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Daily Archives: May 12, 2016

Business & Politics

Serious fire at Houston Canfor sawmill

By Colin Dacre
My Prince George Now
May 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canfor Sawmill in Houston was the site of a serious fire throughout the night. Canfor spokesperson Corrine Stavness says a fire was discovered in the kiln structure around 4:50pm Tuesday. It took place in one of the mills older older kilns, constructed in the late 60s. The company says there are six older kilns on site, however just three were operable and were being used for extra lumber drying capacity. Stavness says the newer kilns, the sawmill and the planer mill structures were not impacted by the fire.

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Forestry

Fleming Announces Partnership with UBC

Extra Peterborough
May 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Fleming College has announced a special partnership with the University of British Columbia.  Going forward, graduates of Fleming’s Urban Forestry Technician Co-op program have the option of completely a Bachelor degree at UBC. The signed agreement means grads of the two-year diploma program can finish their degree with three years of study in B.C.  The new degree program is the first of its kind in western Canada.   END OF STORY

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Global experts support proposed B.C. cave protection bill

Vancouver Sun
May 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Karst experts from around the world are lending support to an NDP private member’s bill designed to protect B.C.’s fragile and extensive cave systems from damage by individuals and corporations such as logging and mining companies. Scott Fraser, MLA for Alberni-Pacific Rim, a hot bed of karst on Vancouver Island, plans to introduce the B.C. Cave Protection Act later this week. “I’ve contacted the world’s experts and all agree that B.C. is in desperate need of proper legislation,” he said in an interview. …The bill would prohibit, in part: the dumping of logging slash or “rock quarrying” in a cave; altering the water flow into a cave; and the sale of speleothems.

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Forest Fires

Carbon release in wake of Fort McMurray wildfire spikes greenhouse gasses

By Ainslie Cruickshank
Edmonton Journal
May 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the fight against climate change, forests play a critical role — drawing more greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere than they emit. But when they burn, much of those stored gases are released back into the atmosphere. So far, the fires in Fort McMurray have released the equivalent of roughly five per cent of Canada’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, said Werner Kurz, a senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in charge of Canada’s National Forest Carbon Accounting System. The average emissions from forest fires in the boreal plains, where the northern Alberta fires are burning, are about 170 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per hectare, Kurz said.

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