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Daily Archives: August 4, 2016

Froggy Foibles

A different spin on “value-added wood” products

ABC News Australia
August 3, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Two people have been arrested after an estimated $115 million worth of methamphetamine was allegedly found hidden inside timber logs in a sea cargo container that arrived in Australia from Africa. Australian Border Force (ABF) officers detected 154 kilograms of the drug in 14 of the logs when the consignment arrived in Sydney in June, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said. Packages were found in the timber, which had been sawn in half and then glued and nailed back together, the ABF said.

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Business & Politics

Resolute Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2016 Results

Canada Newswire press release
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today reported a GAAP net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, of $42 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $4 million, or $0.04 per share, in the same period in 2015. Sales were $891 million in the quarter, down $35 million, or 4%, from the second quarter of 2015. Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $6 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to net income of $7 million, or $0.07 per share, in the second quarter of 2015.

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Inclusion works with the Indigenous workforce

By Amy Rose
Canfor – Don Kayne’s Blog
August 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Indigenous community is an important stakeholder of Canfor and is a group with which we are focused on improving our engagement, recruitment and inclusion efforts. It is very inspiring to work for a company that treats this as a priority and also exciting to think of the positive benefits that will result from Canfor’s work in this area –both for Canfor and for the Indigenous community. Canfor has been actively engaged in learning from best practices research in the area of Indigenous inclusion performance but has recently taken this one step further by joining the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Human Resource Council.

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Key Projects to Benefit Biron Mill’s Operational Efficiency and Environmental Performance

Press Release Catalyst Paper
Benzinga
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA–Catalyst Paper Corporation today announced that it will invest approximately $2.7 million (U.S.) in two projects at its Biron, Wisconsin mill that will improve operational efficiency and lighten its environmental footprint. One project will convert the fuel source of Biron’s #4 boiler from high-sulphur coal to natural gas. The second project will modify the TMP reboiler to reclaim unused waste steam from the thermo mechanical pulping process to heat fresh water supplying the paper machines, decreasing the demand on both coal and natural gas.

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Conifex Announces Record Second Quarter Results

MarketWired
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Conifex Timber Inc. (“Conifex”, “we” or “us”) (TSX:CFF) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA* in the second quarter of 2016 was a record $9.0 million, compared to $6.8 million in the first quarter of 2016 and negative $6.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. Compared to the previous quarter, an improvement in lumber segment adjusted EBITDA of $4.2 million or 93% was partially offset by seasonally lower bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA and sequentially higher corporate and other costs. Compared to the second quarter of 2015, lumber segment adjusted EBITDA improved by $13.7 million and bioenergy adjusted EBITDA by $1.9 million.

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Clock is ticking on TOLKO

By Chris Clegg
South Peace News
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries would like to have an answer sooner than later. The company’s need to secure a wood supply in its efforts to reopen its OSB plant west of High Prairie was cited in a letter July 22 from the company to Bruce Mayer, assistant deputy minister, Forestry Division, Agriculture and Forestry. At stake is the future extension or renewal of Forest Management Area 9700033. “We see a clear path to the restart of the OSB mill in High Prairie,” writes Tolko’s David West, manager, Stewardship and Tenures – Prairies. “It depends on a renewal of the FMA, and it depends on housing starts. We are more than cautiously optimistic about housing starts, much less so about the FMA.” West adds Tolko needs a secure wood supply if any consideration is given to re-opening the plant. Simply put, if there is no wood, Tolko can make no product.

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Canfor Co. (CFP) Given Buy Rating at TD Securities

By Patrick Bannon
Daily Political
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TD Securities reiterated their buy rating on shares of Canfor Co. (TSE:CFP) in a report published on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a C$20.00 target price on the stock. A number of other equities analysts also recently weighed in on CFP. Raymond James Financial Inc. dropped their target price on Canfor from C$22.00 to C$19.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, April 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a sector perform rating on shares of Canfor in a report on Thursday, April 28th. Dundee Securities downgraded Canfor from a buy rating to a neutral rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from C$25.00 to C$19.50 in a report on Friday, April 8th.

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Raymond James Financial Analysts Increase Earnings Estimates for Interfor Corp

By Latisha Jones
Daily Political
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor Corp – Raymond James Financial upped their FY2016 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Interfor Corp in a research note issued on Friday. Raymond James Financial analyst D. Swetlishoff now anticipates that the brokerage will earn $0.62 per share for the year, up from their prior estimate of $0.48. Raymond James Financial also issued estimates for Interfor Corp’s Q1 2017 earnings at $0.31 EPS, Q2 2017 earnings at $0.37 EPS, Q3 2017 earnings at $0.46 EPS and Q4 2017 earnings at $0.39 EPS.

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Western Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results

MarketWired
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – – Western Forest Products Inc. reported adjusted EBITDA of $43.0 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $35.7 million reported in the previous quarter and $29.2 million reported in the second quarter of 2015. Improved specialty log and lumber pricing, a stronger commodity lumber market and increased lumber sales volumes delivered a 47% increase in second quarter adjusted EBITDA. The Company successfully grew revenue to $301.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, as compared to $269.8 million in the previous quarter, and $289.2 million in the second quarter of 2015.

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Catalyst shares lose 30 per cent of value

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corp.’s shares lost almost a third of their value on Wednesday, almost a week after announcing it won’t re-start a paper machine at its Powell River mill that was idled in 2014 and reporting a second-quarter loss of $26 million. Catalyst’s share price fell just over $1, or 32 per cent, to close at $2.21 in trading Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, shedding another chunk of the almost 750-per-cent boost the stock received in late May on the news that the company had entered into merger discussions with Indian firm Kejirwal Group International.

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Wyden blasts ‘unfair’ subsidies for Canadian softwoods

By Dana Tims
The Oregonian
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The trade debate now roiling American presidential politics is spilling into renewed allegations by Oregon lawmakers and others that Canada’s subsidized lumber is hurting U.S. wood-products companies. Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden launched the latest volley Tuesday in a U.S.-Canadian trade dispute widely regarded as the longest-running in the two counties’ history. “When trade partners don’t play by the rules, there have to be consequences,” Wyden said during an interview in his Portland office. “Canada for decades hasn’t played by those rules when it comes to softwood lumber and this is now front and center for Oregon communities facing the effects of Canadian subsidies.”

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Timber execs, Wyden call for new deal as lumber prices nosedive and industry frets

By Troy Brynelson
The News-Review
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DILLARD — Fording a flood of cheaper lumber imported from Canada, local lumber interests met with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Tuesday to jointly call for a new trade agreement or risk whittling the industry at home. “What we need is a fair system that allows individuals and companies on both sides of the border to feel they are being treated fairly,” Wyden, D-Oregon, said. “… What this comes down to, folks, is what I call trade-done-right.” Wyden pit-stopped at a Roseburg Forest Products mill in Dillard Tuesday morning to share the latest on talks to hammer out the agreement, which would succeed the Softwood Lumber Agreement that limits the amount of lumber Canada can export to the U.S.

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Wyden Wants Trade Restrictions On Flow of Cheap Canadian Lumber

By Cassandra Profita
Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says Canada is tipping the scales for its lumber companies by undercharging them for publicly-owned timber. As a result, the Oregon Democrat says, Canadian companies have an unfair advantage over U.S. lumber producers — especially in the Northwest. But Canadian leaders disagree. The two countries have fought over the issue for decades. They’re currently renegotiating a 2006 agreement that expired last year. Wyden and other senators are pushing for the U.S. to negotiate a new trade deal with Canada that will level the playing field – likely by putting tariffs on Canadian lumber. And if negotiations fail, they say, the U.S. should charge Canada for unfairly traded imports.

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Floodplain issue threatens Sherry mill, county

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SHERRY – A lumber company in Sherry is finding that its own flood-zone issues could affect all of Wood County and delay plans for business growth. Southern Ohio Lumber Co. is operating a plant in Sherry with 10 employees and is trying to hire five more. The business opened the Sherry plant this year as a central location for its work in Wisconsin, which includes providing timber to Verso Corp. plants in the Wisconsin Rapids area, 17 miles southeast of Sherry. Instead of focusing on expanding operations, the company might have to tear down parts of the building that stand in a floodplain. If that happens, Southern Ohio Lumber would need to look for another location with enough space.

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Sappi delivers significantly increased profits for 3rd quarter ended June 2016

Canada Newswire press release
August 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

JOHANNESBURG – “Sappi’s results continue to reflect the positive impact of our strategy to diversify the group’s operations. Operating performance for the quarter improved markedly over the equivalent quarter last year with profit for the period increasing from US$4 million to US$32 million. EBITDA excluding special items saw a 47% increase to US$160 million.” Turning to the fourth quarter, Binnie commented: “Based on current market conditions, and assuming current exchange rates, we expect our fourth quarter EBITDA excluding special items to be approximately in line with that of the solid performance in the equivalent quarter last year. However, a worsening of the drought in South Africa, effects of Brexit and further graphic paper market pressure could negatively impact the expected results.

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Tiwi Islands woodchips bound for Japan in a multi-million dollar deal

By Lisa Herbert
ABC News Australia
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

More than half a million tonnes of Acacia woodchips harvested from a forestry plantation on the Tiwi Islands will be supplied to a Japanese pulp mill under a three-year deal. Tiwi Plantations Corporation has signed a woodchip ‘transaction memorandum’ with Mitsui, a large general trading company. The woodchips will be exported via 14 shipments, with the first to leave Port Melville, 80km north of Darwin, on August 18. Tiwi Plantations Corporation chairman Kim Puruntatameri said the deal had been a long time coming and would be great for the local community. “There’s no stopping us. Everyone is saying ‘Is there a job in forestry?'” he said.

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‘An optimistic place to start’: Myanmar enacts national logging ban

By Morgan Erickson-Davis
Mongabay
August 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Rumors that have been building for months have come to fruition, with Myanmar announcing a national logging ban effective immediately. Although temporary, conservationists are lauding the ban, which will run until the end of March 2017. Myanmar has seen an uptick in deforestation in recent years, with satellite data from the University of Maryland showing the country lost nearly 5 percent (2 million hectares) of its tree cover from 2001 through 2014. (Note: tree cover includes both forests and tree plantations.) Of this, 2014 saw more than a quarter-million hectares lost – more than any previous year during the study period.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED Certification Changes Upset Environmentalists

from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
The Concrete Producer
August 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States


Several environmental groups have come together in a joint effort criticizing the USGBC for potentially opening the door to recognize and give credit to wood products certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the weaker certification scheme that is backed by the logging industry. For years, SFI was rightfully not recognized under LEED. As the groups say in the statement, SFI is “an industry-governed and financed greenwash system that seeks to pass off environmentally destructive industrial forestry as somehow ‘sustainable.'” To recognize SFI would mean that LEED would recognize the replacement of complex forest ecosystems with monocultures, and logging that harms water quality and jeopardizes already imperiled fish and wildlife.

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The Fabric of Our Lives or the Planet’s Latest Threat? Fashion Startups Look Into Cotton Alternatives

By Esha Chhabra
Vogue Magazine
August 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Would it surprise you to hear that Kendall Jenner and Carrie Underwood have been wearing pants made of wood? It shouldn’t! …The fashion business is in the midst of a reset, waking up to a whole new set of fabrics that go beyond the polyesters and synthetics of previous generations to find solutions that are both eco-friendly and fashion-forward. …Enter Tencel, a wood-based fiber favored by labels like the L.A.-based DSTLD, which uses it in its hip-hugging, low-rise skinny jeans. Lenzing of Austria, one of the go-to suppliers for environmentally conscious brands, converts the pulp from sustainably harvested eucalyptus trees to produce cellulose, which is processed. The result is a fiber that’s highly breathable, much softer than cotton, and far less prone to wrinkling, and has been in part responsible for some acclaim: Lenzig was recognized by the European Commission in 2000 with an award for its eco-advances in sustainable technology.

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Weathered cork-clad beach house blends in beautifully with marshy landscape

By Kimberley Mok
Treehugger
August 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Cork has a lot going for it as a building material: it is fully renewable, a great alternative to other toxic insulating materials, and has that warm, natural feel that makes it an attractive covering for floors, and even for making longer-lasting appliances. Designed to replace a derelict beach house in Essex dating back to the 1920s, this modern, cork-clad, cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure by UK architect Lisa Shell feels like it’s part of the flat and watery salt marsh landscape, thanks to its use of natural materials that allow it to blend in.

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Forestry

Forest will be lost with Wildwood sale

Letter by Scott Kimler
Nanaimo News Bulletin
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I live close to Wildwood on Yellowpoint Road and have always admired Merve Wilkinson’s vision of eco-forestry. At first blush, a sale to a fellow eco-forester and Merve’s apprentice might seem appropriate, but I cannot help but shake my head at The Land Conservancy’s notion of ‘conservancy.’ TLC took stewardship of Wildwood because of donations made by the public to hold Merve’s property in public trust (which is what Merve wanted). To sell it to a private individual (eco-forester or not) is counter to what every donor believed would happen to Wildwood under TLC’s stewardship.

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Letter: Logging industry must think long-term

By Philip Symons, Victoria
Victoria Times Colonist
August 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Some old-growth logging is necessary,” letter, July 29. Yes, logging old-growth would maintain a healthy industry for a few years, maybe a decade or two, but then that high-value timber would be gone, and the industry would be stuck with only the low-value timber (second growth) remaining. To maintain some old-growth timber in the logging mix, as the letter writer suggests, sustainable logging should have started 100 years ago on the basis of an 800-year rotation. “Old-growth” logging means timber of roughly that age. That was never done. Now there is very little old growth left that is not protected by “land-use planning,” as the letter-writer notes.

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Caribou and forestry can co-exist

August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing in regards to the draft range plan recently released under Alberta’s Caribou Action Plan, which attempts to address the preservation of the Little Smoky and A La Peche herds located around Grande Cache. While no one can argue the importance of preserving the natural beauty and wonder of local wildlife around us, the Alberta government’s approach has me greatly concerned. …As it currently sits, the Little Smoky/A La Peche Draft Range Plan will cost jobs within my community and beyond. Local mills will be forced to cut shifts due to the reduced availability of fibre (logs). … Yes, the province must develop a range plan under the federal Species at Risk Act, but why not work to develop one that protects jobs and caribou? The forestry industry has previously worked successfully with governments and ENGOs (Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations) to ensure that our logging practices minimize impacts on at-risk species.

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Half Measures Aren’t Enough To Save Caribou

By David Suzuki
Huffington Post Canada
August 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta is home to two of Canada’s imperilled caribou populations, the southern mountain and boreal woodland herds. Both are threatened with extinction. Under the federal Species at Risk Act, the boreal woodland caribou recovery strategy requires provinces to develop range plans by 2017, outlining paths to recovery. Because caribou need large, intact areas, degraded habitat must be restored so industrial and natural disturbances affect no more than 35 per cent of each range. The challenge to recover caribou is not Alberta’s alone; it is a national undertaking. Boreal caribou are threatened in every province except Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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Caribou and forestry can co-exist

August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing in regards to the draft range plan recently released under Alberta’s Caribou Action Plan, which attempts to address the preservation of the Little Smoky and A La Peche herds located around Grande Cache. While no one can argue the importance of preserving the natural beauty and wonder of local wildlife around us, the Alberta government’s approach has me greatly concerned. …As it currently sits, the Little Smoky/A La Peche Draft Range Plan will cost jobs within my community and beyond. Local mills will be forced to cut shifts due to the reduced availability of fibre (logs). … Yes, the province must develop a range plan under the federal Species at Risk Act, but why not work to develop one that protects jobs and caribou? The forestry industry has previously worked successfully with governments and ENGOs (Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations) to ensure that our logging practices minimize impacts on at-risk species.

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Selling Out the Elliott State Forest

by Camilla Mortensen
Eugene Weekly
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Elliott State Forest is for sale for exactly $220.8 million. That amount, not a dollar more, not a dollar less, will get you approximately 82,500 acres of forest that includes coastal old growth trees and designated critical species habitat. …Robin Meacher of Cascadia Wildlands, a group that has been advocating for a creative solution to the Elliott for almost a decade, says the DSL’s noncompetitive bidding process is basically “passing the buck” to anyone who has an interest in the state forest to come up with a solution. Meacher says one hope is the Elliott would become part of the Siuslaw National Forest, but that would take the funds and an act of Congress to change the boundaries of the Siuslaw.

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New kinds of fires call for new Forest Service budgeting tools

Los Angeles Daily News
August 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildland fires encroaching on populated areas are nothing new for Southern Californians. Way before the Sand fire — way before there was even a Santa Clarita — the November 1961 Bel Air fire, for instance, devastated that Los Angeles neighborhood, destroying 484 houses as Santa Ana winds whipped the fire through the canyons. But with tens of millions more people living here, and with hundreds of thousands of new homes in what were open-space areas in our foothills, fires in what the United States Forest Service calls wildland-urban interface have become far more common. …Several bills currently being dealt with in the House and Senate, including the overall Department of the Interior funding bill, S.3068, as introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., attempt to deal with this new reality.

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Rogue River man dies in Northern California logging accident

By Ryan Pfeil
Mail Tribune
August 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Rogue River man died Monday in a logging accident about 16 miles northeast of Eureka, Calif. Travis Jon Cornelison, 31, was working on a commercial operation in the Blue Lake area, located near Timber Ridge Lane, at about 9:30 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to a news release by Humboldt County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart. Cornelison, a tree faller working for Eureka-based Lord’s Light Logging company, died when the tree he was felling suddenly fell in an unexpected direction and struck and killed him, the release says. Trevor Enright, a deputy coroner for the sheriff’s office, said the tree was a Douglas fir about 2 feet in diameter located on private land.

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Millions of Acres of Forest Will Remain Protected for Marbled Murrelets in Washington, Oregon, California

Center for Biological Diversity
August 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized protections on nearly 3.7 million acres of critical habitat in Washington, Oregon and California for the marbled murrelet, a coastal bird unique to the Pacific Northwest. The final re-designation firmly stops timber-industry attempts to open up more federal lands for logging. Unfortunately, due to ongoing logging of habitat on state and private lands, as well as increasingly poor ocean conditions, marbled murrelets have continued to decline since they were protected under the Endangered Species Act more than two decades ago. “The Fish and Wildlife Service did the right thing by retaining the habitat protections on federal land that were challenged by timber special interests,” said Kristen Boyles, an attorney with Earthjustice.

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Objections to Tongass Forest Plan amendment start rolling in

by Aaron Bolton
KSTK News
August 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service announced its plan for a 16-year transition toward young-growth Tongass timber harvests in late June. In the midst of the 60-day comment period, industry and environmental groups are starting to submit their objections. Both the industry and environmental groups on either side of the Tongass Land Management Plan amendment can agree on one thing: the Forest Service needs to complete a full inventory of young-growth Tongass timber. But their reasons are fundamentally different. …Both agree that an inventory of the Tongass’ young growth needs to be completed to better inform the Forest Service’s transition to young-growth timber sales. The management plan amendment does allow some old-growth harvests for specialty products.

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Man killed in rural accident

New Zealand Herald
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International


A man has died after a possible medical incident on a Crownthorpe forestry work site this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the Ohiti Rd property about 1pm. Hastings fire senior station officer Bruno Saathof who attended the scene said at this stage it was to early to ascertain exactly how the man had died. The Hastings fire service were called to assist with the recovery of his body. “We were called and found the deceased on a forestry work site, where he was found lying in the vicinity of a small felled tree. “It could have been the tree that brought about his untimely death but maybe not.”

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Forest Fires

Wildfire still burning in “tinder-dry conditions” north of Campbell River

Chek News
August 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dry conditions, steep terrain, slopes of fallen timber are fueling a blaze that has already consumed hectares of forest, blanketing the region with smoke and putting residents on alert. Resident Cody Card explains that “this whole entire mountainside…this whole ridge here was complete engulfed in smoke. So it was pretty scary.” …After calling in the wildfire burning in the forest beyond his north Island home Tuesday, he says that he “could see the whole mountain was completely smoked out…“Helicopters were coming completely over top of my head here and yeah it was pretty terrifying. …The wildfire is still burning out of control. …The fire is burning twenty-five kilometres north of Campbell River, in an area that unlike other regions of Vancouver Island, hasn’t seen rain all summer.

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Crews still digging for cause of Tronson Road wildfire

Vernon Morning Star
August 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s still not known what led to a wildfire in a Vernon neighbourhood. While the Ministry of Forests has indicated that Saturday’s blaze on Tronson Road may be human-caused, the Vernon Fire Department is remaining cautious. “We’re working with the ministry to determine the cause,” said Keith Green, Vernon fire chief. “As you gather data, you start to rule out or pinpoint things.” The fire broke out at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on a hill near the Tavistock development and ground crews from the B.C. Wildfire Service were brought in to help Vernon firefighters. The blaze was also bucketed by helicopter. “I am totally proud of the guys and their efforts to put it out,” said Green.

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North Bay area forest fire continues to grow

Bay Today
August 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is battling 24 forest fires in Northeastern Ontario and one in the North Bay region is one of the largest. North Bay 32, located 12.5 km west of Latchford in Kittson Township (more specifically: east of East Lady Evelyn Lake), measures 40 hectares and is not under control. There is no imminent threat to any structures or values at this time. Aerial and ground suppression efforts have been ongoing since the evening of August 1st when the fire was first confirmed. 6 ground crews are currently committed to North Bay 32, they are working to establish a perimeter around the fire.

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Risk of forest fires extremely high in southwestern Quebec

Lightning strikes biggest cause of Quebec forest fires in July
CBC News
August 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The risk of forest fires is extremely high in the southwest corner of Quebec. The province’s forest fire protection agency, the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), says the Val-d’Or, Outaouais and Pontiac regions are among those most at risk. Several regions, from the Eastern Townships to Northern Quebec, are at a high risk of forest fires. That includes the greater Montreal and Quebec City areas.Some parts of northwestern Quebec are at a moderate risk.

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Explosive growth: Roaring Lion Fire grows 3,000 acres overnight due to high winds

By Perry Backus
Ravalli Republic
August 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

On the day the Roaring Lion Fire exploded across another 3,000 acres southwest of Hamilton, someone decided to walk away from a campfire that was still smoldering just a few miles south of the blaze. While firefighters worked to shore up lines on a fire that’s already claimed 14 homes and burned 11 square miles, Hamilton Volunteer Fire Chief Brad Mohn said others had to rush to extinguish the new start in the Lost Horse drainage. “Luckily for the team, we were able to divert a heavy helicopter that dropped 6,000 gallons of water on the new fire,” he said.

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The Latest: 2 wildfires in Northern California expand

Associated Press in The Idaho Statesman
August 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Two wildfires burning in Northern California have expanded a bit but fire crews have made some gains and increased containment. The blaze burning near the scenic Big Sur region of California has charred almost 73 square miles by Wednesday evening. It is 25 percent contained. Officials are asking for the public’s help to find whoever started the campfire that sparked the wildfire, which destroyed 57 homes. A bulldozer operator also was killed on the fire lines during a rollover accident. A grass fire in a popular recreational area in Northern California has charred more than 7 square miles since igniting Tuesday afternoon. It spread quickly and prompted the evacuation of an RV and tent campground off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa and the Napa Valley. No vineyards in wine country are threatened.

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Illegal campfire sparked huge Big Sur-area wildfire

By Trevor Hughes
USA Today
August 3, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A devastating coastal California wildfire that’s destroyed 57 homes and caused the death of a bulldozer driver was sparked by an illegal campfire, authorities said Tuesday as they asked for help finding the culprit. Whoever built and then abandoned the fire around July 22 in the Garrapata State Park could face criminal and civil penalties for sparking the blaze, which has now burned more than 43,000 acres near Carmel, Big Sur and the Pebble Beach golf resort. Authorities said hikers who reported the fire had to first climb up to a ridge top to get mobile phone reception. …“Even though it may be a comfort, it’s not worth the risk of having a campfire and the unintended consequences,” said Don Jaques, a U.S. Forest Service fire spokesman. “The risk that’s out there is just too great.”

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General

Letter: Forester responds to letter about tree harvests

by Donna Rogler, forester
Brown County Democrat
August 3, 2016
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States

Mr. Cole needs to check his facts on state forests (July 13 letter). While it is true that the annual harvest of timber on the Indiana state forests has increased in the last decade, I would like to put numbers to that amount. Prior to 2005, only about 0.01 percent of the total amount of timber volume available was being harvested. Almost all of this harvesting was done using single-tree selection and small-group selection methods. In other words, only a few trees here and there were being cut. Yes, in 2005, the harvest was increased on the state forests. Since the increase, the annual harvest has been 1 percent or less of the total volume of trees on the state forests as determined through continuous forest inventory. Trees grow. That is a fact. Let’s begin with a net volume of sawtimber trees, 11-inch diameter and larger. That volume is approximately 11.508 billion board feet across all of the state forests.

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