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Today’s Takeaway

Forest fires – now and then

Tree Frog Forestry News
July 21, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The wildfire north of Princeton, BC is now 80% contained and “is a flicker of its former self“. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for BC includes strong winds and lightning that have firefighters on alert in other areas of the province. To help BC, 53 firefighting specialists from Australia have arrived and the Canadian Forces are sending 225 more troops (to join the 150 already in place).

BC Timber Sales’ proposed Forest Stewardship Plan for Bowen Island, BC has caught the attention of local residents. With slogans that include “Protect our Crown Jewels” and “Hands off Bowen’s Bush” residents are mounting a fight to prevent any logging in the area. BC Timber Sales has stated that more consultation will occur before logging would happen and also noted that “harvesting would never happen on the full” area.

Neil Godbout of the Prince George Citizen has some interesting reflections on the recent BC election and the impact the recent fires could have had on the outcome. Citizens might have remembered the highly critical 2015 report by the Forest Practices Board about the poor job the government had done to reduce wildfire threat in smaller communities. Was Bob Simpson (now mayor of Quesnel) “throwing out provocative comments” when he also criticized the government in 2009?

— Heidi Walsh, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

Wildfires: Should BC Do More to Help Homeowners ‘Stay and Defend’?

July 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Monical and her family stayed to fight the fire against the recommendation of the local government and Emergency Management BC. And she isn’t alone. A lot of British Columbians stayed inside the evacuation zones to fight the fire, and say they’d do it again. Emergency Management BC’s current policy doesn’t account for people like this. Its priority is keeping people safe, and when fire threatens urban areas, evacuation is a reliable way to do that. The government’s integrated response plan also assumes people will evacuate when told. This inevitably presents obstacles for those who choose to stay. For example, evacuated areas restrict movement, so while residents can choose to stay, they aren’t allowed to drive on public roads without a permit or re-enter the zone.

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Comment: Why B.C. decided to shut down fire lookouts

By Dave Gilbert – retired registered professional forester
Victoria Times Colonist
July 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Manmade mistake led to wildfires,” letter, July 18. The letter-writer’s assertion that a “manmade mistake led to wildfires” is simply wrong. The fires that occurred on the evening of July 6 and 7 were caused by lightning, and occurred during explosive fire behaviour conditions, principally wind-driven fire that has resulted in difficult-to-contain fires and the evacuation of 40,000 people. The B.C. Wildfire Service has access to technology that detects lightning ground strikes, and within a few seconds of occurrence, staff know the geographic location and the energy characteristics of each strike. With that information, it is possible to determine the likelihood of a fire starting and to route and schedule aircraft patrols to detect and make initial attacks on fires that might be found. The writer is correct in that most fire lookouts were closed from the mid-1970s to 1980s. The reason was simple: Lookouts were ineffective in detecting either human- or lightning-caused fires.

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Community alarmed by potential for logging on Bowen Island

By Bethany Lindsay
CBC News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bowen Islanders are mounting a fight against B.C. government plans that could one day result in logging in their community. B.C. Timber Sales,which provides price benchmarks for wood harvested from public land, is currently working on a new Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) that includes 1,414 hectares of forest on the sleepy Gulf island — nearly a third of Bowen’s total area. The news came as a surprise to many on the island, according to Mayor Murray Skeels. “These are blocks that touch on numerous residential neighbourhoods, right up against Crippen Park, right up against the ecological reserve,” Skeels told The Early Edition on Thursday.

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Wildfires: Should BC Do More to Help Homeowners ‘Stay and Defend’?

July 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Monical and her family stayed to fight the fire against the recommendation of the local government and Emergency Management BC. And she isn’t alone. A lot of British Columbians stayed inside the evacuation zones to fight the fire, and say they’d do it again. Emergency Management BC’s current policy doesn’t account for people like this. Its priority is keeping people safe, and when fire threatens urban areas, evacuation is a reliable way to do that. The government’s integrated response plan also assumes people will evacuate when told. This inevitably presents obstacles for those who choose to stay. For example, evacuated areas restrict movement, so while residents can choose to stay, they aren’t allowed to drive on public roads without a permit or re-enter the zone.

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Spray targets 80,000 hectares of N.B. forest as spruce budworm makes inroads

By Gabrielle Fahmy
CBC News
July 21, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick has just finished spraying more than 80,000 hectares of forest against the spruce budworm, the dreaded insect that infests the province every 30 years or so. In recent weeks, the spray program focused on the north, where the spruce budworm continues to make its way from Quebec. Last summer, images from Campbellton, where a colony of spruce budworm moths took over a car dealership, caught the attention of people all over New Brunswick. Since then, scientists agree, the insect has gained ground in the province, with hot spots showing up around Campbellton, Dalhousie, Balmoral, Charlo and just west of Bathurst.

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Museum milestone: Forest Service history museum opens the gate

By Kim Briggeman
The Missoulian
July 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

History appears in the strangest of places at the National Museum of Forest Service History. …No matter where you turned or, well, sat Thursday, the stories and people who made the U.S. Forest Service museum-worthy abounded. It’s billed as the only museum in the country devoted to telling the forest conservation story of the United States. “They asked me to help cut the ribbon. It must be a tough ribbon,” joked Claudia Brown, who said her husband, former state forester Gary Brown, made the national museum in Missoula “his baby and his mistress” before succumbing to lung cancer in 2010.

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If federal agents come knocking, they may just want to count your trees

By CBS 13
Bangor Daily News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The city of Portland is part of a new national program with the U.S. Forest Service. It’s all part of an effort to count trees, and you could join in. The project is part of the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory Analysis and they started in Portland on Tuesday, analyzing trees along Portland’s Eastern Prom, Evergreen Cemetery and Baxter Woods. They’ll be studying trees on selected areas of land over the next five years. Forest Inventory Analysis, often called the nation’s Forest Census, has been monitoring the status and trends of the country’s rural forests for nearly 80 years but are expanding the census to include cities.

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Forestry Reforms fast-tracked

by Carrie-Marie Bratley
The Portugal News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Last month’s massive fire in Pedrógão Grande, in which 64 people died, has seen forestry reforms leapfrog to the top of the government’s list of priorities, having been thrashed out in an overnight marathon meeting held by the Parliamentary Committee for Agriculture on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday morning. As a result of the talks, from now on, among other new measures, the planting of eucalyptuses can only be done with prior approval from the State. Thus far tacit agreement sufficed. The Parliamentary Committee for Agriculture met on Tuesday at around 4pm to discuss the proposed bills put forward by the government, in a bid to achieve resolution before parliament breaks up for its customary annual summer holidays.

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USA Public Slam NZ Biotech Company’s GE Trees

By GE Free NZ
Scoop Independent News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. On 5 July, the US Department of Agriculture received an astounding 280,000 individual comments, as well as 500 organisations representing millions of people around the world, all opposing this deregulation. Only 3 comments were submitted in favour. This avalanche of comments came a mere 75 days after the USDA publicly released their draft Environmental Impact Statement on ArborGen’s request for deregulation. “Such overwhelming opposition sends a clear message to USDA that GE eucalyptus trees must be rejected–a message the agency can no longer ignore,” said Jon Carapiet, spokesman for GE-free ND. “Arborgen is a poor for fit with Brand New Zealand and undermines our international reputation.”

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Forest Fires

Not a lot of wild left in Princeton area wildfire

By Blaine Gaffney
Global News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

After burning for two weeks, the wildfire just north of Princeton is a flicker of its former self. “Things are going excellent and we’re making great progress,” said Deputy Incident Commander Brent Zbaraschuk on Thursday. The fire size is holding steady at 33 square kilometres and containment is now estimated at 80 per cent. “We’re working on the last couple of locations we feel are critical to containment on this fire,” said Operations Section Chief Kevin Buettner. Ten bucketing helicopters are assigned to the wildfire, 16 pieces of heavy equipment are available, and 168 firefighters have laid out 34 kilometres of hose line. On Thursday, ground crews were working inwards from the blaze perimeter, using water lines and hand tools to snuff out smouldering hot spots.

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BC Wildfires Update: Thursday, July 20

By Kyle Balzer
My Prince George Now
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The number of wildfires burning across British Columbia has slightly increased to 152, with 12 new ones starting on Wednesday. Since April 1st, the BC Wildfire Service has battled a total of 688 fires, burning 405,000 hectares at a cost of nearly $112 million. Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek explains the money being used is for direct wildfire response. “That does not reflect costs from elsewhere in government or the broader societal costs of the situation we’ve got on hand here. In terms of the hectares number, that’s a mix of growth on some fires and also some more accurate mapping as well.” There are currently 27 fires of note, while 15 of them are still posing threats to communities in the Cariboo region.

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Sunshine Village closed to visitors as crews battle nearby wildfire

By Heidi Pearson
Global News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Visitors at Sunshine Village will be packing up and heading out on Friday, as the lodge is being closed to guests until further notice as crews continue to battle a still-out-of-control wildfire. The village will be closed as of noon on Friday, July 21, and will be converted to a staging ground for Parks Canada firefighting crews, the agency said Thursday. The fire is burning in Kootenay National Park and has spread further into Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park and is currently about 2.5 kilometres from Sunshine Park. While it’s not spreading toward any communities or infrastructure, Parks Canada is taking proactive steps to keep it that way. “The fire has not moved in that area in over two days,” said Parks Canada incident commander Rick Kubian.

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Canadian Forces sending 225 more troops to help with B.C. wildfires

By Liam Britten
CBC News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 225 more Canadian Forces personnel will be coming to B.C. to help with wildfire response. At a media briefing Thursday morning, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the troops will relieve RCMP officers guarding the roadblocks, which will allow them to take on other responsibilities. “There’s a lot of tired people who need a break, to spell out, and the fact that we’re getting these … Canadian Forces personnel is a big help,” Farnworth said, while also praising volunteers, firefighters and others helping with wildfire response. The new personnel, based out of Edmonton, will join the 150 Canadian Forces members already in B.C. helping to fight the multitude of wildfires raging across the Interior.  Farnworth was joined by Forests Minister Doug Donaldson who said the new government has been in touch with its predecessors and the federal government on fire response. 

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B.C. wildfire status Thursday: officials confirm 41 homes lost in the Cariboo

By Amy Judd
Global News
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

…So far, the fires have cost the province more than $105 million. Officials in the Cariboo confirm at least 41 homes have been lost so far due to the wildfires. Some structures have already been lost as well. Crews are now going into communities hit by the fires to assess the overall damage. They say it’s likely the numbers will only go up. Assessments have already been conducted in the Wildwood area, Spokin Lake, Miocene, 108 Mile Ranch, 105 Mile and 103 Mile Road West. The Soda Creek Road area has not been assessed at this time due to the encroaching wildfire. More assessments will have to be done in the coming weeks.

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Strong winds, lightning pose threat to B.C. wildfire relief

By Daksha Rangan
The Weather Network
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fear of thunderstorms has firefighters on alert as B.C.’s wildfire emergency continues, with hundreds of thousands of hectares burned and numerous evacuations in the Interior. With more than 120 wildfires burning as of 2 a.m. PT on Thursday, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced the province would be extending its state of emergency by two weeks. “Scattered showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday potentially created news fires withing the Cariboo region,” The Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern says. “Now, an upper-low moving onshore Vancouver Island [Thursday] morning will bring an increase in showers and thunderstorms for most of B.C. through the day,” Wenckstern adds.

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Paciejewski has had close-up view of wildfires

By Jason Peters
Prince George Citizen
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cole Paciejewski is in his seventh season of fighting forest fires. The tinder-dry summer of 2017 is the worst level of destruction he has seen. “Definitely,” said the 23-year-old Prince George resident. “2015 was pretty bad – I worked very steady in 2015 but I’ve never seen this many fires pop up at once so it’s pretty scary to see. “The amount of large fires we have burning all at once right now is unbelievable. And it’s only the middle of July right now – I imagine there’s going to be more.” …”I’m trained in hover exiting so I can actually hang off the skids of a helicopter and can get dropped into places,” he said. “I’m a first-responder on most wildfires and our job is to kind of stop them before they grow to the point where you’d see them on the news. We’re pretty successful when it comes to that.”

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Australian firefighters bring experience to the B.C. wildfire battle

By Jennifer Beinberg
Surrey Now Leader
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of 53 Australian firefighting specialists touched down in B.C. Thursday at the Pacific Regional Training Centre in Chilliwack before heading out to fight wildfires across B.C. There are an estimated 140 fires still burning, according to the BC Wildfire Service, and more than 35,000 people were out of their homes as of Wednesday. The actual trees and bears in B.C. may be quite different from what they’re used to, but the Australians deal with similar types of fuel loads and wind-driven wildfire situations, said Barry Scott, an aerial operations branch director from Australia.

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Our love and hate for fire

By Neil Godbout, Editor in Chief 
Prince George Citizen
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire is supposed to be our friend. …Yet we’ve always been wary of fire, too. …The forests have developed their own relationship with fire. …We fight to save our homes and our properties but we are humbled by the sound. Evacuees close enough to hear what a forest fire sounds like will never forget it. To some, it sounds like a huge waterfall, suggesting the massive energy and flow behind it. To others, it sounds like the deep roar of a beast on the loose. We will wrestle this beast to the ground. We will return to our homes to rebuild.

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Second wave of Island firefighters joins Interior fray

By Katie Derosa
Victoria Times Colonist
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Premier John Horgan extends B.C.’s wildfire state of emergency by two weeks, Island firefighters continue to help keep flames away from homes and protect key infrastructure in the Interior. A second deployment of firefighters from across Greater Victoria has been sent to high-risk areas of the Interior where fires continue to rage. Firefighters from View Royal, North Saanich, Saanich and Sidney were instrumental in saving several lumber mills around Williams Lake stocked with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of logs. The mills employ hundreds of people.

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Fire burning near East Entrance to Yellowstone growing

The Billings Gazette
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


A fire burning near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park has grown to an estimated 2,000 acres. The June fire spread quickly on Wednesday, boosted by gusting winds, hot and dry conditions and low fuel moisture in dense beetle-killed tree stands. The fire started about 1.5 miles south of Highway 14/16/20 — in the North Fork Shoshone River drainage west of Cody, Wyoming — and has now spread throughout the June Creek drainage. Firefighting resources battling the blaze included two heavy (Type 1) helicopters, one light helicopter, two single engine air tankers, two fire engines and approximately 100 personnel.

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The Latest: California wildfire destroys 50 homes

Associated Press in The Washington Post
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MARIPOSA, Calif. — The Latest on the wildfires burning in the west (all times local): State fire officials say a huge wildfire in foothills west of Yosemite has now destroyed 50 homes and 49 other structures. The California Department of Forestry and Fire protection confirmed the new destruction near the Gold Rush town of Mariposa late Thursday. The blaze has also damaged 11 homes and five other structures. It was not clear whether the homes were newly burned or just newly discovered as firefighters work on the blaze that started Sunday. The fire’s size has not significantly changed, remaining at about 109 square miles (282 square kilometers) with 10 percent containment.

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Will Colorado Communities Adapt to Climate-Driven Wildfire?

By Josh Schlossberg
Boulder Weekly
July 20, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

…Wildfire is a natural and vital component of forest ecosystems and crucial for the various species of mammals, birds and other wildlife that have adapted to these landscapes. However, more and more humans moving into forest-edge communities have predictably resulted in a large number of homes destroyed and lives lost. What’s more, over the last four decades, the Western U.S. has experienced a “dramatic increase” in wildfires “tightly correlated” to climate change, according to Tania Schoennagel with the Department of Geography and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at CU. The study, “Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in February, blames climate-driven factors such as “rising temperatures, increased drought, longer fire seasons, and earlier snowmelt” for the uptick in fires.

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Forest fires engulf 24,000 hectares in Siberia and Far East

TASS Russian News Agency
July 21, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MOSCOW –  Forest fires in Siberia and in the Far East have grown by 1,000 hectares in one day, covering a total of 24,000 hectares, the Federal Aerial Forest Fire Center reported on Friday. “Total area of wildfires raging in Yakutia has grown by over 1,000 hectares, covering a total of 18,500 hectares. There are also blazes in the Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Buryatia and Krasnoyarsk Regions. The total area of fires is 24,000 hectares,” the center reported. The Yakutia Forestry Agency has reported 17 blazes, eight of them in the Vilyisky District (16,500 hectares). “The fires might have been sparked by lighting. Reserve forces of the Federal Aerial Forest Fire Center’s, specialists from aviation departments and forest and chemical stations from eight districts have been deployed to fight fires, as well as the local residents. More than 600 people are combating fires in the region,” the agency reported.

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Company & Business News

What if there were an election on?

By Neil Godbout
Prince George Citizen
July 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The fires would have certainly presented an opportunity for Clark to play the strong leadership card. It would have also given John Horgan and the NDP a golden opportunity to lay blame for the forest fires right at Clark’s feet. In 2015, the Forest Practices Board put out a report highly critical of the B.C. Liberal government’s efforts at protecting communities from wildfires. The report said the province had done a good job of working with larger municipalities like Prince George to reduce the threat but not nearly enough for smaller communities, like, say, Cache Creek or Ashcroft or 100 Mile House or Williams Lake. …In 2009, Bob Simpson, the Cariboo North MLA and NDP forestry critic (and now the mayor of Quesnel) complained bitterly that the Liberals were putting communities in danger by not implementing the recommendations from the Filmon report with more urgency. “Bob Simpson frankly should do his research,” scoffed the forests minister of the day, Rich Coleman. “He’s just throwing out provocative comments.”

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West Fraser Announces Second Quarter Results

By West Fraser
Canada Newswire
July 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. reports second quarter 2017 results: Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Record sales and operating earnings for the quarter.
  • Earnings up 19% from previous quarter and 49% from the second quarter of 2016.
  • Strong product pricing across operating segments.
  • Quarter ending net debt to capital ratio of 6%.

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Regulators asked to weigh in to ensure fair vote on Tembec takeover

By Barry Critchley
National Post
July 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

For a prospective buyer, Rayonier Advanced Materials, and for a prospective seller, Tembec, July 19 wasn’t a great day. Indeed it’s a continuation of a number of bad days as market participants weighed in on their planned US$807 million transaction, a deal that’s supposed to be put to Tembec’s shareholders at a meeting next week. As for bad news, Tembec’s two largest shareholders — Oaktree Capital Management and Restructuring Capital Associates which between them own about 37 per cent — have said they won’t support the transaction which requires backing from two-thirds of shareholders. The transaction has also raised the issue of empty voting where a shareholder, in this case Fairfax Financial (at one stage Tembec’s largest) was indicated to support the transaction even though it now has no economic interest in the outcome. 

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US pellet industry increases production by 5.4%

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
July 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

Over the course of the first quarter, a total of 1.727m t pellets were produced by pellet plants in the USA. This represents a 5.4% increase vis à vis the comparative period of the preceding year. According to figures of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) at the U.S. Department of Energy, production of pellets for the heating market and of industrial pellets developed along contradictory lines. Whereas production of industrial pellets increased by 11.5% to 1.364m t in the first three months, production of high quality pellets for the heating market decreased by 12.6% to 362,590t. Contradictory development is also seen in terms of regional distribution of production of pellets for the heating market.

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Senate Fails to Override Veto of Jackson Bill to Support Maine’s Loggers

By Ben Ezzy
WAGM
July 20, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

The Maine Senate on Thursday upheld a veto by Gov. LePage of a bill that would have supported Maine loggers by giving preference in state contracts to timber harvest in Maine by in-state contractors. The bill —LD 1573 “An Act To Encourage Development in the Logging Industry by Requiring State and Local Government Agencies To Give Preference to Timber Harvested in the State” — was sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash, a fifth-generation logger whose family still works in Maine’s forests to this day. A 14-16 vote to override the veto fell short of the two-thirds threshold necessary to enact the law over the governor’s objection.The bill is now dead.

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Log levy still in the mix

By John Jones
The Gisborne Herald
July 21, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

CLAIMS that a levy on all logs brought to the port of Gisborne would not work failed to convince the District Council’s Future Tairawhiti Committee yesterday. The idea will be investigated. The levy was one option staff proposed in a report on roading funding, seen as a possible way to fund the $25 million expected to be needed for log extraction over district roads in the next 10 years. Pat Seymour said not enough thought had gone into the levy option and it was simply not going to work. “A levy over the port is not going to capture all the timber that grows in our forests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Paying poor landowners not to cut trees a cheap way to save forests

By Chris Arsenault
CBC News
July 20, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As environmentalists debate how best to preserve the world’s dwindling forests, a study published on Thursday offered a simple solution: pay land owners in poor countries not to cut down the trees. Deforestation dropped by more than half in Ugandan villages where land owners were paid about $28 per hectare each year if they preserved their trees, according to the study from U.S. researchers published in the journal Science. The benefits of paying land owners to preserve forests were more than two times greater than the cost of the program when it comes to protecting forests and tackling climate change which is exacerbated by deforestation, said the two-year study. …”When you think of the damage done by climate change, paying people to conserve forests is cost effective,” said Northwestern University economist Seema Jayachandran, the study’s lead author.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building code means Vancouver highrises avoid Grenfell fate

By Warren Frey
Journal of Commerce
July 20, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Don’t expect a repeat of the London highrise fire in Vancouver, thanks to strict building codes and fire protection standards. The Grenfell Tower fire in London, England resulted in a tragic loss of life and created international headlines. In the days after the fire it was determined the building’s cladding played a part in accelerating the spread of the blaze throughout the highrise. But according to City of Vancouver officials, measures are in place to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the Lower Mainland. …For buildings without sprinklers over three storeys in building height, combustible cladding systems are not permitted, according to the provincial government. …Wood buildings are built differently than traditional structures, but once built are as safe as any other form of building, Ryan stated. “The risk of a fire is during construction, but once drywall is in place and sprinklers are installed, it’s no different,” he said.

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Hexion Launches New Two-Component Adhesive for Structural Engineered Wood Lamination

By Hexion Inc.
Business Wire
July 20, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hexion Inc. has introduced a new two-component adhesive system that reduces waste and cleanup costs, enhances durability and supports indoor air quality. This adhesive system, which includes the Ecobind™ 6500 resin and Wonderbond™ Hardener M650Y, is ideal for applications like cross-laminated timbers for tall wood buildings and glue-laminated wood beams. “To ensure the lasting durability and performance of these sustainable engineered wood materials, we have had this new adhesive tested by multiple third party organizations.” The two components are extruded separately and then mixed when the wood is pressed together. This unique feature provides the user with reduced costs for adhesive waste and cleanup off equipment. 

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Evolving construction putting firefighters in greater danger

By Courtney Friedman
KSAT 12
July 20, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

SAN ANTONIO – Firefighting is an evolving career and adapting is essential when someone’s life depends on it.  Construction has changed. Buildings are now more efficient and eco-friendly. That is great for many community members, but most people don’t realize it puts firefighters in much more danger.  “If you look at the traditional woods, mill wood, lumber, things they used to build houses with, and then they would fill in the gaps with plaster, with lath materials to make it insulated. Those things are still in the city here but the majority of our construction is lightweight modern construction,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood explained. “You see about 65 percent of homes that are built with lightweight construction, it’s cheaper, it’s more effective as far as energy consumption, it’s really good in harsh environments.”

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Artisan knife maker handcrafts knives from ‘lost’ Tasmanian trees as demand for utensils grows

By Larissa Romensky
ABC News, Australia
July 21, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

With cooking becoming an obsession for many people, the demand for utensils has also increased, and one Castlemaine artisan knife maker is meeting the demand. Todd Neale thinks most people will hold a knife at least once a day, making it important that the indispensable kitchen item is made well. …For the handles, wood is used to create the “personality” of the knife. After starting by using offcuts from a local chopping board maker in Bendigo, he now uses mainly rediscovered Tasmanian timber salvaged from the depths of a lake in west Tasmania. The “lost” buried wood comes from the flooded forest that lies beneath Lake Pieman, a result of the damming of the Pieman River more than 25 years ago to create hydro-electricity. Species of Tasmanian myrtle, sassafras and Huon pine lay preserved beneath the water’s surface.

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First look at 16-storey landmark building planned for Bath Road riverside site in Totterdown

ByTristan Cork
Bristol Post
July 21, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Residents of Totterdown have cast their eyes over fresh plans for what could be a landmark location on the Bath Road – a 16-storey tower block development right next to the River Avon. Developer Hadley Property Group unveiled their plans for a derelict former petrol station site between the A4 and the river, right next to the Totterdown Bridge across to St Philips, at an exhibition event in the nearby Paintworks complex. …He said the new homes would be linked to the Paintworks site next door, and would be made with cross-laminated timber, and be highly sustainable.

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