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Daily Archives: August 15, 2016

Froggy Foibles

Man chops down tree to steal bike, surveillance footage shows

By Chris Matyszczyk
CNET
August 12, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

In the annals of ingenuity, this man might have a place. Which doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. His actions, though, fall into the realm of “who would ever think of doing that?” For here is surveillance footage taken in Changsha City, China and helpfully posted to YouTube. What we see is a man attracted to a bike that is chained to a tree. As the action unfolds, we appreciate that he covets the bike. It’s not so easy to steal a bike that’s chained to a tree, I imagine. It’s made much easier, however, if you happen to have a saw handy. And so it is that the man grabs what appears to be a hacksaw and chops the tree down. He does this with a ruthless efficiency that suggests he might have even done this before.

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Business & Politics

Canfor celebrates recent completion of two Canadian pellet plants

By Katie Fletcher
Biomass Magazine
August 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West, International

This summer Canfor Corp. officially marked the opening of its two new pellet plants collocated at company sawmill sites in Chetwynd and Fort St. John near Vancouver, British Columbia, with a grand opening event at each facility, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony and plant tour attended by local delegates and others. Combined the plants have a capacity of 175,000 metric tons of industrial-grade wood pellets—Chetwynd produces 100,000 metric tons and Fort St. John has the capacity to produce 75,000 metric tons of wood pellets. Plans for the development of the $58 million project were first announced in September of 2014 when a partnership with wood pellet fuel supplier Pacific Bioenergy Corp. was established to construct and operate the facilities under the joint venture. Now, less than two years later, both plants are online.

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Gaston lumber mill catches fire, two workers evaluated for smoke inhalation

KATU
August 14, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Two mill workers were examined for smoke inhalation injuries after a fire at the Stimson Lumber Mill Sunday morning. The fire was reported Sunday morning at the Gaston-area mill on Southwest Scoggins Valley Road. The mill’s sprinkler system went off and kept the fire from spreading, Forest Grove Fire spokesperson Matt Johnson said. No word from officials on whether there was any significant damage to the mill.

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As Columbia Falls mill closures near, more jobs open in Kalispell facilities

by Vince Delvin
The Missoulian
August 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – Sixteen fewer people than initially feared will lose their jobs when Weyerhaeuser begins closing its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls next week. Well over 200 employees are being affected by the closure of the two plants, but 146 of them will be transferred to either Weyerhaeuser’s stud mill or plywood plant in Kalispell, where extra shifts are being added, according to Tom Ray, Montana resources team leader for the company. That’s up from 130, the figure given in June when Weyerhaeuser announced the closures. “

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Pulp production at Fibre Excellence’s Tarascon mill still down after fire

EUWID
August 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Pulp production at Fibre Excellence’s pulp mill in Tarascon in southern France has been down since last Friday when a fire broke out and destroyed 20,000 tpy of wood. Pulp production at Fibre Excellence’s Tarascon mill in southern France has not yet restarted. Several local newspapers say that the mill has been standing still since last Friday, 5 August, when a major fire broke out in the mill’s wood yard. Fibre Excellence said today that the recommissioning of the machines was currently underway.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cross laminated timber examples

By Stephen Steed
Arkansas Online
August 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Here are a few of examples of cross laminated timber and mass timber construction in the United States and elsewhere: The 12-story Framework building, in Portland, Ore., is projected to be the nation’s tallest timber building. The project received a $1.5-million federal grant that will go toward regulatory costs. It will be a mix of retail, commercial and residential use. Ground-breaking is set for this fall. A planned 10-story residential building in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City would be the city’s tallest building of primarily timber. It also received a $1.5-million grant from the USDA to prove timber is as strong and as fire resistant as steel and concrete.

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State’s forests underutilized, architect says

University of Arkansas dean touts construction with cross laminated timber
Arkansas Online
August 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Arkansas foresters, architects, sawmill operators, contractors and developers are looking to the skies — and skyscrapers — as a market for the state’s 18 million acres of timberland. Peter MacKeith, dean of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, has been talking up nature’s skyscrapers — trees — as the potential building block of tall, wood buildings almost from the day he arrived on the Fayetteville campus two years ago. “One question I pose to myself, my students, my faculty and to anybody who will listen is, ‘How can we be of value to an entire state?'” MacKeith said. “I want my students to study all the resources of a state, the geology of a state. Arkansas is 60 percent forestland. What does it mean to a school of architecture and design to be in a state that is 60 percent covered in forests?”

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Forestry

Court action threatened over eco-forest

Victoria Times Colonist
August 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


A battle is brewing over the future of Wildwood, the renowned 31-hectare Vancouver Island ecoforest founded by the late Merv Wilkinson. Each side maintains that its plan is best suited to manage and protect the property and honour Wilkinson’s vision. Created as a demonstration site for sustainable forestry, the site has been owned for the past 16 years by the nonprofit Land Conservancy of B.C. The Victoria-based Land Conservancy has accepted an offer from Mark Randen, who worked with Wilkinson in the past, for the property near Cedar. But the Ecoforestry Institute Society is vowing to launch legal action if necessary to back up its own bid to buy the land. The society has been managing the site and has made an offer to TLC that is open until Sept. 6.

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Guest opinion: Bullock networks with Montana’s natural resource industries

by Loren Rose, COO for Pyramid Mountain Lumber &. Todd Myers VP marketing and business development, Cloud Peak Energy.
The Billings Gazette
August 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This is proving to be one of the more challenging years for natural resource industries in Montana. Whether you talk about challenges facing our timber companies, how the situation in Colstrip and coal country will affect families and state coffers or how mining, quarrying, and cement production will continue to be an important contributor to our economy, our natural resource industries face some tough obstacles — some of which are beyond our control. As co-chairs of the Natural Resources Key Industry Network for Gov. Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project, we bring a unique perspective to the discussion with more than 37 years of experience making lumber and producing energy in Montana.

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Linn County supports O & C Counties’ federal timber lawsuit

Albany Democrat Herald
August 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Association of O&C Counties has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over the agency’s plan to manage some 2.5 million acres of federal forestland in western Oregon, including land in Linn and Benton counties. Linn County, which has filed a somewhat similar lawsuit against the state Department of Forestry over its management of forest trust lands, supports the association’s lawsuit. Benton County is not a member of the association and is not be a party in the lawsuit. The Association of O&C Counties’ lawsuit, another in a series of lawsuits involving the BLM plan, argues that the federal government has not lived up to its contractual obligations concerning timber sales and distribution of income from those sales to some 17 Oregon counties.

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Guest Opinion: BLM’s management plan decision crisis

By Jack Duggan
Mail Tribune
August 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Late Friday afternoon, Aug. 5, the Bureau of Land Management announced a Record of Decision for their Resource Management Plan, adopting their Final Environmental Impact Statement. Late Friday announcements are great media timing when you don’t want the issue to get much attention. But by the time the weekend was over a great number of Oregonians were preparing for battle. In fact, the American Forest Resource Council, a timber industry group, and Earth Justice, an environmental group, filed lawsuits the same day. BLM is ready; even before their decision they have budgeted half a million dollars for legal defense. …As owners of these public lands, we should all be disappointed in both BLM’s work and its failure to consider 240 years of experience and ownership by U.S. citizens.

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Our view: Wilderness can be both protected and made accessible

Asheville Citizen-Times
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Wilderness. The word conjures images of the forest primeval, of nature unsullied by human presence. In Western North Carolina, however, the word to some symbolizes a federal land grab that ill serves long-time residents. Thus the U.S. Forest Service, and ultimately Congress, must tread a fine line in deciding what if any addition land in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests should be designated as wilderness….The review of forest regulations has been controversial ever since release of preliminary thoughts 18 months set off protests by both supporters and opponents of logging. Most of the tracts considered for designation, 31 of 53, have been ruled out. Three options remain.

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Forest Fires

Algonquin Park forest fire remains ‘out of control’

CTV News
August 12, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

Firefighters in Algonquin Park deployed water bombers for a second day on Friday, to battle an out-of-control blaze that forced the evacuation of several campsites. Fire Information Officer Shayne McCool says early morning rainfall aided the efforts of the six crews working to contain the blaze, but “quite a bit of hard work” remains before the situation at the provincial park in Central Ontario is under control. “We did receive confirmation this morning that folks were out of the area,” he told CTV Toronto. “Conditions were very dry, and it allow for easier fire spread. That said, with the rain we received this morning, we are seeing a low hazard today now. That will allow us to make some good progress on this fire.”

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Forest fires surprisingly low

Chronicle Journal
August 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Though it has seemed pretty crispy-crunchy in many parts the province for several weeks now, the number of forest fires recorded so far this season is below the 10-year average, provincial officials report. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, there have been 578 fires province-wide so far, compared to an average amount of 711 fires over the first half of a fire season. Of the current amount, 191 have burned in the Northwest. As of Thursday, eight fires were burning in the region, most of them small. “The fire hazard in most of the region is low to moderate, but higher in the far north,” said Dryden-based MNRF fire information officer Deb MacLean.

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Forest fire near Kejimkujik National Park half contained, officials say

Crews will focus on fighting the fire from the air, dumping water on the head of the flames
CBC News
August 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Officials say half of the persistent forest fire burning near Kejimkujik National Park at Seven Mile Lake is now contained. The 10 millimetres of rain Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources says fell Friday did little to dampen the 395-hectare fire and crews are still fighting it from the air, dumping water on the head of the flames. They ?plan to continue building guards, reinforcing fire lines and protecting unoccupied buildings in the area. There are no major changes to the other fires burning in western Nova Scotia. Trunk 8 is still closed Saturday because of water bombing operations.

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Showers bring crews closer to containing forest fire at Seven Mile Lake

Fire broke out on Aug. 4 near Kejimkujik National Park and is largest province has seen since 2009
Canadian Press in the CBC News
August 14, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Rain has helped contain 395-hectare fire in western Nova Scotia that crews have been battling for more than a week. The Department of Natural Resources says the fire at Seven Mile Lake in Annapolis County is 70 per cent contained as of Sunday morning, up from 50 per cent on Saturday evening. Officials say progress is expected to continue Sunday with a chance of showers later in the day. The Seven Mile Lake wildfire broke out on Aug. 4 near one of Nova Scotia’s natural gems, Kejimkujik National Park. “We’re hoping today, with the rain helping us, we will get that fire contained, but we’ll wait and see,” said Jim Rudderham, the province’s operations manager for forest protection. “It’s going to go on for a while yet.”

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By the numbers: Southern Quebec has been lucky with forest fires this year

by Lindsay Richardson
Montreal Gazette
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

…. SOPFEU, Quebec’s agency for forest fire prevention, said that the risk is still high in southern Quebec — meteorologists say that the area has been deprived of rainfall this year, and is experiencing drought-like weather conditions. Montreal and its surrounding areas, however, have been largely spared from crisis thanks in part to more generous rainfall. SOPFEU reports that Quebec has experienced 425 forest fires this year, only 770 hectares have been damaged by fire. It’s a remarkably low number compared to SOPFEU’s 10-year average at this point in the year — 62,458 hectares damaged in forest fires.

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Nova Scotia blows through budget for fighting forest fires

‘Expensive’ out-of-province water bombers drive up the cost, says Natural Resources official
CBC News
August 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

This summer’s forest fire season could cost Nova Scotia two to three times more than it budgeted to fight forest fires, says the province’s Department of Natural Resources. “Our typical budget is $650,000,” regional services director Walter Fanning said Friday. “The majority of that was used up last week.” …Water bombers from out of the province had to be brought in to help. “It is expensive to run those,” Fanning said, pegging the cost at $200,000 a day. The decision to call in help is based on the size of the forest fire and the conditions. A fire weather index of 23 is considered extreme. This summer, that index in Nova Scotia is in the mid-40s.

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California wildfire destroys 4 homes, more than 1,000 evacuate

Associated Press in Fox News
August 14, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Flames racing through dry brush Sunday destroyed at least four homes and forced more than 1,000 people to flee and firefighters to carry animals out of a northern California lake community that was evacuated in a devastating wildfire last year. Authorities ordered about 1,200 residents to leave 500 homes as the blaze surged east of the town of Lower Lake. The wildfire spread to more than 2 square miles by early Sunday, and crews faced hot weather and little cloud cover as they tried to get a handle on the flames burning largely out of control. “The fire activity could change in a moment’s notice right now,” said Suzie Blankenship, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Forest Service firefighter dies battling Nevada wildfire

Associated Press in The Journal
August 14, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BAKER, Nev. — Authorities say a Forest Service firefighter has died after being hit by a tree while battling a wildfire in Nevada. Federal officials say Justin Beebe of Vermont was killed when the tree fell on him Saturday afternoon while his hotshot crew battled the blaze in the eastern part of the state. His age wasn’t immediately known. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and Great Basin National Park are expected to work on the investigation. Beebe was in his first year as a member of the Lolo Hotshots based in Montana.

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UPDATE: Pioneer fire prompts new evacuation warnings

KBOI2.com
August 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

IDAHO CITY, Idaho — UPDATE: The Pioneer fire has prompted a Level 1 evacuation order for homes east of Grimes Pass Road, on the south side of the Payette River. With warmer temperatures and dry conditions in the forecast, fire managers say they worry weather conditions could fuel the Pioneer fire this weekend. The fire, which is one of the nation’s top-priority fires, grew minimally Friday, but has now scorched 68,893 acres. There are nearly 1,800 personnel working on the Pioneer fire, which is burning north into the Deadwood drainage.

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Hunter Peak Fire continues to grow, controlled ignitions planned

The Billings Gazette
August 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


Controlled ignitions are scheduled for Sunday for the lightning-caused and zero percent contained 1,528 acre Hunter Peak Fire, which is expected to continue spreading along all perimeters, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group website InciWeb. Burning in the Clark Fork Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest about 15 miles southeast of Cooke City and 30 miles west of Cody, 536 personnel are working to stop the fire, which prompted evacuations of the Squaw Creek area along County Road XUX and threatens 95 structures located on a mix of private inholdings and U.S. Forest Service land, according to Hunter Peak Fire public information officer Celeste Prescott.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trees Stop Climate Change–Can We Pay People To Stop Cutting Them Down?

By Jessica Leber
Co.Exist
August 12, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

If you pay a person to save a tree in Uganda, does the tree stay in the ground? The answer to that is “yes, probably.” And it turns out these kinds of payments are a great, cost-effective way to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new research study that is the first to study these “avoided deforestation” programs using randomized control trials. One of the cheapest ways to slow global warming is to stop cutting down the world’s forests, scientists and economists say. Countries have been spending about $500 million annually on a variety of anti-deforestation initiatives, and are supposed to commit more as part of the Paris climate change deal struck last year.

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