Tree Frog Forestry News

Intense heat wave feeds fire season

Tree Frog Forestry News
July 7, 2017

It was the “third-driest June on record” and Environment Canada is expecting more parched conditions in July. Not surprisingly, the headlines are trending as follows:

  • Wildfire burning west of 100 Mile House, B.C. grows to 500 hectares; evacuation orders issued
  • Crews attacking 20-hectare wildfire south of Port McNeill
  • Wyoming’s Keystone Fire Triples in Size Overnight 
  • Smoke jumpers on way as Mount Potosi wildfire grows to 100 acres
  • Sequoia National Forest Wildfire Scorches Over 16 Square Miles

In related news, efforts are underway in Williams Lake to “create a fuel break that will protect residential areas from the threat of wildfires”.

Accounting firm PwC reports that Canada’s forest sector is “off to a solid start in 2017” despite the new US duties and concerns about rising fibre costs. But the optimistic first-quarter results aren’t restricted to Canada as PwC reports globally “there have been 23 deals in the first 90 days of 2017, with a total value of US$4.2 billion.”

In other business news, two Quebec firms are getting financial assistance to pursue new products, including “wooden popsicle sticks” and a “biorefinery that would convert forest biomass into biofuels.” Two Spokane Valley companies are gearing up to announce their plans to construct plants, including the “design-build contractor that launched a 12-storey multifamily high-rise CLT project in Portland“.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor