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Business & Politics

Idled Chetwynd pulp mill is back in production

Business in Vancouver
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The former Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB) pulp mill in Chetwynd, B.C., shut down in September 2012, officially went into production May 1 under new ownership. Chetwynd started today,” Pedro Chang, deputy CEO for Richmond-headquartered Paper Excellence, confirmed in an interview. The Chetwynd pulp mill now employs a total of 136 people, Chang said. It is the last of four mills that Paper Excellence has bought in B.C. in recent years to go into production under the new owner. One other mill, in Mackenzie, was also shut down when Paper Excellence bought it.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc Announces Quarterly Dividend of C$0.06

Ticker Report
May 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, May 7th, American Banking News reports. Investors of record on Tuesday, May 19th will be paid a dividend of 0.0625 per share on Tuesday, May 19th. This represents a $0.25 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.63%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 7th. CFX has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at RBC Capital lowered their price target on shares of Canfor Pulp Products from C$15.00 to C$14.00 in a research note on Friday, March 6th. 

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Interfor Corp Given New C$21.00 Price Target at National Bank Financial

WRB News & Analysis
May 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor Corp had its price objective cut by National Bank Financial from C$22.00 to C$21.00 in a report released on Friday. National Bank Financial currently has an outperform rating on the stock. Interfor Corp traded up 0.06% on Friday, hitting $17.28. 801,832 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Interfor Corp has a 52-week low of $14.15 and a 52-week high of $23.61. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $17. and its 200-day moving average is $19.. The company has a market cap of $1.15 billion and a P/E ratio of 34.42.

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Mill workers accept labour contract

Chronicle Journal
May 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northwestern Ontario’s recovering forestry sector continues to be reflected in solid contracts for mill and logging workers, even though it sometimes involves tough negotiations. About 550 plant and woodlands employees who work at Dryden’s Domtar pulp mill voted in favour of a new four-year collective agreement this week that provides decent wage increases and $1,000 signing bonuses. Unifor, the workers’ union, said the lucrative deal was reached after a threat of a strike and demands by Domtar that employees agree to concessions in their contract. “We’re pleased (workers) not only resisted all concession demands once again, but they also achieved key (contract) improvements,” Dryden-based Unifor staff rep Stephen Boon said in a news release.

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Tembec says quarter weaker than expected, Q2 loss rises to $40 million

Canadian Press
May 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Quebec-based forestry company Tembec says it has just endured a tough winter quarter that resulted in a $40-million loss. The loss amounted to 40 cents per share, which was deeper than a year-earlier loss of 28 cents per share or $28 million. Among other things, Tembec said winter weather had a bigger impact than anticipated on energy costs and efficiency. It also said the weakening of the Canadian dollar produced a $37-million loss related to debt issued in U.S. dollars. The Montreal-based forestry company said the weaker Canadian dollar had some positive impact on sales but that was partially offset by weak demand and pricing for some of its products.

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OPINION: Province’s forestry sector on the upswing

TB Newswatch
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Reconciling economic development and environmental protection can be a challenging balancing act. But when it comes to Ontario’s forestry sector, I am proud to say that our province is achieving just that. Forestry is very important to the province’s economy. It provides about 170,000 jobs and generates over $11 billion in annual economic activity. There are over 260 communities across Ontario – in both the north and the south – that are supported by forestry. The sector was hit hard by the global recession, but it’s now on the upswing.

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Weyerhaeuser profit drops 30 percent in Q1

The Seattle Times
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser’s profit from continuing operations dropped 30 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, the Federal Way-based company reported Friday. Excluding special items, Weyerhaeuser earned $99 million, or 19 cents a share, in the first quarter, missing analyst predictions of 25 cents a share. This is down from $143 million, or 24 cents a share, in the same quarter last year. Net sales also missed estimates, dropping almost 1 percent to $1.72 billion. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News had predicted $1.76 billion.

Port hiccups, dollar strength dent Weyerhaeuser profits from The Agrimoney

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Forest Products A Heavy Hitter In Wisconsin’s Economy

WXPR Public Radio
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

April was named Forestry and Paper Products Month by the Legislature. A state economist says this offers an excellent opportunity to think about the positive impact of Wisconsin’s 17 million acres of forested lands and its millions of urban trees. DNR forestry economist Julie Ballweg says if you look at the industry from forest to consumer products, the industry is a heavy-hitter in the state’s economy.. “….it’s an almost $23 billion dollar industry in Wisconsin in addition to almost 60,000 people that are employed in forestry. All those people spend money in local businesses and create another 200,000 jobs in Wisconsin….”

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Tasmanian forestry company on track to double production through woodchip mill upgrades and create 100 new jobs in north-west

ABC News, Australia
May 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian forest manager Forico says about 100 direct and indirect jobs will be created when its north-west woodchip mill starts operating in July this year. Forico owns 100,000 hectares of former Gunns’ plantation across the state, and is investing about $20 million into refurbishing two woodchip plants in northern Tasmania. CEO Bryan Hayes says the $10 million refurbishment of the Surrey Hills Mill, south of Burnie, will increase efficiencies. Media player: “Space” to play, “M” to mute, “left” and “right” to seek. “It will be significantly more efficient than it was previously in terms of log handling cost, when we start in July we will start that mill in 750,000 green tonnes per year of production.

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Importation of Logs to China Jumped 76% in March with New Zealand and Australia Increasing Their Shipments the Most

Log arrivals to China surged in March with an increase of 76% over the previous month. This came after almost a year of declining log imports. New Zealand and Australia increased their volumes the most, together accounting for a record-high share of over 50% of the total import volume. Log import prices have trended downward since early 2014.
Wood Resources International LLC
May 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Seattle, WA, – Log import volumes to China typically increase in the month of March every year and 2015 was no exception with a 76 percent jump from the previous month. The softwood log imports reached 2.9 million m3. This is the highest monthly volume since early in 2014, and incidentally, is also higher than the monthly average over the past two years, as reported in the upcoming issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). With the Russian ruble falling in value by over 50% over the past six months, there were expectations by some market observers that Russian exporters would increase their export volumes substantially in 2015, but that has not yet happened.

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Multiple bids for Gunns assets keeps alive slim hope for Tamar Valley pulp mill, receivers say

ABC News, Australia
May 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gunns receivers Korda Mentha say they have “multiple” bids for the failed timber company’s remaining assets, including the pulp mill land and permits. The interest generated by the second attempt to sell the assets has kept alive slim hopes the Tamar Valley pulp mill could go ahead, but the receivers will not confirm which assets potential buyers are interested in. Korda Mentha spokesman Michael Smith said the pulp mill permits were advertised internationally, while the Tamar Valley site was advertised separately in Australia.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood frame Sandman Hotel breaks ground in Hamilton

Daily Commercial News
May 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

HAMILTON—A revised building code has allowed Hamilton to be the first municipality in Ontario to issue a building permit for a six-storey wood frame structure. The Sandman Hotel will be located on Centennial Parkway in Hamilton’s East end, at the South Service Road. Ground broke in late March for the 208-unit, 9,534-square-metre location. Currently, as per the district building inspector, contractors are at the mobilizing stage moving dirt and setting up the compound for construction. Ed Vander-Windt, Hamilton’s chief building official said he is “thrilled” that the city is the first in the province to issue a permit for such a project.

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Ohio Votes No on Hardwood Checkoff

Woodworking Network
May 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The US Hardwood Industry Coalition applauds the recent action taken by The Ohio Forestry Association, Inc., (OFA) to oppose the Hardwood Checkoff initiative now under consideration by the US Department of Agriculture. The OFA’s move comes after the Virginia Forest Products Association also went on record in 2015 to oppose the Checkoff proposal. The Checkoff proposal was published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2013. A 90-day comment period ending on February 18, 2014, yielded more than 950 industry comments on the plan. A majority of the comments were opposed to the proposed Checkoff blueprint.

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Forestry

Plans afoot for lumberjack show on Canada Day

Coast Reporter
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Sechelt Downtown Business Association (SDBA) is working to bring the iconic West Coast Lumberjacks to town for three shows on Canada Day, SDBA president Katharine Trueman told Sechelt’s public works committee last week. “We decided we needed something new and fresh, and we decided that we were going to do a proposed logging sport show,” Trueman said. “We’re very excited by this. We’ve been working on it for two months already.” Trail Bay Centre has offered to provide its back lot for the show, and Sechelt Fire Department agreed to provide water for the log rolling event, she said. There will also be light security because of the expected high attendance.

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Logging exhibits draw public

Vernon Morning Star
May 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Interior Logging Association’s conference and trade show is back bigger and better. The 57th annual event runs from Thursday to Saturday, with about 400 delegates and the outside equipment display returning for the first time since 2009. “It’s probably equal to or greater than any I’ve organized since 1974,” said Wayne Lintott, general manager of the Vernon-based ILA. …there will be 90 pieces of equipment in the Kal Tire Place parking lot and 40 displays inside the facility. Lintott isn’t surprised to see equipment suppliers flocking to the event. “From the trade side of things, they have started to sell more equipment,” he said.

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Spruce budworm study aided by citizen science program

Quebec is dealing with a spruce budworm outbreak, while New Brunswick hasn’t had a major problem in 35 years
CBC News
May 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry scientists are looking for the help of New Brunswickers to track spruce budworm populations as an outbreak in Quebec approaches the border. It’s been about 35 years since the spruce budworm was last a problem for New Brunswick. But across the border in Quebec, about 4.2 million hectares of forest has been infected during the last few years. Budworm epidemics are also cyclical, so the federal government is studying where the worms are, as well as the migration patterns of the moths they become.

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Deschutes National Forest Project targets illegal roads

Restoration planned for decommissioned roads south of Bend
The Bend Bulletin
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Deschutes National Forest hopes to stop illegal off-highway use south of Bend while restoring riverside habitat along the Deschutes River. A planned restoration project would have two focus areas: between the Tetherow Boat Launch , downstream of Pringle Falls near La Pine, and La Pine State Park and near Sunriver. At both locations, people have been seen driving on roads decommissioned by the U.S. Forest Service and blazing new, unapproved roads.

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Missoula Resource Advisory Committee seeking projects

The Missoulian
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for new projects to be funded/obligated in 2015. Under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, projects must provide benefit to national forest lands and ecosystems within Missoula County. Projects may occur on federal or non-federal land. The act specifies that project objectives may include roads, trails, infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvement; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; and re-establishment of native species.

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Major forest health decisions on the horizon

Telluride Daily Planet
May 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Communities in and near the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are poised to help make some pretty important forest health decisions in the near future, with the regional USFS office expected to release their 10-year Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response this month. …The Forest Service plan is expected to outline a balance of commercial logging, prescribed burns, tree grove thinning and other management practices to attempt to maintain a healthy forest in the face of encroaching threats like beetle epidemics.

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Hamilton arborist creating urban forestry management plan

Ravalli Republic
May 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Sylvia McNeill likes to say that trees are hiding in plain sight. After all, most people take trees for granted. They’ll make sure to keep their lawns watered and then mow it once a week, but hardly take notice of the decades-old tree that’s the centerpiece of their landscape. “The only time that people take trees into consideration is when the leaves begin to fall or they start bumping their heads into a branch when they are mowing their lawns,” said the longtime Hamilton arborist. “It’s a love/hate relationship.” McNeill is hoping to change that for the people who live, work and play in Hamilton.

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Legislature Considers Seizing Public Lands

Public News Service
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – Proposals to give the state jurisdiction over federal public lands in Colorado worked their way through the Legislature this week. And state Sen. Matt Jones is concerned that if the state takes over, Coloradans might not be able to access national parks and areas such as the Maroon Bells, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Indian Peaks and others. Jones says he’s opposed to the legislation because love of the outdoors is a way of life in Colorado.

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BLM timber plan draws critical eyes

The Daily Courier
May 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — The Bureau of Land Management released its latest draft management plan for 2.5 million acres in western Oregon last week, proposing a range of timber harvests that did not please the Association of Oregon Counties. “Unless changes are made, the counties are going to end up on the short end of the stick,” said Tony Hyde of Columbia County, president of the association, in an April 23 news release. “These forests are required by federal law to be managed under principles of sustained yield to provide revenue for the 18 O&C counties.” Coos County Commissioner Bob Main, who’s on the association’s board, called the proposal “disappointing.” He said BLM’s preferred alternative would drastically reduce the harvestable acreage.

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McMorris Rodgers introduces national forest bill

The Capital Press
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ proposed Forests Act is designed to help improve national forest conditions and reduce wildfire risks. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is introducing a House bill that she says will improve national forest health and reduce wildfire risks. The Forests Act would require the U.S. Forest Service to identify areas in each national forest that should be actively managed and produce at least half of the sustainable timber yield in each management area each year.

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Researchers track elusive critters in Montana forest

Associated Press
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — Much of the Continental Divide in winter remains a place seldom visited by people — a harsh environment, windblown and seemingly void of wildlife. But the area is far from unoccupied, and when an animal travels through, it leaves evidence that to a trained eye can reveal much about the mysterious creatures that call the high country home. A first-year project sponsored by the Helena National Forest, Montana Wilderness Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance and others sought to fill a gap in wildlife information for a portion of the forest west of Helena. The area includes slopes east of the Continental Divide including the Nevada Mountain Roadless Area.

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Canada lynx, logging boundaries are focal points of lawsuit against U.S. Forest Service

The Colorado Gazette
May 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has been sued over a massive forest project that southern Colorado water managers had hoped would help ensure water quality for the region. The Forest Service has been developing the project since 2012 in an attempt to stymie invasive insect outbreaks and protect a crucial southern Colorado watershed from wildfire danger. But the plan, known as the Tennessee Creek Project, which targets more than 16,000 acres of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, hit a snag a few months after its final approval. On April 23, WildEarth Guardians, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, sued the Forest Service, claiming that the agency’s plan has miscalculated the harm that would be done to the habitat of the threatened Canada lynx.

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High-schoolers compete in forestry competition

Students saw, climb and roll their way to wins at COCC
The Bend Bulletin
May 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Central Oregon Community College was abuzz with activity Saturday, with forestry students from eight Oregon high schools scaling trees with spiked boots, throwing axes, slicing slabs off the end of a log with a chainsaw and more. Event organizer and Scio High School forestry instructor Rex Cowther said competitive high school forestry programs have been on the decline in Oregon, though they’re still found in many communities where logging remains a big part of the economy. Along with the log rolling, crosscut sawing, tree climbing and other physical competitions, students also give speeches to a panel, identify types of trees, sit for mock job interviews and calculate the volume of timber in a stand of trees, Cowther said.

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Sierra Club: Saving forests means saving water

San Jose Mercury News
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…But in recent decades California has seen the growth of intrusive methods of logging by large industrial timber corporations intent on establishing tree farms for profits far in the future. Their tactic is first to purchase thousands of acres of timberland, then apply for timber harvest plans to the California Board of Forestry and usually qualify for a plan called “even aged management” referring to the even, small sizes of the saplings they intend to plant. Such a license allows them to completely remove all existing trees, known as clearcutting, on multiple 20-acre tracts to clear the way for planting their tree farms.

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California Drought Kills 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

KPBS.org
May 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An estimated 12 million trees across California’s forestlands have died over the past year because of extreme drought conditions, according to an aerial survey conducted April 8-17 by the U.S. Forest Service. In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mt. Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive, said Jeffrey Moore, interim aerial survey program manager for the U.S. Forest Service. There is “very heavy mortality, a lot of discoloration in the pine trees that probably will expire sometime during this growing season, as well as oak trees that are suffering,” Moore said.

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Sen. Wyden proposes a new way to pay for inferno wildfires

KVAL
May 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said federal policy for paying to put out raging wildfires in the west is broken at a time when fire seasons are getting worse every year. Wyden said the forest service and other agencies often rob money from a national fire prevention fund to put out the worst of the fires. This is the fund designed to pay for tree thinning and other necessary steps to keep fires smaller. Wyden said he and another Northwest senator proposed a solution. “So what Senator Crapo and I have proposed on a bipartisan basis is you would end that, and you would, say the big fires, the infernos, you pay for through the new disaster fund,” he said.

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Va. wildfire season ends; nearly 3,500 acres burned

Associated Press
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. — State forestry officials say nearly 3,500 acres of forestland burned during the spring wildfire season that just ended. The Virginia Department of Forestry says its crews responded to 338 wildfires from Feb. 15 through April 30, the period in which the state’s 4 p.m. burn law is in effect. Warm, dry and windy conditions make spring an active time for wildfires. John Miller, the forestry department’s resource protection chief, says this year’s wildfire figures are a little below average because of significant snowfalls and rain.

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Avocado trees dying of fungus may be saved by drones, dogs

CBC News
May 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Dogs and drones may be the best hope for Florida avocado trees that are being threatened by a fungus-spreading beetle. The Asian ambrosia beetle is spreading a fungus, laurel wilt, to avocado trees in Florida. Already, some 9,000 trees have been lost to the fungus, Jonathan Crane, a University of Florida professor and tropical fruit crop specialist, told CBC’s As It Happens in a recent interview. “This is no question the biggest threat to the commercial avocado industry in Florida,” he says. “We have never faced anything this devastating.” Florida houses about 7,500 acres of the crop, totaling about 700,000 trees. A little bit more than one per cent has succumbed to the fungus.

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DCNR to add 17,000 acres to Elk State Forest

The Bradford Era
May 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRISBURG — Acting Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced Friday that the department is adding more than 17,000 acres of wooded land and waterways to the adjacent Elk State Forest — the largest land addition to the state forest system in 65 years. Dunn said the addition comes with the acquisition of an approximately 27-square mile property in Norwich and Sergeant townships near the town of Clermont in southern McKean County. The state invested $7.2 million to purchase the land, which came a fund from mitigation payments for rights-of-way and other transactions that is intended for the acquisition of new state forest lands, according to the DCNR.  

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Bovill Brothers Logging: where less is more

NHBR.com
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bruce and David Bovill are brothers. They own their own logging business out of Moultonborough, NH. As a two-man team, they work with their hands using a chainsaw, as opposed to sitting in a cab with a “joystick.” “It’s how we got started,” says Bruce. “This is our niche.” Logging is a way of life for them. Growing up in Colebrook, the brothers have been farming or logging since 1981. As the logging business declined in the late ‘80s, they moved to Merrimack, working construction around the Boston area for 22 years. If they weren’t working construction in the winters, they would come north to do logging.

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Swanson testifies in Congress about forestry issues

The Bradford Era
May 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KANE — Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG) executive director Susan Swanson testified in Washington in front of the House Subcommittee on Forestry and Conservation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and was encouraged with the response she received following her presentation. Swanson described the feedback she received from the subcommittee as “beneficial.” She said problems with decreasing timber sales is common across the country, noting that industry, municipalities and school districts nationwide are feeling the same financial pinch as those on the Allegheny National Forest.

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General

Fighting fire with fire

Herald and News
May 3, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Firefighters just watched as a carpet of flames crackled and crawled across the forest floor, turning to ash nearly every grass and small plant in its path. …land managers use fire to fight fire in at-risk areas known as the “wildland-urban interface …David Bailey said the U.S. Forest Service uses several tools to manage the forest, but fire is the most comprehensive. …“It’s been shown throughout the West, if you remove those ladder fuels — the ground fuels and the fuels that allow fire to get into the crowns of trees — it reduces the fire behavior,” Kiesling said.

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