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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Special Feature

Timber for the Masses at the Wood Solutions Fair

Journal of Commerce
October 27, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Liam Dewar, the director of Eurban Limited in London, England presented Timber for the Masses at the Wood Solutions Fair in downtown Vancouver. Dewar discussed the evolution of mass timber in the U.K. It started with nail laminated timber (NLT) and its use was accepted and grew. He said that NLT does have some challenges as the product will only expand and not shrink, so being aware of the initial and subsequent moisture levels is important. He showed a study showing that the number of heartbeats are reduced in a timber building and how it’s better for human health. …Concrete Frame Construction would take 236 concrete deliveries, 10 rebar deliveries and 25 site operatives. Mass timber construction, by comparison, would require 30 timber deliveries, one steel delivery and only seven site operatives. The mass timber construction also reduced the overall building schedule by 40 per cent.

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Froggy Foibles

A little something for your Christmas wish list: Wooden Bicycle

Woodworking Network
October 28, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West
According to the website xmasclock.com, there are only 56 days until Christmas. It’s time to start your wish list. And we have your first item. This news story features a man who makes beautiful wooden bicycles.  Mike Mahoney, founder of Savvy Cycles in Grand Junction, CO, says he worked for close to two years, designing, testing and perfecting the process of making a wood bicycle frame. Mahoney has extensive experience in woodworking and 3D laminating from ten years of longboard skateboard manufacturing, seven years teaching woodworking, and thirteen years of furniture and cabinet making.

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Business & Politics

Canfor Reports Results for Third Quarter of 2015

Canada Newswire press release
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation (TSX: CFP) today reported a net loss attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net loss”) of $17.3 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2015, compared to shareholder net income of $11.1 million, or $0.08 per share, for the second quarter of 2015 and $45.5 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter of 2014. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company’s shareholder net income was $23.1 million, or $0.17 per share, compared to shareholder net income of $145.3 million, or $1.05 per share, reported for the comparable period of 2014.

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Sun Wave owner questions legality of Watson Island settlement

Prince Rupert Northern View
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The debate surrounding ownership of Watson Island was thrust back into the spotlight this week with the owner of Sun Wave Forest Products calling the settlement agreement with the City of Prince Rupert “null and void”. A declaration signed by Sun Wave Forest Products owner Ni Ritao, published in the Northern View on Oct. 28, says the agreement entered into by Sophia Liu on behalf of the company on Aug. 20, 2013 was done without his legal authorization. …However, the City of Prince Rupert says the proper protocols were followed in reaching the deal and that evidence was provided to indicate Liu had the authority to reach the agreements in question.

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TPP a springboard for Canada’s green forestry industry

October 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the federal election now behind us, the new prime minister can and must promote the economy and the environment in the first few weeks of his mandate. The foundation for both future economic stability and environmental sustainability will be laid for decades to come based on two significant global initiatives: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the United Nations climate change conference in Paris. As the representative of an industry that directly supports 230,000 well-paid jobs across Canada and is a world leader in green, sustainable forest practices, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) fully understands that economic and environmental policies are inextricably linked and cannot be viewed in isolation.

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Northern Pulp emissions prompt directive from Nova Scotia government

$35M precipitator has lowered air particulate emissions, but emissions from power boiler exceeding limits
CBC News
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s good news and bad news emerging from the stacks at the Northern Pulp paper mill in Pictou County. The most recent test results — taken in September — show a new $35-million precipitator has lowered air particulate emissions from the mill recovery boiler to well below government limits. But particulate emissions from the power boiler are still exceeding the limits, prompting a directive from the Nova Scotia government on Tuesday. The Environment Department has ordered Northern Pulp to carry out an independent engineering review and evaluation of the entire boiler system by Nov. 30. “We are incredibly pleased with the results of the recovery boiler precipitator,” says Kathy Cloutier, a spokesperson for Northern Pulp. “We are 100 per cent committed to resolving the issue of power boiler emissions.”

NS issues directive after Northern Pulp emission test above limits from The Chronicle Herald

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Big and small mills lobby for piece of the timber pie

E&E Publishing
October 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Tucked deep in Congress’ bill to fund the government in 2015 was a request to the Forest Service: Get moving on a long-stalled rule that could aid the survival of America’s small timber mills. The report language “strongly encouraged” the agency to write a directive that could ensure small mills are not bullied out of federal timber contracts by larger, better-capitalized corporations. The language, which was backed by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), signaled Congress’ growing involvement in a debate that has sown deep rifts within the forest products industry. At issue is whether protections for small businesses currently in place for conventional timber sales should be extended to stewardship sales, which are an increasingly popular way for the Forest Service to sell timber.

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APEC Forestry Ministers Meet

EMTV Online
October 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The third APEC Meeting of Minister’s Responsible for Forestry is currently underway in Port Moresby. The event is a forerunner to the approximately 200 events that will be held between now and the end of 2018. The meeting is an opportunity for Forestry Ministers from the Asia-Pacific region to reach agreement on key issues facing the global forestry sector. The three day, high level meeting which began today will focus on key issues like increasing forest cover, stopping illegal logging and its related trade activities and promoting sustainable forestry. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPInnovations Releases Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook

FPInnovations
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

FPInnovations has published the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook to help facilitate the design and construction of 5- and 6-storey wood-frame buildings across Canada. The handbook is intended to be used by early adopters and mainstream design practitioners to design mid-rise wood frame buildings in compliance with the National Code, Provincial Codes, and the Canadian Standard for Engineering Design in Wood. The growing interest in wood-frame construction as an economical and environmentally friendly type of construction, along with the growth in the urban population, prompted the regulatory authorities of many provinces to allow taller wood-frame buildings in the last few years. 

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Buzzsaw of opposition fells plans for lumber promotion program

The Charlotte Observer
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON A controversial plan to promote U.S. hardwood lumber is now sawdust, at least for the time being. Following a fierce and extended debate, the Agriculture Department on Wednesday formally unplugged the proposal for a new industry-funded program touting the nation’s hardwood lumber and plywood. The decision is a blow to North Carolina-based Columbia Forest Products, Georgia-based Atlanta Hardwood Corp. and other firms whose executives have long sought a research and promotion program similar to the ones serving the milk, beef and cotton industries, among others. …But the proposal’s withdrawal heartens opponents, who flooded the
Agriculture Department with hundreds of criticisms and objections over
the past several years.

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USDA Kills Hardwood Checkoff Program

Woodworking Network
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – There will be no Hardwood Checkoff promotions program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stopped the rulemaking process on the controversial “Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order.” Published in the Oct. 28 Federal Register, the notice from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service states: “Based on comments received, outstanding substantive questions and significant proposed modifications from stakeholders, USDA is terminating the proceeding.” The termination is effective Oct. 29. …The USDA said it received more than 900 comments to the original proposal, the majority of which opposed the program.

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Portland’s latest wood-structured office building hits the finish line

Portland Business Journal
October 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The heavy-timber creative office crazy continues in Portland with the near-completion of the Framework building in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The building, developed by Urban Development + Partners, is five stories and about 25,000 square feet of creative office space at the corner of Northeast Sixth and Davis. Its timber framing, including custom made brackets, and plank flooring give the building a classic tone, and copious amounts of glass let in natural light and expansive city views. Eric Cress, a principal with UDP, said that although he and his partners weren’t ready to dabble in a cross-laminated timber building, they were drawn to the more traditional feel that glue-laminated heavy timber evokes.

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Forestry

Big Effort To Better Understand Bats Takes Wing

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces has been working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat loss and wind energy development. The North American Bat Monitoring Program involves acoustic surveys to detect the high-pitched frequencies emitted by the flying mammals as they capture bugs and navigate in the dark. “It’s long overdue,” said Patty Stevens, the U.S. Geological Survey’s branch chief for Trust Species and Habitats at the Fort Collins Science Center in Colorado where the program’s data will be stored and made available. “It’s going to provide a lot of information to natural resource managers.”

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Good news about mountain pine beetle in Saskatchewan: There still aren’t many

Canadian Press in the Province
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SASKATOON — There’s some promising news on the mountain pine beetle’s presence — or lack thereof — in Saskatchewan. The insect has destroyed millions of hectares of lodgepole pine in British Columbia and Alberta, and there were worries that it could move further north, where there are a lot of jack pines. Rory McIntosh, Saskatchewan’s forest entomologist and pathologist, says they have found no trace of the dangerous bug in the northwest part of the province for the second straight year. McIntosh says the situation is also improving in the Cypress Hills area in the southeast, where both Alberta and Saskatchewan are working together to slow down the beetle.

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Spray Lake Sawmills takes stewardship seriously

By Brian Boyle
Cochrane Times
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West
I have worked in the forest Industry for over 30 years… and have not come across the wasteland described in various letters from clearcutting. …Most of these advocate groups seem to be suffering from the NIMBY syndrome (Not in My Backyard) and it is amazing the number of log homes that are seen in these areas that have a wood burning fireplace. Wood fences and posts mark the property lines which would seem to come from these same harvest areas. The forest industry in Canada is tightly regulated and most companies belong to organizations such as Alberta Forest Products Association, Forest Products Association of Canada or other organizations such National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and FP Innovations. Spray Lake Sawmills is no different and has continued to show environmental diligence by attaining its Forest Stewardship Council certification.

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Nature Trust pivotal player in land conservation

By Dale Smith, Nature Trust Board Member
The Chronicle Herald
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dianne Powell’s Sept. 25 opinion piece, “Conserve our forested areas, too,” congratulates the Nova Scotia Nature Trust… Ms. Powell goes on to express the understanding that “almost all” of the areas protected by the province’s two leading land trusts are situated on the coast, and to make the case that land trusts should start to preserve Acadian forests in addition to seaside lands in light of environmental impacts of industrial forestry and clearcutting… With the exception of the approximately 25-kilometre Isthmus of Chignecto that links our province with New Brunswick and the rest of North America, Nova Scotia is all but an island — with an estimated 13,300 kilometres of coastline and with no place in the province being more than 60 kilometres from the ocean. 

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Anti-anxiety dog meds made from tree bark studied in Ontario

CBC News
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Researchers from the University of Ottawa claim they’ve found a successful botanical anti-anxiety medication similar to Valium — for dogs. All the researchers need are vines from Costa Rica and sycamore bark harvested from trees in Windsor, Ont. …”It acts almost as well as Valium but it has none of the side-effects [Valium] is known for.” …The goal is to get the botanical anti-anxiety medication approved for human tests by Health Canada, Durst said. He hopes the product can eventually be used to help people experiencing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Hundreds of ash trees to be cut down this winter in Kitchener

Waterloo Record
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KITCHENER — Some residents in northwest Kitchener will get a rude shock this winter, as crews cut down ash trees in an ongoing effort to manage the devastation caused by a destructive beetle. About 1,100 ash trees will be cut beginning in early to mid-November and continuing until the end of March, at a cost of about $150,000. The city began cutting down ash trees in 2012, about two years after the emerald ash borer was first discovered in the city, and tree cutting is scheduled to go on for another couple of years. The invasive beetle is expected to kill about 5,000 ash trees in the city — four-fifths of all ashes in Kitchener.

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Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race

Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

If Ken Ivory could ask the Republican presidential hopefuls a question at their debate Wednesday night in Colorado, the state lawmaker from Utah would raise a subject that might seem arcane to much of the nation but no doubt would stir strong responses from the event’s Western audience. First, Ivory would hold up a color-coded map showing the huge amount of land in the West — about 50% of the entire region, compared with a fraction of that in the East — owned by the federal government. Then Ivory would hit the candidates with his radical proposal: Why not transfer control of most of that land to the states, which could clear the way for more hunting and fishing, more oil wells and coal mines and tree harvests, with all the economic benefits that surely would follow?

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U.S. to give Indonesia S$3.83m aid for haze

Today
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

The United States will contribute an initial US$2.75 million (S$3.83 million) to help Indonesia cope with the country’s worst haze crisis in years, said its ambassador to Indonesia yesterday. “This assistance is part of the United States’ wider effort to support Indonesian activities to suppress forest fires and to mitigate their effects on human health, as well as to support Indonesian government efforts to prevent future forest fires,” said ambassador Robert O Blake, Jr. The package will provide immediate assistance to populations affected by haze and smoke, improve the effectiveness of current fire suppression efforts and address the impact of the fires on vulnerable populations, said the embassy in the statement.

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Why does firewood cost so much? Fracking’s part of it

Washington Post
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

CONCORD, N.H. — Northeasterners who are digging deeper into their pockets to pay for firewood this season can add a new scapegoat to the roster of usual market forces: fracking. …a timber industry representative in New Hampshire said hydraulic fracturing well sites in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation… are using construction “mats” made of hardwood logs … to get heavy equipment over mucky ground, wetlands or soft soils. …New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, said …pipelines and transmission wires — really any large-scale construction project — have in the past three years ramped up the appetite for the perfect mat log: a hardwood trunk, 16 to 20 feet long and 8 to 10 inches in diameter. …When oil prices started to bubble up, more people in the forest states saw wood as a desirable, locally sourced, cleaner and cheaper alternative. But even as heating oil prices tanked this year, wood got more expensive.

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Oregon’s urban trees as important as rural forests

Statesman Journal
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The forests of Oregon are among the most productive in the world, and are among Oregon’s most valuable resources. They touch the lives of rural and urban Oregonians in many ways and are essential to our state’s well-being.  What about our urban forests? What are they and why should people care about them? Oregon’s urban forests consist of the planted landscape as well as native forest remnants left behind, intentionally or unintentionally, as our cities developed. The trees within these urban forests make a difference to the communities in which we live. They don’t just attract residents and visitors, they contribute to quality of life in our cities. They not only provide shade, they lower heating and cooling bills, reduce noise and pollution and increase property values.

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Cut the red tape in Forest

The Porterville Recorder
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last week Sequoia National Forest officials announced they were having to close the very popular tourist destination Trail of 100 Giants because so many dead trees posed a safety hazard. That should not have been necessary. For decades forest managers were able to take care of such issues. Dead or dying trees could be removed from a campground or popular trail without going through a lot of hoops and red tape. Not any more. … We have tied the hands of forest managers so much that there is not any management of our forests these days. While the drought gets much of the blame for the dead trees, a lack of strong management the past 40 years is also a culprit. Our forests are far too overgrown. There are too many trees per acre and too many trees for them all to survive. It is in those thickest of forests where so many trees are being attacked by bark beetles and killed.

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Public Comments Sought on 97,500 Acre Forest Restoration Project

My Central Oregon
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Chiloquin, Ore. – Fremont-Winema National Forest managers are seeking public comment on a restoration project totaling about 97,500 acres, located within the Chiloquin Ranger District. The Lobert Restoration Project is generally located between the communities of Fort Klamath and Chiloquin, south to Hagelstein Park, and east to Swan Lake Point and Saddle Mountain. The project area primarily consists of Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest types. The area also contains mountain mahogany and juniper woodlands, and aspen trees in meadows and drainages. From 1940 through 1979, several large fires occurred within the proposed project area and ranged in size from 1,000 to 15,000 acres.

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Washington official asks for millions more to boost firefighting efforts

The Spokesman-Review
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark used charred hillsides from the Rutter Canyon fire north of Spokane Wednesday as the backdrop to announce a $24 million proposal to strengthen state and local wildland firefighting efforts. The rapidly moving Rutter Canyon fire, which burned 150 acres in Riverside State Park in August, typifies how fire is moving out of the woods and into populated areas, Goldmark said. The fire led to evacuation notices for several neighborhoods and came within several hundred feet of a natural gas line that serves north Spokane. Because of its location in a box canyon, aircraft had to be called in to fight the blaze.

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Northern Arizona University researcher finds forest treatment contributes to increased snowpack

Northern Arizona Univerisity News
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Snowpack can be difficult to measure in the rugged, varied terrain of northern Arizona’s forests, and warming winters only complicate the picture. But a careful look into the past, layered with scrutiny of the present, reveals some welcome findings. After analyzing thousands of images from satellites and airplane-flown sensors, Teki Sankey, Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist, concluded that forest thinning increases snow accumulations on the ground and allows snow to linger during the spring melt. The combined effects increase the groundwater recharge that contributes to Arizona’s water supply. …“These results are encouraging for 4FRI,” Sankey wrote, noting that areas treated to that level “appear to have an optimum threshold for accumulating and maintaining snowpack.”

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How Green are Oregon’s Forest Management Practices?

Earth Island Journal
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New documentary takes aim at clear-cutting and herbicide use on private forest lands. “Come out to Rockaway Beach and walk into Jetty Creek and you’ll feel that sense of outrage,” says Kate Taylor who lives in this small northern Oregon coastal town where she and her boyfriend run a fishing and travel guide business. Shortly after they’d settled into their new home there, the couple received a notice saying their water didn’t meet US Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards. Why? Because its source, the Jetty Creek watershed – water that runs off the steep forest slopes above the town – has been 80 percent clearcut and repeatedly sprayed with herbicides. The water requires extensive treatment and that has resulted in toxic levels of decontamination byproducts.

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Rough Fire damage poses threat of mudslides

ABC30.com
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. — A new threat in the mountains this winter after months of damage from the Rough Fire. Official said mud and debris from the Rough Fire pose a threat as a likely wet winter approaches. From roadway to river in just minutes. Video of the Sierra National Forest last week, shows a roadway swamped by debris from the Aspen Fire. That fire burned two years ago. So effects of the rough fire, Jerry Arredondo can’t imagine. “We’ve seen it where there’s a lot of water but there’s always something to hold the mud back, so we’re going to see something we haven’t seen before,” said Jerry Arredondo of Squaw Valley. Photos from forest officials show flooding on Highway-180 after recent storms.

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$150M cost for battling wildfires

Del Norte Triplicate
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Summer wildfires scorched about 188,000 acres locally and cost at least $150 million to get under control. The figures were revealed Thursday as representatives of the Six Rivers National Forest hosted a town hall in Crescent City. “We’re going to share our perspectives, but more importantly we want to have a dialogue with the community,” said Bridget Litten, public affairs officer for the USDA Forest Service. Among those attending the town hall were representatives from Smith River National Recreation Area, the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, Smith River Alliance, and local logging interests.

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Prescribed fires set in Helena National Forest

Great Falls Tribune
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Helena and Townsend ranger districts in Helena National Forest are implementing prescribed burn projects in and around the Helena and Townsend areas, and smoke may be visible. Prescribed fire operations will begin as weather and fuel conditions allow and could continue into late fall and early winter. A fire along Jimtown Road was set Monday. Burning is anticipated south of Helena in the Unionville and Chessman Reservoir area, northeast of Helena near Favorite Gulch, Indian Flats and Grouse Ridge and near York along Jimtown Road. The burning will include both broadcast and pile burning. Prescribed fire units totaling approximately 440 acres in the Kimber Gulch and Weasel Creek areas of the Elkhorn Mountains will be treated, these units are part of the Bighorn Sheep and Elk Winter Range Project and are designed to restore grasslands.

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Montana-based company awarded fire aviation contracts

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
October 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. — Neptune Aviation has been awarded five-year contracts to fly four retardant bombers in the U.S. Forest Service’s fire aviation fleet. The Missoulian reports the four BAe-146 planes are part of the Forest Service’s “next generation” firefighting program and the contracts are worth about $5 million a year, per plane. Neptune also has an agreement to convert 15 military surplus planes into smokejumper and cargo aircraft. Neptune has six remodeled BAe passenger jets fitted with 3,000-gallon retardant tanks.

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A career path through the woods: Michigan’s next generation of forestry talent

Upper Peninsula Second Wave
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In Japan, people are encouraged to engage in the practice of Shinrin Yoku, or “forest bathing,” to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Katherine Armstrong reaps all the benefits of spending time around trees as well, but she doesn’t need a therapeutic getaway to the woods to experience them. She simply has to go to work every day. “Most people have to wait for a Saturday to go for a hike in the woods, and that’s what I do all day, most days–walk in the woods,” says the 38-year-old Michigan DNR forester who works in Kalkaska. “Hearing songbirds and seeing cool views over a river, you get to see a lot of neat places.” Armstrong is one of many young professionals in Michigan’s forestry industry. Though she was raised near Baltimore, it’s not unusual at all that she ended up working in the state that owns more forest land than any other besides Alaska.

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Drought, other factors contribute to larger Texas wildfires

Associated Press in the Washington Post
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DALLAS — Larger, more threatening wildfires are occurring at greater rates as Texas faces lingering drought, consistent development — driven by millions of new residents and the spread of outlying suburbs — and changes in how the state’s land is used. Texas had 157,000 wildfires over a nine-year period ending in 2014, said Mark Stanford, fire chief of the Texas A&M Forest Service. Nearly 80 percent of those fires raged within 2 miles of a community, he said. “When I started, that was unheard of,” Stanford said. “Wildfires were a rural problem and not really a threat to communities.” Now those threats have turned perennial amid drought and development in areas that had been mostly rural. 

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Duffy’s TIMBER bill would open highway stretch to heavier logging trucks

The Ripon Advance
October 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

After introducing the Trees on the Interstate Mean a Better Economy and Roads (TIMBER) Act of 2015, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) issued a statement recently to reiterate the importance of the legislation. The bill would exempt a 12-mile stretch of Interstate in Marathon County from the 80,000-pound weight limit for logging trucks. Under the terms of the proposed law, logging trucks would be allowed to weigh up to 98,000 on that Interstate – a limit which is consistent with Wisconsin state law. “This bill impacts the safety of our Seventh District community — specifically the drivers and pedestrians who have to share these narrow back roads with large trucks that are forced to diverge from the highway to remain compliant with the weight limit,” Duffy said

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Northland forests dying of neglect – Forest and Bird

Radio New Zealand News
October 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The conservation group’s drone footage, released online today, shows extensive damage to forest in Russell, Otangaroa and northern Whangaroa. Many big trees are reduced to skeletons. Forest and Bird’s Northland advocate Dean Baigent-Mercer said the forests were dying because of rampant possum damage and it was almost too late to save them. He said the same thing was happening in other forests around New Zealand that have had no sustained pest control for decades by DOC or regional councils. Mr Baigent-Mercer said local conservation groups were holding the line with pest control efforts in forests like Waipoua, Mataraua and Waima in the north. Other reserves were becoming ghost forests and the Conservation Department would need a serious increase in funding to bring them back from the brink, he said.

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Aquino okays law on forestry practice

Sun Star
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill regulating the practice of forestry in the country. In signing Republic Act 10690 on October 23, the President recognized the importance of professional foresters in nation building and development. The goal is to develop and nurture competent, globally competitive professional foresters, who will observe the highest standards of excellence. The law, also known as the Forestry Profession Act, will govern the examination and licensure of professional foresters, supervise and regulate the practice of forestry in the country, and develop and upgrade the curriculum on forestry education. It will also develop the professional competence of foresters through mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as integrate forestry as a profession.

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The Role of Certification in Forest Management

By Simon Dorries, wood scientist and respected developer of standards for engineered wood, CEO of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.
Sourceable
October 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sustainable forest management, certification, research, fauna protection and new log-flow monitoring technologies were high on the agenda for those who gathered for a recent briefing at Wild Horse Mountain, 124 metres above Beerburrum’s plantation estate on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The inspection of HQPlantations’ southeast Queensland pine plantations at Beerburrum and Beerwah and an analysis of auditing programs for forest certification were both part of Operation Handshake. Such inspections endeavour to give a clear and positive overview of how forestry standard certification is impacting forest managers and again how this is broadening the awareness of AFS Ltd’s Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management, encompassed under the PEFC banner.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

From laggard to leader

by David Lindsay, President and CEO, The Forest Products Association of Canada
Forest Products Association of Canada
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

…Yet as angst grows about the impact of climate change, so do fears that curbing greenhouse gases (GHGs) could curtail economic activity. So wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were something that pulled greenhouse gasses out of the air while fostering jobs and growth? Instead of being part of the problem, the forest products industry can be seen as part of the solution to climate change—which scientists agree stems from the increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), from burning fossil fuels. Canada’s forest sector is helping to mitigate this global challenge by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in trees and soils, as well as in traditional and innovative new forest products from car parts to new construction materials. This contribution to a low-carbon economy is recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), but is probably less understood by many Canadians.

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On the road to Paris – Climate change event

Forest Products Association of Canada
October 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

In partnership with the Canadian Climate Forum and the Canadian Wood Council, we invite you to tune in to our live webcast of the On the Road to Paris Climate Change event. Join as we discuss what Canada’s forest industry is doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change as the world moves to a low carbon economy. The Canadian Climate Forum mission is to disseminate and apply evidence-based climate knowledge to advance decision making for a safer and more sustainable Canada. The Forum works collaboratively with multi-stakeholders from the public and private sectors to ensure that decision/policy makers have access to the most current, innovative climate science to ensure best practices in climate related adaptation and mitigation strategies. Webcast: fpac.ca/roadtoparis, Date: November 19, 2015, Time: 1pm – 4pm (EST)

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General

In Case Of Forest Emergency: Use Pine Cones

Knopnews2
October 28, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

The Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands has made a great recovery after the fires from a few years ago and it’s all thanks to their large supply of pine cones. The Bessey Nursery collects and stores seeds from all different kinds of pine cones. If somewhere in Nebraska or its surrounding states loses trees to fires or beetles, they can ship out the seeds and repair the damage. “The Ranger District within region two, if they have a sowing request, which we get over one million requests every single year from them to produce conifers to go back into the burn areas and areas that were damaged by the bark beetle.” said Nursery Manager Richard Gilbert.

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