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Daily Archives: November 17, 2016

Froggy Foibles

Hollow logs stuffed with pot

Castanet Kelowna
November 16, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Four men alleged to have been involved in a North Okanagan drug scam to ship hundreds of pounds of marijuana in hollowed out logs from Armstrong to the U.S. could soon be on their way to California for trial. …According to court documents, it is alleged that over a period of months in 2006 what amounted to hundreds of pounds of marijuana, packaged in plastic bags, were concealed in logs that were hollowed out and reassembled and then shipped by flatbed truck from a workshop in Armstrong to Ontario, Calif. The logs were delivered to a dummy log house business.

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Business & Politics

Trump targets softwood lumber

By Paul Quinn
RBC Capital Markets
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Trumps’s plan for the first 200 days in office – In a memo obtained by CNN, it is suggested that Mr. Trump would begin an effort to reshape U.S. trade policy with NAFTA on day one of his presidency. The memo says on the first day Trump takes office (Jan 20, 2017), he would order the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission to study the ramifications of withdrawing from NAFTA and what would be required legislatively to do so. We had anticipated a combined 25% CVD and AD duty effective Q217 – Like most other Canadian observers of the US election, we expected a Clinton victory and, therefore, premised our 25% export tax on that belief. With Trump in the President’s chair, we believe that the combined tax will be much higher, likely in the 30% to 40% range. We believe that Canada’s acceptance to re-negotiate of NAFTA, plus the inclusion of softwood lumber into the NA trade agreement (something that was excluded in its 1994 signing due to the issue’s polarizing nature), it follows that Trump is seeking to limit the amount of lumber that Canadian producers can export to the US (i.e. quota). 

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Tembec reports financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter

Canada Newswire press release
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended September 24, 2016, were $389 million, as compared to $373 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated net earnings of $12 million or $0.12 per share in the September 2016 quarter compared to a net loss of $32 million or $0.32 per share in the September 2015 quarter. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $57 million for the three-month period ended September 24, 2016, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $36 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $26 million in the prior quarter.

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Canada’s ambassador to U.S. says protectionists emboldened by Trump

Giuseppe Valiante
Canadian Press in CTV News
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL — Canada must put together a team to educate Donald Trump and other Americans on the benefits of free trade, the country’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday. Trade has become a “dirty” word south of the border and protectionists feel emboldened by the election of Trump, David MacNaughton told a business lunch crowd in Montreal. President-elect Trump consistently criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, during the campaign. … Canada’s softwood lumber trade negotiations with the U.S. will also likely become more difficult when Trump takes office, MacNaughton said.

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Soft Wood, Hard Problem

By Zach Hagadone
Bosie Weekly
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

…Still, as economists struggle to forecast what a Trump presidency will mean for global trade, one agreement at the heart of a long simmering trade dispute with Canada is already hanging in the balance. How it is resolved—or not—will have an impact on Idaho. According to a University of Idaho analysis, the sales value of the forest products industry in Idaho was estimated at $3.5 billion in 2013 and directly employed more than 10,500 workers. Exports supported another 9,000 positions via indirect employment. Jobs in the sector pay well: 27 percent higher than the state average across all other industries. Those jobs have long been imperiled by trade policies that allow Canadian timber companies to undercut U.S. competitors.

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Fire forces Tolko evacuation

by Nicholas Johansen
Castanet
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A small fire at the Tolko Industries plant in Lake Country caused a brief evacuation Tuesday night. The fire was noticed inside a saw box by a worker at 8 p.m., who attempted to knock out the embers with a fire extinguisher. A sprinkler at the forestry products plant was pulled as a precaution, triggering an alarm that caused fire crews to attend the scene. “The workers … managed to put a fire hose on it and got it knocked down before our engine arrived on scene,” said Steve Windsor, Lake Country’s fire chief. Because of the location of the plant, both the Kelowna Fire Department and the Lake Country Fire Department attended.

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Tolko wants to talk

by Kate Bouey
Castanet
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A major employer in the Okanagan Valley wants to talk about it. Tolko Industries representative Tom Hoffman made it clear to North Okanagan Regional District representatives on Wednesday that the company is willing and eager to speak publicly about forest practices. Tolko’s offer followed complaints made about logging companies in September, according to Mike Macnabb, Electoral Area C director. “The province sent out a questionaire (at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention) about forest practices and there were a lot of negative comments about the ministry and forest products companies and the lack of information,” Macnabb said.

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Fire at Centre Wellington sawmill suspicious, police say

Palettes of hardwood destroyed in early morning blaze
CBC News
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An early morning fire at a sawmill east of Fergus, Ont., is being treated as suspicious, officials say. Fire crews were called to the sawmill on Sixth Line, just north of Wellington Road 22 in Centre Wellington at 2 a.m. Wednesday after reports of a fire. …There were no injuries.The OPP and the Ontario Fire Marshal are investigating the fire, which police called “suspicious.” …It is another in a string of recent fires in the area.

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OPP investigating suspicious fire at lumber yard

by Jaime Myslik
Wellington Advertiser
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CENTRE WELLINGTON – “The glow in the sky was visible from miles away,” Centre Wellington Fire Chief Brad Patton said of the suspicious fire at Herwynen Sawmill on Nov. 16. At about 2am crews from the Elora, Fergus, Hillsburgh, Rockwood and Guelph fire stations were called to fight a blaze that destroyed several pallets of hardwood. Herwynen’s has done a very nice job here of keeping the piles separated,” Patton said. “It bought us some time to get in there and fight the fire.” Patton said the blaze caused about $200,000 in damage and is being treated as suspicious

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Future full of doubt for Central Washington timber industry

By Kate Prengaman
Yakima Herald-Republic
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

NACHES — They’re cutting down trees to save this forest. This 548-acre logging project on the Naches Ranger District is removing trees that are unnaturally dense and at risk of catastrophic fire. By doing so, it’s employing people and providing valuable timber. It’s not a clear-cut. Lots of small trees and some larger ones are being removed to create “a well-balanced forest ecosystem,” said Bret Daugherty, the owner of Timbered Rangeland, the Ellensburg-based logging company conducting the work. The timber is headed to the Yakama Nation’s sawmill in White Swan. But that small mill is the only one remaining in the Eastern Cascades from Yakima County to the Canadian border.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green Living: Scrap lumber gets new life at East Vancouver startup

By Lucy Lau
The Georgia Straight
November 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scope your favourite coffee shop or microbrewery or your hipster bud’s Main Street loft, and you’ll find that, when it comes to interiors, reclaimed wood has long been a thing. But the organic material doesn’t just look great: it’s also an ingenious way to prevent perfectly good lumber from rotting away in landfills. That’s the thinking behind the Wood Shop, a Vancouver-based startup that sees reclaimed timber as more of a lifestyle than a trend. Born out of Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives’ social-venture program in 2013, the company was founded by Chris Nichols, a former construction worker who was stunned by the amount of wood being trashed in the industry.

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New Initiative Launches to Create Jobs, Expand Vermont Forest Products industry

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
VTDigger
November 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund has launched a new initiative to assist the forest products industry in creating and retaining quality jobs and opening additional markets for locally produced wood products. A collaboration between the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, the Northern Forest Center, and the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board, the new Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program will include business assistance to wood products manufacturers, market research and development, the creation of an industry-wide network, and a comprehensive communications strategy designed to raise the profile of the industry in Vermont and the region.

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New timber performance research hub launched

by Willow Aliento
The Fifth Estate
November 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The University of the Sunshine Coast will host a new timber centre that aims to develop a predictive model for specifying the right timber for any construction application. The National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life also aims to ensure Australian design guides and standards remain world class in light of climate change, new engineered timbers and changes in building design, managing director of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) Ric Sinclair said. “It will be an automated evidence-based tool to accurately predict the structural performance and design life of timber depending where and how it is being used. It’s an exciting prospect and it’s one that will be a world first,” he said.

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Forestry

Smart, tough, friendly: Geographic society bids gray jay as national bird

Canadian Press in the Victoria Times Colonist
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – A two-year-long, Canada-wide search has resulted in the gray jay — also known as the whiskey jack — being chosen as Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. The robin-sized gray jay, which is found in every province and territory but only in Canada, is being lauded by the society as a reflection of Canadians’ best qualities — smart, tough and friendly. The whiskey jack’s common name doesn’t come from booze, but from the original Cree and Algonquin languages in which it was celebrated as a friendly and clever herald of good fortune. The gray jay beat out higher profile contenders including the common loon, snowy owl and black-capped chickadee in a contest that garnered national attention and attracted almost 50,000 online voters.

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OBITUARY Adam Zimmerman: Noranda executive was a fervent nationalist

Globe and Mail
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Adam Zimmerman, who died on Oct. 19 at the age of 89, ran Noranda, one of the largest natural resource companies in Canada. Under his management it shifted its focus from rocks to trees, especially after it bought MacMillan Bloedel in 1981. At the time it was Canada’s largest corporate takeover. He was the ultimate establishment man, with 41 corporate directorships ranging from TD Bank to Algoma Steel to Canada Packers; he was a member of seven clubs. But he was an establishment man with a twist. As an undergraduate, instead of studying commerce, he did his degree in philosophy; he was a strong Canadian nationalist and unlike most people in the business community, he was against free trade and disapproved of the Bank of Canada pushing the dollar higher in the early 1990s.

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Best forest practices?

Letter by Diane Smith, McBride, BC
The Rocky Mountain Goat
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I have to wonder about some of the recent letters to the Editor. Seems like people just don’t understand that the trouble we are in stems from past management. Brian Monroe was criticized for bringing up the past when he responded to a simple question asked by a listener on how an overcut of that size, was possible. It was a legitimate question and it required a response from the former Chairman of the Board. …BA Blackwell was brought in to provide advice as forest professionals. During their audit, the problems related to a huge overcut, the large waste assessment, and outstanding charges came to light. As professionals they have a duty to address these issues. They did their duty.

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Fort Nelson to Canfor: Stop hoarding our forests

By Andrew Kurjata
CBC News
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With oil and gas jobs gone, Fort Nelson’s city council wants to kick-start its forest industry, but says forestry company Canfor is in its way. The lumber giant used to have two mills in the community, but shut them down in 2008 — while retaining the rights to harvest most of the timber supply in the area. Now, city council says Canfor should either start using that licence to create jobs or move out of the way so someone else can. “The economy is definitely in the doldrums right now,” said Mike Gilbert, Fort Nelson’s community development officer. …Gilbert said prior to 2008, up to 1,500 direct and indirect jobs were in the forest industry. Now there is only one family-owned mill, and
some jobs tied to shipping raw logs out of the region.

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Like mother, like cub: researchers say grizzlies learn bad behaviour from moms

By John Cotter
Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – When it comes to bad behaviour in grizzly bears, new research blames the moms. A University of Alberta study suggests that cubs who have watched their mothers come into conflict with people are more likely to do so as well. Wildlife ecologist Andrea Morehouse says it’s evidence of social learning in grizzlies. “Bear biologists have long suspected that cubs learn behaviours,” she said Wednesday. “If we can stop female grizzlies from becoming problem bears in the first place, we can prevent the social learning of problem behaviour in cubs and help stop the cycle at its source.”

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Wildlife centre wants food for its beaver and porcupines

By Rebecca Chiu
Toronto Star
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Toronto Wildlife Centre has a few new branch-loving residents, and they need your trees. The wildlife rehabilitation centre put out the call online Wednesday morning looking for arboreal donations to help a beaver and porcupines in its care. The beaver was brought to the centre on Nov. 9 after it was discovered alone in a residential area of Toronto, adding to two porcupines already at the centre. A third porcupine joined the group on Monday, hence the increased need for wood. “With three porcupines and the beaver, they’re all branch eaters. That’s a lot to be collecting every single day,” said executive director Nathalie Karvonen.

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Ken Raffa Shares His Passion for Working with People to Understand Insects as Agents of Change

By Laurel Haavik
Entomology Today
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Ken Raffa has had a storied career. His research has made great strides in advancing current understanding of how insect populations can rapidly explode. His work has revealed fascinating specifics and generalities that take place between pine trees and bark beetles during a beetle outbreak. …How did he arrive at forest entomology? What inspires him? How does he train students to be great leaders? I sat down with him at the recent International Congress of Entomology to find out. I discovered someone who is deeply passionate not only about the natural world (maybe not so surprising given his career path), but also about people. 

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Optimizing cattle, timber production in the Black Hills

By South Dakota State University
Tri-State Neighbor
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cattle producers have grazed livestock on forested lands since the settlement era, but only recently has one graduate student been looking into the best ways to do so sustainably with good economic returns. Kurt Chowanski a graduate student completing a PhD in biological sciences at South Dakota State University, researched ways to improve grazing on timber lands in the Black Hills of South Dakota. With the cooperation of the Black Hills National Forest, Chowanski surveyed grazed meadow and forest sites in 44 pastures over a two-year span. The survey looked at cattle stocking rates, grazing pressure index identified from 16 years of cattle grazing history and 45 years of timber harvest history.

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Editorial: Trump faces choices on forest lands

Albany Democrat Herald
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You might have noticed a couple of news items last week that could have a bearing on what happens over the next quarter-century with Oregon’s wood-products industry. In one of the news items, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it had completed a scientific report that could form the basis for changes to the Northwest Forest Plan. The agency now is taking public comment on the document. It’s a major step in the process of revising the plan, which aims to protect old-growth forest habitat while providing a predictable flow of logs to the timber industry. The plan has been controversial in these parts. In the other news item of some note, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

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Roseburg company is sole bidder for Elliott State Forest

by Tracy Loew
Statesman Journal
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Roseburg timber company has submitted the sole bid to buy Oregon’s Elliott State Forest. Lone Rock Timber Management Company will partner financially with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to try to buy the 82,500-acre property near Coos Bay. “Our company has worked in and around the Elliott State Forest for 50 years,” Toby Luther, the company’s CEO, said in a statement. “We feel that purchasing the forest is the best way to guarantee its proper management for both our community and the entire state.” Ten local and national conservation groups already have written the state in opposition. They say the bid process was set up to favor a sale to a timber company and preclude public ownership.

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Only one proposal submitted to buy the Eilliott State Forest

By Claire Withycombe
East Oregonian
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM ­— The sole proposal to purchase a large swath of state forest in Douglas and Coos counties was submitted jointly by a Roseburg-based timber company, Lone Rock Resources, and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, according to the Department of State Lands. An 82,500-acre parcel of the Elliott State Forest is up for sale for $220.8 million, and although more than 40 groups had previously expressed interest in the land, only one acquisition plan was submitted to the state by its Tuesday evening deadline. Jake Gibbs, a spokesman for Lone Rock Resources, said that the company plans to take on 83 percent of the costs of acquiring the land, while the Cow Creek Band will incur 17 percent.

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Trump Victory Has Northwest Timber Towns Cheering

by Cassandra Profita and Jes Burns
Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RIDDLE, Oregon – In this town of 1,200 people in the southwest corner of the state, neighborhoods end where stacks of sprinkler-soaked logs begin. The town is surrounded by four sawmills in the heart of timber country. Here in Douglas County, where about half of the land is owned by the federal government, Donald Trump won 64 percent of the county’s vote in this year’s presidential election. Trump’s victory has this community and others in the Northwest Timber Belt cheering and hoping better times are ahead. …At a rally last May in Eugene, Trump appealed to rural Oregon and an
industry he described as being hammered by federal regulation. “Timber jobs have been cut in half since 1990,” he told the crowd. “We’re going to bring them up, folks. We’re going to do it really right.We’re going to bring them up,OK?”

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Business leaders tour forests, watershed

By Kevin Leahy, executive director of Clatsop Economic Development Resources
The Daily Astorian
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 100 attendees braved the elements for the 26th annual Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee leaders tour this year, including state Rep. Deborah Boone. The day started out bright and early with an introduction by committee Chairman Kevin Leahy at the Barbey Maritime Center, reinforcing that this sector continues to be 30 percent of our Clatsop County economy, and is 12 percent of our county employment. Leahy also noted that $23,500,000 was distributed from Oregon Department of Forestry to Clatsop County in 2016 from timber harvests that support schools, law enforcement, Clatsop Community College, roads, and more.

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9th Circuit Urged to Stop NorCal Logging Project

By NICHOLAS IOVINO
Courthouse News Service
November 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO – An attorney on Tuesday accused the U.S. Forest Service of prioritizing money-making over environmental protection when it approved logging on 2,000 acres of a protected watershed in Northern California. “Economic factors were considered to a degree that was inappropriate,” Susan Jane Brown told a Ninth Circuit panel. Brown represents the Karuk Tribe and four environmental groups, who are appealing a federal magistrate judge’s refusal to grant an injunction this past April to stop commercial logging on the Klamath River watershed near the California-Oregon border. The groups say the Klamath National Forest’s Westside Fire Recovery Project, intended to remove fire-scorched trees and help prevent future fires, threatens endangered species and actually increases the risk of forest fires and landslides.

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Forest Service faced with reducing workforce

By Katy Nesbitt
La Grande Observer
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Reduced funding is forcing the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest to trim its staff in the coming months. Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Jim Pena said there have been no increases in the Forest Service budget, half of which goes to forest fire suppression. “If we don’t fix fire funding, we will erode management positions,” Pena said. “A lot of those in Congress know it needs to be fixed.” He said the agency would be in better shape financially if fire suppression costs were removed. A bill that would do just that has been stalled in the Senate for three years. “Sen. Wyden is a strong supporter and built bipartisan support for the bill,” Pena said, but the bill has yet to be passed.

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Largest Georgia wildfire losing intensity, officials say

by Doug Richards
11alive.com
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


COHUTTA WILDERNESS, GA — Firefighters in north Georgia say despite an absence of rainfall, the largest of the area’s wildfires may be close to burning itself out. The Cohutta Wilderness fire has sent a giant plume of smoke straight to metro Atlanta for a couple of weeks. In spite of the size of the fire, firefighters actually believe they’re gaining control of it Opal Fulton of the Florida Forest Service has been among the hundreds of firefighters battling a myriad of fires in north Georgia. She has been in the Cohutta Wilderness, a federally protected area mostly in Fannin County, for fourteen days. “We’ll pull that out and mop up everything sixty to a hundred feet in,” Fulton said, pointing to a fire hose on a truck, then gesturing toward smoldering spots just inside the boundary of the Cohutta Wilderness.

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Inmates, other agencies drafted to fight Georgia wildfires

By Lauren Foreman
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More crews have been drafted to fight wildfires that have torched thousands of acres in the North Georgia mountains, officials said Wednesday. But not everyone is a firefighter. The Georgia Department of Corrections has deployed inmates across the state to get the fires under control. “They go through a tremendous screening process,” Charles Price with Georgia Department of Corrections Fire Services told WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn. “They’re non-violent offenders. Most of them, it’s their first time being incarcerated, and it’s actually a volunteer program. Once they get into it, they go through the exact same training as anyone in the street would.”

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Clearing the path for new forests

By Carin Tunney
Great Lakes Echo
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


Foresters throughout the Great Lakes region are destroying mighty oaks and other trees to regrow hardwood forests. That may seem counterproductive, but forestry officials say oaks need special attention to maintain a diverse and healthy forest system. That means cutting down decades-old trees and clearing shrubs to encourage new oaks to grow. The efforts include projects in every Great Lakes state. … “For the first time since the 1940s, Ohio’s forests are no longer expanding in area,” said Christina Coulon, a public affairs specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. “However they are going through various changes that affect their characteristics and the benefits they provide.”

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Prescribed burn escapes ignite argument over best time to burn off

By Sharon Kennedy
ABC News, Australia
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hot windy conditions in Western Australia this week caused several prescribed burns to flare up and break their boundaries, including two in the vicinity of Manjimup in the South West region. The issue of prescribed burns is contentious, with public and fire volunteers questioning their timing and method. However, most would not question burns are needed to protect communities from the devastating effects of an out-of-control wildfire, such as happened earlier this year in Yarloop. Roger Underwood is a former forester with the then-Department of Conservation and Land Management, and also is chairman of lobby group the WA Bush Fire Front. He describes himself as “an unabashed supporter of fuel reduction burning in state forests and national parks in the South West”.

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Minister of State defends growth of forestry in Co Leitrim

by Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Leitrim Observer
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There has been quite a lot of negativity surrounding forestry in Co. Leitrim in recent months. The reality on the ground is very different however, as forestry makes a valuable contribution to the economic, social and environmental well being of the county. According to the national forest inventory 16.7% of Leitrim is under forestry, 27% of which is broadleaf. In 2016 alone forestry payments worth over €2.6m were paid by my Department to over 300 landowners with Leitrim addresses, 70% of whom were farmers. Over 400 farmers living in Leitrim see forestry as an option for them and have participated in the afforestation scheme fully funded and operated by my Department. In terms of employment there are approximately 480 jobs being created by forestry in Co. Leitrim.

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Forest industry fears emerging forest disease

Voxy.co.nz
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A disease which is devastating trees in the Western United States and Europe is a major threat to New Zealand plantations and ornamental trees, should it ever arrive here. The forest industry is concerned that even the suspicion that Phytophthora ramorum was present in New Zealand could have a major effect on log exports and employment in forest regions. P. ramorum is causing the now widespread disease, sudden oak death, in California and Oregon. It has also spread to most European countries in the past decade. Forest Owners Association Biosecurity Manager, Bill Dyck, says the disease is just one of many pests and diseases threatening the industry. “Just this year, we’ve had two species of beetles, which feed on eucalypts, arrive in our forests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Here’s how the Obama administration proposes to reduce greenhouse gases

By William Yardley
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Plant hundreds of millions of trees. Drastically reduce the burning of fossil fuels for electricity and transportation. Perfect and employ new technology to capture and store carbon. These are among the aggressive steps that U.S. officials outlined Wednesday as probably necessary to limit the worst effects of climate change. Presented at the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, the proposal has a futuristic name that evokes its ambition: The Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization. …The report projects that the U.S. would need to add about 50 million acres of forests, vastly expanding the volume of trees that can store carbon that is emitted into the air. For perspective, the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the country’s largest national forest, is about 17 million acres.

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This is where Obama’s hugely ambitious climate policies were headed — before Trump came along

By Chris Mooney
Washington Post
November 16, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The White House Wednesday unleashed a detailed 111-page document outlining a “mid century strategy” to massively slash U.S. carbon emissions by the year 2050, reducing them 80 percent “or more” below their 2005 levels. Just to give some sense of scale, the long-term impact of the plan would be larger than the effect of instantly taking all cars off U.S. roads. …“While four years will influence the trajectory, it will not define it,” added Mariana Panuncio-Feldman, senior director of international climate cooperation at the World Wildlife Fund, and also in Marrakech. “The US’s ability to address climate change doesn’t rest solely with the White House – we also need continued cuts from the corporate sector and at the sub-national level.”

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Trump’s denial can’t stop shift from fossil fuels

By Gwynne Dyer
Timmins Press
November 16, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Even before Donald Trump hijacked the Republican Party, he was loudly declaring the science of climate change, like Barack Obama, had not been born in the United States. It was, he insisted in 2012, a Chinese hoax “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Trump has promised that within 100 days of taking office he will “cancel” the Paris climate agreement of last December and “stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to UN global warming programs.” He will also rescind executive actions Obama has taken to limit U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide.

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