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Daily Archives: April 11, 2016

Business & Politics

B.C. invests $8 million to advance wood and grow global markets

Government of British Columbia
April 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Government of British Columbia announced today that it is investing $8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, help advance wood building systems and products, and to expand global markets for B.C. wood products. Premier Christy Clark made the announcement while attending the Council of Forest Industries annual convention in Kelowna. “B.C.’s vibrant and globally competitive forest industry relies upon international markets for wood products. By advancing market development efforts we are helping to generate economic activity across the province, strengthening B.C. communities and creating and sustaining jobs,” said Premier Clark.

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How Christy Clark Talks to Kids about Taxes

‘If we don’t cut down trees in BC, we have to take more money from your mom and dad.’
The Tyee
April 10, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

By her own account, Premier Christy Clark tells children that if it weren’t for logging British Columbia’s forests, their parents would face higher taxes and require government handouts. But an observer says Clark does a disservice to children when she oversimplifies the choices governments make. “There’s always one child, no matter where I talk to kids from in the province, who when I ask them what they’d like to do, what their wish would be if they could be Premier, is they say, ‘We should stop cutting down trees,'” Clark said in an April 8 speech to the Council of Forest Industries convention in Kelowna. “I’m glad they say it, because it’s a chance for education,” Clark said. “I get a chance to say to them, ‘You know, if we don’t cut down trees in British Columbia, we have to take more money from your mom and dad.'”

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Forestry

Nanaimo Fire Rescue, VIU team up for fire prevention

CHEK NEWS
April 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“You can see where they’ve trimmed the branches on the tree, they’ve gone quite high here” said Nanaimo Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Brad Wood. He was highlighting the work done by Forestry Students at Vancouver Island University as they cleared brush around a cabin on campus. Initially it can be a lot of work but clearing combustibles around the structure and removing low hanging branches on nearby trees can save your home or business during fire season. “Normally these branches would be hanging down on to the forest floor here so in the event of a fire that fire would come up, get into these branches, go straight up into the tree canopy and continue on” added Wood.

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Aerial Pesticide Spraying To Kill Gypsy Moths In Portland, Vancouver

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to spray an organic insecticide across thousands of acres of North Portland and Vancouver, Washington, over the next month to eradicate invasive gypsy moths. The state found three Asian gypsy moths and two European gypsy moths in traps last year in North Portland and across the Columbia River in Vancouver. According to ODA spokesman Bruce Pokarney, the moths pose serious risks to trees and forests, and so far the state has managed to prevent them from taking hold. “It’s a tremendous defoliator,” he said. “In the caterpillar stage, the moth eats leaves right off the trees. The Asian variety is of more concern to us because it has a wider appetite. It actually eats coniferous trees. 

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