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Daily Archives: November 3, 2016

Froggy Foibles

The reign of the lumbersexuals

By Dick Callahan
Juneau Empire
November 3, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

“Well honey, I think I might just grow out the beard and be one them lumbersexuals.” She gave me that look, as though I were a little kid and put my shoes on the wrong. “Lumbersexuals?” “Oh yeah.” I said, “You can look it up. All I need is a new flannel shirt and some work pants without holes in them.” Lumbersexuals aren’t logger guys named Kenny who are built like coke machines that got thrown down a cliff. Lumbersexuals are handsome. They iron their flannels. Their axes don’t have pitch on the handle or dings on the edge. Unlike jog-bra women in sportswear catalogs, they rarely peer into the distance. Lumbersexual male models peer through their foreheads directly at the camera, one shoulder forward, head cocked to the side, with a look that’s half “Beware, I’m feral” and half, “I can’t wait to kiss myself in the mirror.” Their essential accessory is the beard.

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Business & Politics

TimberWest Giving Event Recognizes Non-Profit Community Leadership in Lake Cowichan

By Monica Bailey
TimberWest
November 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest is honoured to recognize and contribute to five non-profit community organizations for their continued service to the community of Lake Cowichan. The non-profit organizations receiving donations today volunteered at the TimberWest’s Lake Cowichan firewood lot. The 2016 firewood permit program was tremendously successful and TimberWest is donating its portion of the profit back to the Lake Cowichan community. “The success of our Lake Cowichan firewood permit program this year allowed TimberWest to donate even more funds to the community, and we love that!” says Domenico Iannidinardo, Chief Forester and VP Sustainability at TimberWest.

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From the Hill — Forestry and Trade Wars

By Dick Cannings, Member of Parliament for South Okanagan West Kootenay
The Nelson Daily
November 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry has been a critically important sector in the BC economy for over a century, but it has been hit hard. A 30-year trade war with the United States cost our industry billions of dollars. The softwood lumber agreement did bring back certainty to lumber export access and costs, but the Canadian industry paid a very high price for that certainty, and many mills didn’t survive. In South Okanagan-West Kootenay, the Weyerhaeuser mill in Okanagan Falls closed in 2007, putting over 200 people out of work. The Pope and Talbot mill in Midway closed in 2007 as well, but fortunately has been reopened by Vaagen Brothers, who have invested in new equipment to create a highly efficient mill that uses the smaller logs that are easier to find in today’s wood supply. The Atco Wood Products company in Fruitvale closed its lumber operation at around the same time to concentrate on veneer products for plywood, which are not subject to softwood lumber quotas and tariffs.

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B.C. manufacturing ramps up shipments

By Bryan Yu
Business in Vancouver
November 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

August was a stellar month for B.C. manufacturing momentum. Following a 2.4% increase in July, shipments jumped again in August by 2.1% to push sales to a seasonally adjusted $3.89 billion. Year-over-year shipments rose 8.1% from a year ago. …Key B.C. drivers included a 33% increase in primary metals and a 12% rise for wood products. …In contrast, paper manufacturing sales fell 7.5% and were a key offset. The province’s manufacturing sector is benefiting from a positive environment for exports – namely a competitive exchange rate, mild expansion in the U.S. economy and, up until this month, the one-year grace period following the end of the expired softwood lumber agreement that allowed free exports to the U.S.

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JDI Donates $25,000 to Purchase Musical Instruments for Sistema Saint John

JD Irving
November 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Saint John: This fall, children in the Sistema New Brunswick (NB) Saint John Centre are learning to play on brand new instruments thanks to a $25,000 donation from J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI). The contribution will purchase a timpani set for the Centre’s new percussion program plus ten cellos and four double basses for the strings program. “The gift of music is something that will stay with you forever, so JDI is delighted to make this investment in the talent and the potential of all of the young people involved in learning music through this wonderful program,” said Mary Keith, Vice President, Communications, JDI.

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Cause of Braxton Co. lumber plant fire unknown, worker released from hospital

By Renata Di Gregorio
WDTV News 5
November 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

HEATERS, W.Va.There’s no word yet on the extent of the damage or what caused a fire at a Braxton County lumber mill Tuesday. The contractor who was taken to the hospital has been released. Public Affairs Manager Nancy Thompson for the engineered lumber mill Weyerhaeuser says the company is beginning to assess the damage. She also says the worker who was taken to the hospital was treated for minor burns and not for smoke inhalation as the Office of Emergency Management had said. Thompson says the company employs 163 people and they were all evacuated. She says the fire is out, but warm spots are being monitored. Workers are there helping assess the damage.

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Rough and Ready Lumber closed for good, selling everything in auction

By Mike Marut
KTVL
November 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Cave Junction, Ore. – After generations of business and nearly closing its doors multiple times, Rough and Ready Lumber, LLC is closing its doors with no chance of reopening – it’s auctioning off everything on the property on Nov. 2nd and 3rd. Secretary Treasurer Jennifer Phillippi Krauss says there’s no silver lining to this. “We’ve just given up,” Phillippi Krauss said. “We’ve done everything we know how, and we can’t think of anything else to do.” A few years ago, the business had hope because of laws requiring the Bureau of Land Management to bring them logs and winning some federal contracts. “Some other legal action happened and the BLM just came to a screeching halt,” Phillippi Krauss said. “We had been successful bidders on eight or nine federal timber sales and felt pretty good about things and then it all came to a stop and that volatility you can’t handle as a business.”

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Louisiana-Pacific CEO explains focus for siding plant on new site near Cook

By John Myers
Duluth News Tribune
October 31, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific on Monday said it may move ahead with new siding plants in both Quebec and northern Minnesota as the demand for its SmartSide home siding product continues to grow. Curt Stevens, CEO of the Nashville, Tenn.-based company, told industry analysts Monday that LP purchased the former Potlatch/Ainsworth board plant south of Cook because it is surrounded by a “good aspen wood basket,” a strong labor force and because it already has railroad access….Cook “is better-suited from a site development and infrastructure standpoint,” Stevens said, noting railroad access at the Cook site saves the company $30 million over the previously proposed site at a Hoyt Lakes industrial park.

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Resolute Reports Preliminary Third Quarter 2016 Results

Canada Newswire press release
November 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, Canada

MONTRÉAL,  – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, of $14 million, or $0.15 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $6 million, or $0.07 per share, in the same period in 2015. Sales were $888 million in the quarter, down $17 million, or 2%, from the third quarter of 2015. Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $19 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to net income of $14 million, or $0.15 per share, in the third quarter of 2015.

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Weyerhaeuser assessing damage from Tuesday fire

By Alex Wiederspiel
West Virginia MetroNews
November 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HEATERS, W.Va. — There is no timetable for a return to the production lines for the 163 workers at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant in Braxton County that suffered damage from a fire that began Tuesday morning. Nancy Thompson, Public Affairs Manager for Weyerhaeuser, said the company has begun the process of assessing damage, but said they are uncertain how much down time the fire will create for employees. Some fire crews on scene before 10 am Tuesday morning remained on scene as late as 3 am Wednesday morning. While firefighters are no longer on scene, Thompson said there are hot spots at the plant that will require additional monitoring.

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Uruguayan pulp mill passes pollution tests – Gualeguaychú not quite

MercoPress
November 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

An Argentine-Uruguayan commission took 50 samples of effluent from the pulp mill off Fray Bentos and as many in the Gualeguaychú mouth of the river in Entre Rios. Botnia passes test. The reports from the samples collected on the Argetine side recorded more polluting than those found off Fray Bentos. The plant’s formal name is “Orion” but is widely known for its original Finnish name Botnia. Monitoring was the result of the judgment of the Court of The Hague in 2010 that gave way to the dispute between the two countries for the installation of the pulp mill and led to the end of Gualeguaychú environmentalists blocking the binational bridge. The results that became known Wednesday are from to 50 sampling campaigns between June 2011 and July 2015.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hoopa Valley Tribe Inks Deal With Wood Products Manufacturer to Fill Old Hoopa Modular Facility

By the Hoopa Valley Tribe
Lost Coast Outpost
November 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) announced today that it has agreed to enter into a strategic partnership with PJ Woodlands LLC, the owner of Altree™, a revolutionary wood-plastic composite (WPC), to build the first Altree™ production facility. Under a long-term lease of the 65,000 sq. ft. Hoopa Modular Facility (Facility), PJ Woodlands will repurpose the Facility to manufacture Altree™ WPC sheeting products. PJ Woodlands LLC will enter into an exclusive management agreement with the Tribe and will be solely responsible for all business management of a company to be created under Hoopa Tribal Law. 

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UMaine Research Leads to New Lumber Resource

By Caitlin Burchill
WABI TV 5
November 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Research by some UMaine staff and students is expected to make a significant impact on the forest industry. For a year, they tested a newly harvestable species of tree for construction and industrial purposes. Now, the Norway spruce has been approved for use as lumber in these fields. The team at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center wrote the report for the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association that was submitted to the American Lumber Standards Committee. “Wood is one of our specialties for sure, so to be doing work on wood grown in the state and in the region and derive these values and get it approved is a big thing for us,” said UMaine Wood Composites Manager Russell Edgar. We’re told as part of a federal government program, 113 million Norway spruce was planted during the Great Depression.

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Reimagining bikes made from trees, HTech Bikes blends wood and carbon

The Perth based start-up producing wooden race bikes
Bike Radar
November 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Bikes made from wood are nothing new, and there’s no shortage of craftsmen out there making bikes with trees. However, a small outfit out from Western Australia is combining wood and carbon fiber to create boutique performance-oriented frames — yes, you read that right, wooden race bikes. Hayden Francis, HTech’s frame builder told BikeRadar: “Wood is a naturally stiff and strong material, one of the strongest found in nature. Today, with modern woodworking machines and extremely strong and durable adhesives, wooden bike frames can be made as strong and stiff as carbon frames with more comfort than a steel frame.”

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Forestry

Forest industry applauds government for action to improve transportation

Forest Products Association of Canada
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes the commitment of Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, to bring in concrete measures aimed at improving Canada’s transportation system. Garneau outlined the government’s “Transportation 2030” plans today in Montreal. …“Transportation is a vital issue that impacts Canada’s competitiveness and export performance, and lack of access to a reliable and efficient system has challenged the forest sector” says Derek Nighbor, the CEO of FPAC. “We are delighted that the government is now taking action that will help the forest products industry get its goods to market and support Canada’s future growth and prosperity. We look forward to working with the government and our transportation partners on our shared interest of improving our transportation system.”

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Cops and loggers among higher risk occupations for prostate cancer: study

National Post
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Policing and logging may be some of the highest-risk careers for prostate cancer, according to new research that also found a higher risk of aggressive tumours in bus and truck drivers — possibly because of the “whole body vibration” phenomenon. The study, which involved nearly 2,000 men in Montreal’s French-speaking hospitals is one of the largest exploring possible links between occupation and the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Canadian men. Studies dating back to the 1980s have shown farmers have a higher-than-normal risk of dying from this cancer.

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How will boreal forests respond to global warming?

Summit County Citizens Voice
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the huge importance of forests in the global carbon cycle, researchers still aren’t exactly certain how they will respond to climate change. But that could soon change thanks to satellite sensors that can track photosynthesis in evergreen forests by monitoring slight color shifts. The new information could help assess the health of northern forests over time, showing how they are responding to global warming. 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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Alberta working on tightening forest protection act

By Noel Edey
The Crag and Canyon
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Debate continues in the Alberta Legislature on major amendments proposed to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act that, among other things, will substantially increase penalties to those who cause forest fires. Bill 24, co-sponsored by Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead, calls for increasing fines to a maximum of $50,000 for individuals responsible for wildfires and up to $500,000 for corporations found responsible for the same. Both offences currently carry a maximum penalty of $5,000. The bill also clarifies processes, roles and responsibilities of the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry and forestry officials in making decisions that aim to reduce the threat of wildfire and stop action that interferes with firefighting.

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Commissioner to speak at woodlot conference

The Belleville Intelligencer
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The 27th Annual Trenton Woodlot Conference is a leading edge forestry event in Ontario. The Hastings Stewardship Council again hosts this popular conference on Friday November 25 at the Batawa Community Centre, north of Trenton. The featured speaker is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe. Keynote speaker Dr. Saxe will address breaking news: her new greenhouse gas progress report. She will discuss the status of climate change in Ontario, the province’s current greenhouse gas emissions, the government’s new cap-and-trade plan, and Ontario’s adaption planning. Dr. Saxe is now a watchdog all over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights.

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A Forestry Issue & Science Based Forestry

November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forestry issue: What an incredibly well-done opinion piece by Mike Parker in the Oct. 29 Herald (May the forest be with you). Too bad Department of Natural Resources management has no desire to provide any answers to those questions, since no “scientific” answers exist to justify their decisions.

Science-based forestry: Mike Parker and Bob Bancroft have it wrong! Forest policy and forestry operations in this province are based on science.

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USDA Grants $20.2 Million for Food and Forestry Research and Development Projects

United States Department of Agriculture
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will grant $20.2 million to help 34 small businesses move forward with innovative research and development projects to benefit food security, natural resources conservation and other agricultural issues. These competitive grants are made through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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Mental Health Trust expects to avoid logging in Petersburg

by Angela Denning
KFSK
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office is optimistic about a land exchange they’ve been working on for over a decade which would prevent possible logging near Petersburg and other areas. That was the message Trust staff shared during an informational meeting in Petersburg last week. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports.  The possibility of the Mental Health Trust Land Office logging land it owns near Petersburg has been an ongoing issue. Timber harvest is one of the ways that the state corporation makes money to serve Alaskans with mental health needs. At the public meeting representatives with the Trust said they didn’t want to log near Petersburg and have been seeking a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service for over ten years.

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Harry Merlo, last of the great timber chiefs, dies at 91

By Jeff Manning
The Oregonian
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber entrepreneur Harry Merlo, whose larger-than-life career was marked by great highs and lows, died Monday, Oct. 24. He was 91. The longtime Portland resident headed Louisiana-Pacific Corp. for more than two decades back when the timber industry was still the most powerful force in Oregon’s economy. He played a pivotal role in bringing the original Portland Timbers soccer team and other big-league sporting events to town. …In 1973, Georgia-Pacific spun off Louisiana-Pacific, and Merlo became its first chief executive. He ran the company for 22 years, much of it from his corporate suite atop the U.S. Bancorp Tower, one of the tallest buildings in town.

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Court upholds decision blocking Montana logging projects

Associated Press in Billings Gazette
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision blocking two Montana logging projects to protect the Canada lynx. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a U.S. District Court decision that stopped the Forest Service’s plan to log in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The court said the agency didn’t adequately analyze how the project could impact the lynx. The environmentalist group Alliance for the Wild Rockies sued over the logging proposal in 2012. The Ninth Circuit waited until the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to rule on a separate Canada lynx case before handing down its decision.

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DNR must rethink logging and landslides

November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TWO-and-a-half years ago, the Oso landslide killed 43 people in a tragedy that prompted questions about the role of logging. Recently, the day before a jury trial was scheduled to begin, and after spending $3 million of taxpayers’ money on hired-gun experts, the state settled with victims’ families for $50 million. Perhaps this had something to do with the way it might appear to a jury that these experts systematically destroyed emails pertaining to how they shaped their case. Now that the legal fight is over, I hope the state Department of Natural Resources and the Forest Practices Board will take a thorough and impartial look at what impact, if any, recent and past logging played in the disaster — and at the adequacy of DNR’s rules, guidelines and procedures for assessing potential impacts of timber harvest on landslides in general.

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Daines ups heat to overturn lynx decision

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a pair of logging projects near Bozeman on Tuesday, Sen. Steve Daines has increased his effort to make Congress overturn the legal decision. Daines, R-Montana, sent a memorandum on Wednesday asking the Senate and House of Representatives to “promptly reverse” the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center vs. U.S. Forest Service ruling. Known as a “Dear Colleague” letter, Daines’ message asked for a statutory amendment codifying a different court’s decision. “Today’s disastrous ruling against a commonsense project to reduce wildfire risk and protect Bozeman’s watershed makes it even more urgent that we enact meaningful forest reform that will remove this sort of absurd regulatory burden,” Daines wrote in a Tuesday email.

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DNR employees join fire suppression efforts in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia

By Alissa Pietila
Upper Michigan TV6
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LANSING, Mich. – Amid drought conditions in the south, eight Michigan Department of Natural Resources firefighters currently are helping to contain wildfires in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Four, two-man crews on four engines have been dispatched. “We’re proud that our highly trained staff is able to assist other states and agencies during emergency conditions,” said Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR Forest Resources Division. “In addition to bringing their skills to other areas, our folks are able to bring what they learn on the fire-line back to Michigan.” The DNR will continue to provide assistance to the southern fire efforts while fire conditions remain critical.

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Former paper mill executive named Wisconsin’s top forester

by STEVEN VERBURG
Wisconsin State Journal
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A former paper mill executive has been appointed as Wisconsin’s chief state forester, the Department of Natural Resources said. Fred Souba Jr., who has 40 years of experience in the forest products industry, replaces Paul DeLong, who held the position for 13 years before announcing in August that he was resigning to become senior vice president for conservation of the American Forest Foundation. “The citizens of Wisconsin can rest assured that our 16 million acres of forest land will be in good hands,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said in a statement. “Fred’s experience will help guide the management of these acres to keep them sustainable and economically viable.” Souba currently owns a Wisconsin Rapids consulting firm called ProVision Forestry LLC.

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Vermont’s forestry industry in crisis

by Robert Audette
Brattleboro Reformer
November 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


Brattleboro – Despite the importance of the forestry industry to Vermont’s economy, fundamental shifts in the market for low-grade wood threaten the survival of many small businesses and the viability of the state’s forests.  “We manage our forests for all kinds of things including durable wood products,” said Michael Snyder, Commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation. “We specialize in high-grade, high-value-added wood products. In fact, they are world renowned. But in order to grow that high-quality product, we need to manage the woods.” And managing the woods entails – just like cultivating a garden – pulling the weeds, said Paul Frederick, Wood Utilization and Wood Energy Project Leader for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

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Ohio timber sales fund Adams, Highland county schools through Trees to Textbooks program

WCPO
November 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than $2 million worth of timber sales from Ohio’s state forests will help 16 rural school districts and their corresponding counties and townships throughout southern and eastern Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced Tuesday that its Trees to Textbooks program shared $2,038,898 this year with a dozen counties around Ohio. ODNR Director James Zehringer recently visited the elementary schools of some districts receiving Trees to Textbooks funding, including Peebles Elementary School in Adams County, which received a check for $180,966 on Oct. 27. The students at these elementary schools attended assemblies where Smokey the Bear shared his wildfire safety message followed by a check presentation to the district.

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Crews continue fighting forest fires, encourage safe burning practices

By Olivia Bailey
WCYB
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


The lack of rainfall and constant winds have been creating a problem for fire crews in our area. According to our Stormtrack 5 meteorologists, the rainfall deficit for the Tri-Cities is more than seven inches. Right now, crews are battling at least three fires in our region. According to the Department of Forestry, there are two separate fires in Sullivan County which have burned 40 acres so far. Investigators believe arson is the suspected cause in both. However, the largest area fire is on Chimney Top Mountain covering land in Greene, Washington, and Hawkins Counties. That fire has now burned nearly 1,000 acres, but crews say it is fully contained.

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Drought and wildfires plague a region typically known for its ‘rainforest-like’ climate

By John Hopewell
Washington Post
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Southeast is not a region that we tend to associate with wildfires. It’s humid, it’s wet, and twice this year deadly floods ravaged vast areas of two states — Louisiana and North Carolina. Yet here we are, talking about tinderbox conditions propelled by a historic drought and record-breaking heat. On Wednesday morning, there were 11 active, large fires burning across the region. There are at least 10 large fires burning in six states, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Dozens of smaller fires are smoldering across the Southeast, filling populated valleys with a hazy, brown smoke.

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Tall Timbers Trust buys nearly 300,000 acres in North Maine Woods

By Anthony Brino
Bangor Daily News
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More than 290,000 acres of northern Maine forestlands in Aroostook, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties have been sold to Tall Timbers Trust, according to forestry consultant Gary Bahlkow. In the private transaction, the price of which has not been disclosed, Canopy Timberlands, LLC, sold two major blocks of forestland to Tall Timbers Trust, said Bahlkow, who is overseeing the transition of lands and the forestry and contracting teams for Tall Timbers. The deal closed Sept. 30, he said.

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How effective are tropical forest conservation policies?

Phys.org
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Numerous types of forest conservation policies are being implemented in the tropics today. Alongside traditional instruments like protected areas, incentives like integrated conservation and development programs, certification schemes, and payments for environmental services (PES) are also being carried out. Yet rigorously quantified knowledge about what works and what does not work remains highly fragmented, especially for incentive-based tools. A recent study attempts to change that. Scientists compiled new evidence and insights

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How trees make cities healthier

By Pascal Mittermaier
Times of Oman
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Last May, I had the dubious fortune of visiting Mumbai, India during the city’s hottest month on record. Temperatures remained at over 40°C (104°F) for days at time. The difference between standing in the shade of a tree and standing in full sunlight was like night and day. …Trees and other vegetation naturally cool the air around them by shading surfaces and releasing water vapor. Moreover, their leaves act as filters, reducing PM levels in the surrounding 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) by as much as one-quarter. It is a one-two punch of environmental action. My organization, The Nature Conservancy, has carried out a study of 245 cities around the world that stand to benefit from tree-planting initiatives, estimating their potential return on investment in terms of both temperature and PM. 

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Injured forestry worker airlifted to hospital by Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

Stuff.co.nz
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A 30-year-old forestry worker was rushed to hospital by helicopter, after being hit by a falling tree near in the central North Island on Thursday morning. Witnesses say the man was hit by the tree while logging in a forest roughly 10 kilometres north-west of Raetihi. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was sent in to the area at 10am. He suffered serious injuries and was stabilised at the scene by St John paramedics, before the Rescue Helicopter flew him to Waikato Hospital.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forward strides on biomass

White Mountain Independent
November 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Using forest waste for energy is not a new concept. It was 2004 when the first biomass plant, located in Eagar, opened in Arizona — two years after the massive Rodeo-Chediski fire engulfed almost half a million acres of forest, destroying over 400 homes and causing over $43 million in damages. At the dedication for the Western Renewable Energy plant in Eagar, Corporation Commission Chairman Marc Spitzer called the plant a “win-win-win-win.” “It’s a win for the forest, it’s a win for clean air, it’s a win for cheaper energy and it’s a win for the rural economy.” The plant was the first in Arizona to find a commercially-viable use for scraps and small diameter wood, or biomass. ..Last week, as reporter Trudy Balcom reported in today’s Independent, Salt River Project became the first coal-fired power plant to use forest waste for fuel.

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EPA should address burning biomass questions

by Ralph McDonald, member of the Eugene Sustainability Commission
The Register Guard
November 3, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The cloud fronts rolling over Eugene demand frequent reassessment of what to wear for a walk outside. Likewise, this fall the front line against climate change is also morphing quickly. …Bill McKibben, a founder of 350.org., the influential group fighting climate change, stated bluntly (Sept. 8, Grist.org): “The trouble with the theory [of green biomass incineration] is it turns out to be wrong … you put a lot of carbon into the atmosphere right away, trapping heat at precisely the moment that we desperately need to be cooling the Earth.” …For Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance and for the world’s atmosphere, the EPA needs to clear away junk science, dodge political prodding, and evaluate the whole cycle of biomass burning.

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Northern Forest Center studies GHG impacts of wood pellet heating

Biomass Magazine
November 2, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The Northern Forest Center, a New England-based forestry advocacy group, recently released a study that analyzed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission impacts of heating buildings with state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers. The results found a number of environmental benefits to using wood pellets for heating. For example, analysis showed wood pellet fuel reduces GHG emissions by more than half compared to fossil fuels—54 percent compared to oil and 59 percent compared to natural gas. For the investigation, NFC commissioned the Spatial Informatics Group-National Assets Laboratory to conduct a life-cycle analysis of wood fuels, compared to a life-cycle analysis of natural gas, propane and heating oil.

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A tree for every Kiwi to be planted in 2017

New Zealand Scoop
November 2, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealanders are being challenged to plant 4.7 million native trees next year – one for every person in the country. This is the first step in an ambitious plan to create a movement where all Kiwis come together to help restore and enhance our environment, encourage biodiversity in our cities, clean our air and waterways and make a difference to climate change. The challenge comes from Trees That Count; an innovative project being launched today (3 November 2016). Funded by The Tindall Foundation, and delivered by Project Crimson Trust in partnership with Pure Advantage and the Department of Conservation, Trees that Count aims to keep a live count of the number of native trees being planted across the country from 2016 and to set a new target each planting season.

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