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Daily Archives: December 12, 2014

Special Feature

ABCFP’s 67th Conference in Nanaimo: Today’s Choices, Tomorrow’s Forests

ABCFP
December 12, 2014
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Join BC forest professionals in Nanaimo next February to discuss the issues facing us today and how the choices made today impact future forest resources. Olympic Gold Medalist, Jon Montgomery, will open the conference talking about dreaming big and living bigger, while Davis LLB will give a keynote on the Tsilhqoti’in decision. Other hot topics include< log exports, land use planning and reforestation. Plus get your boots dirty on a private forest land tour or improve your leadership skills, two practical pre-conference workshops that will get you thinking and observing critically before the conference gets started!

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Business & Politics

Alberni and Western Forest Projects reach Canal Beach agreement

BC Local News
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni’s new city council passed a motion to authorize the mayor and city clerk to enter into Western Forest Products’ Canal Beach indemnity agreement. The agreement will “indemnify [Western Forest Products] from any liability arising from public use of Canal Beach.” The motion had been tabled during the Nov. 24 council meeting by the old city council pending further details regarding insurance costs associated with signing the indemnity agreement.

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As oil prices slide, Alberta forestry industry on upswing

Sector could take up employment slack if oilpatch sees jobs downturn
CBC News
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The continuing downward slide of oil prices could give a boost to the forest industry even as it leaves the energy sector bracing for the worst. Oil prices fell below US$64 a barrel this week — roughly a 40 per cent slide since mid-summer. Earlier this week Alberta Premier Jim Prentice warned that there will have to be belt-tightening as oil prices continue to tumble. Calgary-based Cenovus Energy Inc. announced Thursday it will reduce next year’s capital spending by 15 per cent. But if there is a hiring slowdown in the oil patch, the forestry sector could be poised to pick up some of the slack.

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Don Cayo: Demand for ‘social licence’ stems from distrust of private and public institutions

Vancouver Sun
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Another word for social licence is democracy,” Shelley Wright of the department of aboriginal studies at Langara writes in an email she sent in response to my recent column on the subject.  “This is neither of the two alternatives you give in your article: the ‘cool, calm, intelligent risk and reputation management by government and industry, or else a polite term for mob rule.’” …Jim Girvan, a forestry consultant and acting executive director of B.C. Truck Loggers Association, takes up much the same theme.  “When the companies that gain control of the resources fail to recognize these (community) objectives and hoard the financial benefits for themselves,” he writes, “our view is that they risk losing the social license.”

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Missing truck driver’s body found in silo at Crofton mill

Victoria Times Colonist
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Searchers have found the body of a man who disappeared Tuesday after arriving at Crofton’s Catalyst pulp-and-paper mill to deliver wood chips. Perry Vernon Thomas, 66, of Qualicum Beach was discovered Thursday in one of the mill’s storage silos, which is where it was suspected he would be found. Thomas was a truck driver with Bobell Express Ltd. The B.C. Coroners Service said Thomas delivered wood chips to Catalyst about 5 p.m. Tuesday, and workers reported about half an hour later that he could not be located. The mill’s emergency services were contacted and a search was launched immediately.

Forestry worker’s body recovered after two days from The Canadian Press

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Ignace residents remain skeptical over Resolute sawmill restart

Community members worry lumber mill will not be viable in the long term
CBC News
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The refurbished Resolute sawmill at Ignace has resumed operation, after the company spent $20 million on the upgrade. But some in the community want to see the plant running at full capacity before doing any celebrating. About 30 people are now working at the plant, which was idled for nearly eight years. Up to 60 people could be employed when a second shift is added. Resolute says it has invested $20 million in upgrades to its Ignace sawmill. But instead of optimism, some are skeptical.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper on a roll

Cape Breton Post
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — More than two years since resuming production after being sold, Port Hawkesbury Paper is continuing to diversify its business and work on becoming more energy efficient. Development manager Marc Dube said the mill’s product, supercalendered paper for the flyer, magazine and catalogue market is sold out well into 2015, a time of the year that would be typically slower in the industry.

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Massive fire at Sexton Lumber in Bloomfield

The Telegram
December 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The RCMP in Clarenville says there were no injuries in a massive fire that destroyed the Sextons Lumber building in Bloomfield Thursday. The blaze broke out at about 4:40 p.m. in the building which was used to store wood, bark and sawdust. The Broomfield-Lethbridge fire department responded to the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation but the RCMP says no foul play is suspected at this time.

Fire strikes Sexton Lumber, holding building burns to the ground from CBC News

No Foul Play Suspected in Sexton Lumber Fire from VOCM

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Lots of discussion at Kenora Forest Products open house

Kenora Online
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There was plenty of discussion at last night’s information night. Kenora Forest Products hosted the event to discuss with the public their plans for expansion. Mill manager Rod McKay walked through each addition. “There is an addition to the sawmill, and it’s two stories high to match the existing roof line of the mill. It’s almost the full length of the building, and that will hold a small log line, to process small logs. The next area is a dry kiln. We’re proposing to put in a 100 ft. dry kiln, to dry lumber. The biggest change will be on the planer. We’re gonna add a shed, and a building, where a lumber sorter and stacker and stuff like that can go in,” he said.

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OSHA, sheriff investigate mill worker’s death

The Register-Guard
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COTTAGE GROVE — A 31-year-old Weyerhaeuser mill worker died in a machinery accident Tuesday, said the state Occupational Safety and Health Division, which is investigating the incident. Justin Craig Simons died just before 4:30 p.m. when he became pinned by a piece of machinery, OSHA spokeswoman Meanie Mesaros confirmed Thursday. A grate that covers a chain that moves a conveyer along to remove chip debris from the work area is what pinned the man, Mesaros added. Mesaros said Simons had worked at the mill for seven years.

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Stimson Lumber fined $3,600 for air quality violations at Gaston mill

Forest Grove Leader
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $3,600 penalty to Stimson Lumber Company for violations of its air quality permit that occurred at its wood mill near Gaston. According to a press release from DEQ, during two reporting periods, Stimson failed to collect the minimum monitoring data required by federal Plywood and Composite Wood Products National Emission Standards for hazardous air pollutants. The mill is located at 49800 Scoggins Valley Road in western Washington County. Stimson Lumber has paid the penalty.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

B.C. a hub for sustainable architecture and design

British Columbia a hub for sustainable architecture and design
Vancouver Sun
December 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Modernist architect Charles Eames famously said: “Beyond the age of information is the age of choices.” In B.C. it appears local architects and designers are taking the information we have on building sustainably and are making choices that are establishing this province as a global leader in green building. “In North America, half of energy consumption and half of green house gas emissions are related to the building and the operating of buildings,” says Michael Green, of Michael Green Architecture, the face of “tall wood” — building highrises with timber. “So it’s by far the biggest sector impacting the environment. Almost twice what transportation is,” he says.

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Wood WORKS! Building for the future

Fednor
December 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s an inspiration that has evolved into an annual celebration. Each November, a select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers and project teams gather to salute creative design and construction over a diverse spectrum of buildings and structures using one of our greatest natural resources: wood. This year’s 14th Annual Wood WORKS! Awards program honoured several winning projects, including the wood veil at Lansdowne Park’s CFL stadium in Ottawa, three schools and a recreation complex according to Marianne Berube, Executive Director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program. 

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Minnesota Sports Complex Gets High Marks for Sustainability

Green Building News
December 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SAINT PAUL, Minn. —The Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center have been certified to three international sustainability standards: LEED, Green Globes and APEX/ASTM. The complex is the first in the world to receive those three designations. Each certification requires a comprehensive auditing of organizational environmental practices and procedures and compliance with a stringent set of preset standards… “To have all of these venues certified by three respected, independent environmental organizations feels truly incredible,” said Jim Ibister, vice president of administration for the Minnesota Wild and general manager of Saint Paul RiverCentre, in a statement.

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New fire norm ‘step in right direction’

HD FestForest
December 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Earlier this year, China approved a new fire norm that has laid the groundwork for more wood construction in the country, according to Swedish Wood. The new rules – which were authorised in September – directly addresses the development of single-family homes, multi-unit buildings and the construction of laminated veneer lumber (LVL). Jan Soderlind, international director for Swedish Wood and chairman of European Wood, commented: “It’s a step in the right direction; we are happy with the current conditions in China, but want to go further.”

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Forestry

Breeding swans heighten concerns about logging plan

Calgary Herald
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents trying to stop logging in the Ghost Valley have come up with yet another reason it should be reviewed: trumpeter swans. The large birds, which are a species of special concern in Alberta, have been spotted on Kangienos Lake in the Ghost Valley. Locals suggest it means the province cannot grant a harvest permit to Spray Lake Sawmills to carry out logging in the area without being in contravention of their own guidelines. “These swans have been coming here for years and, this year, they had young,” said nearby resident Lori Hayward, adding the province should have known the swans were there and factored it into the logging plan. “Either there has been no mapping and reconnaissance, or it was hoped no one would notice.

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Forest fire sizes may double in next 65 years

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The size of forest fires we see in the Southern Interior could double in the next 65 years according to the province. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations released a report on climate change adaptation for wildlife management. The report noted that severe future wildlife conditions as a result of climate change are predicted for this region based on an temperature increase of four degrees celsius by 2080. …The cost of suppression response is also rising, and right along with it, the cost of economic losses. These include losses to communities, natural resource values and midterm timber supply.

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Nelsonite joins Forest Practices Board

Nelson Star
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial cabinet has appointed two new members of the Forest Practices Board including Nelson’s Marlene Machmer. Machmer owns a consulting firm. She is an ecologist with 25 years experience in environmental impact assessment, management, inventory, restoration and stewardship in BC. She has worked for the forest, mining and power industries, as well as government and First Nations. Joining Machmer is Angeline Nyce. Both were appointed for two-year terms. Current board member Bill Dumont was reappointed for a two-year term.

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Group asks Kent to reconsider stance on emergency exit

Agassiz Observer
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A delegation attempting to preserve Sasquatch Park spoke to Kent council on Monday night, hoping to sway their decision to not take a stand against road building through the Class A park. …They asked them to hold a vote to oppose a boundary adjustment proposal that Tamihi Logging and Seabird have submitted, that would permit logging truck traffic through Sasquatch. …”Logging trucks going through the park will kill the park,” Coles said. “We believe it will be catastrophic.” …While Tamihi and Seabird have been attempting to gain road access to a woodlot, the District of Kent has been trying to find an emergency exit. Many public discussions have integrated the two concepts, in the hopes that one road could provide both services.

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During the reprieve, what really happened?

Campbell River Courier-Islander
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was a lot of rain, yet it is cause to wonder if some of the local rivers would have been so blown out had their upper watersheds not been so heavily logged. That has been a question debated for years and always comes to the forefront when a ‘rain event’ like what transpired recently takes place. Common understanding of a watershed is that trees and forests within a river’s watershed – particularly upper watersheds – play an integral role in water management.

management.The
forest filters and distributes water that would otherwise disappear.
The forest also acts as a sponge – especially in rain forests like we
have here on Vancouver Island – and helps rivers avoid the culvert
affect when precipitation levels increase. – See more at:
http://www.courierislander.com/opinion/during-the-reprieve-what-really-happened-1.1662714#sthash.uc1K96OL.dpuf

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Limber pine declared endangered

Rocky Mountain Outlook
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three tree species have been assessed as at risk in Canada due to disease and alien insects, including the limber pine found here. At a recent meeting in Ottawa, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed limber pine, which is found in montane and lower sub-alpine regions in B.C. and Alberta, as endangered. Scientists say this tree species is imminently and severely threatened throughout its range by introduced white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetle and climate change, with predictions of a 67 per cent decline over the next 100 years.

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Ministers Of Natural Resources And Forestry And Northern Development And Mines Hear Concerns From Northern Mayors

WaWa News
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Following the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities’ concerns regarding Bill 52 and Greenpeace Canada’s fabricated attacks on Northern Ontario’s forestry sector, Provincial Ministers Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle met in Toronto with Kapuskasing Mayor Spacek, President of FONOM. Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield (President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipalities Association) and Iroquois Falls Mayor Michael Shea joined the meeting via conference call. FONOM appreciates the quick reaction by the Ministers to a series of concerning events taking place relating to the forestry sector and how quickly they were able to arrange time for the discussion.

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Cumbrian Forestry Expert Honoured By Toronto University

News & Star
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Penrith forestry expert has been appointed to a position at the University of Toronto in Canada. Ted Wilson said he was both “delighted and overwhelmed” to be made an honorary professor at the body’s world-renowned Faculty of Forestry. Mr Wilson, 51, is a director of the Silviculture Research International forestry management firm in King Street, Penrith. He said: “It is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to forest science and conservation, both in Canada, the UK and the rest of the world.

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For public lands, massive protections in defense bill

But not all conservation groups think the gains are worth the losses.
High Country News
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The must-pass, $585-billion defense spending bill now before the Senate also includes about 70 public-lands measures. That’s the biggest package of public-lands bills since the huge omnibus act of 2009 (which designated 2 million acres of wilderness, among other things). The Senate is expected to pass the defense bill this week. But it’s decidedly a mixed bag – with one hand, it adds about 250,000 acres of designated wilderness, while with the other hand, it transfers 110,000 acres into private ownership. It creates half a dozen new national parks, but appropriates no extra money to run them.

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Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Missoulian
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana counties have lost $20 million in the bipartisan spending bill to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers working on a $1 trillion “cromnibus” spending bill to keep the government operating through September 2015, have left out the $330 million Secure Rural Schools program. That program provides funding to counties with U.S. Forest Service lands that are untaxable and, because of government policy and a sluggish timber economy, are often unlogged. The “cromnibus” is a bill combining the continuing resolution and omnibus legislation necessary to keep the federal government operational through the end of the fiscal year in September 2015.

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Bullock’s office says it’s not required to publicize timber meetings

Gazette State Bureau
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — The Bullock administration was not required to publicize meetings on which Montana forestlands should be tabbed for expedited logging, because the meetings had no power to make a final decision, a state lawyer argued Thursday. The meetings of state, conservation-group and timber-industry officials merely advised Gov. Steve Bullock what recommendation he should make to the U.S. secretary of agriculture, said Mike Black. Black said a lawsuit by three environmental groups claiming the meetings violated the state open-meetings law should be dismissed.

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There’s Something Fungi Going On in London’s Epping Forest

December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LONDON—During the swinging ‘60s, Epping Forest, on London ’s northeastern fringe, gained notoriety as a favorite haunt of the city’s mobsters. These days, criminal activity in the forest has less to do with who’s being buried in its glades than what’s being dug up: Epping Forest has become London’s epicenter of wild-mushroom rustling. Soggy, gray England is a paradise for fungi, which thrive in damp, shady areas. Foraging bits for supper has become a foodie craze. And for the commercially minded, mushrooms have a high resale value. So Epping Forest’s keepers are now vigorously walking the mushroom beat.

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ANU research finds kangaroos threaten endangered lizards

Canberra Times
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Large numbers of kangaroos are threatening an endangered species and eating some lizards out of house and home, new research has found. Australian National University researcher Brett Howland has found big mobs of kangaroos destroy the grassland habitats of reptiles. “When there are too many kangaroos, they over-graze grasslands until they are like a lawn, which leaves lizards with no shelter,” said Mr Howland, from the Fenner School of Environment and Society. “Just because kangaroos are native doesn’t mean they don’t do damage. We have to regulate their numbers if we want to retain a variety of reptiles,” he said.

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Dr. Jane Goodall: “Buy less, waste less, savor it more”

Atlanta Journal of Commerce Buzz Blog
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall has some ideas. Educating and empowering people the world over can lead to more environmentally sound actions, she said, “if people will begin thinking about the consequences of the little choices we make.” …Worldwide, she has observed three trends that contribute to deforestation and other environmental ills: poverty, materialism and overpopulation. “When you’re living in poverty, you’re going to cut down trees to grow food for your family,” she said. “You haven’t got much choice. You’re going to buy the cheapest goods and not care how they’re made. On the other hand is this extreme materialistic, wasteful culture. If you have a date, you must have a new dress. The environment is not considered.”

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€20m in grants for agri-food and forest research awarded

Projects looking at developing low calorie confectionary and reducing tail biting in pigs
The Irish Farmers Journal
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Grant awards of over €20 million for agri-food and forest research have been announced by Minister Simon Coveney and Minister of State Tom Hayes. …The awards cover a broad range of research activities well aligned to the ‘Sustainable Food Production and Processing’ and ‘Food for Health’ areas of National Research Prioritisation. The research includes the health and welfare of livestock; sheep breeding; crop production; food safety at producer and processor level; private sector timber forecasting; wood use material flow; and assessing Ireland’s risk to airborne spread of ash dieback disease.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Beetle report provides useful options

Williams Lake Tribune
December 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The authors of this 100 page report use the term bugwood for trees killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle… The study was funded by the provincial government with the work done by a Vancouver company… “This study examines the technical and economic feasibility of converting the biomass resource in pine-beetle killed trees (bugwood) into energy products. Seven different technological approaches were examined: the Lignol process to make ethanol, small-scale CHP (combined heat and power), bio-liquid, cellulignin briquettes, gasification to make methanol, pipeline quality synthetic natural gas (SNG), and pelletizing. Of these processes only pelletizing is currently considered commercial in B.C.”

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On forests and climate, diverse experts discuss road to Paris

Cifor.org
December 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

LIMA, Peru—Leaders—from an indigenous organizer to a judge to a CEO—at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum outlined the steps needed between now and next year’s critical climate meeting in Paris if forests are to be a part of the solution to climate change. And they are a vital part of that solution, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark told the opening plenary. “A two-degree climate change scenario is not possible without making real progress on sustainable landscapes including in our forests,” she said. The 2014 Global Landscapes Forum was organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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The Forestry Commission Is Vandalising Britain’s Forests In The Name Of ‘Climate Change’

Breitbart
December 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

I’m here to see the future, because expanses of the forest around me are to be planted with these exotic trees. In fact, not far from where I sit, the first coast redwood saplings are already in the ground. The reason for this bold new planting strategy? Climate change, natch. Redwoods like warmth and soon the ancient Forest of Dean will be bathing in temperatures normally found on the Western Seaboard of the USA, according to environmental types. The story begins, as everything woodland-related in Britain does, with the Forestry Commission. Set up after the First World War to replenish timber supplies, it is now by some margin the biggest landowner in the country, with over two and a half million acres in its hands. 

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General

There’s Something Fungi Going On in London’s Epping Forest

December 12, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

LONDON—During the swinging ‘60s, Epping Forest, on London ’s northeastern fringe, gained notoriety as a favorite haunt of the city’s mobsters. These days, criminal activity in the forest has less to do with who’s being buried in its glades than what’s being dug up: Epping Forest has become London’s epicenter of wild-mushroom rustling. Soggy, gray England is a paradise for fungi, which thrive in damp, shady areas. Foraging bits for supper has become a foodie craze. And for the commercially minded, mushrooms have a high resale value. So Epping Forest’s keepers are now vigorously walking the mushroom beat.

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