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Business & Politics

B.C.’s Top 100 Companies: The biggest success stories from the past year

By Peter Mitham
BC Business
June 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yes, a review of the top of this year’s list shows the ongoing prominence of miners, forestry companies and those in oil and gas, which account for a third of the Top 10. But increasingly, the list is being infiltrated by giants of non-resources sectors—tech, retail, real estate—that are slowly but surely helping to shift the balance in B.C.’s economy. …[James] Brander [economics professor with UBC] points to an aging population and a fundamental shift in the economy toward jobs that depend on brains rather than brawn for success. “There’s only so many trees out there. So if the population doubles, we can’t double the size of the forest sector,” he says. “When the population of B.C. was a quarter of what it is now, a big part of the population had high-paying jobs in the resource sector. The world has changed, and it’s changed in a way that means we have to rely on other things than the resource sector.”

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Forestry Agreement To Promote Growth

Net News Ledger
June 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An agreement was recently signed by Domtar, Weyerhaeuser, seven independent loggers and two First Nations; Slate Falls First Nation and Lac Seul First Nation. The agreement supports resource extraction practices expected to benefit all stakeholders equally. Chief Clifford Bull of Lac Seul First Nation stated, “There are mechanisms in the agreement that benchmark opportunities and promote growth for all involved. Too often, First Nations do not receive any benefits from resource extraction in their Traditional Territories. While we take a leading role in managing the forest, we have also defined the needs of the other stakeholders. In this agreement, our Band Members see tangible benefits and the elements that are important to the First Nations are defined and protected.” Kevin Belanger, Vice-President, Wood Fibre Procurement at Domtar, believes that developing this relationship with all of the stakeholders is as valuable to the forest industry as the resource itself. 

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Mega Corporation Gobbles Up Slightly Less-Mega Corporation; Chops Jobs to Increase Profits; Blames Enviros. Film at 11.

by Matthew Koehler
Counter Punch
June 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

There’s a reason the Montana Public Radio story on Weyerhaeuser’s announcement that they were closing two mills and an administrative office in Columbia Falls opens with “One of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands….” Weyerhaeuser owns 880,000 acres of private timberland in just Montana, and in total they owns/controls 13 million acres of private timberlands. The company is worth $25 billion dollars. As Montanans will recall, they purchased Plum Creek Timber Company in November 2015 for $8 billion, a move that surprised many people in Montana, including our entire Congressional delegation and the governor. Does anyone think that maybe, just maybe, the corporate executives at Weyhaeuser and Plum Creek knew that these closures were coming? Some of us weren’t very surprised.

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Weyerhaeuser blames “log shortage” for Columbia Falls mill closures

KTVH
June 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Saying they’re simply running out of logs, Weyerhaeuser caught Columbia Falls by surprise by announcing it will close both its lumber and plywood mills by the end of this summer. The company met with Columbia Falls workers face-to-face Wednesday at 3 p.m. to break the news about the closures. “It’s a result of just a chronic log shortage that we’ve seen,” said Weyerhaeuser Montana Resources Team Leader Tom Ray. “With these closures, we will better re-align the log resources supply with the facilities that will continue to run.” One hundred manufacturing jobs will be lost between the lumber and plywood closures in Columbia Falls, which the company says will come in late August or early September. Ray says the company will support the employees, adding that they can apply for the two new shifts being added at the Kalispell location, which would accommodate 132 new jobs.

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Environmentalists Weigh In On Weyerhaeuser Mill Closings

Montana Public Radio
June 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…Matthew Koehler, who runs Missoula’s WildWest Institute, points out that in addition to these technicalities, companies like Weyerhaeuser are subject to the whims of the global market. Koehler says he’s puzzled by this week’s political bluster out of Helena and Washington, D.C. “Apparently Montana politicians would like us to believe that our state is immune from global economic realities,” he said. Koehler points out lumber prices are depressed and Canada is dumping low-priced lumber south of its border. “The U.S.-Canada softwood lumber agreement expired last October,” he said. “The weak Canadian dollar also makes it more profitable for Canadian timber corporations to sell their goods in the U.S.” Weyerhaeuser Resources Team Leader, Tom Ray, told Montana Public Radio this week the decision to close the mills in Columbia Falls was disappointing.

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‘Punching us in the gut’: C. Falls reeling with another major loss of jobs

by ROB CHANEY and VINCE DEVLIN
The Missoulian
June 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – State Sen. Dee Brown, R-Hungry Horse, spent part of Thursday writing a letter and returning a $170 donation Weyerhaeuser Co. made to her political action committee. “In all good conscience, I have to after yesterday,” Brown said. “I’ve always supported logging, and multiple use, but you know, corporate America does not think like small-town Columbia Falls does.” Wednesday afternoon, Weyerhaeuser told the 230 employees at its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls it was permanently closing the facilities by the end of this summer. …Many of the 200 jobs being lost are held by Brown’s constituents. “The thing that immediately strikes as a bad feeling is that this town has kind of been turning around,” Brown said.

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G?ainesville ?R?enewable ?E?nergy ?C?enter loses suit against Wood Resource Recovery

WCJB – TV
June 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GAINESVILLE, Fla.–It is a setback for the company that operates ?G?ainesville’s biomass plant. ?T?he judgment is in for the lawsuit filed by a wood supply company against the ?G?ainesville ?R?enewable ?E?nergy ?C?enter.  Wood ?R?esource ?R?ecovery sued the ?G?ainesville renewable energy center last year.? After an eight day trial in ?M?ay, the judge?,? today?,? found ?GREC did in fact breach its contract with ?W?ood ?R?esource. ?GREC is now ordered to pay nearly ?$5 million in damages plus attorney fees? and interest?.  ?W?ood R?esource entered into an agreement with ?GREC in 2011 to provide chipped wood as fuel for the biomass plant.? The agreement was supposed to run until 2020?, ?but the two sides soon clashed over the type and quantity of wood that was supposed to be supplied. 

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Judge confirms Verso’s bankruptcy reorganization plan

Press Herald
June 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A judge has confirmed Verso Corp.’s bankruptcy reorganization plan, clearing the way for the beleaguered papermaker to emerge from bankruptcy. Judge Kevin Gross of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware signed the confirmation order Thursday, less than five months after Verso and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection in late January under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. If Verso follows the reorganization plan as written, all of its pre-bankruptcy debts will be erased. While complex, the plan’s centerpiece is to issue shares of stock to creditors in lieu of cash repayment. New common stock will be issued to creditors that were owed money by Verso and its NewPage subsidiary before the bankruptcy. …Verso, the largest North American coated paper producer, did not specify in the filing which mills would be reconfigured, if any, to boost capacity of specialty paper.

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Maine needs better business climate to close economic gap with rest of nation

by Peter Triandafillou, vice president of woodlands at Huber Resources Corp.
Bangor Daily News
June 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

In his June 18 Bangor Daily News article, “A Focus on Industries of the Past,” Christopher Burns admonishes Gov. Paul LePage for focusing on industries based on natural resources, including Maine’s forest products industry. Instead, Burns and the experts he quotes appear convinced we should focus on new industries, including “innovators, entrepreneurs, small startups all across the state in all sectors.” I heartily agree with the idea of focusing on all sectors of the economy, including new businesses, both small and large. Attacking traditional industries or making it an either/or decision, however, is shortsighted and counterproductive.

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Global softwood lumber trade reached all-time high in 2015

by Wood Resources International
Lesprom
June 23, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…This year has started out with even higher volumes being traded around the world; the 1Q 2016 shipments were approximately 20% higher than in the first quarter of 2015. All countries on the “top-10 import list” increased their lumber importation during the first few months this year with the biggest changes in import volumes being in the US, China and Egypt….There was mostly upbeat news about the US lumber market in the first few months of 2016; housing starts in March were the highest for that month since 2007, lumber consumption in early 2016 was 14% higher than the same period in 2015, lumber imports in January-April were up 42% as compared to early 2015, and lumber prices in May reached their highest levels in over a year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BC resort proposing a 20-story wood tower on casino property

World Casino Directory
June 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Friday, at an event that was held at the Okanagan Falls Structurlam, a manufacturer of cross laminated timber, plant, the Penticton Lakeside Resort announced that a group of business partners are interested in building what would be the tallest wood building in the world at the site currently home to the Lake City Casino. The 20-story tower would be built next to the Penticton Lakeside Resort upon relocation of the casino to the South Okanagan Events Centre complex, where the new Cascades Casino Penticton is expected to be completed by spring 2017.

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Urban timber kings want to bring wood-frame buildings to Toronto

by Dave LeBlanc
Globe and Mail
June 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada


Despite the recent construction boom that champions glass, steel, concrete, and fibre cement siding, Toronto remains a red brick city.  …So, when a developer comes crashing into a red brick neighbourhood with a plan to put up a glass tower, it’s understandable that residents might object, even if that developer is well within his or her rights to do so. …Architect Bill Dewson of William Dewson Architects and Patrick Chouinard, president of Timber Structures, would like to offer a solution: a mid-rise, fully timber-framed, red-brick-clad building that would not look out of place on Queen Street, the Danforth, Weston Road or among the 1920s Spadina Avenue shmata buildings by Benjamin Brown.

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Design unveiled for London’s first timber tower

Proud Green Building
June 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Architects are recognizing the versatility of wood by building innovative timber-framed structures that offer an alternative to traditional steel and concrete construction, reports the website Inhabitat. Over the last few decades, the trend of building with timber has expanded to include such challenging buildings as high-rises. Now, PLP Architecture and researchers from the University of Cambridge have teamed up to design London’s first timber tower and, if realized, the city’s second tallest building, after The Shard.

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Hybrid systems for Swedish high-rise

Deccan Herald
June 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Swedish architecture firm has won the competition to design a cultural centre and hotel in the city of Skelleftea, in northern Sweden, with its proposal for “the tallest wooden building in the Nordic countries”. The 19-storey structure will offer a series of cultural facilities at its base and have 16 hotel floors above, reaching a height of 76 metres. Project architect Oskar Norelius believes a cultural centre in Skelleftea has to be built just with wood, as an ode to the area’s industrial heritage. Rather than designing an entirely timber frame for the building, it is proposed to use 2 types of hybrid construction systems. The first brings together wood and steel, while the second pairs wooden modules with concrete slabs.

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Forestry

P.E.I. trees being planted in Fort McMurray part of a ‘series of pay it forward gestures’

Veseys Seeds donated over $13,000 worth of trees to help the replanting effort after the devasting wildfires.
CBC News
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Over 800 trees from Prince Edward Island are putting their roots down in Fort McMurray soil. Veseys Seeds in York, P.E.I. donated the trees, as well as 375 hedging plants and 10 vines to help grow back what was lost in the wildfires. The donation, valued over $13,000, was part of a “series of pay it forward good gestures that made all it happen,” said Glenn Holmes of Veseys. Holmes said it all started when he was contacted by Sabrina Lepine, who is from Fort McMurray. “Sabrina was a customer of ours through a fundraiser,” said Holmes. “She had placed an order with us and received an email saying her order was on its way.”

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Letter: Mac-Blo deserves recognition

By Ernie Luchka, Port Alberni (scroll to third letter in list)
Alberni Valley News
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I worked for MacMillan Bloedel for 43.5 years, three and a half at Somass mill and 40 years at MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. Alberni Pulp and Paper as a steam plant engineer. …MacMillan Bloedel gave donations to our community for the swimming pool, multiplex, soccer fields, light poles, lights, and many other donations. MacMillan Bloedel is a vital part of our community’s history and our city grew because of MacMillan Bloedel. …MacMillan Bloedel employed people from our city and those employees built our city by supporting other businesses and community members. We should honour them.

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Letter: Industry yes, pollution no way

By Michael Wright, Port Alberni (scroll to the last letter in the list)
Alberni Valley News
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I really think the new mayor and council are doing some good. The new Dry Creek spillway, the move to get log trucks off the main streets, maybe even the bits and pieces bridge work done at double the estimated costs. …The letter to the editor last week about the charcoal filter making operation next to the sawmill however is alarming. Why have meetings and concerns about air quality, and let this new operation that burns huge quantities of wood start up? Clearly the city should have said no way. Our air is not a freebie for industry to pollute. Is that why they located here, to poison us because they could, because no one would say anything?

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Mayors give logging input

The Squamish Chief
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association has sought the input of local government officials from coastal communities, including Mayor Patricia Heintzman, for a report on the state of the forest industry in coastal towns. Following up on a report in 2004, the TLA wants to show how the industry has changed and what this means to communities, such as job losses. “We need to balance recreation, tourism and all our natural amenities while maintaining a healthy working forest,” Heintzman said. In all, 27 community leaders were surveyed in 2015 for the new report, Communities Perspectives on the BC Coastal Forest Industry. TLA Executive Director David Elstone says at least 25 independent logging contractors have left the business over the past decade. “Contractors are the economic backbone of many rural communities,” he said.

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Slocan Community Forest releases wildfire protection plan

Nelson Star
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Slocan Integral Forestry Co-operative, the community forest based in the Slocan Valley, has released its wildfire protection plan. “To effectively protect rural areas in BC we need a landscape-level approach rather than a piecemeal one in order to really make a difference,” says manager Stephan Martineau. “Strategically located fuel managed zones are required so we can create large defendable fuel breaks. For the past few years we have been working on a plan to identify these zones and a methodology that can be replicated in other areas. As far as we are aware, we are the first tenure holder in the province to create such a plan.”

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SCRD reaffirms stance on logging

Coast Reporter
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Directors at the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) are reaffirming their opposition to logging in some areas, and asking BC Timber Sales (BCTS) for more time to negotiate a deal on a proposed cutblock in Area E. Directors were given a briefing from staff on BCTS plans over the coming years at the June 16 planning and development committee meeting. A motion, set for adoption at the June 23 regular board meeting, singles out three main issues, and indicates the SCRD “does not support logging in the community watersheds or watershed reserves for the purpose of protecting water used for drinking, … does not support logging licence A91376 located on District Lot (DL) 1313, which should be reserved for environmental protection as per ongoing discussions with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations …

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Boreal felt lichen’s surprising decline worrying for forest health

Species incredibly sensitive to fallout from human activities, says Nova Scotia ecologist Robert Cameron
CBC News
June 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the most endangered lichens in the world is a canary in the coal mine for human-caused environmental impacts, according to a Nova Scotia scientist. “So many activities that humans do on the landscape this thing is sensitive to. I think that the decline in the population over the last 10 years I think is really telling for us,” said Robert Cameron, an ecologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment. …There are only a few hundred boreal felt lichens left in Nova Scotia and it’s protected under the federal Species at Risk Act.

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Senators, Obama Administration Butt Heads Over Wildfire Costs

Morning Consult
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A Senate hearing Thursday revealed some sticking points between the Obama administration and Western senators as both sides push for a solution to the increasing cost of fighting wildfire. A bipartisan group of senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a bill last month that proposes using emergency funds to fight wildfires. The measure is aimed at addressing the common occurrence of federal firefighting budget being exceeded as temperatures rise and the wildfire season grows longer. But the Obama administration’s response to the proposal in Thursday’s hearing was tepid. Robert Bonnie, under secretary of natural resources for the Department of Agriculture, told the committee that the draft legislation ignores a “far more debilitating” problem than fire-borrowing.

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Agency enlists high-tech help keeping drones from wildfires

By Keith Ridler
Associated Press in Billings Gazette
June 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — When Brian Cresto and his fellow firefighters fly toward a wildfire at just a few hundred feet off the ground, he’s scouting for the best spot for them to land when they parachute down. Lately, he’s also been keeping an eye out for hobby drones that could take out their twin-engine propeller craft before it climbs to 1,500 feet, where the eight smokejumpers exit. “It’s dangerous anytime you drop an aircraft down to a certain level,” said Cresto, a smokejumper with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. “Drones are starting to be a part of that conversation.” Hobby drone ownership has spiked in recent years, and more and more of the devices have been spotted flying illegally over active wildfires, where they can endanger the airplanes and helicopters being used to battle the blazes.

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Insect to cost city $2M for tree removal

KSDK
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. LOUIS – Thirteen-thousand ash trees, lining St. Louis city streets, will be chopped down over the next few weeks. On Thursday, city forestry experts gathered to explain why, in order to avoid confusion and community outrage at the removal of so many trees. If the city’s ash trees are not cut down, arborists say there’s no doubt they’ll be consumed and killed by malicious insects, creating safety hazards for humans. On Page Avenue in north St. Louis, a large ash tree looks healthy and strong, as it sways in the hot summer breeze. It will stay healthy, thanks to chemical injections administered by St. Louis Forestry staff. …At $100 per tree, the injection is costly and only lasts two years. Therefore, arborists opted to save 1,000 of the largest, healthiest trees, which provide shade, collect rainwater and cut down on pollution.

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Timber! Most of St. Louis’ 15,000 ash trees coming down to stop bug invasion

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. LOUIS • City officials say it’s time to start getting rid of the most common kind of tree on St. Louis streets: the ash. On Thursday, the city started chopping down thousands of ash trees at risk of infection by the tiny green and much-feared ash borer, a bug that showed up in St. Louis last year. This large-scale removal of the trees will happen over the course of five years. The city will also start injecting 1,000 more with a kind of organic botanical treatment to try to stop the bugs, which only feed on ash trees, from spreading. The loss of those trees will deal a significant financial blow. Ash trees provide the city $817,000 in benefits every year, according to the city’s website. “Some city streets and neighborhoods will see a dramatic reduction in the number of trees along their streets,” said the city’s forestry commissioner, Skip Kincaid, in a statement Wednesday.

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Siberian larch forests are still linked to the ice age

By Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and marine Research
EurekAlert!
June 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new AWI study shows that the flora of the Northern Russian permafrost lags behind the climate often by several thousand years. The Siberian permafrost regions include those areas of the Earth, which heat up very quickly in the course of climate change. Nevertheless, biologists are currently observing only a minimal response in forest composition. In the places where, when considering the air temperature, pine and spruce forests should be growing, Siberian larch trees are still thriving. The cause of this paradox has been tracked using million-year-old bee pollen by scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute, the University of Cologne, and international partner institutions.

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Forest Fires

Easterville, Chemawawin Cree Nation evacuated due to forest fire

CBC News
June 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire has forced the evacuation of the Easterville and the Chemawawin Cree Nation in central Manitoba on Thursday. 70 people from Easterville will be heading to The Pas while up to 2,000 people from Chemawawin will be evacuated to Winnipeg, the province said Thursday in a news release. The fire has moved to within half a kilometre of the community, Manitoba officials said. “Fire crews are working on three fires in the area, with ground attack as well as two water bombers,” the province said.

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Flames roar through central California homes; thousands flee

Associated Press in Washington Post
June 24, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California, authorities said. The streaking blaze that destroyed at least 80 homes and other buildings northeast of Bakersfield around Lake Isabella ignited Thursday as many others across the West were calming. Some houses were already little more than embers on the ground, while others were deep in flames. No injuries were reported, but several thousand people were forced to evacuate. “I’ve never been in a wildland fire where I’ve seen so many homes burn,” Kern County fire Capt. Tyler Townsend said. “It’s one of the most devastating I’ve ever seen.”

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Western wildfires rage, but some progress being made

Associated Press in Durango Herald
June 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES – Firefighters battling fires raging through Western states are contending with weather and human interference, but some progress is being made. Here is a look at some noteworthy fires: Colorado: A forest fire near the Wyoming line threatened about 40 cabins after exploding in size to more than 8 square miles, federal fire officials said. Shifting winds sent the fire surging Wednesday from a single square mile. Trees killed by a beetle infestation fueled the flames in and around Routt National Forest, 140 miles north of Denver and 2 miles from Wyoming. California: Cooler weather helped crews fighting two fires that burned more than 8 square miles of chaparral and brush in the Angeles National Forest and foothill communities northeast of Los Angeles. The fires were 15 percent contained.

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Progress made in San Gabriel Complex Fire before dry winds return

abc7.com
June 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

AZUSA, Calif. — Firefighters were gaining ground on the San Gabriel Complex Fire with 15 percent containment, and although some residents were allowed to return home briefly, others weren’t so lucky. Residents of the Mountain Cove community were allowed to grab items from their homes Thursday morning, but evacuations were still in effect as crews continued to battle the wild fire, also known as the Fish Fire and Reservoir Fire, which together have burned 5,235 acres. “Mountain Cove residents will have approximately 30 minutes to get back to their residences, gather whatever belongings or needs that they have and then they’ll be escorted back out,” said Sgt. Randy Schmidt of Azusa police.

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The Latest: 100-acre wildfire contained in central Nevada

Associated Press in The Missoulian
June 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on wildfires burning across the West (all times local): 11:53 a.m. Fire crews in north-central Nevada have fully contained a 100-acre wildfire in a remote area north of Gabbs about 120 miles east of Carson City. The Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center said Thursday a fire line has been drawn completely around the blaze in grass and brush near Lodi Valley. The fire was reported shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Crews halted the advance of the flames overnight and remained on the scene Thursday mopping up and putting out hotspots. No homes or structures were threatened. But fire officials cautioned that a “red flag warning” remains in effect for the area until 9 p.m. Thursday due to gusty winds and low relative humidity.

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Cedar Fire Growth Rate Slows

45,000-acre wildfire near Show Low moving toward previously burned area
Payson Roundup
June 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Some 1,000 firefighters have the Cedar Fire 24 percent contained, although the fire still grew to 45,000 acres overnight. Firefighters hope to keep the fire moving toward older burned areas, although that means continuing to put out wind-whipped embers. Burnout operations continue to produce smoke, but the fire’s growth rate has slowed considerably. …Yesterday, the primary activity occurred on the east and southeast side of the fire within the steep canyons of unburned pine stands. With the direction of the wind shifting more out of the west southwest, several embers crossed Road B-33 and were suppressed by fire crews and helicopters.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Farming and forestry can’t combine to reduce greenhouse gases – EU commission

Irish Farmers Journal
June 23, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Ireland had been pushing for the two to be allowed to offset each other as climate targets are being set for the next 15 years. The EU climate action commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, has said separating forestry and farming would ensure total emissions were cut. “Our intention is to keep land use and forestry as a separate pillar,” he said. The Commission is expected to propose legislation next month outlining how each country must tackle climate chenge until 2030. The climate commissioner told the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament that he would allow “limited” use of carbon credits from forestry to offset farm emissions.

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