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Today’s Takeaway

Hampton Lumber to buy idle Fort St. James mill from Conifex

The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 25, 2019
Category: Today's Takeaway

Hampton Lumber plans to buy Conifex’s idle Fort St. James BC operation—and build a new sawmill; while Boreal Bioenergy is also looking at Fort St. James (and Nelson) to expand their torrefied wood pellet business. Elsewhere: Norbord is cleared to restart its Alberta OSB plant after wildfire scare, the caribou recovery moratorium has MP Bob Zimmer concerned; MLA John Rustad says BC’s July 1 stumpage increase is flawed; and Home Depot’s CEO on lumber and Lowes.

In other news: Toronto’s waterfront community will be built with Ontario forest products/mass timber; a BC Forest Safety Council update on faller training; BC is encouraged to follow the fed’s lead and declare a climate emergency; and Dovetail Partners has a new Executive Director.

Finally, wearing wood-based lingerie has never felt so good.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forest industry crisis needs action by BC government

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

BC’s Forest industry crisis needs gov’t action, according to the Vancouver Sun. In related news: premier Horgan is set straight on botched caribou plan; BC’s Northwest economy is on the rise despite forestry cuts; Gorman Bros feeling the lumber slowdown; strike action looms at Western Forest Products; its a rollercoaster ride for Canada’s sawmills; and lumber exports are up in US and Russia.

In Forestry/Climate news: BC’s drought condition raises concerns about root stability and the health of urban parks; more fires means more smoke in Alberta; warmer weather increases spruce beetle outbreaks in western US; and the slow growing ponderosa is less vulnerable to climate change than faster growing trees.

Finally, BC’s secret biochar plant; and the UK’s switch to clean energy.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

Conifex and Hampton Lumber Announce Agreement for Sale of Fort St. James Sawmill

By Conifex and Hampton Lumber
Global Newswire
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BC — Conifex Timber announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Hampton Lumber for the sale of its Fort St. James sawmill and associated forest license.  The purchase price is approximately $39 million plus the market value of finished lumber and log inventory at closing. Ken Shields, Conifex’s Chair and CEO, stated: …”We believe this transaction supports the Province’s objectives for industry rationalization that is mindful of the impacts on people, communities and First Nations. …Hampton Lumber CEO Steve Zika commented that… “We intend to build a new sawmill in Fort St. James.” Due to continued uncertain market conditions, Conifex does not expect to resume normal operations at the Fort St James site prior to closing of the transaction.

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Home Depot CEO Craig Menear On Lowe’s Newest CEO

By Jacob Wolinsky
CNBC in Value Walk
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

CRAIG MENEAR: …Lumber has continued to be pressured in the marketplace, for sure. Weather is improving slightly as it moves forward. And we see great demand when the weather is normalized. DAVID FABER: What’s going on with lumber prices? CRAIG MENEAR: So, what happened is you had a wet early part of the year. There were logs backed up. The mills needed to process the logs. They had some challenges doing that. And then of course with the wet weather, there is not much demand on the building side. It’s really the building part of the business, the new construction that drives the lumber prices. It’s not our part of the business. So, that’s really what’s come together to kind of create the perfect storm, if you will, that has lumber prices down about 40% year over year. COURTNEY REAGAN: And that’s a problem because lumber is often a project starter. 

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Quesnel Meeting Draws Large Crowd For Forest Industry In Crisis

By Brendan Pawliw
My Prince George Now
June 25, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry is in crisis and we need help. That’s the message that Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes hopes people will send to Victoria and Ottawa following a meeting with contractors and forestry workers in Quesnel yesterday. Oakes says contractors are telling her that things need to be implemented in the community immediately. “What they are saying is look we need programs in place that have existed in the past to help small businesses. Those programs will not be put in place for small businesses unless the local working group asks the province and the province asks the Federal Government to implement these types of supports. Oakes says it is also important for financial institutions to send the message to Toronto that additional supports are needed to help small businesses and contractors, and she says that ask also has to be made by the province to the federal government as well.

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Quesnel Mayor Says Process Is In Place To Help Displaced Forestry Workers

By George Henderson
My Cariboo Now
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bob Simpson

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says a transition team is in place and workers displaced by the closure at Tolko will be helped. Simpson says it’s the same process that was used when the Canfor and Northstar mills closed. “That’s a group that comes together made up of the company, the workers representatives, in this case the Steelworkers Union, and then the appropriate ministry representatives from the province and the federal government. They sit down and start mapping out the specific needs of the workforce that’s being impacted.” Simpson says at the political level they are having conversations with the province through the Premier’s office and the Minister of Forests. He says they hope to retool the workforce so that they can move into areas of need such as the trades as one example.

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Stumpage costs to increase on July 1

By Aman Parhar
BC Local News
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Rustad

With the forest industry in British Columbia going through turmoil, Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said the lumber industry will see a tough time this summer with stumpage prices going up further on July 1. “This increase in stumpage is going to make operating in B.C. more costly. There is a flaw in the stumpage system because there is a six month to one year delay in how prices work. So now we are seeing prices go up, due to high prices from last year where now prices have collapsed and stumpage is not reflecting it,” Rustad said. …”We are in an uncompetitive situation and mills are taking more down time due to the high cost structure,” he said. …He said residents of Alberta don’t pay carbon tax. …“There are 17 to 19 different things that the provincial government has recently added that have driven up cost,” Rustad added.

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Boreal Bioenergy seeks mills to set up production in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson

By Tracy Teves
Energetic City
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Based Boreal Bioenergy is looking to expand their production of torrefied wood pellets and has identified sites of interest in both Fort St. John and Fort Nelson. The company that takes wood fibre from wood waste such as damaged pine beetle stock uses a process of torrification in which wood biomass is heated in a special process which creates pellets that burn like coal.  Jason Janus, of Boreal Bioenergy, shares the customer base in Japan is substantial and growing, which has demand on the McBride plant four times greater than the plant, can produce. Sites have been identified in both Fort St. John and Ft. Nelson as good options yet have not been decided upon.

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Okanagan region feeling lumber slowdown

By Kelly Hayes
Global News
June 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nick Arkle

It’s no secret that the lumber industry in B.C. has been struggling this year. To date, five mills have been closed and dozens of others are having to stretch their downtime. Okanagan logging contractors are also feeling the pinch. Dan Eaton is a private logging contractor working above Summerland who has watched his workforce dwindle because of the shrinking industry. “This time last year we had 120 employees but due to various factors currently we only have 74,” Eaton said. Eaton says the major problem with the post-pine-beetle era is a lack of inventory — they’re running out of trees to cut down. …Gorman Brothers Lumber in West Kelowna is also feeling the pinch. It’s had to adjust its workforce and adapt to the slowdown…. “I think with low lumber prices, that has just exacerbated it. We thought it would spread out over the few years, all of sudden it’s happening in one year,” mill manager Nick Arkle said.

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District holding information meetings regarding fallout from mill closure

BC Local News
June 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The District of Clearwater (DOC) is working with various levels of government as well as different organizations to find ways to ease the fallout from the closure of Canfor’s Vavenby mill. Canfor sent a letter to its Vavenby employees on June 3, announcing the decision that will inevitably result in the loss of more than 170 jobs. Because the closure of the mill will cause a ripple effect that’ll touch nearly all businesses in the area, business owners within the DOC and Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s (TNRD) Area A have been invited to attend an information session at the Dutch Lake Community Centre on June 27 to share information on the situation.

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Norbord’s High Level, Alberta OSB Mill Resumes Production

By Norbord Inc.
Cision Newswire
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. today reported that its OSB mill in High Level, Alberta was cleared to restart, and safely resumed normal operations over the weekend. The MacKenzie County mandatory evacuation order and town of High Level evacuation alert were both lifted this afternoon and MacKenzie County remains under an evacuation alert. On June 18th, Norbord reported that its High Level OSB mill had temporarily suspended production due to the wild fires burning nearby in the region. All non-essential mill employees were safely evacuated at the time and the mill did not incur any damage. The curtailment is not expected to materially impact Norbord’s second quarter results.

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Canadian Producers Settle into Southern Pine

By David Koenig
Building Products Digest
June 24, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

It wasn’t too long ago that it was inconceivable to imagine Canadian companies would be selling southern pine. But today three of the five largest producers of southern lumber are headquartered in Vancouver, B.C. Just as dramatically, those three leading Canadian manufacturers now operate just as many—and in one case significantly more—sawmills in the U.S. than they do north of the border. The disparity seems likely to grow even larger, as the companies further expand operations in the South and idle less-profitable facilities in Canada. How did this change happen and what has been the net result? It began inconspicuously enough in 2000, when West Fraser Timber bought a pair of southern mills from Plum Creek. The idea at the time was to spread its operations over a wider geographic base, taking its “successful, low-cost lumber manufacturing approach” closer to its customers and a “long-term, plantation-based fiber supply.” 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Earning LEED points with certified wood

By Annie Perkins, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
US Green Building Council
June 5, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

An Alternative Compliance Path allows LEED projects to achieve an existing green building credit, using an alternative approach to what is specified in the existing rating tool. Pilot ACPs are used to test new ideas before they are fully integrated into the LEED rating systems. Builders and architects can use wood and paper products certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standards to achieve a point in the Certified Wood Pilot ACP under LEED 2009 and achieve a point in the Sourcing of Raw Materials Pilot ACP under LEED v4. In order to achieve a LEED point, the user must know that: 100% of the forest products are from legal (noncontroversial) sources; 70% are from responsible sources; and the remainder must be certified sources as evidenced by a chain-of-custody certification.

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5 key take-aways from Sidewalk Labs’ master plan for Quayside and Toronto’s waterfront

By May Warren
Toronto Star
June 24, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs provided the first detailed glimpse of its proposal for a smart-city development on Toronto’s waterfront. …Here are five things you need to do know about the plan: Sidewalk Labs wants to expand beyond the Quayside development and says the 12-acre site is only Phase 1 of its plans for a much larger area of waterfront. …Sidewalk pledges that half of all housing units would be purpose-built rentals and 40 per cent of the units would be family-sized units of two bedrooms or more. …The plan says that Quayside will be the first neighbourhood built entirely of mass timber. A new Ontario-based factory would produce building materials, and, Sidewalk promises, be the catalyst for a new industry. The plan also details a number of other urban innovations planned for the neighbourhood, including building raincoats — to block rain, wind and sun along sidewalks…

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs Recognizes that Communities of the Future will be Built with Ontario Forest Products

By Ian Dunn
Ontario Forest Industries Association
June 24, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Today, the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) applauded SidewalkLabs’ proposed Master Innovation and Development Plan, which showcases the use of Ontario forest products. The plan proposes to build a new neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront almost entirely out of tall timber. “Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside development is focused on using building materials that are more sustainable without sacrificing affordability or design flexibility,” says Jamie Lim, President and CEO of OFIA. “Building with tall timber systems is the obvious choice. We believe innovative and ambitious projects, such as Sidewalk Lab’s proposed development, recognizes that we are in a wood construction renaissance. The project also compliments the Ontario Government’sproposed Provincial Forestry Strategy by aspiring to grow our renewable natural use and use locally sourced forest products in innovative construction.” Tall timber is a safe, efficient and sustainable form of engineered wood.

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Fiber-reinforced polymer pultrusions replace wood for structural applications

By Sara Black
Composites World
June 24, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Wood is revered for a reason — it is used for creating warm, inviting home environments, furniture, art and more. Remember the wooden rollercoasters of old? Despite its sentimental value, wood can’t make it in most harsh industrial environments, says Eric Kidd at Bedford Reinforced Plastics: “When exposed to moisture or water, wood is susceptible to warping, rot, mold and mildew. And when in a seaside or coastal location, the moisture, in addition to higher winds and salt spray, creates an especially corrosive environment that can cause a wood structure to break down more quickly over time.” Unlike wood, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) is unaffected by salt spray, moisture or prolonged immersion in water, making it a good material choice for piers, pilings, pedestrian bridges, cooling towers and other structural applications in harsh environments.

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Wearing Sustainable Lingerie Has Never Felt So Good

By Judy Chen
FashNerd
June 24, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…choosing lingerie that flatters the figure while remaining comfortable can sometimes feel like an endless endeavour. Adding sustainability into the mix may seem a bit out of grasp. However, sustainable and eco-friendly fabrics that are flattering and offer maximum comfort have become increasingly abundant in the market …A new flurry of lingerie brands has emerged… Some of the best innovations in lingerie have been in new sustainable wood-based fibres that can significantly reduce the fabric’s impact on the environment. …Wood-based fibres are produced from wood sourced in sustainably managed forests, which tend to have a far less detrimental impact on the environment in comparison to other natural fibres. …Wood-based fibres don’t just help the environment; they also offer great comfort to the wearer too. TENCELTM branded lyocell and modal fibres, for example, provide enhanced breathability and lasting softness, they are more effective … at keeping the wearer cosy. 

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John Makepeace Talks Trees, Wood Science, and the Future of Furniture

By Michael Cooper
Core 77
June 21, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Forging his career as a furniture designer over the past 60 years, John Makepeace has been fascinated with exploring structure and the science of material, much like an architect. He’s also collaborated on the construction innovative buildings. He’s been an entrepreneur, developing his business, designing production furniture before moving into one-of-a-kind commissioned work for clients around the world. He’s raised significant investment over the years and taken big risks—perhaps most notably in launching and running an innovative furniture making school in the mid 70s called Parnham. Plus, he’s almost as quiet as a church mouse. But when we sit down in his kitchen over a cup of tea to talk, although softly spoken, John remains much like his work: Deliberate, precise and often surprising.

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Forestry

Women in log hauling: Dorothy shares her experience

BC Forest Safety Council
June 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dorothy Teichroeb is a Professional Log Truck Driver based in Vanderhoof and has been hauling logs for three years. “What inspired me to go into this industry is my dream to fly. I received all of my training with E and R Professional Driving Center, a local driving school (which I highly recommend!). Acquiring my class one was the easier part. Thankfully I was fortunate enough to have great bosses and an extremely patient brother to give me hands-on training. The first three to four months I had my hands full and sometimes felt slightly overwhelmed. For trucking industry safety I feel that there should be a training period after you have passed your test. That is the most important thing I would stress! Just to have “professional” written on my driver’s license did not give me the training I needed for driving off-highway, or extreme road conditions.

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Peace moratoriums the latest blow to B.C. forestry

By Bob Zimmer, MP, Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.
The Alaska Highway News
June 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bob Zimmer

…These issues have now only been exacerbated by the province, along with their federal Liberal counterparts, imposing a two-year moratorium on new natural resource development in our region as part of their caribou recovery plans. I am deeply concerned that this interim moratorium will lead to permanent restrictions and I fail to see how pushing pause on natural resource development will “limit economic impacts” as Minister Donaldson would have us believe. There’s no denying that all of us care about the caribou and bringing the herd back, however, we have heard from local experts that a moratorium would not necessarily be effective in seeing caribou numbers increase. Instead, this decision will surely have a greater negative impact on our local mill operations, with more closures likely to come.

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B.C. is in a grim cycle: First spring, then drought, then fires. Why won’t the province call it a climate emergency?

By Justine Hunter
The Globe and Mail
June 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Earlier this week, the House of Commons declared a climate emergency in Canada. In B.C., which has been hammered in recent years by record-breaking wildfires, droughts, flooding and a forest-destroying plague of pests, the provincial government isn’t ready to make that declaration. …Jonathan Boyd, a hydrologist with the B.C. River Forecast Centre, says the drought concerns across the province are due to a confluence of events: Since mid-January, B.C. has experienced a lower-than normal snowpack, unusually warm spring temperatures, precious little rain and record-breaking heat. “It’s been one of the fastest melts of the snowpack we have seen, so it puts us in a vulnerable situation for drought,” he says. …The Sierra Club BC is calling on the B.C. government to declare a forest and climate emergency – the group points to the logging practices in the Cowichan Valley as an example of how human disturbances are increasing the risk of unmanageable climate impact.

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800 spruce seedlings planted at Beatton Provincial Park

Alaska Highway News
June 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Friday June 21, the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club collaborated with Canfor to plant some 800 spruce seedlings in Beatton Provincial Park.  With the creation of a stadium area, for staging cross country ski race events, the WJNSC sought to mitigate the loss of trees by planting spruce seedlings around the stadium area where the aspen are more open or less mature. Fourteen volunteers participated, over half from Canfor, as well as Whiskey Jack and a BC Parks volunteer. The seedlings were provided by Canfor. Fortunately, the bugs kept away and the heat of the day was avoided by starting early in the morning.

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‘We’re losing these’: Man campaigns to save native species in Toronto’s ravines

By Muriel Draaisma
CBC News
June 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eric Davies

Determined to save native species in Toronto’s ravines, University of Toronto PhD forestry student Eric Davies has begun a campaign. It involves lobbying the city, enlisting support from other foresters, and drawing public attention to the problem of invasive species, which are the biggest threat facing Toronto’s ravines. With science, money, political will, support from tens of thousands of local residents and a team of foresters leading the effort, Davies says he firmly believes the ecological integrity of Toronto’s ravines could be restored. … On a recent walk through a ravine near downtown Toronto, Davies pointed out the non-native trees. Dead trees were scattered about the forested area. There was garbage, and invasive species had taken root. “Norway Maple, Norway Maple, Norway Maple,” he says. Then, halfway down a steep slope, he spotted a towering Eastern White Pine. “Here, look at this. This looks to be a survivor.”

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Forest Manifesto – Ecology group seeks community input, protection of wildlife, ecosystems, and biodiversity

By Lawrence Powell
Amherst News
June 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WEST DALHOUSIE, N.S. — It wasn’t just about the old forest at Corbett Lake, said Sue Skipton, one of the people who helped convince Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin to halt the harvest of a section of Crown forest south of Bridgetown. It was about forests everywhere. Now she’s helped put together a Forest Manifesto that would give communities more say in what happens in their woods, places more ecological value on old forests, makes wildlife harm reduction a priority, demands proper watershed buffers to reduce flooding, erosion, and nutrient loss, and demands an immediate and dramatic reduction in clear cutting. …the manifesto applies to the entire province. “…we’re working for the betterment of all forests in Nova Scotia,” Skipton said. “People need to band together, as we did, and keep the ball rolling for the proper management of our forests and all that live within.”

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How environmental analysis inadvertently drains the Forest Service budget

By Nick Smith, Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities
The Hill
June 22, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

During a visit to her native Washington State, U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen told an audience her agency was failing to meet the challenges of unhealthy forests and catastrophic wildfires. …The Forest Service took an important step forward by releasing proposed changes to modernize how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act. …Opponents of forest management are predictably attacking this effort in partisan terms, though the Forest Service’s approach may bring the agency in closer compliance with existing regulations issued by the Obama administration’s Council on Environmental Quality. …The proposed rules, as written, likely do not go far enough to address this forest health crisis.  But it shows the agency is responsive and are working to satisfy congressional and public support for better forest management.

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The mighty pine: Cell structure linked to longevity of slow-growing ponderosas

The Daily Inter Lake
June 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – Slow-growing ponderosa pines may have a better chance of surviving longer than fast-growing ones, especially as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of drought, according to new research from the University of Montana. Researchers found that ponderosa longevity might hinge on the shape of microscopic valve-like structures between the cells that transport water through the tree. The study, led by UM alumna Beth Roskilly and Professor Anna Sala, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last week. …“Ponderosa pines, like people, cannot have it all,” said Roskilly, the paper’s lead author. …Our study suggests that trees with fast growth become large quickly, which can be beneficial for young trees competing for resources, but they are more vulnerable to drought and can die at earlier ages. On the other hand, trees that grow slowly are more drought-resistant, which enhances longevity.”

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Presence Confirms Controversial Logging is Taking Place in High Conservation Value Forest

By Lost Coast League
Yahoo News
June 24, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PETROLIA, Calif. — The hotly contested logging on Rainbow Ridge in Humboldt County, California … just got hotter when the closely guarded tree sitter on a tall Douglas-fir tree on Rainbow Ridge was visited this morning by a rare species of rodent, the Sonoma Tree Vole (Arborimus pomo). …In 2011, Humboldt Redwood Company wildlife biologist Sal Chinnichi found that Sonoma Tree Voles were likely to be found in abundance on Rainbow Ridge, an indication that the company was aware of the High Conservation Values before submitting the harvest plans. …Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) in Arcata said,  “the presence of tree voles is strong evidence that this area is a High Conservation Value Forest and requires protection under HRC’s own standards.”

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Spruce Beetles Are Getting Affected Due to Climate Change

By Alice Duncan
The Market News Reporter
June 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If the climate warms as predicted, spruce beetle outbreaks within the Rocky Mountains may turn out to be extra frequent, a brand new multi-year research led by Colorado State University finds. Whereas insect disturbances naturally cycle via forests, the present spruce beetle epidemic affecting Colorado Engelmann spruce forests has been one of many largest on file. According to the Colorado State Forest Service since 1996, over 40 % of the state’s excessive-elevation forests… have already been affected by this newest cycle. …The research, later revealed in Environmental Entomology, supplies new clues about spruce beetle conduct. …Their outcomes point out barely hotter circumstances might contribute to longer flight durations and other eruptive beetle populations, resulting from more prominent people of fertile females. This mix might equate to additional intense insect stress on spruce forests.

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Auburn University forestry professor comments on potential shortage of loggers in US

The Yellowhammer News
June 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Tom Gallagher

Dr. Tom Gallagher, the Regions Bank Endowed Professor of Forest Operations in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, commented recently on the potential shortage of loggers in the timber industry. What is the national outlook for filling logging jobs? Gallagher: The national outlook is not positive at this time. The younger generation is not interested in working in the woods, partly because of not being aware and partly because it is a tough environment. Several programs are being implemented to address the first reason, such as one by the Alabama Forestry Association called ForestryWorks, which has free classes designed to recruit and train equipment operators. Several other states, especially in the Southeast, are also developing programs.  However, I do not know of any mills that are not receiving enough wood to meet their demands.

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Dovetail Partners Announces Ashley McFarland as Executive Director

Dovetail Partners
June 25, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ashley McFarland

Minneapolis, MN – Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental non-profit, is pleased to announce the addition of Ashley McFarland as executive director. McFarland brings expertise in water resources, agronomic research, and program management. …Most recently, Ashley served as the Director of the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center where she managed a diverse research portfolio spanning across multiple agricultural sectors. …McFarland also served as the northern Idaho water quality extension educator for University of Idaho. …McFarland will be based out of Duluth, MN.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

McBride’s secret refinery, biochar plant

By Andru McCracken
The Rocky Mountain Goat
June 23, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Phil Marsh

Farmer, veteran, and inventor Phillip Marsh has developed a technology that can help battle climate change and create useful products from organic waste, and he has done it on his family farm on Mountainview Road in McBride. …“Farmers control a lot of energy in the form of biomass; it’s just not usable to them. I built this process so that I can extract energy locally,” said Marsh, “We can make our own refinery in McBride so you don’t have to go to the tar sands and pick the energy up.” …Besides developing a new fuel source, creating an array of chemical products, and harnessing heat energy stored in biomass, the technology helps pull carbon from the atmosphere. …But Marsh said BC Biocarbon can do it cheaper and better and create an array of useful products at the same time.

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The carbon market: S.C. landowners have potential to profit from selling credits

By Steven Bradley, Clemson University
The Longview Daily News
June 24, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CLEMSON — Ask Michael Dawson about entering the carbon market and whether he would go back and do it again, and his answer is simple: “In a skinny minute.” The process itself, however, is more complex. South Carolina’s Francis Beidler Forest — the world’s largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest — sold roughly 450,000 carbon credits for no less than $8 per credit in California’s carbon market in 2014. …“That’s the first indicator of the fact that South Carolina is a good place for the carbon market,” Clay said. “Forestry and timber production are extremely important to South Carolina. But at the same time, only 20 percent of the forest landowners are commercially harvesting tracts for production. So that leaves 80 percent of the 88 percent of private forested lands that are potentially not used for large-scale timber production.”
 

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Health & Safety

Update on revised New Faller Training Program – BC Forest Safety Council News

BC Forest Safety Council
June 24, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

Piloting of the New Faller Training Program by all three WorkSafeBC approved administrators (the BC Forest Safety Council, Energy Safety Canada, and
BC Wildfire Service) took place in 2018. Feedback was gathered during this time from all involved via interviews, surveys and workshops. The feedback received from the pilots and from an initial WorkSafeBC review is currently being applied to the program and should be completed by the end of this month for review and approval by the administrators before being submitted to WorkSafeBC for final approval. WorkSafeBC will review the training program starting next month (July) followed by a final pilot this fall, with anticipated final approval and rollout to industry in 2020.

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Up to 12 times more smoke due to climate change, warns prof

By Kevin Ma
The St. Albert Today
June 23, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mike Flannigan

Alberta can expect to see twice as much forest fire and up to 12 times more forest fire smoke a year by 2100 because of global heating, says a University of Alberta wildfire expert. …St. Albert doesn’t usually see wildfires near its borders, but it does get the smoke from them, said Alberta Capital Airshed president Brent Korobanik. …“Wildfires can happen hundreds of kilometres away and have direct impacts on the air we breathe,” Korobanik said, as well as our health. …U of A wildland fire professor Mike Flannigan showed forum-goers stats and charts on how Alberta was seeing more forest fires now than it did several decades ago. …Flannigan said his research suggests Alberta would likely see the amount of land it loses to forest fires each year double by 2100 due to current climate trends. Those fires will burn wider and deeper into the forest floor, which means more smoke – six to 12 times more, he predicted.

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Inquest begins into death of teen at wood pellet plant

CBC News
June 24, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wanny Pelletier and Stéphanie Labonté Côté

An inquest has begun in Edmundston into the death of a young worker at a wood processing facility in Saint-Quentin. Wanny Pelletier, 17, died on Dec. 26, 2016, of injuries he suffered four days earlier on the job at Groupe Savoie. The high school student had been cleaning the wood pellet plant when his leg was caught in the conveyor, according to a WorkSafeNB investigation. He was stuck under the conveyor alone for two hours. Groupe Savoie, a producer of hardwood products and Saint-Quentin’s largest employer, pleaded guilty in November 2018, to failing to provide necessary supervision. The company was later fined $125,000 for the infraction. The teen’s mother, Stéphanie Labonté Côté, launched a lawsuit against the company in December 2017.  This inquest is not meant to determine responsibility.

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Forest Fires

Firefighters contain fire south of Squamish

The Squamish Chief
June 24, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews have stifled the Lions Bay area fire, which BC Wildfire Service is declaring human-caused, though officials have yet to determine the exact details of how the blaze was triggered.  Marg Drysdale, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said on Monday afternoon that the fire, which covers three hectares, has been 100-per-cent contained. She said classifying the fire as caused by a person also encompasses equipment-caused fires. Previously, officials were examining the possibility that a downed power line could have sparked the blaze, but that theory has not been confirmed, Drysdale said. “The cause is under investigation,” said Drysdale. “There was some suspicion at the very beginning but now they’re just calling it under investigation, because that has not been clarified….They’re going to have to look deeper into that.”

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Crews battle wildfire overnight near Pender Harbour, B.C.

CBC News
June 24, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews are battling a small wildfire overnight near Pender Harbour in B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. The B.C. Wildfire Service says a three-hectare wildfire is burning on Cecil Hill. The fire broke out at about 5 p.m. PT on Monday. No homes and structures are under threat. Thirteen firefighters and five helicopters have been deployed, fire information officer Donna MacPherson said. Air tankers were used Monday to drop fire retardant. The fire is burning on a steep hill in an area with dense forest canopy, MacPherson said. “It’s a low-intensity ground fire, so it’s burning underneath the trees. It’s not the trees themselves that are on fire.” The source of the fire is still under investigation, but it’s believed to be human-caused.

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Timmins 2 forest fire is now being held

Sudbury.com
June 24, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

There were no new forest fires reported in the Northeast Region by late afternoon June 24. At the time of the MNRF update, there is one wildland fire in the region. Timmins 2 covers 4,645 hectares and the fire is now being held. Crews continue to identify hot spots along the fire’s perimeter. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff continue to work with the community of Gogama to aid community leaders and area residents. At the time of the update, the fire hazard is mostly high across the Northeast Region, with a few areas north of Chapleau showing an extreme hazard.

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Fire hazard listed as extreme, despite rain

By Ryan Forbes
Kenora Online
June 25, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Despite some rain in the forecast, crews with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are continuing to suppress a number of forest fires across the region. Residents are reminded to always practice fire safety when burning outdoors. …Red Lake fire 14, the fire that prompted Pikangikum First Nation’s now-ended evacuation, is listed as under control at 3,835 hectares. Crews are continuing to search and suppress hot spots. Red Lake fire 17, northeast of Trout Lake, is being held at 6,507 hectares. …There are currently 10 active fires in northwestern Ontario. The forest fire hazard is listed as high to extreme across most of the region, with only a few areas seeing any fire hazard reductions from the rain so far.

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Evacuations expand to 700 homes in Arizona wildfire

Albuquerque Journal
June 21, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SUPERIOR, Ariz. — A wildfire burning through rugged country east of Phoenix prompted evacuation orders for more than 700 homes by Friday evening, with no reports of structures burning. The human-caused fire in Tonto National Forest near Roosevelt Lake grew beyond 100 square miles (260 square kilometers). Officials said it was 42% contained and burning unchecked to the north and east. A command team said crews are protecting structures in the Top of the World community and the Roosevelt area. Gila County authorities ordered about 700 homes evacuated, including residents of the Roosevelt Lake area and terrain stretching south for a dozen miles, county spokesman Josh Beck said on Friday evening. He said there were no reports of structures burning as fire crews lit back-burns to contain the blaze. Fire information officer Christa Sandler said evacuations were taken as a precautionary measure amid increased winds and low humidity. Winds threatened to drive the fire toward Roosevelt.

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