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Daily Archives: November 18, 2016

Froggy Foibles

Zoo elephants frolick after Peggy the Train donates old logs to habitat

Portland Tribune
November 16, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US West


Elephants at the Oregon Zoo got some new toys this week, thanks to a makeover for the World Forestry Center’s outdoor locomotive exhibit. Early Tuesday, Nov. 15, a crew from Stimson Lumber Co. lifted five 30-foot-long Douglas-fir logs from the forestry center’s Peggy the Train display, and shipped the logs a few hundred fee downhill to the zoo’s new Elephant Lands habitat. The logs will be the elephants’ new playthings and exercise equipment. Zoo officials say the logs will promote exercise and encourage natural behaviors among Portland’s Asian elephant family. …The World Forestry Center is updating and renovating several of its outdoor areas and needed to replace the logs, which had been on display for 15 years.

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Business & Politics

Canada is naive if it thinks Donald Trump will play nice on NAFTA

by Joe Chidley
Financial Post
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

…Notwithstanding his orchestrated attempt to appear presidential during that 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, Trump has pretty much reverted to the mean (in both senses of the word) since election night …First, on softwood lumber, the deal that resolved the long-standing dispute between the B.C. and U.S. industries a decade ago expired last year. Negotiations have been ongoing: the Americans want tighter quotas on Canadian imports, as they see access to Crown land as a subsidy, and if they can’t get quotas, they want tariffs. Billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are at stake. The Trump team’s reopening of the rules could change the playing field for negotiations.

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Canada could be in for a lot more trade trouble under Trump than just NAFTA

by Terence Corcoran
Financial Post
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

While there is general concern that Donald Trump’s trade policies and anti-globalization stances are bad news for global trade and growth, a certain rosy haze seems to have rolled over parts of Canada. If Trump were to, say, undo NAFTA as promised, maybe that will be good for Canada, said former Quebec Premier Jean Charest….On Tuesday, CNN reported on a Trump transition document of uncertain provenance that not only NAFTA is in the Trump crosshairs. So is softwood lumber and country-of-origin labeling on products such a beef. Once Trump the bargainer and his trade appointees start picking over Canada-U.S. trade beyond NAFTA, the inter-relationships and thorny trade issues are likely to surface, including agricultural protections, intellectual property, environmental regulations, telecom rules, and labour provisions.

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Time to reopen NAFTA, trade experts agree

By Alexander Panetta
The Canadian Press in The Toronto Star
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

WASHINGTON—NAFTA is out of date and needs to be brought into the 21st century, says one of the trade agreement’s original negotiators and most ardent champions, adding his voice to the explosion of commentary following the election of Donald Trump. Mickey Kantor was the negotiator brought in by Bill Clinton to finalize the deal in 1993, when the then-rookie president promised to add side agreements on labour and the environment and appointed Kantor as his first U.S. trade czar. He remains a huge booster of the pact — he says it has promoted economic growth in all three signatory countries, in addition to encouraging more harmonious relations between neighbours.

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Trump won’t risk U.S. housing boom over softwood dispute: Clark

by Justine Hunter
Globe and Mail
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is bullish about the future of Canada’s softwood-lumber industry, despite reports that the incoming U.S. administration under president-elect Donald Trump intends to push for more favourable trade terms between the two countries. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Ms. Clark predicted Mr. Trump will not want to risk his country’s domestic housing construction boom by threatening its supply of Canadian softwood lumber. “The thing about Donald Trump is that he talked to Americans about jobs and affordability. One of the things we also know is that if Canadian softwood doesn’t come into the United States, the price of housing goes way through the roof,” Ms. Clark said.

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Trump leak on softwood lumber confuses tricky file that costs $30M just to manage

By Janyce McGregor
CBC News
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

In the wake of a report that Donald Trump’s transition team would include softwood lumber in future talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), information tabled in the House of Commons this week reveals the cost of managing the contentious file for the federal government. A reply to a written question submitted by Saskatchewan Conservative MP Randy Hoback said that for the 2015-16 fiscal year, the federal government’s budget for managing the file — including “support for current negotiations toward a new agreement, as well as for possible litigation” — is $30 million. That amount could pale in comparison with new duties that may still be in store, should trade action start.

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Premier confident Trump won’t axe sofwood lumber talks

By Liza Yuzda
News 880 AM
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s Premier remains confident talks on Canada’s Softwood Lumber Agreement with the U.S. will continue, despite reports this week that the new administration has the deal in its crosshairs. “I think we have a very strong argument to make with this president, which we might not have been able to make with his opponent had she been elected, that this is of a vital economic importance for the United States,” said Christy Clark. The premier says if Donald Trump wants to fulfill his promise of creating jobs, he’ll need B.C. lumber products to do it. “He wants to create jobs. He wants to get them going fast. Let’s get that residential construction industry really working. That’s a way to put thousands of Americans to work and a big early win for him in fulfilling his jobs agenda,” said Clark. 

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Finning and T-Mar Industries sign partnership agreement

By Finning Canada
Finning Canada
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Finning Canada, a division of Finning International Inc.(TSX: FTT), has become the exclusive dealer for T-Mar Industries Ltd. Log-Champ brand of swing yarders and cable assist systems in western Canada. This agreement expands Finning Canada’s forest product market offerings to include Log-Champ cable assist machines and swing yarders for steep-slope harvesting. Customers will benefit from the convenience of one-source for world-class forestry product support, service, parts and equipment. Steep-slope harvesting in British Columbia (B.C.) is expected to grow in the next ten years, which could mean a significant increase in market opportunity for these products in the southern interior and coastal regions of B.C.

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Calgary economist – lumber deal still possible

By Ezra Black
The Free Press
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Calgary economist thinks B.C. could seek a softwood lumber deal with the U.S. despite Trump’s anti-trade talk. During his campaign Trump repeatedly inveighed against free trade accords like the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and vowed to renegotiate the deal. He even threatened to withdraw from the agreement if he didn’t get his way. But Trevor Tombe, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Calgary, does not think the president-elect is as opposed to free trade deals as he appears to be. “He’s not anti-trade if you read his comments in a nuanced way,” he said. “He thinks they’re bad deals and he wants better deals. What the characteristics of a better deal are, are not explicitly defined.”

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Cash boost for soccer building

By Chris Marchand
Dryden Observer
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dryden Youth Soccer reached a crucial milestone in its fundraising efforts for a multi-use building at the Rotary Soccer Fields with some help from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC), Nov. 8. Dryden Youth Soccer will receive $124,000 from the NOHFC as well as an additional $90,000 in assistance from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a total of $214,000. …The project received a $30,000 donation from Domtar over the summer and has received over $100,000 from Dryden Rotary over the past four years.

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City and Domtar working on future direction for large industrial taxation

By Michael Christianson
Dryden Observer
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After years of legal wrangling, Dryden’s Domtar Mill and The City of Dryden are close to a ‘direction-setting resolution’ on the issue of municipal taxation moving into the future. A draft resolution was presented to Dryden City Council at the Nov. 14 Committee of the Whole meeting. Councillor Roger Valley says he’d like to see a revision to a specific part of the document that stated, ‘The city will develop a long-term financial strategy that will consider measures to reduce industrial taxes over time in the Mill having a competitive municipal tax obligation relative to its competitors on a cost per tonne basis.’ Valley suggested the statement end after competitors to remove the cost per tonne issue. “I do have problems with the few words,” said Valley.

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Daines wasting taxpayer money

by John Meyer, executive director of Cottonwood Environmental Law Center
The Missoulian
November 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is a good example of how a politician is willing to sacrifice taxpayer dollars and Montana’s wildlife for political gains. …Instead of trying to blame environmentalists, Daines should work with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to end the free flow of timber from Canada into the United States. The Canadian market has made it so that Montana wood is not economically viable. U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke should use his position to get President Trump’s ear and restore a tariff on Canada’s softwood to protect Montana. Montana’s congressional delegation should work to ensure that wood that is grown in Montana is sold in Montana as a finished product.

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Rosboro of Springfield announces its sale, starting with timberlands

By Ed Russo
The Register Guard
November 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SPRINGFIELD — Wood products manufacturer ­Rosboro, one of Springfield’s oldest employers, has sold its timber holdings, and the rest of the firm, including its large mill on Main Street in Springfield, could be sold by the end of the year. Rosboro announced Tuesday that it sold about 95,000 acres of timberlands in ­Western ­Oregon to an entity managed by Campbell Global LLC, based in Portland. Privately held Rosboro did not disclose a purchase price. Based in Springfield since 1939, Rosboro also said it expects to sell its factories, ­including mills in Springfield, but did not offer details about a sale except that the deal could be completed by the end of December.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Six-storey wood-framed condo building gets nod in Saanich

by Katherine Dedyna
Victoria Times Colonist
November 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A six-storey, 60-unit condominium building in Royal Oak described by Tri-Eagle Development Corp. as “West Coast modernist” cleared its final hurdle this week at Saanich council — eight years after a commercial building was first proposed for the site. …It’s the first six-storey woodframe condo building in Greater Victoria, Lee added, saying the eight-year delay was due to “really vocal” preference by the nearby community and Saanich as well that residential development would be a better choice for the site. “We did our research and we agreed,” Lee said. .. It was designed by architect Charles Kierulf of de Hoog and Kierulf architects of Victoria.

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CLT Plant Ltd sets up CLT board factory in Kauhajoki, Finland

Lesprom Network
November 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

CLT Plant Ltd is setting up a cross-laminated timber (CLT) board production plant in Kauhajoki, Finland. The factory will employ 150 employees and net sales are estimated to be over Euro 20 million after five years of operation, as Invest in Finland reports. The new factory in Kauhajoki in Western Finland will produce CLT board, a versatile construction material made of multi-layered panel of wooden boards glued together. The factory is scheduled to be operational in the autumn of 2017 and produce CLT boards in the spring of 2018.

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Forestry

Forest Service faced with reducing workforce

by Katy Nesbitt
The 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.

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Copper King Fire salvage logging project proposed

Daily Inter Lake
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Lolo National Forest is proposing a salvage logging project on a portion of the roughly 29,000-acre Copper King Fire that burned east of Thompson Falls this summer. According to Plains District Ranger David Hattis, the proposed salvage project would harvest about 1,708 acres, or 9 percent of the acreage burned on National Forest land. The state’s largest and most expensive wildfire of the 2016 fire season, the Copper King Fire scorched 19,300 acres on National Forest land, 1,400 acres of land managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and 8,200 acres owned by Weyerhaeuser Co.

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Forest fires have changed a lot in 400 years

by Mari Jensen-Arizona
Futurity
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Since 1600, humans have influenced forest fire activity in California’s Sierra Nevada more than climate has, experts say. For the years 1600 to 2015, researchers found four periods, each lasting at least 55 years, in which the frequency and extent of forest fires clearly differed from the time period before or after. “We knew about the Smokey Bear effect…we didn’t know about these other earlier regimes.” However, the shifts from one fire regime to another didn’t correspond to changes in temperature, moisture, or other climate patterns until temperatures started rising in the 1980s. “We were expecting to find climatic drivers,” says lead coauthor Valerie Trouet, associate professor of dendrochronology at the University of Arizona. “We didn’t find them.”

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Local forest die-offs could have global consequences, study shows

by Kale Williams
The Oregonian
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest die-offs — whether from drought, deforestation or invasive insects — have far-reaching ramifications that could affect plants across the country and around the globe similar to other more well-known environmental phenomenon like El Niño. … A new study from researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Arizona shows that the ramifications of a massive tree die-off can ricochet around the world with some unexpected consequences. Those findings were released Wednesday in a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Abigail Swann, an assistant professor of atmospheric sciences and of biology at the University of Washington and co-author of the study, said little investigation had been done on the interaction of plant mortality and climate.

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Coalition wants greater influence

Letter by Jeffrey Juel
The Missoulian
November 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Weighing in on “The path ahead for Kootenai National Forest” (Nov. 10 opinion): The local stakeholders coalition “would like to hear from you.” Well, hear this. The reason your coalition doesn’t speak for me is, you don’t speak for wildlife or speak for natural forests. Your “guidelines outlining common ground to improve timber management” merely act as a rubber stamp for industry-friendly Forest Service plans to clearcut thousands of acres of national forest, critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. And despite your nice-sounding words about respect, you don’t respect laws protecting public lands, as shown by the federal courts stepping in and halting some of the illegal and destructive timber sales you support.

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Forest committee seeks representatives

The Daily Astorian
November 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A committee advising the state Department of Forestry on forest operations, projects and activities is looking to fill five vacancies. The five new members will help provide insights and perspectives on how the state implements forest management plans in western Oregon. Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from timber, environmental and recreation groups and serves as a forum to discuss agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals. The committee specifically covers issues related to annual operation plans, balancing a range of forest benefits, improving public outreach and participation and other management topics.

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Seeley Lake mourns loss of 2 lumber mill workers

By: Taylor Winkel
NBC Montana
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. – Residents of Seeley Lake say Thursday was a somber day for the community, and they’re in mourning after two men employed at Pyramid Mountain Lumber died in separate accidents Thursday morning. David Solum, 60, of Condon, died in a car accident on Highway 83 near mile marker 25 around 6:15 a.m. Authorities say the man wasn’t wearing his seat belt. Philip Pohlman, 66, of Seeley Lake, died when a vehicle he was working on at the lumber mill fell on top of him. “It’s really hard because you know the families, and you know the tragedy that’s touched them, and it breaks your heart,” said Dee Schmitz, a resident of Seeley Lake who says she knows the Pohlman family. Schmitz says the community rallies during times like this.

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Coast Guard helicopter plucks injured logger from forest

Associated Press in the Statesman Journal
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WARRENTON, Ore. — A Coast Guard helicopter crew has plucked an injured logger from a forest and flown him to a hospital. Video from Wednesday’s rescue east of Tillamook showed the helicopter hovering over an opening in the forest, and then the logger being hoisted on a stretcher up a cable to the helicopter. A Yamhill County rescue team had tended to the logger on the ground. The Coast Guard said in a statement the logger was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. The aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk was diverted from training off the coast of Tillamook to the site, 25 miles east of Tillamook.

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Public Interest Groups Condemn Resolute Suit in NYT Ad

by Anthony Swift Director, Canada Project, International program
Natural Resources Defense Council
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Earlier this year, Resolute Forest Products (Resolute) lodged a lawsuit based on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)—a U.S. law developed to combat the mafia—to sue Greenpeace and Stand.earth, public interest organizations that continue to be critical of Resolute’s practices in the boreal forest. Eighty public interest organizations throughout the United States and Canada have joined together on the pages of the New York Times to condemn the bullying tactics used by the logging company Resolute against critics of its practices in Canada’s boreal forest. This action comes two weeks after the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called on the U.S. marketplace to urge Resolute to drop its litigation and take steps to protect critical regions of the boreal forest.

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1 injured near blaze; crews ‘stretched thin’ battling North Georgia wildfires

by Lauren Foreman Raisa Habersham
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A Department of Natural Resources technician was injured Thursday during a utility terrain vehicle accident near the site of a wildfire in North Georgia, officials said. The woman, whose name was not released, was helping battle a blaze near Johnson Mountain in Bartow County when she was thrown from the vehicle, DNR spokeswoman Robin Hill said. The woman has several minor spine fractures but “every indication is that she will be fine,” Hill said. The injury highlights the difficulties crews face while battling a rash of wildfires that have broken out over the past couple of weeks due to drought conditions and no rain for more than a month.

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Nature schools where children learn by roaming in the wild growing in popularity

By Imogen Brennan
ABC News Australia
November 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

At a council reserve on the New South Wales mid-north coast, children attend a school where they spend their entire day in the wild. A recent report by Plymouth University found a lack of outdoor learning is creating an urgent social problem in children, affecting their empathy, creativity, and innovation. To combat this, a growing number of parents in the UK and Europe are sending their children to “nature schools”, but the movement is in its infancy in Australia. …The Plymouth University report found that in the past decade, five different reviews into children’s learning in natural environments showed outdoor learning significantly improved quality of life. The Student Outcomes and Natural Schooling report said there was strong evidence a lack of exposure to natural environments harmed children’s “character capabilities” — skills such as self-regulation, empathy, creativity, and innovation.

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ARTEC leak: Minister sticks with logging plan as opposition grows to unlocking protected forests

ABC News Australia
November 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is persisting with plans to open up 400,000 hectares of quarantined land for logging, despite a major timber processor revealing it is opposed to the changes. A letter leaked to the media reveals more opposition from within the industry to the plan to allow loggers into reserved forests. Last month, the Government announced it would unlock the reserved land, two years earlier than legislation allows, after promising to rip up the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA) in the 2014 election. Scott Arnold, owner of timber processor ARTEC, wrote to Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, opposing the change.

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Canopy Meg is in New Zealand to talk about conservation

By the Ecology and Restoration Australasia
New Zealand Scoop
November 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Meg Lowman, aka Canopy Meg, is a pioneer in the field of forest canopy science. National Geographic nicknamed her “a real-life Lorax” and the Wall Street Journal hailed her “Einstein of the treetops.” For the past 30 years, she has travelled the world studying forest canopies and working to preserve forest health. She has even designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to reveal the mysteries of the world’s forests. This weekend Canopy Meg is in New Zealand to give a keynote speech at the Ecology and Restoration, Australasia (ERA2016) conference, which is jointly run by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) and the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES). It is Meg’s first trip to New Zealand and she is impressed by our amazing trees, and extraordinary coastlines.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

David Suzuki on Donald Trump, climate change and the right to a healthy environment

CBC News
November 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki was in Montreal Wednesday for a town hall discussion on the future of environmental rights in Canada at Quebec Centre for Sustainable Development. CBC Montreal’s Steve Rukavina caught up with the 80-year-old activist Wednesday afternoon and spoke with him about the election of Donald Trump, the acceptance of climate change among Canadians and his efforts to get the right to a healthy environment enshrined in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Here’s an edited transcript of that interview. How problematic is the election of Donald Trump for the global environmental movement? Huge.

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Kerry: Obama’s climate change targets won’t be reversed

Associated Press in Herald and News
November 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

MARRAKECH, Morocco  — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an appeal Wednesday to all countries — including his own — to press ahead with the fight against greenhouse gas emissions, saying a failure to do so would be a “betrayal of devastating consequences.” Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Kerry’s speech at the U.N. climate talks was partly aimed at the Republican president-elect who has called global warming a “hoax” and has pledged to “cancel” the Paris deal limiting greenhouse gas emissions. “No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology or without proper input,” Kerry said.

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General

Forestry giant sits down with North Okanagan politicians

by Richard Rolke
Vernon Morning Star
November 17, 2016
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West


Local politicians are welcoming what they call a new relationship with logging companies. Tolko Industries made a presentation to the Regional District of North Okanagan board Wednesday, and director Mike Macnabb says that’s a result of communities across the province feeling they are being ignored by the industry. “The message sent loud and clear from the Union of B.C. Municipalities to the provincial government, and passed on to the companies, is they need to communicate,” said Macnabb. In his presentation, Tom Hoffman, Tolko’s manager of external and stakeholder relations, acknowledged the concerns coming from UBCM. “We’re here to rectify this situation,” he said, adding that he wants to have further discussions with RDNO.

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Forest Service releases ‘Forsythe II’ Boulder County forest restoration plan assessment

By Charlie Brennan
Daily Camera Boulder County News
November 16, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

The U.S. Forest Service this week released its environmental assessment of a significant forest restoration project that is slated for as many as 3,000-plus acres between Gross Reservoir and Nederland, just ahead of its draft decision on how the agency will proceed. The Forest Service’s Boulder Ranger District, Roosevelt National Forest office will release its draft decision on the Forsythe II project the first week of December. …Proposed forest management activities include cutting, thinning and controlled burning in lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, aspen and meadows. Most of the cut debris will be removed or piled to burn during winter months.

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