of families to other homes in the community.

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Increase ‘prescribed burning’ to prevent wildfires, says fire ecologist

‘We should be doing tens of thousands of hectares in the spring and fall,’ says Robert Gray
CBC News
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

An ecologist says the early start to the wildfire season in B.C. is a sign the province is not doing enough to prevent these fires. “We need to be finding some way to increase the pace and scale of prescribed burning,” said Robert Gray, a fire ecologist who took part in an inquiry after the Okanagan wildfires of 2003.  “We should be doing tens of thousands of hectares in the spring and fall versus thousands of hectares,” he said.  Prescribed burning refers to the practice of intentionally starting fires to renew vegetation and burn off dangerously dry or damaged areas. Gray would also like to see more boots on the ground.  

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National park wildfire at more than 5000 acres

Staunton News Leader
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

LURAY – The Shenandoah National Park wildfire has engulfed more than 5,600 acres. The Southern Area Incident Management (Red) Team joined command Wednesday with the Shenandoah National Park and the Virginia Department of Forestry, a release said. Tuesday afternoon, the fire had an 80- to 100-acre slop-over on the east side of Skyline Drive near mile marker 76, a release said. A firing operation was conducted Tuesday to burn vegetation near the Beldor Hollow Community to help contain the fire in that area. Crews said they are confident that the fire will hold at Beldor Hollow Road, a release said. …The fire is burning in mountain laurel, pine and oak forests with heavy leaf litter, a release said.

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Forest fire south of Elkton grows, aircraft and out-of-state crews assist

WHSV
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. — The Rocky Mount Fire (as the forest fire south of Elkton in the Shenandoah National Park has been named) burned around 5,600 acres by midday Wednesday –an area around half the size of Harrisonburg, Va. Parts of Skyline Drive were closed along with areas of the Appalachian Trail and several less-well-known hiking trails. Smoke lowered visibility on some roads and even led to some sports cancellations. Many schools decided to keep children indoors during recess. Those with health issues which could be worsened by smoke-exposure of course should avoid the smoke. Keeping windows and doors shut can help.

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April, May are busiest months for Northland forest and grass fires

Duluth News
April 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

Fire doesn’t much like cold, and it definitely doesn’t like snow, so the Minnesota and Wisconsin wildfire seasons got off to a slow start in 2016. But don’t count on that lasting much longer. …Already this year there have been more than 450 wildfires in Minnesota burning more than 3,700 acres, mostly in the west and central reaches of the state, even under cold and wet conditions. In 2015 there were 1,844 wildfires in Minnesota that burned across 73,000 acres of forest, brush, grass and swamp — part of the 10.1 million acres that burned nationally, an all-time record.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Nova Scotia feeling the burn on biomass

Halifax’s The Coast
April 21, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Public concern about the state of Nova Scotia’s forests is driving the government to look at cutting back on clearing trees as a means to generate electricity. While the department of natural resources laments that the general public doesn’t understand clear-cutting, the department is committing to a recommendation from the provincial auditor general to more clearly outline the role of biomass in the province’s electricity plan. Nova Scotians spoke out against the harvesting of primary biomass—the clearing of trees—for generating electricity during public consultations last year on the province’s electricity strategy. That’s one reason why earlier this month the province dropped the legal requirement for the biomass plant in Port Hawkesbury to constantly burn 24 hours a day.

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Project aims to trade diesel with biomass for remote Northern communities

TB Newswatch
April 20, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new forestry project promises to get some remote First Nations community off of the expensive and dirty diesel-generated power they’ve been forced to rely on. General Canadian Forest Service director David Nanang said the overall goal of the project, which is associated with Natural Resources Canada’s Aboriginal Forestry Initiative, is to support forestry in Indigenous communities and focus on bio-energy and value added production. The project’s focal point is on Northern communities dependent on diesel fuel for everyday living. “With climate change and the consensus for our environment it’s increasingly difficult to justify the use of diesel fuel,” Nanang said during the 2016 Forestry Expo, which takes place Wednesday and Thursday at the Valhalla Inn.

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General

Chainsaw carving competition coming

Tumbler Ridge News
April 20, 2016
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHETWYND – The Fourteenth Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition is welcoming three brand new carvers to the roster this year. …The competition is set for June 9–12 in Chetwynd. One dozen of the world’s best carvers are squaring off in a timed event lasting four days and culminating in the completion and judging of their masterpieces. …Wood for the competition arrived last week from Campbell River. Gerry Strelioff and John Herman select the wood personally for the competition and have been doing so for the past eight years.

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