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Daily Archives: July 20, 2015

Business & Politics

Opinion: Trade deal would be a boost for B.C., Canada

Vancouver Sun
July 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

One thing that would be nice to keep from becoming overheated is the rhetoric around the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal comprised of 12 Asia-Pacific nations, including Canada, the U.S. and Japan. The TPP has been in the news recently, and when it comes to this agreement, Canada can’t afford to be left behind. …So why does the TPP matter to B.C. and Canada to the point that we should consider sacrificing supply management or allow more log exports? …Whether its forestry in the Central Interior, mining in the Kootenays, oil and gas in the Peace region, agriculture and agri-food in the Okanagan and Fraser Valley, or seafood and shellfish on the Island, B.C. businesses stand to benefit by having their products gain access to TPP markets duty-free.

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Burns Lake mill should have been shut down before deadly explosion: worker

Canadian Press in Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE, B.C. – Freezing temperatures wrecked equipment at a sawmill that hadn’t been prepared for such weather before an explosion killed two workers, a coroner’s inquest has heard. Archie Alec, who worked as a chipper attendant, testified Friday that a cold snap made it tough to operate machinery at Babine Forest Products in the days before a blast on Jan. 20, 2012… He said employees were called into the lunchroom for a meeting the day before the explosion. “To us, we thought we would be sent home, but we weren’t,” Alec said. Instead, everyone in the mill was sent to clean out the debris that had piled up in the basement. They had to use jackhammers to dislodge the material because it had become frozen in water that had been leaking from burst pipes.

Also carried in the Prince George Citizen

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BLM ignores public concerns on timber management plans

Statesman Journal
July 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The federal Bureau of Land Management controls over 2.5 million acres in Western Oregon. How the agency manages these lands significantly impacts our economy, environment and critical public services. Unfortunately, the BLM is sidestepping citizen input in its push to adopt new resource management plans (RMPs) before the next administration takes office. Considering the details of what the agency is proposing, many Oregon families, homegrown businesses and rural counties will pay the price if their rush to adopt new management plans is successful. … Few Oregonians have the time and expertise to review thousands of pages in technical documents and data to provide meaningful public comment before the current Aug. 21 deadline. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Is LEED Dying?

Woodworking Network
July 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

What was once the great movement that was touted by all in the construction industry as a revolutionary way to consider construction, is now becoming a waning fad just like granite counter tops and brightly colored Croc shoes. How has the LEED program met with such a precipitous decline? …After you suffer through a LEED certified project, you have a better understanding of what costs are associated with achieving such a designation. …The administrative burden is another reason that LEED has lost popularity. …our company has to spend one complete day per year to undergo a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification to be able to provide the required FSC wood for a LEED project. It became such an exercise in nonsense, I recently told FSC we would pass on the renewal this year.

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Call for Entries: Maine Wood 2016 Biennial Exhibition

Bangor Daily News
July 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ROCKPORT, ME – The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine announces a statewide call for entries for the fifth juried Maine Wood biennial. The exhibition, which takes place in the Center’s Messler Gallery from January 22 – April 6, 2016, will once again showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of wood craftsmanship in the state of Maine. …Jurors for this year’s biennial are Peter Fleming, professor at Sheridan College in Toronto, Matthew Kenney, Senior Editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, and Emily Zilber, curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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Forestry

Groups taking steps to protect the ancient forest

My Prince George Now
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government has signed an agreement with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society to preserve the Ancient Forest. The groups are working to get the rare rainforest designation as an official protected area. “I think there’s also a sense that once we receive an appropriate designation of protected area, you could go on to have this particular site potentially designated as a World Heritage Site,” says MLA Shirley Bond. The Ancient Forest covers more than 10,000 hectares of mostly unlogged land.

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Emerald ash borer target of new Thunder Bay awareness campaign

Emerald ash borer has potential to wipe out an entire species of tree
CBC News
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city of Thunder Bay has launched an awareness campaign to fight the spread of the emerald ash borer. The invasive insect is already found in many parts of Ontario and is making its way north. It has the potential to wipe out an entire species of tree. “It totally devastates all species of ash and it’s killed hundreds of millions of trees,” said city of Thunder Bay forester Shelley Vescio. “It will change the ecosystems. You’ll lose all the ecosystem services associated with those trees, ” she said.

Emerald Ash borer threat to local ecology from The TB Newswatch

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Still no recovery plan for coho salmon, advocacy groups sue NOAA

The Oregonian
July 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity are suing the federal government for failing to protect the Northwest’s endangered coho salmon. The National Marine Fisheries Service, which is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, has no recovery plan in place for the fish. Coho have been on the endangered species list since 2008. …In 2011 the fisheries service concluded that the salmon were still not adequately protected from land use activities and climate change. This was partly blamed on weak regulations that govern state and private forestlands, including the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

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Planning continues at the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

A look at how the planning process works for the national forest that covers much of northeastern Oregon.
The Capital Press
July 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is well into summer mode. And that means the usual increase in forest activities, forest visitation and the opportunity to enjoy the seasonal splendor of the Blue Mountains. As we approach the bustling summer season, I wanted to relay the status of ongoing planning projects here on the forest. As most of you know, we are continuing to engage our communities on forest plan revision, focusing on several key topics that have been brought forward through formal public comments and continued public involvement.

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Continued opposition to Wyden O&C Land Grant Act

U.S. Senate Committee Also Holds Hearing on National Forest Ecosystem Improvement Act to Improve Health of Federal Forest Lands
Oregon Catalyst
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee yesterday held a hearing on the Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2015 (S. 132), legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden to change the management of O&C timberlands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. …Representing Western Oregon forest products manufacturers, American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) President Tom Partin highlighted how the Wyden O&C proposal lacks balance and won’t address the needs of rural, forested communities. S. 132 is identical to Senator Wyden’s proposal from last year (S. 1784), which was opposed by Oregon’s forest products industry and the affected counties in Western Oregon.

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How to sustain the world’s forests

IOL-Scitech
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bangkok – Asia has a unique opportunity to fight climate change and lift many more people out of poverty if it invests more in the communities living in its forests, experts said. More than 450 million people in the region rely on forests for income and food, but forest dwellers often struggle to make a living as rural poverty, deforestation and climate change threaten their livelihoods. “If we truly want to sustain Asia’s forests, we need to address inequality and poverty by investing in people living in the forests,” said Tint Lwin Thaung, executive director of RECOFTC, which promotes community forestry in Asia.

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Forestry standards will ‘harm region’s biodiversity’

Stuff NZ – Nelson Mail
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nelson environmentalists are concerned that new forestry legislation will make it easier for logging companies to muddy the region’s biodiversity while taking power away from local authorities in monitoring the industry. Rules governing the environmental impact of the plantation forestry industry are being taken away from local government and replaced with a new National Environmental Standard under the Resource Management Act. The move hopes to to streamline forestry operations and improve environmental outcomes. Consultation is now open on the legislation that has been in the works since 2009. 

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Our native forest regulations need to move with the times

ABC News, Australia
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BIT BY BIT, Tony Abbott is dismantling everything scientists are telling us we need to do to protect our environment and combat climate change. A large chunk of this destructive agenda is aimed squarely at our native forests. This came to a head when the government needled through a deal with Labor and the crossbenchers on the Renewable Energy Target. Apart from R-E-D-U-C-I-N-G the target by more than 20 per cent and introducing the flat-earther inspired ‘wind farm commissioner’, the deal also allowed wood from native forests to be burnt for energy and be classified as ‘renewable’. Take a moment to think about what that means.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Are B.C.’s climate goals a lot of hot air?

A summer that has included one of B.C.’s worst droughts and forest fire seasons has many in the province thinking about climate change
Business in Vancouver
July 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A summer that has included one of B.C.’s worst droughts and forest fire seasons has many in the province thinking about climate change and what the future will bring. But critics are questioning whether the provincial government’s plan to start a second round of climate change planning is a lot of hot air, given the work that has already been done on policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Mary Polak is asking the public to fill out online surveys indicating their support for regulations requiring buildings be more energy-efficient, incentives to encourage people to drive less and expanding the carbon tax. A draft of the plan, which the government says will guide emissions targets between 2020 and 2050, will be released in December 2015, timed to coincide with international climate talks in Paris.

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Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

NPR
July 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

For the past quarter-century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been gathering data from more than 400 scientists around the world on climate trends. The report on 2014 from these international researchers? On average, it was the hottest year ever — in the ocean, as well as on land. Deke Arndt is a climate scientist with the agency and an author of the State of the Climate in 2014 report, released Thursday. It’s the lower atmosphere that’s warming, not the upper atmosphere, he points out — just as the total of greenhouse gases in the lower atmosphere continues to increase. That’s not a coincidence.

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Missoula study: Climate change increasing length of wildfire seasons worldwide

Missoulian
July 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The length of wildfire seasons across the globe and the burnable areas of Earth’s surface have drastically increased in the past three decades due to climate change, according to a groundbreaking new study supported by years of research from the U.S. Forest Service’s Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. In a paper published Tuesday in the international journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers concluded that from 1979 to 2013, fire weather seasons have lengthened across 18.39 million square miles of Earth’s vegetated surface, resulting in an 18.7 percent increase in the global average fire season length.

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Native wood waste hoped to fire up Tasmanian energy industry as environmentalists oppose biomass as renewable energy

ABC News, Australia
July 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An energy industry powered by native wood waste is hoped to finally fire up in Tasmania, now that it is considered a renewable energy source by the Federal Government. Last month the Senate passed a bill to include native forest biomass in the revised Renewable Energy Target (RET). Pavel Ruzicka, who sits on the Resources Minister’s Special Advisory Council, said it was fantastic news given Tasmania produced millions of tonnes of native wood residues every year. “Lifting the RET is the best thing that could have happened because it’s sent a great ripple through the industry,” he said.

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Forest Fires

Regina volunteers still out in full force to help forest fire evacuees

Leader-Post
July 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

REGINA — Two weeks and counting. The staff at Regina Treaty Status Indian Services (RTSIS) have been working overtime to ensure the evacuees from the forest fires have what they need. Although the emergency shelter set up at Evraz Place has been shut down and those evacuees were transported to Saskatoon or their home communities, Erica Beaudin, (RTSIS) urban manager, says she, her staff and volunteers are still in it for the long haul with about 500 evacuees in Regina who are staying in hotels and at the University of Regina.

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Greek firefighters battle blazes; save 200 trapped on beach

Associated Press – Helena Independent Record
July 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters battled large fires in the south, on the outskirts of Athens and on an island near the capital Friday as flames fed by strong winds forced the evacuation of villages and summer camps. About 200 people trapped by one fire were plucked off a beach by rescue boats. In all, firefighters were battling 59 fire fronts, mainly in southern Greece and near the capital. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece had requested help from his country’s army and air force, as well as the European emergency response center, to fight the blazes.

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