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Business & Politics

Canadian lumber producers reject rumoured U.S. calls for return to quotas

By Ross Marowits
Canadian Press in The Chronicle Herald
May 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Canadian forestry company executives are eager for a new softwood lumber agreement but say they are not interest in a rumoured U.S. proposal to reinstate across-the-board quotas. Resolute Forest Products chief executive Richard Garneau says word surfaced last week that the U.S. is seeking quotas that would put a hard cap on how much lumber could be exported to that country. It’s a position that has long been advocated by the influential U.S. Lumber Coalition, but a non-starter for Canadian producers who don’t want to be constrained as demand grows amid a recovery in U.S. housing construction. Garneau said producers in Central Canada should be able to trade freely into the U.S. because wood costs are now at market levels following changes since 2013 to Quebec’s forestry regime. “We have now the highest wood costs, so there’s no reason why we should have a quota,” Garneau said in an interview.

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Questions persist as OSC case against Sino-Forest nears its conclusion

Canadian Press in Canadian Business
May 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – As the Ontario Securities Commission’s case against Sino-Forest nears its end, questions remain about how enforceable any possible outcomes might be. Lawyers have been delivering their closing remarks over the past few weeks in what has been one of the most complex cases in the OSC’s history, encompassing more than 170 days of hearings, 22 witnesses, over 22,000 pages of transcripts and thousands of exhibits. If the securities watchdog wins the case, former CEO Allen Chan and four other former executives of the now-defunct forestry company could be permanently banned from Canada’s capital markets, or fined up to $1 million for each failure to comply with Ontario securities law.

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New softwood duties inevitable, forestry conference told

By Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
May 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Expiration of one-year standstill period set to spark new North American lumber trade war. Canadian forest companies are no longer debating whether they will be hit with a softwood lumber duty, but how much pain the duties will cause, forest products analyst Paul Quinn told an international wood products conference Thursday. Although Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama told negotiators last March that they have 100 days to resolve the lumber impasse between the two countries, Quinn said that mid-June deadline is likely to pass with no resolution. “I am pretty pessimistic on them finding a deal,” he said. “The history on this file is very difficult, and there are lots of issues.”

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Christy Clark slams Trump on trade, warns of ‘poisoned’ relations

Donald Trump has called NAFTA a ‘disaster’ that ‘shouldn’t exist,’ worrying the B.C. premier
CBC News
May 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is taking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to task for his anti-trade stance — equating it with building a wall between the U.S. and Canada. “It’s not helpful when down in the States there are serious presidential candidates who are talking about building a wall between Canada and the United States. Trade barriers are just another kind of wall,” Clark said in an interview with Chris Hall on CBC Radio’s The House… The comments come as Canada and the U.S. are still haggling over a new softwood lumber trade agreement. Clark said Friday that she’s hopeful the two sides can craft a deal by summer’s end before presidential politics heat up further.

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Resolute to close Georgia newsprint machine despite better demand environment

Life in Quebec
May 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products is permanently shutting one of its U.S. newsprint machines even though demand is showing signs of stabilizing after years of dramatic decreases. The Montreal-based pulp, paper and lumber producer said a machine at its mill in Augusta, Ga., isn’t competitive because of the high U.S. dollar. About 100 jobs will be affected by the closure. The move, announced Thursday, will leave Resolute with three newsprint machines in the U.S., along with seven in Canada whose competitiveness is helped by the lower loonie. Demand for newsprint has fallen by double digits annually in recent years as readers increasingly turn to digital media.

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Louisiana-Pacific beats 1Q profit forecasts

Associated Press in The Money Morning
May 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX) on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $10.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Nashville, Tennessee-based company said it had profit of 7 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 2 cents per share. The home construction supplier posted revenue of $504.6 million in the period. Louisiana-Pacific shares have climbed roughly 2 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has increased 9 percent in the last 12 months.

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Donald Trump says NAFTA ‘destroyed’ U.S. at rally near Canadian border

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee in Lynden, Wash., bypasses Seattle
CBC News
May 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Donald Trump held a rally minutes away from B.C.’s border on Saturday where he touched on lumber and international trade… During his 45 minute speech in Lynden, he meandered from topic to topic — from his love of his evangelical supporters to attacking Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton by calling her “crooked.” He called NAFTA “one of the great economic disasters” that’s “destroyed” the U.S., a message he first shared back in September 2015. Trump also spoke about international trade, specifically pertaining to lumber. “You can’t sell your timber … they won’t even take it and when they do take it, they charge you tax,” he told the crowd of thousands without clarifying which country “they” are.

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Small fire breaks out at Weyerhaeuser

Albany Democrat Herald
May 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LEBANON — Sparks from a welding project caused a small fire late Saturday in Weyerhaeuser’s planer mill but did not cause building damage or injuries. According to information from the Lebanon Fire Department, the building, at 30440 Fairview Road, had been shut down for maintenance work. Crews had been working at the mill earlier in the day on a project involving welding and cutting torches. A spark caught a sawdust pile and smoldered for hours, sending smoke through the building and triggering the department’s response at about 9 p.m.

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Group touts forestry industry in South Mississippi

The Sun Herald
May 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Valuing and protecting Mississippi’s forests, preserving clean water and supporting a healthy ecosystem and its wildlife were discussed at the Hancock/Harrison County Forestry and Wildlife Association Policy Makers Luncheon on Friday at the Pass Christian Yacht Club. “The state of forestry is very good and positioned well and conditioned to grow and prosper with the right tools,” said Tedrick Ratcliff Jr., executive vice president of the Mississippi Forestry Association, Hancock/Harrison County’s parent association. “There are a ton of opportunities in this part of the world for children and people of all ages to experience so much of our natural resources and to work with landowners to experience all of those natural things.” Ratcliff spoke on the non-economic benefits of a healthy forest industry in the state’s lower six counties.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Laurentian log home a dream come true

Montreal Gazette
May 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

This superb log house north of Lachute is a wish come true for Corey McHugh. …The construction was handled by Harkins.ca of St-Faustin-Lac-Carré in the Laurentians, a family business specializing in building Scandinavian log homes. Increasingly popular, these homes are ecological and energy efficient. Because most of the work was done in the company’s yard, the actual building on site took just 45 days. “Harkins crew was amazing,” McHugh said.

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Hi-tech strategies for future forests

The Mercury.com
May 8, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SUSTAINABLE, hi-tech and worth tens of millions of extra dollars each year to the Tasmanian economy. That’s the vision for forestry from the man leading UTAS’s new Centre for Forest Value, Jim Reid. Professor Reid’s industry and conservationist backed centre is tasked with re-imag­ining the nation’s forestry fut­ure. “(It’s) to try to get away from the old industry, to go to a new industry,” he says. “It’s trying to make sure that we get maximum value out of the resource that we actually have, and that means going to a much higher-tech way of doing forestry. “Instead of just producing a commodity, it’s looking at it from the other end.” That would mean engineered wood products replacing energy-intensive concrete and steel in buildings.

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Forestry

Forestry compensation fund receives boost, silviculture sector now included

Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
May 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Province is providing a $1-million lift to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund to protect eligible forestry contractors and service providers in the event of licensee insolvency. The one-time grant was announced today by Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson at the Interior Logging Association’s 58th annual conference and trade show in Vernon. The grant will enhance the $5-million provincial seed money that established the fund in summer 2012, along with the additional $1-million provincial grant that was already made in 2015… The Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund was established to give relief to eligible forestry contractors that were not paid for forestry service that they provided because the licensee that received the services became insolvent.

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OPINION: Acid rain + clear cuts = permanent loss

by David Patriquin retired professor of biology at Dalhousie University
Chronicle Herald
May 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ever-increasing pressures to clear-cut forests for fibre, biomass and chemical feedstocks tend to ignore their immense ecological and social values. But even as simple production systems, serious challenges to our forests’ sustainability exist. The broad outlines of this story have been known since the 1980s, when precipitous declines of salmon in many of our Atlantic river systems were traced to increased acidification of surface waters associated with acid rain. That should have raised alarm bells about forests Declining salmon and increased water acidity are the equivalent of bad blood tests for watersheds. Something was wrong in the forested uplands that fed those rivers.

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One step closer to a broader protected area for Quebec’s last intact boreal forest in the Broadback River Valley

Canada Newswire press release
May 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WASWANIPI, QC,  – Following the release of the COMEX report regarding the proposed construction of two major access roads in sections H west and I on Waswanipi territory, and the certificate of authorization issued for these projects, the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi is satisfied that the approval of these roads in the Broadback Forest will not encroach on its proposed protected area. The certificate of authorization issued by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change followed all of the COMEX recommended conditions associated with this project, reducing the extent of the proposed forest access roads by 43 per cent and leaving their last three intact traplines untouched.

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Growing a greener future at Forests Ontario’s annual Community Planting Weekend

Newswire
May 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Today, volunteers and planting partners in four communities across Ontario participated in Forests Ontario’s annual Community Planting Weekend. In the spirit of helping to re-green our province, more than 460 attendees planted a total of 2,800 new, native trees in Niagara, Windsor, Kitchener/Waterloo and York Region. Now in its eighth year, the annual Community Planting Weekend was hosted by Forests Ontario and supported by CAA South Central Ontario, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Thompson Emergency Freight Services, Ecobee, and Ontario Wood. “The tree planting events were not only a fun way to spend the day with family and friends, but were also a great way to create a local legacy and a greener tomorrow which will benefit current and future generations. 

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Rim Country’S Future At Stake

Payson Roundup
May 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday will hold a crucial public hearing on a plan to thin forests throughout Rim Country as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). The meeting will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Messinger Payson Funeral Home on Westerly Road off Main Street in Payson. We hope you’ll take the time to attend, since Payson’s survival is at stake. Officially, the Forest Service will be seeking comment on the draft of an Environmental Impact Statement on a plan to thin tree thickets on nearly a million acres. This represents the second installment of the 4FRI project area. The
first batch of forest studied and effectively certified for clearing lay
mostly around Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. This second installment
is centered squarely on Rim Country.

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Latest O&C Forest Plan Gathers Critics

Jefferson Public Radio
May 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal land managers labored long and hard on their latest plan for the 2.6 million acres in western Oregon known as the O&C lands. And they admit it was crafted, at least in part, to avoid protracted legal battles. But the plan hadn’t even been officially released yet when it began gathering threats of lawsuits from all sides. Jim Whittington, with the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management, says the agency’s four-year effort to update its management plan for the O&C lands hits the sweet spot. …Tony Hyde is a Columbia County Commissioner and president of the Association of O&C Counties. He says the new BLM plan provides barely half the timber revenue that 1937 law promises.

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Old-growth forests can help preserve biodiversity in a warming world

Mongabay
May 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The towering canopies and dense understories of old-growth forests might be able to help protect biodiversity as global temperatures continue to rise, according to new research. Climate change is expected to have a dire impact on global biodiversity, but these predictions are derived from models applied at global scales that can miss some important nuances, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances last month. “Such models lack the capacity to incorporate microclimate variability, which is critical to biodiversity microrefugia,” the authors write. “In forested montane regions, microclimate is thought to be influenced by combined effects of elevation, microtopography, and vegetation, but their relative effects at fine spatial scales are poorly known.”

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Forestry guidelines should focus on fundamentals not administration, conservationists say

ABC News, Australia
May 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Wilderness Society has criticised the State and Federal Government’s response to a review of Tasmania’s Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), saying the focus should be on fundamentals rather than administration. The review, conducted by former CSIRO scientists Dr Glen Kile, made 16 recommendations. Federal Forestry Minister Anne Rushton and her Tasmanian counterpart Peter Gutwein released a joint statement on Friday night saying the review showed obligations were being met under the agreement. The response said all of the review’s 16 recommendations would be met either in part or full. Recommendations included improving management methods and measures to further protect threatened species.

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Top palm oil producer sues green group over deforestation allegations

Malaysian palm giant, IOI, lost business after it was suspended
The Guardian
May 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of the world’s largest palm oil producers is suing the green body that suspended its sustainability certification last month because of allegations it had deforested Indonesian rainforests. The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a body set up by industry and NGOs to address environmental concerns about the commodity’s production, confirmed it had been served with a lawsuit by the Malaysian palm giant, IOI. IOI was suspended by the RSPO in early April after the allegations of wrongdoing, leading major buyers including Unilever, Mars, Kelloggs and Nestle to cut back on the palm oil they buy from the company.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Paris Agreement on climate change arrives in Canada’s House of Commons

Opposition parties could play political games with Paris deal, warns Green Party leader
CBC News
May 8, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

If the opposition parties want to debate the Paris Agreement on climate change, they now have their chance. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna tabled the United Nations treaty in the House of Commons Friday… By tabling the agreement in the House of Commons, the government is essentially giving opposition MPs the chance to go over it in detail and, if they want to, trigger a debate. That means if opposition Conservatives or the NDP want to debate it now, they will have to use up one of their opposition days. But a spokesperson for the minister’s office said in an email to CBC News Friday, that the government intends to bring the agreement forward for a vote by the fall. 

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Canada wildfire: The climate change connection to the Fort McMurray ‘firestorm’

The blaze, which has forced 80,000 people to flee their homes, has now burned an area larger than Hong Kong
The Independent
May 7, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate change has contributed towards the “hellish” wildfire that is rampaging through Alberta, Canada, experts have said. The area of blaze, described as a “firestorm”, is now larger than Hong Kong and has left a trail of destruction in its wake, forcing 80,000 residents to flee their homes. Numerous scientists have said a “perfect storm” of factors, including climate change and El Niño, caused an event which is likely to be remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history. “This [fire] is consistent with what we expect from human-caused climate change affecting our fire regime,” University of Alberta wildfire expert Dr Mike Flannigan told the BBC.

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Clean, renewable biomass good for environment

Mike Leonard, Consulting Forester
Telegram.com
May 8, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As a consulting forester helping landowners manage thousands of acres across the state, I support more utilization of forest biomass. Biomass is in essence stored solar energy and is a byproduct of forestry operations, which allows us to grow high quality sawtimber by weeding out the junk timber… The use of wood for energy is carbon neutral as long as the forests are growing faster than they are being cut. According to a study by state Department of Conservation and Recreation & UMass, the current ratio of growth to harvest on timberlands is 12.7 to 1!

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Forest Fires

How firefighters are trying to tame Fort McMurray’s unpredictable blaze

Globe and Mail
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Like people, forest fires have distinct personalities. Some burn with a steady direction and pace. Others trace an angrier path, burning fiercely but briefly. The wildfire class known as the “wooey,” or “wildland urban interface,” is the delinquent of the bunch. These blazes occur when the somewhat predictable elements of a wildfire hit the varied terrain of a city to create a fire whose behaviour becomes erratic. …As of Thursday afternoon, it had burned across 85,000 hectares – an expanse the size of Calgary – and begun to develop its own winds and weather patterns. “There’s even lightning coming from the smoke clouds it created,” said Chad Morrison, senior manager of wildfire prevention for the province. Firefighters have to be equally crafty in fighting such a devious blaze. The methodical approach they bring to every wildfire is a blend of art and science that has evolved steadily over the past four decades.

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Sask. fires under control, risk remains high

117 fires so far this year, compared with 92 by same time a year ago
CBC News
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saskatchewan remains at risk to wildfires, although officials note that — so far this season — things are under control or contained. During a briefing with news media Friday, officials noted that there have been 117 fires so far this year, compared with 92 by the same time a year ago. They said there were dealing with seven active fires and all were contained and not were especially large nor were any near any communities. “Wildfire hazards do remain high in the province,” Mieka Cleary, with emergency management and fire safety, said. “With the exception of the northeast portion of the province and the Cypress Hills area.”

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Era of mega-fires started in the 1980s and Fort McMurray is not the end

Globe and Mail
May 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The era of the mega-fire began in the late 1980s and unfortunately it did not peak in Fort McMurray last week. There are more – and probably bigger fires to come. Mega-fires are wildfires that are so intense, so fast moving and so large they are impossible to stop, even by the best-trained suppression crews. Once rare events, they have now become common largely because of climate change and because effective wildfire suppression over decades has caused fuel to build up in the forests. The people of Fort McMurray are the latest to experience the terror of seeing a mega-fire coming. The residents of Slave Lake, Alta., went through that in 2011, as did the people in Kelowna, B.C., in 2003, when the Okanagan Mountain Park fire destroyed 239 homes.

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Science of wildfire: Burning down a forest, one computer model at a time

Behind the scenes at the Wildland Fire Research section of the Northern Forestry Centre
CBC News
May 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forestry centre in Edmonton is the hub of wildfire research in Canada, developing technology to help predict fires and limit destruction. The Canadian Forest Service studies much that happens in Canada’s forest ecosystems. Fire is one of the most complicated aspects, as it is necessary to the health of the forest, but usually detrimental to human activity. Videojournalist John Robertson caught up with fire research scientist Kerry Anderson to find out about Canada’s data collections and modelling of wildfires.

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Alberta battles The Beast, a fire that creates its own weather and causes green trees to explode

Edmonton Journal
May 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters started to realize the uniquely destructive nature of the Fort McMurray wildfire when they saw aspen poplar trees instantaneously and loudly explode into fire. As veterans of Alberta’s wildfire wars will tell you, the aspen does not readily burn, not with its green leaves and thick twigs. But in the hottest of fires, gases are released in the combustion process so it’s possible for a tree to heat up, ignite and catch fire all at once, as if it had exploded. “The last time we’ve seen anything like this was the Chisholm fire, which is the most intense fire that we have recorded in the fire record, not just for Alberta, but for Canada and for the world,” says University of Alberta wildfire specialist Mike Flannigan. 

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B.C.’s fire investigators get on the case while the trail is still warm

Vancouver Sun
May 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Before firefighting crews are done extinguishing a burning forest, investigators from the B.C. Wildfire Service are already examining the smoking remains behind them, sifting through the ash for clues as to how the fire started. “We prefer to be deployed as soon as possible,” said Ian Douglas, who leads some 50 investigators across B.C. as the wildfire enforcement and prevention officer… Since the 2016 fiscal year started at the beginning of April, the B.C. Wildfire Service has logged 213 fires. Of those, 174 were believed to be human-caused, four by lightning and 35 are still under investigation. “It continues to be a frustration,” B.C. Forest Minister Steve Thomson told reporters in a briefing. “To see the numbers and to see the fact that the majority of these have been human-caused remains a sense of frustration and that is why we significantly increased fines.”

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Health official warns Manitoba wildfire smoke could cause breathing problems

Forest fires burning in eastern Manitoba could prompt health concerns for asthmatics, elderly, youth
CBC News
May 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fires popping up along the eastern part of the province are making for smokier air in the region, which has Manitoba health officials reminding people with breathing problems to be on their toes. A major forest fire burned east of Caddy Lake near the Manitoba-Ontario border late this week. It forced cottagers in the Beresford subdivision at Nopiming Provincial Park to leave the area Friday night. Forest fire prompts evacuation of Beresford cottage subdivision at Nopiming park. Elyse Weiss, deputy chief public health officer with the province, advised people with asthma and other breathing issues to check Environment Canada’s website before planning outdoor activities.

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Wildfires to challenge BC

Castanet.net
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As wildfires plague northeastern B.C. and ravage northern Alberta, B.C.’s forests minister is blunt about what the logging industry can expect this year. “We know we face significant challenges over the summer,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, during a speech to industry representatives attending the Interior Logging Assocation’s annual conference in Vernon. “Depending on May and June, in terms of precipitation, we could be facing a long and difficult fire season.” Thomson said his thoughts were with the people of Fort McMurray and Alberta as they deal with “that devastating fire.” He pointed to the “significant challenges” in B.C.’s Peace River area where a number of wildfires are burning, including a large blaze that has crossed into Alberta.

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Forest fire east of Caddy Lake forces evacuation of 50 cottages

1,000-hectare fire still spreading; 40,000 hectare fire north in Nopiming Provincial Park rages on
CBC News
May 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dozens of cottages in and around Caddy Lake have been evacuated as a days-long forest fire continues to threaten areas north of Whiteshell Provincial Park near the Manitoba-Ontario border. Provincial spokesperson Earl Simmons confirmed Monday morning that at least 50 cabins will be evacuated along the east shore of Caddy Lake, including Green Bay Resort.Members of the South East Whiteshell Fire Department and officers with Manitoba Sustainable Development will be going door-to-door starting at 8 a.m. asking people to leave the area, Simmons added.

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Environmental groups join appeals for people to assist Fort Mac fire victims

Canadian Press in Sudbury News
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA — At least two Canadian environmental groups who aggressively lobby against oilsands development are imploring their supporters to send aid to the people of Fort McMurray, Alta. Greenpeace Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada have each issued appeals for donations to the Red Cross and other aid agencies in the face of the mass evacuation and destruction of homes and property in the northern Alberta oilsands hub. After imploring its followers to help Fort McMurray, the Sierra Club cautiously broached the subject of global warming. …Mark Meisner, the Canadian executive director of the International Environmental Communications Association, said in an interview from Syracuse, N.Y., that there is nothing incongruous about environmental groups championing a move away from carbon intensive energy while supporting people who work in the industry.

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Stuart Olson Responds to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Wildfire Crisis

CNW in Montreal Gazette
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stuart Olson Inc. is announcing its response to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) wildfire crisis. As everyone is aware, the RMWB wildfire has affected over 90,000 individuals, including members of our Stuart Olson family. The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority and we are actively working to support the recovery efforts. Our history in RMWB spans over 50 years, and as a community partner, we are devastated by the current situation. Our initial response is focused on providing support to both our employees and the community in any way we can. We have made an initial donation of $50,000 to the Red Cross, and have committed to match all employee donations. 

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Air assets play critical role fighting wildfire

Canadian Press in FIRE Fighting in Canada
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort McMurray, Alta. – The image of a helicopter ferrying a small bucket of water through towering plumes of smoke made clear the daunting, seemingly futile, task of fighting the Fort McMurray wildfire from the sky. To observers, it was like flicking water on a raging grass fire. But experts in fire suppression and management say the aircraft play a critical role in a multipronged strategy in containing expansive fires. ”It has a target and a usefulness, for sure,” said Roger Collet, a wildfire prevention officer with Natural Resources in New Brunswick.

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Notes from a disaster

By Neil Godbout
Prince George Citizen
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some takeaways from the Fort McMurray tragedy: – Canadians care. The outpouring of support from across the country shows once again that this country is more than an oath to the Queen, more than the flag or the anthem and more than the strengths and weaknesses of our political leaders. When interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, an Albertan, rose in the House of Commons to speak about Fort McMurray, her voice broke and she fought off tears. Her caucus gave her a standing ovation and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rushed across the aisle to embrace her in solidarity.

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18 forest fires reported this week in N.L.

The Telegram
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

This week, 18 human-caused forest fires have been reported already in Newfoundland and Labrador. Forest fire season began May 1 in Newfoundland, and begins May 15 in Labrador. It ends on Sept. 30 province wide. The Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development is reminding residents that forest fire regulations are being enforced. Residents require permits to burn when clearing land or burning brush on or near forest land (within 300 feet). A news release states that last year, the Forestry Services Branch received 149 complaints about negligence to forest fire regulations.

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Wildfire risk ‘high to extreme’ in northwest Ontario, fire bans issued

Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, Rainy River, issue municipal fire bans
CBC News
May 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

All fire permits are suspended beginning Sunday morning in Thunder Bay as the city joins other municipalities in northwestern Ontario and the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in issuing a fire ban. The Ministry declared the region a restricted fire zone as of Saturday because of a “high to extreme” risk of forest fires in the area… An area near Kenora was evacuated on Friday and the Emergency Area Order remains in place, prohibiting all travel in the Ingolf area near the Ontario-Manitoba boundary.

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Kenora Area Forest Fire Not Under Control

CKDR
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources says a forest fire near the Ontario-Manitoba boundary is still not under control. Information Officer Jonathan Scott says the fire grew to about 300 hectares Thursday night despite the work of six water bombers. Scott says crews are now on scene to protect buildings and homes. 100 people from the small community have been evacuated. Provincial Police are asking camp owners in the Longpine, Makara and Rice Lake areas to stay away this weekend due to the fire situation.

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How forest management helps lay the conditions for wildfires

As flames rip through Alberta, we look at how putting out small fires can help to fuel increasingly catastrophic events as our climate gets hotter and drier
The Guardian
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

By dousing small, regular fires, forest managers are creating the conditions for cataclysmic events, scientists have said. Fires in temperate forests are generally increasing in size and area. This is partly because of climate change. Fire seasons in many parts of the world are getting longer and drier. But equally important in the temperate forests of Australia, North America and the Mediterranean is the way in which we manage fire and forests, said the University of Michigan’s Paige Fischer. These woodlands have evolved to burn lightly and consistently. In British Colombia, the trees tell the story. Blackened rings in their cores show the trees have been singed every 10 to 40 years.

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