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Daily Archives: May 16, 2016

Business & Politics

No matter how you slice it, we’re headed toward a lumber fight

May 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

By mid-October, the U.S. Lumber Coalition — a.k.a. The Coalition to those who have spent their lives in the trenches of softwood lumber battles — will be able to file new anti-dumping and countervailing duty complaints against Canadian softwood lumber exports. Unless a replacement for the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement can be negotiated in the next few months, it’s a pretty safe bet that Lumber V will be launched. …A new agreement — SLA 5, if you’re counting — will not be possible unless The Coalition’s numbers are right for it to launch a complaint. In addition, Canadian lumber interests — especially the provinces — must agree on how they would prefer to be skewered this time. It’s pretty clear to everyone that Ontario and Quebec are not on the same page as British Columbia. How should exports be regulated under SLA 5? 

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No matter how you slice it, we’re headed toward a lumber fight

May 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

By mid-October, the U.S. Lumber Coalition — a.k.a. The Coalition to those who have spent their lives in the trenches of softwood lumber battles — will be able to file new anti-dumping and countervailing duty complaints against Canadian softwood lumber exports. Unless a replacement for the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement can be negotiated in the next few months, it’s a pretty safe bet that Lumber V will be launched. …A new agreement — SLA 5, if you’re counting — will not be possible unless The Coalition’s numbers are right for it to launch a complaint. In addition, Canadian lumber interests — especially the provinces — must agree on how they would prefer to be skewered this time. It’s pretty clear to everyone that Ontario and Quebec are not on the same page as British Columbia. How should exports be regulated under SLA 5? 

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Paper, Packaging & Forest Products

May 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Wood products
?• Lumber – Random Lengths (RL) reported that W. SPF prices rose 6% w/w to $319/mfbm while SYP inched down 1% to $424. RL reported that strength in SPF was attributed in part to concerns about the supply situation in Western Canada due to the early start to the fire season and reduced annual allowable cuts in key timber supply regions of the B.C. Interior. In Southern Pine, demand was hampered by persistent rain and an abundance of competitively priced alternative species. • OSB – North Central OSB pricing gained 3% (or $7/msf) to $268/msf w/w, South East increased 2% to $250, and Western Canada jumped 8% (or $20/msf) to $260…

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BRIGHTON: Power users, again, the pulp mill’s friend

Chronicle Herald
May 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ratepayers could be subsidizing Port Hawkesbury Paper LP yet again, this time under Nova Scotia Power Inc.’s planned allocation of Maritime Link electricity. An energy consultant acting for a dozen major industrial companies claims the formula for incorporating the cost of Maritime Link electricity into the rate base would unfairly benefit the Cape Breton paper mill at the expense of other rate classes. Mark Drazen made the claim this month in evidence submitted to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board on behalf of the utility’s key industrial customers, including Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd., Lafarge Canada Inc., and Maritime Paper Products Ltd. The board is considering the utility’s fuel plan for 2017 to 2019, which covers the period when hydroelectricity from Muskrat Falls in Newfoundland and Labrador is scheduled to come on stream and be delivered to Nova Scotia through the underwater Maritime Link.

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State’s sweet talk snagged pulp mill

Almost lost Chinese, governor says
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
May 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Arkansas was hours away from losing a $1 billion pulp mill project near Arkadelphia last month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson says, in what would have been a disappointing end to a five-year courtship. But last-minute meetings to promote the state’s resources prevented the project from landing in Mississippi. …The differences between the Arkansas offer and the Mississippi offer weren’t direct comparisons, Preston said in a telephone interview. But he conceded that Arkansas was “woefully behind.” “We wanted to make sure they were valuing things on what the overall cost would be for Sun Paper,” Preston said, “and not how things were credited by the state [of Arkansas] or by Mississippi.” …”On paper, it looked like Mississippi had a [$7.5 million] advantage,” Preston said. “But if you looked at it in terms of acquiring land, it was even.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Springfield signs architectural contract for wooden parking garage in Glenwood

The Register-Guard
May 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

GLENWOOD — Springfield officials are getting ­serious about using taxpayer money to build an innovative, four-story, all-wood parking garage in Glenwood: They’re plunking down more than $600,000 to design the structure. The Springfield City Council earlier this month approved spending up to $678,550 for Portland architecture and planning firm SRG Partnership to design the 214,000-square-foot garage. Some city leaders see the project as a public investment linchpin to redevelopment efforts in Glenwood. Parking garages historically have been built with reinforced concrete because of the huge weightloads they must carry. This one would be built with a newly developed type of timber product: cross-­laminated timber beams. The beams feature layers of wood glued together, bigger and stronger than, but similar in concept to, laminated beams that already are widely used in construction.

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Environmental Benefits Of Building With Wood

Forest Building Materials
May 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Don’t let anybody tell you wood is not a “green” building product. Wood circulates energy savings throughout its life. To start, wood-frame construction is easy to insulate to high standards when compared to alternative framing materials. Wood itself has very good insulating properties. Inch for inch, wood is 16 times more efficient as an insulator than concrete, 415 times as efficient as steel, and 2,000 times as efficient as aluminum. When it comes to manufacturing wood products, wood again is the most efficient. 

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USDA Awards Funds to Expand, Accelerate Wood Energy and Wood Products Markets in 19 States

USDA Forest Service
May 13, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WASHINGTON, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced over $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies and strategies that promote the use of wood in commercial construction, heat and power generation, and other wood product innovations that also benefit forest health. Federal funds will leverage more than $18 million in investments from 42 business, university, nonprofit and Tribal partners in 19 states, for a total investment of $27 million. “We are looking for opportunities to reduce forest restoration costs and create more jobs through strong forest products markets,” said Chief Tidwell. “This funding supports improving forest health on the National Forest System lands and other forested lands and promotes the economic and environmental wellbeing of rural communities.”

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Forestry

UNBC unveils new field education centre at the Aleza Lake Research Forest

My Prince George Now
May 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

UNBC unveiled its newest classroom today. It’s located 60km east of Prince George in the Aleza lake Research Forest. The Field Education Centre is built from locally supplied timber and sits on a rise overlooking the McGregor Mountains. The 1,200 foot square foot building can hold groups as large as 50 and will provide a place for students and researchers to conduct in-depth, in the field studies of the local forest ecology. “This incredible structure here will allow our students, researchers, even community members to come out here, enjoy the incredible forest that we have around us but also study the ecology here,” says UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks. “It really adds to the experiential learning for our students that is such a key part of UNBC.”

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Mountain parks helping bird to spread whitebark pine seeds

Calgary Herald
May 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

High in the forests of the mountain parks, there’s a sun-loving tree that relies on a small bird to spread its seeds. The whitebark pine, which has five needles and hard cones, plays an important role in stabilizing steep slopes, controlling the rate of snow melt and providing habitat for that bird (called the Clark’s nutcracker ), for squirrels and for bears in the mountains. In 2010, the tree was federally listed as an endangered species in Alberta and British Columbia. “We’ve got blister rust, mountain pine beetle, climate change and fire all playing a role in impacting the health and abundance of our whitebark and limber pines,” said Jed Cochrane, fire and vegetation specialist with Parks Canada. Both trees are now part of a three-year recovery project in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay, which recently received almost $50,000 in funding, to ensure that they continue throughout their range in the mountain national parks.

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Vanderhoof issued community forest

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
May 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of Vanderhoof are positioned to benefit from added economic stability, employment opportunities and increased local forest stewardship through the creation of the Vanderhoof Community Forest. Located approximately 15 kilometres north of Vanderhoof, the Vanderhoof community forest agreement covers 23,181 hectares. The agreement has an initial term of 25 years and is replaceable for another 25-year term after 10 years. In addition to timber harvesting, other uses of the community forest will include outdoor recreation with the Waterlily Lake cross-country ski and hiking trails, and the Omineca Trail, which is part of an ancient Carrier First Nation trail route.

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Oregon sheriffs oppose new BLM forestry plan

The Mail Tribune
May 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A group representing the sheriffs in Oregon has joined the chorus of boos for the Bureau of Land Management’s latest forestry plan. In a statement released Thursday, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association said the bureau’s newly announced Resource Management Plan for southwest Oregon will leave timber-reliant counties empty-handed and unable to pay for law enforcement, among other things. In doing so, the agency has “failed the communities where these public lands are located.” “That revenue stream is supposed to help these counties provide a variety of public services, including law enforcement,” the association said in a statement. “Quite simply, the BLM plan ignores clear law and proposes a timber harvest plan that will continue to place these counties in a fiscal crisis.”

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Counties, state decry ‘D.C. down’ land management changes

Deseret News
May 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY — The nation’s largest landlord wants to change how it manages public lands, hoping for what it says is more flexibility to institute plans that encompass sweeping landscapes not beholden to artificial boundaries. Sage grouse, wildlife and winding rivers don’t recognize man-carved field office boundaries within the Bureau of Land Management’s inventory of public lands, so the BLM wants greater latitude to manage for those large-scale issues. County leaders in Western states with vast amount of public lands, however, said the proposed BLM Planning 2.0 rule diminishes the role of local input by giving those closest to the land less deference at the planning table.

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Federal judge halts northern Idaho salvage logging project

Associated Press in KBOI2
May 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has halted a salvage logging project in northern Idaho at the request of two environmental groups that say it violates the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Thursday ruled the U.S. Forest Service cannot go ahead with the project near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers that aims to harvest 34 million board feet of timber scorched by a 2014 wildfire. The lightning-caused Johnson Bar Fire burned more than 20 square miles, mostly on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Dale also ruled the Forest Service failed to do a supplemental study after 2015 wildfires burned near the planned logging.

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Drone footage shows Oregon timber harvest from bird’s-eye view

The Oregonian
May 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Odds are, you’ve never seen a timber harvest in person. And even if you have, odds are you’ve never seen it from above. The Bureau of Land Management gives you the rare chance, with new drone footage of a southwest Oregon timber sale. The video, taken in March, comes from the Camas Blooms timber sale, a commercial thinning operation in the Camas Valley southwest of Roseburg. According to the bureau, the video shows crews harvesting trees in a 40-year-old section of forest, taken by aerial photographer Carl Schreiner. The Roseburg-based Schreiner filmed the harvest as part of a two-day collaboration with Doug Schlatter, his neighbor and the logger in charge of the Camas Bloom.

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High standards in forestry

Letter by Alan Payne
Gisborne Herald
May 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mr Fricker incites more negativity for Gisborne- East Coast by attacking one industry that is the biggest GDP earner here. I work for this thriving industry and enjoy every day of it. Without forestry the district would be in a serious economic situation. You single out this industry but fail to look at the masses of pesticide sprayed into the region every day by other important industry. I challenge you to find another industry that undertakes as much water and native species monitoring and reporting, along with extensive grass seeding and replanting. I could go on. It is great to be part of an industry that goes over and above the standards of other industry.

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Early forest harvest queried

Otago Daily Times
May 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Public feedback is being sought by the Queenstown Lakes District Council in deciding whether or not to harvest the 173ha Coronet Forest, between Queenstown and Arrowtown, early. The block of Douglas firs, planted between 1984 and 1996, has been managed with a view to providing a commercial return. If it is left to grow to maturity, trees would be harvested between 2029 and 2041, when they are 45 years old. Although that remained an option, the council, which has a 75% stake in the forest, the remainder being owned by the Central Otago District Council, was considering if it would be advisable to harvest the trees earlier. QLDC property and infrastructure parks and reserves, forestry, officer Briana Pringle said one of the considerations was wilding pines.

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Forestry group backs call for safety focus

Radio New Zealand News
May 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry industry’s safety group agrees with a Coroner that more needs to be done to reduce the number of worker deaths. Wallace Bain made the comments in a report into the death of Robert Epapara who was killed by a falling tree in 2013 – one of ten industry deaths that year. Mr Bain said there had been a significant improvement in industry safety since then, but it was concerning there had already been four deaths this year. Forestry Industry Safety Council national safety director Fiona Ewing said the latest deaths were a tragedy. “It’s a sign that the industry still has of work to do to improve its safety performace and we’re aware of that,” she said.

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Forestry death findings released

New Zealand Herald
May 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Messages of safety in the forestry sector appear to be “getting through” though it is a concern there has been a rash of deaths in the industry already this year, a coroner has found. The coronial findings into the death of Robert Epapara were released yesterday following the completion of seven other inquests into the deaths of eight men working in the forestry industry. The eight inquests were grouped together deliberately because of the commonality between the sector in which they were killed. …In the findings Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain said the circumstances of the deaths raised important public issues and concern as to the high rate of deaths in the forestry inustry.

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Forest Fires

Forestry Industry Main Concern is for those Impacted by Fires

CKNW News
May 15, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forestry industry’s main focus is on the people impacted by the fire not the impact on industry. Brock Mulligan with Alberta Forest Products Association says it’s still too early to understand the impact of the large fire in Wood Buffalo on the forestry industry. Adding the impact on industry in terms of the fibre that can be harvested is minimal compared to the impact the fire has had from a human perspective. Mulligan notes it is typical to have multiple fires burning in the province at one time during the wildfire season however not typical to have such devastation to homes. Adding the firefighters did incredible work saving the local infrastructure including the Northlands Mill. END

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‘Out of control’ wildfire forces mandatory evacuations in MD of Greenview

By Mark Lamoureux
CBC News
May 15, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

An out of control wildfire burning about 10 kilometres north of Fox Creek has forced mandatory evacuations in the municipal district of Greenview. The evacuation areas are south of the hamlet of Little Smoky, south of the Iosegun River and all of Township 65 on both sides of Highway 43. A state of local emergency has also been declared for those areas. Evacuees are asked to report to the Paradise Inn in Valleyview. Barry Shellian with Agriculture and Forestry said the fire is roughly nine kilometres southeast of the nearest community and is moving north. “The fire is demonstrating extreme wildfire behaviour and it’s growing rapidly,” said Shellian.  The fire is currently 800 hectares, far larger than the 60 hectare fire that was being fought only hours ago. 

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As Fort McMurray discovered, you can be FireSmart — or too late smart

By David Staples
Edmonton Journal
May 15, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A few years ago Allan Vinni took the advice of a local fire prevention officer and cut down 30 coniferous trees on his acreage, the kind that might burn readily in a wildfire.  Thirteen days ago, the Fort McMurray wildfire raged through the acreages of Vinni’s forested community of Saprae Creek. Flames exploded through the treetops, rising hundreds of feet in the air. There are many who will tell you, quite rightly, that a combination of an old and fuel-choked forest, a dry winter, a parched spring, and record hot May temperatures led to an unstoppable beast of a fire.  But though the fire passed over, Vinni’s house is still standing. 

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Firefighters recall battleground that was Fort McMurray wildfire

By Dave Lazzarino
Edmonton Journal
May 15, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The losses are still being tallied in Fort McMurray but victories were found on a few fine front lines, somewhere between heroism and practicality, between sleep deprivation and duty. As some firefighters are now being relieved so they can rest and regroup, those front line stories are beginning to emerge. Wood Buffalo firefighter Suzanne Barry, 26, was one of the first called to battle. She was touring a school with fellow crew members May 3 when a “volcano of ash” appeared in the skies on the far side of Fort McMurray and she was sent to the front lines. “We have a golf course that’s right in the trees so we were over there for a few hours, setting up sprinklers, laying wet line and stuff like that, trying to make sure we can prevent it from coming towards the houses. We thought we were doing a pretty good job,” Barry said. Then the wind changed.

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Tinder dry North Shore forests ‘overdue’ for a big wildfire

By John Colebourn
Vancouver Sun
May 15, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

…In 2013, the District of North Vancouver began clearing the dense swath of trees and lush vegetation behind the upscale Hyannis Drive roadway as part of a comprehensive wildfire plan that identified 70 hectares of at-risk land. Fiona Dercole, North Vancouver’s manager of public safety, said following the report in 2007, the district secured provincial funding to begin cutting down those heavily wooded areas to provide both a better fire guard and significantly reduce the amount of fuel on the ground if a fire did move into the area. It costs about $30,000 a hectare to do the clearing. Dercole says they have cleared 42 hectares so far. The tall trees and brush on the forest floor have been cleared outside of the annual bird nesting season. “We are thinning out the forest,” she said of the mitigation work. “It is quite stark when you’re used to lush, dark forest. But people like it. It is getting light into their backyards.”

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Fort McMurray blaze could rejuvenate animal habitats, experts say

Globe and Mail
May 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Images of the fire-ravaged landscape around Fort McMurray have prompted some nature lovers to question what will become of the area’s wildlife. But specialists across the environmental field say the animals are probably not only fine, but may even thrive in the after-effects of the wildfire. The Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation responded to civilian concern on its Facebook page, saying the biggest risk for wildlife is smoke inhalation and quick-spreading fires, but that animals are “generally equipped to respond.” According to Graham Currie, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton, the sheer magnitude of the fire makes the suffering of some animals inevitable, but a lot have the resilience to cope. “Wildfire is a natural part of the landscape,” Alberta wildfire information officer Travis Fairweather said. “Animals are pretty good at adapting to it.”

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Firefighting turns to technology to get the jump on wildfires

Infrared scanners and computer modelling used to help battle blazes in Canadian forests
CBC News
May 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfire ranger Dan Gorzeman directed a crew as it put out hotspots smouldering beneath the boreal forest northeast of Slave Lake, Alta., in August 2015. But he wasn’t on the ground. He was hundreds of metres above the blackened bush in a helicopter, staring at the screen of an infrared scanner. “These scans show us where these ground fires are and we relay them on a map with co-ordinates,” he said. The ground crew can then take those co-ordinates and pinpoint the exact location of underground fires using GPS. “The firefighters systematically go through and knock them off,” Gorzeman said. It’s a one-two punch from the sky and the ground, allowing the crew to know for sure a fire is completely out so it can move on with confidence knowing a gust of air won’t whip up the fire again.

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Crews work to fireproof Whistler before catastrophe hits

Wildfire experts urge investment in fire mitigation efforts now to offer protection from future blazes
CBC News
May 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

No one in Whistler wants to be another Fort McMurray. The heavily forested resort community in British Columbia is considered at high risk for forest fires, and so with images of the northern Alberta devastation fresh, Bruce Blackwell is leading a push to fireproof the community. “Fort McMurray is not unique,” said Blackwell, a fire ecology consultant who’s been hired by the municipality to plan the defence against a catastrophic wildfire. His crews are at work this week in the Brio neighbourhood on the slopes of Whistler mountain, just a few minutes from the village centre. “What we’re really trying to do is create a buffer,” he said as a contracting team cut down trees and thinned out the overgrown brush.

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Early start to forest fire season sparks extreme season ahead, researcher says

May 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

As fire fighters scramble to stay ahead of forest fires burning west of Kenora and north of Red Lake, others are planning longer term strategies to address climate change in the boreal. Bill de Groot, a research scientist with the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, said climate change is gradually increasing the duration of forest fire season in Ontario — and we’re likely to see more extreme conditions that make fighting fires even more challenging. “The critical period [is] between when we detect the fire and when we initially attack it,” de Groot said. “If we don’t get there in time, there’s a possibility it just runs and does what it wants and we’re not going to be able to stop it.”

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Crews battling 2 wildfires in Western Washington

Associated Press in the St. Louis Dispatch
May 14, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

GOLD BAR, Wash. — A fire official says rain and cooler weather are helping crews tackled two wildfires burning in east Snohomish County and near the town of Oso. A spokesman with the Department of Natural Resources, Joe Smillie, said a fire burning in steep terrain on U.S. Forest Service land near Gold Bar has charred about 325 acres. That blaze was about 10 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon. Residents of about a dozen homes have been told to be set to leave, while residents in another 100 homes have been told to be ready. Smillie says a 130-acre wildfire burning near Oso, about 70 miles northeast of Seattle, is about 20 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon. That fire began Thursday in a logging area and is burning in steep terrain.

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Far-north fires likely to grow as climate warms, UM researchers warn

by Rob Chaney
Helena Independent Record
May 14, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Wildfires like the one that nearly overran Fort McMurray could become much more common, according to work published by two University of Montana researchers. Warming trends over the past 30 years show that about 30 percent of the forest and tundra areas of Alaska will see four times as much fire activity by mid-century, associate professor Philip Higuera and affiliate scientist Adam Young say. Their paper on high-latitude fire regimes was published in the journal Ecography. “This highlights regions that are now kind of off the fire radar — the tundra and forest-tundra border — will be increasingly on the radar,” Higuera said. …The problem isn’t simply that as summers get hotter, fires get more frequent. Higuera said research shows places that didn’t burn often in the past will become much more likely to burn in the near future. That adds up to both more and larger fires in the Far North.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

More Art Than Science

Biomass Magazine
May 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Inbound feedstock is the lifeblood of a pellet mill. It is also a plant’s single, largest annual expenditure. A pellet mill’s financial success hinges on its ability to effectively source, receive and handle the requisite amount of raw materials in a cost-effective manner. Moreover, the pellet industry has emerged as a vital component in the broader forest products sector, generating real value for sawmill residuals and precommercial thinnings, which, in some instances, are seeing their historical buyers vanish as pulp and paper production diminishes and moves offshore or more recently as biomass facilities in their markets idle, unable to compete with ultra-low fossil fuel derived power.

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White paper refutes letter to Congress claims on biomass energy

Biomass Magazine
May 12, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Earlier this month, FutureMetrics LLC published a white paper authored by William Strauss that discusses why an editorial the Washington Post published at the end of April and the letter to U.S. Congress the article was based on make inaccurate claims about biomass for energy. …As a recognized global consultant in the wood pellet sector, Strauss with FutureMetrics stated “we strongly disagree with the experts’ characterization in their letter to Congress that biomass is never carbon neutral.” …Strauss clarified that the testimony to Congress is right in that there is not enough sustainable wood supply in North America to replace all the coal used for power generation, but “as a transition fuel, industrial wood pellets can play an important role as one of many options for taking us from a heavily geologically carbonized energy sector to a future in which combustion of fuels made from geologic carbon is no lower allowed.”

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Metsä’s More-Than-Self-Sufficient Mill

Biomass Magazine
May 13, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

…This week, one story caught my eye, particularly the amazing photos included with it. It’s a short story about the Metsä Wood mill in Lohja, Finland, a 100-percent energy self-sufficient mill. The waste wood remaining after pulp and engineered wood manufacturing is sent to a heating plant that was built next door. All of the mill’s heating requirements are met via the plant, and the remainder is put into the town of Lohja’s district heating plant, where it provides 80 percent of the town’s heating needs (a search tells me the town’s population is about 47,500).

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General

Early start to forest fire season sparks extreme season ahead, researcher says

May 16, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

As fire fighters scramble to stay ahead of forest fires burning west of Kenora and north of Red Lake, others are planning longer term strategies to address climate change in the boreal. Bill de Groot, a research scientist with the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, said climate change is gradually increasing the duration of forest fire season in Ontario — and we’re likely to see more extreme conditions that make fighting fires even more challenging. “The critical period [is] between when we detect the fire and when we initially attack it,” de Groot said. “If we don’t get there in time, there’s a possibility it just runs and does what it wants and we’re not going to be able to stop it.”

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