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Daily Archives: August 15, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Baby Turtles Released Into DuPage Forest Preserve

Rescuers raised the baby turtles after their mother was hit by a car
NBC Chicago
August 14, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Seven turtles were released into a suburban Chicago forest preserve after rescuers hand-raised the hatchlings when their mother was hit by a car. Workers at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn incubated the eggs in deli cups all summer after the mother turtle was hurt in June. The midland painted turtles began to hatch on Friday. A spokeswoman for the DuPage County Forest Preserve District says the babies “could sit on a quarter with their little legs sticking out.”

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Business & Politics

Deere profit rises on strong equipment sales

The Globe and Mail
August 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Deere & Co. reported a higher quarterly profit on Wednesday as strong sales of its tractors and harvesters to farmers in North and South America offset the construction industry’s continued weak demand for earth-moving equipment… Deere said sales of equipment to farmers rose 8 per cent during the quarter. Sales of construction and forestry equipment fell 11 per cent.

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Leading global pulp and paper exporters

CFS Selective Cuttings
August 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

In 2012, Canada was the third largest exporter of pulp and paper products in the world, behind the U.S.A. and Germany, ahead of China. Pulp and paper contributes a similar share to exports in Canada and Germany, much higher than in the U.S. or China. In terms of contribution to national economy, though, Sweden and Finland stand out far from the rest, with 7.7% and 15.7% of total exports respectively. The top-10 pulp and paper exporters account for just over 2/3 of total exports (67.5%).

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Minister of forests tours Merritt

Merritt Herald
August 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations visited Merritt on Monday as part of a regional tour through the Southern Interior and Kootenays. One of Minister Steve Thomson’s local stops was Aspen Planers, where he met with Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart and Aspen Planers officials, discussing the forestry industry. The minister also met with First Nations and wood-producing companies in the Merritt area as well as members of city council. His last stop in the area was at the Nicola Fire Base.

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West Coast increases exports due to rising Chinese demand

The Spokesman-Review
August 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Chinese demand for wood products is behind an increase in West Coast log and lumber exports during the second quarter. Log exports from Washington, Oregon, Northern California and Alaska jumped about 28 percent during the second quarter compared to the first quarter of 2013, according to information from the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. Lumber exports rose 5 percent during the same period.

West coast log, lumber exports increase in second quarter of 2013 from The USDA Pacific Research Station

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Minister tours ‘leading edge’ company

Castanet News
August 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steve Thomson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, toured Structurlam’s Okanagan Falls manufacturing plant on Tuesday… Structurlam recently expanded to allow for increased production of its cross-laminated timber panels, a solid wood product that offers a lighter-weight alternative to concrete in commercial construction. It is currently one of only two companies in Canada to manufacture the building product. It also exemplifies the province’s Wood First Initiative, introduced in 2009, to promote BC wood in commercial construction, according to President Bill Downing.

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Wood meets the waterfront in Timber in the City design competition

A team from the University of Oregon wins top prize in Timber in the City, a student design competition that challenged entrants to design a wood-centric mixed-use complex for Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Mother Nature Network
August 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

From innovative British Columbian skyscrapers to classic row houses in East Baltimore, I’ve explored various ways in which architects are helping to usher in the versatile, CO2-trapping wonders of wood to an urban context. And then there’s Timber in the City: Urban Habitats, a recently wrapped-up design competition in which architecture students and recent graduates were invited to submit proposals for a “for a mid-rise, mixed-use complex that addresses New York’s urban housing needs.” The catch? Entrants in the competition were required to, in an innovative manner, incorporate wood as a primary structural material in their proposed designs.

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Forestry

City of Prince Rupert may yet pay for Watson Island spill

Northern View
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent spill of Bunker C oil from the former pulp mill isn’t likely to affect the City of Prince Rupert’s already-tight budget. As the owner of the site, the City of Prince Rupert is responsible for maintaining the old Skeena Cellulose pulp mill while the ownership of the site is under legal dispute. The provincial government can recover cleanup costs when it takes action under the environmental management act, as it did with the recent Watson Island fuel spill.

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Baker Creek fire planned for fall

Rocky Mountain Outlook
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large 800-hectare prescribed fire in the Baker Creek area of Banff National Park is on the books for this year in a bid to slow the spread of mountain pine beetle and improve grizzly bear habitat. Parks Canada officials say the Baker Creek fire, located about 10 kilometres east of Lake Louise and north of the Bow Valley Parkway, is scheduled to proceed after the September long weekend, weather-permitting. “We want to reduce mountain pine beetle susceptible trees in the Upper Bow Valley with the intent of slowing the spread in Banff National Park,” said Lindsay McPherson, fire communications officer for Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay.

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Forestry worker survives bear attack in New Brunswick

CTV News
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forestry worker in New Brunswick has survived a bear attack. RCMP confirm the man was bitten by a bear on his ankle while working near Brockway. It appears the man climbed a tree to the escape the bear and became trapped there for several hours. He was taken to hospital in Fredericton.

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Wilderness areas: Time to rethink public lands

Letter to the Editor
The Missoulian
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Frank Church-River Of No Return Wilderness was established in 1980, adding 2.67 million acres to the adjacent 1.3 million acres of Selway Bitterroot Wilderness… It is time to rethink all public land… The forest can and should be parked out and logged in a reasonable way. (Just as the U.S. Forest Service instructs private landowners on how to log and park out their land.) Commission new roads instead of decommissioning them. 

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SFI Funds Community-Based Programs to Support Habitat for Humanity, African-American Landowners and More

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The future of North America’s forests is decided by actions taken every day in communities across the U.S. and Canada. To foster such on-the-ground adoption of responsible forestry practices, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has awarded grants to seven community-based projects to educate youth and teachers, work with landowners, and support worthy community programs.  The grants were awarded under the SFI Conservation and Community
Partnership Grant Program for projects with community groups in Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota and New Mexico.

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Proposed logging in Siskiyou County subject of ESA lawsuit

Herald and News
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A lawsuit by environmental groups challenges a plan to log over 150,000 acres in Siskiyou County, which could cause the death of 83 endangered spotted owls and endangered salmon. Federal agencies approved Fruit Growers Supply’s logging project in November, citing a conservation plan adequately maintaining habitat for endangered owls and coho salmon in the nearby Scott River, a tributary to the Klamath River. 

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Pulp fiction?

Portland Tribune
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Want to buy sustainably produced lumber for your new deck or house? It’s not as simple as you’d think. For years, a debate has raged among supporters of two competing programs that certify wood products were harvested and milled in a sustainable manner. …Many environmentalists, especially the advocacy group ForestEthics, denounce the SFI as greenwashing — giving a green veneer to timber-cutting practices that degrade forests.

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Conservation group sues to block logging project

The Missoulian
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A conservation group is suing the U.S. Forest Service to block a logging project in the Lolo National Forest. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies says the Forest Service did not adequately analyze the effects of the Rennic Stark Project on protected or sensitive species. The group claims the decision to approve the project violates federal laws by failing to ensure the survival or recovery of Canada lynx, wolverines, fishers, goshawks and west slope cutthroat trout.

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Oregon Department of Forestry to Modernize Forest Activity Notification and Tracking Process

PR Web
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Richmond, VA Timmons Group was contracted for the planning, design and implementation of a Forest Activity Electronic Notification and Reporting System (FERNS) application for Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The final product will require an intuitively designed, user-friendly system that meets the demands of both the State’s clients and also improves internal operations throughout the organization.

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Proposed Elliott State Forest land sales pit school funding against environmental conservation

The Oregonian
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A threatened sea bird that nests in coastal forests could impact funding for schools across the state. Environmental activists are protesting against the proposed sale or exchange of three parcels in the Elliott State Forest, which they say are prime nesting grounds for the marbled murrelet. Three environmental groups in May 2012 filed a lawsuit that said logging in the forest would threaten the bird. The lawsuit largely tied up logging in the forest, which state officials had originally estimated would net $25.2 million for the state’s Common School Fund over the next two years.

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Crews contain dozens of new fires in Northwest

OregonLive.com
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dozens of new fires flared in the Northwest over the past 24 hours, but local crews were able to contain all of them. And on the weather front, some wet news: A cold front is moving toward Washington and northern Oregon on Wednesday morning, bringing light rain to parts of western Washington and northwest Oregon. The moisture won’t fall too far inland, however. On the east side, forecasters expect sunny, dry conditions. Firefighters are bracing for a fresh rash of lightning on Thursday and Friday.

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Closing The Forest To Protesters?

Eugene Weekly
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a “finding of no significant impact” on its order to close the White Castle timber sale to public access, but the protesters currently occupying the trees in opposition to the planned logging project beg to differ. They say cutting the native trees hurts the ecosystem and doesn’t solve the root problems of lack of money for counties and a lack of jobs. A comment period on the closure ends Aug. 30. White Castle is a pilot project outside of Roseburg on the O&C lands that are the current focus of a controversial bill in Congress that would split the lands into a timber trust and a conservation trust.

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Vietnamese forest devastated by Agent Orange restored to health

The Asahi Shimbun
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HO CHI MINH CITY–The government of Vietnam is claiming victory in its battle to save a mangrove forest that was destroyed during the Vietnam War (1960-75) through the U.S. military’s use of the defoliant Agent Orange… No wildlife remained by the time the two-decade conflict ended. The Vietnamese government launched a large-scale reforestation effort after the war to restore the area to its natural state. Red mangrove (rhizophora apiculata) saplings were brought into the area by boats.

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Greens say government’s ignored private logging concerns

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The New South Wales Greens are backing a call from a Southern Tablelands man for a moratorium on private logging approvals. A Taralga man made the call after survey by the Environment Protection Authority found vegetation matching an endangered ecological community on land in the Mount Rae Forest that is being logged. The Greens forestry spokesman David Shoebridge says there are no safeguards for endangered species or communities in place under the current system.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Conifex Bio-Energy Project Could Resume Soon

250 News
August 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mackenzie, B.C.- Construction on the Conifex Bio-energy facility in Mackenzie could start again soon. Construction of the project had been temporarily suspended in November of last year. Since that time a new budget for the project has been developed. This budget pegs the overall cost of the project at $98 million, which includes a contingency amount of $6 million. That budget is $18 million more than the initial price tag for the project.

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News reporter to attend climate change seminar for journalists

Methow Valley News Online
August 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Methow Valley News reporter Ann McCreary has been selected to attend a “Climate Change Seminar for Journalists,” sponsored by the Metcalf Institute and the Seattle Times, in Seattle in September. The seminar is designed to help journalists report about how climate change is affecting their own communities. It will focus on regional effects of climate change in the Pacific Northwest… Topics include forest and watershed ecosystem responses to climate change, and effects on regional water supplies. 

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Save the Redwoods League Climate Change Study Finds Recent Unprecedented Growth Surge in Redwoods

Researchers also discover the oldest coast redwood on record today, at 2520 years old
Enhanced Online News
August 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO–Save the Redwoods League, along with a team of renowned scientists, today announced initial findings from a multiyear study aimed at predicting how rapid global climate change will affect redwoods in old-growth forests over time. Following are the top three findings from the study: ancient redwood forests can store up to 3 times more carbon above ground than non-redwood forests worldwide; hanging environmental conditions have triggered a growth surge in coast redwoods and giant sequoias. California summers have warmed, but precipitation has remained highly variable and not decreased over recent decades

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