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Business & Politics

Paper Excellence targets 2020

Prince Albert Daily Herald
May 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Prince Albert Pulp Mill might begin producing raw kraft pulp product as soon as 2020. That is, depending on how the market fares, Paper Excellence senior vice president of operations David Kerr cautioned. It’s the clearest pledge Kerr could offer those who gathered to hear him speak at a Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday. The Prince Albert Pulp Mill’s post-Weyerhaeuser story is one that carries many hopeful moments whose potential has yet to be realized. Weyerhaeuser closed the mill in 2006, forcing about 700 people into unemployment.

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Three Incidents at Wood Product Plants in Less than a Month

By Elaine Macdonald-Meisner
250 News
May 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.-May has not been a good month for wood product manufacturers in the north west. There have been three fires at three different locations, but the good news is, no one was hurt. What is significant is that prior to the Lakeland inquest, such fires would not have to be reported to WorkSafe BC because there were no injuries. During the inquest into the Lakeland explosion and fire which claimed two lives, there was evidence presented that there had been a previous fire at that facility, but because there were no injuries the fire did not have to be reported. One of the recommendations from that inquest was that all such incidents be reported and that is just what is happening in the wake of three incidents in the northwest.

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Resolute fined for 2014 injury at Iroquois Falls mill

Northern Ontario Business
May 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured at its Iroquois Falls paper mill in 2014. In Oct. 23, 2014, a worker at the mill was working on the winder of paper machine number eight, waiting for a finished roll of paper to be ejected from the winder onto a transfer table. One of the worker’s hands was resting on top of a gate bracket when the transfer table raised automatically. As a result, a finger that was placed between the locking pin bracket of the gate and the bracket of the transfer table was injured. The worker suffered fractures to the hand.

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Madison Paper mill shuts down

Bangor Daily News
May 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — The Madison paper mill stopped production May 21, ending employment at the mill for 214 people and marking the state’s fifth major paper mill closure in the past three years. The mill’s owner, UPM-Kymmene Inc., announced Tuesday the official closure. The mill was capable of producing 195,000 tons of supercalendered paper, used in color printing applications, such as magazines, catalogs, coupons and directories. The company has not said what will become of the mill and has been trying to find a buyer for it and two connected hydropower plants capable of generating about 27 megawatts of power.

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Twin Rivers Paper Company Names John Reichert Chief Operating Officer

Business Wire
May 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADAWASKA, Maine–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lightweight specialty paper and dimensional lumber manufacturer, Twin Rivers Paper Company, announces the appointment of John Reichert to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Effective immediately Reichert assumes responsibility for Manufacturing, Maintenance & Engineering, Environment, Human Resources and Procurement & Logistics for all three Twin Rivers’ operations including the Madawaska Paper Mill, Edmundston Pulp Mill and Plaster Rock Lumber Mill. “John is known for his vast operational expertise and delivering results,” said Tim Lowe, Chief Executive Officer. “I am confident his leadership combined with our strong balance sheet, differentiated technical capability and dedicated workforce will create an even stronger organization while accelerating future growth.”

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Forestry industry focus for road levy

New Zealand Herald
May 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A special rate levied on the forestry industry could help cover some of the damage and dust problems on Whangarei’s roads from logging trucks – an idea backed by Federated Farmers and Northland District Health Board. Northland Federated Farmers provincial president John Blackwell said a “roading differential” – a targeted rate imposed according to the tonnage of product leaving a property via road – would see fairer rating of large rural tracts. “The rating value of forestry land is very low. So when you’ve got land value-based rating (as in Whangarei), it gives forestry a very easy run,” Mr Blackwell said.

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Global timber and wood products market update: May 2016

by HAKAN EKSTROM
Forest Business Network
May 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Lumber exports from Russia have fallen for two consecutive quarters, with the 1Q/16 shipments being almost ten percent lower than in the 3Q/15. Most of the decline has been in shipments to the CIS countries, including Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan, but trade with Egypt and some European countries were also down, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Of the major trading partners, it was only Japan (+33%) and China (+10%) that increased their importation of Russian lumber. However, the first quarter shipments this year were higher than they were in the 1Q/15.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Project Focus: 21st Century Skyscraper Race Begins As Timber Tower Rises

The Urban Developer
May 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The search for ways to build greener, more sustainable buildings has sparked a brand new skyscraper race, but these contestants aren’t made of concrete and steel. Coming first in the global green race is the Brock Commons, Phase 1, in Vancouver, Canada, which is one of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world and currently under construction at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus. The 18-storey student residence building will provide housing for 400 students and comprise between 300 studio apartments and 30 four-bedroom units plus social and study amenity spaces. Other candidates include recently proposed structures including a 100-story tower in London, nicknamed the Splinter, and a 40-storey building in Stockholm – but Canada’s is the only under construction.

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Construction rep says site security can prevent fires

Victoria Times Colonist
May 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Builders should take responsibility for the security of their work sites to reduce the risk of hazards such as fire, a construction industry spokesman said Wednesday. Greg Baynton, head of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, said security measures to discourage intruders, such as fences, lights, motion sensors or security guards, are all reasonable steps for builders to take. Baynton said those measures are particularly important during the framing stage. That’s when a building sits with bare wood in a well-ventilated space, prime for a fire. “A building is very vulnerable when it’s at the framing stage and no one is on site,” he said. “But a lot can be addressed with basic security steps.”

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Judge rules softwood lumber checkoff unlawful

By Mateusz Perkowski
Capital Press
May 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A federal judge has ruled the USDA violated the law in creating the softwood lumber checkoff, which raises money to promote the use of wood in construction. Companies that manufacture more than 15 million board-feet of lumber a year — enough to build 1,000 homes — must pay an assessment of 35 cents per 1,000 board-feet to fund the program. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., has decided the threshold of 15 million board-feet, or 15 mmbf, was “arbitrary and capricious” in violation of federal administrative law. “Nearly every calculation upon which the agency relies has significant mismeasurements or inaccuracies, and many of the agency’s explanations across its original rulemaking process, its briefings and its two responses to the court’s remand orders contradict one another,” Boasberg said.

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The Record: After Avalon

NorthJersey.com
May 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Immediately after fire destroyed an Edgewater apartment complex last year, there were calls to make sure nothing like that happened again. Proposals were made to upgrade fire codes, laws were introduced and all seemed to agree quick action was needed. But nothing has happened. In the 16 months since the fire at the Avalon at Edgewater, no new laws have been passed and fire codes have not been strengthened. The inaction in Trenton is shameful. The state chapter of the American Institute of Architects tried to prompt movement this week with a report highlighting some of what should be done. That includes third-party construction inspections to combat what the report called a “buddy system” that can exist between municipal inspectors and contractors Also, the report called for sprinklers in attics and crawl spaces and more use of fire-resistant building materials.

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Use wood for sustainable construction in South Carolina

Clemson Newsstand
May 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

GREENVILLE – Wood is diverse, plentiful and sustainable – three reasons why it is the preferred building material for many in South Carolina. Clemson University, together with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with the S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Forestry Association, S.C. Biomass Council, Woodworks-Wood Products Council, the American Wood Council, the APA–The Engineered Wood Association, struck out across the state to tout the benefits of building with wood. “Building Sustainably in S.C. with Wood” workshops were held in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston.

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Forestry

Harvesting in the Englishman River area

TimberWest
May 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest is harvesting approximately 70 hectares of second generation forest in the Englishman River area. The harvesting started mid-May and is expected to be completed by mid-June. We understand that there have been some concerns raised and we want to assure you that we are sensitive to our role in protecting riverside ecosystems and habitat. In addition to meeting all applicable Federal and Provincial regulations, we have taken further precautions including retaining a riverside Reserve Area of at least 15 meters together with an additional buffer zone of up to 25 meters along the river. In total, the unharvested buffer width ranges from 15 to 40 meters.

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B.C. provides ecosystem restoration grant for Cranbrook area

BC Gov Press Release
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is awarding a grant of $52,000 to the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society (Cranbrook area) to support ecosystem restoration projects, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The grant is intended to help members of the society restore fire-maintained grassland and open forest ecosystems on Crown land in the East Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program has been operating as a successful partnership with government, industry, First Nations, non-governmental organizations and members of the public since 1998.

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Audit of Woodlot near Meadow Creek finds issues

BC Forest Practices Board
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of forestry activities on a woodlot in the Selkirk Natural Resource District concludes that the woodlot licensee complied with B.C.’s forestry legislation for some activities, but had two activities that did not meet legal requirements and one area for improvement, according to a report released today. “The auditors found that the woodlot licensee did not ensure a bridge was safe for industrial users and did not report its woodlot activities to government by the required date or in the required manner,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “Both of these instances did not comply with the Forest and Range Practices Act. The woodlot licensee also needs to improve practices in riparian areas to ensure fish habitat is protected. “

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Elphinstone Logging Focus sets up new protest camp, wins backing from Sierra Club

By Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is making another effort to stop, or at least delay, the auctioning of a BC Timber Sales (BCTS) cutblock on the slopes of Mount Elphinstone. Block A87125 is in the area ELF calls “Twist and Shout Forest.” It’s also within the boundaries of what the group is hoping will someday become an expanded Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park. ELF’s Ross Muirhead told Coast Reporter a 24/7 camp was set up last weekend on an old spur road that accesses the cutblock. He said the group plans to hold events at what they’ve dubbed “Elphinstone Forest Protection Camp” throughout the summer.

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Campbell River is nearly free of Scotch broom

Campbell River Mirror
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thanks to BroombustersCR public land in Campbell River is now almost “broom free.” …The Broombusters have been at it since 2013. They were inspired by the achievements of Broombusters.org which was dedicated to removing all the broom within the boundaries of Qualicum. Campbell River Indian Band land and private property holders within the municipality are responsible for the clearing of broom on their own lands. Ostler says they have verbal agreements from two major land holders to clear their lands beginning this week.

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Protect water and the Englishman River

Letter by Miles R. Porter
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rapidly growing Parksville and Nanoose Bay depend on the Englishman River for their water. The river is fed by the South Englishman River as well as hundreds of creeks, streams and seasonal “ephemerals.” It collects water from a huge area running east all the way to Mount Arrowsmith and south into the Nanaimo Lakes region. Is this critically important resource, water, protected in any way? Good question. Inland from the heavily populated coastal strip, you will find vast areas of forested land, owned privately by Island Timberlands or TimberWest. Why are they privately owned? …Currently, TimberWest is logging in Block 579, wedged between the Englishman River and one of its major tributaries, the South Englishman. When large areas close to the river are logged, inevitably the marshes, bogs and wetlands, now exposed, lose their ability to retain rainwater and recharge underground aquifers.

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Errington trail gets some signage

Parksville Qualicum Beach News
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An Errington forest is now a more educational experience, complete with interpretive signs. Starting at the end of Fairdowne Road, behind Errington Elementary and done in co-operation with the school, the $1,700 project was done by the Arrowsmith Naturalists, with grants from B.C. Nature, the school district and First Nations, said Jeannie Diewold. Diewold, a teacher and Arrowsmith Naturalist member, initiated the project along with Dr. Lynne Brookes, as a way to help teachers feel more comfortable using the forest as a teaching resource. She said she uses the forest and trail extensively in her teaching, but other teachers didn’t feel they had enough knowledge. The signs provide identification, wildlife use and First Nations use of many of the native plants along the kilometre of meandering trail connecting to Kopernick and Middlegate roads.

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‘Insane Damage’: Activist Accuses Logger of Breaking Disclosure Law

Ministry says Vancouver Island cuts are okay but citizen demands to see plans.
The Tyee
May 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An environmental activist says that for six months Lemare Lake Logging Ltd. has failed to meet the legal requirement to show him the company’s plans for logging on publicly owned land in the East Creek valley on northern Vancouver Island. British Columbia’s Forest and Range Practices Act says that companies must make their site plans “publicly available on request at any reasonable time” at their offices. “I’ve been asking for that for six months,” said Mark Worthing, a biodiversity and forestry campaigner with the Sierra Club of B.C. “They’re barring access to us, obviously because they don’t like us.” …The ministry spokesperson also said that the government has been actively monitoring logging in the area.

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Will this invasive insect feast on Ontario’s forests?

TVO.org
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s lush northern forests could be the next feast for an invasive insect following the path created by the warming climate. A native species in British Columbia, the voracious mountain pine beetle is poised to move into Ontario’s vast boreal forest where researchers fear they could replicate the massive tree die-offs first witnessed in B.C. and Alberta. The black beetle, about the size of a grain of rice, has taken advantage of a shifting climate to radically reshape the forests of Western Canada. Typically kept in check by extended periods of cold winter weather below -35 C, the beetle has thrived in warmer temperatures, allowing it to devastate mature lodgepole pines by laying eggs beneath the bark and starving the tree of nutrients. Needles turn red and grey before falling off within four years. Free of predators in warmer weather, the beetle’s population—and its appetite—has soared.

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Reject BLM’s flawed forest plan for Western Oregon

by Sam Brentano, Marion County commissioner
Statesman Journal
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s state and federal officials have a responsibility to address issues that are critically important to thousands of Oregonians. With public- and private-sector jobs and essential public services at risk, our leaders can help promote a more positive, balanced direction for the Bureau of Land Management’s Oregon and California Lands. We need their help, because the BLM’s proposed resource management plan for Western Oregon will take our communities in the wrong direction. …The plan does not increase timber harvests by 37 percent, as the BLM claims. In fact, it would harvest less than 70 percent of what could be achieved under the existing Northwest Forest Plan. Even worse, the plan would put roughly 75 percent of the O&C land base into “reserves,” leaving less than 25 percent for sustainable timber harvests.

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Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?

May 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lots of things about the Trinchera Blanca Ranch are big. Sitting on the east side of the San Luis Valley near La Veta Pass, its 176,000 acres are believed to make it the biggest ranch in Colorado. Its owner, hedge fund manager Louis Bacon, ranks among the richest people in the country. And, after decades of fire suppression and a recent prolonged drought, its forest health problems are huge, too. Overgrown and insect-infested forests aren’t unique to the Trinchera Blanca Ranch, known locally as simply the Trinchera. But its response has been uncommon. Last fall the ranch began seeking state and local approvals for a timber mill that could take wood off its ailing forests. It’s currently under construction and slated to open for test runs this fall. If it opens according to plan, the mill could help improve the health of the Trinchera’s forests and boost the struggling economy of Costilla County, where it could become the largest private employer.

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Local woodcutters pitch in on forest health

How mobilizing a small army of locals could nurture grassroots support for large-scale thinning efforts.
High Country News
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Lopez managed to get past some of that wariness and used his understanding of local culture and needs to create a nationally recognized program now known as “Collaborative Stewardship.” Instead of offering big timber sales to outside contractors, Lopez helped craft a program to offer small plots of forest — a couple acres called a “stewardship block” — from which locals could gather wood and feel a sense of forest ownership. At the same time, the Forest Service was being paid a small fee to get some much-needed tree thinning finished. Today, with the Rio Grande Water Fund aiming to restore hundreds of thousands of acres of forest while benefiting local communities, Lopez’s program could be a useful tool in building grassroots support.

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Feds call off N. Idaho salvage logging project after lawsuit

Associated Press in The Washington Times
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho – The U.S. Forest Service has rescinded a decision approving a salvage logging project in northern Idaho after a federal judge halted the plan at the request of two environmental groups. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert on Wednesday stopped the project so the agency could re-examine the analysis leading to its approval. The project near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers was intended to harvest 34 million board feet of timber scorched by a 2014 wildfire. “We will be reassessing the viability of the project in light of the continued deterioration of the trees,” Probert said.

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Tablet technology to speed up forest restoration

The White Mountain Independent
May 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Working with the U.S. Forest Service, State Forestry, 4FRI stakeholders and private contractors, the Nature Conservancy has developed and is testing digital technology to improve and speed up prepping of the forest for restoration. Members of TEAMS, a Forest Service Enterprise Unit, have been marking trees by hand with special paint, covering about 10 acres a day. With this new Digital Restoration Guide system, a person walking through the forest can digitally mark on a tablet and cover 40 to 60 acres a day. (TEAMS used to stand for Timber Expert and Measurement Services. It now stands for Talent, Expertise, Agility, Mobility, Simplicity.) “This is a way to be more efficient, faster and with less people,” said Henry Provencio of the Forest Service and 4FRI.

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A Walk in the Dead Woods

The New York Times
May 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CRESTLINE, Calif. — They appear at random, cinnamon-and-silver-colored pines and firs, the standing dead amid otherwise healthy groves of cloud-snagging trees in the mountains of Southern California. Last week, the Forest Service said there were 40 million of them — that is, 40 million dead trees in this state, almost one for every resident. Soon, they will be fuel, for what rangers fear will be a catastrophic wildfire season — “40 million opportunities for fire,” as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack put it. Or they will be ghosts, gone in that sweep when the earth broke all records for overheating. The collapse of the conifers is blamed in large part on a beetle the size of a grain of rice that has metastasized with climate change.

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Rehabilitation of ACT’s woodlands, grasslands, rivers progressing well: report

The Canberra Times
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Progress on a long-term plan to rehabilitate ACT’s woodland, grassland, and aquatic habitats has largely been given a tick of approval in the latest environmental report card. But the ACT is lagging in some areas of its decade-long nature conservation strategy, including work on reserve management plans for the Canberra Nature Park and the Molonglo River Reserve, and efforts to translocate some threatened species. An interim report on the 2013-23 ACT conservation strategy was released on Thursday, which found the government had completed 28 milestones by December, was on track on 68 others, but was lagging behind schedule in eight areas. Significant success was achieved in consolidating and connecting 60,000 hectares of the region’s box-gum grassy woodland landscape, the largest remaining area of its kind in Australia.

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Coalition set to renew 20-year regional forest agreements

ABC News, Australia
May 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government remains committed to rolling over the contentious regional forest agreements (RFAs) for a new 20-year term, despite criticism that they have not achieved their aims. The RFAs are 20-year agreements between state and federal governments which allow for the logging of native forests on public land, and provide an exemption to Commonwealth environment laws. They were designed to bring certainty for the timber industry whilst enabling nature conservation efforts and providing recreation opportunities. Assistant Minister for Agriculture Anne Ruston told Lateline the Government was “very supportive of the regional forest agreements”.

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Greenpeace denounces Cameroon for exporting ‘stolen’ timber

Associated Free Press in UK Daily Mail
May 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace on Thursday condemned the sale of illegally logged timber from Cameroon, saying the west African country’s main log exporter was involved in the trade. A Greenpeace statement said the Cameroonian log exporter CCT sourced timber from La Socamba, a company logging several kilometres (miles) outside its designated area, and then sold it in Europe and China. The CCT and its suppliers are now facing an audit probe, Greenpeace said. “Greenpeace Africa takes note of the audit of CCT’s practices -– but stresses that this process should be independent and transparent, and that CCT suppliers are properly sanctioned when illegal activities are confirmed,” said Eric Ini, Greenpeace Africa forest campaigner.

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Forestry deals set to expire creating uncertainty over the balance between conservation and logging

ABC News, Australia
May 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In 1979, the federal and state governments signed a series of landmark agreements designed to balance the desire to protect Australia’s native forests with the needs of the forestry industry. The deals, known as regional forestry agreements, or RFAs, start expiring as early as next year. The Turnbull Government plans to roll them over for another 20 years. The industry says whichever party wins the federal election, the agreements are vital for the future of jobs. But conservationists argue they should be scrapped altogether. Environment reporter Sara Phillips has our story. …Our public forests in Australia are simply too important biologically on both a national and a global level to allow us to ignore 20 years of evidence and to simply continue with a business-as-usual model because logging is what we’ve always done and as a society we’re not capable of overcoming that inertia.

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Forest Fires

City prepared for a Fort Mac situation

Campbell River Mirror
May 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the fires in Fort McMurray die down, the scope and damage done can finally be measured, and it is looking worse than they originally thought. According to the local press, the fire covered over 520,000 hectares. That’s as if 1,260 of Campbell River’s Beaver Lodge Forest lands burned down. The local fire department has never had to battle a wildfire of that size in the area. Ian Baikie, fire chief, said that the coast usually sees less wildfires than interior B.C. as well as Alberta. But Campbell River has more forest surrounding it than many other places. …In 2013 the city commissioned a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. A part of the plan was to conduct a wildfire risk assessment.

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Rain cools off Saskatchewan’s fire danger zones

Much of the province is at low or moderate risk of wildfires today
CBC News
May 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the fire danger in Saskatchewan, according to the latest maps from the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System. A week ago, virtually the entire province was in an “extreme” or “high” risk zone, but several days of rain around the province has put much of Saskatchewan in the “moderate” or “low” category. On Thursday, the only red zone left in the province was a small area around Yorkton. A large section of the province, mainly in the northwest, remains in the “high” fire risk category, according to Natural Resources Canada. According to the Saskatchewan Environment Ministry, there were two forest fires burning in the province Thursday both in the Buffalo Narrows area.

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Wildfire in Fort McMurray still growing, hundreds of firefighters coming to help

CTV News
May 25, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Officials with the provincial government released the latest on the wildfire in Fort McMurray, and said the fire continues to grow, while crews are about to get some relief from firefighters coming in from the U.S., South Africa, and elsewhere in Canada. The province said late Wednesday afternoon that the wildfire conditions in northeastern Alberta remained high to extreme – but of the 15 wildfires burning in the province, the only one burning out of control is in the Fort McMurray area. That fire is estimated to be at 566,188 hectares in size, including 4,600 hectares in Saskatchewan.
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Out-of-control Hearst forest fire grows to 2,574 hectares

Now nine active forest fires burning in the region
Sudbury.com
May 27, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest fire fighters in Northern Ontario are engaged in a pitched battle with two big fires burning out of control near Hearst, the largest of which is estimated to be 2,574 hectares in size. By mid-afternoon on May 26, there was one new fire burning in the region, the Ministry of Natural and Forestry has said, bringing the current number of active fires to nine — three of which are not under control. Cochrane 7 is under control at 0.1 of a hectare. Of those burning and beside the three firefighters haven’t beaten into submission, two are being held and four are under control.

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Fire support from B.C. and Wisconsin arrive in Ontario

Kenora Daiy Miner & News
May 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The total number of forest fires to date in Ontario this year has now surpassed the 10-year average at 210. The 10-year average to May 26 is 209, however the number of total number of hectares burned is 80,967 this year compared to a 10-year average of 9,781. Crews from British Columbia and Wisconsin arrived in Thunder Bay on Thursday, May 26, to assist Ontario’s Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services personnel following a resource request made by Ontario to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre in Winnipeg. They will be briefed and will be assigned to areas across the province, reported fire information officer Jonathan Scott, who added two heavy water bombers and a bird dog plane, which directs and leads the air attack onto target, arrived from Saskatchewan on Wednesday.

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Most wildfires human caused

By Bryan Meadows
The Chronicle Journal
May 26, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry fire ranger crews continue to make progress on two fires that threatened Geraldton earlier this week, as conservation officers investigate a number of human-caused fires in the region. Fire information officer Deb MacLean said Wednesday that “out of the 18 fires we’ve had since Friday, probably 15 to 16 have been human-caused fires. All these human-caused fires are being investigated and charges will be laid, as appropriate.” A restricted fire zone, which includes banning all open fires, remains in effect across the Northwest region. “A lot of people are asking, because we’ve had rain, why we don’t lift the (fire ban),” MacLean said. 

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General

Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?

May 27, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Lots of things about the Trinchera Blanca Ranch are big. Sitting on the east side of the San Luis Valley near La Veta Pass, its 176,000 acres are believed to make it the biggest ranch in Colorado. Its owner, hedge fund manager Louis Bacon, ranks among the richest people in the country. And, after decades of fire suppression and a recent prolonged drought, its forest health problems are huge, too. Overgrown and insect-infested forests aren’t unique to the Trinchera Blanca Ranch, known locally as simply the Trinchera. But its response has been uncommon. Last fall the ranch began seeking state and local approvals for a timber mill that could take wood off its ailing forests. It’s currently under construction and slated to open for test runs this fall. If it opens according to plan, the mill could help improve the health of the Trinchera’s forests and boost the struggling economy of Costilla County, where it could become the largest private employer.

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