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Today’s Takeaway

Wildfires in British Columbia Interior begin to exact economic toll

Tree Frog Forestry News
July 11, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

“BC’s wildfires are beginning to exact an economic toll”, forcing companies to scale back or suspend operations altogether. “About 30 to 40 logging companies have shut down harvesting operations” while West Fraser, Norbord and Tolko have closed their operations in the 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and surrounding areas.

Help from other provinces and the federal government has begun to pour in for BC firefighters and the 14,000 evacuees in the form of “300 firefighters from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick”. Meanwhile, the “Canadian Armed Forces have sent aircraft and personnel” to support the emergency response. Elsewhere, “wildfires burning in Oregon and Washington Monday are not as serious as fires in other parts of the West“, and “cooler temps and lower winds are helping California firefighters”

In other news, New Brunswick Premier Gallant is heading to Washington to meet Secretary of Commerce Ross in search of “an exemption from countervailing duties” (per the other Atlantic provinces). Rising lumber prices caused by these duties are being blamed for “a sharp rise in the number of builders reporting shortages of framing lumber”.

Finally, timber and mass timber construction is the focal point of a new sports arena in Idaho, a hotel in South Carolina and a turnkey modular housing prototype outside London, England.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

Audits postponed due to B.C. forest fire situation

BC Forest Practices Board
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board has postponed its audits planned for the southern and central Interior of British Columbia, due to the current forest fire situation. An audit of forest licence A18700 near Lillooet was scheduled to start today, but will not proceed at this time. Another audit in the Quesnel area has also been delayed. “Forest company staff are focused on assisting with the firefighting effort and most helicopter services are currently devoted to the fires,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “We don’t want to divert any attention or resources away from the fires and so we have decided to wait until the situation has improved before undertaking any audit field work in the affected parts of the province.”

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Officers forced to kill 4 bears in Sooke

Sooke News Mirror
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. conservation officer is frustrated after four black bears had to be killed in the Sooke area over the last three months – one more than in all of 2016. “It’s highly unsettling and frustrating for us to have to go and kill these bears just because they have gotten used to eating human food,” said officer Scott Norris. …Adult black bears require 20,000 calories a day, so when they raid garbage and compost bins that are left out and find that they are easily replenished, they keep coming back to the food source, lose their fear of humans and can become aggressive. “If people don’t put their garbage away, bears will get into it,” said Norris. “People need to realize how big of a role they play in this.” Bear hot-spots like Revelstoke, Kamloops, Port Coquitlam, Whistler, Squamish and Port Alberni have crafted municipal garbage bylaws that eliminate the temptations that lead bears astray. 

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Protecting caribou without creating a provincial park

By The Northwest Species at Risk Committee
Peace Country Sun
July 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort Vermilion, Alta. — After learning of the Government of Alberta’s proposal to permanently protect 1.8 million hectares of land for caribou in Northwest Alberta, councillors from the area’s six municipalities leapt into action and formed the Northwest Species at Risk Committee (NWSAR) to ensure local voices are heard. Together they are releasing their report for both the provincial and federal governments to utilize when they implement plans to protect the area’s boreal caribou. The NWSAR found that there would be major socio-economic impacts to the North Peace Country region if a provincial or national park were established – effectively sterilizing the area’s natural resources.

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The conquest of rural B.C.

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The day after he was named B.C.’s premier-designate, John Horgan told a Vancouver radio station that stopping the Trans Mountain oil pipeline isn’t his top priority. …His first priorities, Horgan said after signing up the B.C. Greens to unseat the B.C. Liberals by one vote, are the opioid crisis, housing and reaching a lumber trade deal with the U.S. Since there’s little he can do about any of these things that isn’t already being done, this is a pirouette from protest to public relations, in the Trudeau style. …Alberta reporters would want to know more about Horgan’s vow to use “every tool in the toolkit” to stop the upgrade of the only oil pipeline link from northern Alberta to the Pacific. …Fortunately for Horgan, he can temporarily hand off this promise to the international protest machine gathering to confront the pipeline project’s launch this fall. …We are at a point in B.C. history where the urban population is poised to defeat the rural regions, based on exaggerated risk and rejection of benefit. The cost would be high.

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Emerald ash borer detected in Quebec City

Canadian Press in the Montreal Gazette
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed Monday that emerald ash borers, which are insects that decimate ash wood, have made their way to Quebec City. Their presence has been detected outside the regulated zone, which spans from southwestern Quebec between Pontiac and Acton, to southwestern Ontario. To slow down their progression, authorities have banned the transportation of all ash products, such as logs, branches and shavings along with all types of firewood in the affected area in Quebec. The transportation of untreated firewood is one way insects like emerald ash borers spread. The CFIA indicated the regulated zone will be extended when their investigation ends before the end of 2017.

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Feds: Most of $18M owed for California firefighting repaid

By Brian Melley
Associated Press in The Idaho Statesman
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Forest Service repaid most of the $18 million that a California official said it owed the state for fighting fires last year in national forests, a spokesman said Monday. About $14 million was paid to local governments by the end of June and the Forest Service was trying to resolve differences over the remaining sum, which included administrative costs that may not be reimbursable, Paul Wade said. California Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci sent a sharply worded letter to the forest chief last week saying the federal government had lagged in repaying firefighters on time and that the state might stop responding to fires in national forests. Wade said he was surprised by the letter because he was told officials met in late June to resolve the dispute.

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It’s too soon to strip grizzlies of federal protection

By Andrea Santarsiere
The Missoulian
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In just a few short months, trophy hunters could start lining their walls with the heads of famous animals that have been killed for pure sport: Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stripped Yellowstone grizzlies of federal endangered species protections, turning over management to state governments eager to declare open season on these American icons. But grizzlies have regained barely a foothold in the lower 48 states, so any delisting is premature and could undermine 40 years of complex work to recover the species. Grizzlies currently occupy less than 5 percent of their historic range in the contiguous United States. Before Europeans settled the West, roughly 50,000 bears roamed the western half of the country. Once those new settlers arrived, the bears were shot, poisoned and trapped nearly to extinction.

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Sustainable forestry: It’s more than just planting trees

By Washington Forest Protection Association
The Seattle Times
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The forestry industry has come a long way since the mid-19th century. Working forests are now an important part of our landscape because they support the economy and provide habitat and protect clean water while the trees grow for 40-60 years before the next harvest cycle. When managed responsibly, sustainable forestry can meet a wide range of needs for people and the planet forever. “Sustainable forestry involves a renewable cycle of harvesting what we plant,” says Mark Doumit, Washington Forest Protection Association. “It means caring for our forest resources, providing fish and wildlife habitat, and protecting clean air and water. At the same time, we provide jobs for rural economies and renewable wood products.”

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Gianforte tours lumber mill, hears complaints about lawsuits

By Holly Michels
The Missoulian
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TOWNSEND — Ed Regan can rattle off a list of timber sales under litigation that takes more fingers than he’s got to count on. The resource manager at RY Timber’s sawmill here listed about a dozen projects east of the Continental Divide that have been a part of a lawsuit or a threatened lawsuit, saying each one that results in a delay of logging slows production at the mill. “The problem that continues to plague us is lawsuits,” he said Monday. “I want to see restraints on runaway litigation.” Timber supply is the No. 1 issue facing his mill, Regan told Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, Montana’s newest congressman, who toured three mills around the state over the last few days during Congress’s July break. …Two organizations make up most of the lawsuits RY has been involved with, Regan said — Alliance For The Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council.

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Oppose ‘Conservation Forest’ plan

By Brent Morrow, Peter Guynn, and Kari Gundrson
The Missoulian
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As residents of the beautiful Swan Valley, we are deeply disturbed by the Lake County Conservation District’s proposal to transfer the management of 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest. The proposal calls for the establishment of a “Conservation Forest” to produce timber revenue for the LCCD. This proposal is a direct attack on our public lands, and we cannot stand for it in our own backyard. …Habitat concerns aside, the bottom line is that this land is public land. It belongs to all Americans, and local government does not have the right to profit off of it. The Lake County Conservation District is accepting public comments about this proposal 

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Attendees grill Dept of Natural Resource officials over layoffs, cuts to forestry program

By Rilyn Eischens
The Gazette
July 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EDGEWOOD — In a tense meeting Monday night, people distressed by the recent elimination of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau questioned state officials about the department’s future for nearly two hours. More than 50 Iowa forestry advocates attended the public meeting in Edgewood. DNR Director Chuck Gipp and Deputy Director Bruce Trautman responded to audience questions about the eight DNR layoffs and breakup of the bureau intended to address a $1.2 million department budget cut. Early in the evening, officials backed away from previous statements that the changes, which included eliminating Forestry Bureau Chief Paul Tauke’s job, wouldn’t affect DNR services.

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Making Maori forestry sustainable

By Henry Koia
Gisborne Herald
July 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Local Forester’s letter to the editor, published July 8, articulates some ideas on how to improve forestry training outcomes. From my perspective, quality training outcomes are a by-product of achieving what I deem to be the ultimate sector goal — commercial forestry sustainability. So I’ve been doing some critical thinking and modelling and I’ve come up with a Maori commercial forestry sustainability model and a strategic planning tool which are geared towards lifting the performance and resilience of the Maori economy for the benefit of all New Zealanders. The model attempts to aid comprehension of the forestry sustainability phenomenon from a Maori world view; stimulate strategic thinking in a post-Treaty settlement context; and lay the platform for Maori foresters to get on to the strategic planning pathway towards sustainability.

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Leadbeater’s possum protection zones costing Victoria’s timber industry nearly $15m, report finds

By Richard Willingham
ABC News, Australia
July 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Special buffer zones to protect Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem have helped reduce the risk of extinction but will cost the state’s timber industry nearly $15 million in lost revenue. A report, released by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) late on Tuesday, found established zones for the Leadbeater’s possum were effective in slowing extinction. But the review also found the zones would result in lost revenue for sawlog harvesting of $14.77 million by 2030. “While the Leadbeater’s possum remains at a high risk of extinction until 2050-70, that risk has been reduced within the Leadbeater’s possum reserve by 34 per cent, thus demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of this action in contributing to [its] conservation outcomes,” the report found.

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Forest Fires

BC Wildfires Live: 10,000 evacuated as crews battle 231 forest fires

By Scott Brown and Patrick Johnston
Vancouver Sun
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

…A provincewide state of emergency was declared on Friday after 140 new fires broke out, in part due to a significant lightning system that hit central B.C. About 100 new fires broke out on Saturday. Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, said gusty winds and hot, dry conditions are expected to continue for days. “Unfortunately, in terms of the weather forecast, we’re not really seeing any reprieve in the immediate future,” he said. …Mitch Campsall, mayor of 100-Mile House hasn’t slept in two nights. He’s hot. He’s breathing smoke. He’s also blown away. “The evacuation was a complete shock, we were not expecting it,” Campsall told Postmedia reporter Denise Ryan. The notice came at 8:30 last night. “It took the Search and Rescue team about 45 minutes to deliver the letters. Within an hour and a half everybody was out-of-town.”

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State of emergency continues as fire near Fort Good Hope, N.W.T. grows to over 8,000 hectares

CBC News
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire burning near Fort Good Hope, N.W.T. has increased in size to over 8,000 hectares and is moving closer to the community, though an evacuation order has not yet been issued. The fire, burning east of Fort Good Hope, has moved within 25 kilometres of the community, according to Frank Lepine, the director of forest management for the territory’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It’s grown to over 8,000 hectares in size, doubling in size on Sunday. In a media briefing, Lepine said that by the end of the day Monday, it’s expected to have doubled in size again. Emergency plans are in place for an evacuation should the fire come closer to the community, according to Amy Kennedy, the manager of policy and planning for the territory’s Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.

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B.C. wildfires: 14,000 evacuated and Williams Lake under citywide alert

CBC News
July 11, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over 10,000 residents of Williams Lake and its surrounding areas are under an evacuation alert late Monday with fires burning up large chunks of B.C. It is the largest city currently facing such a threat after weeks of hot weather, followed by strong wind and lightning ignited the bone-dry forest of B.C.’s Interior on Friday, leading to a weekend of wildfires, road closures, evacuations and a provincial state of emergency. Bob Turner, from Emergency Management B.C., says there are already an estimated 14,000 evacuees, and firefighters are using all resources to contain the 220 active wildfires burning across the province. …Kevin Skrepnek, the province’s chief wildfire information officer, said there are around a dozen fires of major concern due to their proximity to communities.

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Eye in the sky: Google Earth view of fires

By Jen Zielinski
Victoria News
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

With 132 wildfires burning in the province and more than 10,000 people forced from their homes in the interior, all of B.C. is keeping a close eye on the current fire situation. …Residents can oversee the wildfire situation through several different ways. On Google Earth satellite fire detection data and related fire information action is being published by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and Canadian provincial and territorial fire management agencies. Location and information on large wildfire incidents are updated every six, 12 and 24 hours. While the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System has an interactive map with icons that can be clicked on for more information. Yellow icons are fires smaller than 1,000 hectares and red icons are fires ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 hectares in size.

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Thank you for giving back: Help pours in for evacuees, firefighters in BC

By Laura Kane and Elizabeth Leighton
The Chronicle Journal
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Help from other provinces and the federal government has begun to pour in for firefighters and thousands of evacuees grappling with more than 200 intense wildfires raging across British Columbia. About 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick started to arrive Monday to help relieve the pressure on roughly 1,000 B.C. crew members battling the blazes. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spoke with Premier Christy Clark as well as premier-designate John Horgan on Sunday night and the Canadian Armed Forces have sent aircraft and personnel to support the emergency response. Residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., who had to flee a massive wildfire last year, have also sprung into action by collecting donations of supplies, driving them to B.C. and offering support and advice on social media.

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Port Alberni Thunderbirds firefighting crew headed to BC’s Interior

By Elena Rardon
Alberni Valley News
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Port Alberni Thunderbirds firefighting squad has left the Valley to combat wildfires in BC’s Interior, confirmed Coastal Fire Centre fire information officer Donna McPherson on Monday, July 10. The 20-person unit crew, which started as an all-First Nations firefighting crew from Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations, is stationed at the Alberni Regional Airport, but can be dispatched to fight forest fires all over the province when necessary. “Their purpose is to work on large fires, and that’s where the fires are right now,” said McPherson. …“If we can get those people-caused fires down, we can really make a difference,” said McPherson. “We can help out by not starting anymore fires. I hope people are getting the message.”

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B.C. wildfire situation ‘still deteriorating,’ official says

Canadian Press in CP24
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The head of emergency management in British Columbia says the province’s wildfire situation will remain challenging for several weeks. …The Cariboo Regional District expanded an evacuation order last night to cover the Alexis Creek and West Fraser areas in addition to the Kleena Kleene region. An evacuation alert was issued for the more than 10,000 residents of Williams Lake late last night. …The Thompson-Nicola Regional District added more areas to its evacuation alert in the Cache Creek area, saying a “rapidly moving wildfire” continues to pose an “imminent threat. …The fires, which have scorched about 400 square kilometres of land, are being fought by some 1,000 B.C. firefighters, with about 300 colleagues and support staff arriving from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick.

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Martin Mars water bomber offered up to fight BC forest fires

By Skye Ryan
CHEK News
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

So iconic is the Hawaii Mars, that even on shore, the historic water bomber draws crowds. Despite being out of firefighting for years, it still holds a spell among tourists and locals alike in the Alberni Valley. “They’re really a workhorse you know what I mean,” Port Alberni resident Clayton Whiteman said. …. So as fires burn out of control in B.C.’s Interior Alberni residents are urging the province to task the Coulson plane, that’s now on blocks at Sproat Lake. It’s been without a firefighting contract with B.C. for two years now. …On Saturda6y, Wayne Coulson offered up the Mars and additional Coulson firefighting helicopters to the province that includes crew with night vision firefighting capabilities, but he has yet to hear back.

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Northern Ontario firefighters en route to help fight B.C. wildfires

CBC News
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada


Firefighters and other personnel charged with battling wildfires in northern Ontario are heading west to help with efforts to combat blazes raging in British Columbia, according to Ontario’s natural resources ministry. “Fire rangers will be assigned to forest fires out in British Columbia and will help with the actual suppression of forest fires,” Jonathan Scott, a spokesperson with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in northwestern Ontario, told CBC News….In total, about 140 people will be sent from fire bases across northern Ontario starting on Tuesday, Scott said, adding that he’s not yet sure exactly where they will be stationed, or which blazes firefighters will be assigned to.

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Cooler temps and lower winds help California firefighters

Associated Press in The Washington Post
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters on Monday made progress against wildfires burning across numerous states in the hot, dry West. That included California, where slightly cooler temperatures and diminishing winds helped firefighters as they battled several wildfires that have forced thousands to flee their homes in both ends of the state. Here’s a closer look at the fires burning in the western United States and Canada. An estimated 4,000 people have evacuated their homes as flames raced through foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Oroville fire has blackened 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) of grass. It’s 35 percent contained.

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500 lightning strikes cause four fires on Bitterroot forest

By Eve Byron
Ravalli Republic
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

More than 500 lightning strikes in the last 24 hours, starting Sunday and into Monday, in the Bitterroot Valley started at least four fires on the national forest. The largest is the Boulder Point Fire at three-quarters of an acre on the West Fork District just west of the Boulder Point Lookout. A helicopter is dropping water on the blaze, and firefighters were hiking to it Monday afternoon. It was expected to be contained soon. The other three fires are less than one-tenth of an acre, and two already are either contained or out. “We may see some more holdovers pop up from the lightning strikes,” said Tod McKay, the forest’s public affairs officer. “It’s supposed to remain hot and windy, so I expect we’ll have more reports of smokes.”

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Wildfires Burning In Oregon, Southwest Washington

By Amelia Templeton
Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires burning in Oregon and Washington Monday are not as serious as fires in other parts of the West. Still, the Ana Fire in Oregon and the Dry Creek Fire in Washington are slowing traffic and prompting some pre-evacuation notices. Drivers on the main route between Bend and Lakeview should expect delays of up to two hours, but Oregon Highway 31 has reopened to traffic. Hundreds of firefighters are in the area battling the Ana wildfire, which is burning largely out of control over more than 3000 acres of grass, sage brush, and juniper. It started near the small community of Summer Lake. Investigators suspect it was human caused because there weren’t any reports of lightning in the area. Fire information officer Sarah Saarloos says a team is attacking the fire with air tankers, engines, and hand crews, but the blaze continues to grow.

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Company & Business News

Louisiana Pacific could convert Dawson Creek mill to produce siding

By Adam Reaburn
Energetic City
July 7, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Louisiana-Pacific board of directors will vote later this month on a plan to convert the OSB mill in Dawson Creek to a new siding mill. The mill would produce a new product from LP called SmartSide siding. According to the LP website, “SmartSide siding is a complete line of high-performance trim and siding products to complement almost any building style. All LP SmartSide products feature our innovative, four component SmartGuard manufacturing process for strength and to resist fungal decay and termites”. According to a post on Facebook, Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead says if the mill is converted to produce the new product, another 50 to 60 jobs will be created on top of the 160 that are currently employed at the OSB mill.

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Horgan can stop US softwood ‘shakedown,’ former premier says

By Marchella Bernardo
News1130
July 10, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Former BC Premier Mike Harcourt says he’s confident Premier-designate John Horgan has what it takes to stop what he calls a mafia-like ”shakedown” by the US government when it comes to softwood lumber. Horgan plans to visit Washington within 30 days of becoming BC’s 36th premier on July 18th. Harcourt says Horgan knows how to “deal with the Americans and that phony shakedown Canada softwood lumber dispute they’ve hit us with again.” If that doesn’t work, he says Horgan has a good plan to shift BC’s resource-based business away from the US.

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Raging Western Wildfires Hit Lumber Mills, Mining Workers

By Danielle Bochove and Natalie Obiko Pearson
Bloomberg
July 10, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfires in British Columbia have forced Canadian lumber mills to shut and were edging closer to a Kinder Morgan Inc. oil pipeline as hot, dry weather sparked blazes across swathes of western Canada and the U.S. …Wildfires have swept across the western U.S. and Canada, forcing thousands of evacuations across California, Colorado and B.C., and prompting military personnel to mobilize on both sides of the border to help battle the flames. …So far, no major mines appear to have had their output impacted. Vancouver-based Taseko Mines Ltd. — operator of Canada’s second-biggest open-pit copper mine in B.C.’s Cariboo region where seven major fires are currently burning — said Monday that some of its workers have been personally affected by the fires but that the Gibraltar mine continues to operate normally.

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West Fraser Timber says operations temporarily suspended in 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chasm due to wildfire activity

By West Fraser Timber
Canadian Newswire
July 10, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Province of British Columbia has declared a provincial state of emergency due to wildfire activity in the interior region. West Fraser has temporarily suspended operations in 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chasm. West Fraser mills in Williams Lake and Chasm have staff and resources that are being deployed to protect our facilities and the communities. In the case of our100 Mile House mill, the staff and community have been evacuated to comply with evacuation orders in the surrounding areas. The fire situation in the Interior of British Columbia is volatile and the situation is evolving. West Fraser will continue to make operational decisions accordingly. 

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Government of Canada Supports Forest Product Innovation in Ontario

By Natural Resources Canada
Canada Newswire
July 11, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada’s forest sector is leading the way in innovation and clean technology, while supporting environmental sustainability and combating climate change. Kyle Peterson, Member of Parliament for Newmarket–Aurora, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today visited Natures Affinity’s production facility, which is producing biodegradable packaging that reduces greenhouse gases. Natures Affinity’s innovative product was developed with the support of $188,000 in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. Natures Affinity has developed Biobinder, a new and innovative Canada-based technology that combines natural chemistry with nanotechnology. 

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New Brunswick premier off to Washington to discuss lumber and free trade

Canadian Press in the National Post
July 10, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is heading to Washington for a meeting Wednesday with United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. to talk trade. Ross is a senior member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, and is responsible for negotiating the Softwood Lumber Agreement. Gallant says the meeting will focus on softwood lumber and the North American Free Trade Agreement. …The premier wants New Brunswick excluded from countervailing duties on softwood lumber exports to the United States. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs… The decision exempts the other three Atlantic provinces, but New Brunswick — exempt from such tariffs in the past — is not.

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Government of Canada Supports Clean Technology in Quebec’s Forest Sector

By Natural Resources Canada
Canada Newswire
July 10, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAINT-MATHIEU-DE-BELOEIL, QC – Canada’s forests are among the most sustainably managed in the world, and our forest sector is leading the way in innovation and environmental responsibility through new clean technologies. Michel Picard, Member of Parliament for Montarville, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced $1.34 million in funding to Enerlab 2000 Inc. as part of the government’s commitment to furthering the advancement of clean technology in Canada. The funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program.

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Reflections from a paper mill

By Stephanie Graham
OnMilwaukee
July 10, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

But back to paper-making. Our Graphic Design Team recently went on a tour of the Catalyst Paper Mill in Biron, Wisconsin, just outside of Wisconsin Rapids. Steinhafels has worked with the mill for almost eight years, and as the business of paper continues to evolve, we like to stay on top of how the product is made. …It’s also important to us that the paper is being produced in a way that is environmentally responsible. The mill’s VP and General Manager, Lucas McLeod explains, “I think the paper process is supporting everyday needs of people – whether it be packaging, food wrap, publication – so we’re providing a product in a renewable way. We’re also taking local resources of pulp and water; we’re harvesting that wood, regenerating the forests and providing a good living – a good life for our employees and residents.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change extending forest fire season in Ontario & Alberta, researcher finds

By Cathy Alex
CBC News
July 10, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Climate change means this year’s relatively quiet forest fire season in Ontario is not what we should expect in the future, says David Martell, a professor emeritus in the faculty of forestry at the University of Toronto. He was part of a team which analyzed the data around fires caused by lightning strikes, collected over 50 years both east and west of Lake Nipigon in Ontario, and 43 years of data collected in Alberta. In the west, the numbers indicate the season is starting sooner and ending later. It’s slightly different, but still a worrying picture in Ontario, he said, because the data suggests that, in both regions of the province, the season still starts around the same time each spring, but is now ending later in the fall. “So essentially this is just a stroke of luck that we’ve had a few years of not much fire because this is not our future, not by any means,” Martell said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

US EPA changes approach for extending formaldehyde emissions deadlines

Chemical Watch
July 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The US EPA will have to complete a formal rulemaking process to extend the compliance deadlines for formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products. On 24 May, the agency set out plans for a deadline extension as both a proposed rule and a direct final rule. The latter is used for non-controversial changes and takes effect on a shorter timeline than with the more formal proposed rule process. However, it cannot be used if any adverse comments are received. Nine comments werer received by the 8 June deadline, including two anonymous complaints against the deadlines being extended and an adverse comment from importer Furniture Values International.

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University of Idaho Arena plans to make timber a focal point

By David Malone
Building Design + Construction
July 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A new $30 million, 4,700-seat sports arena will house several of the University of Idaho’s sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, when it completes in 2020. Designed by Hastings + Chivetta Architects, with Opsis Architecture as the Architect of Record, University of Idaho Arena will also serve as a gathering space for academic events, special concerts, and meetings. Timber and mass timber construction will become a focal point for the project, which has received a Wood Innovation Grant to help with construction costs. The arena will become the first wood facility of its size in Idaho. “Partnering with our strong natural resource industries to build an innovative building using new mass timber construction technology is exciting and demonstrates the innovation and engagement UI does so well,” says University of Idaho President Chuck Staben in a release.

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Mount Pleasant hotel first South Carolina building to use lumber said to be strong as concrete

By Thad Moore
Post and Courier
July 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Walk down the halls of the Home2 Suites when it opens this fall in Mount Pleasant, and it won’t seem much different than any other hotel. But just beneath the surface, the hotel is breaking new ground, developers say. Its corridors will be supported by cross-laminated timber, a relatively new form of lumber that hasn’t been tried before in a commercial building in South Carolina. …Cross-laminated timber is said to be comparable in strength to steel and concrete, but far lighter and easier to construct. The thick layering makes it fire-resistant, and unlike steel, wood doesn’t melt in intense heat. Perhaps most importantly, it’s faster to screw in wood panels than to pour concrete, so buildings can rise with less time and fewer hands – a big plus at a moment when construction workers are hard to come by.

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KOHETI Sandwich

By Ashleigh Popera
Architect Magazine
July 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

KOHETI is an art pavilion built in Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens within the campus of Tenshinzan Shinshoji temple in Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima, Japan. The temple was founded by the shipbuilding company to console the spirit of the dead in accidents at sea and industry. …The body of the pavilion is entirely covered with Sawara wood (Japanese cypress) that seems to hover above the landscape creating underneath a piloti space. The woodwork on the roof was laid using Kokera-buki, a traditional roofing technique that is available in Japan for thousands of years. This is a kind of shingle roofing where instead the tiles are 100mm x 300mm x 3mm thick, and 9 layers of tiles are fixed with bamboo nails making one roof compound. In total, 340,000 pieces were laid by the16th generation roofing master based in Kyoto. For the soffit, 250,000 pieces of 100mm x 100mm Sawara wood tiles were used in order to give a monolithic appearance to the pavilion.

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L&G Modular unveils its prefab prototype

The Construction Index
July 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Legal & General (L&G) has revealed its first turnkey modular housing prototype that it plans to put into production next year. The prototype – a two-storey, two-bedroom house made with cross laminated timber – has been assembled outside L&G’s 51,000 m2 factory in Selby, where capacity is being developed to produce thousands of homes per year across eight production lines. Rosie Toogood, CEO of L&G Modular, said: “The unveiling our first prototype today marks an exciting and important step in our programme to bring modular homes constructed from CLT to market. This prototype demonstrates the high quality of our modular solutions debunking preconceptions of modular housing. At full production, homes like this will be delivered repeatedly in a matter of weeks without the snagging issues faced by traditional methods.”

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