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Daily Archives: August 17, 2016

Business & Politics

Frank Miller Lumber expert heads to Australia to speak and consult

By Bill Esler
Woodworking Network
August 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

UNION CITY, Ind. – The architectural marketing manager for Frank Miller Lumber, Criswell Davis, says he will travel to Australia for a two-week trade mission with Britton Timbers, the largest importer of American hardwoods in Australia and a long-standing partner of Frank Miller Lumber. Davis, who is an approved continuing education provider for the American Institute of Architects, lectures at university, and is a renowned international speaker extolling the many virtues of sustainable American hardwoods in design. He regularly visits with architectural and design firms, job sites, manufacturers and universities around the world.

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The Northeastern Retail Lumber Association Video Promotes Lumber Building and Materials Careers

By James Anderson
LBM Journal
August 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Northeastern Retail Lumber Association has released a video promoting careers in the lumber and building materials industry. The video features appearances by Joe Cecarelli, who does Contractor Sales at Oxford Lumber & Building Materials, Inc. in Oxford, Conn. as well as Mandi Baierlein, Showroom Manager at rk MILES, Inc., in Manchester Center, Vt. …Ferris said that a committee of young lumber executive members was involved with the production of the video. “We leaned on our younger executive members (retailers under 40) because we’re looking to attract young people to the industry,” she said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Brock Commons – UBC’s 18-storey wooden tower, installs final wood panel

By Bill Esler
Woodworking Network
August 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The final panel was laid on Brock Commons Phase 1, an 18-storey mass timber hybrid residence under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The building will be comprised of 17 storeys of mass timber construction above one storey of concrete and two concrete stair cores. The floor structure will consist of 5-ply cross laminated timber (CLT) panels supported on glue laminated timber (glulam) columns. The roof will be made of prefabricated sections of steel beams and metal decking. Brock Commons will have capacity for just over 400 students with floorplans ranging from single bed studios to 4-bed accommodations.

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University of Oregon students wow the wood world (Renderings)

By Jon Bell
Portland Business Journal
August 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A team of architecture students took their expertise in design and timber from Eugene all the way to New York and nabbed second place in a national design competition aimed at sustainability and renewable resources. The four University of Oregon students — Greg Stacy, Benjamin Wright, Alex Kendle and Michael Meer — competed in the 2015-2016 Timber in the City: Urban Habitat Competition. The contest, which drew 850 students, is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design.

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Nelson’s timber terminal at the cutting edge of airport design

By Tim O’Connell
New Zealand Stuff
August 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

As public feedback for Nelson airport’s $32 million terminal redevelopment builds momentum, its use of wood as a primary building material has been praised for being a tribute and a showpiece for the region. Breaking from the traditional use of concrete and steel, the use of laminated veneer lumber – or LVL – from Nelson Pine Industries will be integral to the structure. Around 440m3of locally-resourced timber has gone into the project. The LVL portal legs are cantilevered to provide a lateral bracing system that allows for unobstructed clear open spaces internally. Twenty-four columns also incorporate a dampening system that can absorb large seismic loads while the roof is a lightweight stress skin panel that acts as the ceiling diaphragm.

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‘Foreign furniture threatens local wood markets’

By Victoria Onehi, Simon Echewofun Sunday & Olayemi John-Mensah
Daily Trust
August 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The influx of imported wood/board is a threat to the survival of the local wood market. Our reporters find out how as stakeholders proffer solution. Mr. Ikwuje Ola, a carpenter at the Kugbo furniture market in Abuja believes as long as the need for shelter remains, someone will do a piece of furniture at one time or the other, hence he will always be in business. However, Mr. Ola’s faith is gradually waning due to the influx of foreign furniture and board in the market. “Before now, we use local wood for making bed frames, wardrobes, and cubicles e.t.c but imported wood now flood the markets and they are quite expensive; this has reduced our profit,” Ola said.

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Forestry

Bear sightings on the rise in Revelstoke

By Maggie Spizzirri, Revelstoke Bear Aware
BC Local News
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The bears of Revelstoke are coming into town earlier this year. Revelstoke Bear Aware has noticed that there has been a substantial increase in calls coming into both the RAPP line and to the Revelstoke Bear Aware Society in comparison to the last few years, though exact numbers have not been provided by the Conservation Officer Service. The higher than usual bear activity is being reported across the city, from Columbia Park to Arrow Heights and everywhere in between. The reason for this early migration into town is a range of factors. The weather was unusually warm this spring which lead to a great initial berry crop. However, the tempting smells of garbage in this warmer weather over the last week or two and fruit trees ripening early provide an easily accessible feast to bears.

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NB forest in crisis, provincial government in denial

NB Media Coop
August 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A deer biologist who spent 15 years working for the government of New Brunswick says plunging deer populations in the province are part of a larger crisis that is destroying forests across New Brunswick and posing a serious threat to public health. He also says that the provincial government and forest industries have known for more than 20 years that provincial forest management plans and forest corporation practices are actually destroying New Brunswick’s public forests. Rod Cumberland worked in New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources.

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Volunteers track spruce budworm in Cape Breton

By Nancy King
Cape Breton Post
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — As a longtime avid outdoorsman, David MacDonald said the idea of assisting a citizen science project tracking the possible spread of the spruce budworm naturally appealed to him. The Sydney resident is one of about 10 volunteer trackers in Cape Breton and about 50 in Nova Scotia, and about 400 traps in total have been set up around Eastern Canada and Maine this summer. “I found the whole idea about this budworm tracking program fascinating and very important,” MacDonald said.

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Nova Scotia forestry management cleaned up, province says

The auditor general had criticized province’s species-at-risk and forestry protection
CBC News
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government says it is meeting its goals to increase accountability and consultation in resource development. The government released an update on its 10-year natural resources strategy Tuesday. The 2011 plan identified four goals from consultations with Nova Scotians: collaborative leadership, sustainable development, knowledge sharing and good governance. “I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made,” Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines said. The most tangible achievement cited by government in its five-year progress report is the 15,000-hectare Medway Community Forest Co-op pilot project. It’s the first time in Atlantic Canada Crown land has been leased to local people for the local economy.

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Forests need centuries to heal from ‘creepy’ wildfires, ecologist says

Fires near Kejimkujik National Park burned the ‘foundation of our forests’ says Donna Crossland
CBC News
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Parks Canada ecologist says the fires near Kejimkujik National Park will hurt the productivity of the forest for hundreds of years to come. Donna Crossland, who has a masters of science in forestry, worked with the Parks Canada fire crew to fight both the Seven Mile Lake and Maitland Bridge fires. What she saw was “very sobering,” as the fires burned “the very foundation of our forests, the soils,” Crossland told CBC’s Information Morning. “Given that we already are situated in the area of poorest nutrients in Eastern North America, this is just an incredible setback in the forest ecology of the area,” she said.

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The field decisions in fighting wildfire are tough and costly

By Tom Tidwell is chief of the U.S. Forest Service
The Oregonian
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bigger, hotter wildfires with much longer fire seasons are the new normal in a changing climate, threatening our forests and surrounding communities. In fact, over the last 40 years the average number of acres burned each year has doubled. And as we continue to build homes and communities closer to the wildland, these fires become ever more difficult to fight. …Based on the sheer number of fires burning across the country last August, the Forest Service and all other firefighting agencies were stretched thin and were forced to make difficult decisions on where to place limited firefighting resources.

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Other Views: Oregon’s timber management on trial

Mail Tribune
August 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Across the West, rural counties, school districts and local governments that once depended on natural resources such as timber have been slowly sinking into a sea of red ink. The problem: State and federal land managers have unilaterally changed the rules of how natural resources are managed. The result has been less economic activity such as logging, leading to ever-tighter local budgets. Those local governments and school districts once shared the revenue from timber cut on public lands. Now they receive only a small fraction of what they previously received. Those who defend the change in resource management say those counties and school districts should just pass special tax levies to cover the shortfalls. Such statements reflect their ignorance about the economy of the rural West. …. People collecting unemployment insurance cannot afford higher tax bills.

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Fire solutions: What experts say, what do you think?

By Laura Gunderson
The Oregonian
August 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the past three decades, wildfires across the West have grown larger, more destructive and more costly to fight. Higher temperatures, lower snowpacks and drought brought on by climate change have extended the fire season by 78 days since 1970, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Meanwhile, scientific research suggests 9.4 million acres of coniferous forest in Washington, eastern and southwest Oregon are overstocked and in need of thinning and controlled burns to restore their health. In Oregon, 40 percent of the total forest area in 11 national forests is designated high-risk for extreme wildfires. It’s a deadly combination.

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Risch, Crapo, Wyden pitch wildfire funding bill; say there’s a ‘sweet spot’ to pass it this year

By Betsy Z. Russell
The Spokesman Review
August 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With wildfire smoke blanketing the valley outside the National Interagency Fire Center today, a bipartisan group of three U.S. senators said they see a “sweet spot” for passing their long-sought change to how the nation funds firefighting. …The three have introduced the bill for the past three straight years, but now, they say, senators from other parts of the country are signing on.Wyden said one is New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from Brooklyn. “Now if you’re in Boise or rural Oregon, you’d say, ‘Why in the world would a United States senator who comes from Brooklyn, N.Y. be interested in this?’ … Well, what’s happened is the Forest Service budget is so discombobulated as a result of all this borrowing and moving money here and there, Sen. Schumer can’t get the funds for some of the work he needs to deal with … the ash beetle in upstate New York, and it’s hurting the baseball bat industry.”

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Western governors push for greater unanimity on timber, grazing issues

By Bob Chaney
The Missoulian
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEELEY LAKE – Since Congress has not been effective in addressing issues affecting timber and grazing lands in the West, Gov. Steve Bullock wants his fellow Western governors to fill the void. Using Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. as a backdrop, Bullock, chair of the Western Governors Association, championed an initiative that calls for the 19 states and three Pacific territories to push for more cooperation in setting the agenda for management of their natural landscapes. To accomplish that, Bullock said all WGA initiatives would have to be introduced by both a Democrat and Republican member of the association and would have to be approved by a super majority of the WGA’s membership.

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State initiative funds local logging project

Big Timber Pioneer
August 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Six miles up a dirt road west of Melville, loggers with DS Jr Trucking are hard at work. The crew of five is easily heard before they are seen, sawing, delimbing and hauling behemoth timbers from steep hillsides on Nathan Anderson’s ranch. Every few minutes, the distinctive crack of a falling tree cuts through Basin Creek drainage — an audible sign of progress, of getting one step closer to reducing fire fuels and adding logs to a struggling timber market. The logging project, dubbed the Crazies Cooperative, spans 470 acres in three different areas on Nathan Anderson and Craig Anderson’s respective properties. The primary objective is to supply Montana saw mills with timber, while simultaneously reducing fire fuels and curtailing the spread of tree-harming bug populations like the Douglas-Fir beetle and the spruce budworm.

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Rebuilding healthy North Idaho forests following massive Tower Fire

KXLY
August 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Priest Lake, IDAHO – A major salvage and restoration project is underway in North Idaho just a year after a wildfire ripped through the region. The Tower Fire burned 26-thousand acres, including 11-thousand in the Idaho panhandle. It typically takes the Forest Service two to three years to start a restoration project, but because of an “emergency situation determination,” crews were able to start restoration almost immediately. Nick Smith of Healthy Forest, Healthy Communities says, “This is a model project. Bringing together people of diverse interests to do what’s best for the forest. The dead and dying timber is being removed before it rots, so there’s an economic benefit to the community, but they’re going to be replanting as well, so that we have a forest that comes back more quickly.”

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Queensland tree-clearing laws: MPs set to wield the axe

By Jessica Marszalek and Jason Tin
The Courier Mail
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DEPUTY Premier Jackie Trad last night vowed to continue her quest to stop the bulldozing of trees even if the laws fail at a vote tomorrow. Debate on laws that will stop the mass clearing of remnant forest for agriculture will begin today after months of fighting over whether the laws will arrest serious environmental damage or devastate landholders’ livelihoods. The Courier-Mail understands independent MP Billy Gordon is considering proposing amendments in an eleventh-hour curve ball for the State Government in its bid to get its election promise through Parliament.

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Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world

Phys.org
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Oxford University researchers say that trees which grew during intense radiation bursts in the past have ‘time-markers’ in their tree-rings that could help archaeologists date events from thousands of years ago. In a new paper, the authors explain how harvesting such data could revolutionise the study of ancient civilisations such as the Egyptian and Mayan worlds. Until now scholars have had only vague evidence for dating when events happened during the earliest periods of civilisation, with estimates being within hundreds of years.

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Forest Fires

Mara Lake fire one of several sparked by lightning

Global News
August 15, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEAR SICAMOUS, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service’s list of spot fires is growing as continuous daytime heating brings to light several lightning strikes in local forests. Crews worked to douse a new fire on the east side of Mara Lake Monday evening with water bombing planes. Bob Bassett witnessed numerous water bombers arrive within 20 minutes of white smoke rising from the forest above Mara Lake, about two kilometres south of Sicamous. Bassett said the bombers, “spent the next 25 minutes or so saturating the outbreak with 15 to 20 passes.” “Nearby residents are grateful to the Forestry Service responders and pilots,” said Bassett.

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Variable rain puts damper on current fire season

By Timothy Schafer
The Castlegar Source
August 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A consistent peppering of precipitation at the right time has put a damper on the current fire season and made it one of the quietest in several years. The region bounded by the Southeast Fire Centre — which covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east — has been experiencing variable precipitation amounts since June, said the centre’s fire information officer, Karlie Shaughnessy. “This variable precipitation helps keep the fire danger rating low and the forest fuels saturated enough so when lightning does strike, it doesn’t necessarily always ignite a forest fire or it slows the spreading enough so we can put out the fires while their still small,” she said.

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Slow B.C. forest fire season may heat up

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Nanaimo News Bulletin
August 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Wildfire Service calls them “wildfires of note,” the largest, most aggressive or threatening to homes and businesses. Weeks have gone by this summer with the “wildfires of note” list left blank, as an early outburst of northern B.C. fires has given way to one of the quietest forest fire seasons in recent memory. But with a string of hot, dry days in mid-August after a cooler, wetter early summer, the B.C. Wildfire Service is attempting to keep things quiet. A campfire ban takes effect for the Coastal fire region on Wednesday, the first of the summer. The Coastal fire ban includes campfires, open fires, tiki torches, fireworks and burning barrels. It covers the entire Coastal region except Haida Gwaii and the “fog zone” on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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Comox Main blaze contained

By Katya Slepian
Alberni Valley News
August 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A human-caused fire six kilometres up the Comox Main is under investigation, according to Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer Marg Drysdale. “It is a human-caused fire and it is under investigation,” said Drysdale of the 5.8 hectare fire. According to the BC Wildfire Service, “40 per cent of wildfires in British Columbia are person-caused by activities such as open burning, the use of engines or vehicles, dropping burning substances such as cigarettes, or any number of other human-related activities that can create a spark or a heat source sufficient to ignite a wildfire.”

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Forest fire fighting crews keeping wary watch after rains

The Chronicle Herald
August 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

While the recent precipitation in western Nova Scotia was enough for firefighting crews to get a toehold on blazes around Seven Mile Lake, it’s not over until it’s over, say provincial officials “You can never say things are good when it comes to wildfires because things change so quickly,” said Department of Natural Resources forest technician Dave Steeves. “Where we are sitting with it now is much more favourable than where we were three days ago.” Having 100 per cent containment doesn’t mean the fire is completely extinguished, it just means crews have a perimeter around the area of the fire, he said.

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Pioneer Fire efforts spark evacuation advice for some, send smoke into Valley

Idaho Statesman
August 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Up to 20 families in the Lowman area were asked to leave their homes voluntarily Tuesday because of the monstrous Pioneer Fire. The Boise County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 2 alert for Bear Valley and Lowman Home roads, Hall and North Shore drives, along with Milepost 31 on the Banks-Lowman Road leading to the junction with Idaho 21. The residents are not required to go, but the Sheriff’s Office issued the alert because firefighting efforts in the area could lead to heavy smoke and extreme fire behavior, officials said. The fire plowing through the Boise National Forest grew to 76,980 acres by Tuesday — more than 120 square miles — but all of that growth was called part of successful containment efforts, said fire information officer Jerry Rohnert.

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Strategic burns grow Hunter Peak Fire

Billings Gazette
August 16, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire burning in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest has more than doubled in size since Friday. The Hunter Peak Fire was reported at 3,203 acres Monday and reported as 10 percent contained, according to forest officials’ updates to the National Wildlife Coordinating Group site InciWeb. It’s located southeast of Cooke City, Mont. Officials determined lightning caused the fire. Much of the acreage increase comes from burnout operations, in which firefighters intentionally burn fuel inside the fire perimeter to halt its growth.

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Buildings burn, residents flee as out-of-control brush fire burns 18,000 acres in Cajon Pass

Los Angeles Times
August 17, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A brush fire exploded out of control Tuesday in the Cajon Pass, scorching 18,000 acres as walls of flame forced more than 80,000 people to evacuate and destroyed an unknown number of homes in several rural San Bernardino County communities. Fed by strong winds, bone-dry brush and 100-degree temperatures, the Blue Cut fire marched across hills, canyons and flatlands into the night asfirefighters struggled to get a handle on a blaze they fear will get worse.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Burney biomass plant gives notice it will shut down

Redding Record Searchlight
August 12, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Burney Forest Power, a biomass plant in eastern Shasta County with about 25 employees, has given notice that it will cease operations around the end of September. And the plant’s closure could be felt beyond the doors of its operation. Shasta Green sells Burney Forest Power its wood waste and then purchases the steam Burney Forest Power generates. The steam is used in Shasta Green’s kiln. Shasta Green and Burney Forest Power also operate on the same property on Highway 299 in Burney. Danny Osborne, vice president and sales manager at Shasta Green, said they recently received a 60 days’ notice from Burney Forest Power that stated the biomass plant would stop supplying Shasta Green with steam.

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