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Today’s Takeaway

Brazil’s President takes umbrage over offers of help

The Tree Frog Forestry News
August 28, 2019
Category: Today's Takeaway

Brazil’s President took umbrage over offers of help with Amazon wildfires:

In other news: Canfor announces more curtailments in BC, while discussions on the province’s mill-closure crisis takes place in MackenzieValemount and Fort St. James. Meanwhile: USW ups rhetoric targeting Western Forest Products (who pays for interim benefits); Unifor does the same with Resolute (who holds the wood rights); and Trump pushes to reverse the roadless rule in Alaska. 

Finally, does BC need more Woodlot Licences

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

Canada pushing for Amazon protections in free-trade talks with Brazil

By Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press in the Chronicle Journal
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

OTTAWA – Canada is forging ahead with trade talks with the South American Mercosur trading bloc, hoping to push Brazil to better protect the critical Amazon rainforest, a government spokesman said Tuesday. The talks are continuing despite Brazil’s initial rejection of international funding to help fight fires in the Amazon, apparently over a personal spat with France’s President Emmanuel Macron. …Environment groups last week asked the federal government to abandon those talks. …A spokesman for Minister Jim Carr said the talks will continue “because we are committed to diversifying our trading partners” but that trade is not the only thing on the agenda. “As part of negotiations, Canada is seeking environmental provisions that would be more ambitious than the current WTO guidelines, and include sustainable forest management and combating illegal logging and related trade”.

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Brazil, Bolivia assessing needs after Canada offers $15M aid for Amazon fires

The Canadian Press in Montreal Gazette
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

OTTAWA — Canada’s offer of money and water bombers to help Amazon countries battle raging wildfires … is still being assessed by Brazil and other nations in the Amazon basin, Canadian officials say. Adam Austen… said the $15 million Canada has put on the table itself is distinct from US$20 million …offered … at the end of the G7 leaders’ summit. …Austen said Brazil, Bolivia and other countries…are still looking at the separate proposal from Canada. “Countries are currently assessing their needs and Canada stands ready to help,” Austen said. …A Canadian official, speaking on background because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, indicated that separate from the G7 summit, Canada considered its own assistance after Brazilian authorities quietly began making inquiries about what Canada might do to help last week. Those inquiries resulted in the $15 million Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced while still in France for the G7 summit Monday.

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Bolsonaro Wants Apology Before Taking Amazon Funds From G7 For Brazil

By Luis Henao and Christopher Torchia
The Associated Press in the Huffington Post
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil will only accept an offer of international aid to fight Amazon fires if French leader Emmanuel Macron retracts comments that he finds offensive. Bolsonaro said Macron had called him a liar and he accused the French president of questioning Brazil’s sovereignty .He spoke a day after the G7 nations pledged $26.5 million to help… in addition to a separate $15.9 million from Britain and $15 million from Canada. …Macron, who has questioned Bolsonaro’s trustworthiness and commitment to protecting biodiversity, has shrugged off the snub from the Brazilian president. …He said the money isn’t just aimed at Brazil but at nine countries in the Amazon region, including Colombia and Bolivia. France also considers itself an Amazon country via its overseas region of French Guiana.

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Upheaval could help Valemount, McBride: Forest Minister

By Andru McCracken
The Rocky Mountain Goat
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

According to Forest Minister Doug Donaldson, Valemount and McBride could gain from government programs being developed to transform the province’s hurting forest industry. Donaldson sent an appeal to the federal Minister of Natural Resources for help for forestry workers and BC communities impacted by a ravaged forest industry. Included in his request was a program to help transition the industry towards new horizons, including bioenergy. …The Valemount Community Forest is in the process of procuring a sawmill for undersized wood… but there is a looming struggle that must be solved: what to do with wood waste. Donaldson said his Ministry’s focus on forestry transformation plays to Valemount and McBride’s aspiration to set up bioenergy programs. “I see the benefits of these far beyond the direct communities being impacted right now,” said Donaldson.

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Forestry discussion held in Fort St. James

By Aman Parhar
Caledonia Courier
August 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nechako Lakes MLA held a forestry discussion last week in Fort St. James to interact with people affected by the sale of the Conifex sawmill to Hampton Lumber. During the interaction people expressed probable solutions and concerns about B.C.’s forest industry. The meeting led by John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes had 10 participants…Rustad started the meeting by saying that some of the reasons why forestry in B.C. is facing such a hard time is because the province is heavily dependent on exports and are the highest cost producers in North America. He said because of the high lumber prices, companies have to figure out how to reduce prices and hence are curtailing. Rustad questioned the difference in stumpage cost between B.C. and Alberta. …Currently, stumpage is set once a year with quarterly updates, Rustad said, adding Alberta does monthly adjustments and hence is more reflective of the current market conditions.

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Canfor Curtailing an Additional 75 Million Board Feet of Production Capacity in BC

By Canfor Corporation
Cision Newswire
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation announced additional operating curtailments which will reduce production capacity by 75 million board feet between September 3rd and the end of the year. Its Houston, Polar, Prince George and Fort St. John sawmills will be curtailed the week of September 3rd. In addition, Canfor’s Plateau and Houston mills will transition to a four-day work week in September, which will remain in effect until market and economic conditions support a return to the full operating schedule of five days per week. …These curtailments are in addition to all previously announced capacity reductions.

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Mill closures & job lost: In solidarity with Mackenzie

UFCW 1518
August 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

400 workers are off the job as three mills closed in the northern BC town of Mackenzie: that is nearly 10% of the community’s population. …As the unemployed workforce leaves town in search for jobs, other businesses and workers are also struggling. Last Thursday, a rally was organized to draw attention to what many are calling a crisis in this small community. UFCW 1518 Executive Board member Nan Fredericks was one the organizers of the #MackenzieMatters rally, which had nearly 1,000 people marching in solidarity. …UFCW 1518 stands in solidarity with the community of Mackenzie during this difficult time. Our union represents about 50 workers at the Mackenzie Co-op, who also see themselves are affected by these closures. …“When workers lose their jobs, we hurt entire families, businesses and communities,” said President Kim Novak. “An initiative like the #MackenzieMatters campaign is what the labour movement is about: coming together to fight for fairness.”

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Striking Western Forest Products workers in Campbell River say loss of benefits will ‘create animosity that will last for years’

By David Gordon Koch
Campbell River Mirror
August 26, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products workers may lose their health and dental benefits after three months on strike, and striking forestry workers in Campbell River say the news is creating animosity on the picket lines.  …Susan Dolinksi, Western’s vice-president of corporate affairs, said in a statement the company “delayed this action as long as possible.”According to the union, a motion passed in 1993 by industry and union trustees committed the company to covering premiums during work stoppages, with workers later paying back the company. In an update posted online, USW said that union trustees didn’t authorize the change, which it called “extraordinary and vindictive.” The company hasn’t produced evidence that the agreement had been cancelled, according to the union. …Dolinkski said the company is “mindful of the impact of the strike on our employees and are hopeful that the union exercises its option to continue benefits for its members.”

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Drought to force water pumping into Cowichan River starting Thursday

By Robert Barron
The Sooke News Mirror
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst plans to begin pumping water over the weir on Cowichan Lake as extreme drought grips the region. Brian Houle, environmental manager for Catalyst Crofton said the water level in the river is continuing its downward trend. …“The lake level will continue to slowly decline as a function of our dry weather and due to the sustained 4.5 CMS flow leaving the lake. …Catalyst’s Crofton pulp mill, which depends on water from the Cowichan River to run its operations, has been planning to begin pumping water over its weir for weeks if the region didn’t get sufficient rain. …Water levels in Cowichan Lake are expected to drop by as much as 20 inches and that could uncover unexpected navigational hazards in the lake.

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Unifor says province ‘can make life uncomfortable’ for Resolute

By Gary Rinne
Thunder Bay News Watch
August 28, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES, Ont. — A spokesperson for Unifor forestry members is calling on Resolute Forest Products to cancel the restrictions it’s imposed on the use of the company’s Fort Frances pulp and paper mill. Unifor national representative Stephen Boon said “the games can end tomorrow” if Resolute removes the covenants attached to the recent transfer of the mill property to Riversedge Developments. “All it would take is for Resolute to say ‘we’ll lift the restrictions, we’ll allow a purchaser to come in and work a deal with Riversedge to operate that mill.’ That’s what we’re hoping for, and Resolute could do that tomorrow,” Boon said in an interview with Tbnewswatch.  One of the covenants prevents a purchaser from talking to the province about accessing the Crossroute Forest for wood supply.

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Canada Investing in First-in-Canada Forest Industry Technologies in Sarnia

By Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SARNIA, ON – …Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Sport… on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced two investments totalling more than $4.7 million in Woodland Biofuels. The investments will go toward two innovative initiatives that will create jobs, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop first-of-their-kind technology in Canada’s forest sector. The first investment of $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will allow Woodland Biofuels to develop a technology to produce ethanol, a sustainable and renewable fuel, from wood and agricultural waste. …The second investment of over $2.8 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, will increase the efficiency of Woodland Biofuels’ cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland’s first commercial-scale ethanol facility.

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New sawmill all the buzz with south Alabama grand opening

By Randi Hildreth
WSFA 12 News
August 27, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ABBEVILLE, Alabama – Tuesday, state and local officials celebrated the grand opening of the Abbeville sawmill. …Gov. Kay Ivey was on hand for the occasion and toured the facility. …The project, which has an investment to-date of more than $40 million, already employs 65 people. …Over the next year, the company plans to expand to 115 employees and double the number of trucks it gets per day.
Abbeville Fiber has one client. Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc., whose president and CEO, Jimmy Rane, is no stranger to the timber industry. …It was his father who helped bring West Point Pepperell to Abbeville. Unfortunately, that facility closed in 2007. Now, Rane is excited to bring back jobs.

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Finance & Economics

Lumber industry hoping for improved sales in September

By Madison’s Lumber Reporter
Canadian Forest Industries
August 27, 2019
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, United States

North American softwood lumber sellers were able to hold firm on pricing for most solid wood commodities. …The price of benchmark lumber commodity Western Spruce-Pine-Fir KD 2×4 #2&Btr last week gained $4, or 1.2%, to close the week at U.S. $346 mfbm compared to $342 the week before. Compared to historical trends, this week’s WSPF KD 2×4 #2&Btr prices are down -$25, or -7%, relative to the one-year rolling average.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Firefighters call for better safety

By Dave Flaherty
The Oshawa Express
August 27, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Oshawa’s firefighter union has joined the city in calling for stricter regulations for wood-frame buildings. This past June, city council resolved to ask the province to review its guidelines for fire safety during construction of five and six-storey wood buildings, and make such guidelines mandatory for all wood buildings with more than four storeys. The move came after a large fire that erupted at an apartment building under construction on Bloor Street West near Park Road South. …Peter Dyson, president of the Oshawa Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA) applauded the city’s resolution. “As the June 9 fire on Bloor Street West showed, fires in wood-frame buildings, in particular those under construction, burn unexpectedly large and hot, and have the potential to be extremely dangerous to firefighters and to the public,” he says. …Dyson says the OPFFA is offering its input to the city in regards to discussions on provincial legislation.

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Credit union brings cross-laminated timber to county

By Edward Stratton
The Daily Astorian
August 27, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

WARRENTON — The new Fibre Federal Credit Union branch at the North Coast Retail Center uses a cross-laminated Douglas fir roof, one of the first commercial structures in Clatsop County to incorporate the timber technology. The roof, however, comes from Austria, an example of the evolving nature of what many in the U.S. see as the new frontier for timber. The Longview, Washington-based Fibre Federal wanted an affordable way to use exposed wood for a more Pacific Northwest feel, said Chris Bradberry, the president of the credit union. Architects recommended cross-laminated timber… “It gave us that ability to have the architectural design we wanted,” Bradberry said of the technology. “It’s also quicker on the build.” …The posts, beams and roof all came preassembled from KLH Massive Wood in Austria. …“The Europeans have been doing this for like 25 years, so they’ve built up an infrastructure,” said Tom Williamson, a wood technology expert.

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Forestry

Sending water bombers won’t solve Amazon rainforest fires, Canadian researcher says

By Jenny Peng
The Star Vancouver
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

Barbara Zimmerman

VANCOUVER—A researcher who has spent decades working in the Amazon rainforest with Indigenous Peoples says sending water bombers to Brazil would be a mere Band-Aid in the face of systemic problems. …The institute says it doesn’t have figures for the area burned, but deforestation as a whole has accelerated in the Amazon this year. …Barbara Zimmerman is the director of the Kayapo Project at the International Conservation Fund of Canada, a charity that aims to preserve biodiverse areas around the world. Though she applauds the Trudeau government’s announcement and his efforts to bring more attention to the Amazon fires, she says the measures are short-term solutions. “The entire problem is the lack of enforcement of Brazil’s laws, and as long as that continues, this will happen every year,” said Zimmerman

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Canadians asked to find ash trees in a bid to preserve the species

Canadian Press in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Donnie McPhee

HALIFAX — An invasive insect from Asia is expected to kill almost every ash tree in Canada, but Donnie McPhee has a plan to preserve the species. Co-ordinator for the National Tree Seed Centre in Fredericton, McPhee is asking Canadians to help him find mature stands where seeds can be gathered and later stored for future generations in the centre’s deep-freeze vaults. “We’re looking to protect the genetic diversity of the species,” McPhee said. “We’re looking for natural stands of trees that are in seed …. We want Canadians to be our eyes — to let us know they’re out there.” And the time is right to start the search because the white ash and black ash … are expected to produce a bumper crop of seeds this fall. …“The reports I’ve seen suggest that within 50 years, there might not be any ash trees anywhere in the country,” McPhee said.

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Opinion: Killing wolves to save caribou is not the right solution

By Sadie Parr, of Wolf Awareness Inc.
The Calgary Herald
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta’s proposed conservation agreement with the federal government for woodland caribou… which is inviting public comment by Oct. 6, has several delusions to draw from regarding conservation, I will highlight three. First off, the scheme to construct a large fenced enclosure to grow caribou… is essentially a caribou zoo. Next, the stated goal is to articulate actions over the next five years… there is no explanation regarding how quality habitat will appear in light of continued habitat alteration by humans and a changing climate. Finally, the plan to continue the wide-scale killing of wolves… is glaringly unrealistic in terms of protecting functioning ecosystems, the ultimate goal for conservation. …The morality of causing harm to thousands of animals for any reason should be questioned .  We as a society must reflect upon the ethics involved in this conservation crisis.

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What do Coca-Cola, Chevron, Catalyst and North Cowichan all have in common?

Letter by Icel Dobell
BC Local News
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Icel Dobell

… If we stop logging our forests, we can sell carbon offsets… Before we spell out the exciting win-win possibility that may exist here in our Valley, first we want to give credit where credit is due — to council. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, council voted for the UBC partnership to lead the way with our forestry review, public consultation, and the weighty process about to unfold as we determine how, with the highest and best values paramount, we will manage and be responsible for the Six Mountain Community Forests. The vote has been cast and we are now moving forward together. New chapter, new verse, new story. …If we sell our carbon offsets to some unknown carbon producing industry are we selling our souls? The answer is no. UBC has informed us that we can choose who we sell to, just as companies choose who they will buy from. Enter Catalyst.

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Protecting the Sacred Headwaters of the Klappan Valley

By Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government and Tahltan Nation have signed a land-use plan that advances reconciliation and embraces the Klappan Valley’s significant social, cultural, environmental and economic values. …A ceremonial signing and celebration has cemented the Klappan Plan, which guides where resource management activities can occur in the area and protects the Sacred Headwaters — the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine rivers — from industrial development for a minimum of 20 years. …“The Klappan Plan is a tangible milestone in B.C.’s reconciliation discussions with the Tahltan and delivers on our commitment to reach land-use solutions through a collaborative process,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “This is a milestone that will make a real difference for Tahltan Nation and benefit the entire region.”

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Does BC Need More Woodlot Licences?

By Sara Mah
Federation of British Columbia Woodlot Associations
August 26, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Woodlot Licences are part of a little industry that makes a big difference on BC’s forest stewardship landscape. Most people don’t know what a Woodlot Licence is, let alone that there are more than 850 of them covering nearly 600,000 hectares of forests in British Columbia. In fact, there’s probably a woodlot in your backyard. They’re managed, productive, working forests on publicly-owned (Crown) land. They share borders with urban centres, rural subdivisions, sensitive ecosystems and traffic corridors. They’re highly visible, play host to a diverse range of species – both flora and fauna – and they’re under the care of BC’s woodlotters. Many people think “forestry” is a commercial venture for big companies like Western Forest Products and Canfor, and it is. The vast majority of BC’s forests are managed by large license holders that log timber for sawmills, value-added production and pellet plants, both locally and overseas.

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Forest centre aims to plant seeds of Lahey report on private woodlots

By Michael Gorman
CBC News
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While the Nova Scotia government continues to focus on implementing the recommendations of the Lahey report on forestry for Crown land, a group is stepping up to also make those recommendations possible for private landowners. The Family Forest Centre was created by the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. Andy Kekacs… said since Bill Lahey’s report owas released a year ago… there’re been lots of interest from private landowners. But there hasn’t been as much know-how. “Explaining what that actually means to people in terms of the specific practices that might change is really important,” he said. The group has created an online hub that will answer questions, help people get resources and understand how the concept of ecological forestry might affect their land, and offer programs for people interested in pursuing it.

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Anger growing in the region, union

By Mike Aiken
Kenora Online
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCIS, ONTARIO — Unifor members are calling on the province to see wood rights tied to local mills. Steve Boon explains… “The whole point of the forest sustainability act is to  make sure that Ear Falls, Kenora, Fort Frances all have forests and they all benefit through mills and jobs. Obviously that’s not happening,” he said. …Boon says members are upset to see a restart at the mill in Fort Frances being blocked by Resolute, who continue to use wood from the Crossroute for operations in Atikokan and Thunder Bay. …Mayor June Call of Fort Frances outlined how the company had prevented the sale of the mill property to forestry companies  in 2014 and 2018. In response, Resolute said… a new buyer already has plans for the property, including an option to produce marijuana.

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Montana has compelling interest in seeing Tenmile-South Helena forestry project proceed

By Tim Fox, Montana’s Attorney General
Helena Independent Record
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tim Fox

…On behalf of Montana, I have intervened in a lawsuit that special interest groups filed to halt a forest management project aimed at mitigating these risks. The U.S. Forest Service conducted a thorough analysis prior to proposing the Tenmile-South Helena Project, which will reduce fuels and lessen the chances of a catastrophic fire in Helena’s backyard. It will also improve access, which will, in the event of a fire, serve the dual purpose of helping residents escape and firefighters enter. The state of Montana has a compelling interest in this federal case. Not only are the at-risk federal lands adjacent to state-owned lands, but a catastrophic wildfire in the Tenmile and South Hills areas could jeopardize lives, property, clean water, businesses, and even Helena itself. …For the health of our forests and safety of our communities, we can’t afford more obstruction of forest management projects.

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Let it burn: U.S. fights wildfires with fire

By Andrew Hay
The Telegram
August 28, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COYOTE, NEW MEXICO – It was the kind of fire that has terrified communities across the drought-ridden U.S. West in the past few years: a ponderosa pine forest ablaze in New Mexico filling the air with thick, aromatic smoke. Except this fire was deliberately set by state penitentiary prisoners, dripping a mix of gasoline and diesel around trees and scrub. The managed burn — a low-intensity controlled fire – was meant to clear undergrowth and protect the Santa Fe National Forest from future wildfires that are growing more frequent and severe across the West with climate change. After a century of trying to extinguish blazes within hours, U.S. forest managers are increasingly starting them or letting natural fires burn to clean out fuel that can turn a wildfire into a catastrophe.

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Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

By Juliet Eilperin and Josh Dawsey
The Washington Post
August 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

President Trump has instructed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to exempt Alaska’s 16.7-million-acre Tongass National Forest from logging restrictions imposed nearly 20 years ago, after privately discussing the matter with the state’s governor. The move would… open it to potential logging, energy and mining projects. It would undercut a sweeping Clinton administration policy known as the “roadless rule,” which has survived a decades-long legal assault. …President Bill Clinton put more than half of it off limits to logging just days before leaving office in 2001. …Trump’s decision to weigh in, at a time when Forest Service officials had planned much more modest changes to managing the agency’s single largest holding, revives a battle that the previous administration had aimed to settle. …Alaskans, including Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), have pressed Trump to exempt their state from the rule.

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Indigenous leaders denounce Amazon fire as terrifying plague

By Survival International
Scoop Independent News
August 28, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indigenous leaders across Brazil’s Amazon region have denounced the devastating fires as a “plague” and a ‘terror” that “makes our children sick and kills the animals.” …Renowned indigenous leader Sonia Guajajara said, “the predatory behaviour of loggers, miners and ranchers, who have a powerful lobby in the National Congress … has been getting much worse under the anti-indigenous government of Jair Bolsonaro, who normalizes, incites and empowers violence against the environment and against us.” …Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry said today: “These appalling fires are not accidental. The attack on Amazonia is facilitated because of Bolsonaro’s assault on indigenous people and the environment, to a degree we’ve not seen for 50 years. The Amazon is being destroyed and its indigenous peoples are being destroyed at the fastest rate in generations. The best way to address the climate crisis is to fight for the land rights of indigenous peoples.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Local Forestry Assessment to Help Canadians Understand Climate Change Impacts

By Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
August 28, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

OTTAWA – Climate change presents both challenges and opportunities, which is why it is important for Canadians to be aware of its impacts. …The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced $194,000 for the Canadian Institute of Forestry to undertake a detailed regional case study that will strengthen the forest sector’s ability to adapt to climate change. Valued at $470,000, the Northern Prairie Forests Integrated Regional Assessment project will bring together public and private sector stakeholders and local communities to assess Saskatchewan and Manitoba forests’ vulnerability to climate change. The assessment will recommend regionally appropriate climate change adaptation actions and support increased use of climate change considerations in planning and decision-making.

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Forest Fires

While all eyes are on Brazil, Bolivia battles its own vast Amazon fires

The Associated Press in CBC News
August 27, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

While global attention has been focused on fires burning across the Brazilian Amazon, neighbouring Bolivia is battling its own vast blazes, which have charred an area nearly as extensive as the nation of Lebanon. At least 20,000 fires were burning across the country as of the Tuesday, and a total of 950,000 hectares had been burned so far this year — most of that in weeks — according to Cliver Rocha, director of the national Forests and Lands Authority. While some of the fires were burning in Bolivia’s share of the Amazon, the largest blazes were in the Chiquitania region of southeastern Bolivia, a zone of dry forest, farmland and open prairies that has seen an expansion of farming and ranching in recent years. The College of Biologists in the capital, La Paz, has estimated that the fires have destroyed $1.1 billion US worth of timber.

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