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Business & Politics

U.S. lumber coalition readies costly trade complaint

By Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
November 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The American lumber industry is hoping third-quarter financial results will provide additional data strengthening its case that Canadian lumber exports are harming it. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, the lobby group representing the American softwood industry, is expected to file a trade complaint with the U.S. Department of Commerce if negotiations break down between the Canadian and American governments to settle the lumber dispute. Included in that petition will be quarterly results from publicly traded companies. “If we have everyone’s books for the third quarter, the injury case might look a lot better,” the coalition’s lead lawyer, David Yocis, said in a September interview.

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Forest industry wants into climate conversation

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Merritt Herald
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the Justin Trudeau government focused on pricing greenhouse gas emissions and constraining the growth of the petroleum and coal industries, the forest industry is trying to get Ottawa’s attention as a key part of a national climate change strategy. Canada’s main forest industry organization wants to remind the federal government of its ambitious plans to reduce its own carbon footprint by 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year between now and 2030. There are high hopes for wood-derived fuels as well, building on B.C.’s success in exporting wood pellets, and advances made in engineered wood construction to replace carbon-intensive concrete. Derek Nighbor, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, made his organization’s budget pitch to the House of Commons finance and international trade committees last week, looking for a large, stable funding commitment for wood research and international trade development in the coming years.

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Catalyst Paper initiated start of the alternative to Kejriwal Group’s acquisition recapitalization plan

Wood Business Forum
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation entered into a support agreement with securityholders representing about 70% of the company’s outstanding common shares and 87% of its 11% PIK Toggle Senior Secured Notes in respect of the previously announced alternative recapitalization plan. The leading securityholder list includes companies like Mudrick Capital Management, Cyrus Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management and Stonehill Capital Management. …The completion of the alternative recapitalization plan is subject to certain conditions including the maturity extension of the existing credit facilities of Catalyst, and securityholder, regulatory, TSX and court approvals.

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Canfor profits from lumber despite higher costs

By Maria Church
Wood Business
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In spite of higher market based stumpage and increased log hauling costs in Western Canada, Canfor reports a 43.3 million increase in operating income in Q3 compared to the same period last year, due mainly to improved lumber segment results driven largely by higher Western Spruce/Pine/Fir and Southern Yellow Pine unit sales realizations and solid productivity gains in the US South. …North American lumber demand was steady in the third quarter of 2016, with US housing starts broadly in line with the previous quarter, averaging 1,138,000 units on a seasonally adjusted basis. Canadian housing starts were in line with the previous quarter, at an average of 199,000 units on a seasonally adjusted basis. Offshore lumber demand was consistent with the previous quarter.

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MP Says Softwood Lumber Jobs At Risk

Portage Online
October 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Relationships between Canada’s softwood lumber industry and the United States need to improve since it’s affecting some of our rural lumber producers. Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa MP Robert Sopuck explains how it could impact our area if things don’t change. “Right now Canada has some 400,000 jobs in the lumber industry. Manitoba is not a major player in the lumber industry in Canada, but we have a number of lumber producers in the southeast corner and in my own constituency, and even at The Pas. The fall-out from the softwood lumber dispute could be 10,000 to 15,000 jobs across the country.” He says U.S. lumber producers successfully were involved in seeing laws passed that hurt Canadian producers.

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Sawmill ramps up production, adds second shift

by: Gary Rinne
TB Newswatch
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KENORA, Ont. — Workers at a northwestern Ontario sawmill are celebrating the addition of a second shift and a wage scale that’s set to become one of the best in the country. Kenora Forest Products implemented another shift at its planer and sawmill today, providing jobs for approximately 45 more people. Unifor national representative Stephen Boon said about 110 members of the union now work at the mill, which he says “will become one of the highest paying sawmills in eastern Canada.” According to Boon, the top trades’ wages will increase by 58 per cent to $41.79 per hour by the final year of a six-year contract that runs through the end of 2020. Boon added the the union and company previously committed to ensuring members of the aboriginal community shared in the the economic benefits of the reopening of the mill last year.

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Tembec announces closing of the sale of its Senneterre, Quebec sawmill

Canada Newswire press release
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec announced today that it closed the sale of its sawmill and related forestry assets located in Senneterre, Quebec to Resolute Forest Products. The sale also included certain working capital items. The Company received proceeds of approximately $9 million on closing, subject to potential working capital adjustments. The transaction will not give rise to a gain or loss as the assets were sold at their carrying values. This transaction included the transfer of all the employees (103 unionized and 21 non-unionized employees).

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Kenora mill adds 2nd shift

Chronicle Journal
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The addition of a second shift on Sunday brings Kenora Forest Products up to full production, according to a representative for unionized workers at the mill. “There are now about 110 Unifor members working at the mill,” said Stephen Boon, a Unifor national representative, in a media release issued Sunday. The planer sawmill restarted production early this year. As part of the 2014 negotiations to get the mill runnig, Unifor and Kenora Forest Products committed to ensuring local aboriginal members shared in the economic benefits. “We are very pleased that as a result of that commitment, over 50 per cent of the mill’s total workforce is now comprised of local indigenous members with dozens more employed in related log harvesting operations,” said Boon.

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LP Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results

Business Wire press release
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX) reported results today for the third quarter of 2016, which included the following… For the third quarter of 2016, LP reported net sales of $596 million, up from $465 million in the same quarter of 2015. For the third quarter, the company reported operating income of $77 million as compared to a loss of $17 million in 2015.  For the third quarter of 2016, LP reported income from continuing operations of $66 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $25 million, or $0.17 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2016 was $111 million compared to $11 million in the third quarter of 2015.

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Weyerhaeuser announces leadership changes

By Weyerhaeuser Company
PR Newswire
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced the appointment of Devin W. Stockfish to vice president of Western Timberlands, and Kristy T. Harlan to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Both changes will be effective January 1, 2017. Stockfish currently serves as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. In his new role, he will lead the company’s Timberlands operations in Washington and Oregon. Stockfish will report to Rhonda D. Hunter, senior vice president of Timberlands. “Devin is a proven leader who has been instrumental in transforming Weyerhaeuser into a focused timber, land, and forest products company,” said Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer.

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Louisiana-Pacific now eyeing Cook site for new siding plant

By John Myers
Duluth News Tribune
October 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific has purchased a shuttered board-making plant near Cook and is eyeing the site for a possible siding plant there, instead of in Hoyt Lakes. LP officials Friday confirmed reports that they had purchased the former Ainsworth waferboard plant along U.S. Highway 53 near Cook. The company has been renting the site as a “laydown” site to store wood for its Two Harbors and Hayward plants. Company spokesman Mark Morrison said LP is now considering the Cook site for a new siding plant instead of the proposed Hoyt Lakes site.

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Two Rivers Lumber investing in building a new $65m sawmill

EUWID
November 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The newly-founded US company Two Rivers Lumber is building a 200m bdft sawmill at its headquarters at a cost of around $65m; the construction work is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2017 with the start-up to follow sometime in the third quarter. According to a report by Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, 55 new jobs are to be created in a first step at the works in Marengo County. The contract for supplying a turnkey plant, on which southern yellow pine logs are to be processed into dimension stock in particular, was awarded to Canadian BID Group (BID Group). (END STORY)

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports increased by 17% in August

Lesprom
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Exports of Southern Pine lumber remained at a lofty level in August, amounting to just under 56.5 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents an increase of 17% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 14% when compared with the first eight months of 2015, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Offshore shipments during August roughly break down as 31.9 MMbf dressed, 6.2 MMbf rough, and 18.4 MMbf treated lumber.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Mistissini’s wooden bridge wins more engineering accolades

By Christopher Herodier, Susan Bell
CBC News
October 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Mistissini Bridge, one of the largest wooden structures in Canada, continues to be recognized for its innovative design, recently winning two national awards at the 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. “It’s awesome that we are getting recognized for this achievement but we also look at our need for this bridge because we needed access to our building materials,” said Emmett MacLeod, director of Mistissini’s municipal services. …The 160-metre bridge, built in partnership with the Canadian engineering and construction company Stantec Inc., opened in 2014 and crosses the Uupaachikus pass, just west of Mistissini. It links it to a larger territory, a gravel pit and a forestry road.

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Maine forest industry stands to gain as Norway spruce earns construction grade

By Carol Coultas
Portland Press Herald
October 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Members of Maine’s forest products economy are hailing the certification of Norway spruce as construction lumber – the first new species to be added to the list of approved lumber in about 80 years. The pretty evergreen with its gently sloping boughs was named to the list after five months of testing at the University of Maine. Researchers tested more than 1,300 pieces of lumber milled from Norway spruce grown in Maine, Vermont, New York and Wisconsin. On Oct. 20, the American Lumber Standards Committee approved the inclusion of Norway spruce for home construction and industrial applications.

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Wood Expo & Forum: Manila, 25/26 October 2016

By Michael Buckley
IHB – The Timber Network
October 31, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The inaugural Philippine Wood Expo & Forum in Manila in October was small but an event highly focused which was well structured and well attended. Organised by the Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) at the splendid, traditional Manila Hotel on Manila Bay, it brought together a wide range of 400 forestry and wood industry exhibitors and delegates who were treated to a broad programme of excellent speakers. Under the theme ‘Wood: a Strong Climate Change Solution’ there was not only much attention paid to the environmental benefits of wood, but also a recognition of innovation in wood products for the built environment.

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Forestry

Fines of up to $1 million included in proposed wildfire bill

By Vincent McDermott
Fort McMurray Today
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Proposed changes to Alberta’s legislation preventing wildfires includes steep fines of up to $1 million and imprisonment. The changes were announced Monday by the provincial government in Bill 24, the proposed Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment Act. …“Far too many wildfires are triggered by human activity and we need to take proactive steps that will help reduce the risk of this happening,” said Oneil Carlier, Alberta’s Forestry and Agriculture Minister, in a statement. …The legislation was also endorsed by Paul Whittaker, president and CEO of the Alberta Forest Products Association, and Brent Hodgson, president of the Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association.

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B.C. Forests Ministry says it’s not responsible for 2014 Enderby, B.C., landslide

Minister says forestry road was maintained and inspected but staff didn’t keep proper record of it
CBC News
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Minister for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says the ministry is not to blame for a landslide in Enderby, B.C. in 2014. …Tim Ryan, chair of the independent watchdog, said there were no road inspections or maintenance done between 2006 and 2014.But Forests Minister Steve Thomson said that’s not accurate. He said inspections and maintenance were done on the road but weren’t recorded. “Staff realize they need to do a better job of record-keeping,” he explained. Thomson said this incident was a specific situation, not a systemic problem. He pointed out his ministry oversees 55,000 kilometres of forest services road around the province which is “more roads than the Ministry of Transportation manages”.

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Little attention paid to moose

Chronicle Journal
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


It’s time the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry got serious about preserving moose in this province. It is fairly common knowledge that moose populations in Northern Ontario are struggling for sustainability, …Serious measures have to be taken now to ensure this iconic species of the North remains a part of the landscape. …. First, make moose the featured species in all logging plans across Northern Ontario. This will ensure that they have adequate shelter and food and the ability to protect their young. At least 10 per cent (maybe more) of all proposed harvesting areas should be left as old growth forest so that moose have an area to keep cool in the summer and be protected from deep snow in winter.

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The Timber Baron Harry Merlo Died Last Week

By Nigel Jaquiss
Willamette Week
October 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Harry Merlo, the former long-timer chief executive officer of Louisiana-Pacific Corp., died Oct. 24. He was 91. From 1973 to 1995, when Merlo led Louisiana-Pacific, the publicly-traded company was based in Portland. That was a different era, when the city had more Fortune 500 companies headquartered here and when timber was still king in Oregon. Louisiana Pacific’s origin is a fascinating part of Oregon history. In the early 1970s, federal regulators decided that Georgia-Pacific, a timber company also headquartered in Portland, controlled too much timber and had to be broken up. At the time, Georgia-Pacific was run by Robert Pamplin, Sr., the father of the man who now owns The Portland Tribune, Community Newspapers and Ross Island Sand & Gravel, among other interests.

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Protecting lives and safety first priority of Pioneer Fire rehabilitation

By Rocky Barker
Idaho Statesman
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters and U.S. Forest Service staff have already started clearing the trails and roads within the Pioneer Fire parameter on the Boise National Forest. Idaho City District Ranger Brant Peterson led a tour Thursday of the 200,000-acre fire that is still burning in parts of the Boise National Forest. With hundreds of thousands of standing dead trees spread across the landscape, Forest Service staff are seeking to make roads and trails as safe as they can with hunting season in full swing and winter recreation season around the corner. Heavy rains already have triggered have triggered landslides in the Clear Creek area northeast of Lowman and the agency is working to stabilize the steep areas where the fire scorched the soil and made it even more susceptible to erosion than usual.

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Study: Tree planting pays off for Minneapolis, other cities

By Elizabeth Dunbar
Minnesota Public Radio
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Trees are well-known shade providers and pollution fighters, but cities could see big returns on their investments in planting more trees, especially as they look for ways to adapt to climate change. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis by the nonprofit Nature Conservancy, which analyzed the tree canopies of 245 cities around the world and tried to measure the benefits of planting trees as a return on investment. Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Karachi, Pakistan, were among the global cities that showed the greatest benefit. Minneapolis was among 16 North American cities where the study found a return on investment for trees providing both a cooling effect and reducing air pollution.

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Fire Prevention Team Warns Kentuckians of Wildfire Risks

WTVQ
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WINCHESTER, Ky. – As the unseasonably hot and dry weather continues, the risk for uncontrolled wildfire is increasing. As a result, the Daniel Boone National Forest and Kentucky Division of Forestry have assembled a fire prevention team to raise awareness about current fire danger. “Over the past 24 hours, there have been more than 20 wildland fires reported on private and federal lands across eastern Kentucky,” said Evelyn Morgan, fire prevention team leader. “With the current weather conditions, forest and grassland fires can quickly spread out of control. Uncontrolled wildfires can threaten homes and other personal property, but of more concern, these fires can threaten lives.

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Rocky Face wildfire continues to grow

NewsChannel9.com
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. — A wildfire in Whitfield County is growing, and fire officials said it could get as large as 300 acres. “It is 100 percent contained. It’s roughly 50 percent controlled. Fully out will take a while because there’s remote parts of the fire that we can’t even get to,” Georgia Forestry Commission Ranger Pat Stockett said. By Monday afternoon, the fire was 200 acres. Stockett said one home on Justin Lane is in danger, and everyone is being asked to stay off the mountain. “It can very quickly turn from somebody joyriding on a four-wheeler to a rescue operation,” Stockett said. Whitfield County firefighters are also asking drivers to avoid the area of Crow Valley Road.

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£6.5 million scheme to boost tree planting rate

The Scottish Farmer
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PLANS TO plant 1200 hectares of new woodland across Scotland have been backed with £6.5 million in funding under Scotland’s Forestry Grant Scheme. At over twice the amount awarded in any previous month, this is the highest level of funding awarded since the scheme was set up in 2015, as land owners prepare for spring planting in 2017. Projects range from a large native woodland scheme in Knoydart, to productive conifer schemes in Perthshire, Argyll and the border hills.

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Turning cropland into forest

by Kate Evans
CIFOR Blog
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Logging in state forests and smallholder agriculture on steep hillsides were blamed for causing soil erosion and increasing the flood risk, and China’s government radically reoriented national forest policy away from a focus on timber production – and towards forest conservation and restoration. More recent research has questioned the role of forests in preventing large-scale floods – and forest loss and degradation has been widespread in both ancient and contemporary China. But the extreme weather events of the late ’90s, and the deteriorating environment, galvanized the government into action.

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Turning grey to green: Urban forests answer sustainable development challenges

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Urban forests can make cities healthier, safer, and wealthier, but their potential is not being fully realized, according to a new FAO publication launched today on the sidelines of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. Guidelines on Urban and Peri-urban Forestry explains how cities can maximize the contribution of urban forests to addressing local and global sustainable development challenges, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security, and human health and well-being. Increasing urbanization will see 70 percent of the world’s population living in cities and towns by 2050, exacerbating existing problems such as urban poverty, greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and their potential impacts on public health.

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Swiss forests need intervention to survive future climate

Expatica
November 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests in Switzerland can adapt to a certain extent to climate change but will need forward-thinking management to remain productive and provide ecological services, say experts. The Swiss environment ministry and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) have presented key recommendations based on a seven-year research programme dedicated to understanding how best to help Swiss forests weather climate change. At a press conference in Birmensdorf, Zurich on Monday, the study leaders said that the results provide a first comprehensive view for central Europe of the impacts of climate change on forest species, and the multiple services that forests provide.

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Forestry wars: Ta Ann sticks by old forestry peace deal

By Pablo Vinales and Annah Fromberg
ABC News, Australia
October 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of Tasmania’s largest timber processors, Ta Ann Tasmania, is moving to reassure customers that it will continue to source wood from areas agreed to under the former forest peace deal, despite plans to open more land forests for logging. The State Government is planning a revamp of state-owned business Forestry Tasmania which has reported a $67 million loss. …Executive director of Ta Ann Tasmania Evan Rolley said he wanted nothing to do with the plan. Mr Rolley said national and international customers wanted to be assured the products were sustainably sourced.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Satellites help scientists see forests for the trees amid climate change

By Bryan Alary
University of Alberta
October 31, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scientists have found a way to use satellites to track photosynthesis in evergreens—a discovery that could improve our ability to assess the health of northern forests amid climate change. An international team of researchers used satellite sensor data to identify slight colour shifts in evergreen trees that show seasonal cycles of photosynthesis—the process in which plants use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose. Photosynthesis is easy to track in deciduous trees—when leaves bud or turn yellow and fall off. But until recently, it had been impossible to detect in evergreen conifers on a large scale.

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New bond aims to unlock private investment to protect forests

by Bruno Vander Velde, Conservation International
Thomson Reuters Foundation
November 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new, first-of-its-kind investment mechanism could bridge the gap by unlocking private financing to stimulate investor demand for reducing deforestation. Launched today, the Forests Bond will provide investors the opportunity to invest in a traditional financial product that offers the unique option of receiving interest payments in the form of environmental impact — in this case, verified carbon credits generated through REDD, an initiative that rewards landholders for protecting forests, thereby reducing carbon emissions that worsen climate change. The development of the bond is a collaboration of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and BHP Billiton, a leading global resources company with technical support from Baker & McKenzie and Conservation International (CI).

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General

In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters

By David Moskowitz
High Country News
October 31, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

A decade of conservation efforts has done little to stop the decline of the endangered ungulates or their rainforest home. The western hemlock towered nearly 200 feet into the cloudy British Columbia sky. The tree, about four feet in diameter and several centuries old, had sprouted in a forest that formed around 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age. It took David Walker, a nimble man with 30 years’ experience logging here in the Selkirk Mountains, about two minutes to drop the huge conifer. The ground shook. After Walker turned off his saw, I asked what would become of the old giant. It’s going to a pulp mill, he said matter-of-factly. This is one of the planet’s rarest forest ecosystems: interior temperate rainforest. 

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