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Business & Politics

Regional District of Central Kootenay Supporting local mills

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The Nelson Daily
August 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The RDCK board is asking the province to help them in support of the local value-added wood products producers. The board felt that value-added wood products from producers within the Kootenay region represented an important part of the local economy. Towards that end, the continuation of those producer’s viability was dependent on the supply of fibre which is impacted by provincial policy decisions, as well as consequences of the mountain pine beetle. “Therefore, be it resolved that the Regional District of Central Kootenay fully supports action being taken by the provincial government to incent the distribution of the existing provincial timber supply,” a board resolution read.

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Disputed $25-million product liability claim will not reach Canada’s highest court, for now

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

The Supreme Court of Canada recently announced it will not hear an appeal, from a forestry firm’s captive reinsurance company, of a ruling arising from a disputed $25-million liability insurance claim. This means that an order for a new trial in British Columbia, of a claim from Swiss Re for recission, now stands. American International Group Inc. wrote commercial general liability insurance for forestry products firm MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. of Vancouver during the 1990s. MacMillan Bloedel has since been acquired by Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. MacMillan Bloedel had been sued, in the United States, over alleged defects in roof tiles made by American Cemwood Inc., a firm that MacMillan Bloedel acquired. A 38-state product liability class action, known as the “Richison Class Action,” commenced in 1998.

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Roseburg Forest Products CEO Allyn Ford to retire Sept. 1

KPIC
August 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DILLARD, Ore. — Roseburg Forest Products CEO Allyn Ford has announced that he plans to step aside as Chief Executive Officer effective Sept. 1, 2016, the company said in a Friday news release. Current company President Grady Mulbery will become president and CEO at that time. The company says Ford will remain a key part of the company in his role as chairman of Roseburg’s Board of Directors. “This transition has been in the works for a long time, and Grady and the executive team are ready and able to take it from here,” Ford said via the press release. … “During his 19 years as president and CEO, Allyn Ford has transformed Roseburg from a successful regional business into a dynamic and influential national enterprise that employs more than 3,000 people in six states,” the news release said.

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ON THE WATERFRONT: Log shipments to China prompt queries

By David G. Sellars
Peninsula Daily News
August 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ASTORIA BAY – Whenever I mention log ships and China, I seem to field quite a few
phone calls and emails from thosewho are of the opinion that this is an
example of jobs being exported from the United States.
A 610-foot cargo ship, moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 3 on Wednesday to take on approximately 7 million board feet of logs that were harvested from Merrill &Ring’s private holdings in Western Washington for shipment to China. In last week’s column I wrote that the cargo ship Alaska was in port for a load of logs for China. Whenever I mention log ships and China, I seem to field quite a few phone calls and emails from those who are of the opinion that this is an example of jobs being exported from the United States and those same logs will be returned to the United States in the form of consumer products such as furniture and computer desks.

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Mt. Horeb lumber store suffers as much as $1 million in fire damage

By Samara Kalk Derby
Wisconsin State Journal
August 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A lumber components store in Mount Horeb suffered as much as $1 in damage after a fire Saturday, the Mount Horeb Fire Chief said. The Mount Horeb Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Brunsell Lumber and Millwork, 1204 E. Lincoln St., just after 4:20 p.m., Craig Brinkmann said. Responding firefighters encountered heavy black smoke throughout the building. The heavy smoke in addition to the size and complexity of the structure made locating the fire difficult, Brinkmann said.  Preliminary findings point to the fire starting in accessory equipment, then spreading and damaging a large saw and conveyor system, he said.

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New Zealand Green Building Council announces new CEO

New Zealand Green Building Council Press Release
New Zealand Scoop
August 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Eagles to the position of Chief Executive. Effective September 29, Eagles will step into the role currently held by Alex Cutler, who has led the organisation since May 2010. Ms Cutler’s final day with the NZGBC will be September 30. Announcing the appointment, NZGBC Board Chair Mary-Jane Daly said that in a strong field of candidates, Eagles stood out for several reasons. “Andrew has a breadth of technical skills relevant to the property, building and construction industries, and has been directly working in the field of sustainability for more than 13 years. His enthusiastic leadership and strategic experience will be an invaluable asset to our organisation.”

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Timber Sales to Vietnam Still Strong Despite Ban

By Zsombor Peter
The Cambodia Daily
August 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

More than $85 million worth of timber was exported from Cambodia to Vietnam during the first half of the year, according to Vietnamese customs data, despite a blanket ban Cambodia has placed on all timber exports to its eastern neighbor. The National Military Police banned all timber trading with Vietnam in mid-January as part of a broad sweep of eastern Cambodia to root out illicit timber stocks, a tacit admission of the rampant illegal logging in the area—much of it for export. Government officials say their efforts have all but wiped out illegal logging and timber exports in the area. Vietnam’s customs data for the first six months of the year, however, belies the claim.

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Forestry

Elm trees turning over a new leaf in Toronto

August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Near Leslie Street and Highway 401, cars rush past a stand of trees: evergreens, maples … and a four year old elm tree. It’s a native species that is making a resurgence, part of a concerted effort by the city of Toronto to reintroduce elms as a measure to maintain the health of the tree canopy. Toronto plants an average of 100,000 trees and shrubs each year; of those about 6,000 occur through the residential tree replacement program. In the 1960s, about 80 per cent of the city’s elm trees were killed by an outbreak of Dutch elm disease — a fungus that blocked the tree’s water conducting system. But thanks to new hybrid varieties, elms are making a comeback.

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Researchers using high-tech, scientific tools rewrite the bird books

By Bob Weber
Canadian Press in The Chronicle Journal
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Scientists had been following it for days — a whimbrel from Canada’s boreal forest outfitted with a high-tech satellite transceiver and on its migration from the northern woods to South America. …That’s just one example of how tools from isotope analysis to satellite imagery to geo-locators are adding a remarkable new level of detail to the work of generations of bird-banders. And, said Wells, they’re adding weight to arguments that conserving birds requires broad protected areas. “We really need to protect much more than we previously thought.” …In one example, scientists captured a bird and took a feather known to grow on the breeding grounds and one known to fledge on the winter range. By analyzing isotopes within those feathers, researchers were able to pinpoint those locations.

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Montreal residents not responding to city’s ash borer efforts

City residents not taking advantage of subsidies for treating affected ash trees
CBC News
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Montreal’s efforts to fight the emerald ash borer are being hampered by a lack of action on the part of residents with ash trees on their properties. The city has set aside $1 million for a program that subsidizes up to half the cost of treatments to protect ash trees found on private property, but only 500 of the 12,500 residents contacted by the city have taken advantage of the funds. To date, the city has disbursed only $136,000. “I don’t know what more we could do beyond setting aside $1 million, writing property owners with ash trees on their land, sending out a reminder and advertising the program throughout the STM network,” said Réal Ménard, the city’s executive committee member in charge of sustainable development.

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Elm trees turning over a new leaf in Toronto

August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Near Leslie Street and Highway 401, cars rush past a stand of trees: evergreens, maples … and a four year old elm tree. It’s a native species that is making a resurgence, part of a concerted effort by the city of Toronto to reintroduce elms as a measure to maintain the health of the tree canopy. Toronto plants an average of 100,000 trees and shrubs each year; of those about 6,000 occur through the residential tree replacement program. In the 1960s, about 80 per cent of the city’s elm trees were killed by an outbreak of Dutch elm disease — a fungus that blocked the tree’s water conducting system. But thanks to new hybrid varieties, elms are making a comeback.

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Daines should attack climate change instead of trees

Montana Standard
August 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana’s junior senator, Republican Steve Daines, seems bent on perpetuating forest-industry dogma, not facts, about wildfire. In an op-ed submitted to The Montana Standard that can be found elsewhere on this page, Sen. Daines makes assertions that have been debunked or seriously called into question by that irritating burr under many a politician’s saddle – science. According to a University of Colorado study released just last year, beetle-kill areas do not burn hotter or faster than live forests. As a Forest Service supervisor told us recently here in Butte, beetle-kill fires do not “crown” the way live-tree fires do – a phenomenon caused by flaming sap-filled needles being blown into the tops of other trees..

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Bitterroot timber thinning plan goes up in smoke

by PERRY BACKUS
Ravalli Republic
August 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Bitterroot National Forest timber thinning project that’s been in the works for nearly five years has gone up in smoke as a result of the Roaring Lion fire. The Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project proposed to thin about five miles of national forest lands that border private property between Lost Horse and Roaring Lion creeks near Hamilton. When Bitterroot Forest Supervisor Julie King signed off on the fuel reduction project the first week of July, the hope was that non-commercial thinning would have started later this month. The commercial logging portion was expected to be underway by late October. But all of that is going to have to wait now, said Eric Winthers, Darby District ranger for the Bitterroot Forest.

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Wildfires underscore need to reform forest management

by Senator Daines
Helena Independent Record
August 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The Roaring Lion fire, as well as fires burning in the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests, and surrounding Thompson Falls and Ennis, and others across Montana, are heartbreaking examples of the urgent need for commonsense restoration projects that reduce the risk and magnitude of wildfires. Many of the acres burning near Hamilton threaten communities and were slated for restoration beginning later this year. But while the Forest Service sought to swiftly implement the project using an expedited process established by Congress in 2014, it was slowed by objections and now faces litigation, which will delay it further.

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California plans to log its drought-killed trees

By Jane Braxton Little
High Country News
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Four consecutive winters with little to no snowpack, followed by four dry summers, have devastated California’s southern Sierra Nevada. At least 66 million trees are already dead statewide, and millions more are expected to die as the drought persists into a fifth summer. …Overwhelmed by the die-off, forest management agencies are resorting to a century-old strategy: removing dead trees to minimize future wildfires, which they predict will be inevitable and cataclysmic. …It may seem logical that all these dead trees would fuel massive conflagrations. Scientists, however, say climate, not dead trees, drives fire risk. That leaves California poised to log millions of standing dead trees without addressing a central -question: Are they actually a fire hazard?

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Spotted Owls Complicate Thinning

Payson Roundup
August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mysterious and often confusing needs of Mexican spotted owls play a key role in developing the blueprint for thinning more than a million acres of Rim Country forests. Conventional wisdom says the endangered rodent-hunting raptor can’t survive without old-growth forest with big trees and interlocking branches in which to nest and hunt. But recent research suggests the assumed needs of this key old-growth-dependent species may be more guesswork than fact. The complicated, sometimes-contradictory effort to figure out how to save dwindling species like the Mexican spotted owl demonstrates the thorny conflicts in managing a complex system like a forest one species at a time.

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Federal agency enacts new plan for Oregon amid criticisms

Andrew Selsky
Associated Press in The Helena Independent Record
August 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore.— A federal agency enacted a plan Friday to manage about 2.5 million acres of land in western Oregon that would increase the potential timber harvest by as much as 37 percent. It immediately drew fire from both the wood-products industry and conservationists. …But Steve Holmer of the American Bird Conservancy said: “The BLM is now planning to log mature forests that are needed to recover populations of the threatened Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl, and that provide for clean water and carbon storage.” …The American Forest Resource Council, a forest products industry association, said Friday the BLM plan “is doomed to fail because it starts from a false premise: that walking away from 80 percent of the O&C Lands is good for Oregon workers, rural communities, and our forests. The truth is, this plan will … mean draconian cuts to public services in many rural counties.”

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BLM Plans For Western Oregon Forests Finalized

by Jes Burns
Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management on Friday finalized two plans to manage more than 2 million acres of public land in western Oregon. These forests, once owned by the Oregon and California Railroad, have been particularly controversial because counties have traditionally relied on them for logging income to fund local services. “Our goal here, really in these decisions, I would say, is sustainable and predictable outcome for these western Oregon lands,” BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis said while announcing the plans. …Despite this, it seems very few are happy, and legal challenges are likely. The BLM received nearly 50 formal protests from individuals, environmental groups, Oregon counties and timber industry groups but determined none warranted changes to the proposals.

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Local fire officials concerned over Forestry layoffs

The Clarion-Ledger
August 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Mississippi Forestry Commission has laid off 25 workers, including all its arson investigators and equipment mechanics, and eliminated six vacant positions because of state budget cuts. State Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said late Thursday that his office would take over forest fire investigations after the Forestry layoffs. A Forestry official said this week that “services to the public won’t be affected” by the layoffs and that firefighting crews were not cut. But state and local-level fire officials, who said they were caught by surprise by the layoffs, and others say that’s not true. They said other agencies lack expertise to investigate forest arson.

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Small woodlot owners a powerful force for future of Maine’s forests

Bangor Daily News
August 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When Larry Guimond talks about his northern Maine woodlots, it’s all about what he is leaving for future generations and what he has done to get to this point. Guimond, 60, owns approximately 1,000 acres of timberland in Aroostook County, putting him on the high end of what is considered a “small” or “family” woodlot owner in the state. “I started buying land when I was young,” Guimond said. “I’ve been lucky. I can work the land myself. And for me it’s not about how many trees I’ve cut or what kind of profit I see when I’m done [but] what the land looks like when I am finished on it.” According to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, nearly 90 percent of Maine — 17 million acres — is forested, and 5 million of those acres are owned by small woodland owners in parcels ranging from 10 to 1,000 acres.

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As trees die, city officials seek solutions

By Mike Desmond
WBFO Buffalo’s NPR News Station
August 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As the Emerald Ash Borer continues to eat its way through thousands of ash trees across New York State, the infestation is now being felt in the city of Buffalo. Dying trees are being removed from Shoshone Park and city streets. Tree removal appears to be the only real solution right now. It’s not the first time Buffalo has had to deal with this type of situation. It wasn’t that long ago that Dutch Elm Disease devastated the city’s urban forest; tens of thousands were removed leaving parks and streets emptier. “We don’t have as big a problem as we could have, with the amount of ash out there,” said Deputy Public Works Commissioner Andy Rabb.

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Forest Fires

Crews battling wildfire west of the Malahat

Victoria Times Colonist
August 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews were on the scene of a small wildfire near Goldstream Heights on Saturday evening. According to the B.C. Forest Service, the blaze was about one hectare in size by 6 p.m. No structures were affected. Twenty-three firefighters from the Malahat Volunteer Fire Department and the forest service were working on the blaze, which broke out west of the Malahat Drive north of Goldstream Provincial Park. Donna MacPherson, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre, said the blaze was human caused. Flames were at hip height as of dinnertime Saturday.

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Firefighters battling two forest fires in Queens County

Canadian Press in the Chronicle Herald
August 5, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

MAITLAND BRIDGE, N.S. — Fire crews in Queens and Annapolis counties in Nova Scotia were battling forest fires on Friday night. Jim Rudderham, supervisor of fire management for the Department of Natural Resources, said firefighters, volunteer fire departments and aircraft from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were working on the blazes. One of the Annapolis County fires was located near Maitland Bridge and the other was in the Seven Mile Lake area. Rudderham said Highway 8 and a power line in the area were closed, but the fire wasn’t near any structures.He said there was also a fire near Greenfield in Queens County, but as of 7:30 p.m. on Friday it was under control.

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Crews continue to battle fire west of Latchford

North Bay Nugget
August 7, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry crews are continuing to battle a 59-hectare forest fire west of Latchford. The MNR indicated Saturday that North Bay fire 32 hasn’t grown size Thursday, but that it remains listed as not under control. “FireRangers are continuing to work at establishing the hose line around the perimeter of the forest fire,” stated an update. The MNR has indicated that there is no imminent threat to any structures or values at this time. SA of Thursday six ground crews were at the scene along with waterbombers and helicopters.

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Forest fires burning out of control near Kejimkujik National Park

CBC News
August 5, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Crews are fighting three forest fires in western Nova Scotia, two of which are burning out of control. One of the fires burning out of control is near Kejimkujik National Park, across Highway 8 near Maitland Bridge, N.S., said Jim Rudderham, the provincial Department of Natural Resources’ forest protection operations manager. However the park is not in danger yet because the wind is blowing away from it, he said. About 10 hectares of Crown land were on fire as of 7:45 p.m. AT, he said. “It’s burning deep and it’s burning fast,” Rudderham said Friday afternoon. “They can’t get ahead of it.” No buildings are at risk from any of the three fires, all of which started Thursday evening, he said.

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The Latest: Wind Fans Forest Fire in Southern California

Associated Press in ABC News
August 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters are battling a wildfire in Southern California that grew to more than 2 square miles in mere hours and forced the evacuation of homes near a reservoir. The fire, which broke out Sunday afternoon in the San Bernardino National Forest, prompted the evacuation order of the sparsely populated Summit Valley area east of the dam. The fire is burning about 55 miles east of Los Angeles in a remote area near Silverwood Lake, a state recreation area, near the small mountain community of Crestline. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Robert Taylor says 20 mph winds pushed a huge plume of smoke north toward the Mojave Desert.

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Evacuation orders lifted; Whit Fire reaches 30 percent containment

The Billings Gazette
August 7, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Evacuation orders and road closures for areas endangered by the Whit Fire burning 12 miles west of Cody were lifted Saturday morning, and as of nightfall the fire was 30 percent contained, according Ellen Jungck, a Shoshone National Forest timber management assistant who has been assigned to the fire as an information officer. The evacuation orders for areas with a total of 150 structures were lifted Saturday morning, according to Jungck. No county road closures were currently in effect, Jungck said while speaking at about 8:30 p.m. Four fire engines were scheduled to patrol near structures on the North Fork drainage and South Fork drainage overnight, Jungck said.

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Containment drops in Pioneer Fire; access to Lowman cut off

Idaho Statesman
August 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Pioneer Fire on Saturday grew to about 58,136 acres on Saturday, with containment dropping to 20 percent as a fire near Stanley Lake prompted additional closures on Idaho 21, cutting off access to Lowman, officials said. A thunder cell produced gusting winds that pushed the fire north across containment lines by mid-afternoon, producing spot fires, a U.S. Forest Service release said. The fire burned along planned containment lines toward Lowman, and no structures were lost, according to the release.

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Thousands of Firefighters Battle Forest Blazes in Portugal

Associated Press in ABC News
August 8, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Around 3,000 firefighters are trying to put out hundreds of forest blazes of varying sizes across Portugal, authorities said Monday. The National Civil Protection Authority said on its website that 1,060 vehicles and 16 water-dumping aircraft are deployed at 515 wildfires, some of which have been burning for days.It classified five wildfires in the north of the country as major blazes that are out of control. The fires spread quickly through mostly pine and eucalyptus forests that are tinder-dry after weeks without significant rain. Daytime temperatures in recent days have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).

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Forest fire started by lit toilet paper spreads in Spain

Associated Press in The Idaho Statesman
August 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MADRID Spanish authorities say that a forest fire started by a German man burning his soiled toilet paper continues to spread on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Spain’s acting minister of agriculture and the environment, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, told COPE radio that the four-day-old blaze has consumed between 3,500-4,000 hectares of forest, up from the 2,000 hectares terrain destroyed through Friday. The fire claimed the life of one forest worker on Thursday and has caused the evacuation of 2,500 people from three towns on the volcanic island located off the northwest coast of Africa.

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