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Daily Archives: October 27, 2016

Opinion / Editorial

Writer known for articles about Canadian forestry makes home run with new book

By Dave Willis
Delta Optimist
October 26, 2016
Category: Opinion / Editorial, Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver disc jockey Red Robinson and author Robin Brunet will be in Ladner Saturday for a book signing. Red Robinson: The Last Deejay is a newly released biography on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. “It’s like looking in the mirror, ‘Is that really me?'” Robinson, 79, says with a laugh, describing what it’s like to hold the book knowing his life story is inside. “It is.” He said he didn’t want the book to be “fluff” and that he wanted to tell the truth about his journey as a legacy for his family. The biography, published by Harbour Publishing, “details the life and career of Robinson, one of Canada’s most celebrated pioneers of rock and roll,” according to a press release.

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Froggy Foibles

Fort McMurray wildfire: The Beast gets distilled into whisky

By Juris Graney
Edmonton Journal
October 26, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

A pallet of peated malt that escaped the Fort McMurray wildfire is set to be distilled into a whisky and christened with the name of the blaze it survived: The Beast. Wood Buffalo Brewing Co. was struck by the idea of creating a signature spirit after discovering the 1,000 kilograms of malt had developed a new unique flavour thanks to being left on the side patio of the Morrison Street brew pub, absorbing the smoke from the forest fire. “It was already heavily peated malt destined for whisky, but it absorbed this extra flavour,” head brewer Spike Baker said. “You can taste the malt, but it also has this smoky campfire taste to it. This is definitely going to be a one-off whisky because these conditions are never going to be repeatable.”

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Business & Politics

Forest Sector Seeks Federal Parnership to Support Innovation, Jobs & Environment

By Forest Products Association of Canada
Forest Products Association of Canada
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canadian forest products industry is asking for a formal partnership with the federal government to further the sector’s ongoing transformation and contributions to the government’s agenda, including combatting climate change and supporting middle class jobs. The CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), Derek Nighbor, appeared today before the Finance Committee of the House of Commons as part of its pre-budget consultations. “The forest products industry has a proven track record of delivering results. We lead the world in the way we sustainably manage our forests, we’re transforming our industry through research and innovation and we have a clear plan to fight climate change,” says Nighbor.

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Lumber needs thanks to U.S. building boom helps lift West Fraser Timber

by Peter Kuitenbrouwer
The Financial Post
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The building boom for new houses in the U.S., a jump in plywood prices and steady shipments of pulp and fibreboard to China spell good news for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., one of Canada’s largest forest product companies. West Fraser earned $1.45 per share in the third quarter, compared with 42 cents a share in the same period a year ago. The weaker Canadian dollar and increases in lumber prices in the U.S. market helped lift West Fraser, and third quarter “results were better than expected,” Wes Swanson of RBC Capital Markets wrote in a research report. “Management noted that spruce-pine-fir shipments to China were steady in the quarter (which is encouraging),” Swanson wrote. Swanson warned, however, that West Fraser faces higher prices for logs, “particularly in regions of B.C. impacted by the mountain pine beetle.” Trade storm clouds also loom.

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Canadian government warns U.S. senators of potential lumber dispute consequences

Canadian Press in the Victoria Times Colonist
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON – The Canadian government is warning U.S. politicians about the consequences of a possible new softwood-lumber dispute. A letter from International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and David MacNaughton, the Canadian ambassador to Washington, went out today to two dozen senators — with a copy to President Barack Obama. The letter says American lawmakers are being misled by their domestic lumber lobby about what’s been delaying a new softwood agreement since the expiry of the previous decade-old deal. It says the Canadian side has acted in good faith, meeting U.S. officials seven times and U.S. lumber lobbyists twice, and releasing four position papers, along with a detailed proposal that meets conditions set out by Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Still time for a settlement in the softwood dispute: Truck Loggers Association

By Colin Dacre
My Prince George Now
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association of BC says there is still time for an agreement to be reached in the softwood lumber dispute. The United States became free to roll out trade action earlier this month, but Association President David Elstone says they haven’t started the process quite yet. He says any protective tariffs are usually preceded by a trade investigation by the Americans. “In terms of timing, the investigation by the US Government usually takes about six months so the earliest we may see an impact of this is perhaps March of next year.” …Despite that, Elstone isn’t optimistic things will go much better this time around for the contractors he represents. “I can’t be overly positive. While diversification has helped, out supply chain is definitely weaker, and that’s a big concern.”he says noting that contractors are operating with shrinking margins.

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Ontario and Québec Working Together to Drive Economic Growth

Office of the Premier
Government of Ontario
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard today held a joint meeting of cabinet ministers in Toronto. Focused on innovation and the economy, the meeting generated seven agreements between the two governments….Ontario and Québec will also partner on a number of targeted actions that address shared interests and challenges related but not limited to the Softwood Lumber Agreement, cross-border movement of wood, industry benchmarking and forest sector innovation, and market development. Continuing to build strong relationships among Ontario and Québec’s governments, businesses and academic sectors strengthens the economic centre of Canada.

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Catalyst puts fallback in place as sale deal uncertain

by Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper, which owns the Crofton pulp mill, is now considering its options if the deal to sell the company to the Indian-based Kejriwal Group International falls through. The four principal stakeholders in Catalyst, who own 79 per cent of the B.C.-based company, announced on Oct. 26 that they are considering an alternative recapitalization proposal if the proposed deal with the Kejriwal Group, announced in June, is not completed. The stakeholders — Mudrick Capital Management LP, Cyrus Capital Partners LP, Oaktree Capital Management LP, and Stonehill Management LLC — are looking at significant debt reductions through deferrals and conversion of its loans that would provide the forest company with enhanced liquidity.

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The competitiveness of the forestry sector threatened by the new forest regime

By Montreal Economic Institute
Canada Newswire
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – On October 31, at the Forum Innovation Bois, the Quebec government will announce recommendations, probably accompanied by new programs, for encouraging innovation and investment in the forestry sector. Yet it is the government itself that is in large part responsible for the lack of investment in this industry and should review its practices before announcing new measures, argues a Research Paper published today by the MEI. In particular, the tendency toward centralization, which has characterized forest regime reforms for too long, should be reversed in order to give companies on the ground more latitude. Indeed, the entry into force of the new forest regime in 2013 shook the forestry sector.

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Third Quarter Results

MarketWired
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


Acadian Timber Corp. (TSX:ADN) today reported financial and operating results1 for the three months ended September 24, 2016 (the “third quarter”). “Acadian’s operations performed well for the third quarter and continue to reflect well balanced softwood sawtimber and hardwood pulpwood markets and stable log pricing in-line with the same quarter in the prior year and up 3% for the year to date,” commented Mark Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian.

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Lester named chairman for national group

Martinsville Bulletin
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MARTINSVILLE-George Lester II is the new chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. The announcement was made earlier this week by the group. The NLBMDA is the trade association of building materials dealers, representing more than 2,000 members across the country. Lester joined the association approximately 50 years ago. “Membership in the NLBMDA has been an educational experience of the highest value for me,” said Lester, “and the association has performed at a high standard in creating a favorable climate for our members.”

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New Members Added to Board of Directors; Officers Elected

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
October 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) announced today the election of Board members and officers for 2017 at the organization’s semi-annual meeting held this year in Greenville, South Carolina. The Board welcomes Jeffery Hearn and Mark Emmerson to serve three-year terms.

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Forestry sector warns sawmills will close if Forestry Tasmania ups prices

By Georgie Burgess
ABC News, Australia
October 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sawmills could become unviable if Forestry Tasmania implements significant price increases for sawlogs, an industry group says. The state-owned business posted a $67 million loss and the Government announced a major restructure which would include cutting 35 jobs and partial privatisation. Part of the company’s restructure includes charging a higher price for sawlogs, with Resources Minister Guy Barnett saying Tasmanian forest products could no longer be considered a low-value commodity. Forest Industries Association Tasmania (FIAT) chief executive Terry Edwards said higher prices could result in job losses.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

How North Vancouver guitar-maker built a Prestige brand

By Jenny Lee
Vancouver Sun
October 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…At 19, Kurkdjian was liquidating Vancouver acoustic guitar-maker Larrivée’s factory. And by the age of just 22, he’d started Prestige Guitars and was targeting the gap between beginner guitars priced under $1,000 and bigger brand names that fetch upward of $3,500. North Vancouver-based Prestige is one of just two electric guitar manufacturers in Canada. But while Godin Guitars in Quebec is among the largest guitar manufacturers in the world — on the same scale as Gibson and Fender — Prestige is a small shop making 1,000 to 1,200 guitars a year, said Kurkdjian, now 35.  “What is unique to us? What can we do that nobody else can do? The answer was wood,” he said. “Our backyard is where the world’s supply of figured maple comes from.”

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A new green purpose for discarded ash

by: Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
October 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Kirkland Lake entrepreneur is discovering new green uses for what was once thought to be an industrial waste by-product. Brian Coghlan has the only licensed wood ash landfill in Ontario where he has stored more than 300,000 cubic metres of the material from the nearby Kirkland Lake Power co-generation plant. The former Kirkland Lake town councillor believes ash has a myriad of recycled uses beyond just agricultural and horticultural applications where it’s often used as a growth medium when mixed with top soil and fertilizer. “The beauty of this waste material is that it can be used for environmental cleanup,” said Coghlan, who established Wood Ash Inc. in 2002.

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Latvijas Finieris opens a new plant in Riga

The Baltic Course
October 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Latvijas Finieris opens a new Impregnation Plant in Riga on 27 October 2016. Its construction was started at the end of previous year. The new plant will employ a modern and environmentally friendly technology for producing impregnated paper with a higher added value, said LF representative. Investing 10 mln euros, the production capacity has been doubled. The process will be managed by 12 employees working in three shifts. The end product will be used in other group factories in Latvia as well as exported, e.g. to Estonia, where the new plywood factory of Latvijas Finieris is located.

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Forestry

Canada revises forest management standard

By Cindy Macdonald, Pulp and Paper Canada
Wood Business
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The revision of the CAN/CSA Z809-16 Sustainable Forest Management standard is now complete and the standard has once again been accepted as a National Standard by the Standards Council of Canada. “This is great news” said John Dunford, chair of PEFC Canada. “Forest companies in Canada are excited to begin their transition to the revised standard, one that sees a new Criterion for Aboriginal Relations and one that retains the demanding requirements of public participation in developing and maintaining performance measures for sustainable forest management.” Organizations certified to CSA Z809-08 will have two years to become certified to Z809-16.

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Residents celebrate Stillwater decision

By Chris Bolster
Powell River Peak
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stand of second-growth trees will not be logged by Island Timberlands. Stillwater residents are celebrating a small victory after Island Timberlands decided to save a grove of second-growth trees on Roberts Road. After several local residents called the forestry company to share concerns about the grove being cut, the company has changed its plans, according to Makenzie Leine, community relations for Island Timberlands “We received some feedback from the community, so we made some alterations to our plans that balanced community concerns with managing our forest,” said Leine. Part of the grove is located on Island Timberlands’ private managed forest land, so when the community learned the company was planning to log in the area, a number of residents contacted the company with their concerns.

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Helping out the forest

by Deborah Pfeiffer
Castanet
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Penticton Indian Band members were on hand to launch the start of a habitat and cultural enhancement project in the Garnet Valley, north of Summerland, on Monday. Band members, the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, as well as the Okanagan Region of the BC Wildlife Federation are tackling the project due to the need in this area. Communications co-ordinator for the PIB Dawn Russell said the primary objective is to prevent habitat degradation. A secondary objective is that traditional practices, indigenous knowledge and ecosystem and fire science are used in harmony to provide the strongest possible results.

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Writer known for articles about Canadian forestry makes home run with new book

By Dave Willis
Delta Optimist
October 26, 2016
Category: Opinion / Editorial, Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver disc jockey Red Robinson and author Robin Brunet will be in Ladner Saturday for a book signing. Red Robinson: The Last Deejay is a newly released biography on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. “It’s like looking in the mirror, ‘Is that really me?'” Robinson, 79, says with a laugh, describing what it’s like to hold the book knowing his life story is inside. “It is.” He said he didn’t want the book to be “fluff” and that he wanted to tell the truth about his journey as a legacy for his family. The biography, published by Harbour Publishing, “details the life and career of Robinson, one of Canada’s most celebrated pioneers of rock and roll,” according to a press release.

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Hines named Green Party forestry critic

By Doug Collins
CFJC Today
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — A local nominee for next May’s provincial election has been named his party’s forestry critic. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver yesterday named Dan Hines the Green Party’s forestry critic. Hines is running as a candidate in the Kamloops-North Thompson riding. Weaver said there has to be a new approach to forest practices in the province, and that would include constructive collaboration with First Nations and communities affected by the forest sector.

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Ontario’s moose population under threat, some bats may be wiped out entirely, environment report says

By Kristin Rushowy
The Toronto Star
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


Ontario’s moose population is under threat with “rapid declines” in numbers over the past decade, warns the environmental commissioner in a new report that urges the government to take better care of the province’s wildlife and forests. “It matters that moose are in decline . . . moose are key forest species in most of Ontario,” said Dianne Saxe, who blamed the “loss of roadless areas, too much fire suppression, disease, parasites and hunting all (making) life difficult for moose. “Climate change is making it worse — moose are exquisitely adapted to cold weather and very poorly adapted for heat.”

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A new green purpose for discarded ash

by: Ian Ross
Northern Ontario Business
October 26, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Kirkland Lake entrepreneur is discovering new green uses for what was once thought to be an industrial waste by-product. Brian Coghlan has the only licensed wood ash landfill in Ontario where he has stored more than 300,000 cubic metres of the material from the nearby Kirkland Lake Power co-generation plant. The former Kirkland Lake town councillor believes ash has a myriad of recycled uses beyond just agricultural and horticultural applications where it’s often used as a growth medium when mixed with top soil and fertilizer. “The beauty of this waste material is that it can be used for environmental cleanup,” said Coghlan, who established Wood Ash Inc. in 2002.

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US timber harvests up by 10%

IHB – The Timber Network
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Timber harvests in the US have increased by 10% from 2011 to 2015 because of higher production of wood pellets, softwood lumber and hardwood lumber. According to official statistics, the US timber harvests were practically the same in 2015 as in 2011, coming in at 355 million m3. This appears to be quite low considering the log demand by the US forest industry. Analysis by Wood Resources International based on derived log consumption by the forest industry in the US and net log trade, indicates that the actual removals of industrial roundwood were closer to 411 million m3 in 2015, and 10% higher than in 2011.

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Birnbaum letter: Wildfires

Letter from Fred Birnbaum, vice president, Idaho Freedom Foundation
Idaho Statesman
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What happens when you throw wood on a raging fire? It doesn’t take a Ph. D. to answer the question. This simple principle applies to your next camping trip as well as to federal mismanagement of our national forests. Rocky Barker’s article on Western wildfires highlights a study that claims, over the past 32 years, human-caused climate change has doubled the wildfire-burn area in the West. Though that study’s authors were quick to blame climate change, they neglected to mention the decline in thinning and logging that would have reduced the fuel loads on federal forest lands. In Idaho, from a 1970’s peak, logging on federal lands has decreased around 90 percent.

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Sex, lies and beetles: Noirish forest pests defy control, researcher says

by Seth Tupper
Rapid City Journal
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The saga of the mountain pine beetle has enough “sex, murder, fights, incest, parasitism, infidelity, necrophilia, cannibalism and predation” for a film noir, a researcher who has synthesized 100 years of data on the topic said Tuesday. For example, said Russell Graham, an Idaho-based forest researcher with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Center, male beetles sometimes stick around to help their females mates build an egg gallery, only to be killed and shoved into a pile of refuse and excrement that deters other beetles and predators from approaching the eggs. Film noir, indeed. The analogy appears in the preface to a newly published, 206-page report Graham co-wrote with four others, “Mountain Pine Beetles: A Century of Knowledge, Control Attempts, and Impacts Central to the Black Hills.”

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Prescribed fires improving wildlife habitat in region’s forests

By Rich Landers
The Spokesman Review
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WILDLIFE HABITAT — Excuse the smoke that’s occasionally filtering up through the forests this time of year. Prescribe burns are a sign of active forest management on state, federal and private lands to reduce the danger of big forest fires next season. The controlled small fires also naturally thin forests in a mosaic pattern ideal for stimulating grasses and browse to improve wildlife habitat while leaving cover and hiding areas. Win-Win. Here’s how the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest describes the mission recently completed on the North Fork District. Under set conditions, the district took advantage of a narrow window of opportunity to ignite a prescribed fire treatment in an area that has not seen disturbance since the fires of the early 1900’s.

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Sustainable forestry plan a reality at Bald Eagle Area School District

By Britney Milazzo
Centre Daily Times
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WINGATE—Bald Eagle Area School District has something not many other districts have — more than 400 acres of district-owned forest land. And after six years in the making, a former district employee is seeing through a plan he was involved with from the start — to keep that land sustainable — an idea supported by the nine-member school board. Former district food service director and current board member of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association Mark Ott said he’s a longtime advocate of promoting sustainable forestry. “We have a great resource in this state, and that is being cut up into small plots,” he said. “I’m trying to stop that in Pennsylvania.”

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Pine beetles decimate pine trees in SW Georgia

By Jim Wallace
WALB News 10
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY, GA  – Tree experts are warning that pine beetles are becoming nearly epidemic around the Albany area. Dozens of pine trees in Dougherty and Lee County neighborhoods are infested. Lee Harper said he is very busy these days spraying pine trees to guard them against pine beetles. “This is the worst year I’ve ever seen them,” said Harper. Driving around the homes in the Edith Drive and Martindale Drive area, you can see dozens of dead pine trees, killed by pine beetles. Trees hit by lightning are distressed, and usually start the insect invasion.

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World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

By Damian Carrington
The Guardian
October 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact. The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends. The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.

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Copper beech named Tree of the Year

BBC News
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A copper beech tree which has become part of a primary school playground has been named Scottish Tree of the Year. The Ding Dong Tree has stood for generations in the grounds of Prestonpans Primary School in East Lothian. The tree, which gained its name from a tig game invented by pupils, faced competition from five other nominees in a public vote. The award was announced at a reception at the Scottish Parliament George Anderson of the Woodland Trust Scotland, which organised the contest, said: “The Ding Dong Tree is on the face of it quite an ordinary copper beech, but it has found a special place in the hearts of the school community.

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Logged but not out: Altered landscapes important for conservation

by John C. Cannon
Mongabay
October 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ecologists have struggled to peg a value to logged forests for the plants and animals that call them home. They know, for example, that these altered landscapes don’t offer the rich habitats that old-growth forests do, but just how drastically and to what degree has remained a mystery. Now, a study of mammal biodiversity in Malaysian rainforests published July in the journal Ecological Applications has added to our understanding of what’s happening when we thin a forest. And the conclusions reveal that we might not be giving these areas the credit they deserve. “We still have a poor idea about the actual mechanisms of biodiversity change in logged forest,” said Oliver Wearn, an ecologist at Imperial College London and the Zoological Society of London and the lead author of the paper.

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General

Timber lawsuit splits Washington County commissioners

by Peter Wong
Portland Tribune
October 26, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

A lawsuit filed by another county splits two commissioners in Washington County over logging in state forests and the proceeds from timber sales. …“Now we have these forests and everybody thinks that is the way it has always been,” Board Chairman Andy Duyck said. “But it has not always been that way.” Duyck and Commissioner Dick Schouten offered differing views on the lawsuit and the county’s potential participation in it. The county would be in unless a majority of the five commissioners vote to opt out. The board has not yet discussed the issue.

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