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Business & Politics

In the era of Trump, Canada can’t afford these tax-and-spend policies

by Maxime Bernier, MP for Beauce, is a Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate.
Financial Post
November 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Last week’s elections in the United States have given rise to new economic challenges for Canada. The Trudeau government was obviously counting on the election of a Democratic president. But the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and of Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, has completely upset its plans. …Finally, Canada is facing increasingly protectionist sentiment in the U.S., with Trump threatening to renegotiate NAFTA. Again, the Trudeau government is woefully unprepared. Through the voice of our ambassador in Washington, the government has said that it is willing to talk, especially about softwood lumber. But what does the government have to offer our American friends in exchange?

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Morneau confident of ‘win-win’ trade solution with Trump team

By Paul Waldie 
Globe and Mail
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada is ready to discuss difficult trade issues with the new U.S. administration, including softwood lumber and livestock, and he is confident of finding a “win-win” solution. …When asked specifically about softwood lumber and so called country-of-origin labelling, which involve U.S. rules that require foreign beef and pork to be sold with stickers detailing its origin, Mr. Morneau said Canada is confident deals will be struck. “We will work together with the incoming United States administration to ensure that we create opportunities for Canadians. That we talk about what’s in our best interests. That we seek win-win with the United States. And you know, we’re confident that we’ll get to a place that’s better than we are now,” he said.

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Trump team flags Canadian livestock and lumber as targets in NAFTA reset

By Steven Chase
Globe and Mail
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s softwood lumber and livestock producers are being targeted by Donald Trump’s transition team, which is advising the president-elect to extract terms more favourable to the United States in these areas in a renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The head of Canada’s largest business group says a transition team memo obtained by CNN suggests Washington is about to embark on an “aggressive, protectionist approach to trade both with Mexico and with Canada.” …The memo, which outlines a plan for Mr. Trump’s first 200 days in office, shows Mr. Trump on Day One would begin an effort to reshape U.S. trade policy with NAFTA – which he promised during the campaign he would “entirely renegotiate” or “terminate.” …Adding softwood to NAFTA would presumably mean setting a quota or limit for Canadian timber shipments.

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Trump agenda looks backward from almost any angle

By Kirk LaPointe
Business in Vancouver
November 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

President Donald Trump. Well now, there’s a phrase we didn’t bank on. Last week we ate a lot of words, had to look at our shoes in embarrassment at how routinely we ridiculed his candidacy, and accept we have entered the post-truth, pre-post-feminist, pre-post-racial era. …1) Canada is in the worst position it has ever been with an incoming president. Our prime minister, premier and mayor are all on record as condemning Trump as he campaigned – for acceptable reason, but nevertheless bound to be remembered. He truly thinks America has lost more than it’s gained through trade deals, so the North American Free Trade Agreement and softwood lumber pacts are threatened and the Trans-Pacific Partnership suddenly isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

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North American wood fiber prices at low levels

IHB
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Prices for wood fiber consumed by the pulp industry in North America have fallen over the past year in all regions of the continent with the exception of the US South. The biggest declines have been in the northwestern and northeastern US where prices have fallen between 10- 15% from the 3Q/15 to the 3Q/16. In the US Northwest, where a majority of the fiber furnish is sawmills residuals, prices have fallen 11% in one year but are still higher than the 25-year average price. Current price levels for softwood chips in Washington and Oregon are the second highest in North America, behind the Lake States region. The lowest cost regions for chips are the US South, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR).

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Hornepayne mill owner eyeing mid-December start-up

Frank Dottori, president of Hornepayne Lumber, is no stranger to re-starting idled mills
CBC News
November 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new owner of the lumber mill in Hornepayne, Ont. says he expects to start-up the shuttered facility in time for the new year. Frank Dottori, the president of Hornepayne Lumber LP — the company behind the purchase of the mill and neighbouring power co-generation plant — told CBC News the plan is to start the mill up temporarily in mid-December, then have one shift online by Jan. 2 or 3, 2017. “Hopefully if I can organize some wood, I’d like to start it up December 12th, run it for a week or two just to make sure, see what the bugs are,” he said. Re-starting the mill would bring some much-needed jobs back to Hornepayne. 146 people were laid off in November, 2015 when the facility’s former owners, the Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company, closed it.

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Fortress Paper invests $19.7 million in birch project at its dissolving pulp mill in Québec

Lesprom
November 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. announces a major investment to advance its strategic project of utilizing birch to manufacture dissolving pulp at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Thurso, Québec, Canada. The project will ensure a better use of the mixed forest in the local region, increase economic activity, and result in other ancillary economic benefits. The project is estimated to cost approximately $19.7 million in total, with $9 million to be funded by the Government of Canada through a non-repayable contribution. The remainder of the Project’s total cost is expected to be financed by the Company with cash on hand, operating cash-flow and other investment incentive programs, such as the Hydro Québec “Rate L” tariff.

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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

American Journal of Transportation
November 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

North American wood fiber prices have trended downward for most of 2015 and 2016 with prices in the 3Q/16 being at their lowest levels in over two years, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in Canada and the US have fallen over the past year as a result of higher availability of residual chips from the continent’s sawmills, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. The biggest price declines have been in the US Northwest and Northeast regions, but prices have also fallen quite dramatically throughout Canada. Seattle, USA. Prices for wood fiber consumed by the pulp industry in North America have fallen over the past year in all regions of the continent with the exception of the US South, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR).

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No injuries in lumber mill fire in north Mississippi

Associated Press in Mississippi News Now
November 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

VARDAMAN, Miss. – A sheriff says nobody was injured in a fire and explosion at a lumber mill in Vardaman. Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/2f2gGpx ) that a sawdust bin caught fire Tuesday behind Furniture Wood Inc. Sawdust is piped out of the building into three bins. Pollan says the explosion blew a pipe back into the building and caught part of the building on fire. He says everyone got out quickly and calmly.

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Australian Forestry Standard elects Hans Drielsma as interim chairman

Lesprom Network
November 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd. elects Hans Drielsma as interim chairman. Dr Hans Drielsma succeeds Kate Carnell AO who was lauded for her services to Australian Forestry Standard Ltd at the AGM in Sydney on October 25. Dr Drielsma is internationally renowned and was appointed to the PEFC council as a board director in 2006. In this role he has been instrumental in the development of a more active multi-national promotion of the PEFC in the Asia region, and has served on the PEFC International Governance Review Panel.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian Wood Council Launches Updated Carbon Calculator

By Natalie Tarini
Canadian Wood Council
November 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Canadian Wood Council reinforced its ongoing commitment to sustainable development with the updated launch of the Carbon Calculator tool. With growing pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the built environment, designers are increasingly being called upon to balance function and cost objectives with reduced environmental impacts. As the only major building material that is renewable and stores carbon over its lifetime, wood building products and construction systems play a vital role in contributing to climate change mitigation
efforts.

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Innovation celebrated during Ontario Wood Design Awards

by Patricia Williams
Daily Commerical News
November 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some of the province’s leading architects, engineers and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 16th annual Ontario Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto. The awards honour people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy and innovation are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction. “We are pleased to recognize excellence in modern architecture and to honour leadership in wood design and construction,” said Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program. “The winning projects showcase the many benefits of wood construction such as sustainability, versatility and cost-effectiveness.”

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First 6 storey wood building in Ontario wins Wood Works! Award

by Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
November 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

We love wood, the renewable building material, but until recently, one could only build up to four floors high in Ontario , Canada. The first building to break that height limit is the just-completed Templar Block in Hamilton, Ontario, designed by Lintack Architects Inc. and built by Core Urban Inc. It would be notable had it just been the first, but there is a lot more going on here. I first learned about the building as a juror for the Ontario Wood Works! Awards, and visited it a few weeks ago as they were just finishing up. Now it’s public: It has won the Multi-Unit Wood Design award. …Really, any dumb building might have been the first to six storeys, but this one is special.

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Local school wins provincial design award

by: Jeff Turl
Bay Today
November 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A local school won a Wood Design Award yesterday at the 16th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto. The awards honour people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction.  Near North District School Board’s Woodland Public School won the Northern Ontario Excellence Award, sponsored by FedNor. “Situated next to a 17-acre urban forest, the design of Woodland Public School draws inspiration from the forest landscapes of Northern Ontario to create an environment of warmth and beauty while supporting and celebrating the wood culture so important to the area,” said the judge’s panel in a new release.

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Timber Innovation Act aims to advance tall wood building construction in the US

IHB
November 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Timber Innovation Act has been introduced to the US Congress by senators and representatives from Washington State. The Timber Innovation Act is set to establish a new research and development program advancing tall wood building construction in the US. This would provide additional incentives, such as retrofitting existing facilities in areas with high unemployment, and allow the US Department of Agriculture to provide technical assistance and education on products for tall building construction, such as cross-laminated timber. “This bill directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a performance-driven research and development program to advance tall wood building construction in the United States,” says the US Congress web site.

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WoodWorks Launches Updated Carbon Calculator

Includes New Options for Mass Timber Buildings
Business Wire press release
November 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON—WoodWorks today launched an updated version of its free carbon calculator, providing more options for buildings made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber products. Using wood products that store carbon instead of building materials that require fossil fuel energy to manufacture can help reduce greenhouse gases. To calculate the carbon benefits of a wood building, users access the carbon calculator at www.woodworks.org/carbon-calculator and enter nominal wood volume information. It also uses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator to equate the total carbon benefit to number of cars off the road and home operational energy.

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GBI’s Green Globes Certification Accepted for GSA’s Federal Leasing Activities

By The Green Building Initiative
PR Web
November 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) applauds the decision by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to recognize GBI’s Green Globes certification as an allowable certification program for use in the GSA’s federal leasing activities. This decision comes after the GSA’s Office of Leasing completed a months-long review and update of its leasing documents. The revised documents were finalized Oct. 12, but only recently made available on GSA’s website at GSA.gov[1]. The revisions to GSA’s Request for Lease Proposals (RLP) and Lease templates now recognize Green Globes for New Construction (Green Globes NC) as an option for new construction leased spaces where green building certification is required for any building over 10,000 square feet, as well as Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors (Green Globes SI), which can be used as an option for tenant improvements.

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USDA Confers 100% Biobased Status on PDS-Made Wooden Pallets

National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
November 14, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ALEXANDRIA VA – The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred® Program and the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) today announced that all coated and uncoated wood pallets manufactured with NWPCA’s Pallet Design System™ (PDS) are now recognized by USDA’s BioPreferred® Program. Wood pallet manufacturers that use PDS may now affix a USDA Certified Biobased Product label to their PDS-made pallets showing they are 100% biobased products. “Achieving certification for our PDS users confirms the strong environmental attributes of wood pallets and presents tremendous opportunities for our members,” said Brent McClendon, President and CEO of NWPCA.

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Doyle Encourages Forest Owners to ‘Talk Hardwoods’ EIN News

By Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland
EIN Newsdesk
November 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Andrew Doyle, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, opened the ‘Talking Hardwoods’ event, in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, today. Speaking at the opening of the event Minister Doyle said that “The incorporation of the Native Woodlands Establishment Scheme into the main Afforestation Scheme seeks to encourage the planting of native woodlands as part of more commercial forests. The latest forest inventory indicated that broadleaved forests represent 25.8% of our national forest cover. This is a very significant proportion of our forests, both in terms of area and potential value.” The ‘Talking Hardwoods’ is a hardwood marketing event and is organised by the Teagasc Forestry Development Department. The event brings together broadleaf growers and users of hardwood timber.

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Forestry

Fort McMurray Wildfires to Cost Governments and Insurers More Than $5 Billion

By the Conference Board of Canada
Canada Newswire in Edmonton Journal
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA – $5.3 billion will be re-invested in Alberta’s economy over the next three years to rebuild Fort McMurray following the devastating wildfires in May 2016, according to a Conference Board of Canada report on the economic impacts of Canada’s most costliest natural disaster. “A massive injection of funds from provincial and federal governments, insurance companies and private sources will go towards the clean up and rebuilding effort in and around Fort McMurray,” said Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist. “The wildfires will leave a sizeable dent in public finances, while property and casualty insurers will have to absorb the massive cost of claims.”

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Loggers hopeful for winter conditions

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Winter cannot come soon enough for log haulers and mills in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. “I wish it would freeze,” said Jeff Price of Jamax Enterprises as he pulled into Tolko’s Lakeview log yard Tuesday minutes before noon. Driving from Lac La Hache that morning, Price said the roads were slick because of the snow. Price echoes log haulers in the Cariboo-Chilcotin who have seen a dismal year for hauling because of persistent wet weather. Tolko’s harvesting manager Jerry Mooney said 2016’s weather has impacted the industry. The company’s Lakeview mill presently has six days worth of logs and the Soda Creek mill has 10 days worth.

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End of Old Growth

By Mark Worthing – forests and biodiversity campaigner for Sierra Club BC.
Watershed Sentinel
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Something remarkable happened in Victoria this September. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities, representing over 3 million British Columbians, voted to save all the remaining old growth forests on Vancouver Island. Preceding this, British Columbia’s largest and most broadly-based business organization, the BC Chamber of Commerce, had voted for the protection of old growth forests. They stated that forests garner more revenue when left standing because of their economic benefits (derived largely from tourism), and they urged the provincial government to legislate permanent protection through conservancies and parks. …Increasingly, unions and forestry workers are calling for an end to old growth logging, particularly in relation to raw log exports.

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B.C.’s forest industry faces numerous challenges

by Justine Hunter
Globe and Mail
November 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


[This story is only available to Globe and Mail Subscribers] B.C. Premier Christy Clark will be ushered into Buckingham Palace on Nov. 15 for an event where she will promote her Great Bear Rainforest agreement on an international stage, under the auspices of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. …“It’s a huge recognition from Her Majesty for British Columbia,” Ms. Clark said in an interview. “It’s an opportunity to introduce millions of people to the beauty and ecological balance of the Great Bear Rainforest.” …That’s just one half of her agenda: Tourism from the United Kingdom is important to British Columbia, but forest products are the next largest export item. The Premier is confident that there is an opportunity, in the post-Brexit world, to expand trade agreements with Britain.

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Resourcetec Inc. pleads guilty to clear cutting at Long Lake Provincial Park

By Richard Woodbury
CBC News
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Nova Scotia company has pleaded guilty to illegally cutting almost four hectares last year in Long Lake Provincial Park, a case that prompted the provincial government to dramatically ramp up fines for such offences on Crown land. Last Thursday, Resourcetec Inc. agreed in Halifax provincial court to pay $12,556 in fines, while charges against two other companies were dropped. The land that was cut in November 2015 sits just behind a strip of trees along Halifax’s Old Sambro Road, which runs right through the 2,095-hectare park. The clearcut occurred after Dexter Construction Company, which owns land adjacent to Long Lake that it uses for infill purposes, hired Resourcetec Inc. to cut down some of the trees on the land it owns. Resourcetec then subcontracted that work to Scott and Stewart Forestry Consultants.

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Are Trees Sentient Beings? Certainly, Says German Forester

by Rchard Schiffman
Yale Environment 360
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As a student in forestry school, Peter Wohlleben was trained to look at trees exclusively as an economic commodity. But after joining a German forestry agency and managing a community forest, he soon became disillusioned with practices like clear-cutting, chemical use, and mechanical harvesting that put short-term profits before sustainability. Wohlleben was eventually hired by the local mayor to look after the same forest in an eco-friendly way. Today, he manages the forest without using insecticides or heavy machinery, and the trees are harvested by hand and hauled out by horses. He also has started a “living gravestone” project in which townspeople pay the equivalent of the commercial value of an ancient tree to have their ashes interred at its base. The woodland has gone from a money-losing operation to a profitable one.

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Fire Managers Hobbled By Homes

By Pete Aleshire
Payson Roundup
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Land managers need to burn soon — and often — if they’re going to save the forest and the communities they surround. But rising development, shrinking budgets and fear of liability have made that increasingly hard to do. These conclusions come from several recent studies on the role of managed fires in restoring forest health and reducing the risk of giant fires that can wipe out communities like Payson, Pine, Show Low and others. The Forest Service continues to take advantage of weather conditions to extend the controlled burn season throughout Northern Arizona. Residents have grown accustomed to odd plumes of smoke from burning brush piles, deep into the fall.

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Forest restoration work near Williams to increase log truck traffic

Williams News
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — As two additional timber sales supporting forest restoration efforts begin on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, members of the public can expect to see an increasing number of log trucks traveling through the Williams community and heavy, mechanized equipment in the project areas on the forest. …At the project locations within Kaibab National Forest, visitors will see tree thinning operations that will include use of feller bunchers, skidders and processors. Members of the public are urged to use extreme caution near timber removal and hauling operations. Besides the presence of heavy equipment and log trucks, there will also be trees being felled and stacked into log decks, which can be unstable. 

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Elliott State Forest sale: Timber, threatened species and politics collide

By Andrew Theen
The Oregonian
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Elliott State Forest could be sold for nearly $221 million before the end of the year, a polarizing proposition that has conservation groups, hunters, the National Forest Service and others squared off against an obscure land board headlined by Oregon’s governor. The public forest northeast of Coos Bay is home to towering, nearly 150-year-old Douglas firs and a patchwork of timber plantations and clear-cuts. The Umpqua River hugs its northern flank while more than 150 miles of fish-bearing streams course through what environmentalists say is prime habitat for the northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, coastal coho salmon and other federally protected species. It’s a beautiful and rugged place. It’s also a money pit.

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Idaho officials OK purchase of northern Idaho forest land

By Keith Ridler
Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, IDAHO — Idaho officials on Tuesday approved buying about 2,400 acres of forest in northern Idaho from a timber company. In another timber-related move, they approved new rules involving the sales of cedar trees that drew fierce opposition from cedar pole companies. The Idaho Land Board’s 4-0 vote to pay Potlatch Corporation $2.5 million is the first timberland purchase under the board’s new strategic reinvestment plan approved in May. The plan calls for using about $160 million from commercial real estate and residential cottage site sales to buy timberland and agricultural land.

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Thank you to landowners who see trees as more than lumber, firewood

Letter by Robert York
Whidbey News-Times
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This letter serves to thank all of the landowners and residents of Whidbey Island who’ve chosen to keep trees on their properties. Thank you for valuing trees, not as lumber, plywood or firewood, or some other seemingly inexhaustible resource, but rather as the magnificent and beneficial living things they are. Thank you for valuing trees as rich habitat, carbon sequestration, oxygen production, air filters, soil retention and noise suppression to name a few. Thank you for not removing them to create or enhance a view, as trees are our view.

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Tester says time will tell if progress can be made on wildfire, forestry bills

By Dennis Bragg
KPAX
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA –  Senator Jon Tester is hopeful of making progress with the new Congress on efforts to boost firefighting across the U.S., but he says a lot will also depend on who President-elect Donald Trump appoints as the new Interior Secretary. …However en. Tester is hopeful, and watching to see who is appointed for the all important job of heading the Interior Department. “Well, we’ll see. We’ll see who they put in for the Secretary of the Interior. That’s going to make a big difference and really going to determine how we can move forward in a lot of these forestry bills,” Sen. Tester said. “And I just think we’re going to continue to push those. I think they’re good ideas.

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Work continues on Sparta Mountain project

By Bruce A. Scruton
New Jersey Herald
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SPARTA — Forestry work in the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area might take place this winter, but under an already approved forestry plan, not the controversial update made public nearly 11 months ago which has not been approved. John Cecil, vice president of stewardship for New Jersey Audubon, which is overseeing the forestry plan for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Monday he hopes the new, 10-year plan, could be approved by the end of the year and the final plan presented to the public in January or February. “But we still have the current plan” under which work can be done, he noted, “and it’s quite possible work might be done in plot 33.”

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Sustainable forest management and forest products recognized

By Virginia Daffron
Mountain Xpress
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Under an afternoon sky hazy with smoke from forest fires burning nearby, two regional organizations celebrated sustainable forest products and forest management on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Fairview. Rob Lamb, president of EcoForesters, told the assembled crowd of forest lovers that the scale of ongoing wildfires is, in part, the legacy of a century of fire suppression policy. Speaking of the natural history of forests in Western North Carolina before the era of Smokey the Bear, Lamb said, “These forests have been burning for thousands of years,” he said. “In fact, oak trees require fire for their regeneration.”

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Cass County Board: Commissioners informed on land-based invasive species

By Monica Lundquist
Brainerd Dispatch
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BACKUS—Pat Bundy, Cass County forester, informed the county board Tuesday about land-based invasive species he studied at a recent seminar he attended in Wisconsin. Common and Glossy Buckthorn are two European smaller trees that have moved into the area and can spread rapidly. Both like wet or boggy areas and river and pond edges. …Also covered at the seminar were the emerald ash borer from Asia and the mountain pine beetle. The ash borer has come into Minnesota from the south. Infestations have been found in southeastern Minnesota, around the Twin Cities and around Duluth. Cut wood cannot be transported by law from these areas in an effort to slow the spread.Also covered at the seminar were the emerald ash borer from Asia and the mountain pine beetle.

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Wildfire bigger than Manhattan chars north Georgia mountains

CBS News
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA — Fire officials say the largest wildfire in the South has now burned more than 23,000 acres in the north Georgia mountains — an area larger than the New York City borough of Manhattan, reports CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV. The blaze was 30 percent contained Wednesday morning, the station says. It threw off enough smoke to prompt Atlanta officials to issue a Code Red air quality alert for the first time since July 2012, WGCL adds. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal banned the ignition of all fireworks in much of the state due to the wildfire risk. The giant fire was one of many burning across the South in forests stressed by drought.

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Georgia wildfires burn thousands of acres of land

by: Aaron Diamant
WSB Atlanta
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


ATLANTA – A month without rain and bone dry conditions have fire crews throughout north Georgia racing to stay ahead of serious wildfires. Gov. Nathan Deal spoke only to Channel 2 Action News Tuesday about the state’s wildfire response. Deal signed an executive order Monday banning fireworks statewide. “As we know the use of fireworks sometimes has the unintended consequences of setting off fires and we don’t need any more,” Deal told Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant. In an exclusive interview, the governor didn’t rule out further action this week should things get worse.

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Database helps plant ‘right tree for the right place’

By Mark Kinver
BBC News
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

German researchers have compiled a 400-species database to encourage people to plant the “right tree in the right place” in urban areas. The team of scientists hope the information will help shift the focus away from the way trees look towards on the focus on biodiversity. Over the next decade, the urban environment is expected to increase by nearly 30%. Details have been published in the Landscape and Urban Planning journal. “We wanted to place the focus on city and urban locations when choosing trees, but not on the aesthetic aspects,” said co-author Juliane Vogt from the Institute of Forest Growth and Forest Computer Science at Techische Universitat Dresden, Germany. She told BBC News that the goal of the database was to “find the right tree for the right place”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

American workers deserve certainty on biomass energy

Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers and Donna Harman, President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association
The Hill
November 15, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Uncertainty can devastate economic growth and sustainability as much as any recession. Some uncertainty is unavoidable, as every American worker and business owner knows all too well. But regulatory uncertainty is something that can be remedied with a little bit of practicality and political courage. That’s precisely what we need from the Administration and Congress now, as they consider future energy policy, including from wood biomass.  The forest products industry is the largest producer and user of bioenergy in America’s industrial economy. Paper mills use biomass residuals from their operations—basically the leftovers of making the paper we use every day for communication, hygiene, and environmentally friendly packaging for food and other products—to create bioenergy. That bioenergy yields significant carbon reducing benefits.

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