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Daily Archives: July 25, 2016

Froggy Foibles

With help from Jose Cuervo, Ford could reduce its carbon footprint

By Debbie Mielewski
Michigan Radio
July 22, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Using plants to make plastics is an idea that’s been around for a while. Henry Ford produced an experimental car with a soybean plastic exterior in 1941. Now, 75 years later, Ford is looking to make car parts out of another plant, a plant that’s best known for being an ingredient in Tequila. Instead of throwing out excess agave fiber, Jose Cuervo is giving it to Ford to put into plastic. Tequila comes from the agave plant and Ford is now turning leftover agave fiber into a plastic product. That’s after Jose Cuervo gets what it needs from the plant. …“When you put the agave fiber into the plastic, it sort of turns the whole thing a caramel color – very pleasant-looking, similar to wood trim in a vehicle,” Mielewski said.

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Business & Politics

Coalition demands end to raw log exports

Unifor
July 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unifor pulp and paper locals in British Columbia threw their support behind a rally on July 22 that demands an overhaul to the way the province’s forests are managed. A coalition of union, environmental organizations, and First Nations called on Premier Christy Clark to stop the export of raw logs. “The BC Liberals have been exporting forestry jobs overseas for 16 years,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “We need a government in BC that makes a strong forest sector their priority.” The coalition rallied in Port Alberni near the Catalyst paper mill. The mill is struggling under current conditions and only employs a fraction of the 1,500 workers it employed 30 years ago. Deregulation in the forestry sector has sent thousands of jobs overseas and has pushed the health of coastal forests to the brink.

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Environmentalists rally for forests and jobs in Alberni

Alberni Valley News
July 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Representatives from major forest industry unions and environmental organizations along with local elected officials and First Nations marched today, July 22, in Port Alberni to rally for sustainable forestry. The Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), Unifor, Wilderness Committee and Ancient Forest Alliance are calling on the BC government to end raw-log exports and to prioritize the transition to sustainable second-growth forestry Scott Fraser, MLA for Alberni-Pacific Rim, as well as local First Nations representatives spoke at the rally at Victoria Quay.

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Hefler asks for more time to pay off creditors

By James Risdon
Chronicle Herald
July 22, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Nova Scotia lumber company that’s survived for longer than Canada has been a country is now before the courts, asking for more time to pay off creditors. Hefler Lumber Products’ lawyer Carl Holm told the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Friday afternoon that the company owes more than $30 million to four secured creditors and another 30 to 40 unsecured creditors. Justice Glen G. McDougall stayed the proceedings until Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. “The business case for Hefler Forest Products is good,” David Barrett, a Hefler board member and minority shareholder, said Friday in an interview. “The thing is, as long as people will wait for their money, it’s pretty much 100 per cent sure they will get it.”

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Premiers discuss softwood lumber agreement at Council of the Federation meeting

Government of New Brunswick
July 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WHITEHORSE – Highlighting the importance of Canada’s continued relationship with the United States, its largest trading partner, the premiers urged both federal governments to expedite negotiations of a new agreement on softwood lumber. They also asked them to ensure that the agreement is fair and equitable and provides continued stability for Canada’s lumber industries and the communities that rely on their economic output. “It is imperative that a softwood lumber agreement be reached between the United States and Canada,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “The value of the lumber industry to New Brunswickers is significant in terms of employment and economic opportunity. We need to work collectively to protect and enhance the forestry sector in Canada and in New Brunswick in particular.”

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Baltic Rim Wood Fiber Supply and Demand

By Tracy Leslie
Biomass Magazine
July 24, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest data from Eurostat indicates that the European Union is on track to meet its renewable energy target of 20 percent by 2020. In 2014, with six years left to reach that goal, 16 percent of the region’s energy was derived from renewable sources. …According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, approximately 30 million cubic meters of timber are harvested annually in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Approximately 50 percent of the annual harvest is in the form of saw and veneer logs and 26 percent is pulpwood, a product that has very limited capacity for consumption in the immediate region. Other roundwood makes up 4 percent of the annual harvest, and wood fuel makes up another 20 percent.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden Tower Planned in Holland

By Christine Walsh
Jetson Green
July 24, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Building wooden skyscrapers seems to be gaining in popularity, and now one is going up in Amsterdam. The so-called Haut tower was designed by the Dutch firm Team V Architecture and they plan to begin construction in the later part of 2017. The skyscraper will measure 240 ft (73 m) in height and have 21 floors. It will be a luxury apartment complex, and Haut actually stands for Haute Couture. Occupants will have lots of options to choose from for their apartments, including the layout, number of balconies (if any) placement of double-height spaces and more. … The tower is actually part of a larger housing development project in Amstelkwartier, which will feature around 4,000 new residential units, as well as commercial and retail areas. …The Haut tower will certainly be the tallest timber skyscraper in the Netherlands and quite possibly the world, for the time being. Though others could steal that title, since it won’t be completed until 2019.

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Arup to help develop “tallest timber tower in world”

Global Construction Review
July 25, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Arup has been selected by the municipality of Amsterdam to develop HAUT, the highest wooden residential building in the world to date, counting 21 floors. Announcing the project win today, Arup said it would work in partnership with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen, TEAM V Architecture and Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij. The 73-metre-high residential tower located in the Amstelkwartier will include 55 apartments and an underground car park. It will have a total gross floor area of approximately 14,500 sq m and is intended to receive the BREEAM Outstanding label, the highest possible sustainability score. “Building in wood is one of the most talked about innovations in sustainable construction internationally, due to the large storage capacity of CO2,” Arup said. “Using wood provides an answer to the Municipality of Amsterdam’s quest for CO2 neutrality.”

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Forestry

Report: Major ecosystem losses in Canada’s boreal since 2000

By Elizabeth Shope and Danielle Droitsch
Natural Resources Defense Council
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Contrary to a recent report from Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), which goes to great lengths to say all is well in Canada’s boreal forest, a report released by Global Forest Watch (GFW) Canada this month presents a very different picture. While NRCAN’s report focuses on the lack of “deforestation,” that term has a very specific definition that fails to capture many of the most significant threats facing forests around the world today, including forests in Canada. The GFW Canada report released this month provides some critical analysis and perspective on the issue. In the report, GFW Canada reports an alarming erosion of Canada’s large intact forests (known as an intact forest landscapes) across Canada’s boreal region, with cumulative losses of intact forests in Canada between 2000 and 2013 totaling the area of Great Britain.

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Forestry funds shared

By Roger Knox
Vernon Morning Star
July 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s the Village of Lumby’s way of saying thank you. Village council unanimously voted to donate $10,000 in revenue from its community forest to the White Valley Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services. Mayor Kevin Acton made the presentation at the regular Regional District of North Okanagan meeting. Accepting the cheque were Area D director and RDNO chairperson Rick Fairbairn, and Cherryville director Hank Cameron. “We’ve been struggling with other functions within RDNO so this is a sign of good faith that we really want to participate,” said Acton.

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ART SEEN: Tree stumps in public art work recall industrial logging in Metro Vancouver

by Kevin Griffin
Vancouver Sun
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On West Georgia, there are a couple of ghosts that have taken physical form. They’re in the shape of two stumps that recall the industrial logging that once took place throughout Vancouver. They’re about two metres from each other in the sunken area at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite. The stump on the right is a little living ecosystem with moss, dirt, and plants growing around its base seemingly lifted out of the earth by a giant scoop. The other one has been stripped clean to expose the roots and looks much more stark and lifeless than its partner. The two stumps in Marina Roy’s Your Kingdom to Command are sitting in a shallow pool of water between the sidewalk and the public art site’s two walls that meet at a right angle.

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Sierra Club calls for a moratorium on old growth logging

By Stephen Hume
Vancouver Sun
July 23, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

High rates of logging old growth rainforest on Vancouver Island will lead to an ecological and economic collapse in a generation unless provincial government policy changes, warns a new Sierra Club study. And B.C.’s Forest Practices Board also says the province, which acknowledges the critical ecological importance of old growth forest, needs to improve protection. Using advanced digital mapping technology and government harvest data, the Sierra Club review of logging practices found that between 2004 and 2015 logging stripped 243,000 hectares of rainforest on Vancouver Island, and 100,000 hectares of that was old growth.

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New Forestry Minister Makes First Trip To Northwestern Ontario

CKDR 92.7 FM Dryden
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new provincial Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry is getting her first look at our region. Kathryn McGarry toured the Resolute Paper Mill in Thunder Bay Thursday. She says speaking with workers gave her a first-hand look at all aspects of the industry. McGarry adds one of her biggest priorities is ensuring the forestry industry is sustainable in the long-term. The Cambridge MPP is taking over the file from Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP and newly minted Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro. END OF STORY

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An Independent Record View: Forestry plan needs our delegation’s full support

Helena Independent Record
July 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Until it has the full support of Montana’s congressional delegation, the forestry solutions proposed for an area along the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex probably won’t get much attention from Congress members in other parts of the country. That’s why it’s so important for Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke to join Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in backing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project 100 percent. The grassroots project, which has been in the works for the last 10 years, includes three primary components: Conservation, recreation and restoration. The conservation portion of the plan includes the designation of about 83,000 acres of official wilderness. 

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Klamath area BLM forest project deserves to be supported

By Nick Smith
Herald and News
July 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There are many reasons to be frustrated with federal land management, especially when it comes to supporting rural economies. As the administrator of 264 million acres of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is often seen as an antagonist of our loggers, farmers, ranchers and miners. …One example is the BLM’s proposed Jigsaw Project within the Klamath Falls Resource Area that is designed to meet a variety of objectives. These include providing timber products to sustain and support our local forest products infrastructure. But it is also about meadow restoration, improving forest resiliency to drought, insect, and disease as well reducing hazardous fuels to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

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BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan

by Sarah Gilman
High Country News
July 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Now, the BLM is proposing a pair of new management plans for its 2.5 million acres in western Oregon. Several environmental groups fear the plans could make it even easier to allow destructive logging inside old-growth reserves. They also signal the agency’s departure from the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan, which created the reserves in the first place to help end a bitter struggle over Northwestern forests. The landmark agreement allowed some logging while emphasizing ecosystem preservation on 24.5 million acres of federal land, 80 percent of it overseen by the Forest Service and most of the rest divided between the BLM and National Park Service. Part of the agreement’s strength was that it unified forest management across an entire landscape, regardless of agency boundaries, says David Moryc, senior director of river protection at American Rivers.

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Erasing old roads restores Lolo streams

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
July 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOLO HOT SPRINGS – History rolls backward about 100 feet an hour at the upper end of Lolo Creek’s east fork. “This is my first road deconstruction job,” Chase Stoker said while taking a break from the controls of his excavator. After churning up the old graded surface, Stoker scoops up whole alder thickets and log stumps to cover the new slope. The dirt looks surprisingly rich and brown for this high-elevation rocky hillside. But grab a handful of that soil, and the reason for Stoker’s employment becomes apparent. It slips like sugar through the fingers, refusing to clump together. It does the same when rain washes it off the old road surface into a two-foot-wide tributary stream that drains the basin.

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Timber bill signed, but will it make a difference?

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
KTOO Alaska Public Media
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation he says will provide more timber for Alaska’s mills. But it probably won’t be that much of an increase. Walker inked Senate Bill 32 at Viking Lumber, in Klawock, on Southeast’s Prince of Wales Island. State officials say it’s Alaska’s largest operating mill. Its owners have said they’ll have to shut down next year if they can’t harvest more timber, a claim challenged by the Forest Service and some environmental groups. At the signing ceremony, Viking’s Kurt Dahlstrom said the bill will help. “What it allows is the state to negotiate large timber sales with customers that want to saw the lumber. So this bill’s good for us because in the future we may be able to pick up a very big sale from the state that will last us a year or two,” he said.

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U.S. Coast Guard Helps Rescue Injured Logger

FM News 101 KXL
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NEWPORT, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew assisted local responders in the medevac of a logger near Chitwood, who reportedly fell 500 feet down a ravine and suffered from a collapsed lung and broken ribs, Friday. An MH 65-Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport hoisted the injured logger and transferred him to emergency medical services waiting at the Corvallis Municipal Airport. Lincoln County Fire Department crewmembers on-scene with the injured logger contacted Coast Guard Sector North Bend watchstanders at 10:15 a.m. to request assistance. The aircrew launched and transferred the patient to EMS at approximately 11 a.m.

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Thinning May Cut Greenhouse Gas

Payson Roundup
July 21, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thin a forest. Haul away some carbon. Get a tax credit. The National Forest Foundation (NFF) now hopes it can convince the American Carbon Registry to approve its formulas showing how much a forest-thinning project in Arizona can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases. If the innovative calculations check out, companies that undertake forest-thinning projects like the landmark Four Forest Restoration Initiative could get tax credits — although the United States remains largely outside the international system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by buying and selling carbon credits.

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Forestry groups to introduce area teachers to forest management

By Noah Zeidman
Charlottesville Tomorrow
July 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Consider a cluster of year-old pine trees, scrawny and less than 2 feet tall, next to some 20-year-old pines that stretch more than six stories into the air. Which of these represents a healthy, well-managed forest? According to Matt Dowdy, a contract forester whose land management company is based in Albemarle and Louisa counties, the answer is both. Dowdy, who said forestry is plagued by public misperceptions, has organized a two-day professional development program for Virginia middle and high school science teachers to gain exposure to forestry and land management.

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Strategic tree planting, cutting in Upper Peninsula could help suffering deer population rebound

By Ben Meyer
WJFW.com
July 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Crystal Falls, L’Anse – Hunters, biologists, and wildlife watchers worry about the low deer population in northern Wisconsin. But in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the situation is even worse. Wildlife biologists say nearly every single fawn died after the harsh winters of 2012 and 2013, further hurting a struggling herd. In fact, the population has been on the decline since 1995. Now, for the first time, biologists, foresters, government officials, timber harvesters, and other interested groups are coming together to address the problem as part of the Upper Peninsula Habitat Workgroup.

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New PGP harvest technology targets safety

New Zealand Government
New Zealand Scoop
July 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New forest harvesting technology revealed today in Nelson sets its sights on further increasing safety in steep land harvesting operations, Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew says. The new ‘tele-operation’ technology provides out-of-harm’s way operation of a purpose-built tracked feller-buncher forest harvester, from the safety of a separate operator cabin and console. The breakthrough is part of Steepland Harvesting, a 6-year, $6 million Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and a consortium of forestry companies and contractors, led by Future Forests Research Ltd (FFR).

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Protester arrested at Tarkeeth blockade

Coffs Coast Advocate
July 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A PROTESTER who managed to chain himself to the roadway in opposition to logging at Tarkeeth Forest has been arrested by Coffs-Clarence Police. Hundreds of protesters attended the site today, with around two-dozen attempting to block access to the Bellingen Shire forest for a logging haulage vehicle. Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham was present at today’s blockade and described the Tarkeeth Forest as an important ecological, economic and social asset to the region. “We recognise that it is a plantation, but the plantation has reverted back to its natural ecosystem,” Mr Buckingham said. “It’s been there long enough that there are a mixture of species combined with remnant vegetation that, in the Greens’ opinion, make it worth saving. “It has biodiversity values, plus a strategic location in the landscape

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Filling knowledge gaps to sustain future forestry

By TREES4FUTURE
CORDIS
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sustaining the growing demand for wood products and other forest services is becoming increasingly difficult due to the likes of climate change, pests and diseases affecting European forests. The TREES4FUTURE project brought together 28 research organisations from various disciplines to provide common datasets that will eventually result in more trimmed forestry for the future. Despite its continued efforts to support sustainable forest management, the forestry sector still has much learning to do when it comes to tree genetics and physical environment, basic wood properties and their impact on end-product quality, as well as know-how to bring studies from individual to forest scale. Whilst the much needed data and expertise do exist, they are currently scattered across various disciplines with no effective means to cross-fertilise them. …Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Professor of European Forest Resources at Wageningen University and vice-coordinator of TREES4FUTURE, agreed to discuss these outcomes ahead of the publication of the project’s final report.

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‘Forestry regulation not adhered to’ – Leitrim Irish Farmers’ Association chair

By Anthony Jordan
Irish Farmers Journal
July 22, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As the forestry fiasco continues in Leitrim, the county’s IFA chair James Gallagher believes regulation around forestry is not being followed by the authorities. Speaking to Damien O’Reilly on Today with RTɒs Sean O’Rourke on Friday morning, Gallagher was critical of the way regulation was being overlooked in the county. “There are rules and regulations regarding forestry but they are not being adhered to. Forestry is being planted in around houses and closer to main roads than it should be,” Gallagher said. “An example is the town of Drumkeeran where there is an area of 65 acres planted right in close to the town and none of those rules were followed. It was the objection from them local people and county councillors that brought that under control,” he said.

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Forest Fires

Blaze burns out of control

By John Antczak
Associated Press in The Mail Tribune
July 24, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California’s scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to 2,000 homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals which was being evacuated, authorities said. Southern California firefighters toiled in another day of triple-digit heat from a dome of high pressure over the region, and while Central Coast temperatures were more moderate, conditions included winds and low humidity. The fire in northern Los Angeles County grew to more than 17 square miles, spreading smoke across the city and suburbs, reducing the sun to an orange disk at times. Containment was estimated at just 10 percent.

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Fire seasons are becoming hotter, drier and longer

By Erica Evans
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The fast-moving brush fire tearing through the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend is part of a larger trend: Wildfire seasons in the western United States are lasting longer and burning more land, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Over 29,000 wildfires have scorched more than 2.6 million acres of land already this year, and the peak of the fire season hasn’t hit yet, according to the report published last week. Last year’s fire season was the most severe on record, burning more than 10 million acres — roughly twice the size of Massachusetts.  Rising global temperatures and unrelenting drought contribute to the longer fire seasons. Average annual temperatures rose by 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit in the last decade, and snowpacks are now melting up to four weeks earlier in the year, leaving landscapes drier and causing fire seasons to start sooner. 

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Burned body found as wildfire burns 31 square miles near Los Angeles

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

LOS ANGELES — A burned body was found Saturday at the scene of a brushfire north of Los Angeles that has scorched 31 square miles and prompted the evacuation of 1,500 homes, authorities said. The body was discovered outside a home on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, and detectives are trying to determine whether the person was killed by the blaze or another cause, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Rob Hahnlein said. The home also may have burned, he said. The area was one of several neighborhoods ordered evacuated as the fire raged through bone-dry canyons and ranchlands. The fire burned through the area Saturday evening.

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Beaver Creek Fire may burn into October

Wyoming Tribune Eagle
July 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE – During the past few weeks, smoke from a massive wildfire more than 100 miles to the west has drifted into town off and on. It has made Cheyenne smell like a campfire at times and created a haze in front of the sun. And it doesn’t look like it will be over anytime soon. The Beaver Creek Fire, a more than 25,500-acre wildfire in Jackson County, Colorado, and Carbon County, Wyoming, continues to burn into its second month. It’s only 5 percent contained, and fire officials say the blaze won’t be out until the first snowfall in the area, likely in mid-October. The fire is being fueled by a dense area of beetle-killed trees as the result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic that affected Colorado and Wyoming over the last few years.

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Central Idaho wildfire grows to 2 square miles

Associated Press in the Idaho Statesman
July 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

IDAHO CITY, Idaho — A central Idaho wildfire burning in brush and timber more than doubled in size Friday to 3 square miles, and a national incident team has taken over management of the blaze. Officials say the fire burning in steep and rocky terrain is about 5 miles north of Idaho City, and that no structures are in imminent danger. About 320 firefighters supported by five helicopters are fighting the blaze that is 20 percent contained but burning in a remote area. More firefighters are being called in, but it’s unclear when the blaze might be brought under control.

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Idaho 21 fire 90% contained, but blaze near Idaho City going strong

Idaho Statesman
July 22, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Despite triple-digit heat, gusty winds and single-digit humidity, firefighters made excellent progress on fire-line construction around the Mile Marker 14 Fire on Thursday night and Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reported. The fire, which blackened more than 4,300 acres on both sides of Idaho 21 east of Boise, is almost fully contained, fire managers reported. More than 230 firefighters were still assigned to the fire Friday. Closure of the area to the public was scheduled to be lifted Friday night. Smoke is still visible from Idaho 21 as small patches of brush on the northern portion of the fire continue to smolder. The highway, closed for hours on Tuesday, remains open in both directions.

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Wildlands fire burning 300 acres near Ennis

The Missoulian
July 23, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BUTTE – A wildlands fire of unknown origin is burning grass, heavy timber and sagebrush on about 300 acres about 10 miles southwest of Ennis, the Forest Service reported Thursday evening. The Blue Lake fire, 1½ miles south of the Axolotl Lake, is on privately owned land and BLM-managed land. The blaze was detected about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. Four fire engines, a helicopter, two air tankers, and two hand crews had been dispatched to the blaze as of Thursday evening. The weather forecast for the next couple of days continues to call for warming temperatures and low relative humidity.

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Los Angeles County Fire Stretches Across 22,000 Acres, According to Officials

By Micheal Edison Hayden
ABC News
July 24, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A raging wildfire that has charred 22,000 acres in the Santa Clarita area of California, resulting in the evacuation of 1,500 residences, and the destruction of at least 18 homes, is still only 10 percent contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. A man was reported dead Saturday in Santa Clarita, but it is unknown at this time whether his death was related to the fire, which is being called the Sand Fire. Images captured of the fire are startling, and depict flames tinting the sky above the city, turning orange, with thick plumes of smoke blackening the air around where the firefighters are working.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Here are 3 reasons why it’s time to stop burning forests for energy

By Brett Leuenberger
Bangor Daily News
July 24, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

I’d like to make a few comments about the important environmental issues associated with using forest biomass for energy and heat. Foremost, the assertion from stakeholders that advocate woody biomass as a carbon neutral renewable energy source is misleading and scientifically inaccurate. Just like fossil fuels, woody biomass is a carbon-based fuel that emits atmospheric carbon dioxide when ignited; in fact, fossil fuels are derived from biomass… There are three major reasons why we should question the carbon neutrality of woody biomass. Burning forest biomass re-emits sequestered carbon, creates a cycle of ongoing carbon emissions and causes ocean acidification.

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Climate Change Update: Only Healthy Trees Can Save The Planet

By Michael Finn
Science World Report
July 23, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Not all trees can save the planet. This is the new study published in the journal Ecology Letters stating that not all trees can help counter the progressing pace of global warming because they take carbon out of the air, only healthy trees do. The climate change that causes hotter and longer summers that weakened trees, destroying the whole forest in North America and be sources of carbon. From the researcher’s point of view, North American trees won’t save the planet from climate change. The climate change causes the growth rate of trees to decrease, News Week reported. This is a reaction due to the environmental stressors such as cold or drought. According to a researcher at the University of Arizona and another author on the study, Noah Charney said that there is a critical and possible harm going on.

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University of Arizona study: North American forests won’t nip climate change in the bud

By Dennis Newman
Tucson Sentinel
July 24, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

New research from the University of Arizona is challenging conventional wisdom about forests and climate change. The traditional thinking goes like this: Forests in colder climates such as Alaska and Canada will do better as temperatures warm because they’ll experience longer growing seasons. As they grow, these boreal (northern) forests will absorb increasing amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, which in turn will slow down global warming. The effect is called boreal greening. But a team of researchers at UA came to the opposite conclusion, determining that most of the boreal forests in North America will likely do worse as the climate warms.

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The wood chips are down for heating plan at Penns Place council offices in Petersfield

Petersfield Today
July 25, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

PLANS are in the pipeline to spend about £550,000 on a wood fired heating system for Penns Place council offices and the Taro Leisure Centre as part of an ambitious £5m investment in wood chip fuel heating. East Hampshire District Council is looking at three wood chip boilers and a fuel producing hub. One will heat the Taro and council building, with an option to provide energy to any new houses built on nearby Penns playing fields, although this option is considered ‘impractical’ at present. Leading the project is Councillor Adam Carew, who says it is essential that this scheme progresses quickly. He said: “It is essential the district heating scheme for Penns Place and the Taro is approved if we are to go on to bigger projects at Alton and Bordon.”

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Wood furnishings beat plastic and metal in cutting CO2 emissions

By Tereza Pultarova
Engineering and Technology Magazine
July 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Using wooden floors, doors and furniture when furnishing a house could significantly reduce carbon emissions, a UN agency has said.  Although making anything from wood requires trees to be cut down, which doesn’t sound like an environmentally friendly alternative, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) maintains that producing anything from wood is far less energy-intensive than using metal or plastics. “If you are able to produce firewood, a dining table or construction materials from sustainable sources, you’re… replacing CO2 intense products for better ones,” Rene Castro-Salazar, FAO assistant director-general for forestry, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “If [wood] is extracted in a sustainable way then you can do it forever.”

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Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Sells First Carbon Credits

By Wildlife Conservation Society
Newswise
July 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The Royal Government of Cambodia, through a long-running partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has sold to Disney the first carbon credits from a climate change mitigation project in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses a total area of 292,690 hectares. Reducing deforestation is crucial to cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The Keo Seima Project, under the international approach called REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from avoided Deforestation and Degradation), is projected to avoid the emission of more than 14 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents over the first 10-year period between 2010-and 2019.

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