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Business & Politics

Forest industry waits as softwood lumber deadline looms

By Lindsay Kelly
Sudbury Northern Life
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As the deadline approaches to settle a new Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the U.S., Northern Ontario stakeholders are weighing in on what could happen to the industry if a new agreement isn’t secured by the cutoff date. …Christine Leduc, director of public affairs for EACOM Timber Corporation, said the company is disappointed a new agreement couldn’t be ratified by June, despite assurances by both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama in March that it was a priority. For EACOM, whose Northern Ontario operations include mills in Timmins, Elk Lake, Gogama, Ear Falls and Nairn Centre, a deal must be “commercially reasonable,” and maintain Ontario’s share of the U.S. market, Leduc noted. Based on the 2006 agreement, that equates to 3.34 per cent.

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Canadian timber producers brace for costly trade war with U.S.

By Levon Sevunts
Radio Canada International
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The office of Canada’s International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is warning Canadian softwood lumber producers to prepare for a potentially costly trade war with the U.S. In an email sent to RCI and a number of other media Alex Lawrence, Freeland’s spokesman, warns the U.S. Lumber Coalition is expected to submit petitions to the Department of Commerce today, requesting an investigation in the ongoing softwood lumber dispute. Softwood lumber is excluded from North American Free Trade Agreement and lumber producers in both countries continually clash over whether the ability of Canadian companies to access forests on publicly owned lands constitutes an illegal subsidy.

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U.S. Lumber Coalition files petition, restarting Canada-U.S. softwood lumber hostilities

By Janyce McGregor
CBC News
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. Lumber Coalition has filed a petition asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate Canadian softwood lumber shipments with an eye to potentially levying new duties, kicking off a fresh round of litigation between two countries with a long history of trade disputes over wood. The petition is said to be hundreds of pages long and its exact contents are not yet known. But the arguments it makes are expected to be familiar to the Canadian industry, which has had to defend itself against complaints of unfair subsidization and dumping in the past. In a news release, the U.S. lobby group alleged that Canadian provinces provide trees to lumber producers for a fee that is below the market value for timber, which Canada denies.

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U.S.-Canada lumber spat may be first shot in nasty 4-way trade war

By Michael Babad
Globe and Mail
November 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

[This Globe and Mail article is only available to their subscribers] Economists are drawing up scenarios for a potentially nasty trade war that would pit the U.S. against Canada, Mexico and China. And while Donald Trump’s clear targets are the latter two, Canada would not escape his wrath, economists warn. Even a smaller skirmish could hurt Canada badly, they say. We’re already hearing the death rattle of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, of which Canada is a part, and soon we’ll get a better sense of the fate of the North American free-trade agreement, which the U.S. president-elect wants to renegotiate or tear up. “As Canadian lumber producers gird for another costly trade skirmish with the U.S. (and American home buyers gird to pay higher prices), it’s worth keeping in mind that the softwood lumber dispute is likely just the initial volley in what could be a lengthy trade battle between Canada, Mexico and China on the one side and the U.S. on the other,” warned Bank of Montreal senior economist Sal Guatieri.

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Softwood Lumber – The Other Shoe Drops

By Peter Clark
National Newswatch
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

…Lumber V is moving from threat to reality. The Coalition was pleased to see the end of the 2006 SLA. It did not work well for them. Cross border lumber wars are always fiercely fought. Trade remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties) have provided quick and effective relief for the Coalition – and the nightmares for the Canadian lumber producers. The Coalition has little incentive to settle for a deal that it does not want with Governments it does not trust. …With no hope of Canada buying into the Draconian trade restrictions, the Coalition has stepped up the pressure. This is not a case of no more Mr./Ms. Nice Guy. The Coalition has no need to feel loved.

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U.S. lumber group files petition against Canadian softwood producers

By Ross Marowits
The Canadian Press in the Toronto Star
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL—The Canadian-U.S. softwood lumber dispute reignited Friday after the U.S. Lumber Coalition said it formally petitioned the American government to impose duties against Canadian softwood lumber producers. …The Canadian government anticipated Friday’s filing. Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, said Canada is prepared for any situation, and the government will “vigorously defend” the interests of Canadian workers and producers. Still, he said the protectionist climate in the U.S. complicates any trade negotiation, including this one.

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Canada Hit With U.S. Trade Complaint Over Lumber Imports

By Paul Vieira
Wall Street Journal
November 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

OTTAWA—U.S. lumber producers filed a trade complaint over Canadian lumber imports on Friday, making good on an earlier threat that could revive a decades-old trade fight at a time when U.S. President-elect Donald Trump seeks major changes to the North American Free-Trade Agreement… The complaint comes at a murky time for trade between Canada and the U.S., with Mr. Trump set to take office in January and push for an overhaul of Nafta, which connects Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Much of Mr. Trump’s focus on Nafta has been on Mexico, but Canada—which had a trade agreement with the U.S. that predated Nafta—is unlikely to be immune. Issues such as softwood-lumber imports, Canadian government support for its dairy farmers, and labeling of beef in the U.S. produced from cattle born or raised in Canada could attract notice from the incoming administration

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U.S. industry seeks duties on Canadian lumber, reignites dispute

Reuters
November 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A group representing the U.S. lumber industry and some of its workers on Friday called on authorities to impose duties on Canadian softwood lumber, reigniting a long-standing trade dispute between the two nations. U.S. producers complain Canadian lumber is subsidized, and have in the past launched trade challenges that resulted in the United States imposing billions of dollars in tariffs. In a widely expected move, a group that includes the U.S. Lumber Coalition petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose duties to “offset the harm caused to U.S. mills, workers and communities by Canadian softwood lumber production subsidies.”… The prospects for more negotiations once Donald Trump becomes president are unclear at best. Trump has vowed to tear up or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, calling it a disaster for the United States.

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Premiers urge renewed efforts towards new softwood lumber deal

By Canada’s Premiers
Canada Newswire
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Today, Canada’s Premiers urged the Canadian and United States (U.S.) governments to move quickly to reach a new softwood lumber agreement that restores the longstanding trade relationship that benefits the economies of both nations. The U.S. Lumber Coalition’s recent decision to petition the U.S. government to launch Countervailing Duty (CVD) and Anti-Dumping Duty (AD) investigations against Canada’s softwood lumber exports to the U.S. is unfortunate. These investigations will undermine active negotiations toward a new softwood lumber agreement and create uncertainty for lumber producers, workers and consumers on both sides of the border.

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U.S. lumber coalition fires first shot in new lumber war

By Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The American lumber lobby filed a petition Friday with the United States government alleging Canadian lumber is being subsidized by provinces like B.C., and dumped at discount prices into the U.S. market. The coalition’s petition is expected to result in heavy enough penalties on Canadian lumber producers to force shift curtailments and mill closures. Mills in Canada can expect preliminary duties of up to 30% by April, said Kevin Mason, of ERA Forest Products Research. “It puts a new spin on what Black Friday means,” Mason said in an interview Friday. “They are doing this for a reason – to hammer the Canadians – and I am sure they will be very creative in coming up with justifications for duties around the 30% range. …Susan Yurkovich, president of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council, said in a statement Friday that the U.S. claims are based on unsubstantiated arguments.

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Canada/U.S. softwood lumber negotiations

By Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Government of BC
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson released the following statement today on the status of negotiations between Canada and the U.S. on softwood lumber and in response to the U.S. lumber industry filing its petition requesting the U.S. Government launch litigation against the Canadian and provincial governments and forest companies. He issued the statement while on the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission to expand markets for B.C. wood products in China and Japan: “I appreciate the leadership that Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland has shown on this important issue. We will continue to work hard to make fair and predictable access to the U.S. market for British Columbia’s softwood lumber producers a key priority for Canada and the U.S.

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NDIT’S New CEO Says Forestry Sector on the Rise, Creating More Jobs

By Kyle Balzer
My Prince George
November 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Northern and Central BC’s forestry sector is thriving, according to Northern Development Initiative Trust’s newly appointed CEO. Joel McKay says 97% of the trust’s $500,000 funding for 2016 is already supporting innovative technologies within the first eight months. McKay says the funding’s will have the ability to create more jobs for the general public. “Supporting research and innovation helps insure that our forest sector continues to be globally competitive. That means if your job is either directly or indirectly tied to forestry, you have more job security.” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond says she hopes more specific forest resources will be implemented across the region.

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It will be hard for Canada to win the lumber war

By Les Leyne
Times Colonist
November 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Based on the past several Canada-U.S. lumber trade wars going back to 1982, there are two safe bets to make today, at the outset of the next round of hostilities. One is that it’s going to take years to reach a definitive conclusion, during which an incalculable amount of money will be spent on legal fees. The other is that Canada will lose. Even when Canada wins, which it has done numerous times in multiple venues, it still loses. The only scenario that represents a clear Canadian win is free trade with the U.S., with Canadian lumber crossing the border duty-free. Canada has made the case multiple times that’s fair and reasonable. It has won more of those arguments than it has lost. But after each win, Canadian negotiators have reached the bitter conclusion that a compromise is necessary. So three of the last four major showdowns have resulted in “managed trade agreements.” That means Canada surrenders some of the spoils of victory and gives part of the win back to the U.S.

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B.C. braces for new U.S. lumber trade action

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TOKYO – B.C.’s government and forest industry are disappointed but not surprised at the latest trade action launched Friday by the U.S. lumber industry. The notice of litigation comes after the last Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement expired in October. Forests Minister Steve Thomson received the news as he began his annual forest products trade mission to Japan Friday. The U.S. remains B.C.’s largest lumber customer, although Japan, China, India and other markets have improved in recent years. “We are disappointed that the U.S. lumber industry has petitioned its government to launch trade litigation,” Thomson said. 

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Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council Statement on U.S. Trade Challenge

By Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council
Canada Newswire
November 25, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – David Anderson, Co-Chair of the Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council, has issued the following statement regarding trade actions initiated today by the U.S. lumber lobby.  “We are disappointed but not surprised by the U.S. lobby’s decision to proceed with litigation. They have long sought to limit Canada’s access to the American lumber market, and their petition filing was anticipated. The U.S. lumber lobby’s arguments are not supported by facts, and are similar to claims that were made in previous rounds of trade litigation and rejected by independent panels. The position of our council and industry is that Canadian lumber manufacture is not subsidized and does not cause injury to the American industry, and we are confident that position will again prevail.

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U.S. Lumber Industry Petitions for Relief From Canadian Subsidies, Dumping

By US Lumber Coalition
PR Newswire
November 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations (COALITION) today petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to restore the conditions of fair trade in softwood lumber between the United States and Canada. The COALITION petition alleges that Canadian provincial governments, which own the vast bulk of Canada’s timberlands, provide standing trees to Canadian producers for an administered fee that is far below the market value of the timber, as well as a number of other subsidies. In addition, the COALITION petition alleges that Canadian lumber is being sold for less than fair value in the United States. The petition details the injury suffered by U.S. industry and workers by reason of unfairly-traded Canadian softwood lumber imports.  

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Lumber coalition petitions for import controls on Canadian softwood

The Independent Record
November 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MISSOULA — United States lumber producers made good on their threat to file trade complaints against their Canadian competitors on Friday, accusing provincial governments are flooding the market with subsidized logs… Canadian negotiators have proposed setting an import tariff on wood exported to the United States. The U.S. side has insisted on a quota or cap limiting Canadian imports to around 22 percent of the domestic market. The unfair practices petition asks the U.S. government to impose duties to offset the harm U.S. mills, workers and communities are feeling from what the petition calls “Canadian producers dumping the subsidized merchandise on the U.S. Market.” If approved, the punitive duties could be applied by next March or April… A large portion of British Columbian timber comes from provincial lands, which receive assistance from the local government for road construction and stumpage prices.

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Fire crews knock down blaze at Montgomery County lumber mill

The Associated Press in The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ROYERSFORD, Pa. – It took several hours for firefighters from surrounding communities to extinguish a large blaze at a lumber mill in Montgomery County. WPVI-TV reports fire crews were dispatched to Bean’s Lumber Company in Royersford around 6:30 p.m. Sunday following reports of the fire. Tanker engines from local fire departments helped to bring the flames under control shortly before 10 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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Large central North Island forestry portfolio for sale

By Catherine Harris
Stuff.co.nz
November 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

One of New Zealand’s biggest privately-owned forestry land portfolios has been placed on the market for sale. The extensive land portfolio – spanning five blocks in the North Island – is owned by Forest Growth Holdings Ltd, a Southland based company. It encompasses more than 3,061 hectares of trees spread across the Manawatu and Wairarapa districts. Only the land, and not the plantings are being sold. They are leased to Wairarapa Estate Ltd, an Australian-based forestry investment company, which holds a 60-year forestry right.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BC Forests Minister and Industry Reps in China, Japan

By Spencer Gowan
My Prince George Now
November 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Facing trade uncertainty with the US, Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and more than 25 seniors forestry industry leaders are overseas promoting Canada’s softwood lumber. Thomson and team are making stops in both China and Japan. The two respectively received 21% and 13% of BC’s softwood lumber exports last year, totaling $1.9 billion. Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond says strengthening relationships in foreign markets is crucial. “It grows the economy, it creates jobs, and in fact, in the forest industry, we’ve seen that our work in China actually helped us retain jobs during very difficult economic circumstances.”

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B.C. tall trees help restore Japan’s tall ship

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Penticton Western News
November 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

MIYAGI, JAPAN – When the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami devastated coastal areas around Fukushima in 2011, one area struck was the San Juan Bautista Museum, breaking the masts of a reconstructed Spanish sailing ship from the 17th Century… But Japan had no trees big enough to replace the masts. As part of the Canadian and B.C. government and forest industry’s efforts to contribute to recovery, the ship project was added to a school, public library and other projects using donated wood and the latest construction techniques. Western Forest Products located Douglas fir and cedar trees in the Port Alberni area and delivered them to Japan, allowing the ship and museum to reopen in 2013. An industry delegation led by B.C. Forests Minister Steve Thomson visited the project Nov. 26 as part of a trade mission to Japan and China.

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British Columbia wood products’ contribution to reconstruction efforts in Japan

Government of BC
November 27, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sendai, Japan – Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates viewed first-hand how British Columbia wood products are contributing to the socio-economic recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Mission delegates had the opportunity to visit the Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market in Natori City, and a replica of a famous Japanese historic sailing ship,the Sant Juan Bautista in Ishinomaki City. The Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market, were two of four public buildings funded by the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Alberta under the $4.6-million Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project. The library serves Natori City’s 72,000 inhabitants and demonstrates how wood-frame public structures made with environmentally sustainable wood products from British Columbia and the rest of Canada are ideal building solutions.

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Maggie’s wins Wood Awards’ Gold Award

Timber Trade Journal
November 23, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Eminent architect Foster + Partners’ Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building in Manchester has been crowned the Arnold Laver Gold Award winner at the Wood Awards 2016. The project was declared the winner of winners at the Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall in London last night, with guests including architects, engineers, construction companies and timber suppliers. The voting for Maggie’s was unanimous with the judges commenting that the remarkable structure “has brought together the best in engineering, fabrication and architecture”.

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Forestry

Gray jay is the perfect choice for our national bird

By David Bird
Times Colonist
November 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society asked Canadians to help choose a bird species that could best represent our broad nation with its variety of habitats… So why the gray jay? First and most important, this little bird is found in every province and territory in our country. It does not exist in any other country in the world, save for some incursion into the U.S. — the Pacific Northwest and some bordering states, including Alaska… The gray jay lives in boreal forest that extends from coast to coast, a habitat, incidentally, that is under siege from development. To meet our hopeful national bird, many Canadians will simply to have to go to our ski areas and into many of our national and provincial parks. It also requires cold winter temperatures to keep its food from rotting, so it is an excellent poster child for our boreal forest, our parks and climate change, all rolled into one.

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How Mushrooms Could Help Replenish Forests After Clearcut Logging

By Daniel Pierce
Motherboard
November 24, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The small community that lives on Cortes Island, a remote and richly forested spot off the British Columbia coast, is known for fiercely protecting its trees… Cortes has a way of attracting some of the top eco-intellectuals in the world. Some have set about to heal these wounds by purchasing clear-cut lands and attempting to restore them. One of the biggest names on the island is mycologist Paul Stamets, who is best known for deploying fungi to clean up humanity’s worst messes. He has been coming to Cortes from his home in Washington State since 1988 to teach workshops on mushroom cultivation and foraging. In the early 2000s, he bought 160 acres of land on Cortes—90 acres of intact forest and 70 acres that had been clear-cut.

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Retired forester seeks nominations for province’s great trees

By Gail Harding
CBC News
November 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

David Palmer of Fredericton is looking for nominations of a different kind to be included in a new book. The longtime forester wants nominations for a second edition of The Great Trees of New Brunswick. The first edition was produced 30 years ago by the late David Folster and the Canadian Forestry Association of New Brunswick. The book included 50 great trees, but Palmer said a lot of native trees of New Brunswick were left out. “Going through this book I thought it would be interesting to do a new edition,” said Palmer, a past president of the York Sunbury woodlot owners.

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County receives grant to plan urban development around wildfire risk

By Peter Friesen
The Missoulian
November 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s no surprise to anyone that Missoula County is at risk for wildfires. Two wildfires have broken out in the upper Grant Creek area in the last two years. The fire in August forced the evacuation of 25 homes, though only one fifth-wheeler used as a residence was destroyed. Towns in Missoula County including Missoula, Lolo, Seeley Lake, Clinton and Frenchtown are among the many in the West that are in the wildland-urban interface, a term that describes cities and residences that abut forest and open lands… The first need for Missoula County was to have an idea of what wildfire risk looked like from area to area, in order to lay out a development plan built to expand away from high-risk areas.

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Timber legacy offers few lessons for industry future

By Tommy Martino
The Missoulian
November 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If you want to visualize Missoula’s timber history, ride a bike. Start at Bonner Elementary School and wonder at the massive yellow structure across the street. That was once the world’s largest plywood plant. Behind it was a sawmill. And right across the river was another sawmill… Over the next three decades, that timber legacy would clash with both environmental and economic forces in what residents look back on as The Timber Wars. Montana woods workers peaked in 1978 with 13,494 jobs in logging, trucking, milling and support jobs. Last year, that figure was about 7,000. In 1990, those workers fed 36 large mills throughout the state. Today, 10 mills remain in operation.

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More than 100 million dead trees in California from drought

By U.S. Department of Agriculture
Science Daily
November 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.

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Ecotourism: Georgia’s Forestry Potential Underestimated

November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Georgia’s potential to be a top destination for nature and ecotourism is being under-prioritized. The forestry sectors in other countries plays a huge role in developing such tourism, and Georgia should be no exception– 40 percent of Georgia’s land is covered by extremely rich forest which can be utilized for greater profit than mere domestic purposes. Creating recreational areas will contribute to the effective management of forest zones and increase socio-economic development. Georgia’s forests are generally managed by the National Forestry Agency, a LEPL under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection. Unfortunately, the agency has little experience with recreational forest management and, therefore, has yet to implement much activity in this direction.

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Mount Pleasant wildfire 90 percent contained; crews plan exit strategy

By Alex Rohr
Lynchburg News and Advance
November 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AMHERST — Teams fighting the Mount Pleasant wildfire are planning their exits with the blaze coming under control, according to the incident management team who spoke with residents Sunday evening. As of Sunday, the fire had stretched to 11,200 acres, but was 90 percent contained, according to incident management team commander David Hamilton, of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The first 911 calls about the fire scorching private property, the George Washington National Forest and the Mount Pleasant National Scenic area were made Nov. 19.

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Rain helps, hurts firefighting efforts in North Georgia

By Lauren Foreman
Atlanta Journal Constitution
November 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Rain over the North Georgia mountains Wednesday night came with both positive and negative effects for wildfires that have torched thousands of acres and threatened home evacuations. While the weather delayed efforts to push back the perimeter of one quickly growing wildfire, it helped firefighting efforts in another. Cooler temperatures and up to a quarter of an inch of rain in some areas helped the efforts in Fannin County. The Rough Ridge fire spans the same 27,870 acres it did earlier this week, and containment increased from 59 percent to 75 percent Friday in the Cohutta Wilderness area of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest — both good signs — the U.S. Forest Service reported.

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Amherst County wildfire moves to 11,000 acres; almost half contained, officials say

By Toby Walsh
The Martinsville Bulletin
November 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AMHERST —The Mount Pleasant wildfire that started in Amherst County last Saturday has spread to more than 11,000 acres, but also is 45 percent contained, officials said Friday night. A separate wildfire in Nelson County was 100 percent contained late Thursday night after burning 1,600 acres in the Eades Hollow area… The fire started Saturday afternoon near the George Washington National Forest and spread to private land in the Mount Pleasant area. It is one of 23 uncontained large fires burning in the southeast part of the United States, according to Hamilton.

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Stockton University gives its forest what it needs — fire

By Michelle Brunetti
Press of Atlantic City
November 25, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The smoke was heavy at first, as New Jersey Forest Fire Service workers gave parts of Stockton University’s forest a good dose of fire. Students took temperature and wind readings, overseen by faculty and fire Warden John Sanford. But as the heat built in the 6.7-acre controlled burn, changing air currents pulled the smoke into the center, away from onlookers, and the circle of flames rushed towards the center to burn itself out. “These forests are fire ecosystems. They need fire,” said forester Robert Williams, a certified forester with 40 years of experience who wrote Stockton’s 10-year forest management plan.

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Ecotourism: Georgia’s Forestry Potential Underestimated

November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Georgia’s potential to be a top destination for nature and ecotourism is being under-prioritized. The forestry sectors in other countries plays a huge role in developing such tourism, and Georgia should be no exception– 40 percent of Georgia’s land is covered by extremely rich forest which can be utilized for greater profit than mere domestic purposes. Creating recreational areas will contribute to the effective management of forest zones and increase socio-economic development. Georgia’s forests are generally managed by the National Forestry Agency, a LEPL under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection. Unfortunately, the agency has little experience with recreational forest management and, therefore, has yet to implement much activity in this direction.

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Tasmanian forestry deal extended for another 20 years dubbed outdated

ABC News Australia
November 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmanian environmentalists have condemned the State Government’s plan to extend the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) for another 20 years. The agreement was regarded as a major milestone when it was signed in 1997 between the State and Commonwealth governments. The 20-year deal was designed to provide resource security to the timber industry, while protecting the environment and was underpinned by extensive scientific research. It expires next year but the Government is seeking a rolling 20-year extension.

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