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Today’s Takeaway

More lumber curtailments in BC, this time it’s Tolko

The Tree Frog Forestry News
May 24, 2019
Category: Today's Takeaway

Citing high logs costs and weak markets, Tolko announced downtime at its Williams Lake and Armstrong divisions. In related news: a BC Interior report predicts more lumber closures; a non-seasonally adjusted view on US housing starts; and the US-China trade war’s impact on hardwood producers.

In Climate news: managing for disturbance can stabilize forest carbon; the long-term potential of forest carbon credits; and the impact of invasive earthworms on carbon stored in the forest floor. In other news: BC clarifies logging regs on private land; the Northeast Territories delays its new Forest Act; high fire danger forecast in the US South; and breeders of rare frogs seek to undermine animal traffickers.

Finally, Smokey Bear gets a Smithsonian exhibit and ‘The Lumber Baron‘ hits the big screen.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Froggy Foibles

Movie “The Lumber Baron” to be released Friday in Hollywood

WEAU TV Wisconsin
May 24, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin. — A new movie hitting the screens in Hollywood was shot in the Chippewa Valley! The Lumber Baron is a story about an heir to a failing lumber business as he tries to recover his fortune and hold his family together. It debuts Friday. Scene & Hurd Productions says they chose to film in the Chippewa Valley area because its one of the richest historical places where lumber barons and lumber jacks used to live. The movie is showing in Los Angeles and Ontario, as well as locally at Micon’s Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire. 

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Business & Politics

Housing starts really matter!

By Donald Broughton
Freight Waves
May 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Last week the widely reported headline was “Housing Starts Climb Almost 6 Percent in April” yet many in the transportation marketplace openly questioned how that was possible. Whether it is the railroads moving the lumber to build houses or the flatbed carriers moving the lumber and other building materials to build houses, the widely held view from the transportation industry is that the house construction industry is ‘softer’ or ‘less robust’ than it was last year. Generally, I have little use for seasonal adjustments… What was is really happening in housing? …While the number of housing starts on a non-seasonally adjusted basis was only down -2.9 percent in the month of April on a year-over-year basis, the number of housing starts on a non-seasonally adjusted basis is still -7.2 percent year-to-date. This is much more in line with the anecdotal and hard data provided by transports.

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Tolko announces two-week shutdown at Soda Creek sawmill, beginning May 27

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Williams Lake Tribune
May 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

High log costs and weak lumber prices have led Tolko Industries Ltd. to close its Soda Creek mill in Williams Lake during the weeks of May 27 and June 3, 2019, said one of the company’s vice-presidents Thursday. …Troy Connolly, vice-president of solid wood… said employees were informed of the decision earlier today and local HR representatives are available to assist them with any questions they may have. “We do not make these decisions lightly,” Connolly added. …Paul French, first vice-president of United Steelworkers Union Local 2-2017, said he was notified of the shutdown by telephone on Thursday as well. A communications advisor for Tolko said approximately 178 jobs will be impacted in Williams Lake and in Armstrong, where Tolko’s operations will be shut down during the same two weeks, approximately 150 jobs will be impacted.

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Tolko Armstrong taking two weeks downtime

The Vernon Morning Star
May 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Armstrong’s Tolko plant will take two weeks of downtime. Tolko Industries’ head office in Vernon announced Thursday that the Armstrong and Soda Creek (Williams Lake) divisions will take downtime during the weeks of May 27 and June 3. “High log costs and weak market conditions continue to impact our lumber operating footprint in BC,” said vice-president of solid wood, Troy Connolly. …Tolko marketing and sales vice-president Pino Pucci assured customers that the company’s marketing and sales team “will continue to support our customers and do our best to minimize any impacts as a result of these operations taking downtime.” On May 9, Tolko announced it was permanently closing its Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel, and a reduction of two shifts to one at its Kelowna sawmill due to not having enough economic fibre to keep all B.C. mills running efficiently and productively.

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B.C. Interior Outlook Report predicts major timber shortages & sawmill closures; 40 Mills close from 2006 to 2028 due to ongoing timber supply reductions

By Russ Taylor
FEA Canada – WOOD MARKETS
May 22, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the highlights from the May 8-9 Vancouver Global Log & Lumber Conference came from the “Deep Dive” session that explored the many evolving changes to the BC Coast and Interior timber supplies and forest industries. Local B.C. consultant and industry forecaster, Jim Girvan, left some in the audience somewhat stunned on his forecast for B.C. Interior lumber production over the next decade. The following summary is extracted from the May issue of WOOD Markets Monthly International Report. As background, Girvan, business partner Murray Hall and Russ Taylor (WOOD MARKETS) collaborated and produced a 2010 blockbuster outlook report on the B.C. Interior timber harvest and wood products industry. The resulting forecast of “16 sawmills to close by 2018” made headlines nationally and around the world. And that is exactly the outcome of what has occurred as of mid-May 2019.

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Corner Brook mill gets cash influx to go green

CBC News
May 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Gudie Hutchings

The mill in Corner Brook is set to receive almost $14 million in upgrades, with the aim to become more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly, and cut the facility’s carbon footprint by 50 per cent. …MP Gudie Hutchings announced the cash, a joint contribution from the federal government and the mill’s parent company, Kruger. …The project focuses mainly on biomass. …”The biomass right now, a great proportion of it is quite high moisture, pretty wet,” said Pelley. …Pelley estimated the bark dryer will reduce the amount of fossil fuels the mill burns through in the course of a year by nine million litres, and also increase the overall amount of biomass the mill uses. …The money — $4.9 million ponied up by Kruger, with the rest coming from the federal government — will also involve water efficiencies.

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How tariffs are hurting US lumber

CNN
May 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

VIDEO STORY: China is US lumber’s biggest customer but uncertainty around the US-China trade war is having a trickle down effect on the industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cross-Laminated Timber used in Portland’s B76 building

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
May 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Everybody is talking about tall wood these days, but here is a bit of short wood… in Portland, Oregon. …This wedge-shaped 20,000 sq ft building will feature a new CLT structural system with open ground level commuter oriented retail environments for daily guests and tenants. …This is the kind of building mass timber was made for. It goes up quickly, it doesn’t require a lot of trucks, and being small enough not to need any fireproofing over the wood, looks just gorgeous inside. …When there is a post and beam frame like this building has there is no need to use Cross-Laminated Timber, which is more expensive than alternatives like Nail or Dowel Laminated. …But then this has no joints for dust to fall out of and looks almost furniture-like in its quality. Here’s the time-lapse version.

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Forestry

Northwest Territories gov’t pushes proposed Forest Act until after election, expedites Protected Areas Act

CBC News
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Northwest Territories’ oft-criticized Forest Act will not be passed during the life of the current Legislative Assembly, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Robert C. McLeod announced in a news release Thursday afternoon. The proposed act, which is an amendment and combination of two existing acts — the Forest Management Act and the Forest Protection Act — requires ‘”substantial changes,” according to the release, and will re-introduced in the 19th Legislative Assembly, following a scheduled October election. The act has come under fire in recent months from Indigenous leadership, who have decried a lack of consultation as it was drafted. …According to the government’s website, the new act will include management of non-timber forest products, like biomass, requirements on industry to make fire prevention plans, and the recognition and affirmation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

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Blueberry River First Nation back in court to fight B.C. over forestry, oil and gas impact

By Shawn McCarthy
The Globe and Mail
May 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Blueberry River First Nation is going back to court Monday to challenge the constitutionality of British Columbia management of natural resources, arguing that the approval of a significant amount of forestry, natural gas and other industrial activity has violated their treaty rights. The Blueberry River nation – which includes 505 people – says it is facing an environmental crisis on its traditional land, and accuses the NDP government of caving to oil and gas producers in the prolific Montney region that opposed a negotiated resolution. The first nation launched a challenge in 2015 but suspended it last fall in order to negotiate with the province on an agreement that would address cumulative impacts from the intensive forestry and oil and gas development in their territory in northeastern B.C.

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Conversations That Matter: Falling in love with Mother Nature

By Stu McNish
Vancouver Sun
May 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Falling in love with the majesty of Mother Nature early in life is a proven way of instilling a passion for protecting the environment. The best way to do that is to provide an immersive experience such as taking the class out into the forest. The challenges to doing so are often too many to overcome. The next best solution is to provide teachers with online resources that are exciting and intriguing. Curriculum-based materials that offer a foundation of nature literacy designed to enhance critical thinking skills that promote thoughtful decision making are crucial. …We invited Simon Jackson of Nature Labs to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the project that he and Jill Cooper designed to change students’ relationship with nature.

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Elk Valley loggers compliant: Managed Forest Council

By Kimberley Vlasic
Fernie Free Press
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The independent provincial agency that monitors private land logging in B.C. has found no evidence of recent non-compliance in the Elk Valley. Over the past year, the Managed Forest Council (MFC) has responded to two complaints related to possible compliance issues in the Valley, one eighth of which is in private hands. In a statement to The Free Press, the MFC said the first complaint was within a managed forest inspected last year as part of its annual inspection program. “The second complaint included a site visit to various locations within a managed forest where the stakeholder had expressed a concern about riparian retention and reforestation,” said the MFC. “No evidence was collected from either the inspection or site visit that a non-compliant forest management activity contrary to Council regulation had occurred.”

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Canada North Resources Expo starts today

By Frank Peebles
The Prince George Citizen
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The machines are huge, and the economic impacts even bigger. Whether you’re amazed by the enormous wheels, massive engines, or innovative capabilities of heavy equipment, or if you find forestry and mining and construction interesting, there will be plenty of stimulation today and Saturday at the Canada North Resources Expo in Prince George. “Northern Canada’s major sectors will be on display, including forestry, heavy construction, infrastructure development and more,” said expo organizers. …Built into the event is the 2019 Interior Safety Conference on today. “This year’s theme is Safety Responsibilities – Everyone’s Role and the conference will include topics which include managing fatigue, marijuana in the workplace, human factors and workplace injury prevention using physiotherapy. The conference will provide practical information and tools for workers, supervisors, and managers,” said organizers in a written statement.

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Sunshine Coast Community Forest business as usual?

By Ross Muirhead, Elphinstone Logging Focus
Sunshine Coast Reporter
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Under the former District of Sechelt council, a public review process on how the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) engages with the surrounding community was undertaken between July and September 2018. This was triggered in part by ELF’s legal challenge of how the Chanterelle Forest (Wilson Creek area) was approved for logging with little to no public participation, including no advertisement in the local paper of this plan, no walk-in-the woods so the SCCF operations manager could explain to those who used the forest prior to the SCCF plan on how logging might respect existing values, and no vetting through a public advisory committee.

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B.C. ministry clears up confusion on private land logging regulations

BC Local News
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Private land logging has been a hot topic in the Elk Valley as forestry companies move into more visible areas and clearcuts impact trails, and sight lines. However, unless you’re in the forestry industry, you may be a little confused about the difference between timber harvest on private land and private managed forest land. According to the Ministry of Forests…, there is a clear distinction between the legislation, regulations, bylaws and oversight that apply to timber harvest on private land and those on private managed forest land (a property class assigned by the BC Assessment Authority). Awareness of a specific property’s class is integral to the context for how forestry activities on the property may be regulated, explained a spokeswoman. She said, “for private land, local governments have the power to adopt bylaws that place restrictions on forest management activities within regional or municipal boundaries, including aligning their bylaws with requirements equivalent to Crown forest land regulations”.

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First Nations logger says conservation officers are eliminating his market instead of laying charges

By Nic Meloney
CBC News
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW BRUNSWICK — A Wolastoqew (Maliseet) logger who’s harvesting lumber from Crown land outside of provincial regulations says an investigation by conservation officers is violating his treaty right to earn a moderate livelihood. Patrick Paul, 30, from St. Mary’s First Nation near Fredericton, N.B., has been running a wholesale firewood operation for three years. …Paul said he’s part of a group of 16 other First Nations entrepreneurs running similar operations. …”It’s unceded territory,” Paul said. “The Crown calls it Crown land, but I call it [First Nations] land.” …Paul said he believes that the officers are choosing to eliminate the First Nations loggers’ market by targeting their clients, instead of charging the loggers with illegal harvesting which would allow them to use their treaty rights as a defence.

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‘Stop the Chop’ – Extinction Rebellion on standby to halt Corbett Lake Crown forest harvest

By Lawrence Powell
Cape Breton Post
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. — When members of Extinction Rebellion … were informing people about the province’s plans to harvest an old growth forest on the South Mountain near Bridgetown. XR members oppose the cut that would be performed by WestFor, and if it comes down to it, they’ll block the harvest. They’re on standby as of May 19. “It wasn’t really a protest, it was more to inform people about Corbett Lake and join us in opposing the cut,” organizer Nina Newington said of the Sunday event where more than a dozen people took part. …If they get word that harvesting has resumed, XR members and supporters will head to the location. “We have a couple of people who live near there who will alert us of any action happening, and then we have a phone tree,” Newington said, noting those who can will get out to the 80-hectare site right away.

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Colombian breeds rare frogs to undermine animal traffickers

By Manuel Rueda and Cesar Garcia
The Associated Press in the Longview Daily News
May 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NOCAIMA, Colombia — In a small farmhouse surrounded by cloud forest, Iván Lozano inspects dozens of glass containers that hold some of the world’s most coveted frogs. The conservationist has been fighting the illegal trade in rare tropical frogs for years, risking his life and his checkbook to save the brightly colored, poisonous amphibians whose population in the wild is dwindling. But Lozano doesn’t hunt down poachers and smugglers. He’s trying to undermine them by breeding exotic frogs legally and selling them at lower prices than specimens plucked by traffickers from Colombia’s jungles. His frog-breeding center, Treasures of Colombia, is among a handful of conservation programs around the world that are trying to curtail the trafficking of wild animals by providing enthusiasts with a more eco-friendly alternative: specimens bred in captivity.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Invading earthworms could turn boreal forests from carbon sponge into carbon polluter

By Alanna Mitchell
The Independent
May 23, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Cindy Shaw, a carbon-research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, studies the boreal forest… A few years ago, while conducting a study in northern Alberta to see how the forest floor was recovering after oil and gas activity, she saw something new: earthworms. …Native earthworms disappeared from most of northern North America 10,000 years ago, during the ice age. Now invasive earthworm species from southern Europe — introduced to this continent by European settlers centuries ago — are making their way through northern forests… As the worms feed, they release much of the carbon stored in the forest floor. Climate scientists are worried. “Earthworms are yet another factor that can affect the carbon balance,” said Werner Kurz, a researcher with the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, British Columbia. His fear is that the growing incursion of earthworms …could convert the boreal forest, now a powerful global carbon sponge, into a carbon spout.

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Panel: Industrial Activity and Climate in Canada’s Boreal

By Joshua Axelrod
Natural Resources Defense Council
May 23, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

On May 8, NRDC gathered a group of scientists to present on several key issues related to industrial development’s ecosystem and climate effect in Canada’s boreal forest. Coming on the heels the International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) release of a harrowing report on the state of global biodiversity loss, the panelists examined some of the key connections between biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. At the same time, the panelists unwrapped some of the common myths and misperceptions about intensive industrial activity’s climate footprint in Canada’s boreal forest. NRDC’s first webinar, in a planned series of boreal-focused events, focused on Canada’s boreal forest and industrial development’s climate change effects and featured four experts who spent the hour drilling down on subjects including ecosystem carbon densities, soil carbon, carbon debts, embodied carbon, and peatland and wetland disturbances. 

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Opinion: Managing for disturbance stabilizes forest carbon

By Matthew Hurteau, Malcolm North, George Koch, and Bruce Hungate
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA
May 21, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Forest ecosystems sequester approximately 12% of anthropogenic carbon emissions, and efforts to increase forest carbon uptake are central to climate change mitigation policy. Managing forests to store carbon has focused on increasing forested area, decreasing area lost to logging and clearing, and increasing forest carbon density. Warming, drought, and wildfires challenge the stability of carbon stored in forests. By contrast, natural cycles of low-intensity fires in dry forests can, over the long term, promote forest carbon storage by protecting carbon in soil and in large, old trees. The conundrum is how to balance immediate, disturbance-driven carbon loss with long-term, stable carbon storage and account for these risks in policies for forest carbon management. What has been missing is the explicit use of disturbance ecology to factor in tree mortality risk. For wildfire and other impactful disturbances, our understanding is now sufficient to incorporate these risks into policy mechanisms that enhance forest carbon storage. 

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New Hampshire Senate approves more subsides for biomass plants

By Kevin Landrigan
New Hampshire Union Leader
May 24, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CONCORD — The State Senate endorsed legislation aimed at delivering three years of subsidies for six wood-burning plants that have shut down or become idle since a 2018 law meant to grant the same relief was tied up before federal regulators. Lawmakers last year overrode the veto of Gov. Chris Sununu to grant this relief but a petition from the New England Ratepayers Association to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had blocked it. NERA is the same organization that has lobbied for Northern Pass and new gas pipelines. Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, D-Concord, said this alternative plan (HB 183) for these subsidies was crafted along the lines of what lawmakers have done for renewable energy projects in New York and Illinois that have withstood federal court challenges.

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Forest carbon credits ‘worse than nothing’? There’s more to this story

By Joanna Durbin
Humanature
May 24, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

More than 3,000 people in the United States had a heart transplant last year. This life-extending procedure crossed from the theoretical to the experimental to the commonplace thanks to decades of research and experimentation — and failure. So has it gone with one of the signature ideas for tackling the climate crisis. The idea: Pay countries to not cut down their forests through the sale of “carbon credits.” …This idea has taken various forms over the years; in each case, it was quickly discovered to be more complicated in reality. …And that, according to the ProPublica article published this week, An (Even More) Inconvenient Truth …is enough evidence to conclude that all efforts using carbon credits henceforth are doomed to fail, and that we should stop trying. One is glad that the world’s heart surgeons didn’t take this approach.

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Climate smart forestry

By Andrew Weatherall
The Ecologist
May 24, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UNITED KINGDOM — The majority of ecologists either do not know, or quickly forget, that the first published record of sustainability originated from a book about forest management. In 1713, Hans Carl von Carlovitz wrote Sylvicultura Oeconomica to describe “the sustainable management of forest resources”. His intention was admittedly to manage the supply of timber. …Nonetheless the concept of long-term management of resources to protect future yield as well as supplying present need can be attributed to him. …This article sets out how UK forestry currently contributes to combatting climate breakdown and biodiversity loss – the twin challenges of our time – and explains how managing commercial forest plantations protects rather than threatens our ancient semi-natural woodland.

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Forest Fires

Fire-driven weather is ‘new reality’ for Canada and elsewhere, expert cautions

CBC Radio – The Current
May 23, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

Ed Struzik

Springtime has become synonymous with wildfire season in many parts of Canada, and it’s time the preparation and damage control reflected this, says Ed Struzik. Our changing climate is directly impacting the frequency and intensity of wildfires, and it’s important that Canada’s approach to combating these blazes — and their resulting weather systems — is re-visited. What we’re seeing now is these pyroCbs [pyrocumulonimbus clouds], these fire-driven thunderstorms on the landscape. …We’re starting to see these major, major weather events, fire-weather events, spreading around the world. …That’s spinning heads. …For example in 2016 we saw one of these pyroCb events ignite a cluster of fire more than 30 kilometres away from the fire’s front. And how do you deal with that if you’re a firefighter? I mean it’s kind of like a Game of Thrones. You don’t know where the dragon is going to be exhaling next.

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Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry crews to help battle Alberta wildfires

By Doug Diaczuk
Thunder Bay News Watch
May 23, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

THUNDER BAY – As several large forest fires continue to burn in Northern Alberta, fire crews from across the region will be lending a hand as the fire hazard throughout most Northern Ontario remains low. Approximately 60 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry firefighters and 19 incident management personnel from fire bases across Northern Ontario… are flying to Edmonton on Friday. “We don’t know a lot about what we are going to or what we are getting into, we just know we are going out to help,” said Gary Harland, fire management supervisor with the MNRF in Thunder Bay… There are several large forest fires burning out of control in Northern Alberta, including a 92,000-hectare blaze south of High Level, which has forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate. According to Len Sedore with the MNRF and local president of Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 623, fire crews will be based out of Edmonton.

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B.C. Cariboo region reflects on past fire damage while preparing for new wildfire season

By Sarah Cox
Global News
May 22, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Life as residents know it in the province’s South Cariboo Region has returned to a relative state of calm. The spring season is bringing with it new crops and animals for farmers — but also fresh fears of what’s poised to be another hot, dry, and potentially destructive summer. …Regional District officials are also urging property owners to be proactive when it comes to preventing future fire damage, while investing half a million dollars in doing the same. That money will fund initiatives including implementing strategic fire breaks and the clearcutting of areas already charred by flames. “Remember where you are, be respectful of where you are, and just take a little extra care,” Al Richmond with the Cariboo Regional District urged residents in light of the region’s recent dry conditions.

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New Smokey Bear exhibit at National Zoo

By Bill Gabbert
Wildfire Today
May 23, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

In memory of the very real Smokey Bear who lived at the National Zoo until the 1970s, the zoo is honoring Smokey with an exhibit for his 75th Birthday. …The exhibit opened at Smithsonian’s National Zoo with an invitation for visitors to look back at the legacy of one of the most famous residents in the Zoo’s 130-year history. …The “real” Smokey Bear was rescued from a forest fire in New Mexico and lived at the Zoo from 1950 to 1976. As visitors stroll through the exhibit, they will see the rich stories of Smokey Bear the character and Smokey Bear the Zoo resident take shape. Archival photographs… teach visitors about his legacy as an ambassador for wildfire prevention and wildlife conservation. …The exhibit was made possible by the Forest Service.

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Very high fire danger continues beyond Memorial Day

By Rich Jones and Steven Ponson
WOKV TV
May 23, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

Jacksonville, FL  –  Fire danger remains very high today with the possibility of a few quick-hitting showers. But widespread rainfall is not expected for at least the next week to ten days, and winds out of the east today will likely blow smoke from wildfires to the west.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says it won’t be as hot overall today, but the heat returns Friday through Memorial Day, with temps soaring to near 100 degrees. Fire crews are working to put out a 150 acre wildfire off Yellow Bluff Road and U.S. 17 that is only 25% contained. …Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says winds will be blowing from the east today, meaning winds will push smoke across the Interstate. 

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