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Today’s Takeaway

It’s National Forest Week in Canada, Climate Week in NYC

The Tree Frog Forestry News
September 23, 2019
Category: Today's Takeaway

National Forest Week is celebrated in Canada this week; while Climate Week NYC is raising climate awareness south of the 49th. Related stories include: Climate and the boreal (Canada); new solutions via biomass utilization, (BC and US South); 800 years of tree ring evidence (UK); time to substitute wood for concrete (Australia); and paying to avoid GHG emissions (Norway).

In other news: US housing data roars back, as BC starts drop; tall wood is endorsed by Seattle; the Sierra Club on BC old-growth; and who should be in charge of US forests. Companies making headlines include: Hammond Cedar (meet the people and retraining funds); Kruger (diversity award), EACOM (college partnership); and Katerra (CLT plant opening).

Finally, this week is also the UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities) conference in Vancouver. Sandy and I are attending, so hope to see you there!

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Froggy Foibles

Growing Victoria organic backyard business sells wood dust to kill fruit flies

By David Garrigg
Vancouver Sun
September 22, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Victoria startup has created an organic dust that kills fruit flies — while saving the worms — in compost bins. At one time, BinBreeze director Taylor McCarten said he was working on the idea of a perfect green bin as part of his Masters in Business Administration studies at UVic. …However, as he got closer to completing the degree, McCarten started to look beyond the bin. “…we came up with the idea that maybe we should put something in the bins, rather than trying to create the perfect bin. Because the science showed there’s no such thing as the perfect green bin.” …What they came up with was 50 per cent untreated Douglas fir wood waste, plus some zeolite from Kelowna (the world’s most porous rock), some inert dirt with silicate from Nevada and other ingredients that aren’t widely known as the company prepares to get legal protection for the product.

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Business & Politics

Meet the people keeping Maple Ridge’s Hammond mill running in its final days

By Alex McKeen and Jesse Winter
The Toronto Star
September 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wayne Johnston

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C.—They rise before the sun to load, cut and sort cedar logs… Wayne Johnston and Don Lambright have clocked in at the Hammond Cedar mill about one hour east of Vancouver every day for a combined total of almost seven decades. They recall firsthand the days when the now safety-obsessed workforce resisted requests for everyone to wear safety glasses, and can tell lore about the roaring 1920s, when Hammond was the largest cedar producer in the British Empire. Now Johnston and Lambright’s roles in the 110-year-old mill’s storied history have been brought into sharp relief. With a permanent closure of the mill looming…their cohort will be the last ones standing — the people who kept the machines running while Hammond became the embodiment of B.C.’s forestry decline in the lower mainland.

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Government must take action

By Donna Barnett, MLA, Cariboo-Chilcotin
BC Local News
September 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

My phone starting ringing off the hook from forest contractors, loggers and many more whose livelihoods are directly connected to the forest industry, and they are deeply upset with Minister Doug Donaldson’s announcement that does little to help workers and families through the worst crisis in the industry in the last 40 years. …I’m grateful that older workers will benefit… However, the fact that government is asking industry and the federal government to come to the table at this late stage of the game, is a clear indication that this plan was hatched at the very last minute. The first signs that the forest industry was in deep trouble surfaced last January when the first of a whole string of mill closures began. …This whole time Horgan and Donaldson sat idly by and watched the whole crisis unravel without lifting a finger. …Government needs to take action and make our industry competitive again

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Council of Forest Industries highlights Smart Future at Community Dinner

By Fiona McDonald
Council of Forest Industries
September 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Donaldson

Susan Yurkovich

COFI held its annual Community Dinner this month in Prince George, BC. Always a popular event, guests included industry leaders, local government and provincial politicians. Chief Clayton Pountney welcomed guests to the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh and was followed by Councillor Murry Krause who welcomed guests on behalf of the City of Prince George. The Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development, provided remarks and spoke optimistically about how working together, collaboratively, the forest sector can have a vibrant and diverse future. To close the evening, Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of COFI, updated guests on COFI’s recently released document “Smart Future: A Path Forward for B.C.’s Forest Products Industry”, which contains 60 ideas that could help to secure a stronger future for B.C’s forest sector. Circulating with guests after dinner, the tone in the room was positive, with energized discussion on how all stakeholders can work together to ensure the forest sector continues to support skilled jobs and communities.

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Q&A with BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson

by James Miller and Ron Seymour
The Kelowna Daily Courier
September 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Andrew Wilkinson

…Andrew Wilkinson: Question: Forestry is in crisis, with Kelowna’s mill just announcing an indefinite shutdown. What should the government be doing that it isn’t doing to help the industry? Wilkinson: This calendar year we’ve had 89 closures, shut-downs, or curtailments in forestry in B.C. All but two of them have been in B.C. LIberal ridings. The NDP have largely ignored the issue. When we had the softwood lumber dispute back in 2003, the BC Liberals went hard on the federal government. …The NDP seems to be neglecting this forestry crisis because it doesn’t really affect their key ridings. British Columbia now has the highest cost per log of any jurisdiction in North America. Under the BC Liberals, it had the lowest cost per log.

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Hammond Cedar workers can access retraining funds

By Neil Corbett
The Maple Ridge-Pitt meadows News
September 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Maple Ridge’s Hammond Cedar employees will be included in recently announced provincial funding for displaced forestry workers. …United Steelworkers Local 2009 president Al Bieksa said the union has lobbied to have the Maple Ridge employees able to access a $12 million fund for workers to access skills training, and for employer and community grants for training. …The union is in the process of negotiating a closure agreement with Interfor, and he expected it to be completed by the end of the week. …“They (the talks) have been tough, but Interfor has been fair in the negotiations,” he said. …Interfor has some opportunities at other locations. …He said none of the Hammond workers have been laid off, but by Oct. 25 or 26 the company estimates the wood at the site will have been milled and shipped.

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Kruger Products Earns Women in Governance Silver Level Parity Certification

By Kruger Products LP
Cision Newswire
September 23, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ON — Kruger Products received Silver Level Parity Certification from Women in Governance for the company’s work in developing and offering workplace policies and programs that support career growth and leadership opportunities for women in business. Kruger Products will be among 30 recipients from across Canada to receive their certifications… on September 25 in Montréal. …The WiG Parity Certification recognizes organizations that have achieved results by articulating a commitment to gender parity in the workplace, integrating it to the ecosystem of the organization and implementing mechanisms to achieve that commitment and sustain it over time. 

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Pulp friction: Property taxes on large mills under review

By Robert Jones
CBC News
September 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick municipal politicians are hoping a property assessment review underway of the province’s six pulp and paper mills will restore some of the $5.9 million in property tax reductions won by the facilities five years ago that caused financial problems in several communities. …Edmundston lost just over $700,000 in annual tax revenue when the province slashed the assessed value of the Twin Rivers pulp mill by 58 per cent late in 2013 for the 2014 budget year. Twin Rivers was one of six New Brunswick pulp and/or paper mills that received significant property assessment reductions from the province during what were acknowledged to be difficult economic times in the industry. But international markets have generally improved since then, and …Service New Brunswick officials acknowledged they are re-looking at the value of the pulp and paper mills and will make changes in the assessments next year if warranted. 

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Northern College, EACOM sign partnership agreement

Northern Ontario Business
September 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern College and EACOM Timber Corp. are partnering on a three-year initiative to provide enhanced learning, teaching and research opportunities in the forestry sector. Gathered at Northern’s Timmins campus on Sept. 20, parties from the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will encourage teaching partnerships, recruitment and employment initiatives, speaking engagement opportunities, applied research, co-op placements, curriculum support and scholarship offerings. The lumber company is also contributing $5,000 toward the purchase of a machine tool chip conveyor learning system for the college’s shop. It will help train students studying in the college’s industrial millwright, heavy equipment mechanic, and instrumentation technician programs.

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Katerra opens $150 million manufacturing facility in Spokane Valley

By Amy Edelen
The Spokesman Review
September 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

California-based Katerra has opened its $150 million manufacturing plant in Spokane Valley where 100 workers are producing engineered wood products that could eventually replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings. The 270,000-square-foot factory opened Friday near Interstate 90 and Barker Road. The owners claim it is the largest cross-laminated timber and glulam facility in the United States. …The timber used in Katerra’s facility is currently sourced from Canada, but that is expected to change as wood becomes available in the state, said Craig Curtis, head of architecture for Katerra. “Now it’s up to the mills in Washington to be able to produce the material that we are looking for at the factory,” he said. …Avista’s Catalyst Building in the University District will be the first office building in the state constructed with cross-laminated timber made in Spokane Valley.

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Finance & Economics

B.C. housing starts drop after four-month run

By Bryan You
Business in Vancouver
September 23, 2019
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Annualized urban-area starts fell to 36,900 units during the month, from 50,800 units in July, following strong results since April. This was the lowest monthly reading since March. …Our expectation is for a significant decline over the next year given the weak resale market. …Multi-family unit construction was the main driver of August’s pullback. Starts fell from 43,400 units to 29,112 units (down 33%). Detached starts rose 4% to 7,750 units annualized.

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US Housing Data Roars Back To Life, Finally

Seeking Alpha
September 22, 2019
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

Home construction in the US surged to the strongest levels in more than a decade in August. Housing Starts and Building Permits jumped to the highest monthly rates since 2007. Patience is a virtue. …At long last, the stubbornly slow-to-react single-family housing data has benefited from the tailwinds of significantly lower mortgage rates. Strong performance from the REIT and Homebuilding sector.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tall buildings out of timber? In the face of climate change, Seattle encourages it

By Katherine Khashimova Long
The Seattle Times
September 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

…In the coming years, Ballard will be home to Seattle’s first tall building built almost entirely from wood. Rising eight stories from the current Ballard Blossom florist on Market Street will be a hotel built principally from cross-laminated timber. …Mark Wishnie, the director of global forestry at The Nature Conservancy, said he understands the whiplash that some feel about the environmental movement’s about-face on timber. One of the biggest challenges… the perception that logging equals deforestation. ….That doesn’t have to be the case, Wishnie said, if logging is managed well. But he emphasized that cross-laminated timber only makes sense if the wood comes from a forest that’s managed responsibly. …The huge environmental benefits of cross-laminated timber are its biggest draw. …“If cross-laminated timber is going to make a difference for climate, we’re going to need to rapidly scale it up,” The Nature Conservancy’s Wishnie said.

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Net zero achievable for building industry by 2050

Architecture and Design Australia
September 23, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A new report by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) presents a clear pathway of actions that will help the building and construction sector reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Released as part of the annual World Green Building Week 2019 taking place 23-29 September, the report ‘Bringing embodied carbon upfront’ presents WorldGBC’s new vision for how buildings and infrastructure around the world can reach 40 percent less embodied carbon emissions by 2030, and achieve 100 percent net zero emissions buildings by 2050. …WorldGBC’s vision to fully decarbonise the sector requires both operational and embodied carbon emissions to be eliminated. …Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council says, “Our new report is a solution focused response to the urgent need to significantly reduce upfront emissions in building and construction and demand action across carbon intensive industries and materials.

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Forestry

National Forest Week 2019

Canadian Institute of Forestry
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated across Canada by many individuals and diverse governmental and non governmental organizations. During NFW, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and to raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. …Communities, families and individuals depend on forests for their livelihood and way of life. Established circa 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, the intention was to encourage greater public awareness towards Canada’s forests.  …Since then National Forest Week, as it was renamed in 1967, has evolved to encompass the many and varied human and environmental aspects of Canada’s forest resources – past, present and future.  Although special activities are promoted across Canada, NFW remains first and foremost a challenge to individual Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource.

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Fighting fire with fire management

Letter by Derek Nighbor, Forest Products Association of Canada
The Globe and Mail
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Derek Nighbor

Re The Amazon’s Forest Fires Are A Global Peril – But So Are Canada’s (Sept. 7) In his article, contributor Arno Kopecky compares Canada’s boreal forest to the recent devastation in the Amazon. But in Canada, we in fact operate under rules designed to keep forests as forests forever. We manage forests for environmental and social values, including biodiversity, carbon and recreation. Here, we harvest less than 0.5 per cent of our forests each year and replace every tree. Of those we do harvest, Natural Resources Canada numbers show that turning them into products, and replanting younger seedlings, removes 20 million tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions from the atmosphere a year. In the boreal forest, trees only live for 100 years. As these trees age, they become more susceptible to pests or fires.

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Minister’s statement on National Forest Week

By Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Donaldson

National Forest Week is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of Canada’s forests. Here in British Columbia, our forests have always been vital to our way of life, providing economic, environmental, recreational and cultural values to our communities. Currently, our forest industry is going through a very challenging transition. The combined effects of mountain pine-beetle epidemics, wildfires and external market forces have resulted in mill closures and job losses for many B.C. forest workers. This government is committed to helping impacted workers, their families and communities weather these ongoing changes. …We are taking action to ensure support systems are in place, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure our forest industry stays competitive as we transition to a new vision for forestry in B.C. While it may sound like an odd thing to say given the recent mill closures …there is a bright future ahead for forestry in British Columbia. 

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National Forest Week Highlights the Living Laboratories That are BC’s Forests

By Bill Bourgeois, RPF (Ret), Executive Director, National Forest Week Coalition, BC
BC National Forest Week
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – Canada’s research forests are the focus of National Forest Week, September 23-29. “British Columbians have a strong affinity for the outdoors and the natural beauty of our forests. But people may not realize that forests are also living laboratories that offer us places to observe, experiment, and learn,” said Bill Bourgeois, PhD, RPF(Ret) and executive director of the National Forest Week BC Coalition. “Forest research helps grow our knowledge of biodiversity, forest management, and climate change. By learning how forests grew and reacted in the past, as well as predicting responses to new pressures like climate change, we can build a greener future and maintain healthy, vibrant, and productive forests across the country.”

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Why can the Asian markets pay more for B.C. logs than our local mills?

By Jim Hilton
The Williams Lake Tribune
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some of the log exporters in B.C. claim cheap Chinese labour is the reason for outcompeting our local mills but some U.S. companies claim Chinese government subsidies may be the main reason. …While this accusation is coming from the U.S. we should not be too complacent to think a similar thing is not happening here. …I can appreciate that it may not be fair to make too many comparisons with the larger private hardwood market system in the USA but we should not be too slow to think that the same outside pressures could be at play here as well. In defence of log exports, B.C.s forest-sector organizations like the… Truck Loggers Association argue that log exports are a very important part of the economics of the coast, ensuring that we can harvest the entire profile of the allowable cut. 

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B.C. First Nation signs agreement to return its land on Vancouver Island

BC Local News
September 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A First Nation has signed an agreement that will return over 3,000 hectares of land after it has been in treaty negotiations for more than two decades. The land on the east coast of Vancouver Island will be returned to the We Wai Kai Nation, which has about 1,150 members in the Campbell River and Quadra Island areas. The land that is being returned under the incremental treaty agreement is on its territory around Campbell Lake. Chief Brian Assu says the First Nation is building a forestry industry and owning and managing private land is important as it develops its economy. …Millions of dollars in expenses and loans accumulated by First Nations in the treaty process were also forgiven.

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Forester Jonathan Smyth awarded high honours in Victoria

BC Local News
September 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jonathan Smyth and Lt. Gov. Gen. Janet Austin

A Maple Ridge man was awarded high honours for his decades-long commitment to volunteering in his community. Jonathan Smyth, 61, was notified by the governor general’s office notifying that he was nominated by his colleagues for the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. …The honour recognizes Canadians from across the country for their “exceptional volunteer achievements” in a range of fields. …A former scout himself, Smyth was awarded the medal for his “passion for youth development [which] led to increased enrollment in local Scouts Canada units.” …The award also recognized his role with the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society, which supports youth environmental education; and the British Columbia Institution of Technology (BCIT) Forest Society. …Smyth, an instructor at his alma mater BCIT, teaches in the fish, wildlife and recreation program; and the forest and natural areas management program said the forest society was founded in the early 90s

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Alex Fraser Research Forest gives students hands-on experience

By Patrick Davies
The Williams Lake Tribune
September 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As mills continue to close and fears are raised about the sustainability of the B.C. Lumber industry, organizations like the Alex Fraser Research Forest are working to educate the next generation of foresters and environmental stewards with hands-on experience. The Alex Fraser Research Forest consists of 10,000 hectares of Crown forest that has been set aside for the purpose of research and education conducted by the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. …Currently, the forest is managed by Stephanie Ewan. …Looking at ways to reduce the severity of fires through commercial thinning and examining the continuing impact of the Douglas Fir Beetle are also important ongoing projects right now, Ewan said. Silviculture, regeneration and wildlife habitat management are also common areas of interest and study. 

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Management of migratory birds act examined by forest industry

By Mauro Calabrese, West Fraser Timber
The Williams Lake Tribune
September 22, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Of the many species of animals out there that are managed for by professional foresters and biologists, the mobility of birds and their uses of habitats that cross numerous national and international boundaries makes managing for them quite challenging. Most species of birds are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, a federal statute originally passed in 1917. …Until recently, it was generally accepted for forest activities in B.C. that birds were taken care of through the management of numerous other values in the province.  …A tool kit, with considerable input from West Fraser Professional Biologist Laura Trout, was developed to help forest managers incorporate information about migratory birds, their nesting habitats and migration into forest harvest planning and operations. …Armed with the results of the risk ranking system, field crews key in on highly ranked areas for habitat protection and disturbance avoidance of nesting birds.

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Debunking old-growth forest claims in British Columbia

By Jens Wieting, Sierra Club BC
The National Observer
September 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

That’s the gist of BC government MLAs’ responses when pressed on what the province of BC is doing about the ongoing destruction of its last, globally rare old-growth temperate rainforest. In the midst of the climate and species extinction emergencies, a growing number of concerned British Columbians are speaking out. In recent months, over 20,000 BC residents have sent messages to the provincial government demanding action to save ancient forests and improve forest management. …For decades, in the battle to save at least some of BC’s endangered old-growth forests, there’s been a severe gap between the pace of protection and the pace of destruction. When the government talks a good game and acts slowly while allowing forests to be clear cut rapidly, we call it “Talk and Log.” …But this government has so far failed to take meaningful steps.

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National Forest Week

By John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Wawa News
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As we celebrate National Forest Week, it’s important to recognize Ontario’s rich forest heritage and the continued economic, social and environmental benefits forests provide to the people of this province. Today, Ontario’s forest sector supports about 155,000 jobs in communities across our province, and generates over $16.6 billion in revenue. These numbers underline the fact that forests continue to play an important role in Ontario’s economy, especially in rural and northern Ontario. Our government wants to encourage more innovation and create more jobs in this sector – jobs that secure the future of so many Ontarians. That’s why this fall we will be releasing Ontario’s new forest sector strategy – a plan that will help to unleash the potential of Ontario’s forest industry. The strategy identifies tangible steps that will create the right conditions for the industry to innovate and attract investment.

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Report calls for business expansion at Nova Scotia tree nursery

By Tom Ayers
CBC News
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some people in Inverness County are wondering what happened to the Nova Scotia government’s study into creating new business at the Strathlorne Forest Nursery. In 2016, the government held public consultation on the topic, but no report was released. The Department of Lands and Forestry only made the consultant’s report available last week after CBC made a freedom of information request. The report says the large tree farm just south of the town of Inverness has lots of land, along with buildings and greenhouses, but it is underutilized. The nursery was built in the 1970s to produce seedlings after the spruce budworm devastated the province’s forests. The utilization report, which cost the province $30,000, says the nursery is producing about three million trees a year, but needs to produce five million to break even.

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How restoring old-growth forest in Washington state could help fight climate change

By Evan Bush
The Seattle Times
September 23, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…scientist Tiara Moore clutched a tiny vial of evidence. Filled with dirt … the vial contained traces of hundreds, perhaps even thousands of creatures [from] this tiny corner of the Ellsworth Creek Preserve. The microscopic flecks of DNA — from insects, amoebas and mushrooms — could help tell the story of a forest trying to regrow to its former might. These forest forensics, part of a fast-growing field called environmental DNA, will tell researchers what’s living here, which, in turn, tells forest managers if what they’re doing is working here. …“It’s a fairly simple relationship. About half of the mass of the tree is carbon,” said Malcolm North, a U.S. Forest Service research scientist who runs a lab at the University of California at Davis. “As trees get older, they actually grow as fast and faster than they used to. Because of their size, they pack carbon on at a much faster rate than a young forest.”

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Lessons in the Woods

By Marcia Schlottman
The Klamath Falls News
September 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sixth-graders participate in 56th annual Klamath County Forestry Tour. Reforestation, including how to plant a seedling, was just one of eight hands-on lessons about the forest that Klamath County sixth-graders participated in Sept. 19 and 20 during the 56th annual Klamath County Forestry Tour. Other lessons included fire control, outdoor safety and recreation, fire safety, forest products, tree identification, soils, and wildlife management. Over the two days, sixth-graders from the Klamath County School District, Klamath Falls City Schools, and other area schools attended the sessions at BLM’s Spencer Creek Camp about 11 miles northwest of Keno. Though coordinated by the Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, the event relies on expert volunteers from the Winema Hoo Hoo Club, Green Diamond Resource Co., the U.S. Forest Service, the Oregon and U.S. Departments of Fish and Wildlife, USDI National Resources Conservation Service, Klamath Watershed Partnership, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Understanding the implications of pine beetle

By Jessianne Castle
Mountain Outlaw magazine: Explore Big Sky
September 22, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN – Hike through the mountains in Montana and you’re increasingly likely these days to see the red hues of dying forests. …The cause—with implications for lodgepole and whitebark pine—is largely native mountain pine beetles. And as forests change from dense and green to bare, open stands, wildlife is taking note. According to a study conducted by biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, elk in the beetle-killed Elkhorn Mountains south of Helena are changing their use of the forest. While a change in habitat from beetle infestation appears to be only one component of the way elk use the landscape, a study released in August indicates that elk use the dying forests less in the summer and fall. Researchers say an elk’s use of the forest is largely related to cover and security needs, and various forest types provide a range of overall canopy cover and protection from predators and human hunters. 

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New approach – with the forest on the line

By Peter Aleshire
Payson Roundup
September 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service hopes to jump-start stalled forest restoration efforts with a whole new approach to finding contractors to thin 800,000 acres of dangerously overgrown forests. The Forest Service this week issued its latest “request for proposals” (RFP) for loggers, sawmills, biomass-burning plants and others to sign on for 20-year contracts to clear millions of tons of trees and biomass. The action comes after the Forest Service completely rewrote the rules for contracts to take advantage of the painful lessons of the past decade. …“This time we’re thinking more wide-open in allowing proponents to tell us what they can do. When it comes to adding resilience to the forest to support endangered species and the human communities nestled in the forest, this is the best proposal we have.”
 

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Who should be in charge of America’s ancient forests: industry or environmentalists?

By Jeff Glor
CBS News
September 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Twenty-five years ago, the Northwest Forest Plan was put in place. It protected more than 24 million acres of old-growth forest in northern California, Oregon and Washington. On the 25th anniversary of the law, the debate over what to do with America’s ancient forests has come under new scrutiny. Who should be in charge of the future: industry or environmentalists? Perhaps the best way to see what’s happening in Western Oregon is by air. …”You can see where there’s a few trees left here and there – that’s required by Oregon law,” said Chandra LeGue, for the group Oregon Wild.  When asked his appraisal of the Northwest Forest Plan, Todd Payne, CEO of Seneca Jones said… “I think it was a failure.” He believes the plan is choking growth and says the hands-off approach environmentalists advocate is leading to more wildfires because forests have been neglected.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

During Climate Week, Companies Must Focus on Canada’s Boreal

Natural Resource Defense Council
September 20, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Next week is New York Climate Week, a major convening of policymakers, Indigenous leaders, NGOs, and the corporate sustainability world. …But as the fires in the Amazon rage on and youth take to the streets worldwide today to demand that adults do more to solve our climate emergency, it’s time for major companies like Procter & Gamble to step up to the plate to reduce their impact on intact forests–one of nature’s best climate solutions. …As part of Climate Week, we must turn our attention to the role American companies play in fueling the destruction of these forests, and we cannot overlook Canada’s intact boreal forest as a key part of the solution to the climate emergency. …It is the largest remaining intact forest in the world, and it is Earth’s largest land-based carbon sink. ..And it’s being clearcut…for toilet paper.

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Climate change, ‘speed dating’ meetings on agenda for UBCM conference

By Jennifer Saltman
The Province
September 22, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The five-day convention, which is loaded with resolutions and likely to attract more than 1,900 people and local government officials, starts Monday in Vancouver. …Singh said the energy is reflected in the large number of resolutions, which are put forward by municipal councils, regional districts and local government associations from across B.C. There are 277 resolutions on the books for 2019, not counting those that could be raised at the meeting. …Climate change and environment, housing, transportation, economic development, addiction and community safety are some of the major concerns addressed in the resolutions. …Singh said one issue he’s received numerous calls and emails about in recent weeks is the downturn in the forestry sector, and he’s certain it will emerge as a major topic at the convention.

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New York skyline goes green for the biggest Climate Week in the world

Climate Week NYC
September 22, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

New York, NY To kick off Climate Week NYC 2019 (September 23rd to 29th) iconic buildings across New York City went green this evening (September 22nd) to show their support for climate action. On the eve of the Opening Ceremony, One World Trade, One Five One, One Bryant Park, Javits Center, 30 Rock, The Weylin, Madison Square Garden and Empire Outlets turned the famous New York City skyline green. …This was a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, who will be hosting over 100 events as part of Climate Week NYC to explore the role of Nature-Based Solutions in tackling climate change. This year, Climate Week NYC will double in size with over 350 events taking place across over the week, breaking last year’s record of 150. From film screenings, panel discussions, nature walks and theatre shows, New York is set to transform into a thriving hub of climate action.

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New solutions from America’s oldest natural resource industry

By William Reilly, former president of the Wood Wildlife Fund
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
September 22, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

It’s clearer than ever that we have an urgent need for deliberate and coordinated action to address threats posed by climate change. …The answer, according to the IPCC, lies in sustainable management of global land resources, including promoting forest management that is aimed at storing carbon while yielding timber, fiber and bioenergy. While it might seem unfeasible for these priorities to be in alignment, the Southern forest products industry is a case study for how harvesting trees can result in more carbon stored in forests. …The South also is home to new and emerging industries that are doubling down on the climate mitigating benefits of working forests. One great example is the growing modern bioenergy industry. Renewable wood energy, or bioenergy, can immediately replace coal and other fossil fuels.

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Climate change: 800 years tracked using oak tree rings

By Steffan Mssenger
BBC News
September 23, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Studying the rings inside oak trees has allowed scientists to produce one of the most detailed records yet of how the UK’s climate has changed over the last millennium. It reveals a picture of summer rainfall stretching back more than 800 years. Periods of prolonged extreme weather coincided with historical accounts of famines and droughts. The researchers said the data presented “huge lessons” about the potential impacts of climate change on society. Core samples were taken from hundreds of oak trees across the UK, in a project led by the University of Oxford and Swansea University. …”Critically there have been times in the past when our climate has deteriorated and there have been really huge impacts on our society.” …”Understanding what the climate was like in the past will show us what could happen in the future too.”

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Gabon minister hails country’s responsiblity after historic forest deal

The Associated Press in Breitbart News
September 22, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

“Norway is committing to compensating us for reducing emissions,” forestry minister Lee White told AFP. …International attention is mainly focused on deforestation, such as in the Amazon, but what about countries like Gabon, a former French colony which has not succumbed to over-exploitation and is almost 90 percent covered by forest? According to the contract, Norway will pay Gabon $10 for every ton of carbon not emitted, relative to the Central African country’s annual average between 2005-2014, and up to a maximum payout of $150 million over ten years. “They will pay us because we have not deforested, and because we’ve managed logging responsibly, and reduced emissions linked to logging,” the British and Gabonese national said.

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Architects should give up concrete say experts at Architecture of Emergency climate summit

By India Block
Dezeen Magazine
September 20, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Experts and activists at the Architecture of Emergency climate summit in London have called upon architects to fight climate change by ditching concrete. “If you came here with the hope of one clear action for what you can do in the office tomorrow – stop it with the concrete,” said Maria Smith, founder of architecture studio Interrobang, who gave a keynote speech. …In order to meet the EU’s target of cutting emissions by 40 per cent for 2030, even sustainably-rated concrete buildings are hindering progress. The only material that has a lower embodied energy level is timber, which locks in the carbon it transforms into oxygen as the plant grows. Encouraging architects to switch to timber-framed buildings has rattled the cement and concrete industry, which has taken out adverts warning about the supposed dangers of timber buildings.

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Health & Safety

Huu-ay-aht encouraged by premier’s pledge to fix logging road

The Canadian Press in the Times-Colonist
September 20, 2019
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

Huu-ay-aht First Nations said they are pleased their call for action following a fatal crash on the Bamfield Main road has been answered. Premier John Horgan on Thursday promised upgrades to the gravel logging road where two University of Victoria students died in a bus crash last week. …Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis said his nation has long been seeking upgrades to the privately owned gravel road that is the only vehicle access between Port Alberni and Huu-ay-aht communities in Bamfield. Bamfield Main is a gravel logging road owned in part by forestry companies. It is also used by residents and tourists travelling between Bamfield and Port Alberni. The province provides annual funding, but the forestry companies are responsible for maintenance. Western Forest Products owns the stretch of road where the crash happened.

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