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Daily Archives: July 6, 2015

Business & Politics

Congratulations to Catalyst Paper, Corporate Knights’ Best 50

Coast Forest Products
July 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association would like to extend a warm congratulations to Coast Forest member, Catalyst Paper on being named to Corporate Knights‘ Best 50 Canadian Corporate Citizens list for the ninth consecutive year . Catalyst was also one of the five member companies in the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative (CFCI) who helped bring about the historic Great Bear Rainforest land use agreement, which took 15 years of cooperative effort between CFCI, environmental organizations, labour, communities, First Nations, and the provincial government. 

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Terrace, B.C. sawmill closes down

Terrace Standard
July 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

HOT WEATHER and cool markets in China have resulted in the almost total closure of Skeena Sawmills, the city’s only large sawmill. Mill official Roger Keery said the continuing hot weather has brought on extremely dry conditions in the woods, resulting in a slow down of activity and a resulting shortage of logs for the mill. There’s also been a slowdown in the Chinese lumber market meaning that the mill’s production has been piling up at port facilities in Prince Rupert and at its site on Hwy16 just west of town. A skeleton crew of 10 people from what was a 90-person workforce is at work and the mass layoff will last at least a month, says Keery.

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Forestry

Renfrew area-man pinned under logging equipment, airlifted to hospital

CBC News
July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Renfrew county man has been rescued after being pinned under a piece of heavy logging equipment deep in the bush northwest of Ottawa. The 63-year-old man was using a skidder, which pulls cut trees out of a forest, when the vehicle slid down an embankment and landed on top of him. The accident happened at around 9:30 a.m. Friday morning west of Killaloe, Ont. The man sustained “quite serious” but non-life-threatening injuries, predominantly to his lower extremities, said Renfrew County Paramedics chief Mike Nolan.

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For Montana team, forestry and timber sports go hand in hand

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

In the classroom, Emily Grotbo is learning how to manage and protect forests. At the Timber Carnival, she’s learning how to chop ‘em up. The irony isn’t lost on her. “Luckily, most of the trees we chop are from private lands,” Grotbo said. Grotbo, 24, studies forestry at the University of Montana in Missoula and works a summer logging job in Montana. The Condon-native drove with teammates Eric Holberg, 31, and Clay Stephenson, 23, from Montana to compete in Saturday’s Go Fourth Timber Carnival, a series of sawing, chopping and agility events. The decades-old competition attracts teams from all of the Pacific Northwest, California and Montana and hosts world champions.

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Forest Restoration Gains Ground

4FRI contractor opens a mill, returns to forest
Payson Roundup
July 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The stalled Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) picked up steam in June with the opening of a new mill in Williams, the reopening of the forest to thinning projects, the addition of a second shift to a mill in Heber and plans for a new, high-tech, small log mill in Williams. Good Earth Power AZ CEO Jason Rosamond in a June update wrote, “The weather has finally moderated and GEPAZ is back in the forest, cutting trees. At the same time, GEPAZ is working with local agencies to hire Arizona workers to man the Williams and Lumberjack mills and to support operations in the forest. All of this is very good, very positive news.” Rosamond said the new mill will take about a year to build.

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Suit in deaths of 19 firefighters ends in little cash

Associated Press
July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX — A dozen families who lost loved ones when 19 members of a Hotshot firefighting crew were overcome by a 2013 wildfire originally wanted $220 million from the state for their deaths, plus changes to how Arizona responds to fires and trains its crews. They got plenty of changes, but very little money. The attorney who represented the families says the settlement announced Wednesday shows the families weren’t after money. “The compensation piece calls for $50,000 per family, which compared to the enormity of this tragedy sends the strongest possible message that no way, no how was money or compensation for these families a motivating force in this litigation,” said Pat McGroder, an attorney who represented them.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change more worrisome than fire for wildlife

The Star Phoenix
July 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many forest creatures outrun wildfires, burrow under them or swim away, but others die. The short term loss of wildlife is a normal part of the way the boreal forest ecosystem evolved; the greater threat to species comes with the large and complicated shifts caused by climate change, say University of Saskatchewan wildlife biologist Jeffrey Lane. The following interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: How do forest animals cope with wildfire? A: The direct consequence, unfortunately, is some animals will perish. The ones we’d be worried about are the young ones. A lot of baby birds are still in the nest. Adult birds, mammals and creepy crawlies will leave the area by land, water or air.

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Southern wood pellets feed Europe’s power plants, spark environmental debate

The Advocate
July 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As the European Union works to reduce carbon emissions by moving from coal-fired power plants to renewable fuel sources, countries are increasingly looking to the United States’ southern forests for part of the answer. Wood pellet mills are sprouting up across the South, including one in Bastrop, turning trees into fuel that is then shipped overseas… The industry has been touted as an environmental improvement, reducing reliance on big pollution sources like coal for so-called “biomass.” But some environmental groups across the South are skeptical, pointing to studies that question whether burning wood pellets actually reduces the release of carbon into the atmosphere. 

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Forest Fires

Thousands evacuate in Saskatchewan as wildfires burn

Globe and Mail
July 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL LAKE, Sask. — Thousands more people in northern Saskatchewan are being told that wildfires are too close for them to stay in their homes. But this time they’ll be heading to Alberta instead of an evacuation centre in their own province. The Alberta government said in a news release that the province and the Red Cross were activating a plan to receive up to 5,000 evacuees in Cold Lake, and that the first ones were expected to arrive Saturday afternoon. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said the Canadian Forces base in Cold Lake would be assisting with the evacuation facilities.

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Canadian fire season previews Montana risk, and smoke-filled valleys

The Missoulian
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

As Montana holds Little League tryouts for the 2015 wildfire season, Canada is showing the planet how to really burn a summer. Alberta authorities were battling 116 fires by the end of last week, including 46 reported as “out of control,” according to provincial officials. At British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, a 50-acre fire near Nanaimo forced the evacuation of 12 homes Thursday. …In the continental United States, 14 new large fires have started in Oregon and Washington since the end of June. …Americans got a dose of Canadian fire residuals last week, when an unusual weather system blew Alaskan and Canadian smoke across eastern Montana and straight through the Midwest.

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Firefighters battle wildfires across the Northwest, including 25,800-acre fire near Dayville

The Oregonian
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters are battling blazes across the region, which is in the early stages of a wildfire season officials predicted would start early and last long. The largest fire in the Northwest, the 25,800-acre Corner Creek fire, is burning about 11 miles south of Dayville, according to InciWeb, an interagency website that posts information about wildfires. The lightning-caused fire, which started Monday, is about 10 percent contained.

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Firefighters continue work on blazes in Montana, Idaho

Missoulian
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews spent the Fourth of July strengthening fire lines on the Glacier Rim fire north of Columbia Falls. The fire has been burning for more than a week now. High winds in the area on Saturday night caused the fire to cross containment lines to the south and southwest. The human-caused fire is partially burning in the area of the 2003 Roberts fire, in an area of heavy dead timber, and fire crews are worried about falling snags. A total of 92 firefighters are currently working on the Glacier Rim fire, which was listed as 70 percent contained on Sunday, and continuing to hold at 85 acres in size.

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Fire experts warn Daines of worst wildfire season in years

Helena Independent Record
July 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS — Montana is bracing for its worst wildfire season in years, officials told U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Speaking to Daines during a Thursday fire briefing in Billings, federal and state agencies said that extremely early snowmelt in western Montana and increasing thunderstorms in the east are setting the state up for a tough wildfire season. Western wildfire conditions are as bad as they’ve been in years. Eastern Montana, still green from spring rains, is now beginning to dry out with thunderstorms expected to deliver more lightning than soaking rain in coming weeks.

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