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Daily Archives: August 18, 2016

Business & Politics

DEMO International: Massive world-class forestry event returning to west coast for the first time in 16 years

DEMO International
August 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Next month, the typical peace and quiet of the forest will be taken over by the rumble and whine of logging equipment and the excited chatter of thousands of forestry professionals and other workers involved with woodlands operations. Taking place September 22nd to 24th in Maple Ridge, BC, DEMO International® is a world class, one-of-a-kind industry event that showcases the latest in forestry equipment, in action and in the woods. It is the flagship event of the Canadian Woodlands Forum, a not-for-profit organization committed to effective, quality woodlands operations in support of sustainable forest management. Much like the Olympics, this incomparable event takes place every four years in a different location. This year marks the third time the show has come to the west coast since it began 49 years ago.

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Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc Shares Surge After a Court Win

By Noor Us Subah
Bidness ETC
August 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. had a pretty terrific performance in the stock market with a run rate of 16.2% over the past one year. However, it has dipped 5.8% so far in 2016 after posting another loss. In the latest development, it looks like it is poised to offset the stock losses after winning a court ruling, which shot its shares 7.5% higher in pre-market. Last night, the hardwood flooring maker announced that a California court had absolved it of a lawsuit. The initial claim was that the company hadn’t warned its consumers about the presence of formaldehyde—a cancer causing agent—in some of its flooring products.

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Resolute Forest Products loses $42 million in the latest quarter

Woodworking Network
August 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, 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. “Despite challenging market conditions in certain of our business segments, we recorded a solid performance this quarter,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.

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Tax Implications Surround Closure of Weyerhaeuser Mills

The company will still pay taxes but the market value of the property would begin to decrease
Flathead Beacon
August 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The closure of two mills in Columbia Falls is poised to have implications that extend beyond the immediate employees who are laid off. Seventy years of lumber production will come to an end this week when the Weyerhaeuser Company begins shutting down its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls. …The company has not said what it intends to do with the shuttered mills. Closing the facilities could have tax implications on state and local entities, such as the school district. Weyerhaeuser will still owe its 2016 property and business-equipment taxes, which means the losses will not occur this year. Montana is on a two-year reappraisal cycle, and state officials will reappraise the property in January 2017.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Scientists made see-through wood that is cooler than glass

By Dave Mosher
Business Insider
August 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood is a strong and versatile building material, but it rots, gets eaten by bugs, and blocks light. Plain sheets of glass aren’t much better. They shatter easily and let a lot of energy leak into or out of a building. But engineers have recently figured out how to find the best of both worlds by making see-through wood. The team, led by materials scientist Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland, developed a patented process to turn wood translucent, make it more durable, and lend it incredible strength. We first wrote about this wild-looking material in May 2016, but the same scientists recently published a detailed study about its properties in the journal Advanced Energy Materials.

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EPA Closes Loophole in California Rules for Formaldehyde in Wood Products

Tom Neltner, J.D.,  Chemicals Policy Director EDF
Environmental Defense Fund
August 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

On July 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a long-overdue final rule to protect people from formaldehyde off-gassing from composite wood products such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard. These products are commonly used to make furniture, cabinets, and flooring. Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) directed EPA to issue the rule and base it on the 2007 standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with a significant exception; EPA closed a loophole in CARB’s standards by extending them to cover laminated hardwood products. Such laminated products were the focus of the Lumber Liquidators controversy in 2014.

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Forestry

BC Forest Practices Board issues 20th Annual Report

By Darlene Oman
BC Forest Practices Board
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA –The Forest Practices Board released its 2015-16 annual report today, which celebrates 20 years as the public’s watchdog for forest and range practices in BC, as well as reporting on the board’s work over the past year. “British Columbia is unique in the world in having an independent body that provides oversight of forest and range operations,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “For over 20 years, the Forest Practices Board has demonstrated BC’s commitment to stewardship of its public forests and range lands through its independent audits, investigations and recommendations.” Since 1995, the Board has published more than 500 reports and made more than 400 recommendations to improve forest and range practices in the province, many of which have been implemented.

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B.C. Chief Foresters’ Leadership Team

TimberWest
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In July, the B.C. Chief Foresters’ Leadership Team consisting of Chief Foresters from across the province gathered in Campbell River to discuss the future of forestry in B.C., and exchange best practices on innovation technologies, sustainable forest management, and partnership engagement with local communities. Diane Nicholls, British Columbia’s Chief Forester, hosted this meeting with the intent of convening future meetings in different regions of the province to gain a better understanding of the regional perspectives of forestry. “Forestry is the bedrock of B.C.,” says Nicholls.

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1,600 parasitic wasps released in Ontario, Quebec to fight off emerald ash borers

By Justin Li
Canada Newswire press release
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wasp larva kill emerald ash borers, which have destroyed 260,000 hectares of forests in Ontario. The Canadian Forest Service announced Wednesday it is releasing parasitic wasps in Ontario and Quebec this week in an effort to control the population of emerald ash borers. Krista Ryall, a research scientist for the Canadian Forest Service, told CBC News that 1,600 of the non-stinging wasps native to China are meant to combat the emerald ash borers that have killed ash trees in more than 260,000 hectares of Ontario forests….Although 1,600 wasps have been released this time around, Ryall says CFS will release wasps nine times over the summer and have already released tens of thousands since 2013, when efforts to curb the population of emerald ash borers first started.

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Ball shuffles government

By James McLeod
The Newfoundland and Labrador Telegram
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Dwight Ball made some significant moves to reorganize the government Wednesday. The premier combined several government departments and shuffled some ministers’ portfolios. …The biggest change is that the province’s Forestry and Agrifoods Agency is no longer part of the Department of Natural Resources. Instead, Steve Crocker is now minister responsible for Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods. Sherry Gambin-Walsh was already responsible for two departments, and now they’re being combined into one big one.

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Ministry seeks public’s help in identifying individuals that started forest fires

By the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
North Bay Now
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individuals responsible for starting two forest fires in northern Ontario. One fire was located in the Red Squirrel Lake area north of Temagami. Designated as North Bay 44 by the ministry, it was approximately 0.5 hectares at the time of discovery on August 8. The ministry estimated that the fire was lit between August 5 and 8. The second fire was located on the east side of Obashking Lake, southwest of Wigwam Bay of Lake Nipissing.

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Governor announces “National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative”

By Don Fisher
KPAX-TV
August 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SEELEY LAKE – Governor Steve Bullock launched his “National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative” in Seeley Lake Tuesday.  Governor Bullock was appointed to become Chair of the Western Governor’s Association, or WGA in June. With that position, the Governor was asked to select an initiative he was passionate about to pursue during his time as chair.  Bullock says the purpose of the Initiative is to push congress to make meaningful changes to improve forest management and encourage more effective collaboration throughout the west.

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Manage our forests with science, not ideology

By Seth Barnes, director of forest policy, Oregon Forest & Industries Council
Register Guard
August 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Since the middle of June, more than half a dozen opinion pieces have appeared in The Register Guard about management of timber — some attacking forest management practices, and some standing up for the industry. Even for someone like me, who is intimately familiar with forestry, it’s a lot. The Aug. 3 piece by Jason Gonzales, “Oregon’s outdated logging rules need reform,” compels me to offer another perspective and clarify the facts. Gonzales and I have one thing in common: We’re both registered lobbyists for organizations with clear objectives. He is a lobbyist for an environmental organization, while I work for a trade association representing forest landowners. One could say that makes neither of us objective. …It’s through this lens that I feel compelled to weigh in and I can say with professional confidence that Oregon has some of the strictest and most science-based forest protection laws and management practices in the world.

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Western Governors plan workshops on forest management

Associated Press in The Missoulian
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA  — The Western Governors’ Association plans five workshops to discuss forest and rangeland management practices and develop a compromise that could include more logging while also preserving forest and rangeland for tourism and recreation. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, chairman of the WGA, said Tuesday the first workshop will be held Sept. 20-21 in Missoula. The dates for workshops in Idaho and South Dakota, as well as the details on two others have not been announced.

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Logging can decrease water infiltration into forest soils, study finds

from University of Missouri-Columbia
Eureka Alert!
August 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Soil water infiltration, or the ability of soil to absorb water and allow it to move through different soil layers, is an important environmental factor in forests, especially forests undergoing logging operations. This property can affect how quickly those forests can regenerate after being logged. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that logging operations can negatively affect soil density and water infiltration within forests, particularly along makeshift logging roads and landing areas where logs are stored before being trucked to sawmills. Stephen Anderson, the William A. Albrecht Distinguished Professor of Soil Science at Mizzou, says changing the soil density and water infiltration within forests can cause many different problems.

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Forest Fires

Westside fire evac alerts

By Wayne Moore
Castanet Kelowna
August 17, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Central Okanagan Emergency Services has issued a warning to remind people that the evacuation warning is still in effect. The blaze remains at 2.8 hectares, but authorities are reminding people to be wary, as conditions could change. Overnight, firefighters and equipment from several agencies will remain on site to monitor the fire, conduct patrols and deal with any hot spots.  Structural firefighters from Wilson’s Landing and North Westside paid-on-call departments are being supported by those from West Kelowna Fire Rescue and approximately 20 firefighters from the BC Wildfire Service.

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Burning and travel bans lifted across Nova Scotia

Restrictions at Kejimkujik National Park also have been lifted
CBC News
August 17, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Rain has brought an end to burning and travel bans across Nova Scotia. Wednesday, the provincial government lifted all bans to starting campfires, burning brush and travelling in the woods. Multiple forest fires and dry conditions have kept officials busy since the start of August. The bans were intended to prevent further fires from starting. Still, about 50 people were caught violating the bans. “Now that we’ve gotten a little help from Mother Nature, we can put all of our efforts into finding any more areas that might be of possible concern,” provincial natural resources forest technician Dave Steeves said. This means parks, including Kejimkujik National Park, are fully open. Highway 8, which runs near Keji, is open after being closed more than a week.

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Lincoln-area wildfire less than 10 acres

Helena Independent Record
August 17, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A small but highly visible wildfire burning northwest of Lincoln continued to burn Wednesday but did not grow significantly. The Black Mountain fire ignited Tuesday afternoon about 8 miles from Lincoln in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The fire, first spotted by a helicopter, burned about five acres in heavy timber on a ridgetop. The blaze caused a dark plume of smoke easily seen from the valley. More than 40 firefighters fought the fire Tuesday and Wednesday aided by four helicopters dropping water and two air tankers deploying retardant. The fire grew slightly to about eight acres on Wednesday and crews plan continued suppression.

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Sheridan Fire Grows To 360 Acres Near Sunriver In Central Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 17, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Fire officials say they’re working to quickly contain a wildfire near the central Oregon town of Sunriver. The Sheridan fire is located about 1.5 miles west of Sunriver and by 9 p.m. was burning at least 360 acres. Emergency crews issued a Level 1 evacuation notice for a subdivision near the Fall River Hatchery and notified residents to be prepared to leave if the fire continues to grow. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the fire started around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of River Summit Drive and Forest Road 40. It has closed some roads in the area.

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Furious California wildfire leaves trail of destruction

By Alicia Chang
Associated Press in The Missoulian
August 18, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — What began as a small brush fire along a freeway in drought-stricken Southern California morphed into a massive blaze fueled by gusty winds and dry vegetation. Swift-moving flames gutted a historic Route 66 diner, burned homes to their foundations and forced tens of thousands of people to flee the Cajon Pass, a mountain pass between the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. Wildfires have ripped through California in the past, but recent fires have grown stronger and hotter. A persistent statewide drought has killed scores of trees and dried out swaths of land, creating incendiary conditions.

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Portugal’s August wildfires make up half of EU’s 2016 total

Authorities say a series of wildfires this month in Portugal has burned more than half of the land lost to blazes in the entire 28-nation European Union so far this year.
Associated Press in The Idaho Statesman
August 17, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International


Authorities say a series of wildfires this month in Portugal has burned more than half of the land lost to blazes in the entire 28-nation European Union so far this year. The EU’s Forest Fire Information System, which collates wildfire data, says wildfires have charred more than 217,000 hectares (536,200 acres) in the bloc in 2016. Almost 116,000 hectares (286,600 acres) of the charred forest land is in Portugal, the agency told The Associated Press. Four people have died in the country’s worst wildfires in recent memory.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. climate plan to balance the economy with greenhouse gas reductions

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
August 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A much-anticipated climate plan update to be released Friday by the B.C. Liberal government will not fully implement all the sweeping recommendations from its own committee, which called for an aggressive increase in the carbon tax. Instead, the B.C. Liberal government wants to balance actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with affordability for families and competitiveness to protect and grow jobs, including so-called green jobs, according to a government source familiar with the plan. This lens of affordability and competitiveness is being brought to the 32 recommendations released by the government-appointed leadership team in October 2015, said the government source.

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Ontario Supporting Forestry Innovation

Research in Thunder Bay to Boost Diversification and Opportunity in Forestry Sector
Government of Ontario
August 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is supporting innovative research and a new pilot project in Thunder Bay that will encourage sustainable forest management, create jobs and grow the Northern economy. The province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation is investing $4.5 million to help FPInnovations establish a fully functioning bio-refinery plant. The new plant will speed up the mass production and successful commercialization of green bio-chemicals derived from wood. The resulting eco-friendly products will provide renewable, biodegradable and cost-effective alternatives to petroleum-based products for use in the construction, automotive, mining, oil and other sectors. The pilot plant is part of an extensive cluster of forest bio-economy research in the North that will help companies diversify their businesses and ensure sustainability.

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Biomass Power Slumps as EPA, Industry Spar on Science

By John Upton
Climate Central
August 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The industry that burns wood to produce electricity is floundering nationwide because of low power prices, and some lawmakers from heavily forested states are pushing to provide it with an extraordinary market advantage. Six times during the past two years, federal lawmakers have included language in bills in attempts to force EPA regulations to ignore climate pollution from biomass power plants. With the biomass power industry in financial tumult, its leaders are pinning hopes for revival on Congress’s potential willingness to interfere with science at a time when the EPA is rolling out flagship climate rules.

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General

Wildfire west of Sunriver burns 300 acres; pre-evacuation alerts

Level 1 notice for Fall River Estates, fish hatchery; six small fires tackled near Sisters
KTVZ.com
August 17, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

SUNRIVER, Ore. -A forest fire broke out on the Deschutes National Forest about two miles west of Sunriver late Wednesday afternoon and grew to about 300 acres by nightfall, despite a major air and ground attack. Several area roads were closed and a Level 1 (‘Get Ready’) pre-evacuation notice was issued for homes near the Fall River Fish Hatchery. Forest Service spokesman Patrick Lair said the Sheridan Fire, spotted by Lava Butte Lookout around 4:30 p.m. near the junction of Forest Roads 40 and 45 (River Summit Drive).  By 6 p.m., it had grown to an estimated to 50 to 100 acres — and an hour later, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office said the fire was estimated at 300 acres and was “moving southwest at a moderate spread rate” through areas of lodgepole pine.

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Federal team begins assessment of struggling forest products industry

Mianebiz
August 17, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine and representatives from several federal agencies kicked off a three-day Economic Development Assessment Team visit to eastern Maine today with a meeting with public and private sector representatives from across the state at the University of Maine. Announced last month by Erskine along with more than $4 million in federal funding from the Economic Development Administration, the EDAT visit will allow members of the team to evaluate new and existing economic strategies to address Maine’s forest-based economic challenges. Following the visit, the EDAT will issue a report with recommendations for moving Maine’s forest economy forward.

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