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Business & Politics

Toronto’s Norbord riding the rising wave of OSB sales

by BERTRAND MAROTTE
Globe and Mail
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

For years, it was known as the ugly duckling, cheaper alternative to plywood. One design maven described it as “like the turkey loaf of building materials.” But oriented strand board – OSB for short – has come into its own over the past 3 1/2 decades as a major player in North American wood-frame housing construction and is increasingly used for industrial and other applications. …Norbord, once a diversified forestry company, has shed assets over the years and focused on OSB. Now boasting annual sales in the $1.5-billion (U.S.) range and a market capitalization of about $2.4-billion (Canadian), it bills itself as the world’s largest producer of OSB.

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Lack of Lumber Pact Good for Canadian Wood?

Bloomberg
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The expiration of the softwood lumber pact between the U.S. and Canada seems to be working in Canada’s favour. Demand for lumber increased 13 percent through April in the United States, and Canadian exports have satisfied that demand. Bloomberg Intelligence Analyst, Joshua Zaret tells Breaking Ground why he thinks Canada may not be the winner here.

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Halalt First Nation’s Fight Against Vancouver Island Pulp Mill Pollution

By Carol Linnitt
DeSmog Canada
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Catalyst Paper Company’s pulp mill was renovated in the 1980s, ancestral remains of the Halalt First Nation were found underneath a cement helicopter pad. The discovery was yet another piece of evidence that the mill, located in Crofton, B.C. about 45 kilometres north of Victoria, was built on culturally sensitive First Nation’s territory. But according to the Halalt First Nation, cultural damage is only a part of the harm caused by the industrial facility, operating since 1957, that is responsible for the release of endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing dioxins and furans into the local environment. According to Eli Enns, director of operations for the Halaht, the ongoing pollution in the region is wreaking havoc on the local environment.

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BC Hydro burying power lines at Downie Timber

Revelstoke Review
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Hydro is spending $1.5 million to bury power lines at Downie Timber that it says represent a safety hazard. “BC Hydro is pleased to start this important safety project that will reduce the likelihood of machinery contacting our electrical equipment in the Downie sawmill yard, protect the safety of Downie mill workers and reduce power outages to the community of Revelstoke,” wrote spokesperson Jen Walker-Larsen in an e-mail. The project will see the power lines that run by the mill on Vernon Street taken down and placed underground. Another section of power line that runs parallel to Vernon Avenue, between Mill Street and Downie Street will be removed.

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Canfor Plateau Mill fire under investigation

By Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Canadian Forest Industries
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Work Safe BC and the RCMP are investigating a fire at the Canfor Plateau Mill, approximately 25 km west of Vanderhoof, B.C. Vanderhoof Fire Services were called to the scene on July 16, and quickly extinguished a small fire. Emergency Health Services attended and cleared all personnel who were exposed to smoke inhalation. There were no serious injuries.  An initial investigation determined the fire was started by a welding torch near the edger machine in the sawmill during routine maintenance.

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Wyden, Crapo Call For Strong Protections For American Jobs and Manufacturing in U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Negotiations

United States Senate Committee on Finance
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – In a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative today, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and 23 other Senators called for any new softwood lumber agreement with Canada to include strong protections for American lumber jobs and mills. “The adverse impacts of Canada’s subsidized lumber on U.S. producers, workers, and communities have been well-documented for decades. Subsidized and unfairly traded lumber imports continue to severely harm United States mills, workers and communities,” the Senators wrote. “To fully address these impacts, any new agreement must establish border measures that are effective in all market situations and that disallow further divergences between U.S. and Canadian timber costs created by Canadian subsidies.

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Senators Urge Trade Ambassador to Fight for New Softwood Lumber Agreement

By Chris Griffin
AM 1450 Bozeman’s News Talk
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are continuing their efforts to increase timber production in Montana and ensure local lumber mills are being treated fairly. In a letter to U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman, Tester and Daines are pushing for a new deal to include volume restrictions, which will provide a competitive market for American lumber. “A strong lumber industry is essential to the U.S. economy, and securing fair trade in lumber is of critical importance to domestic lumber manufacturers and their workers,” Tester and Daines said. “Subsidized and unfairly traded lumber imports continue to severely harm United States mills, workers and communities.”

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U.S. Lumber Coalition Applauds Senate Letter Supporting Negotiations for a Strong Agreement with Canada on Softwood Lumber Trade

PR Newswire
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Lumber Coalition applauds today’s letter from 25 United States Senators commending United States Trade Representative Froman and his team for the ongoing efforts to negotiate an effective, sustainable solution to the longstanding challenge presented by unfairly traded softwood lumber from Canada. The letter co-sponsored by Sens. Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID) welcomes the outcome of the most recent discussions between Canada and the United States, and specifically the recognition that any new agreement be designed to maintain Canadian exports at or below an agreed U.S. market share.

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Effingham lumber companies announce expansions

SCNow
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EFFINGHAM, S.C. – Charles Ingram Lumber Co. and sister company Willowcreek Lumber announced on Tuesday $8.3 million expansions that will take place over the next five years. A family owned sawmill that can trace its roots to 1931 and currently employs approximately 160 people, Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is “expanding its operations significantly” with a $6.5 million project, company officials said, while Willowcreek Lumber is expanding with a $2.8 million investment. Facility construction along with machinery and equipment additions, which include upgrades to a planer mill and a new crane to increase log storage, are the underlying reasons for the growth, company officials said, with the added benefit of bolstering the economic development environment in Florence County and the Pee Dee region as a whole.

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Stora Enso looks at expansion of CLT capacity

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
July 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso has commissioned a feasibility study regarding the possibilities of expanding the Grüvon sawmill site with a 75,000 m³ cross-laminated-timber (CLT) plant. The concern states that the subject of the study is a performance audit of the planned expansion investment, for which a total of roughly €30-34m is budgeted. In addition, the consequent synergies for existing production operations at the plant are to be analysed. A final decision on the investment is to be made on the basis of the study results, though no timetable has yet been specified by Stora Enso for this.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Don’t get “all shook up”: Wood construction can handle high wind, seismic forces

By John Showalter, PE
Construction Network Magazine
July 19, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Years of research, real-life events and building code development have proven that wood-frame structures can meet or exceed the most demanding design requirements for high wind and seismic forces. Wood buildings tend to have numerous nail connections—especially in the shear walls and diaphragms—that have inherent ductility. This allows them to dissipate energy when faced with the sudden loads of an earthquake or high wind event. These facts continue to be recognized in the design community, and the following changes reflected in the “2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS)” standard provide a brief overview of the more significant enhancements

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The making of Simon Hasan and Artek’s ‘Primary Objects’ nesting trays

By Nick Vinson
Wallpaper
July 19, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Taking Artek co-founder Alvar Aalto’s traditional wood-bending techniques – using lamella, slim layers of wood that are laminated together and then bent – and his formal vocabulary of organic curves as a starting point, London-based designer Simon Hasan proposed a basic geometry for a family of five tabletop trays in various sizes. These may be used individually or configured together to make storage and display units.  After a visit to the Artek 2nd Cycle store in Helsinki, where the Finnish furniture brand shows pre-owned Aalto-designed chairs, Hasan went on to Artek’s workshop in Turku, where all Aalto furniture has been produced since the 1960s.

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Deal all but done for new timber mill

By David Johnston
The Border Mail Australia
July 19, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WODONGA’S Logic industrial estate is poised to be chosen as the site for a $25 million cross laminated timber factory. The company behind the project, which will create 54 jobs, has confirmed an announcement on the project will be made within 48 hours. XLam announced in late May it would be building a timber processing facility in either Albury or Wodonga with the aim of being operational by June next year. Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie confirmed on Tuesday the council had approved a planning application for the XLam facility at the Logic industrial hub. But not on council-owned land at Logic. “Everything is looking very promising,” Cr Speedie said.

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Forestry

Ecological emergency: call to save remaining West Coast old growth forest

By Marc Montgomery
Radio Canada International
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups are sounding an urgent alarm over logging of ancient trees, the “old growth” forest, throughout Canada’s Pacific coast province of British Columbia. The Sierra Club of B.C., in a press release said, 2,430 sq.km of rainforest were logged on Vancouver Island between 2004 and 2015, and of that 1,000 sq km. were “old growth” forests. The Sierra club says even as the amount of remaining old growth forest is cut down, the logging process is speeding up. The environmental group says from 2007 to 2011, about 76 sq km of ancient trees were cut annually, but that increased in the following years to 90 sq.km being cut every year.

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David Suzuki: Industrial damage threatens Blueberry River’s way of life

The Georgia Straight
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Industrial activity has profoundly affected the Blueberry River First Nations in northern B.C. A recent Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance, compiled by the First Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Ecotrust, found that 73 percent of the area inside its traditional territory is within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance and 85 percent is within 500 metres. In other words, in much of the territory, which once supported healthy moose and caribou populations, it is difficult, if not impossible, to walk half a kilometre before hitting a road, seismic line, or other industrial infrastructure. Local caribou populations are threatened with extinction mainly because of habitat disturbance caused by industrial activity and ensuing changes to predator-prey dynamics.

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Canfor explains its Upper Clearwater logging plans

By Keith McNeill
Clearwater Times
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging blocks under discussion on the shoulder of Trophy Mountain and on the west side of the Clearwater River would yield about 200,000 cubic meters of wood – equivalent to between 20 and 25 per cent of Canfor’s Vavenby division’s annual allowable cut, according to Peter Baird, Canfor’s general manager for forest planning. Speaking at an open house held Wednesday, July 13, in Dutch Lake Community Centre, Baird said that they believe their logging plans are consistent with the land use plans for the area, including the Kamloops Land Resource Management Plan (LRMP) and the Upper Clearwater Guiding Principles. “Some folks disagree but we believe that we are … certainly we’re striving to be,” Baird said.

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Environmental groups want Alberta government to ditch caribou plan

The Canadian Press in Calgary Herald
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

About a dozen environmental groups from across the country are urging the Alberta government to abandon a draft plan for the recovery of woodland caribou. The groups say a proposal to fence in 100 square kilometres of forest for pregnant females would lead to predators and other animals such as deer, elk and moose being destroyed. The public is being asked to voice opinions on the draft before the Aug. 5 deadline. Environmentalists say the major issue that needs to be addressed is the loss of natural habitat to industrial expansion. Some of the organizations criticizing the caribou plan include the Animal Alliance of Canada, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Wolf Awareness.

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B.C. minister disappointed in public confidence level of his ministry

By Mike Davis
Campbell River Mirror
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is disappointed in the public’s perception of the resource industry. Minister Steve Thomson was in Campbell River Friday afternoon to speak to Chamber of Commerce members and guests and outlined some of the challenges the ministry faces going forward. “Whether it is forestry, the salmon farming industry or other resource-based industry, those sectors have such an important contribution to the economy here in British Columbia,” Thomson told those assembled at the Anchor Inn Friday. “It really is – if you go back to the forest sector – it really is what the province was built on if you look at the history, and in my role, it really is about trying to ensure that we continue to have a globally-competitive forestry industry but also a competitive resource sector that continues to make that economic contribution.”

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Halifax government teams with Dalhousie University to study urban forest Globalnews.ca

By Steve Silva
Global News
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Dalhousie University group is producing an analysis of the state of Halifax’s urban forest, focusing on trees in particular. “When we know what the inventory of trees is then we can make calculations about those ecosystem services and present that information… to help [Halifax Regional Council] understand it’s an incredibly good investment to invest in trees,” Peter Duinker, a professor in Dalhousie University‘s School for Resource and Environmental Studies, said. The $43,036 project is the second study of its kind for the Halifax Regional Municipality. The last study was done in 2007. Duinker said the data being collected can determine the amount of energy savings trees provide.

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Pointe-Claire wants to help ash tree owners

Montreal Gazette
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city of Pointe-Claire has brought back the grant program implemented last year to help ash tree owners protect the trees by reimbursing them for up to 50 per cent of the cost of preventive treatment or felling. “These initiatives are designed to provide our citizens with financial support in order to preserve our urban forest and its benefits for our environment in addition to ensuring a safe environment for everyone,” Mayor Morris Trudeau said in a statement. There are 8,000 ash trees in Pointe-Claire at risk of being destroyed by the emerald ash borer, an insect from Asia that has been ravaging trees in North America since the early 2000s.

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State aims to bolster timber harvest with Good Neighbor Authority

by TOM KUGLIN
Helena Independent Record
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state of Montana entered into an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service on Monday designed to expedite federal forestry projects and deliver more timber to lumber mills. …Leveraging resources under the Good Neighbor Authority provides another “tool in the tool box” and allows both governments to work across jurisdictional boundaries, improving efficiency and increasing project scope and size, Bullock said. A pair of future projects on the Flathead and Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National forests are proposed under the new authority totaling $177,000 in state investment. …Tubbs told reporters that the
Good Neighbor agreement has been in the works since late winter and
focuses on maximizing timber harvest and acres.

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Environmentalists shut out of Oregon forest litigation

by Mateusz Perkowski
The Capital Press
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmental and fishing groups will be shut out from high-stakes litigation over Oregon’s forest management policies, according to a judge’s order. Linn County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy has denied a request by several non-profit organizations to intervene in the lawsuit, which seeks $1.4 billion from Oregon on behalf of multiple counties. “Passionate concern about something does not qualify an applicant for intervenor status,” Murphy said in the ruling. The proposed intervenors included the Wild Salmon Center and its policy director for Oregon and California, Robert Van Dyk, as well as the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Association of Northwest Guides and Anglers and Pacific Rivers Council.

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Governor Signs Bill to Support Alaska Timber Industry

Sit News
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Klawock, Alaska – Today, Governor Bill Walker signed into law a bill designed to meet the growing demand for timber in southeast Alaska – after the lack of federal timber threatened the industry’s survival in the state. Senate Bill 32, which also expands the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ authority to respond to communities hardest hit by fuel prices, passed the 29th Alaska Legislature with near-unanimous support. …“As Alaska faces the greatest fiscal crisis in our state’s history, it’s important that we continue searching for areas where we can innovate to protect local industry,” said Governor Walker. “This bill will help promote the timber industry in Southeast Alaska and provide lower-cost biomass energy for rural Alaskans. I thank the owners of Viking Lumber, Kurt and Bryce Dahlstrom, for hosting this bill-signing ceremony.”

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Ashley National Forest Forest Revision Plan

Utah Public Radio
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Public input is being sought this week for a plan to update forest management in northeastern Utah. Ashley National Forest officials are in the process of revising the forest plan. The area under review borders Vernal, continues through Flaming Gorge, and runs into Rock Springs, Wyoming. Kathy Paulin is the Forest Revision Team Leader for the Ashley National Forest. She said the forest plan hasn’t been updated since 1986. “We need to get our plan current to understand the issues and uses and conditions that we’re dealing with today and we’re happy to getting started on it finally,” she said.

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Hanson missed mark on dead trees

Letter by Mort Merriss
The Modesto Bee
July 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Re “Dead trees are no threat” (Page 3B, July 6): The July 6 article “Dead tress are no threat” by research ecologist Chad Hanson was interesting, but it did catch my eye when he criticized the logging industry and the AG department solely for making money and having a political agenda, so I had to look a bit deeper. I’m not a logger, forestry professional, nor do I have a degree in the environmental sciences. Turns out, according to the Nature Conservancy, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere at a rate of about 6,000 pounds per cord, whether it is burned or rots on the forest floor. When harvested and removed, that carbon in the logs remains sequestered for the life of the wood product.

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Native forest areas in fine fettle

By Taranaki Regional Council
New Zealand Scoop
July 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Monitoring of Taranaki’s Key Native Ecosystems Tradescantia 1(KNEs) shows that the programme’s native forest areas are in fine fettle. There has been an improvement in the condition of 75% of the 12 native forest KNEs monitored in the Taranaki Regional Council’s first five-yearly assessments, with less predator damage, fewer weeds and more native species. KNEs are ecologically important habitats, and the forest regeneration is due to landowners carrying out regular weed and predator control, Tradescantia 1and improved fencing to keep out stock, says Environment Services Manager Steve Ellis. “Overall, those sites are looking and feeling more alive,” he says. “This is all about outcomes. What are the benefits of putting the fences and pest control in there? Is the condition of the habitat improving? So we’re measuring the outcomes of that work.”

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Forestry planting scheme now underway

By The New Zealand Government
New Zealand Scoop
July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew has this afternoon marked the success of the first round of the Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS), by planting a Eucalyptus Globoidea seedling at Ataahua on the Banks Peninsula. Following the re-launch of the scheme last year, $3.77m will be invested in 2,900ha of new forest planted this year, through 81 separate grants. “The new AGS builds on the success of the previous scheme and over the course of five years will see more than 15,000ha of new forest planted across the country,” says Mrs Goodhew.

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Logging in Mount Kenya forest pits politicians against local community

By Kagondu Njagi
Thomson Reuters Foundation
July 20, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THARAKA NITHI, Kenya, – Logging in the Mount Kenya National Park has set a group of politicians against a local community in a dispute over land rights involving allegations of privilege, harassment and violence. Atiriri Bururi ma Chuka, a local conservation group whose name translates as “keepers of Chuka community land”, says four politicians are working with a company that is felling trees on a 24,000-acre strip of protected forest land. The company, Kamweru Farm, has cleared more than 15 acres, says Atiriri, which has mapped the land, and work is continuing, which could scare off wildlife, contribute to climate change, and curb the forest’s ability to replenish freshwater stocks, impacting locals’ livelihoods. Commercial logging is prohibited on the land, which is a government reserve but also claimed by the Chuka community.

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Forest Fires

Western Wyoming fire forces evacuations, closes route to Jackson Hole

Casper Star-Tribune
July 19, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE — Firefighters worked Tuesday to protect rural homes and businesses threatened by a wildfire that has forced the evacuation of at least 70 people and shut down a highway that leads to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park. The Cliff Creek Fire, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, started on Sunday about 5 miles north of the rural community of Bondurant in Sublette County and has burned about 10 square miles. About 300 firefighters are battling it.

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Forest Service closes area near Idaho City because of Pioneer Fire

July 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Boise National Forest issues an area closure about 8 p.m. Tuesday as a result of the Pioneer Fire eight miles north of Idaho City. According to the news release, the closure begins at the Junction of Bear Run Road and Main Street in Idaho City. Bear Run Road to Meadow Drive and the Duquette Pines Subdivision road are not included in the closure. Additional resources were called in for the Pioneer Fire Tuesday. Campers near the affected area were evacuated after the fire was reported Monday. Smoke can be seen from Idaho City, Centerville and Pioneerville, but the fire is headed north away from those communities. No structures were in eminent danger Tuesday night, the Boise National Forest reports.

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Forest Service closes area near Idaho City because of Pioneer Fire

July 20, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Boise National Forest issues an area closure about 8 p.m. Tuesday as a result of the Pioneer Fire eight miles north of Idaho City. According to the news release, the closure begins at the Junction of Bear Run Road and Main Street in Idaho City. Bear Run Road to Meadow Drive and the Duquette Pines Subdivision road are not included in the closure. Additional resources were called in for the Pioneer Fire Tuesday. Campers near the affected area were evacuated after the fire was reported Monday. Smoke can be seen from Idaho City, Centerville and Pioneerville, but the fire is headed north away from those communities. No structures were in eminent danger Tuesday night, the Boise National Forest reports.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

North American forests unlikely to save us from climate change, study finds

from the University of Arizona
EurekAlert!
July 20, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Forests take up 25 – 30 percent of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide — a strong greenhouse gas — and are therefore considered to play a crucial role in mitigating the speed and magnitude of climate change. However, a new study that combines future climate model projections, historic tree-ring records across the entire continent of North America, and how the growth rates of trees may respond to a higher concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has shown that the mitigation effect of forests will likely be much smaller in the future than previously suggested. Published in the journal Ecology Letters, the study is the first to reveal the possible impact of a changing climate on the growth rate of trees across all of North America, in other words, how their growth changes over time and in response to shifting environmental conditions.

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Group clones California giant trees to combat climate change

By Scott Smith
Associated Press in Phys.org
July 20, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

At the foot of a giant sequoia in California’s Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease. There, the arborists clipped off tips of young branches to be hand-delivered across the country, cloned in a lab and eventually planted in a forest in some other part of the world. The two are part of a cadre of modern day Johnny Appleseeds who believe California’s giant sequoias and coastal redwoods are blessed with some of the heartiest genetics of any trees on Earth—and that propagating them will help reverse climate change, at least in a small way. “It’s a biological miracle,” said tree climber Jim Clark, firmly back on the ground and holding a green sprig to his lips as if to kiss it. “This piece of tissue … can be rooted, and we have a miniature 3,000-year-old tree.”

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Recruiting lumberjacks, architects and carpenters to combat climate change

Press Release from the FAO
EIN News
July 20, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Rome – When protecting forests, don’t forget the trees. Forests have an acclaimed role as a carbon sink needed to tackle climate change. Less known is how their contribution can be scaled up even after a tree has been logged. A new FAO publication, Forestry for a low-carbon future: Integrating forests and wood products in climate change strategies, offers insights in how to catalyse a “virtuous cycle” that exploits the life cycle of wood products – ranging from home furniture to wood pellets burned for fuel – to enhance and even multiply the well-known ability of forests to remove and store carbon from the atmosphere. “Forests are at the heart of the transition to low-carbon economies,” says René Castro-Salazar, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Forestry, “not only because of their double role as sink and source of emissions, but also through the wider use of wood products to displace more fossil fuel intense products.”

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