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Business & Politics

ISIS Wood Product Solutions, a Canadian forest industry software company, changes name to MillTech Inventory Management Solutions

PR Newswire
June 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – ISIS Wood Product Solutions, Inc., because of world events out of its control, has officially changed its name to MillTech Inventory Management Solutions, Inc. MillTech – a leading supplier of wood products inventory software – changed its name from ISIS Wood Product Solutions to distance itself from any connotations associated with the Islamic State of Iraq, also widely known as ISIS. The name MillTech itself was chosen to brand and better align the Company’s name with MillTech’s focus on and success in supplying industry specific inventory software to the manufacturing or mill segment of the forest industry, including sawmills and secondary wood manufacturers.

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What does the future hold for the forestry resource in Grand Falls-Windsor

Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser
June 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A public meeting is being held to discuss a study looking for a practical use for Grand Falls-Windsor’s richest resource Grand Falls-Windsor’s richest resource has been latent since the closure of the pulp and paper mill seven years ago, but thanks to a $50,000 grant from the provincial government and support by the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, Centre for Forest Science and Innovation, a study is now taking place to find new technology, products and market pathways to a sustainable future for the forestry resource.  The Forest Diversification Strategy will identify potential opportunities for the forest industry in Grand Falls-Windsor in place of the mill.

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Retirees sue Weyerhaeuser over pension cuts

The Longview Daily News
June 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Four former Weyerhaeuser Co. employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in attempt to regain retiree healthcare benefits. In the case, filed in a federal court in Eugene Wednesday, employees argue that Weyerhaeuser reneged on its promise to provide lifetime health care coverage for salaried employees. The case would affect between 4,000 to 5,000 retirees and spouses nationwide. “I retired in 1991 and received healthcare benefits for me and my wife for 24 years before it was cut off. It was a complete shock and betrayal of Weyerhaeuser’s commitment to me when I was hired to see what was promised as a lifetime benefit completely eliminated,” Jim Kepner of Multnomah County, one of four class representatives in the case, said in a press release.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Looking at Timber and Seeing the Future of Home and Business

The New York Times
June 9, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Building in wood is not unusual, though until recently it was widely considered unsuitable for high-rise or large-scale residential and commercial projects. This was predominantly because of the potential fire risk but also because of the higher sensitivity of wood, compared with concrete, to stresses such as wind and temperature changes. Over the past 10 years, however, the emergence of an engineered product known as cross-laminated timber, or CLT, has made wood a viable option for wider-scale construction. The production process involves gluing pieces of timber into panels, which are then cross laid to form larger sections, strong enough to withstand being used at greater heights and volume. CLT has significant fire retardant qualities and the potential to be a flexible, lower-cost option for the construction industry.

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Forestry

Forest Products Association Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

Forest Products Association of Canada
June 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s 2016 Green Dream Internship program. Ten students will receive a scholarship and their choice of an iPad mini or GoPro to help them blog this summer about their adventures as interns in Canada’s forest products industry. The blogs will be posted on TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, an online tool highlighting the future of the forest products industry and job opportunities available across the country. The Green Dream blogs will give students the opportunity to share their adventures over the course of a summer work placement in Canada’s forest products industry. Students from all walks of life, studying in various fields, such as forestry, human resources, chemical engineering and environmental science, will share their stories online.

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FPAC welcomes Forest Ministers’ Innovation Action Plan

Forest Products Association of Canada
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada


Ottawa: The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today welcomed the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ (CCFM) new Innovation Action Plan, calling it an “important step” towards a low-carbon economy. Following an all-day meeting yesterday in Dawson City, Yukon on the future of Canada’s forests and forest products sector, the CCFM announced a renewed commitment to enhance “innovation and industry transformation,” including the Action Plan that outlines how Canadian jurisdictions will better work together on innovation and bio-economy initiatives. …“This Action Plan recognizes the shared opportunity before us to continue to transform Canada’s forest sector into an even bigger economic driver,” said Derek Nighbor, FPAC’s CEO.

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Northwestern Ontario boreal forest could be world heritage site

Pikangikum, along with 4 Manitoba First Nations, lobbying for UN designation for almost a decade
CBC News
June 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Over 3.3 million hectares of boreal forest straddling the Ontario-Manitoba boundary could be designated a world heritage site by the United Nations in July. The proposed Pimachiowin Aski site encompasses land surrounding Pikangikum First Nation and stretches as far west as Lake Winnipeg. The recognition would represent “a very important boreal cultural landscape,” project co-ordinator Gord Jones told CBC News. “The people and the boreal forest, and it’s representing this kind of place as an outstanding example in North America.”

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Truck loggers glad to see cutblock auction go ahead

By Sean Eckford
Coast Reporter
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) cutblock auction that drew opposition from conservation groups and the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) closed as scheduled June 3. There’s no word yet on which company has been awarded the logging rights for A87125, on the slopes of Mount Elphinstone, or when harvesting could begin. But a group representing the province’s independent timber harvesters is happy the auction went ahead, and says it’s a better move for the future of the forest. David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), said having access to BCTS cutblocks is vital for their members, and the local economy. “Resource development generates economic activity that gets fed back into the provincial economy, and our local economy,” he said. “We’re not Whistler, where you have a massive tourism industry that survives year around. I think you need to have resource development of this nature as part of your diversity of your community to allow people to live, and work and play in your community.”

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Buying gov’t attention

Castanet
June 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Former chief of staff to then-Premier Gordon Campbell, Martyn Brown made some refreshingly candid comments about B.C.’s political financing culture on Shaw TV’s Voice of B.C. the other day. “No corporation, no industry, no union gives the level of money that they give to politicians without expecting special consideration in return, and they do get it,” Brown said. …Categorizing donors isn’t an exact science, but since 2005 the liquor industry has donated at least $2.1 million to the B.C. Liberal party, …forestry ($5.8 million) …. …Forests minister Steve Thompson took “great offence” last month when the NDP suggested during question period that Canfor ($754,631) and West Fraser ($907,420) benefitted from a look the other way consideration in 2014. When the two companies got caught logging green timber and not “dead and dying pine” – as was stipulated in their licenses – Thompson gave the two a stern finger-wagging instead of fines of up to $6 million.

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Weir is operated under provincial agreement

Letter by Hubert Crevels
Cowichan Valley Citizen
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Roundabouts good, now what about water?” (Citizen letters, June 3) The author, of the article does not have his facts straight. Nobody has been elected “to get off the pot and raise the weir”. The weir and the operation thereof is under an agreement between the province of British Columbia and Catalyst Paper in Crofton. Under said agreement the Crofton mill also treats and supplies drinking water to the town of Crofton. The Town of Lake Cowichan obtains its drinking water upstream from the weir. Raising the weir would mostly benefit the Crofton mill, indirectly the town of Crofton and the fish in the river.

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Timber training the next generation

by Jennifer Thuncher – Squamish tradition kept alive with new crop of potential competitors
The Squamish Chief
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Can I get you to sign a waiver?” says the friendly, but firm organizer Jacqulin McNicol to each of the 10 participants as they arrive at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds. This was the initial night of Squamish’s first organized Timber Training, and it was the first hint the four-week course wasn’t for the faint of heart. The initial Wednesday night was devoted to axe throwing. Nervous energy filled the warm May evening as the five women and five men trainees, after signing their waivers, lined wooden benches across from blocks with red, 36-inch painted targets. The popular summer Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival is in its 59th year, and the goal of the timber training sessions was to introduce newcomers to some of the many aspects of timber sports and hopefully sign up some new competitors for this year’s events, according to McNicol.

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New Loggers Lane trail in the works

by Jennifer Thuncher – Path to tell story of forestry in Squamish through artifacts and storyboards
The Squamish Chief
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A collection of Squamish forestry enthusiasts and logging history buffs are collaborating to develop a downtown walking and biking trail, tentatively called the Loggers Lane Interpretive Trail. A band of more than a dozen businesses, organizations and individuals are working to create a trail to showcase the history of forestry in Squamish through the display of logging artifacts between Brennan Park Recreation Centre and the Squamish Yacht Club. The project is the brainchild of members of the Sea to Sky Forestry Centre Society, and the focus of its artifacts and archives committee. “They are interesting to people who have an interest in what forestry was all about,” said the society’s Mike Wallace. In the early days, he said, there were “pretty massive pieces of equipment because initially we were moving some pretty huge logs.

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Idaho wolf advocates challenge Wildlife Services in court

By Bob Chaney
The Missoulian
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A coalition of environmental groups has filed suit against the federal predator control program charged with shooting wolves in Idaho. The wolf advocates claim USDA’s Wildlife Services hunters shot 21 wolves from airplanes in Idaho’s Lolo Zone on Feb. 10. That was in addition to dozens or hundreds more killed by traps or ground hunters to reduce livestock depredation or boost elk and deer populations. Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports documented 360 wolf kills in 2014, including 53 by Wildlife Services. The coalition argues the federal program uses outdated science to justify the wolf hunts.

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Jerry Franklin named 2016’s ‘Eminent Ecologist’ by leading ecological group

University of Washington
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Ecological Society of America has named University of Washington professor Jerry Franklin its “Eminent Ecologist” of 2016. The award, considered the organization’s most prestigious accolade, honors a senior ecologist who has made significant, long-standing contributions to the field of ecology. Franklin, who in his 60-year career has bridged philosophical gaps between traditional logging-oriented forestry and ecology, is credited with being the first scientist to focus research on old-growth forests, and for challenging clear-cutting practices to mold a “new forestry” dedicated to healthy forest ecosystems. “There are a lot of really excellent people who are part of the Ecological Society of America,” said Franklin, a professor in the UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. “I certainly didn’t ever expect this award.”

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Bitterroot Forest seeking input on fuels reduction project near Sula

The Missoulian
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A proposed fuels reduction in the upper East Fork of the Bitterroot is likely to make many landowners there happy. People living in Bonanza and Springer Memorial subdivisions have been worried about the potential for wildfire for years on surrounding national forest heavily impacted by bugs and disease. In 2009, some landowners in the Bonanza and Springer Memorial communities submitted a petition to Bitterroot Forest officials asking that national forest lands be thinned around their homes. “They have been asking for this for a while now,” said Darby/Sula District Ranger Eric Winthers. “There has been a lot of bug kill in the lodgepole in that area.”

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Oregon Congressional members shown BLM plan failure

by American Forest Resource Council
Natural Resource Report
June 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Portland, Ore. – Oregon’s forest products industry is urging the State’s congressional delegation to revive efforts to achieve a legislative solution to resolve two decades of failed agency management plans for Western Oregon’s unique O&C Lands. In a letter to Senators Wyden and Merkley and the Oregon House Delegation, Travis Joseph, President of the Portland-based American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), outlined how the BLM’s latest proposed resource management plan (PRMP) will result in a protracted court battle and further threaten Oregon’s rural communities, forest health, and the forest products industry that depends on the O&C Lands for raw materials to manufacture wood products used by every American every day.

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U.S. Forest Service seeks public comment on proposed Wrangell Timber Sale.

KSTK
June 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment on a proposed timber sale on Wrangell Island. The project could result in the harvest of 65 million board feet of old-growth timber from over 5,000 acres. The U.S. Forest Service released five alternatives in their draft environmental impact statement for the Wrangell Island Project on June 2. Its preferred alternative would allow two thirds of the acreage to be selectively harvested and a third clear cut, producing about 65 million board feet. That’s down eight million board feet from the last time the Forest Service sought public comment on the idea in the fall of 2015.

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Unhappiness builds with forest plan

The Chewelah Independent
June 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A “listening session” on the Colville National Forest plan revision drew ire from locals last Wednesday who said the plan ignored local input and will have negative impacts on Stevens County. The June 1 meeting, facilitated by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (IECR), was intended to accept comments on the proposed forest plan that will govern the Colville National Forest for roughly the next 20 years. CNF is currently managed under the last management plan that was completed in 1988. While CNF staffers attended the listening session, having IECR run the meeting and let people know when their two-minutes of comment time was up did not sit well with some attendees. …The lack of access to natural resources was a serious concern for nearly all of those who commented at the listening session, including Debbie Wishon.

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Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Wreaking Havoc On Tri-State Area Trees

CBS News
June 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATCHOGUE, N.Y. — Due to a mostly dry spring, droves of gypsy moth caterpillars have begun appearing – and creeping out lots of Tri-State Area homeowners. As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, the caterpillars can also kill the trees they breed in. New mom Ilka Ramirez loves nothing more than to sit with her infant son, Nicholas, under the big oak tree in their front yard. But she shudders to get too close this year. “Basically, we’re being eaten by caterpillars that are, you know, eating all the leaves on the tree,” said Ramirez, of Patchogue. “It’s disgusting. They’re constantly like coming down and spindling down and stuff, and you’re constantly walking into their little webs. It’s crazy.”

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Forest Service chief says Bigelow Preserve is not being overharvested

Maine Sun Journal
June 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA — The head of the Maine Forest Service disputes a claim by the former manager of the Bigelow Preserve that the service has allowed excessive timber harvesting on the public reserve lands. …. But Forest Service Director Doug Denico on Wednesday provided the Sun Journal with a 12-point summary of harvest activities on the preserve showing that, based on state data, more timber was growing than being cut over the past decade.  In his memo, Denico said about 21,000 of the 35,000 acres in the preserve are available for timber harvesting. He said the state calculates that about 8,175 cords of timber a year can be cut, while growth on the preserve amounts to about 9,600 cords a year.

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Norway bans cutting of trees

Deccan Chronicle
June 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Oslo: Norway has become the first country to stop clear-cutting of trees, a huge step toward curbing global deforestation. At the rate we are going, the world’s rain forests could completely vanish in 100 years. In their pledge last week, Norwegian lawmakers also committed to find a way to source essential products such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber so that they leave little to no impact on their ecosystems. It’s a pledge Norway made at the U.N. Climate Summit in 2014, alongside Germany and the United Kingdom. This move could be potentially transformative. According to the United Nations, the production of palm oil, soy, beef and wood products contributed to a little less than half of total tropical deforestation.

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Forest Fires

Canada’s forest ministers call on feds to do more in fight against wildfires

Progress on national strategy has been slower and more costly than anticipated, ministers say
CBC News
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

An already devastating wildfire season has prompted forest ministers across the country to call for a more national focus on battling big blazes. The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers has released the Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy: A 10-year Review and Renewed Call to Action in which they say more needs to be done. “Recent wildfire seasons in British Columbia and the devastating situation in Fort McMurray have shown all of us that no province can go it alone when fighting wildfires,” B.C. Forest Minister Steve Thomson said. “We need a cohesive, national strategy to ensure we are all better prepared.”

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Heavy rain in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray could lead to flash floods

The Canadian Press in the Victoria Times Colonist
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – After weeks of worrying about a massive wildfire and smoke, people in the Fort McMurray area have a new concern — rain. Environment Canada has issued a warning of heavy rain in the region and possible flash floods. The warning says up to 66 millimetres of rain could result in washouts nears rivers, creeks and culverts. The Alberta government says the rain is increasing hazardous conditions by eroding soil around damaged trees.

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Gilpin fire mostly contained

Castanet
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters have gotten the upper hand on the Gilpin wildfire, east of Grand Forks. It’s now 80 per cent contained. Wednesday’s cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped firefighters keep the fire under control and contain a large portion of the 224 hectare blaze. There are currently 42 forest firefighters, one helicopter and two pieces of heavy equipment working the blaze today. “Today crews will be securing containment lines and beginning mop-up along the perimeter,” writes the BC Wildfire Service. “Cooler temperatures and some precipitation are forecasted again for the area today. The Boundary region has received about 1.6 mm of precipitation so far.” The wildfire is not currently threatening any structures or communities, but it is near Highway 3 and are highly visible.

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Forest fire risk in Greater Sudbury area climbs to ‘moderate’

Sudbury.com
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

By late yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry was reporting its forest fire fighters had tamed the three active fires currently burning in the northeast. No new fires have been discovered. Of the fires that are burning, Hearst 4 and Hearst 5 are both under control, burning 475 and 2,574 hectares respectively. The forest fire hazard is currently low across most of the region, but that hazard climbs to “moderate” for the Greater Sudbury area.

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Fire seasons all run together and are underfunded

By Sens. Mike Crapo and Ron Wynden
Idaho Statesman
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

In the past, warm spring weather touched off the start of the worst wildfires. Now, unfortunately one fire season essentially runs into the next. Summer is just starting and states already are reporting what the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) calls “large fires.” More than a million acres have already burned this year. It is time to get ahead of the terrible trifecta of high temperatures, drought and massive fuel buildup that sparks bigger, hotter fires that cost more and burn longer. These conditions are worsened by an unsustainable funding structure making it harder to carry out forest health projects that improve forest conditions.

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Hundreds evacuated as wildfire rages near Arizona town

Canadian Press in the Chronicle Herald
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

YARNELL, Ariz. — Hundreds of people evacuated their homes as a wildfire raged near the Arizona town where a 2013 blaze killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia said 250 to 300 people left their homes in the town. The fire grew to 600 acres, but crews expected it to ease somewhat during the overnight with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. There have been no reports of injuries, the Yavapai County sheriff’s office said. About 140 firefighting personnel were battling the blaze, supported by three air tankers and two helicopters making blaze suppression drops. Garcia said three unoccupied buildings have burned but no homes have been lost near Yarnell, about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix.

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Yarnell Evacuated In Face Of Fire

Payson Roundup
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A 600-acre wildfire on the east side of Yarnell has forced the evacuation of 300 residents and consumed three structures. The fire was on the opposite side of town as the lethal 2013 fire that claimed the lives of 19 Prescott firefighters trying to move through thick brush to get to a position where they could save the unincorporated community. The fire blew up quickly yesterday, but moderated last night, according to a summary posted on InciWeb. #Fire managers used existing fuel breaks, backfires, three air tankers, two helicopters, engines and 140 firefighters to protect the unincorporated settlement, sitting in the midst of a sea of brush and scrub growth – much of which hasn’t burned in 50 years.

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Fire near Sisters, Oregon, 30 percent contained

Associated Press in The Statesmen Journal
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. — Diminishing winds on Thursday helped firefighters who were trying to snuff out an early-season wildfire in central Oregon. Authorities said the blaze was 30 percent contained two days after it started with a lightning strike. About 900 homes are still considered threatened and residents must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice, the Oregon Department of Forestry said. As of Thursday morning, the size of the so-called Akawana fire north of Sisters and near Lake Billy Chinook was 1,930 acres.

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Juniper Fire Grows To 30,000 Acres

Fire managers say it remains no threat to resources
Payson Roundup
June 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Juniper Fire 10 miles from Young grew to 30,000 acres this week, but remains under control and not a danger to structures. …The Juniper Fire continues to effectively reduce fuel-loading on the forest floor and benefit the ecosystem by recycling much-needed nutrients into the soil. Yesterday, firefighters worked to minimize the eastward spread of the spot fire that occurred near the Cherry Creek drainage. Crews have been actively monitoring the northwestern section of the wildfire as it moves slowly down the slopes toward the creek bottom.

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