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Daily Archives: August 12, 2015

Business & Politics

Bringing to light the unsung past

The Northern Times
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A trouble past and conflicted relationship between pulp and paper mills in Northern Ontario during the twentieth century and the provincial government has come to light in a new book penned by a professor of history at Laurentian University.  Mark Kuhlberg, Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the History Department at Laurentian University, wrote a new book detailing this past, “In the Power of the Government.” First becoming interested in forestry when he was 18 years old, the author had his interest elevated after participating in tree planting, a habit he continued for 20 years. “I was really intrigued by the bush and forest since I started planting, and I was really surprised by the huge gulf that separated what was going on in the forest, and how people felt about the forest in urban settings.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Generation gap over financial information

Financial Times UK
August 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A US regulator has aroused the wrath of the elderly, the postal service and the paper industry, by proposing that mutual funds disseminate investor information online only, rather than sending out hard copies. High quality global journalism requires investment.  A study from Pew research centre in 2013 found that 15 per cent of American adults aged 18 and older do not use the internet or email, while more than 40 per cent of adults over the age of 64 are not online. …an SEC survey in 2011 found that slightly less than half of investors preferred having financial information mailed to them. …Commenters also highlighted the potential impact on the postal service and the paper industry. …The American Forest and Paper Association also voiced complaints.

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Forestry

Senator Thune supports timber harvests

On day firefighter is buried, Senator talks about safe, healthy forest
kotatv.com
August 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Senator John Thune attended the funeral and burial Monday of Dave Ruhl, a Rapid City firefighter killed fighting a fire in California. When asked about forest management, Senator John Thune, (R), South Dakota, says timber harvests are a good thing.  “It allows you to clear out a lot of that fuel load,” explains Thune. “And if you look at places where it’s managed well, and I would point to Custer State Park, where the state of South Dakota actually has the stewardship and the custodians of that area, they do a really good job and I think that could be done at the federal lands as well.”

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DNR Study Finds High Compliance With Forestry BMP

WXPR Public Radio
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Foresters and loggers are harvesting timber in Wisconsin following procedures providing a high rate of water quality protection that according to monitoring the DNR conducted of timber harvest practices in 2013 and 2014. DNR forest hydrologist Dave Kafura says in 2013, monitoring teams visited 75 state and county timber sales and found Forestry Best Management Practices were correctly applied on over 97 percent of state sales and 95 percent on county forests….

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Forest Fires

South African crews join B.C. wildfire fight as Australians leave

CP in The Times Colonist
August 10, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Fighting wildfires in British Columbia has been an international effort this year. About 25 people from South Africa are helping to battle a 13-square kilometre blaze burning near Harrison Hot Springs in the eastern Fraser Valley. The crew arrived last week as another team from Australia prepared to wrap up work in B.C. and about 100 firefighting personnel from Ontario have also returned home. Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says about 1,400 people are currently working to extinguish fires across the province.

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In Our View: It’s Time to Act on Fires

Congress should allocate more money to manage forests, fight blazes
The Columbian
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

With wildfires scorching vast swaths of the Western United States, it is time to renew calls for Congress to recognize the new normal and alter how it deals with such disasters. …At issue is the fact that, by directing an increased portion of its budget toward fire suppression, the Forest Service diminishes a crucial part of its mission: fire prevention. Less money is available to thin forests and to provide other services that reduce the risk and intensity of fires. This creates a cycle of increasingly ferocious, and increasingly frequent, blazes. … Common sense dictates that fires should be treated as natural disasters similar to earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, and that emergency funds should be part of the equation.

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