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Daily Archives: August 13, 2013

Business & Politics

Turnaround in wood products industry bucks trend in manufacturing

MRO Magazine
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ottawa – Sales in the wood product manufacturing industry have bucked a trend in the manufacturing sector as a whole, reports Statistics Canada. Total sales in the wood product industry were up 19.7% over the 12-month period from June 2012 to May 2013, compared with the same period one year earlier. By comparison, total manufacturing sales in Canada, excluding wood products, decreased 1.1% over the same period. Wood product manufacturing was one of only eight industries where sales increased from June 2012 to May 2013, and represented both the largest dollar gain and largest percentage gain by industry.

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Forestry

Evacuation alert lifted as Lillooet wildfire contained

CBC News
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An evacuation alert for about a dozen residents near Lillooet has been lifted, as crews declared a nearby wildfire fully contained. The Highline Road fire, seven kilometres southwest of Seton Portag, began over the weekend, according to the Wildfire Management Branch. It was only about 1.7 hectares, but officials were concerned high winds in the forecast could cause it to quickly grow and spread. Meanwhile, an evacuation alert remains in effect for 12 properties in a remote area along the north short of Anderson Lake, between Pemberton and Lillooet.

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Environmentalists say Alberta forestry deferral ‘more than symbolic’ for caribou

Canadian Press
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The Alberta government has banned logging for one year on a range used by endangered caribou northeast of Jasper National Park. All 15 of Alberta’s caribou herds have been shrinking rapidly, mostly due to habitat destruction by energy and forestry development. The latest move is geared at allowing range plan development that will protect critical habitat and help the caribou population recover. It comes after the Alberta government put a hold on new energy leases in both the Little Smoky and neighbouring A la Peche ranges on the border of the park earlier this year.

Alberta gets praise from environmentalists for protecting caribou range from The Canadian Press

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Yukon heat wave sparks new forest fires

CBC News
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new round of hot and dry weather sparked numerous new forest fires across Yukon Territory this weekend, adding to a large one near Michie Lake that’s visible all the way from Whitehorse. Smoke from a fire at Michie Lake, approximately 40 kilometres east of Whitehorse, was very visible over the weekend. “The fire is quite visible so we were getting a lot of public interest but the fortunate thing is that it isn’t posing a direct threat,” George Maratos of Yukon Wildfire Management said. “The closest threat is about nine kilometres away.”

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Province Welcomes Comments on Conceptual Plan for Western Crown Lands

Department of Natural Resources
Government of Nova Scotia
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotians are encouraged to provide feedback on a new conceptual plan for more than 1.5-million acres of Crown land in the western region of the province. “Nova Scotians told us they want to be involved in managing their land to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits for communities,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “They recognize that different land uses need to be balanced, and we think that the conceptual plan provides that balance.” The plan provides a strategic vision of how management of the diverse Crown land in western Nova Scotia could proceed.

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Forest Service Launches New Wildland Fire Website

USDA Blog
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service has managed wildland fire for more than 100 years. As the world’s premiere wildland fire organization, the agency provides critically needed resources and expertise to protect at-risk communities. From ‘boots on the ground,’ to airtanker drops overhead, to groundbreaking research in the lab, Forest Service personnel around the country are ready to answer the call of duty. The Forest Service launched a new wildland fire website with insightful information to help you learn about all these Forest Service activities from before, during and after a wildland fire.

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Hundreds evacuated amid wildfires, but some stay

Associated Press
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighting planes dropped retardant and ground crews trailed water hoses Monday to keep a fast-moving and unpredictable wildfire from scorching homes in a remote Idaho hamlet, where residents have been evacuated ahead of a big blaze for a second straight year. Thunder and lightning storms have sparked dozens of wildfires across the West in recent days, sending fire crews scrambling, threatening communities and impairing air quality in some areas. Near the central Idaho community of Pine, the lightning-sparked Elk Complex Fire had burned 141 square miles of sage brush, grass and pine trees in rugged, mountainous terrain.

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Bitterroot firefighters chase 7 new wildfires

Ravalli Republic
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Firefighters are tending to five new lighting-caused wildfires that were discovered burning in the southeastern reaches of the Bitterroot National Forest on Sunday. Two additional fires that were discovered in the same area were quickly controlled by crews and are no longer staffed, according to BNF public information officer Tod McKay. All of the fires have been held to less than one acre in size, thanks to quick initial attacks, he said Monday.

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Road Closures Considered In Response To Tree-Sitters

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmental activists are sitting in trees to protest a planned timber sale in Southern Oregon. In response, The Roseburg News Review reports that the Bureau of Land Management wants to close off public access to more than 2,000 acres of forestland east of Myrtle Creek. The proposed closing would last about two years and shut down 15 miles of road. That means that some popular local watersheds would be off-limits, along with hunting and off-roading areas.

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Storm sparks new Calif. fires

Mail Tribune
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sizzling lightning storms dancing across Northern California continue to leave fires burning on the mountainous dance floor, keeping firefighters scrambling to stamp them out. More than 1,400 strikes have hit the Klamath National Forest since Wednesday with 42 fires found thus far, fire officials said Monday. With more lightning forecast for late Monday, more fires were expected to pop up, they added. “We’ve been able to get on top of those fires so far — knock on wood,” said forest spokesman Ken Sandusky, noting all the lightning-triggered fires remain small.

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Daines is completely wrong on forest issues?

by Mike Garrity, Executive Director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies
Helena Independent Record
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From one fifth-generation Montanan to another, I’m calling Rep. Steve Daines’ recent column on forest issues, misinformed parroting of Bush-era “Healthy Forests” propaganda which was nothing but a smokescreen for more corporate logging. Sadly, Rep. Daines now follows Bush’s path to less environmental analysis, less public review and more deforestation of our dwindling old growth forests. Ironically, Daines’ column was published on the same page and day the Independent Record editorialized about how wonderful Yellowstone National Park is doing after the 1988 fires that burned 1.4 million acres.

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National Forests: Daines panders to timber industry

Letter from Steve Kelly
The Missoulian
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It didn’t take U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., long to adopt the ways of the typical Washington politician. He wears many hats, trying to be everything to everyone. Montana’s timber industry has grown so accustomed to receiving federal welfare checks, tax breaks, special grants and earmarks that the entire Montana delegation gives them just about anything they demand. The cost to taxpayers and collateral damage to forest values that cannot be measured in worthless federal reserve notes is never calculated.

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Inaugural M?ori Forestry Forum to explore key issues

Scoop Independent News
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry investment, increasing knowledge and challenges in the industry are some of the key areas that will be addressed at this week’s ‘Mai i te ngahere oranga – M?ori Forestry Forum’ in Rotorua. The forum has been designed to provide an opportunity for M?ori land and forest owners to discuss their experiences, issues and aspirations for M?ori forestry in Aotearoa.

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Logging industry under microscope

Two serious workplace accidents, one of them fatal, within 24 hours have renewed the focus on safety issues in the logging industry.
NZ City
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The logging industry’s safety record is in the spotlight again after one man died and another lost a leg in two accidents within 24 hours at opposite ends of the country. On Monday, 51-year-old Nicholas David McKenzie died while processing logs close to a digger at a rural property in Orepuki, about 60km west of Invercargill. His death was followed on Tuesday by an accident near the Northland settlement of Broadwood in which a male forestry worker had to have his leg amputated below the knee.

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FSC ends association with the April Group

Pulp and Paper News
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Effective 7 August 2013, the Forest Stewardship Council has ended all association with the APRIL Group, including the immediate termination of all Trademark License Agreements (TLA). This decision follows the withdrawal of APRIL companies from FSC Chain of Custody certification, which FSC was notified about after a complaint had been filed in May 2013. The complaint by Greenpeace International, Rainforest Action Network and WWF Indonesia alleged the April Group was in violation of FSC’s Policy for Association.

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Facebook game Fraxinus targeted at beating ash dieback

Players who match on-screen patterns will be speeding the process of breeding trees resistant to the disease
The Guardian
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Saving the ash forests of Britain from the devastation of an emerging fungal menace could actually be fun – if a computer game devised by botanists is a success. Facebook enthusiasts will be able to log on from Tuesday and take part in one of the biggest experiments to harness computing and brain power to discover genetic variants that could help to counter ash dieback disease, caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass continues to fuel Eastern Oregon’s economy

Sustainable Business Oregon
August 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West

A Wallowa biomass specialist has collected $3.75 million to expand its facility and create as many as 14 new jobs. Integrated Biomass Resources, a wood products manufacturer, collected the money through the BizCapital group, which is the small business lending division of Advantage Capital Partners, and the Oregon New Markets Tax Credit programs. 

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New SA forestry chief hopeful for biofuels future

ABC News, Australia
August 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Adrian Hatch says the need for the softwood industry to find new markets is even more pressing since the closure of the Kimberly-Clarke pulp mill in Tantanoola, in south east South Australia. But Mr Hatch says the viability of a new industry like bio-fuels is also dependent on the actions of policy makers.. “In Australian government terms there’s been changes over the years with carbon taxing and whether wood can contribute to the carbon tax regimes that apply from time to time – we have recently seen… a very large decline in the price of carbon lead by the decline in European carbon prices.

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