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Today’s Takeaway

Forget NAFTA. The Trade War with Canada has Already Started

The Tree Frog Forestry News
January 25, 2018
Category: Today's Takeaway

The flurry of US trade actions against Canadian companies—most recently on solar panels—highlights how “the trade war with Canada has already started” (Bloomberg), and the rhetoric is rising on the eve of Davos, says Robert Fife in the Globe and Mail.

Other trade headlines include: BC’s trade delegation is wooing China; softwood duties are a real pain in [BC’s] behind; West Fraser is weathering the trade war well; Newfoundand’s last paper mill is threatened; and FPAC expresses support for the TTP.

In Forestry news: professional reliance is questionned in BC; lumberjacks & jills compete at McGill; fire risk funding is available in Colorado; the Forest Service receives kudos in Montana; and there is hope for Vermont’s forest products industry.

Finally, Turkish Airlines bolsters its sustainability credentials with FSC-based inflight toys and a Virginia chainsaw sculptor creates castles from trees (and the pictures are worth a look).

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Froggy Foibles

Arlington tree transformed into enchanted castle by local chainsaw artist

FOX 5 DC
January 24, 2018
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – A decaying maple tree in Virginia has been turned into a work of art by an area chainsaw sculptor. …Northern Virginia chainsaw sculptor Andrew Mallon took the tree, found on 26th St N in Arlington, and turned it into an enchanted castle, complete with several towers and a bridge. …Mallon has brought to life all sorts of wooden masterpieces — from bears, and a dragon, to a huge sculpture of Bigfoot. “And it’s been a great thing for the neighborhood because all the kids come by and make stories about what’s going on and how, and imagination — using their imagination to make stories about what it is.” 

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Business & Politics

Trump advisers take aim at Trudeau over trade stand in Davos

By Robert Fife
The Globe and Mail
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Wilbur Ross

On the eve of Donald Trump’s arrival in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum, the U.S. President’s top economic advisers gave a robust defence of his “America First” trade agenda, including taking a shot at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of North American free-trade negotiations. …Mr. Ross, a hardliner on trade, singled out Mr. Trudeau after he hailed the new 11-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement as the “right deal” for Canada and for those who believe in “progressive trade.” Mr. Ross told U.S. reporters Mr. Trudeau was using the Davos forum of bankers and corporate chief executives to “put pressure on the U.S. in the NAFTA talks.” …The Prime Minister’s Office responded that Mr. Trudeau is a champion of progressive trade, while Finance Minister Bill Morneau dismissed the Commerce Secretary’s criticism as the usual back-and-forth of trade talks.

 

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Forget NAFTA. The Trade War With Canada Has Already Started

By Chris Fournier
Bloomberg
January 25, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing for the possibility the U.S. may pull out of NAFTA. For Canadian companies, the trade skirmish has already begun. Recent sanctions against planemaker Bombardier Inc. and softwood lumber producers including West Fraser Timber Co. and Canfor Corp., as well as investigations into steel, aluminum and other industries threaten to make Canada one of the U.S.’s most-penalized trading partners. …“There’s a pretty hefty chunk of our trade facing very high tariffs,” said Dan Ciuriak, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a former deputy chief economist at Canada’s international trade department. “We’re facing a trade shock right now, in reality and in terms of rhetoric.”

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FPAC Welcomes the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Forest Products Association of Canada
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Derek Nighbor

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today expressed its support for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. This agreement will benefit the Canadian forest products industry by eliminating tariffs, as well as providing clear provisions to help settle disputes and avoid unfair blocking of imports because of concerns about issues such as insects or other contaminants.  “The CPTPP will further increase access to key global markets for Canadian forest products,” says CEO of FPAC, Derek Nighbor. “Fostering exports will create more middle class jobs in the over 600 forest dependent communities across Canada and help the forest sector diversify its markets.”

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B.C. government delegation promotes natural resources, wood products and winter tourism in Beijing

BC Office of the Premier
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Horgan

BEIJING – Promoting opportunities for British Columbia-China collaboration in wood construction, tourism and energy was the focus of Premier John Horgan’s visit to Beijing, which also included a wood and green-building policy forum. “China is increasingly focused on environmentally sustainable construction, and B.C. is taking every opportunity to promote the environmental benefits of wood building products and systems,” said Premier Horgan. “We are not only marketing wood products and technologies, but also engaging with key government policy and decision makers, so we can expand markets for B.C. forestry products.” The forum — led by Canada Wood China, experts from B.C. and China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development — shared best practices on wood construction, with a focus on opportunities for B.C. to collaborate with Chinese companies in advancing low-carbon development.

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B.C. wooing China

By Darren Handschuh
Castanet
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Horgan

Provincial officials are selling the benefits of B.C. resources and tourism in China. Promoting opportunities for British Columbia-China collaboration in wood construction, tourism and energy was the focus of Premier John Horgan’s visit to Beijing, which also included a wood and green-building policy forum. “China is increasingly focused on environmentally sustainable construction, and B.C. is taking every opportunity to promote the environmental benefits of wood building products and systems,” said Horgan. “We are not only marketing wood products and technologies, but also engaging with key government policy and decision makers, so we can expand markets for B.C. forestry products.” The forum shared best practices on wood construction, with a focus on opportunities for B.C. to collaborate with Chinese companies in advancing low-carbon development.

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U.S. greed issue

By Ken Alexander
The Quesnel Cariboo Observer
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

These countervailing duties and the ongoing, ridiculous softwood lumber wars waged by our “friends” south of the border are a real pain in the behind. Here’s what’s happening. For the past couple of decades, the American lumber industry has been crying the blue about Canadians sending our softwood lumber across the border. …However, this time around there is a difference – the American lumber industry is booming. B.C. Lumber Trade Council president Susan Yurkovich said it best: “The ITC finding of ‘injury,’ despite the current record-setting profitability of the U.S. lumber industry, makes it very clear that this was not an objective evaluation of the facts.” Clearly, the Americans are being greedy. Meanwhile, B.C. lumber producers are actively looking for other customers.

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West Fraser well positioned to weather softwood lumber war

By Ken Alexander
The Quesnel Cariboo Observer
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser’s regional manager D’Arcy Henderson says the made-in-Quesnel lumber giant is well positioned to weather the storm of the United States claim that Canadian softwood lumber imports hurt the United States lumber industry. …“Low and behold, not a surprise to us – it was a predictable decision they largely adopted those recommendations, and we’re in the situation we’re in today.” Henderson explains West Fraser and industry partners, like Tolko Industries Ltd., Canfor, Unifor and the rest of the group, as well as the government, still believe the duties are unfair and we’re taking the necessary legal steps to dispute trade sanctions. “Our next step is just to make those preparations and wait until we have the opportunity to have the decision reviewed by the NAFTA panel process.

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Trump’s ‘America First’ policies threaten Newfoundland’s last paper mill

By Chris O’Neill-Yates
CBC News
January 25, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lindy Vincent

…people in [a] Newfoundland mill town of about 20,000 fear the [mill] whistle could be silenced forever after the Trump administration levied countervailing tariffs on the mill’s parent company, Quebec-based Kruger, earlier this month. “The mill is such an important part of Corner Brook,” said real estate developer Trina Burden. “In all of the west coast [of Newfoundland], forestry is our biggest industry.” …The tariff amounts to a cost of more than $8 million a year for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, making newsprint produced there less competitive. …In addition to the 300 direct jobs at the mill, dozens of loggers who cut the wood that is trucked to Corner Brook to be processed as newsprint also stand to lose their jobs. Logger Lindy Vincent said, “If that mill goes, so goes the forest industry in Newfoundland.”

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Lumber Companies Are Standing Tall

By Bruce Kamich
The Street
January 25, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

I have not covered the listed lumber companies for some time now. Over the many months since October 2016 the industry has turned around, with the stock prices of names like Louisiana Pacific Corp., Weyerhaeuser Co. and Deltic Timber bottoming in the fourth quarter of 2016. Louisiana Pacific Corp. and other companies broke out to new highs on Wednesday. Time for a fresh look at the charts and indicators. In this daily bar chart of Louisiana Pacific, below, we can see an uptrend — higher lows and higher highs — the past 12 months. Prices climbed sharply yesterday to a new closing high.

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China high quality log buying grows, bypassing U.S. sawmills

By Karl Forth
Woodworking Network
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TROY, Tenn. — Chinese buyers are buying more logs directly from log exporters, bypassing the U.S. sawmills. According to Gerald Storey, Storey Sawmill & Lumber Co., the log exporters are buying better quality material, and they are paying well above normal market prices for those logs. …Storey said this Chinese buying started a few years ago, slowed down a bit, and now has picked up again — big time. “The Chinese are subsidizing their companies to the extent that U.S. sawmills can’t compete for the timber and logs in our area,” he said. …Chinese buyers are paying 50 percent more than the typical sawmill price for logs, said Wood Doctor Gene Wengert. They are paying the equivalent of $900 per 1000 bf, which means the wood will be very expensive when they saw it.

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Hancock Lumber acquires Mainely Trusses

Lesprom Network
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Hancock Lumber acquires Mainely Trusses, a market-leading roof and floor truss manufacturing facility based in Fairfield, Maine. Two successful Maine businesses are joining forces with this acquisition, giving Hancock Lumber a competitive advantage with this product line in the marketplace, as Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation reports. …The addition of Mainely Trusses to Team Hancock makes them the first retailer in Maine to own and operate their own roof and floor truss manufacturing facility, with the ability to provide a complete set of wood framing solutions to their customers.

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European sawmills gain market share in East Asia

By Woodstat
Scoop Independent News
January 25, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

During the last few years softwood lumber import in Southeast Asia has increased dramatically with China as the top performer. However, it is also many other countries in the region that have seen a rapid increase in imports, like South Korea, India and Pakistan. Softwood lumber imports from leading exporters in Europe (Russia included) and North America amounted to 3.5 million m³ during January-November 2017, which means an increase of 15% compared to 2016.

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Russia: sawn timber export value up by over 25%

IHB The Timber Network
January 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first eleven months of 2017, Russia increased its sawn timber exports again, both in value and in volume terms, indicate the statistics published by the Russian Federal Customs Office. Thus, during the first eleven months of the last year Russia exported 16.59 million tonnes of sawn timber. That is 11.46% more than during the respective period of the previous year. …In their turn, Russian log exports went a bit down in volume terms. In January-November 2017, Russian log exports went down to 17.65 million m3 while during the respective months of the previous year the figure equalled 18.23 million m3.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

University of Arkansas to Construct America’s First Large-Scale, Mass Timber Higher Ed Residence Hall and Living Learning Project

By Lindsay Leardi
Arch Daily
January 24, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

University of Arkansas students are abuzz about the latest addition their university: Stadium Drive Residence Halls. Currently, under construction, the new 202,027 square foot residence halls are the nation’s first large-scale, mass timber higher ed residence hall project and living learning setting. The design collaborative behind the project is led by Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis, and Philadelphia landscape and urban design firm, OLIN. Exposed wood ceilings and trusses remind one of a “cabin in the woods.”

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Turkish Airlines turns to all-natural materials for new inflight toys

By Mary Kirby
Runway Girl Network
January 24, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Turkish Airlines is seeking to bolster its sustainability credentials with the introduction of new inflight toys made from all-natural materials. Created from cotton and wooden parts, the toys are manufactured according to the sustainability rules set by the Forest Stewardship Council …“The toys provide young travelers between ages three and 12 with additional inflight entertainment, while simultaneously introducing them to the concept of endangered species and increasing wildlife awareness,” says the carrier in a statement. “Through play, Turkish Airlines, in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund of Turkey, hopes to instill an appreciation of animal protection among children – those who will inherit the world and will be responsible for its care.”

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Lagos Wooden Tower Introduces Green Construction to Africa’s Largest City

By Metsa Wood
PR Newswire
January 25, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Hermann Kamte, young Cameroonian architect and the founder of company Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), is the driving force behind the famous sketch of Lagos Wooden Tower. …Kamte’s design looks to tackle the problem of poorly planned construction in many African cities by pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture. In the City Above the City competition, participants were invited to suggest solutions for new housing on top of existing urban buildings, using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. …The Lagos design project has really caught people’s attention and highlighted the potential of wood construction in Africa. Seeing wood as a valuable and sustainable resource could benefit African society at large, but right now, for African designers and builders, concrete and bricks are far easier to obtain and a lot cheaper than wooden construction products.

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Rise of Mass Timber Buildings Showcase Its Increasing Credibility

CRL Management
January 25, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Mass wood projects are becoming more prevalent in the design and construction industries, which is a sign that mass timber buildings are about to take centre stage. New mass timber products are becoming more widespread and encouraging; builders, designers, and engineers to search for the best applications for mass timber initiatives. …As they test the capabilities of these materials, designers are looking to existing mass timber buildings around the world for examples and inspiration. Canadian and European researchers and architects began experimenting with the design of mass timber buildings in the 1970s. …Mass timber construction has had a paradigm-shifting impact on the European construction process. Mass timber components are factory-made to order, creating an integrated relationship between builder, architect, and engineer.

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Forestry

Slew of books tout live-saving benefits of forest bathing

By Nathalie Atkinson
The Globe and Mail
January 25, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

In Canada, swapping screen time for time under the tree canopy is as easily said as done. About 40 per cent of Canada’s land acreage consists of forest … we have the opportunity to be among the healthiest citizens of the planet – provided we wake up to the health-boosting power of this resource. In 2018, a whole slew of new books will be devoted to enlightening us on the topic of how trees can save our lives. …A range of new books show how approaches can vary: The simple approach, a mindful walk in the woods, can lower blood pressure and stress levels, while a more radical technique calls for hours or days of immersion in a forest of tree varieties chosen for their purported role in the prevention and alleviation of medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. …Dr. Qing Li calls the culture’s current disconnected condition a “nature deficit disorder,” a view that other writers echo.

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We need to protect the grizzly bears’ turf

Letter by Rowena Eloise
The Nelson Star
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, said the people of B.C. need to have confidence that qualified professionals are acting first and foremost to protect the public interests. And B.C Forests Minister, Doug Donaldson, said public consultations have made it clear that killing grizzly bears can not be allowed with the exception of First Nations Treaty Rights. …An Oct. 2017 report on the status of B.C. grizzly bears by B.C. Auditor General, Carol Bellringer, found that… resource extraction and human settlement are the biggest threats you are absolutely correct. …Wrapping up all of the above, we can only conclude that in order to have a perpetually robust grizzly population in B.C., we need to protect the bears’ home turf.

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Program provides sampling of trades

By Parker Crook
Vernon Morning Star
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The warm scent of fresh lumber fills the large Fulton Secondary shop as drills sing and students work to wrap up their semester projects. …It’s time to clean up and end the course, the first of which to be offered at Fulton Secondary. Made possible by $100 per student funding from the Industry Training Authority BC (ITA) and lumber donations from Tolko and Caravan Farm Theatre, Fulton shop teacher Eli Silver said the Youth Exploring the Trades Program has been a pleasure to teach. …The course, open for Grades 9-12, provides students with an overview of carpentry, electrical, plumbing and a brief exploration in robotics. …“The whole emphasis of the program is they’re trying to get kids exposed to the trades,” Silver said. “It’s about opening potential doors, making kids aware and getting the word out.”

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Logging: who decides what (and how) to cut?

By Bill Metcalfe
BC Local News
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Erik Leslie, RPF

The B.C. government has just wrapped up a public consultation that may lead to changes in how residents are consulted and informed about resource extraction decisions. It is reviewing a practice known as the professional reliance model, which has been in effect since 2004 when the B.C. Liberal government came to power. That’s a system where a resource company hires a professional (a forester, geotechnical engineer, hydrologist, biologist, or soil scientist) to make the decisions about whether a project should go ahead and under what conditions, rather than that decision being made by the government. …Critics say this amounts to the privatization of the forests because neither the logging company nor the professionals they hire are accountable to the public.

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Behind the wheel of a logging truck in 100 Mile House

By Max Winkelman
BC Local News
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dan Mowbray

For the past five years, Dan Mowbray has been driving a logging truck for McNeil and Sons Logging. …Mowbray’s and other logging trucks are also equipped with a tablet, that records where their truck is, as well if they’re speeding, says Mowbray. West Fraser has access to all of that data as part of an agreement to provide funding for the tablets, says Mowbray. Being responsible for safety enforcement compliance for the company, which has about 40 employees, safety is a top priority for Mowbray. Their trucks drive about 80,000 km a year. In their approximately 50 years in business, they were involved in one fatal collision, according to owner John McNeil. Companies can’t use social media to hold drivers accountable, says executive safety co-ordinator Nadaya McNeil.

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Wood chips will fly at annual McGill Campus Woodsmen event

The McGill Reporter
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lumberjacks and Jills from six Canadian, and one American, universities and colleges will show off their skills at the 58th annual Intercollegiate Woodsmen Competition, Saturday Jan. 27, at McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.  …The events are a showcase of Canada’s rich history in forestry as celebrated by a whole new generation of lumberjacks. Competing Teams: Dalhousie, Fleming College, UNB, Macdonald College, Algonquin College, Dartmouth College, Maritime College of Forest Technology

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How To Identify Cedar Tree Types: Eastern Red Vs. Western Red

By Daniel Nelson
Science Trends
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

If you’re not an expert on trees (and maybe even if you are) you might be confused about the difference between two trees both called Red Cedars. There is an Eastern Red Cedar and a Western Red Cedar, but can you identify each one individually? How does one tell them apart, and what are their differences? Let’s take a close look at the two types of trees to see all the ways in which they differ and can be discerned from one another. The Western Red Cedar or Pacific Red Cedar is an evergreen that belongs to the genus Thuja. It is technically not a true Cedar, that is a member of the genus Cedrus. …The Eastern Red Cedar, sometimes known as the Eastern Juniper, is actually a species of Juniper found along the eastern coast of North America into southeastern Canada and down to the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Program to help reduce wildfire risks, costs

Alamosa News
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALAMOSA – The Colorado State Forest Service announced today that the San Luis Valley has been selected as one of eight new “communities” from across the country that will receive technical assistance in 2018 under a national program that helps reduce the impacts from wildfires. As more cities and counties across the country experience devastating wildfires, the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program offers much-needed support at the local level. Through CPAW, communities in the SLV will collaborate with the Colorado State Forest Service and a team of consultants, including land use planners and risk mapping experts, to help communities identify and implement local planning measures, such as improved policies to reduce wildfire risk to future development.

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Forest Service projects benefit fish, drinking water and family-wage jobs in rural U.S.

By Chris Wood, CEO Trout Unlimited
The Idaho Statesman
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Chris Wood

The Forest Service is an easy target. It is a big sprawling agency with more than 30,000 employees. …Some members of Congress glee in blaming the Forest Service for declines in timber cutting, and the proliferation of wildfires in the West. Outside the glare of Washington, D.C., however, good things are happening on our national forests — starting in Idaho. Idaho maintains the strongest roadless area protection on its national forests of any state because of a process led by then-Gov. Jim Risch that brought together sportsmen and women, county commissioners, timber interests and others. …Congress needs to fix the budget issues… What they should not do is overlook the significant progress the Forest Service has made in bringing people together to apply common sense to common problems for the common good.

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Forestry prof says corridor lawsuit has holes

By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dr. James Johnson

After both Oregon Wild and the Greater Hells Canyon Council (formerly Hells Canyon Preservation Council) filed a lawsuit last May to halt the Lostine Corridor Public Safety Project, Oregon Wild posted a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” on its website to provide grounds for the suit. The corridor project is a U.S. Forest Service plan to use both hand and mechanical treatments to ostensibly mitigate wildfire in the area west of Lostine, while the two activist groups claim it is a thinly-veiled excuse to commercially log the corridor. Dr. James Johnston of Oregon State University said… “Oregon Wild’s math does not compute”. “One-hundred percent of the project is explicitly designed to address safety issues. Oregon Wild may believe that only 10 percent of the project is appropriate to address safety issues, but that’s just their opinion.”

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Forestry Director touts parks logging as a benefit

By Chris Lawrence
West Virginia MetroNews
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Amid growing heat over a proposal for limited commercial logging in West Virginia State Parks, Division of Forestry Director Barry Cook defended the idea. Cook, speaking Wednesday on MetroNews Talkline, backed up the original claim the State Parks would benefit from property executed timber cuts. “There literally has been no harvest or management in these parks for years,” said Cook. “They’re overcrowded, the trees are over mature and by selectively harvesting we can remove the diseased and dying trees and at the same time expand the park footprint.” The expansion is something Cook believed was being left out of the equation by opponents oft the plan. …The legislation which would authorize the limited timbering also calls for reclamation post logging to transform the timber sites into recreational use areas in the park.

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A time of transition for Vermont’s forest products industry

By Christine McGowan
The Bennington Banner
January 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Vermont prides itself as the Green Mountain State, with nearly 80 percent of its land mass covered in forest. Healthy and productive forests are inherent to Vermont’s culture and heritage. Yet the industry responsible for bringing us countless valuable forest products — high-quality furniture, specialty wood crafts, lumber and firewood, as well as services such as clean water, fresh air and a home for wildlife — is in decline due to myriad challenges. Rapidly changing commodity markets, overseas competition and an aging workforce all are contributing to an industry in transition. And yet the environmental and economic viability of Vermont’s forested landscape depends on a healthy forest products industry to responsibly manage, harvest, and utilize Vermont’s forests. …Despite what sometimes sounds like a gloomy forecast for this industry in transition, I see hope for the future.

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These 14 businesses are growing money on trees

By Anya Khalamayzer
GreenBiz
January 25, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Companies around the world are branching out into forest conservation, finding that restoring deforested and degraded land yields high returns for investors, entrepreneurs and the environment. A new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) found that businesses across the technology, consumer products, project management and commercial forestry sectors are making money from planting trees, with sales growing up to 10 times per year. “The restoration economy is at the take-off stage,” [says report], “The Business of Planting Trees: A Growing Investment Opportunity.” …”The business of planting trees is going to be one of the biggest climate stories of the next 20 years,” Justin Adams, managing director for global lands at TNC, told GreenBiz, likening it to the burgeoning renewables industry in the mid-’90s. “There is the opportunity to deliver value to society.”

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