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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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Diversity: A Blueprint for our Future Forests

By Dana Collins, CIF
Forest Products Association of Canada
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Dana Collins

Canada is a forest nation! With approximately 40% of our total area covered with forests or other wooded land, our forests play a vitally important role in supporting healthy communities. Our vast forested area that spans coast to coast supports biodiversity, provides essential ecosystem services, acts as a cornerstone of economic prosperity, provides recreational and cultural value, and is a hub for innovation and technology. Aptly themed, ‘Learn to Love Forests’, this year’s International Day of Forests serves as an opportunity to appreciate our trees and forests. …Given the realities we are faced with in a changing climate, the continued careful stewardship of our forests is more important than ever. Boasting 9% of the world’s total forest cover… Canada’s actively managed forests serve as an important carbon sink.

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Canada clearcuts one million acres of boreal forest every year. A lot of it for toilet paper.

By Tzeporah Berman, Stand.earth
The Narwhal
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Tzeporah Berman

The Canadian boreal forest is part of our country’s cultural identity. Often called the “Amazon of the North,” the boreal is the lungs of the northern hemisphere, helping store carbon and regulate the effects of climate change. This vast landscape is breeding ground for billions of North America’s songbirds and critical habitat for the threatened boreal woodland caribou. It is the traditional territory and holds cultural significance for many First Nations, whose treaty rights to hunt and fish are under threat. Despite this, our federal and provincial governments have failed for decades to protect the boreal from destruction. But today, on this International Day of Forests, Canadians are waking up to the fact that we desperately need to do more.

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Canadians can be proud of forest industry on International Day of Forests

By Derek Nighbor, Forest Products Association of Canada
The Province
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

March 21 is International Day of Forests, as declared by the United Nations. It is a time to celebrate our forestry families and communities and Canada’s world-leading approach to how we manage our forests — one of our country’s most important and renewable resources. By any measure, Canada is a global leader when it comes to managing forests and the ecosystems, wildlife, and communities that depend on them. …Today, we salute Canada’s registered professional foresters who look after the country’s forests. …We can’t think of a day more appropriate than International Day of Forests to pay tribute to Peter deMarsh of Taymouth, NB, who was among those killed in the March 10 plane crash in Ethiopia. He was the long-time president of the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners and chairman of the International Family Forestry Alliance. 

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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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Quesnel re-thinks forestry

By Cheryl Jahn
CKPG TV
March 22, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL – The City of Quesnel is taking a new lead on preparing for a downturn in forestry. The Mayor of Quesnel Bob Simpson, calls his community the most forestry-dependent community in BC and has seen the writing on the wall when it comes to the traditional production of two-by-fours. But the traditional method of doing forestry is changing and the City of  Quesnel wants to be ahead of the game. It recently hired a Forestry Innovation Manager, Erin Robinson, whose job it is to find new ways of thinking about the forest and better ways to make use of every piece of a log.

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Education key to coexistence: CanWel

By Kimberley Vlasic
The Fernie Free Press
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CanWel executives say education is key to the Fernie community and forestry company coexisting peacefully. Vice President Jake Blackmore and Chief Forester Steve Williams delivered an update on CanWel’s harvesting plans at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Fernie. They also provided an overview of the company, highlighting reforestation efforts and the 2.2 million trees planted last year. “The biggest thing that I think I took away from the meeting that Wildsight put together was I think we’ve got to somehow educate people that forestry isn’t bad,” said Blackmore, referring to a public forum hosted by Wildsight in February  …Blackmore responded with his own challenge, inviting the teacher to bring her class to plant a tree with CanWel so that he can teach them about the forestry industry. “I think that’s what CanWel and… all forestry companies should commit to is (to) somehow educate kids,” he said.

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Regional District of Central Kootenay steps up to purchase lands surrounding Cottonwood Lake

The Nelson Daily
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Supporters of the area surrounding Cottonwood Lake remaining forested can breathe a little easier following a decision by the Regional District of Central Kootenay board Thursday. In a media release, the RDCK announced it has approved the purchase of 21.6 hectares (ha) of private land around Cottonwood Lake that had been slated for logging by the private landowner. The purchase price is $450,000 for the purchase of timber on the property, plus closing costs, and the issuance of a tax receipt for the value of the land (without timber). The RDCK release said the purchase is being partially funded with a $200,000 grant from Columbia Basin Trust with the remaining funds coming from loan proceeds from a debenture loan with the Municipal Finance Authority. RDCK staff will bring borrowing bylaws for the loan to fund the purchase at the April 2019 Board meeting.

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Caribou recovery plan proposes resource development closures in critical habitat

By Matt Prepost
The Prince George Citizen
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A draft agreement between B.C., Ottawa, and two Treaty 8 First Nations proposes a series interim moratoriums and changes to resource development practices in critical caribou habitat to help recover three dwindling herds in the South Peace. …The agreement calls for protected areas and closures for high and low elevation caribou habitat, and measures on recreation management, maternity penning, predator control, and land restoration. The closures are targeted at resource development, and not tourism and backcountry recreation, ministry officials said Thursday. No existing mining operations will be affected, but forestry and other tenure holders will be impacted. …A socio-economic study on the impacts of the closures has yet to be completed, and will be done collaboratively, ministry officials said. …Forests Minister Doug Donaldson is expected to comment on the two agreements later today.

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City still fighting for long-term plan for Snowden

By Mike Davies
Campbell River Mirror
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Campbell River still isn’t pleased with the province’s responses to its numerous requests for the development of a long-term strategy of the Snowden Demonstration Forest. The city has been asking for a long-term plan to be created that would integrate forestry, recreational and environmental interests well into the future for quite some time, but the letters they have been getting back from the province don’t seem to indicate that will happen any time soon. They also requested a moratorium on road building in the area that will provide routes in and out for forestry equipment until such a plan is in place. …Although [the mayor] admits it will ultimately be up to the province to do as it sees fit, Adams says they’ll keep up the fight for Snowden’s protection no matter what those decisions are.

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Logging on Kelowna’s South Slopes will create park-like setting and ward off wildfires

By Rob Munro
InfoTel News
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA – When government agencies go to work thinning out the forest near urban areas, they don’t fool around. One example is a new project in the South Slopes of Kelowna. In the last two weeks, crews from Gorman Bros. Lumber have thinned out a 10-hectare patch of forest above June Spring Roads to the point where there are only about 75 trees per hectare, versus the 900 to 1,500 that were there before. …the wide spacing of trees gives an impression more of a wooded park than a forest. “They’re creating a shaded fuel break, rather than a clear cut,” said Andrew Hunsberger, Kelowna’s Urban Forestry Supervisor …Gorman Bros. … will log an area they would never have considered working prior to this since it’s too close to homes. Residents bought into the program because it means fire protection for them.

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Rocky Mountain ranchers pass audit

BC Forest Practices Board
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of five range agreements for grazing cattle in the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District found that the ranchers met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, according to a report. “Range practices followed most range-use plan and legal requirements, and protected drinking water quality for downstream water users,” said Kevin Kriese, chair, Forest Practices Board. “These ranchers did a good job of protecting resources while grazing their cattle on Crown land.” The audit did find two minor issues involving notification of government when timing of grazing differs from the approved grazing schedule. In one case, the cattle were not put out on the range at all, and in another, they were taken off the range early, so there were no consequences to the land. These are considered areas of improvement.

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Wildfire risk mitigation project underway in Kelowna area

By Dave Conly
Forest Enhancement Society of BC
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA, B.C. — Now that spring has arrived, wildfire risk reduction work is well underway in the Kelowna area, including a $1.6 million project southeast of Kelowna funded by the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia. Staff from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development are working in an area near Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park on provincial Crown land. The goal is to thin out dense stands of pine and Douglas-fir trees and remove accumulations of dead wood that currently pose a significant fire hazard in areas covering about 1,000 hectares. “This project, and other wildfire risk reduction projects, provide an enhanced level of safety for local residents and help protect local infrastructure,” Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson said. “This project is one example of how funding from the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. is making a difference in the Okanagan and elsewhere in the province.”

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Trees removed from Central Okanagan to mitigate wildfire risk

By Carli Berry
Vernon Morning Star
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Julius Huhs

With only a few months left until wildfire risk rises in the Central Okanagan, the province is working in partnership with the City of Kelowna in order to protect homes from wildfires. …The Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson visited Kelowna to asses the project, which will be ongoing over the next few months in the city’s southeast district. Of the 4,000 hectares identified for tree removal in the Central Okanagan, 1,000 hectares will be tackled during the next three years, equaling $1.6 million, said David Conly, operations manager for the Okanagan area with Forest Enhancement Society, a Crown corporation. …“We’re taking those forests back to a natural state. By removing some of the trees from them and leaving the bigger trees, it’s more open and there’s less fuel on the forest floor,” Conly said.

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Two draft agreements on B.C. Caribou protection ‘historic,’ says minister

By Max Winkelman
The Northern View
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Public meetings will begin in April on two new draft agreements that focus on protecting B.C.’s southern mountain Caribou. …The draft agreements are meant to minimize the risk of an emergency order that would unilaterally close off Caribou habitats and could result in billions of dollars in economic loss, according to the ministry. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson also announced a section 11 agreement under the Species at Risk Act for broad recovery in a larger portion of the province and access to federal funding. …The province is also commissioning an independent economic analysis with communities and local businesses. …Wilderness Committee Campaigner Charlotte Dawe says… “I predict we’ll continue to see logging in critical habitat under this plan and caribou numbers will continue to dwindle ever closer to extinction.”

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Is the Cowichan Weir Going to be Raised?

By Kyle Christensen
My Cowichan Valley Now
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The effects of climate change have resulted in drought conditions becoming the rule rather than the exception. …Raising the Cowichan Weir has been something many Cowichan Valley residents have been calling for, for a long time. To that end… Premier John Horgan said Ministers Doug Donaldson and George Heyman, along with Paper Excellence staff and Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley are working together to change policies around water issues. “We want to ensure that we can bring forward changes to water use policies that will protect wild salmon, will continue to create jobs here (Crofton Mill), and as we adapt to climate change…” said Horgan.

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B.C. prepares for wildfire season with $101-million budget

Canadian Press in Vancouver Sun
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — B.C.’s forests minister says the province is preparing for the wildfire season with some new strategies and people living near forested areas should also do their part by safeguarding property against potential blazes. Doug Donaldson says a $101-million budget, up from $64 million last year, will allow for a more comprehensive prescribed burning program and new technology, including night-vision goggles, to help with the early detection of fires that will be tried out this summer. He says firefighters will also have more access to computers and iPads in the field, and drone aircraft will assist with fire mapping and infrared scanning. Donaldson says a program established last September is expected to fund fuel-management work on Crown and private land by helping local governments and First Nations lower wildfire risks.

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Employers Enthusiastic About Selkirk College Co-op Students

By Kirsten Hildebrand
The Boundary Sentinel
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Partnering with Co-op Education & Employment Services to hire a co-op student from Selkirk College brings countless paybacks to employers throughout the province. Selkirk College co-op students are fresh out of the classroom, immediately productive and bring an enthusiasm and cutting-edge industry know-how to the workplace. Lisa Janssen is the Community Services Manager for the City of Fernie that regularly hires Advanced Geographic Information Systems (ADGIS) co-op students. She finds students highly motivated in applying the innovative skills learned in the Selkirk College program. “The technology sector is ever changing,” she says. “The exposure to current and emerging GIS technologies that the Selkirk ADGIS program offers students results in them bringing new experiences and fresh ideas that can be applied to our business practices.”

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Prescribed burn in B.C.’s Southern Interior part of multi-year forestry plan

By Doyle Potenteau
Global News
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Okanagan Nation Alliance says a planned burn near Keremeos this month will restore forest and grassland health while also reducing wildfire risks. The burn will take place on Crater Mountain, which is due west of Keremeos, and will target 192 hectares. The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) says the burn is part of a multi-year land management plan that will target a total of 680 hectares along the eastern slopes of the mountain. According to the ONA, the planned burns will protect nearby Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) members and the community of Keremeos from potential wildfires moving up from the south. “After the devastating wildfires that we experienced in 2018, it is vital that we implement these practices to enhance wildlife habitat and adapt to the effects of climate change,” said Chief Keith Crow of the LSIB.

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After two hot summers, province has wildfire on the brain

Osoyoos Today
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Don’t be surprised if you’re hearing more about how to deal with wildfire this season. In the wake of two of the worst wildfire seasons on record, the provincial government is stepping up with more fire prevention strategies, programs and funding to help keep British Columbians and their communities safe this summer. “We’ve taken a hard look at additional steps we can take to not only prevent wildfires, but also enhance our response on the ground during wildfire season,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Our base budget for wildfire spending has increased by 58%, and we’re accelerating prevention and prevention awareness programs.” As part of Budget 2019, wildfire management funding has increased by 58% to $101 million annually.

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Wildfire firefighting workshop offered for Kamloops high school students

InfoTel News
March 19, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – Kamloops high school students have a chance to get wildfire firefighter training next month. The Kamloops Thompson School District and B.C. Wildfire Service are asking interested high school students to sign up for the new Junior Fire Crew workshop, according to a school district media release. The three-day workshop is a hands-on learning experience designed to give students an idea of what to expect if they want to join wildfire crews as a summer job. Though no actual fire will be involved in the workshop, other aspects like using firefighting gear and spending time outdoors will be covered, the district says. …“Working on a fire crew during the summer season is a viable way to pay for university,” vice principal Rob Weilgoz says in the release.

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Three wishes for the North: number three

By David Robinson, Laurentian University
Northern Ontario Business
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

David Robinson

Remember the game. Doug Ford is a good fairy and he has offered the North three wishes. For the first, I showed how to increase value-added from the forestry sector. For wish two, I suggested that the research and educational facilities that support our Northern industries should be located in the North. We have one wish left. Let’s ask to run our own schools. …If you were the minister of education for Northern Ontario, you would have two clear goals. You would want to prepare Northern kids to succeed anywhere they go. And you would want to give them the knowledge they need to contribute to the growth and development of Northern Ontario. We clearly fail on this second goal. How many kids graduating in Northern Ontario know anything about native trees, let alone the forest industry? 

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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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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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Portugal once again named as illegal timber importer

The Portugal News Online
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Companies based in Portugal, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Poland have been importing timber from Industrie Forestière du Congo (IFCO) – a logging company which Global Witness accuses of flouting forest laws in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Together, the ten companies placed more than 1,400m3 of IFCO’s so-called high-risk timber on the EU market, with a value of approximately €2 million, in the space of five months during 2018. IFCO is a recently created entity which has inherited logging operations previously belonging to Cotrefor. Under the European Timber regulations, companies must be able to show they have taken clear steps to reduce the risk that timber imported to the EU has been illegally harvested. Failure to do so can result in high penalties.

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We must look after forests so they look after us

By Hiroto Mitsugi, FAO
Thomson Reuters Foundation
March 21, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests are important – most people would agree. But if we had to explain exactly why, many people would be a little hazy. They would mostly likely mention paper and that trees clean our air, but would know little about many of the essential benefits of forests. …Time is running out for the world’s forests, whose total area is shrinking by the day. By halting deforestation, managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded forests and increasing the global forest area, potentially damaging consequences for the planet and its people can be avoided. But in order to achieve this, we first need to raise awareness. …This is why this year’s theme for the International Day of Forests is dedicated to forests and education. We need a cultural shift towards greater forest literacy and we need to invest in forest education.

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Labor plan to save koalas could cost $1billion and slash nearly 2000 jobs because marsupial park would kill local logging industry

By Zoe ZacZek
The Daily Mail
March 20, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ross Hampton

A Labor party plan to save declining koala populations could cost $1billion and slash almost 2000 jobs, according to a new analysis. NSW Labor has committed to establish a Great Koala National Park on the mid-north coast… to protect one of the nation’s most famous marsupials. But according to Ernst and Young research, commissioned by the Australian Forest Products Association, the koala site would kill the local logging industry… The analysis found the plan …would tally a loss of $757 million in output and another $292 million in ‘value add’. [And] …see 1871 jobs in NSW slashed, according to the research based on a site at Coffs Harbor which was proposed by conservationists.  …Ross Hampton, CEO of Australian Forest Products Association, said Labor’s plan … would cost a future Labor government hundreds of millions of dollars in support for the thousands of blue collar workers, who would lose their jobs and in broken legal contracts with sawmills,’ he said.

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