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US-China Trade Tensions Continue to Cloud US Construction Industry Outlook

For Construction Pros
March 20, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

The ongoing US-China trade war could significantly impact the US construction industry if no deal between the two countries is reached in the coming months, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Many of the Chinese goods, such as steel, aluminium and Canadian lumber, required to construct houses and other buildings in the US are still subject to 10% tariff since last September. Dariana Tani, construction analyst at GlobalData, says… “Even though there are signs that a trade deal between the two countries could be on the horizon, many challenges remain. The longer the existing tariffs remain in place and their effects go on, the more risk the construction industry will experience. In addition, a significant degree of policy uncertainty is threatening growth, investment and productivity in the industry.”

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Boise Cascade reaches agreement to acquire American Lumber Distributors

By Boise Cascade
Global Newswire
March 19, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Company announced today an agreement to acquire American Lumber Distributors and Brokers, Inc., headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. American Lumber is a wholesale distributor of top quality lumber as well as plywood, oriented strand board, James Hardie® Siding and engineered wood products.  “American Lumber is an exceptional supplier of many building products,” said Nick Stokes, executive vice president, Boise Cascade. “With their experienced and knowledgeable team, they will be a great addition to our nationwide distribution network and will enhance our service capacity in the Southeast.”

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Another threat to Oregon’s timber industry

The Editorial Board
The Capital Press
March 21, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Some folks sure know how to start a conversation. Take, for example, a bill in the Oregon House of Representatives that could lock up more than 1 million acres of Oregon forestland. …Such a “conversation starter” is more like a punch in the nose for the state’s timber industry. Under the bill… the lawsuits would start flying. …It’s clear that this bill, like others making the rounds during the legislative session, is just another anti-logging, anti-jobs and anti-economy measure aimed at shutting down an industry that has been part of the state’s backbone. …Well-managed forests have long been a large part of Oregon’s history — and its future, if the legislature and environmentalists don’t shut it down. …“House Bill 2656 is an unnecessary and extreme solution in search of a problem,” said Mary Anne Cooper, VP Oregon Farm Bureau.

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Georgia-Pacific to invest $30 million in Rome Lumber facility

By Georgia Pacific
Lesprom Network
March 18, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific to invest $30 million in its Rome Lumber mill in Georgia, US. The dimensional lumber facility, which currently employs 163 people, will use the investment to purchase and install new equipment in the coming months. This new equipment includes a new planer, grader and trimmer. Along with a new sorter that will serve 65 bays, a significant increase from the current 26 bays. …Preparations for new structures and equipment is beginning now, with concrete work to be underway by June. …The facility will then shut down briefly to initiate and test the new equipment with plans to reopen in early December. This is the largest investment since Georgia-Pacific acquired the facility in 2013 as part of the purchase of International Paper’s Temple-Inland Building Products division. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Plans for North America’s Tallest Timber Office Building Revealed

By Katharine Keane
Architect Magazine
March 20, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

When global real estate, development, and management firm Hines unveiled the $24.5 million T3 building in Minneapolis designed by local firm Michael Green Architecture (now owned by Katerra) in 2016, the seven-story, 220,000-square-foot structure became the tallest mass timber tower in the United States. Three years on, the company is again pushing the boundaries of timber construction, unveiling plans for T3 Bayside, a 10-story building in Toronto that will become North America’s tallest timber office building. (The record for the overall tallest timber structure on the continent is still held by the 18-story Brock Commons building in Vancouver.) With Danish architecture firm 3XN leading the design, T3 Bayside will be located along Lake Ontario as part of a new 2,000-acre residential and commercial community.

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Endowment and USDA Forest Service Initiate Mass Timber University Grant Program and Announce Related RFP to Promote Wood Building Innovation

By Carlton Owen
US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS), today announced the initiation of the Mass Timber University Grant Program and related Request for Proposals to promote the construction of mass timber buildings on institutions of higher learning campuses across the U.S. The intent of the Grant Program is to inspire interest in and support for mass timber products among the architectural, developer and building communities as well as the public, by showcasing them in highly-visible projects on university campuses.  “Increased use of mass timber in construction is a triple win: for our nation’s forests, our rural economies, and builders. Demand for sustainably-sourced wood helps provide a market incentive for forest retention, management and stewardship activities that reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire,” said Steve Marshall, Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry, USFS.

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SCS Now Offers Certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s® Chain of Custody Standard

SCS Global Services
March 21, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

EMERYVILLE, Calif.—SCS Global Services (SCS) is pleased to announce that it is now offering chain of custody certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Chain of Custody Standard.  SFI is a leading, credible certification in North America for responsible forest products. This new service offering leverages SCS as a one-stop shop for the wood and paper industries, providing clients with increased efficiency for dual and triple chain of custody certification to the major three forest sustainability standards. SCS is also currently undergoing accreditation for, and will soon be offering certification services for SFI Forest Management and SFI Fiber Sourcing Standards. “SFI is pleased that SCS Global Services is now an accredited certification body that can deliver certification to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard. We appreciate SCS’ commitment to our efforts to promote the value of sustainably managed forests across the U.S. and Canada,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI.

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US Green Building Council Releases New Timber Traceability LEED Credit

US Green Building Council
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, DC – The U.S. Green Building Council announced a new LEED pilot credit designed to increase transparency in timber supply chains and reduce the risk of illegally harvested wood entering the buildings industry supply chain. The Timber Traceability LEED pilot credit is designed to up efforts to eliminate the use of illegal wood in buildings. …Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO… “Forests play an incredibly important part of a healthy functioning planet and this pilot credit enables LEED, which typically rewards performance that demonstrates leadership, to catalyze market activity focused on curbing illegal activity in the buildings industry.” The development of the pilot credit was led by a team… including the Environmental Investigation Agency and World Wildlife Fund. Major wood products importing countries have adopted legislation… examples include the U.S. Lacey Act and the European Union Timber Regulation. 

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Wheeler: Sustainable practices important for future of timber industry

KATU News
March 20, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Ted Wheeler

PORTLAND, Ore. — Timber workers from around the world are in Portland this week sharing their expertise. Wednesday was day two of the International Mass Timber Conference at the Oregon Convention Center. Mayor Ted Wheeler gave the keynote speech. He spoke about the importance of sustainable and green practices for the future of the timber industry. Wheeler mentioned how sustainable products, such as cross-laminated timber, become a competitive advantage for the industry. “It’s no longer just a matter that we build something, it’s how we build it and what we build it out of,” he said. “And we see now rural Oregon timber interests working hand in hand with urban green designers, architects, developers.” Members of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute said mass timber is a sustainable product that helps fulfill the demand for commercial construction.

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CNC machining debut for CLT wood building construction

By Bill Esler
Woodworking Network
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – At the International Mass Timber Conference, SCM is outlining its state-of-the-art technological solutions, including a new CNC machining center for the timber construction industry. SCM says it has been working within this sector over the past 10 years… This has led to state-of-the-art technological solutions, says SCM, including Oikos X, a new CNC machining center for manufacturing structural beams, X-lam/CLT wall panels, and insulating panels. During that time its technology has matured for wood construction as it gained an in-depth knowledge of industry demands, and carried on intense R&D work. …The technology will be unveiled at the International Mass Timber Conference, which runs March 19-21 in Portland, Oregon to examine the new face of mass timber construction.

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Swinerton Announces New Swinerton Mass Timber Business Group

By Swinterton
PR Newswire in Benzinga
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Swinerton is proud to announce that it has officially launched Swinerton Mass Timber, a new business unit dedicated to building projects using mass timber technology. The Swinerton Mass Timber team will pursue new projects that are being developed with mass timber, and the team will evaluate other project opportunities to determine mass timber solutions. Swinerton Mass Timber experts will shape the paths for delivering financially-viable mass timber structures, working with project teams and key partners across the nation to develop, design and deliver mass timber buildings. “Swinerton Mass Timber represents our commitment to shaping the future of building. Utilizing this technology, we know mass timber will help us build more quickly, more safely, and deliver the most cost-efficient structures in markets nationwide,” said CEO Jeff Hoopes.

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Study sees potential for area to profit from new type of wood construction

International Falls Journal
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Minnesota’s strong commercial market, accessibility to supply chain and opportunities for economic impact are highlighted in a recently completed study, “The Economic Feasibility of Mass Timber Manufacturing in Minnesota.” The study, commissioned by the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, or APEX, …suggests that Minnesota has great potential to introduce mass timber manufacturing in the Arrowhead region. …The study also examined Minnesota’s capacity to build a mass timber manufacturing facility in the Arrowhead Region. Study results show that building a mid-sized manufacturing facility in northern Minnesota would bring: 50 new (direct) jobs, $11.7M in industry sales, $6.2M in labor income, 45 new (indirect) jobs, Total Output: $20.3M. Every mass timber manufacturing job in the state of Minnesota would support 0.9 jobs in related industries, potentially creating a total of 45 new jobs.

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East Texas, nation’s ‘wood basket,’ prepares to rise

By R.A. Schuetz
The Houston Chronicle
March 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

LUFKIN, TEXAS — Tall pines blanket much of East Texas. …The region’s native trees have been harnessed into what’s known as the “wood basket” of the nation by foresters such as Rob Hughes, president of the Texas Forestry Association. …Mostly used until now to frame single-family home and for everyday products such as paper and furniture, the southern yellow pine grown along the Gulf Coast could soon be destined for structures unlike anything United States has ever seen: wooden high-rises 18 stories tall. …The new code has the potential to transform both foresting communities and cityscapes. …It will likely take another two years before cities begin adopting the code, but developers have begun to push up against current limits. Houston-based Hines has built multiple 85-foot-tall wooden buildings (which is the current height limit) and says there is no reason it could not go higher when limits increase.

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Forestry

Forests are easy to love: how to show it for the International Day of Forests

By The Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Treehugger
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Did you know the International Day of Forests is March 21? It’s a day the United Nations General Assembly made official to raise awareness of the importance of forests around the world. The U.N. encourages all countries to organize local, national, and international activities that get people involved in supporting the sustainability of forests and trees. The theme for 2019 is “forests and education,” with the goal to increase understanding that sustainable forests are critical to our future. 5 fun ways to participate, #IntlForestDay …Make it a habit to look for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) label whenever you shop. It means a product has been responsibly sourced or comes from a certified forest. You’ll find the SFI label on hundreds of products, from office supplies to home furnishings.

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SFI Conservation Grants Feature Collaboration from 52 Different Groups Across the U.S. and Canada

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Ottawa, ON and Washington, D.C. — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced five conservation grants today that will build on SFI’s commitment to conservation and increase our knowledge about the conservation benefits associated with forests influenced by the SFI Forest Management Standard and SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. These grants feature collaboration between SFI and a robust group of partners and experts from 52 organizations to advance SFI’s innovative conservation Impact Project in the United States and Canada. This year’s grants focus on research partnerships ranging from how bird habitats can serve as a metric for broader ecosystem health to the contributory value of certified forests to water and related ecosystem services. One project will build understanding of how to maintain biodiversity values in forests managed in accordance with traditional Indigenous values.

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SFI Community Grants Feature Collaboration from 78 Different Groups Across the U.S. and Canada

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, ON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced 15 community grants today featuring collaboration between 78 partner organizations. The grants will help communities across the United States and Canada grow their relationship with forests and improve their quality of life. Through these grants, SFI is bringing together a diverse range of organizations to engage and educate youth; train and educate current and future practitioners; support and promote Indigenous, Tribal and Heritage values; and support underserved communities through forestry. Grant project leaders include conservation organizations, environmental education providers, forest-sector non-profit organizations and community and Indigenous groups. The grants have a broad impact and involve organizations such as the North American Forest Partnership, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and FPInnovations. 

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Forests and Education—Learn to Love Forests!

By Melina Bellows, Chief Education Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 18, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

…In my new role as Chief Education Officer at Sustainable Forestry Initiative, I’m particularly excited about the first day of spring this year. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as International Day of Forests. Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, including trees in cities (our urban forests), for the benefit of current and future generations. The the me for 2019 International Day of Forests is Forests and Education. The significance of this is near and dear to the heart of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. As a sustainability organization focused on the future of forests, SFI works in many ways, across all sectors and with all kinds of stakeholders, to manage and support sustainable forests.

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USDA Invests Millions to Protect Communities from Wildfires, Restore Forest Ecosystems, Improve Drinking Water

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Cision Newswire
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

DAVIS, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $12 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems through 13 targeted projects on both public and private lands, including three in California. Since 2014, USDA has invested $213 million in 69 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands. The Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership enables the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Forest Service to leverage technical and financial assistance collaboratively alongside agricultural producers and forest landowners in California to help reduce wildfire threats, protect water quality and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.

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March 21 is the International Day of Forests

By Aysha Ghadiali
US Department of Agriculture
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

This week, the U.S. Forest Service commemorates International Day of Forests and its 2019 theme Forests and Education with the 75th birthday of the iconic forest educator, Smokey Bear. While Smokey Bear’s influence in the United States is remarkable, he is also an inspiration to forest mascots around the world. For instance, in Mexico, the National Forestry Commission employs Savi, a smiling squirrel who teaches youth and adults alike about the dangers of forest fires. Savi advocates for healthy forests in Mexico and leads his own El Club de Savi reaching all ages through games, activities, and his Facebook page. In South America, the National Forestry Corporation of Chile created Forestín in 1976. Forestín, a ranger or member of the fire brigade, is a coypu, a semiaquatic rodent resembling a beaver, and educates the Chilean public about forest fires.

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Researchers compare smoke emissions from prescribed and wild fires

By Bill Gabbert
Wildfire Today
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Four researchers, in a study funded by the U.S. Forest Service, evaluated data collected in 25 previous studies to compare exposure to particulate matter (PM2.5) created by prescribed fires and wildfires. The authors were Kathleen Navarro, Don Schweizer, John Balmes, and Ricardo Cisneros. Titled, A Review of Community Smoke Exposure from Wildfire Compared to Prescribed Fire in the United States, it is published under Open Access guidelines. This story contains excerpts from the study — the abstract and conclusions. And, information about a March 21 webinar featuring Ms. Navarro about the health effects of vegetation smoke.

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Newsom to declare California wildfire emergency. Here are some details on his plan

By Taryn Luna
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to declare a state of emergency in California on Friday and waive environmental regulations to expedite nearly three dozen local forest management projects to protect communities from the deadly wildfires that have decimated communities up and down the state. A preview of the governor’s order, obtained by The Times, shows that Newsom plans to suspend environmental laws and rules that would otherwise apply to the projects. He also would halt the state’s competitive bidding process for work and direct the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to team up with the California National Guard to immediately begin reducing trees and shrubs in and around 200 cities and towns. … The projects will cost a total of $35 million, which will be paid with forest management funds in the 2018-19 budget.

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Trump signs Cantwell bill requiring new wildfire technology, smoke forecasts

By Chad Sokol
The Spokesman-Review
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Maria Cantwell

A new federal law aims to protect wildland firefighters by requiring agencies to outfit crews with GPS locators and deploy drones to scout out and map blazes. The Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was signed by President Donald Trump last week after sailing through both chambers of Congress with large majorities. It was packaged with more than 130 other bills covering a variety of natural resource programs. The law also includes provisions related to wildfire smoke, which has choked Eastern Washington several summers in a row. On Wednesday, Cantwell joined fire and health experts at the Spokane Fire Department’s training center to tout the legislation, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. “Senator Gardner and I both represent states that have been greatly impacted by wildland fires, so we worked together to bring new technology to the table,” Cantwell said.

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America’s reindeer have quietly gone extinct in the Lower 48

By Karin Brulliard
The Washington Post
March 22, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This year, in the dead of winter, America’s wild reindeer went extinct in the contiguous United States. After years of dwindling, the last remaining herd of caribou known to roam between Canada and the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho and Washington was down to just one known member. In January, wildlife managers in British Columbia captured the female and put her in a pen, where they hope she will have a better shot at survival than alone in the snowy wilderness. “It was the right move,” said Ray Entz, director of wildlife and terrestrial resources for the Kalispel Tribe in Washington, which has participated in the international effort to conserve the South Selkirk herd, named for the steep mountains it inhabited. “That animal was not going to survive.”

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State Issues Nearly $2 Million in Grants to Build Local Capacity to Protect and Restore State Forests

ByCalifornia Department of Conservation
Yuba Net
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO March 21, 2019 – Eight organizations have received $1.85 million in grants to hire watershed coordinators who will build local capacity to improve forest health, the Department of Conservation (DOC) announced today. “Healthy forests are essential to reduce catastrophic wildfires, supply clean water, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” DOC Director David Bunn said. “Watershed coordinators can play a major role in ensuring the health of our forests by promoting collaboration, integrating watershed management efforts, and supporting local activities that restore resilience to forest lands.” Local projects will support the state’s Forest Carbon Plan and Executive Order B-52-18 and help achieve the California Global Warming Solutions Act’s goal of reducing California’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

 

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Senators demand new approach to forest thinning

By Peter Aleshire
Payson Roundup
March 22, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizona’s two, new U.S. Senators have reached across the aisle to demand the U.S. Forest Service save the faltering Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). Recently appointed Republican Sen. Martha McSally and recently elected Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema issued a joint statement calling on the Forest Service to change tactics on the ambitious, but stalled, effort to thin millions of acres of overgrown, wildfire-prone forests by essentially reinventing the timber industry. The 4FRI approach once united the Forest Service, local officials, loggers and environmental groups. They all agreed on the urgent need to remove thickets of small trees left by a century of mismanagement while leaving the remaining, fire-resistant, old-growth trees in place. The Forest Service in 2012 awarded a contract intended to thin 300,000 acres in 10 years. However, the 4FRI contractors have thinned just 12,000 acres.

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Management plans rejected for Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests

Associated Press in Statesman Journal
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the recently completed management plans for three national forests in the Pacific Northwest, restarting the 15-year process to revise the plans. The plans for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests were issued last summer, promising to support more than 2,800 jobs and provide about $133 million in annual income, the Lewiston Tribune reported Wednesday. The plans guide management of the forests that cover more than 7,800 square miles in the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington state and northeastern Oregon. Objections to the plans were filed by more than 300 organizations and individuals, including representatives from timber and livestock industries, environmental groups, state wildlife management agencies, and the Nez Perce and Umatilla tribes.

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Court puts temporary hold on two Flathead Forest timber projects

By Duncan Adams
The Daily Inter Lake
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MONTANA — Four environmental groups harvested a favorable ruling last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted an emergency injunction that temporarily halts a Swan Valley logging project. The organizations had asked the appeals court to intervene after the Flathead National Forest allowed work to start on the Glacier Loon Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project in the vicinity of the north end of Lindbergh Lake. The injunction secured last week stops work until the appeals court hears an earlier appeal of the Glacier Loon proposal filed by the Friends of the Wild Swan, Swan View Coalition, Native Ecosystems Council and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.

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Timber company protests logging deferral south of Bozeman

Associated Press in NBC Montana
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A timber company has filed a protest over a successful logging deferral bid by a group that opposes a southern Montana logging project. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that RY Timber contends that the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation should have considered the value of loggers managing vegetation and building new roads in the Limestone West Timber Sale auction. RY Timber lost the auction earlier this month to Save Our Gallatin Front, a group of nearby residents who secured a 25-year logging deferral for the state land south of Bozeman where the sale was planned.

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Oregon State University, state deep in discussions about Elliott State Forest’s possibilities as a research forest

By Dylan Darling
The Register-Guard
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Elliott State Forest was once a battleground for the spotted owl and other protected endangered species. More recently, it was public land put up for sale to a timber company. Now the 125-square-mile section of Oregon’s Coast Range appears destined to remain in public ownership as a research forest. Oregon State University and the Department of State Lands are in the beginning stages of developing a plan to turn the forest into a place for long-term, large-scale studies. The research would inform foresters on how best to manage Oregon’s coastal woods, said Anthony Davis, interim dean at OSU’s College of Forestry. Many details remain unresolved, including whether the university would own the land or only manage it for the state. Still, the Elliott could become one of the largest research forests, or “giant outdoor laboratory,” in the world, Davis noted.

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Sportsmen groups sue over logging roadless areas near Helena

By Tom Kuglin
Helena Independent Record
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two hunting conservation groups filed suit Tuesday challenging a logging and prescribed burning Forest Service project west of Helena. Helena Hunters and Anglers Association and the Montana Wildlife Federation brought the federal lawsuit over portions of the Ten Mile-South Helena Project approved by the Forest Service last year. The project calls for thinning, logging and burning on more than 17,500 acres within a 60,000-acre project area west of Helena that supplies one of two sources of water for the city. Goals of the project include mitigating wildfire, improving firefighter safety and protecting city water infrastructure. The lawsuit focuses on two inventoried roadless areas within the project area and the impacts of logging on wildlife. The groups say they do not oppose proposed work outside of Lazyman Gulch and Jericho Mountain roadless areas. 

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AP California National Guard to leave border, help stop fires

By Don Thompson
The Associated Press in the Longview Daily News
March 19, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It’s pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump’s border protection efforts and devoting them to fire protection, another area where Trump has been critical of California’s Democratic officials — even repeatedly threatening to cut off federal disaster funding. Starting in April, 110 California National Guard troops will receive 11 days of training… California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler said. …”They will be boots on the ground doing fuels projects alongside CalFire crews… this would be the first time their mission would be fuels thinning and forest management.”

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Judge dismisses attacks on Western Oregon forest plans

By Mateusz Perkowski
The Capital Press
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmentalists and logging companies have both failed in their legal attacks against the federal government’s plans for managing 2.5 million acres of Western Oregon forestland. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane has rejected allegations that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s “resource management plans” for six forest districts unlawfully relaxed environmental protections. He also dismissed arguments that the plans didn’t allow for sufficient logging. The plans issued by the agency in 2016 were meant to replace others that had been enacted more than two decades earlier, but multiple environmental groups filed a lawsuit arguing the action violated several federal laws governing the forestland. McShane has now agreed to dismiss the litigation filed by Pacific Rivers and eight other organizations at the recommendation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie Russo, who said the plaintiffs didn’t successfully “refute or otherwise undermine” BLM’s “final environmental impact statement” for the new plans.

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US Forest Service summarizes 2018 fire season

The Observer
March 18, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 2018 fire season was the costliest for the state thus far, totaling more than $533 million, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. The 2017 season had held the record previously with $447 million, but due to the longevity of the fires in 2018, the record was easily surpassed. In the Northwest, more than 1 million acres burned in the 2018 fire season, which continued through mid-November. More than 901,000 acres in Oregon, and 438,000 in Washington burned over the summer months, according to a summary from the U.S. Forest Service regarding the wildland fire season. According to the summary, the longer the fire season — and the more severe the season becomes — the more hours the fire personnel are exposed to. It said there were more than 7 million work hours within the Pacific Northwest and Alaska regions toward suppressing fire.

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Behind the ‘black line’: Women in Fire Exchange brings global female fire workers to Tallahassee

By Nada Hassanein
Tallahassee Democrat
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Using a drip torch, a woman bends to carefully ignite a line of slow-burning embers. Charring away at greenery, the smolders catch along the edge of a stretch of forest in northern Tallahassee. The air is heavy with smoke, but the women seem unfazed, wearing helmets and smocks, thick yellow jackets and green pants. This week and through the end of March, about 45 women fire workers gather in the outskirts of the capital city to carry out prescribed burns and train in the forests of Tall Timbers, a fire ecology research lab. Prescribed burning, a conservation method, is a male-dominated line of work. Women make up only about 12 percent of permanent firefighting positions, according to the International Association of Wildland Fire.

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Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

By John Flesher
Associated Press in Times and Democrat
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.  — A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd. The targeted pack is on Michipicoten Island… which was home to hundreds of caribou until ice bridges formed in recent years, enabling wolves to cross over from the mainland and feast on their helpless prey. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources airlifted some of the last surviving caribou to another island last year. Before long the wolves were the ones in trouble, with only small mammals such as snowshoe hare left to eat. …They’ll be … taken to their new home, where there will be no shortage of prey. Isle Royale’s booming moose population is believed to exceed 1,500.

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Working forests benefit us all

By Dotty S. Porter, Trustee for the Sessoms Timber Trust and a Member of Georgia Forestry Association
The Blackshear Times
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Dotty S. Porter

Thursday is day to recognize how much timberland means to our area. Forests are connected to our day-to-day routine in more ways than we could possibly imagine. Every time you drink a glass of water, breathe in fresh air, write in a notebook or even tap on your cell phone screen, you are directly benefiting from Georgia’s working forests. On March 21, the United Nations International Day of Forests provides us with the opportunity to recognize the benefits of our state’s working forests and what they mean to our survival, comfort and progress. Georgia has been blessed with 22 million acres of privately-owned, working forests that cover roughly two-thirds of the state’s total land area, according to the USDA Forest Service. Those forests are not here by mistake, however. For generations, private forest landowners have invested in managing healthy forests that provide numerous economic, environmental and social benefits to our communities and our state.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

US climate policy must protect forests and communities, not the forest industry

By Danna Smith
The Hill
March 21, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The introduction of The Green New Deal resolution and the appointment of a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, has propelled climate change back into the national policy debate. That’s why today, on the International Day of Forests, hundreds of citizens across the nation are urging members of Congress to stand up and protect America’s forests and to hold the US forest industry accountable for its contribution to climate change. …The rate and scale of logging in the Southeastern U.S. alone is approximately four times that of South American rainforests. Protecting forests within this context is a challenge. …We don’t have time now for these kinds of industry delay tactics or green smoke screens. The large-scale industrial logging of forests in the U.S. poses one of the largest threats to climate progress.  

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Protect pulp mills in cap and trade bill

By Bill Kerr and Chris McCabe
Oregon Live
March 20, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

OREGON — The pulp and paper industry is a major driver of Oregon’s economy – particularly in the rural communities. …As Oregon develops a framework for a state-based cap and trade program, we see two important priorities that Oregon legislators must consider. The first is ensuring that their actions won’t reverse the progress that we are making in Oregon and subsequently lead to higher global CO2 emissions from pulp and paper production. The second is protecting good-paying, family-wage jobs in rural communities across the state. The current version of House Bill 2020 does neither. …The fatal flaw in the proposed legislation is that it puts Oregon at a competitive disadvantage against mills with much higher carbon emissions and incentivizes mill owners to move production elsewhere.

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Environmental Groups Want Massachusetts To Stop Subsidies For Biomass Energy

By Paul Tuthill
WAMC – Public Radio
March 21, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Environmentalists are objecting to the Baker administration’s efforts in Massachusetts to promote the use of forest products as fuel for heat and energy. In a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker signed by about 30 representatives of environmental groups and scientists, the activists complain about the recent awarding of state grants, totaling almost $3 million, to companies involved in producing wood chips to burn in boilers and stoves. One of the activists, Laura Haight of the Pelham, Massachusetts-based Partnership for Policy Integrity  said the Baker administration’s policy is at odds with climate science. …Legislation has been filed that would make woody biomass and garbage incineration ineligible for state renewable energy subsidies.

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Tree rings contain secrets from the forest

By Marlene Cimons
Popular Science
March 20, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Neil Pederson’s introduction to tree rings came from a “sweet and kindly” college instructor, who nevertheless was “one of the most boring professors I’d ever experienced,” Pederson said. …Ultimately, “I fell in love with the beauty and wealth of information found in tree rings,” he said. …Today, he and his colleagues are using the data inherent in these ancient sources of nature to better understand the impact of climate change and carbon dynamics on forests. …Pederson, now a senior ecologist with Harvard University’s Harvard Forest …analyzed tree rings to determine if the information they gleaned matched the accuracy of high-tech equipment. They wanted to know whether the rings could serve as a proxy for learning more about carbon storage and climate change in forests over the long-term, and found that they could.

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