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Daily Archives: June 22, 2016

Special Feature

UPDATED: Community Perspectives On The BC Coastal Forest Industry

Linking Communities and Provincial Decision-Makers
Truck Loggers Association
June 22, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

By acting as a vital link between communities and the province and providing hands-on advice to government, industry and community leaders, the TLA helps to create workable solutions that address the challenges facing today’s forest industry. To this end, the TLA undertook a follow-up study to the one it conducted in 2004 to measure the pulse and perspectives of our coastal communities. As in our previous study, community leaders were surveyed because we wanted to see what impact the massive forest policy changes that took place over the last decade had on the viability of the communities they represent. A total of 27 coastal BC communities responded (three more than in 2004), including many where forestry has the greatest local economic impact.

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Business & Politics

Interior lumber mills appeal for incentives

Nelson Star
June 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association hosted their annual general meeting and conference in Nelson this month, and they’re hoping to bring a message about the needs of the local forest industry to Minister Steve Thomson and other elected officials. “The ILMA is the voice of small and medium-sized, family-owned and independent sawmills, and the Southern Interior is one of the last places in the province where that type of operation even exists anymore,” said chair Mark Semeniuk of ATCO Wood Products. “Our mills have become specialized, value added manufacturers, and we operate in one of the most competitive markets in the province.”

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Local mills thank RDCK for resolution on timber supply

My Nelson Now
June 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new chair of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association (ILMA) says it’s crucial they and the community work together. Ken Kalesnikoff is thanking the RDCK for their formal call to the Province for a better way of managing the timber supply. The smaller mills are struggling to get enough supply to produce their value-added products. Often those logs go to the very big operators or the pulp mill. Kalesnikoff says forestry is not just about dimensional lumber. The RDCK will also bring the matter up with the Province at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in September.

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North Saanich’s Viking Air lands major contract with Bombardier

Chek News
June 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Big news out of the aviation industry today, as a locally based Viking Air has struck a major deal with the world’s largest manufacturer of airplanes. Bombardier has sold the manufacturing rights for its water bomber program to the North Saanich based company. The CL-215 and Bombardier 415 are the work horses of the forest fire season, capable of picking up seven thousand litres of water in 10 seconds. And soon these water bombers will be built right here on Vancouver Island. “It’s a unique airplane. Very robust, very powerful, and used all throughout Europe,” said Viking Air President David Curtis after the deal was announced Monday morning. The acquisition part of a diversification strategy for Viking, which is best known for producing the world renowned Twin Otter airplane.

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Community Forest Board announces appointment of new General Manager

Burns Lake Community Forest
June 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – The board of directors of ComFor Management Services Ltd. and Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. (BLCF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Varga as the new General Manager, effective June 29, 2016. “Frank knows the community forest land base, the local values and concerns, and the goals and interests of the board. Combined with the depth and breadth of his experience in the local forest industry, he is well qualified to take the reins to address the challenges and opportunities of the next several years,” said Sharon Tower, secretary of the community forest. “The board looks forward to welcoming Frank to his new role as Manager and working with him over the coming years to secure a solid, sustainable future for the community forest.”

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Community needs at forefront of industry collaboration

Northern Ontario Business
June 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Partnerships between Indigenous communities and the private sector should incorporate both business and community development aspects if they’re going to be successful, said an executive with Fort William First Nation. Ian Bannon, director of property and lands management with Fort William First Nation (FWFN), told the Aboriginal Partnership Exchange conference in Thunder Bay in June that any partnership talks should start with a simple question: what’s needed? …Bannon was joined by Adam Rose, engineering manager with True Grit Consulting, and Craig Batten, regional human resources manager with Resolute Forest Products, for the hour-long talk. “We don’t come to the table experienced, educated and with all of those required skills,” Bannon said. “We don’t — let’s face it. We learn because we’re working with our partners.”

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City of Dryden Reaches Tax Agreement with Domtar

Businesswire Press Release
June 20, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DRYDEN, Ontario–The Corporation of the City of Dryden and Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced a comprehensive agreement settling all outstanding municipal taxation matters from 2009 to 2016. “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with the City and we appreciate the recent efforts made to bring this important matter to a conclusion,” said Jim Blight, General Manager of the Dryden Pulp Mill. “We believe this agreement addresses the City’s immediate financial constraints while recognizing the mill’s need for competitive industrial taxes over the long-term.” Under the terms of the agreement, the tax refund owed by the City of Dryden to Domtar is reduced from $7.9 million to $6.65 million. In addition, Domtar will waive appeals underway for the 2013-2016 period.

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Interfor’s Swainsboro mill receives safety award

Emanuel County Live
June 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor’s Swainsboro sawmill was recently named the recipient of the 2015 Sawmill Safety Award in Division II, presented by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA). The Swainsboro facility maintained a perfect safety record during all of 2015, with no lost-time occupational injuries or illnesses. SFPA lumber manufacturer members are considered for the award based on information submitted regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year. Division II includes sawmills that produce between 51 and 150 million board feet of Southern Pine lumber annually.

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EOS GA in Romania: The sawmill industries, the backbone of the bio-economy

IHB – The Timber Network
June 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

“In an evolving green economy the European Sawmill Industry plays a key role and it can be defined as the backbone of the bio-economy. Indeed residues from sawmill processes can be converted into a broad range of wood-based products including bio-composite materials, bio-plastics, textiles and carbonneutral biofuels. Simultaneously, the production of saw-logs, and the correlated use of by products and residues, complies with the resource efficiency principle, guarantees the highest profitability for forest owners and assures the raw materials needed for developing the bio-economy”. This is the take-home message of the EOS General Assembly

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Fire crews tackle large fire at Lancashire sawdust mill

BBC News
June 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Up to 90 firefighters have been tackling a “major fire” at a sawdust mill in Lancashire. The blaze started about 09:00 BST at Whitfire Shavings on Church Lane, Farington Moss, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) said. Fire crews started to reduce the blaze which spread to six warehouses storing “very flammable” wood shavings and compressed sawdust at about 14:00. LFRS said there were no reports of casualties. Plumes of smoke can been seen up to five miles away in Preston, said LFRS.

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Södra to close Ramkvilla and Torsås softwood sawmills

Lesprom
June 21, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Södra is implementing structural changes in its sawmill and planing operations to strengthen the company’s long-term competitiveness. Investments are being planned for the sawmills in Långasjö, Värö and Orrefors in Sweden, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The largest investment will be made in Långasjö, where the production volume will increase from 280,000 to 360,000 cubic metres. At the same time, a decision has been made to initiate trade union negotiations due to closures of the sawmills at Ramkvilla and Torsås, and production cuts at Mönsterås and Värö. Overall, annual production capacity will be reduced by approximately 200,000 cubic metres.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Incredible wooden sculptures of twisted human forms by artist Paul Kaptein

Creative Boom
June 21, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Working with large blocks of laminated wood, Perth-based artist Paul Kaptein – featured previously – painstakingly carves the most beautifully twisted and distorted human figures, some pocketed with holes to mimic star constellations. With a certain dark humour to his work, it’s as though Paul’s sculptures are bent through time and space – like they are moving, but in the same instance, standing completely still. Inspired by popular culture, everyday observations and philosophical readings, many of his sculptures have deliberate gaps – leaving us to ponder what lies beyond.

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Demand for Cost-effective and Environmentally Friendly Wood Products to Drive the Global Engineered Wood Products Market Through 2020, Says Technavio

Business Wire
June 21, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON–The global engineered wood products market is expected grow at a CAGR of over 26% during the period 2016-2020, according to Technavio’s latest report. In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global engineered wood products market for 2016-2020. The market is further categorized into four product segments, including I-beams, Glulam, laminated veneer lumbar (LVL), and others of which the I-beams segment dominated the market with more than 36% of the overall market share in 2015.

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Forestry

Forestry opportunities useful for First Nations

By David Walkem – chief of the Cooks Ferry Band, president of Stuwix Resources Joint Venture and a board member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Wood Business
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Certifying a forest to a sustainable forest management standard is an important way for managers to assure their markets and the general public of the sustainable forestry they practice. It also helps indigenous communities ensure our values are reflected in the management of those forests. Beyond defining sustainable forest management practices, forest certification standards include recognition of indigenous values and rights on the land and provide for an independent, third-party audit of those forestlands. Engaging indigenous communities promotes protection of culturally important areas and uses of the land, and contributes to a more well-rounded plan that balances conservation, environmental, social and economic values.

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Old-growth logging anger

Castanet
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wilderness Committee is crying foul after capturing new photos of what it calls fresh old-growth logging in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island.  Last week, the Wilderness Committee’s Vancouver Island campaigner Torrance Coste, and other staff, travelled to Walbran to photo-document several areas that were logged over the winter. …The Wilderness Committee and other organizations have met with representatives from the Ministry of Forests and forestry-company Teal Jones to advocate for increased old-growth forest protection in the Walbran Valley. The committee says Teal Jones and government officials have so far refused, arguing that logging can be done with minimal environmental impact.

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BC Coastal Forestry Celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 21st

Coast Forest Products Association
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Today, Coast Forest Products Association and its member companies join Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – and Canadians from coast to coast in recognizing the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. This day represents an opportunity to celebrate all aspects of Indigenous cultures and heritage. The coastal forest industry in British Columbia shares over 100 years of history with Aboriginal peoples. Our industry values the business partnerships, strategic cooperation, and sustainable forest management practices we have with First Nations peoples and which are based on the tenets of respect and collaboration. We look forward to growing these important relationships into the future.

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Canada lists nine B.C. species for first time under Species at Risk Act

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada is listing nine B.C. species under the Species at Risk Act for the first time, ranging from a fly found in the South Okanagan to a lichen found in older forests within the Rocky Mountain Trench. The federal decision follows the recommendations of a national group of scientific experts, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. COSEWIC chair Eric Taylor, a zoology professor at the University of B.C., said Tuesday: “This is just one of several positive signs the government is taking species at-risk seriously.” SARA requires the federal government to develop recovery and management plans for species listed. The act makes it illegal to kill, harm, harass, capture, or take an individual of a listed species, or to damage or destroy its residence.

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ENTREVESTOR: Woodlot startup aims high

Chronicle Herald
June 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Founded by Will Martin and Alastair Jarvis, WoodsCamp aims to revolutionize the way timber is harvested in private woodlots. Within 10 years, it hopes to be the world’s leading manager of timber. …. Martin and Jarvis are planning something big. “If we get the momentum, and we create value for landowners, loggers and mill owners, we can scale it to regions all over the world and it’s conceivable we can be the largest manager of timber in the world,” said Jarvis, whose last startup was the gaming company Orpheus Interactive. He teamed up with Martin, who recently stepped down as president of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, to develop an online tool that could correct what’s wrong with the province’s woodlots. If successful, the platform should work in other jurisdictions.

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Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot objects to forestry clauses in PMAD

Montreal Gazette
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot town council is backing local farmers and woodlot owners who have voiced their opposition to clauses within a regional development plan dealing with forest corridors. Last week, town council tabled a resolution objecting to provisions in the Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD), which had been prepared by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), since it is too restrictive on how much wood can be harvested in designated forest corridors. The protest resolution was then fired off to the CMM and the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the latter tabled its own development plan which came into force last July. Mayor Danie Deschênes said council supports its farmers and woodlot owners because it believes the PMAD provisions hamper business development and excessively limit possible activities in wooded areas.

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Forest Service chief wants new way to pay for wildfires

By Bartholomew Sullivan
USA Today in Statesman Journal
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Some forest fires should be considered natural disasters and their damage paid for like hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who laments that 56 percent of his budget is going to suppressing fires. As fire ravages parts of Arizona and Southern California this week, chief Thomas L. Tidwell sat down to discuss changes in wildfire fighting practices and the constrained budget that reduces the impact of other forestry programs to battle fires. “There is an understanding and a strong commitment that this needs to be fixed,” said Tidwell, a 39-year veteran of the forest service. 

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How tree die-off could impact California’s wildfires

Southern California Public Radio
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California’s Sierra Nevada has lost more than 29 million trees since 2015, adding to the largest die-off in modern history. A combination of a bark beetle infestation and the ongoing drought are to blame. In addition to the environmental impact, there’s another concern. “The tree mortality in the central and southern Sierra is extreme,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), speaking on Take Two. “It’s a slow moving disaster and it has the potential for large damaging fires.” In areas of extreme die-off, between 80 and 100 percent of trees are gone. “There’s also a falling hazard right where people live” said Chief Pimlott, “on infrastructure, on roads. So we are extremely concerned about the public safety threat in these area.”

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Groups to Oregon: Marbled murrelets need endangered species protections

By Kelly House
The Oregonian
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly three decades since state wildlife officials deemed the marbled murrelet a threatened species, the small seabird is faring worse than ever before, conservationists argue. A group of six Oregon environmental groups on Tuesday petitioned the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to downgrade the bird’s status from threatened to endangered, a move they say would acknowledge a population-wide backslide that puts the bird in grave danger of extinction in Oregon. An endangered listing under Oregon’s Endangered Species Act would also force the state to hatch a recovery plan for the birds.

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Wasp last seen 100 years ago is back and could save this tree

Global News
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A wasp that was last seen in 1914 has been rediscovered by scientists.Not only is that good news for the species, but it’s also good news for trees: the wasp, Oobius depressus, is a natural enemy to the locust wood borer, a pest that attacks the black locust tree. The rediscovery of the wasp came after scientists set traps in the canopy of black locust trees in Michigan from August to October 2015.The locust borer has been known to be a pest to black locusts since the 1700s….Black locust trees are found across Canada, mostly in southern Ontario. They’re not natural to Canada, but were introduced from the United
States.

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LePage: Environmental group says ‘no’ to good-paying jobs

by Paul R. LePage, governor of Maine
Central Maine
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


The Natural Resources Council of Maine held a news conference June 1 to complain about a letter I wrote to some of its donors. To no one’s surprise, the Maine media was quick to take the NRCM’s side. The truth is that the NRCM is a wealthy nonprofit organization run by environmental activists whose public face masks its true intent. Quite simply, the NRCM is fiercely opposed to any economic activity that would provide good-paying career jobs for rural Mainers who are desperate for employment. You won’t read about this in newspapers or see it on TV. The NRCM is funded by hundreds of wealthy donors, many of whom most likely do not understand the job-crushing intent of its activist agenda.

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Draft National Forest Policy Proposes Green Tax, Increased Forest Budget

NDTV
June 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NEW DELHI: Aiming to bring one-third of the country’s geographical area under forest cover, the Centre has prepared the new draft National Forest Policy (NFP) 2016 which proposes a “green tax” and an increase in the budget for the forest sector. The draft says that large tracts of forest area in the country have degraded due to “immense” biotic pressure and “lack” of adequate investment. The draft NFP 2016, which aims to replace the 1988 policy, also proposes a National and State Board of Forestry to ensure inter-sectoral convergence and conflict resolution, besides increasing the forestry budget.

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Achieving land degradation neutrality in Iran

By Serge Nakouzi
Tehran Times
June 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

This year’s slogan of “Protect the Earth, Restore Land, Engage People” highlights the significance of comprehensive strategic frameworks as well as all-inclusive participation and cooperation in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality in Iran. Land preservation is central to our ongoing efforts to embed sustainable development. Effective land management is a fundamental component of the food, water, energy and environmental health “nexus”, which is critical in embedding an integrated approach to secure both a viable and sustainable development paradigm in the light of the vast challenges being faced by nations in safeguarding their natural resources. These challenges are envisaged to become increasingly acute as the pressures on such resources progressively intensify.   

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Major new partnership for The Nature Conservancy and the Oxford Martin School

The Nature Conservancy
June 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, have joined forces for a major new scientific partnership to understand better how extreme weather events and human actions will both influence, and be influenced by, our changing climate.  This unusual collaboration will bring together one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organisations with the cutting-edge interdisciplinary research of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.  The ‘Oxford Martin TNC Climate Partnership’ will address the need to improve our understanding of the effects of climate change on ecosystems and also the impact of human response to those changes. The initial focus is on research in South America where work is designed to inform land management decisions, such as reforestation efforts. 

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Significant humus loss in forests of the Bavarian Alps

By Technical University of Munich
EurekAlert!
June 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Alpine forests will be at great risk should weather phenomena such as droughts and torrential rain become more frequent. As a study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows, the mountain forests of the Bavarian Alps have seen a significant reduction in topsoil organic matter over the past three decades. The study authors’ recommendation is therefore to preserve, or better still, increase soil humus regardless of climate change by implementing humus-promoting forest management to safeguard the mountain forest’s protective function and to mitigate floods.

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Forest Fires

Kelowna to host upcoming Wildland Fire Conference

Kelowna Now
June 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Experts will gather in Kelowna this October for the Wildland Fire Canada 2016 conference and Building Resilience will be the focus. The conference will take place from Oct. 24 to 28 and include workshops, guest speakers and education sessions. A panel of guest speakers will be at the event including experts from both Canada and the United States. The biennial conference brings together forest fire management practitioners, researchers and industry to highlight and discuss emerging trends in forest fire management. The 2016 event will feature four challenges: anticipating change, designing resilient fire management systems, defining and managing resilient landscapes, and planning smarter, safer, resilient communities.

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26 fires burning across the region as hazard climbs to extreme

Sudbury.com
June 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest fire risk in parts of the northeast has climbed to extreme as dry conditions make some areas of the region prime for burning. The current forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme across the region with an extreme hazard in Greater Sudbury and surrounding areas, as well as in the eastern portion of the province. As of yesterday, five new fires were confirmed bringing the total number of fires burning in the northeast to 26. …Sudbury 33 is burning 10 hectares of bush north of Lively. Waterbombers were on the scene Monday to suppress the fire and three ground crews continued to battle the fire yesterday. Although listed as not under control, MNRF doesn’t anticipate further issues with the blaze.

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High winds in northwestern Ontario spark fires

Falling trees toppled power lines starting grass fires.
CBC News
June 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reported that high winds in the northwest region have caused trees to topple over power lines and start grass fires. The Ministry responded to one new fire on Monday afternoon in the Dryden area. The MNRF said about 1 kilometre north of Ignace a grass fire was started by a tree falling over a power line. But firefighters put it out quickly after reaching only 0.1 hectares in size. That fire was very similar to one in the Thunder Bay District on Sunday that was also sparked by downed tree on a power line and was declared out quickly.

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California wildfires: teams battle flames on outskirts of Los Angeles

Emergency empties 770 homes in foothill city of Duarte, while blaze near San Diego continues to pose threat but Santa Barbara mountain fire is pegged back
Associated Press in The Guardian
June 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires have forced new evacuations of hundreds of homes in California, with firefighters beating back blazes looming over suburban Los Angeles. In the LA area firefighters late on Tuesday said they had stopped the progress of two adjacent fires in the San Gabriel mountains 20 miles north-east of downtown. The blazes were 10 percent contained and had burned about seven and a half square miles, said US Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said. No one was being allowed back to the 770 homes in the foothill city of Duarte that were under evacuation orders.

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Beaver Creek fire near Walden becomes “extreme,” now 3,800 acres

The wildfire is burning in the Routt National Forest, not far from the Wyoming Border
The Denver Post
June 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Residents and roughly 75 fire personnel were evacuated Tuesday evening as the Beaver Creek fire near Walden exploded to an estimated 3,800 acres. The U.S. Forest Service said “extreme fire behavior and heavy smoke/high winds” prompted the evacuations at about 5 p.m. and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said everyone was successfully evacuated by 6:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., officials said a Type II Incident Command Team would arrive Wednesday to take over the firefighting efforts. About 120 firefighting staff are on the scene an additional resources have been ordered. One tanker drop took place Tuesday evening. The fire is burning in both Routt National Forest and BLM lands.

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Tragic Lessons

By Pete Aleshire
Payson Roundup
June 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Show Low’s close escape in the face of the explosive growth of the Cedar Fire underscores the tragic lessons seared into the minds of firefighters three years ago, when the Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 Prescott firefighters. The Cedar Fire over the weekend blew up from 12,000 acres to some 27,000 acres. In the face of rising winds and record heat, the fire grew by 14,000 acres in a single day. Fortunately, the U.S. Forest Service had shifted from a philosophy of directing fires but letting them burn in cool, moist conditions to an all-out assault as plunging humidity and rising temperatures dramatically changed fire behavior.

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Hundreds of new evacuations across West as wildfires surge

By John Antczak
Associated Press in US News & World Report
June 21, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES  — Surging wildfires on Tuesday forced new evacuations of hundreds of homes across the West, while firefighters began beating back a pair of big adjacent blazes looming over suburban Los Angeles. Near the U.S.-Mexico border southeast of San Diego, a two-day-old, 9-square-mile wildfire moved toward a new community and forced the evacuation of about 600 homes and more than 1,500 people in Lake Morena Village. Previously only about 75 people had evacuated from that fire. It was 10 percent contained. In the Los Angeles area, firefighters stopped the progress of two adjacent fires in the San Gabriel Mountains 20 miles northeast of downtown LA.

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Official: Hopes Huge Cyprus Forest Fire Can Be Contained

Associated Press in ABC News
June 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

A Cypriot official says there’s a glimmer of hope firefighters can contain a one of the nation’s worst forest fires as many fronts have now been placed under control. Forestry Department spokesman Andreas Christou says high winds which have made firefighting difficult in the mountainous terrain appeared to have died down Wednesday. This could help crews and 20 aircraft from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Israel and Britain corral the blaze that has burned more than 15 square kilometers of 150-year-old pine forest and claimed the lives of two firefighters. He said a call has been made for experienced volunteers to bolster the hundreds of firefighters on the scene.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cantimber denies claims it is producing toxic emissions

By Katya Slepian
Alberni Valley News
June 21, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Allegations are mounting that Cantimber Biotech’s operations are producing negative health effects for Port Alberni residents. Stacey Gaiga, who lives in the neighbourhood above the facility, said that she and her neighbours are coming down sick as a result of Cantimber’s emissions. “If you look at all of the evidence, we’ve got a neighbourhood with people that are so sick—two elderly men have bloody noses, I have blood in my nose every day, I’m coughing persistently for months. “I’ve been to the doctor…and nothing cures it,” Gaiga said. Cantimber Biotech set up shop in two Port Alberni Port Authority buildings near the corner of Harbour Road and Bruce Street in late 2015. 

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Extinction alert: Climate change may soon claim the endangered Boreal felt lichen population in Nova Scotia

By Ritwik Roy
International Business Times AU
June 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new study has revealed that one of the most-endangered lichens in the world, Boreal felt lichen, may decline 50 percent in 25 years despite conservation efforts. Researchers have called for increased protection as Atlantic Canada’s federally protected Boreal felt lichen is losing out to human-induced climate change. The Boreal felt lichen, scientific name Erioderma pedicellatum, grows along the Atlantic Coast on trees in damp boreal forests. It is one of the most endangered lichens in the world. Lead author of the study, ecologist Robert P. Cameron at Nova Scotia Environment, and colleagues used population models to determine the survival and future viability of the species. The study, published in Botany, stated that without improved conservation efforts, the lichens will decline by nearly 50 percent in 25 years. The endangered lichens are perfect bio-indicators that provide insights into the health of the ecosystem.

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Guest Opinion: Forest resiliency in a changing climate

By Shannon Browne – graduate student at Southern Oregon University, forest advocate, working with KS Wild through the Kathryn Macdiarmid Conservation Steward Fellowship.
Ashland Daily Tidings
June 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Here in Southern Oregon, we live in a hot spot of evergreen tree diversity. Our forests are arguably the most diverse evergreen forests in the world, comprising 35 species of conifers alone. These forests are resilient in the face of natural weather patterns. They have evolved with long summers of fire and sometimes little to no precipitation, thriving off of winter precipitation and lasting snowpack. But these conditions are rapidly changing, and our forest management practices must keep up if we want to continue benefiting from forests in the form of timber, recreation and a clean water drinking supply. As we experience the local effects of global climate change and years of drought, our resilient forests are starting to feel the heat and are getting thirsty.

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Can Tea Help Save the Amazon?

By Brittany Patterson
Scientific American
June 21, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In the lush green rainforest of the Ecuadorean Amazon, members of the Kichwa indigenous group gather well before dawn to drink guayusa tea. …“Now guayusa is helping us economically,” farmer Silverio Mamallacta says in a video posted on the website of Runa LLC, a company named after the villagers and the only one selling the tea. It also may be helping the climate. The company sources from about 3,000 farmers who tend more than a million trees planted in “forest gardens.” Selling the tea leaves to Runa has created a new source of income for the villagers, who are now getting paid to keep their forests intact, helping them resist the pressure of selling their land to be cleared.

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