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Daily Archives: July 4, 2016

Froggy Foibles

How research into glowing fungi could lead to trees lighting our streets

By Steve Connor
The Guardian
July 3, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

…Bioluminescence has been “invented” dozens of times in evolutionary history and serves a variety of purposes, from attracting mates and luring prey to warding off predators. …The exact method of how mushrooms can generate a spooky glow remained a mystery, in contrast to the elucidation of the light-emitting pigments used by the many other forms of life that can generate bioluminescence. But now a team led by Ilia Yampolsky of the Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry in Moscow has finally teased apart the chemical structure of the fungal protein used to generate the ghostly glow of foxfire. …This would be a key breakthrough in, for instance, designing a genetically modified tree that could glow in the dark and act as a sustainable source of street lighting. The idea is not as crazy as it may seem.

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Business & Politics

Four largest shareholders back proposed Catalyst sale

Cowichan Valley Citizen
July 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As talks continue about an overseas bid to purchase Catalyst Paper, the company announced June 30 that its four largest shareholders have decided to give Kejriwal Group International their backing. Catalyst owns Crofton mill. These “principal security holders” control approximately 79 per cent of Catalyst’s outstanding common shares and, according to a release from Catalyst have filed appropriate papers with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission setting out the details of a support agreement. “The support agreement has been entered into between KGI and the Principal Securityholders following previously disclosed discussions. [Catalyst] is not a party to the support agreement, nor has it been a party to the discussions that led to it,” the release stated.

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Behind the scenes: How softwood lumber interrupted Obama and Trudeau’s bilateral bromance

CBC News
June 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

It wasn’t all bromance and backslaps in Ottawa when U.S. President Barack Obama addressed Parliament on Wednesday. Behind the closed doors of his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the tone abruptly changed from convivial to tense over softwood lumber — an export industry worth billions of dollars to Canadian producers. There are different accounts of exactly what happened. But multiple sources tell CBC News the issue first boiled up at a brief meeting between Michael Froman, the Americans’ top trade negotiator, and senior Canadian government officials.   “It was quite the moment,” said one Canadian source. “Froman tried to pull a fast one on us and the PM called him on it. He was telling Obama that we were making more progress than we are.”

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No softwood lumber deal, as ‘challenging but productive’ talks drag on

Trade irritant addressed in joint statement issued only after U.S. president’s departure from Ottawa
CBC News
June 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama didn’t say anything publicly about one of the toughest files in Canada-U.S. relations when they met in Ottawa Wednesday. An update on Canada-U.S. softwood lumber talks instead came by press release, and only after the U.S. president’s plane took off. And despite an intensified, late push for concrete progress on the trade issue — including a trip to Washington last week by International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland — what’s shaping up doesn’t look great for Canada. Wednesday evening’s statement from Obama and Trudeau characterized discussions as “challenging but productive.”

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Coastal logging optimism wanes in B.C.

by Karly Blats
Alberni Valley News
June 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent survey from the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) determined that optimism from community leaders towards the future of the coastal forest industry has declined since their last survey in 2004. The TLA, which represents independent timber harvesting contractors working on BC’s coast, received responses for their follow-up survey, Community Perspectives on the BC Coastal Forest Industry, from 27 community leaders. “We thought this would be a great time to do another survey,” David Elstone, TLA executive director said. “It’s really to reach out to increase our connections with our local communities to get the feedback from the community decision makers, such as the mayors, to touch base and find out what their perspectives are on the forest industry.”

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Victoria “heartened” by Trudeau-Obama commitment to new softwood lumber pact

By Glen Korstrom
Business in Vancouver
June 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the wake of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday placing a priority on renegotiating a softwood lumber agreement, the B.C. government is expressing appreciation. After all, the U.S. is B.C.’s largest market for softwood lumber products and, within Canada, more than 50% of Canada’s softwood lumber exports to the U.S. originate from B.C. …“I am heartened to see that both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama have committed to maintain an intensive pace of engagement with a view to exploring approaches to achieve a mutually acceptable agreement by this fall,” said Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

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Optimism fading for coastal forest industry

by John McKinley
BC Local News
June 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coastal communities are losing faith in the logging industry that once sustained them. According to a survey of coastal mayors, only a quarter of them think the industry is managing B.C.’s forests properly, almost two-thirds feel it is in worse shape than it was decade ago, and a little over half are optimistic about its future. Still, the executive director of the industry advocacy group that commissioned the survey is looking at its results as less of an indictment of the state of the industry and more of a clear indication of how important it is to the communities surveyed. “It’s not a statement of losing faith in the industry. It’s a show of faith they know the importance of the industry to the community,” David Elstone said.

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Optimism fades for forestry industry, survey of B.C. coastal mayors says

By Liam Britten
CBC News
July 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Truck Loggers Association worried about job losses in coastal communities. Mayors of B.C.’s coastal towns have expressed a lack of optimism for the forestry industry, according to a survey from the Truck Loggers Association. Twenty-seven mayors responded to the survey, said David Elstone, executive director of the association, which represents independent coastal logging companies. Elstone said many of the mayors said forestry in B.C. is in worse shape than it was a decade ago. …Other findings from the survey included a slight increase in support for log exports, strong support for First Nations’ involvement in the forestry sector and a desire from mayors to change the image of the forestry sector to attract younger workers.

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Fingers crossed on lumber

By Kate Bouey
Castanet.net
July 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With B.C.’s billion-dollar softwood lumber business on the line, the province has been closely watching talks this week between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – although a new trade deal remains elusive. The two leaders released a statement following their discussions on Wednesday that said the two nations had made important progress in negotiations, but significant differences remain. The trade pact expired last year. “British Columbia appreciates that the federal government continues to make finding a negotiated solution to Canada-U.S. lumber trade a top priority,” Forests Minister Steve Thomson said.

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Federal team established to aid struggling forest product industry

MaineBiz
July 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would establish an integrated, multi-agency Economic Development Assessment Team to assist Maine’s forest product industry following the string of several mill closures. The catalyst for the EDAT comes from a March 2016 letter from Maine’s congressional delegation to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. The goal of the EDAT will be to use multiple federal government agencies and solicit stakeholder input, to create economic development strategies to assist job growth in rural Maine communities, many of which have been hit the hardest by the recent hardships of the forest product industry.

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Update: Fire contained at Georgetown’s Interfor lumber mill

South Strand News
July 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States


One fire official said teamwork and good fortune resulted in the resolution of a fire at a Georgetown County lumber mill Friday morning. At about 11:20 a.m., firefighters were called to Interfor, 2701 Indian Hut Road, after receiving reports of a fire in the mill’s kiln.  Georgetown County Fire/EMS was the first department to arrive on scene, followed by the Georgetown City Fire Department and Midway Fire Rescue. According to Hucks, Interfor called firefighters after a fire started in one of the warehouse palettes. “They push wood through to dry it,” Hucks said. “It got to a certain temperature and the wood caught on fire.”

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Timber industry blames governor for forestry layoffs

Associated Press in Marietta Times
July 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An agency that represents logging operators and timber owners is blaming Gov. Early Ray Tomblin for state Division of Forestry layoffs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Forestry Association said Wednesday that Tomblin could have shifted funds from discretionary accounts to prevent the layoffs, which affected 37 employees who battle wildfires and monitor logging sites.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New wood recycling effort cheaper for businesses

By Jacy Zollar
Green Bay Press Gazette
June 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

HOBART – A new recycling effort in Brown County is not only better for the environment — it’s better for pocketbooks, too. Clean wood waste is now being accepted at Brown County Solid Waste Transfer on West Mason Street. Until now, most wood waste, like fencing or pallets, went straight to the landfill. The Brown County Resource Recovery Department’s new recycling program aims to reduce the amount of wood being thrown in the landfill and instead turn it into a usable resource. The department has partnered with Wisconsin Waste Wood Recycling in Suamico to turn the clean wood waste into boiler fuel for heating. Clean wood includes any decking, fencing, plywood or pallets that are unstained and untreated.

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Construction Corner: Researchers preparing for The Big One

by Korky Koroluk
Daily Commercial News
July 4, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A six-storey building in San Diego shook, rattled and rolled one day recently as it was subjected to an earthquake. A test earthquake. The building was fitted out with more than 250 sensors, more than 40 video cameras and a GPS system, all intended to help researchers assess how well the building stood up to the tremblor. The building was erected on a large shake table at the University of California (UC), San Diego. The test was part of a series aimed at determining whether lightweight steel structures are a better option than wood-frame structures for tall residential buildings in earthquake-prone areas like California. The building was designed to replicate a six-storey apartment building, so it is equipped with things like water heaters and stoves — things that have the potential to start a fire during an earthquake.

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Architect: Continent’s largest ‘CLT’ structure to be built in Asheville

By Joel Burgess
Asheville Citizen-Times
July 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ASHEVILLE – This city will be the site of the continent’s largest structure made from an alternative building product praised for its usability, flexibility and low environmental impact. That is according to an Asheville architect whose firm plans to build a six-story apartment complex for homeless veterans made from cross-laminated timber, or CLT. Crawford Murphy’s firm, MDS10 Architects, also wants to start producing CLT and hopes to become North America’s largest manufacturer of the tree-based construction product “CLT is the most sustainable and advanced wood technology in the world today,” Murphy told the City Council on June 28. At that meeting the council approved a six-story, 88-unit complex to be built for Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry in East Asheville.

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Green Blade banana fiber panels provide a stylish, sustainable alternative to wood

Inhabitat
June 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Potassium-rich bananas are a staple for healthy eaters but did you know that the “tree” trunk is a valuable resource as well? Martinique-based company FIBandCO transforms the bulk of the plant into “Green Blade” an all-natural, sustainable veneer used for decorative and acoustic panels. The exotic-looking material gives banana plants a second life and saves them from their typical fate of ending up as waste once the fruit has been harvested. Like bamboo, the banana plant is actually a grass, growing faster than traditional wood and reaching maturity at 9 months. In addition to promoting a rapidly renewable resource, Green Blade reduces deforestation, requires no water or glue in its production, and is manufactured in a factory powered entirely by photovoltaic panels.

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Forestry

Terrace historians rush to preserve forestry heritage

Terrace Standard
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local historians are hastening their efforts to record the history of the forestry industry in the lower Skeena and Nass Valley region citing concerns this chapter in Terrace heritage will soon be lost. The Terrace Regional Historical Society is looking for those who worked as loggers, truckers and millworks to share anecdotes and personal photographs from the forestry era. Few people remain who worked in the industry during the mid-twentieth century and it is their stories which have seldom been recorded throughout Terrace’s history. “That history is being lost — the forestry industry here is very much smaller [now] than it used to be,” said the historical society’s Norma Kerby, herself a longtime resident of the area.

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Douglas Coupland Designs Gold Hollow Tree Replica In Vancouver

Huffington Post
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you’ve ever spent a day (or 10) wandering through the greenery of downtown Vancouver’s Stanley Park, you’ve undoubtedly come across the famous Hollow Tree. The majestic (and literally hollow) tree has huge significance for many — even, as it turns out, beloved artist and Vancouverite Douglas Coupland. Coupland was commissioned by real estate developer Intracorp to create a sculpture for display outside of its new MC2 condo and retail development at Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie. Coupland came up with a sculpture version of the Hollow Tree, the plan for which he unveiled Wednesday.

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Emerald ash borer has arrived in Thunder Bay

TB Newswatch
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — The invasive emerald ash borer has arrived in Thunder Bay. City officials on Thursday announced the confirmation, saying the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the organization responsible for regulating and managing invasive species, officially indicated the Asian beetle has advanced within municipal borders. “The city has been aware of the encroaching EAB infestation for several years and is an active participant in the Northwestern Ontario EAB Task Force, which has coordinated proactive planning, education, and detection efforts since 2011,” said city forester Shelley Vescio, chair of the Northwestern Ontario EAB Task Force.

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Young, spindly and doomed: The hard life of Montreal’s sidewalk trees

Montreal Gazette
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s not easy being a tree in the big city. Especially if that city is Montreal. While all urban trees are subject to an undue amount of strife brought on by pollution, the weight of automobiles and people crushing their roots, and the indignities of human contact that include too much handling and bike locks damaging their bark, Montreal’s trees are also victim to two particularly noxious threats: snowplows, which break their skin, and salt, which poisons their circulatory systems. …The average life expectancy of a tree once it’s planted downtown is five to 10 years. It’s only two to three years for those with the misfortune to be transplanted to Ste-Catherine St.

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Forestry makes a science-based case for harvesting

By Ella Myers
Northern Ontario Business
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dean Caron likes to compare forests to people — they’re constantly changing. With more than 20 years in the forestry industry, the industry advisor for FP Innovations in Kenora should know. But this isn’t something everybody knows, according to Caron, and he thinks this is where a lot of opposition to the forestry industry comes from. Caron and Kenora’s mayor, Dave Canfield, are fighting back against what they call bad science and advocating for the facts on forestry in Northern Ontario with a study and presentation called “Trees are the Answer.” The concept came to be over lunch in April 2015, with Caron describing to Canfield some work he was doing to educate children about the way forests regenerate after deforestation, and how the forestry industry’s harvesting methods resulted in something more akin to reforestation.

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Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list

Associated Press in The Billings Gazette
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States


NEW YORK — Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations. The study didn’t explore the reasons behind the differences, but researchers found the highest suicide rates in manual laborers who work in isolation and face unsteady employment. High rates were also seen in carpenters, miners, electricians and people who work in construction. Mechanics were close behind. Dentists, doctors and other health care professionals had an 80 percent lower suicide rate than the farmers, fishermen and lumberjacks. Thursday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is perhaps the largest U.S. study to compare suicide rates among occupations.

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Forest Service moves forward with Tongass second-growth transition

KTOO
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service moved forward Thursday with plans to transition to second-growth harvest on the Tongass National Forest within 16 years. The draft record of decision represents a compromise that won’t leave anyone completely happy. Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart has chosen Alternative 5 for the proposed Tongass Land Management Plan amendment. What does that mean? Well, there’s a lot of detail in the draft Record of Decision, but the main point is that during the transition, the U.S. Forest Service will offer an average of 46 million board feet of timber on the Tongass National Forest per year. For the first decade, that will include more old-growth logging than second growth – almost three times as much. But then from years 11-15, the ratio will flip, allowing more young growth harvest and limiting old growth.

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USFS: Tongass Forest Plan Amendment supports sustainable communities and viable economies

Environmentalists Say FS Plan Would Perpetuate Destruction of Tongass Old-Growth
Sit News
July 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – Friday, the U.S. Forest Service issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) in the Tongass Land Management Plan amendment process. According to the USFS, the plan amendment focuses on accelerating the transition from old-growth timber harvest to young-growth while maintaining opportunities for a viable timber industry in Southeast Alaska. The plan also contributes to sustainable and diverse local economies by promoting renewable energy development. …According to Audubon Alaska, although the decision scales back the amount of old-growth trees available for timber harvest in the coming years, there is no firm deadline for finally ending this ecologically destructive practice. …Earthjustice has been working to defend the Tongass National Forest for over three decades and says the Forest Service’s long-awaited proposal for amending the Tongass Land Management Plan are disappointing.

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Wood products group says it did not endorse Gianforte

The Missoulian
July 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — At campaign events, Republican Greg Gianforte touted an endorsement from the Montana Wood Products Association, but the Bozeman businessman may have to walk back that claim after the association said Friday it had not made an endorsement in the gubernatorial race. On at least two occasions, Gianforte said he had the association’s backing. As recently as his May 16 telephone town hall, Gianforte said he was “thrilled to pick up the endorsement” of the group. But association president Paul McKenzie said a poorly worded email between the association and the Gianforte campaign led to a misunderstanding. The word “endorsement” should not have been used in any of the communications, he said. “We have not endorsed either one of the candidates,” McKenzie said. “Both have good attributes on our issues and people will have to make their own decisions about them,” McKenzie said.

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LETTER: Fight for timber jobs that are left

by State Rep. Zac Perry, House District 3
Daily Inter Lake
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With the recent news that Weyerhaeuser is closing down two of its mills in Columbia Falls, I have experienced many different emotions. How is this possible when the ink has yet to dry on the paper proclaiming that Plum Creek is now Weyerhaeuser? … The fact of the matter is that it’s complicated. Numerous factors have contributed to these closures. The question to ask now is what do we do, or more importantly, what can each of us do? As a community, we can come together to support our laid-off workers and their families. As individuals, we can have each other’s backs while keeping those affected in our thoughts and prayers.

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Forest Service Plan Would Perpetuate Destruction of Tongass Old-Growth

eNews Park Forest
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Juneau, AK — Today, the U.S. Forest Service released its long-awaited proposal for amending the Tongass Land Management Plan and the results are disappointing. We will continue to work with the Obama administration to correct the pervasive mistakes in this plan. Earthjustice has been working to defend this national treasure for over three decades. The following is a statement by one of our lead attorneys working on this issue, Holly Harris: “Instead of making the promised rapid transition out of old-growth logging, the Forest Service’s proposed plan perpetuates the conflict and controversy of clear-cutting Tongass old-growth forests for at least another 15 years and possibly much longer, destroying the very same forests that support our world-class fishing, hunting, tourism and recreation industries.

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Timber Harvesting in Wildlife Management Area Generates Controversy

Bangor Daily News
July 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

“We want to create the best wildlife habitat we can.” Those words, from Keel Kemper, a wildlife biologist with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, summed up his agency’s goals for the Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hallowell, and helped critics understand a proposed timber harvesting plan that has generated quite a bit of concern and controversy. The Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area is 915 acres in size and features a 107 acre pond as well as 808 acres of upland habitat with is predominantly mixed wood forest. This WMA is set to undergo its first timber harvesting project in more than a decade, covering about 70 percent of the area, prompting questions from folks who enjoy this area about the size and scope of the initiative.

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A new way of planting trees on Greenwich Avenue

By Peregrine Frissell
Greenwich Time
June 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GREENWICH — A new experiment in tree planting is being employed at the end of Greenwich Avenue. Silva Cell technology allows trees roots to grow more freely than they do under traditional sidewalk construction by using braces to support pavement rather than compact gravel. The braces allow builders to install soil under the pavement, which is more conducive to root growth than gravel. Tree Warden Bruce Spaman recommended the method as a condition of construction during the planning and zoning process for a project at 435 Greenwich Ave.

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Southern pine beetle, a major threat to trees, found again in Alachua County

By Cindy Swirko
Gainesville Sun
July 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An insect smaller than a grain of rice that cost some Alachua County homeowners thousands of dollars the last time it infested the area is back again. The southern pine beetle has been found in three forested areas in the county, prompting hasty cutting with the hope of keeping the bugs from spreading. So far, the beetles have not been found in residential areas but county forester Dave Conser of the Florida Forest Service said they may be coming to your yard. “They’re back,” Conser said. “Hopefully they don’t get into town and tear up people’s yard trees.” John Burns of SkyFrog Tree Service said crews have had to take down trees infested with pine beetles, though he didn’t specify if they were southern pine beetles. Some homeowners needed multiple trees removed, including some along Millhopper Road.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canfor eyes Prince George for major biofuel facility

By Jon Hernandez
CBC News
July 2, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

New facility could produce up to 400,000 barrels of biocrude annually, says Canfor Pulp president. One of the world’s largest logging companies is looking to get into the oil business. Canfor is in the early phases of developing what would be the first ever commercial-scale biocrude oil plant. The logging company is looking to convert wood waste from its pulp mills into mass quantities of crude oil at a new facility in Prince George. “In the next few years we’ll be announcing a project and building a real facility that will produce upwards of 400,000 barrels of oil a year,” said Bret Robinson, president of Canfor Pulp. The impending project comes after Canfor formed a joint venture with Australian biofuel production start-up Licella to explore the economic possibilities for large-scale biocrude production plants.

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Cloverdale Fuel: Biomass Pioneer of the 1940s Continues to Play Lead Role

Pallet Enterprise
July 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Early market leader continues to innovate when it comes to woody biomass, fuel and recycling wood waste. Learn how you can improve your waste management based on Cloverdale? success. Biomass has been a rapidly growing component of the wood fiber market, but for Cloverdale Fuel, the trend is anything but new. The British Columbia-based wood waste and transport company was formed during the World War II when oil and gas were in short supply and wood fuel for heat was urgently needed. Today, the company boasts the largest grinding machine in Western Canada, serving customers from its 14-acre site in Langley, as well as through satellite locations in British Columbia and Washington state.

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Arizona Daily Star Arizona is in the line of wildfire, new study shows

By Tony Davis
Arizona Daily Star
July 3, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Arizona is among the West’s leading states in the growth of big wildfires, says a new report linking the trend to climate change. This state is second among 11 Western states in growth in the number and size of large wildfires on Forest Service land since 1970, says the study from the nonprofit research organization Climate Central. Arizona is also predicted to have by far the largest increase in the number of days with high wildfire potential by 2050. …“Arizona is actually among the fastest warming states in the entire country,” said the researcher, Alyson Kenward, a Climate Central senior scientist and vice president.

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Plants’ ability to slow climate change depends on their fungi

Imperial College London
June 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Scientists have discovered why only certain plants can take in extra carbon dioxide when levels rise and help to reduce global warming. Plants take in carbon dioxide for growth, and in a greenhouse, raising the levels of carbon dioxide can boost their growth. This boost is known as the ‘CO2 fertilisation effect’. This effect also works on a global scale, with plants currently absorbing about 30 percent of human CO2 emissions. This helps to remove some extra CO2 from the atmosphere, slowing down the rate of climate change. However, it was not known whether this effect would continue indefinitely, and plants would continue to take up the same percentage of extra CO2 emissions with rising levels. 

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Forest Fires

Alberta forest fire prompts Fort Smith, N.W.T., residents to prepare for evacuation

By Alyssa Mosher
CBC News
July 2, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

People in Fort Smith, N.W.T. are being told to prepare to evacuate the community due to a forest fire burning about five kilometres away. The fire is on the Alberta side of the border, just south of Fort Smith, and hasn’t grown more than four hectares. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the N.W.T. said its crews and crews in Alberta responded to the fire around 1 p.m. Friday. It said the fire is under control and Fort Smith isn’t at risk. Officials with the Town of Fort Smith said they haven’t declared a state of emergency, but residents should still be prepared. Winds are only gusting at 16 km/h, but they’re coming from the south — where the fire is — which poses a greater risk to the community.

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Forest fire contained after shutting down Highway 1 from Hope to Cache Creek

Fire information officer says fire 4 kilometres south of Lytton was easily visible from the highway
CBC News
June 30, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire four kilometres south of Lytton that shut down Highway 1 traffic from Hope to Cache Creek on Thursday has now been contained. Fire information officer Rachel Witt said the fire was reported mid-morning and grew to about four hectares in size. “It’s an aggressive fire, so we do see open flames … up on the top of the trees, some of them are on fire,” she said at the time. Witt said the fire was on a steep hill and threatened no structures. Thirty-five firefighters and four air tankers and helicopters worked to put it out.  Witt says the fire is believed to have been human-caused.

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Burns Bog Fire Update

Corporation of Delta
July 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Corporation of Delta continues to battle the fire in Burns Bog today. The fire started at approximately 11:40 am just west of 80 Street, east of Highway 17. The Corporation of Delta Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at 3:15 pm and has since been joined by representatives from BC Hydro and Fortis BC. Currently, the fire is expanding and the most recent estimate of size is 55 hectares. Fire crews are on the ground and in the process of containing the fire with the support of five helicopters and aerial tankers. The firefight is being conducted by Delta Fire and crews from the BC Wildfire Services and Metro Vancouver. Firefighters from Squamish and Hope have also join the firefighting efforts. Delta Fire is also receiving support at our fire halls from Surrey, New Westminster and Richmond Fire Services.

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Forest Service: Wildfire sparked by forest-thinning effort

Associated Press in San Francisco Gate
July 1, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CHILILI, N.M. — A wildfire that destroyed a dozen homes in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico was caused by a wood-chipping machine being used to clear brush and forest debris to prevent just such fires, the U.S. Forest Service announced on Friday. Forest Service Special Agent Robin Poague said Friday at a news conference that preliminary information made him confident that a wood masticator caused the Dog Head Fire. The investigation is still underway. The fire broke out on the morning of June 14 south of Albuquerque on Forest Service land near Isleta Pueblo and has burned across 28 square miles of land, consuming the homes and at least 30 other structures. It was 95 percent contained Friday.

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Firefighters Threatened As Storms Strike

Payson Roundup
July 2, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The monsoon set in this week, with heavy rain, winds and lightning strikes that made for sometimes dangerous conditions on the fire line — and an unpredictable holiday weekend for visitors. On Tuesday, winds fanned a seemingly quiet portion of the Cedar Fire near Show Low, forcing six members of a Navajo Hotshot crew to deploy their fire shelters as the fire veered toward them. All managed to get into their shelters as the flames approached. After the fire passed, they walked out. Paramedics rushed them to Summit Healthcare in Show Low, where they were treated and released. The incident spurred chilling memories of 2013, when 19 Prescott firefighters were killed in their fire shelters when intense flames swept down on them, burning so hot the shelters melted and disintegrated.

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A day unlike any other: Firefighter recounts the first day of the Observation fire

By Perry Backus
The Missoulian
July 2, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – In the 23 years he’s been fighting wildfires, Derek Davenport has never seen anything quite like what unfolded on the first day of the Observation fire. When a single lightning strike started the fire southwest of Hamilton, the Bitterroot National Forest fire crews were gathered in Sula for a preparedness review. At about noon on June 24, they received a call that the Deer Mountain Lookout had spotted smoke near Observation Point….“In all the trainings that we go through, you hear that you will never run into all these different elements at once,” Davenport said. “We had them all at one time.”

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