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Daily Archives: June 8, 2015

Business & Politics

Precipitator installation at Northern Pulp nears completion

Chronicle Herald
June 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – A crane lifts materials 10 storeys up in the air to deliver the goods to workers waiting high atop the new precipitator unit. Telehandlers zip along moving other supplies, sparks fly as welders work on the ducts, and trucks line up, waiting for their turn to dump loads of wood chips. Work has not slowed down at Northern Pulp, even though pulp production has ceased while the mill is shut down for its annual maintenance. The site is busier than ever as installation of a new recovery boiler precipitator is in the final stages.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

World’s largest wooden tower to bring 121 homes to east London

London Evening Standard
June 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Hackney will soon be home to the world’s largest timber tower as the area embraces a green building revolution. Work is under way on a 10-storey development in Dalston Lane which will provide 121 homes and 3,460sqm of commercial space using 3,000 cubic metres of timber. It is the second timber tower to be built in the area in two years after the nearby £10million nine-storey Murray Grove development was completed in March.

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Forestry

Evacuation in northern Sask. due to smokey forest fires

Global News
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LA RONGE, Sask. – A First Nation in northern Saskatchewan has evacuated 101 people due to smoke from forest fires Saturday. According to Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson on social media, those with health concerns were taken to Prince Albert as a precaution. Evacuees are from the communities of Clam Lake Bridge and Sikichew Lake. Staff from the ministries of government relations and social services are coordinating with evacuation efforts. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says approximately 25 forest fires started in the La Ronge area Saturday due to lightning strikes.

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Why forest management is lagging behind

Cochrane Times
June 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At present, management of Alberta’s forests, especially in regulated Forest Management Areas according to “detailed forest management plans”, ignores technological advances, relies on antiquated best practices, and was never intended to promote watershed conservation. This complex system is a continual state of flux, with actions taken today and with effects that may be realized many years in the future and many miles away. Forest management in Alberta is a design problem – a wicked problem, where the solution is unknown or unknowable.

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Fire crews battling brush fire near Lark Harbour

CBC News
June 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters in western Newfoundland’s Bay of Islands are still fighting a brush fire in the Lark Harbour area, after nearby residents reported smoke and flames overnight on Thursday. The first call came in around 9 p.m. and the province’s fire duty officer Eric Young said crews quickly located the blaze and went to work getting it under control. “The fire was up on a bit of a ridge behind the school in the town,” he told CBC’s Corner Brook Morning Show. “It was a bit of a concern at the time because we didn’t really know what was going to happen.”

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Editorial: Evidence suggests problems with fire policy

The Bend Bulletin
June 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The timber industry, politicians and others bemoan the growing cost of firefighting in the West. The proposed solution is more logging of forests in the belief that thinning will reduce the occurrence of large fires and protect communities. However, there are a host of reasons why more logging will not achieve such goals.  Climate/weather drives large fires, not fuels. When you have drought combined with high temperatures, low humidity and most importantly high winds, you get large fires. Under these conditions, winds can drive burning embers miles ahead of a fire front, making containment efforts impossible. A wind-blown fire easily skips over, drives through or slides around a fire line, and any fuel reduction thinning projects. Wind-driven blazes are impossible to stop under most circumstances. You just have to wait for the weather to change.

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Scientists Discover Seven Bright Miniature Frogs in Brazil Rain Forest

Pierce Pioneer News
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers in Brazil have announced the discovery of seven new species of brightly colorful miniature frogs deep in the rain forest. These amphibians belong to the Brachycephalus genus and they are all small than one centimeter in length. “You can hear them singing, and there’s probably hundreds of them, but you simply can’t catch them!” comments study leader Marcio Pie, who is a professor at the Federal University of Parana. He goes on to say, “Because once you get closer, just from the vibration in the ground, they keep silent for, say, 20 minutes or half an hour. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Debating a demand for U.S. wood pellets

Letters to the editor
Washington Post
June 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The article on European demand for U.S. wood pellets left the impression both that our private forests are in danger from the European hunger for biomass energy and that loss of wildlife and trees across the southeastern United States is a possibility. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our private forests are and have been managed for sustainability and long-term growth. As a fourth-generation private forest owner, I know that the more markets for my timber, the better I can manage my land. The consequences of improperly managed forests are an increase in forest fires and massive outbreaks of pests and pathogens.

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