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Daily Archives: May 6, 2015

Business & Politics

Canada’s forest industry outdoes competitors in environmental credentials

Forest Products Association of Canada
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased that the Canadian forest sector continues to score well in comparison to other countries in the most recent international sustainability report. The 2015 report by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) shows that global sustainability is improving and that Canada is doing especially well. The report notes that Canada has 161 million hectares of certified forest, by far the most in the world with more than 40% of the global total. Certification is an independent assessment that a company follows sustainable forest management practices.

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Editorial: Port fails another truck licence test

Business in Vancouver
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) can’t afford another lengthy detour en route to a lasting container trucking controversy resolution. Neither can any other local business that relies on imports or exports. Canada’s largest port has an opportunity to grab a larger share of the multibillion-dollar container cargo trade between North America and the rest of the world. But it can’t do that with weak links anywhere along its Asia-Pacific Gateway logistics chain.  The recent Federal Court decision agreeing with local truckers that
elements of the new system of allocating licences to service the port’s
container terminals are unfair rekindles uncertainty over the port’s
container cargo-handling reliability.

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Tembec Inc downgraded on threat from ‘Ice Bear’

by Jonathan Ratner
Financial Post
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec Inc.’s largest competitor in the ethers market is developing an ultra-high purity specialty dissolving pulp — dubbed Ice Bear — that could take a bite out of the Montreal-based forest products maker’s business. Norway-based Borregaard ASA hinted at the project for cellulose-based polymers at its March 2014 investor day, initially saying they would target “niches within niches.” Now the company has provided more details, noting that customer testing has begun. Regular commercial volumes are expected in mid-2016, but the new products are currently only offered by a few suppliers.

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$10.3 million invested in maintenance shutdown

The NG News
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU – As part of the 15-day planned maintenance downtime, Northern Pulp will invest $10.3 million to address key maintenance issues. “Two key components of this planned downtime is the final construction and commissioning of a new $22 million recovery boiler precipitator. This new unit will meet present, as well as future Canada-wide, environmental standards. While we are behind schedule on the final stage of construction, we expect to have the precipitator available for start-up late June/early July.

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Work together to find solution with mill

Letter to the editor
The Pictou Advocate
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

I am writing to express my concerns over some of the conditions in Northern Pulp’s recent Industrial Approval Permit that appears to be causing the new owners, Paper Excellence of Canada, to question their long term commitment in this province. Hundreds of companies, like my own, rely on business generated by Northern Pulp to not only help maintain our viability but allow for an environment where growth and an expansion is possible. In addition, being a private woodlot owner, I and many other woodlot owners, rely on wood processing facilities such as Northern Pulp and their many sawmilling partners to provide markets for products from our woodlots.

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Tembec’s cogen project is online, at budget

Pulp & Paper Canada
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec relates some of the challenges of bringing the company’s new turbine online in its quarterly report for the period ending in March 2015. Total construction cost for the cogen project at the company’s Temiscaming pulp and paper complex in Quebec had reached $272 million by the end of March 2015, versus the expected construction cost of $273 million. The cogen project is now producing green electricity for the provincial grid. Commissioning of the turbine began in early January 2015, at which time the company generated its first electricity sales. In late January, Tembec successfully met the “commercial-in-service” test set forth in the power purchase agreement and began selling electricity at the higher “green” power rate.

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US sawn hardwood and veneer exports to India reached $2.14 million in 2014

Lesprom
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

The market for imported US sawnwood is small in India but there is growing interest in US logs. US sawn hardwood and veneer exports to India reached $2.14 million in 2014, ITTO reported. Exports of US sawn hardwoods were valued at $1.6 million in 2014 a fall of around 24% year on year. However exports of US hardwood veneers to India rose almost 20% to $1.5 million in 2014 while US hardwood log exports to India were valued at $ 2.25 million in the same year.

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LP Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

Business Wire
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn.,  — Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) LPX, -2.79% reported today results for the first quarter of 2015, which included the following: …“Though we were encouraged by the increase in housing permits, we saw only a slight upswing in North American housing activity in the first quarter,” said Curt Stevens, chief executive officer. “As a result, OSB prices languished in the quarter on relatively flat volumes compared to last quarter, hurting our results. On the other hand, our more diversified Siding business posted record results with increased sales in all of its segments including housing, retail, repair and remodel and non-residential structures.”

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Good Earth adds second wood processing site on Garland Prairie

Williams-Grand Canyon News
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Good Earth Power AZ purchased a second wood processing site on Garland Prairie east of Williams. According to Good Earth, the 8.8 acre site near Arrow Redi Mix concrete has zoning and infrastructure in place and was previously home to an operating wood products business. According to Williams City Manager Brandon Buchanan, Good Earth recently obtained an operating permit from the city of Williams. “They’ve given us the layout with all the logistics and we’re OK with allowing them to start with that part of the project,” Buchanan said. “The smaller site to the south is more shovel ready, ready to go for them.”

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Maine legislators push for expanded review of Canadian paper subsidies

The Ripon Advance
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

As the Department of Commerce continues its investigation of Canadian subsidies within the supercalendered paper market, a trio of legislators from the state of Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins, independent Sen. Angus King, and Republican Rep. Bruce Poliiqun — sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker outlining concerns that the investigation terms are too limited and could negatively affect business in their home state. The original trade case, brought by the U.S. Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, was focused on what it calls excessive subsidies that have been received by Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia.

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Northeast Wood Products plans third pellet plant

EUWID
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

US-American pellet producer Northeast Wood Products plans to build a pellet plant with annual capacity of 125,000 t at a site in Jasper (Tennessee, USA). Together with the two existing US pellet plants of NWP in Peebles (Ohio) and Ligonier (Indiana), the company’s third plant and further expansion investments will bring total production capacity to more than 400,000 t/year. Each of the plants in Peebles and Ligonier currently boasts production capacity of 65,000 t/year.

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Forestry employees out of work, but not unemployed

NewsTalkZB
May 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Creditor action against a forestry company has left some employees out of work – but not unemployed. Hundreds of Northland workers lost their jobs in March, when creditors seized the property of some of the Kiwi Forestry International group of companies. First Union says up to 25 Auckland workers haven’t been let go or given redundancy, but have been told to stop coming to work. General secretary Robert Reid says if the companies are insolvent, regulators shouldn’t be letting them operate.

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World’s largest softwood pulp investment progresses as planned

Pulp and Paper News
May 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finnpulp Oy’s softwood pulp mill investment project to Kuopio, Finland progresses as scheduled. When realized, the project, introduced to the public in early 2015 by seasoned forest industry professionals, will be the largest Finnish bioeconomy investment ever. In total, the investment will be 1,4 billion euros. The first financing phase, carried out during spring 2015, succeeded as expected. As a result, the company gained three significant investors, who represent Finnish forest and industry know-how.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Concrete interests ensure code provisions for taller wood buildings hit brick wall

Concrete News
May 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Convening in Memphis for International Code Council Committee Action Hearings, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and allied-industry representatives helped defeat a proposal allowing wood-framed structures up to nine stories—four higher than the 2015 International Building Code permits for such construction. The late-April hearings were part of a 2015-2017 development cycle leading to 2018 International Building Code publication. NRMCA staff characterizes them as bringing “significant wins along with expected losses for the concrete industry,” the latter relating to proposals promoting greater fire robustness and resiliency for the 2018 IBC.

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A closer look at Carlsberg’s fiber bottle

May 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Wood fiber is currently the basic starting material for the new bottle, but it could also be manufactured from other fibers so long as those fibers can bind together. The type of fiber is another aspect that will also be investigated in the next few years, but as things stand today it is certified virgin wood fiber that is being used. The new bottle will probably look very similar to bottles in use today, so it shouldn’t make any major demands on logistics, i.e. in terms of handling and distribution. It should fit well with the solutions already in use. “We will be looking at secondary packaging as part of our work in the innovation group,” says Boas. “We hope that some of our other partners will join the group and help with this.”

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UO partners with OSU on new center for sustainable wood products

University of Oregon
May 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Judith Sheine, professor and department head of the UO architecture program, recently provided testimony to the Oregon Legislature in support of a Senate bill that would appropriate lottery funds to the operation and research budget of the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design. The new center is a collaboration between the UO and Oregon State University and will feature the schools’ leading architecture, wood science and engineering programs to focus on development of innovative sustainable wood products and building components capable of being produced in Oregon.

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Why Look to Wood? Why Wouldn’t We?

Throughout its history, the construction industry has been confronted with challenges.
Sourceable
May 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

As is so often the case when challenges are presented, our industry found its heroes. For centuries, stone, bricks and wood were ‘hero’ materials, and whether building a bridge or a barn, the craftsman would almost invariably turn to masonry, wood or a combination of the two to execute his architectural vision. While timber was relatively abundant and easy to work with, wood struggled to deliver the strength and stability that ever-higher building designs demanded. What’s more, the countless stories of city conflagrations – the Great Fire of London being the most famous – point to the historical dangers posed by traditional timber as an industrial-scale urban building material.

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Forestry

Students Arrive to Learn More About Forestry

250 News
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Today through Sunday, dozens of students from across the country will be in Prince George to learn about the forest industry and the environment. “Adventures in Forestry and Environmental Studies” is a program operated by the Prince George Yellowhead Rotary in collaboration with industry, government and post secondary institutions. The programs gives grade 10, 11 and 12 high school students first hand experience. “Students, from Prince George and elsewhere, can glean information from educators and working professionals. Asking questions, directly, of those “ in the know” is a huge bonus for the students.” explains Prince George Yellowhead Rotary President Janine Fraser.

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Northwest Territories bracing for more wildfires after record-breaking 2014

Canadian Press
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories is bracing for another hot wildfire season as a new report details last year’s record-breaking burns. “It’s grim,” Environment Minister Michael Miltenberger said. “This year could be as bad or worse than last year. “It’s hopefully not a precursor for the new normal.” According to the fire season report released Tuesday, about 3.4 million hectares of forest burned last year in the N.W.T. That’s an area more than five times the size of Toronto and almost twice the average annual burn for all of Canada. At their worst, the fires were spreading at nine kilometres an hour, the speed of a brisk jog.

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Fighting forest fires can come with a big price tag for municipalities

TB Newswatch
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The municipality of Oliver Paipoonge could on the hook for a bill totalling more than $10,000 to fight Monday’s brush blaze in Stanley. Oliver Paipoonge Fire and Emergency Services chief Mike Horan last year submitted an article to the Oliver Paipoonge News outlining the costs of the Ministry of Natural Resources fire rangers to battle a forest fire, including $2,900 per hour for water bombers. In the article, which was published in March 2014, Horan wrote the ministry charges a $2,900 dispatch fee for a waterbomber as well as the hourly rate.

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Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season

Associated Press
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Forest Service says the cost of fighting wildfires this season could be well over $1 billion and that the agency may have to borrow money from the very programs designed to prevent big fires in the first place. Tom Tidwell’s testimony before a Senate committee came as California and several other Western states are battling drought. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she visited Fairbanks recently and couldn’t remember a beginning of May with no snow on the ground.

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Some communities aren’t replacing trees killed by emerald ash borer (&video)

Homeowners upset about changing neighborhood look
WLWT.com
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio —The emerald ash borer has been in the region, devastating trees since 2006. But now we’re starting to see more of an impact to neighborhoods. In Deerfield Township, public works crews began working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2014 to identify all of the dead and dying ash trees. Since then, they have been removing the trees that pose a threat to the public. For one neighborhood in Landen, that means 200 ash trees are currently being removed. “During the winter, it was nice to go drive down by the snow-covered trees. I hate it, absolutely hate it,” homeowner Ronnie Delia said.

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Forest Service Chief sets expectations for Agency’s efforts during 2015 wildfire season

USDA Forest Service
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington – In testimony today before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell presented the Forest Service forecast on the upcoming 2015 fire season and his agency’s strategy to position resources and personnel to address the wildfire threat. “We anticipate another active fire year as above normal wildland fire potential exists across the north central United States and above normal wildland fire potential will threaten many parts of the West this summer,” said Chief Tidwell. The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget includes a proposal to reform the way that wildfire suppression is funded

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Feds will likely ‘borrow’ to combat wildfires

AZ Central
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Forest Service Director Tom Tidwell presented a discouragingly familiar picture of this year’s wildfire season in Arizona and across the country during a Senate hearing Tuesday. Wildfire activity is going to be above average again this year, Tidwell told members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Also, the cost of fighting those fires is again likely to exceed the amount appropriated, forcing the agency to “borrow” money from projects that would clean up vegetation-choked forests and help to lessen the number and severity of fires.

As fire season nears, congress mulls ‘fire-borrowing’ reform from Agri-Pulse

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For Some, Concerns That Firefighting Takes Money From Forest Management

Northwest Public Radio
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The weed whacker is a frequent companion to the sounds of chirping birds and rustling pines at Ross Frank’s ranch outside Leavenworth. With forested land on all sides, Frank says managing his woodlot has become part of his lifecycle, “like taking out the trash on Sunday.” Using the machine to clear dense brush beneath a stand of aspens beside his home, Frank says “we’re mimicking what fire would have done naturally”–clearing out the understory to make future fires less damaging. But since 80% of the county where Frank lives is owned by the government , he’s concerned that increased federal spending on firefighting has crowded important forest management work that reduces wildfire’s destructiveness.

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Wait to be seen

Ketchikan Daily News
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber harvest is the key in Ketchikan. If the Tongass Advisory Committee isn’t interested in harvesting trees in southern Southeast Alaska using an economically successful model for the harvesters, then it should save its time and its breath and forget about its meeting Wednesday in Ketchikan. TAC will be making recommendations for forest management in the Tongass National Forest, emphasizing second-growth trees. In its meeting, it expects to finalize its recommendations. It can finalize them, but if the timber industry doesn’t believe they will lead to success, then it’s a waste of time.

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Forestry management

The Longview Daily News
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Herrera Beutler soon plans to introduce a bill calling for changes to how federal forest lands are managed. The recent completion of a 20-year review of the Northwest Forest Plan, drafted in 1994 to protect the northern spotted owl and other old-growth dependent species, shows changes are needed, Herrera Beutler said. “It’s a good time to make some legislative changes. I’m not saying get rid of the plan, but I do think 20 years of science (shows) it hasn’t worked,” she said. “What we’ve seen has been that owl (numbers) have declined, continually,” Herrera Beutler said.

Herrera Beutler: No hard feelings toward local GOP from The Columbian

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Flathead Family Forestry Expo celebrates 25th year this week

KAJ18
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – Is there really a better way to spend a Monday morning than out in nature, exploring the waters, exploring the trees, and the wildlife within? That’s exactly what the Flathead Family Forestry Expo is all about, and it will bring kids from all over the Flathead Valley this week, here near Columbia Falls. The expo lasts the entire week and has been running now for the past 25 years. The Flathead National Forest’s Teresa Wennum says the event get kids engaged with nature early. “They’re outdoors and getting them outdoors to learn about their area forests,” Wennum said.

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Walden Says Sage Grouse Listing Would Make Spotted Owl Look Like “Child’s Play”.

My Central Oregon
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. House Armed Services Committee has approved a provision in the annual defense authorization bill that would prohibit the Obama Administration from declaring the sage grouse an endangered species for 10 years. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) is a strong supporter of the provision, and urged the Committee to include it in its final draft. “A federal listing of the sage grouse could shut down countless ranches and rural communities throughout eastern Oregon. The impacts on our economy could make the spotted owl look like child’s play. And it could also severely harm our military readiness and national security,” Walden said.

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Bark beetles increasing fire danger during drought

KRCR News
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

REDDING, Calif. –  An estimated 12 million trees died in California last year due to the drought.  Of those, two million were killed from bark beetles, covering 820,000 acres; double the amount from 2013. Forest Fire Management Officer Ben Newburn, with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, said, “anytime you add dead or dying vegetative material to the landscape you have the potential to increase fire behavior.” Bark beetles are tiny insects, no larger than the head of a match, that attack trees from the outside and tunnel inside, and multiply.

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Diverse opinions aired at forest listening session

Albany Democrat-Herald
May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PLEASANT HILL — Dell Jensen of Springfield told Willamette National Forest officials Monday evening that it’s shameful that millions of board feet of dead trees are scattered throughout the Cascades, depriving rural communities of family-wage jobs and setting up the potential for devastating wildfires this summer. But just 20 feet away, another group of participants were adamant that any new U.S. Forest Service timber management plan should be “less about having an extraction mindset,” and timber sales “should not drive the show.”

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OSU says Benton GMO measure could hamper research

Associated Press
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS— Oregon State University says a Benton County ballot measure that seeks to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the county could hurt GMO-related university research projects. Backers of Measure 2-89, the Local Food System Ordinance of Benton County, say the ordinance is limited to food crops. Its goal is to protect farmers from GMO contamination and keep corporations that sell GMO seeds from taking over the county’s agricultural base. The measure would also grant legal rights to soil, plants and water. University officials fear the measure could affect a host of non-food university projects that use genetic engineering techniques or GMO’s, The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports.

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San Juan National Forest needs cleansing burns

County officials working with Forest Service to manage fires
The Durango Herald
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some areas in the San Juan National Forest need fire to help clear out dense and dangerous areas, and forest officials are looking to let some lightning-sparked fires burn this summer. U.S. Forest Service officials will be working with La Plata County to decide when to let natural fires burn safely, said Matt Janowiak, the Columbine District ranger. “We do need to get some natural thinning,” he said. Across Missionary Ridge, the Hermosa Creek area and other areas need to burn, Janowiak told the La Plata County commissioners in a meeting Tuesday.

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Enviros Say Feds Bleeding Alaska Timber Dry

Courthouse News
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A finding by the U.S. Forest Service that a logging project in southeast Alaska poses no significant impact on animals lacks scientific credibility under government guidelines, environmentalists say in a federal lawsuit. A decision of notice and a finding of no significant impact authorizes the Mitkof Island Project, a logging operation slated for 4,117 acres, or 28.5 million board feet, on Mitkof Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The project includes 6 miles of new and temporary road construction and 4.5 miles of road reconditioning.

Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log Alaska Old Growth from The Sit News

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Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land

May 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…And it’s not just California’s national forests that are facing a backlog. I contacted regional offices and found that Region 4 of the Forest Service, which includes Utah, Nevada and parts of Idaho and Wyoming, has, in total, 1,524 water-related permits. Of those, 241 have expired. For Region 3, which encompasses Arizona and New Mexico, roughly one-sixth of the 591 water-related permits were expired. Earney, the former forest manager, says that backlog is thanks to decades of slashed budgets and staffing shortfalls. “The Forest Service doesn’t have this mess because it’s negligent,” Earney says. “It has this mess because of budget cuts.”

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Longtime logger, conservationist photos archived

Leader Advertiser
May 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana recently published an online collection showcasing original photos and audio recordings by well-known Montana forester, conservationist and author William Robert “Bud” Moore. The Bud Moore Photographs and Sound Recordings Collection, hosted by the Montana Memory Project, is free for the public to view online at http://bit.ly/1ztATur. It features more than 4,500 images and 1,400 recollections recorded by Moore, author of “The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains.” The images range in date from the 1930s to 2009 and document both the personal and professional aspects of his life.

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Tongass committee could vote on timber recommendations

KTOO
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass Advisory Committee will kick off a three-day meeting in Ketchikan Wednesday morning, and on the agenda is the potential adoption of recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service. The TAC was formed last summer after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack ordered Tongass National Forest officials to come up with a plan to transition from old-growth to second-growth timber harvest over the next 10 to 15 years. The committee is expected to give recommendations to help move that planning process forward. The committee includes representatives of the timber industry, conservation groups and local governments. They’ve met in various communities in Southeast Alaska since last August.

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Lake Tahoe forest-thinning projects to resume

Tahoe Daily Tribune
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The U.S. Forest Service is expected to resume work this week on North Tahoe fuels reduction projects aimed at reducing wildfire threat. Hand thinning will take place near Kings Beach, north of Speckled Avenue, and off Highway 431, near Tyrolian Village in Incline Village. According to the forest service, mechanical cut-to-length thinning will take place on the east side of Highway 267 at the end of Beaver Street above Kings Beach.

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Wildfire in Upstate NY 75 Percent Contained, No Homes Damaged

NBC New York
May 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Firefighters are working to get a handle on the fast-moving wildfire that has been chewing through hundreds of acres of forest in Ulster County, creating a danger zone larger than Central Park and forcing dozens to leave their homes. Firefighters say they’ve contained about 75 percent of the blaze that started just before noon on Sunday in the Town of Mamakating. the blaze has affected more than 1,700 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest between state routes 209 and 52, though no structures have been damaged.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Field trials study biomass harvesting impact

Northern Ontario Business
May 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada


Harvesting woody biomass in Northern Ontario for renewable fuels or value-added forest products hasn’t quite reached Scandinavian-type proportions, but some forestry researchers want to “get ahead of the curve” in measuring the environmental impact of potentially large-scale operations. Scientists at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie teamed up with industry partner Tembec to conduct a range of ongoing field trials in the Martel Forest near Chapleau in northeastern Ontario. On a 40-hectare block, researchers performed a broad spectrum of clear-cut harvesting methods on four experimental treatments.

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