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Today’s Takeaway

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 12, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Lies, damned lies, and statistics“—a phrase popularized by Mark Twain to describe the power of statistics to bolster arguments—comes to mind with a story in the Victoria Times Colonist. According to the Sierra Club of BC, “Vancouver Island is losing its old-growth forests three times faster than tropical rainforests are disappearing worldwide”. The BC Government “called the figures deceptive”.

A top US federal appeals court has ruled that lumber companies have the “legal standing to challenge the northern spotted owl’s designated critical habitat”, which is currently “twice the size of the state of New Jersey”. One potential outcome – the trial judge could order the “Fish and Wildlife Service to draw new critical habitat maps“.

If your vocation includes fires, today may be the official start to your busy season. Six of today’s news stories speak to fires that are: “threatening homes in Western North Carolina”, “scorching parts of Florida” and “burning in Ohio’s Shawnee State Forest”. Notwithstanding the fact that its early in the season, Florida just named their forestry firefighter of the year.

The Wall Street Journal [not carried here due to it being subscription only] reports that “lumber prices are at a 12-year high on expectations US officials will levy steep duties on timber imports from Canada”. But Seeking Alpha (a free site) fills in the details saying that “Lumber is a Beast” having “broken through the $400 level, something it has not done since way back in 2005″


–Tree Frog Editors

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Special Feature

BC Wood applauds BC government’s decision to create a Wood Secretariat

By Brian Hawrysh, CEO, BC Wood
BC Wood Specialties Group
April 12, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver BC – BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood) is pleased that the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, has launched the creation of a Wood Secretariat to promote and grow BC’s value-added and specialty wood manufacturing sector. “A Team BC approach is critical to address the unique challenges in our sector and to facilitate growth”, said Rob Mitchell, chair of BC Wood. “Bringing together the whole value-added industry in this collaborative effort is a watershed moment and key to future growth and job creation.” The value-added sector, with sales of $2.8 billion, employs over 12,500 workers across 589 value-added businesses, and growing it has been a focus of industry and government for some time. Prior to the establishment of the Wood Secretariat, there was no single working group of industry and government players to push the growth agenda forward and accelerate progress. Partnering with BC Wood and government in this endeavor are the Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association and the Independent Wood Processors Association of BC.

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Business & Politics

Back to work: Alberta contractors shop for equipment at Ritchie Bros. for spring and summer projects

By Ritchie Bros.
Canada Newswire
April 11, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Every year thousands of contractors across Canada and around the world look to Ritchie Bros.’ Edmonton April auction as the perfect opportunity to add to or upgrade their fleets for spring or summer projects. The multi-day event always features a huge selection of equipment from the top companies in Western Canada and every item is sold unreserved. It’s a giant supermarket of equipment, and the toys contractors want. This year’s auction is a four-day event (April 25 – 28, 2017) with 7,800+ items already consigned from 950+ owners. Highlights include 210+ excavators, 220+ compactors, 140 skid steers, 130+ dozers, 210+ truck tractors, 800+ trailers, as well as a large selection of oil and gas, agriculture, and forestry equipment. The auction also features real estate (farmland and commercial properties), classic cars, motorhomes, private airplanes, and so much more.

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Lumber Is A Beast

By Andrew Hecht
Seeking Alpha
April 11, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber is a commodity that trades on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Each contract represents 110,000 board feet of wood, and the contract quote represents the wholesale price for 1,000 board feet. The lumber market attracts little if any speculative interest. …The all-time high in the metric that is an indicator of market liquidity was at 14,403 contracts in 2008. Average daily volume in the lumber market is around 500 contracts. …As the economy grows, lumber demand and price tends to increase, and as
it contracts, the price often declines. Lumber is often a harbinger of
changes in the U.S. and global economies, and since September 2015,
lumber has been a beast. This week, lumber did something it has not done
since way back in 2005. The price moved above the $400 per 1,000-foot
board level.

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Nippon to be shut down; new owner to close Ediz Hook plant for up to 18 months

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News
April 9, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


PORT ANGELES — McKinley Paper Co. officials are settling in as new owners of the nearly dormant Nippon Paper Industries USA plant in preparation for shutting it down within the next two weeks for up to 18 months. Cathy Price, human resources manager for Nippon and now McKinley, said last week the sale of the Ediz Hook factory to McKinley closed March 31. “That was the last working day for a lot of our folks,” she said. The sale price to McKinley, the American subsidiary of the Mexican paper giant Bio Pappel, was $20.6 million, according to Clallam County Auditor’s Office and Treasurer’s Office records. The state Department of Revenue had valued Nippon at $17 million in 2016 based on income. Price said the next-to-last round of permanent employee layoffs by Nippon at what’s now McKinley was March 31, the same day the sale closed.

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SFPA Welcomes New Member

Southern Forest Products Association
April 12, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SFPA welcomes C.B. Hill Millworks, Inc. of Aiken, South Carolina, as a new Associate member. Established in 2016, C.B. Hill Millworks provides a variety of reclaimed heart pine flooring products. Most of the heart pine stocked has been reclaimed from dismantled, centuries-old wooden structures. Elijah McKenzie is the company’s president and will represent C.B. Hill Millworks, Inc. with SFPA. 

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Biewer Lumber Opens $85 Million Sawmill In Newton, Mississippi

Area Development Online
April 11, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Biewer Lumber opened its $85 million state-of-the-art sawmill, 64 miles east of Jackson, in Newton, Mississippi. The Newton facility, which is officially known as Biewer Sawmill-Newton LLC, expands the company’s mill production into the South. The company also operates four sawmills in the Midwest, as well as three lumber treating/distribution centers. “I would like to thank Governor Phil Bryant, Mississippi Development Authority, Mid-Mississippi Development District, Newton County and the city of Newton for their hard work and creativity in helping make this project a reality,” said Biewer Lumber President Tim Biewer. 

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Unions fined $101,500 over strike at Victorian paper mill

The Guardian
April 12, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Three unions have been fined a total of $101,500 by the federal court over unlawful industrial action at a construction project at the Australian Paper mill in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The Australian Building and Construction Commission took action against the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, the Australian Workers’ Union and three officials after work stopped for three days at the mill’s de-inking project in March 2014. The stoppages at the mill continued on the third day, despite orders from the Fair Work Commission that industrial action stop. Union officials maintained the stoppages were safety related and thus did not amount to unlawful industrial action, but the court ruled against the claim.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Paul Schürch’s Wearable Wood

By Gabriel Tanguay
Santa Barbara Independent
April 11, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

If you’re in the market for a unique dress, you might want to check out area woodworker Paul Schürch, who just recently won a Crafty Award for creating a remarkable dress made from figured maple veneer. That’s right: Schürch, a highly skilled artisan with a studio here in Santa Barbara, has demonstrated significant innovation in making a piece of wearable wood to add to his impressive portfolio of unique wooden furniture… What inspired you to create “wearable wood?” I was thinking of wood as being perceived as a hard, unyielding, not very flexible — certainly with a warmth to it, but people would not associate that with something that is dynamic. There are dynamic things made out of wood, such as wooden clocks, wooden cars, and bicycles, but it’s treating wood itself as a sort of rigid material… I decided I could do something with wood given my present knowledge of how to bend wood, how to make it flexible, how to make it form to the human body, to be able to exhibit it in a completely different way.

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Cross laminated timber and Grays Harbor County

By Dan Hammock
The Daily World
April 11, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Cross laminated timber is being touted by many as the next big deal in construction. Called CLT for short, it’s a wood product that, according to proponents, is as structurally sound as more traditional materials such as steel and concrete, environmentally friendly and quicker and cheaper to construct. There is a small, but growing, market for the product, and only two CLT producers in the United States. That has led elected officials, economic development organizations and others here to explore bringing CLT production to Grays Harbor County, noting the local abundance of raw materials, a ready-to-go workforce and the long history the area has in the timber industry. The University of Washington has been a proponent of CLT for years. Cintrafor, The Center for International Trade in Forest Products, is part of the UW’s School of Environmental & Forest Sciences.

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Forestry

Loss of old-growth faster than for tropical rainforest: Sierra Club of B.C.

By Amy Smart
Victoria Times Colonist
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver Island is losing its old-growth forests three times faster than tropical rainforests are disappearing worldwide, according to the Sierra Club of B.C. The environmental organization said 30 per cent of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests were logged between 1990 and 2015, based on its own mapping analysis. Tropical countries saw primary forests decline 10 per cent over the same period, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. While the province said the numbers are misleading because reforestation is required by law in B.C., the Sierra Club of B.C. said the value of productive old growth can’t easily be replaced.

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Dishonest budget, bad logging practises enough to oust Clark

Letter by R.D. Hey, Chemainus
Cowichan Valley Citizen
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a sad fact that the B.C.’s government surplus budget was dishonestly obtained. First, the government took part of this surplus from the future generation of the province by over-cutting in the past few years and then focused on logging only the cheapest logs. This allowed for the forest industry to under-price their American competition and thus flood the U.S. softwood market. By 2007, B.C. was honouring its commitment to the principle of sustainability as the core of its policy of forest harvesting, then came the recession of 2008 to which the B.C. forest industry responded by going into a survival mode which basically altered, or in some cases cancelled, the above core program. But this was viewed as an acceptable response by all concerned. But after the recession ended, the forest industry didn’t revert back to its 2007 harvesting program.

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Ontario Protecting Endangered and Threatened Species

By the Ministry of Natural Resources
Government of Ontario
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is protecting species at risk and promoting their recovery by investing to create and rehabilitate habitats, conduct research on recovery efforts and threats and educate youth about at-risk plants and animals in their area. Now in its eleventh year, the Species at Risk Stewardship Program helps find solutions to problems such as reversing the decline of pollinators in Ontario, preventing the spread of White Nose Syndrome among bat populations and determining what kind of artificial habitats can be installed to host barn swallow.

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City committee warned beetle could eat up London trees and taxes

By Hala Ghonaim
Global News
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The planning and environment committee received a warning Monday through a staff report about a destructive pest that could damage up to 40 per cent of London trees. Although the Asian longhorned beetle hasn’t arrived in London yet, the pest has cost Toronto $35.5 million in tree removal fees. To help with potential coverage, the committee voted in favour of requesting more sources of funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to remove the pests should they arrive in the city. Although the Canadian Food Inspection Agency could provide financial assistance, councillors are worried it wouldn’t be enough for the beetle dubbed a bigger threat than the Emerald Ash Borer. …In the report presented to the committee, staff highlighted the beetle’s migration trails traveling though wood or packing materials on ships, trains and planes.

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Clearcutting, Chemicals and Cancer: The Occupational Hazards Facing Forestry Workers in Canada

By Paul Miller
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you’re familiar with forestry management, you’ll know one of the most heated debates around is how best to regenerate softwood/coniferous forests… Tallying up yields of wood and considering the effects of clearcutting and chemicals on wildlife and diversity of plant species are not the only things we should consider in this debate. For forestry workers applying glyphosate-based chemicals such as Monsanto’s Vision silviculture herbicide, there is growing evidence that their regular exposure is putting them at increased risk of developing cancers and other serious illnesses. In this blog post I examine how chemical spraying is used in forestry management, note the risks to forestry workers who are applying these chemicals, and explain their legal options if they believe they’ve developed an illness from their occupational exposure.

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We didn’t end beetle battle; they did

By Frank Carroll
Rapid City Journal
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The trouble with the Black Plague is knowing if it’s really gone. While we have not experienced anything remotely like the events that killed perhaps a third of Europeans centuries ago, every year someone in the US. dies from Sylvatic plague, including bubonic plague. It’s the same with bark beetles. The entire Sierra Nevada is now in the grips of an epidemic that has killed over 100 million mature ponderosa and other pines in the past three years. It happened before in a big way in the 1940s, and many times before. There was a major outbreak on the Boise National Forest in the early 1990s, but severe wildfires burned up significant parts of the beetles’ potential habitat and the epidemic abated, replaced by an epidemic of fires. A new U.S. Forest Service plan to treat hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest over time is doomed to failure in the big picture. It’s not that they shouldn’t try. They should. It’s that the beetles operate on a scale far beyond our power to control.

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After big fires, watersheds must be restored

By Heather Smith Thomas
Capital Press
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In recent years the West has experienced many catastrophic fires that create long-term watershed damage. With no vegetation left to hold the soil in place, flooding and erosion can follow. In August 2015 a large fire in Northern Idaho left massive destruction in several counties, destroying homes and natural resources. This spurred a team effort between government agencies and local landowners to work toward repairing the damage. Eileen Rowan at the Orofino field office of the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission, says her five-county area put together a team to do the technical work to assess what was needed for restoring the natural resources, while another group addressed rebuilding of homes. “As our group came together, the Association of Conservation Districts went to the Idaho Legislature and obtained funds to work on some of the high priority projects identified by the technical group,” Rowan said. “After we had the money we contacted landowners to decide on projects we might do.”

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Appeals court restores lumber companies’ challenge to northern spotted owl habitat

By Michael Doyle
McClatchy DC
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – A top federal appeals court has added fuel to a long-running fight over federal protections for the northern spotted owl in California, Oregon and Washington state. In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the lumber companies united as the American Forest Resource Council have the legal standing to challenge the owl’s designated “critical habitat.” Federal officials in 2012 designated more than 9.5 million acres in the three states as essential for the owl’s survival. “The council has demonstrated a substantial probability that the critical habitat designation will cause a decrease in the supply of timber from the designated forest lands,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote, adding that there’s also evidence that “council members will suffer economic harm as a result of the decrease in the timber supply from those forest lands.”

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Saving the hemlock: Peninsula experiment could help dying trees on the East Coast

Peninsula Daily News
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEQUIM — Researchers are looking to western hemlock trees on the Miller Peninsula east of Sequim to collect data that could help save hemlock trees on the East Coast from dying at alarming rates. Elizabeth Sussky, Ryan Crandall and Joseph Elkinton are all part of a biological control experiment funded by the U.S. Forest Service that is importing from the area natural enemies of an invasive insect that feeds on hemlocks. Hemlock trees on the East and West Coast are predated on by small insects called hemlock woolly adelgid. This invasive insect originates from Asia and lives and feeds on hemlock trees with the ability to reproduce a hundredfold per insect every time females lay eggs. Left unchecked, these insects could drive hemlocks to extinction on the East Coast. “We’re talking about an insect that’s killing trees by the millions across the forests of the eastern United States,” Elkinton said.

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Carbon credits can be state forest moneymaker

By Fergus Mclea, retired forester and director of Mountain Grove Community Forest
The Register-Guard
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregonians are blessed to live amid one of the world’s greatest forests. Oregon’s forests store more carbon than those of any other state ­— more than all our state’s human-generated carbon dioxide combined. But this natural bounty has not translated into economic well-being, and the ecological functionality of our private forestlands is profoundly compromised. The disconnect between economic and natural forest values is evident in the debate over selling the Elliott State Forest — the largest remaining natural stand of mature timber of our mighty coastal forests — which provides sanctuary to numerous threatened and endangered species, including the marbled murrelet and the northern spotted owl. …Oregon’s forest policy, always dominated by the industry, never took the conceptual leap to management of whole ecosystems, remaining stuck in our lax tradition of allowing timber harvests of a size and style long banned from federal lands.

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Forest Management Bill Passes State Legislature

By Kevin Bounce
News Radio 560 KPQ
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After back-to-back years of devastating wildfires, the state legislature took a step to try and help manage the forests in a better way. A bill sponsored by 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins passed the House yesterday and now heads to the Governor’s desk. “Sometimes good things can come from those tragedies and the folks back home, the folks that have worked on the wildfire project really helped raise awareness of this issue of the need for forest health.” The bill map out a strategy of forest health through prescribed burning and other tools to help mitigate future wildfire seasons. Hawkins said, “It sets up a framework for our long-term forest strategic outlook for the state of Washington and sets a goal to treat over 1 million acres of fire-prone lands by 2033 and I’m just really excited that it passed the House.”

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Equal Access to Justice Act often aids those who frustrate forest restoration

By Michael D. Boeck, resource professional, forest management and resource procurement
Idaho Statesman
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Recent articles’ illustrate the philosophical differences between those who support responsible forest management and those who are against logging. No matter where you may come down on the issue, it’s important to know who suffers the consequences of environmental litigation and who pays for it. What most people don’t know is the dirty little secret called the Equal Access to Justice Act, or EAJA. …Over the last five years the payments for legal challenges to the Forest Service have nearly doubled, costing the taxpayer over $38 million in 2015. EAJA is not benefiting average citizens as Congress had intended. …These direct payments to environmental group attorneys are only a small portion of the overall costs to the taxpayer and the citizens affected by these challenges.

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Forest thinning riddle

By Peter Aleshire
Payson Roundup
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…One little problem: The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) the plan envisions has fallen years behind schedule and is struggling to make a dent on the hundreds of thousands of acres of projects already approved. The Forest Service awarded the first 4FRI contract five years ago for an initial 300,000 acres out of a total of 2.6 million eventually targeted. The Forest Service shifted the contract from Pioneer Forest Products to Good Earth AZ after a year, with no projects completed. So far, Good Earth has completed thinning projects on about 8,500 acres out of the 60,000 called for in the original schedule. Good Earth has said it plans to thin 30,000 acres annually, but so far has had trouble lining up enough trucks and capacity at small-wood sawmills to come anywhere near that pace.

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State forester: Abundant grass could spell busy fire season in Southern Arizona

By Howard Fischer
Arizona Daily Star
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX — The winter and spring storms that will help protect the pine forests from devastating fires this year could create havoc in the lower-elevation grasslands, particularly in Southern Arizona. That’s the assessment of Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney, who said Tuesday this year’s fire season should be nowhere near as dangerous as last year when the Cedar Fire near Show Low had the potential of getting out of control and destroying hundreds of thousands of acres. “This year conditions are quite a bit different,” he said. “We were blessed with a lot of precipitation and moisture and snowfall up on the higher elevations, the Mogollon Rim.” Whitney acknowledged there were weeks of hot weather, but said the state caught a break when those high temperatures were broken by some spring showers and even snow in the mountains.

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Local man named Florida Forestry Firefighter of the Year

WJHG-TV
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and Florida State Forester Jim Karels announced Tuesday that Senior Forest Ranger David Dietz is the 2017 Forestry Firefighter of the Year. Dietz has served as a wildland firefighter with the Florida Forest Service since September 2006, and he is currently the lead training officer for the Chipola Forestry Center. Forest Service officials wrote in a news release that “Dietz strives to improve himself and his colleagues through strong leadership and initiative.” “Our wildland firefighters risk their lives to protect our residents and the wildlife that make Florida a special place to live,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “I congratulate David on being named the 2017 Forestry Firefighter of the Year.”

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‘Good-sized fire’ burning at Ohio’s Shawnee State Forest

By Carrie Blackmore Smith
Cincinnati – USA Today Network
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A “good-sized fire” is burning at Shawnee State Forest, Ohio’s largest state forest. Authorities do not yet know the cause of the fire, which was first reported Monday. As of Tuesday morning, 42 firefighters from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Division of Wildlife and local volunteer firefighters had contained the fire, currently about 493 acres in size or about six percent of the forest’s area. The burning portion of the forest is closed. Nearby Shawnee State Park is open currently. No injuries have been reported, and while “there are a lot of adjacent land owners,” no towns or homes are currently considered to be in danger, said Greg Smith, a spokesman for Ohio’s forestry division. Fires of this size occur roughly every two to three years in Ohio forests, Smith said.

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Wildfires scorch parts of Florida

By Ana Ceballos and Tamara Lush
Associated Press in ABC News
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TAMPA, FLA. — Firefighters are battling wildfires from the top of Florida near the Georgia line to Miami-Dade County in the south as the governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies to “quickly work together to protect our families, visitors and communities” as authorities battle more than 100 wildfires around the state. “Thank God we have the firefighters we do at the local, state and federal level and willing to put their lives at risk to take care of us,” he added. “If it hadn’t been for their hard work we would’ve lost a lot of homes … all across the state.” …Putnam said about 90 percent of the fires this year have been sparked by humans.

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?Forest fire continues to grow, threatens homes in western North Carolina?

Associated Press in WYFF 4
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MARION, N.C. — A wildfire is threatening about three dozen homes in western North Carolina. The U.S. Forest Service told local media outlets that the fire in the North Cove community in McDowell County has spread onto land in the Pisgah National Forest. The Dobson Knob fire stretches over about 550 acres and is 10 percent contained, according to National Forests in North Carolina officials. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings said the fire was reported Sunday afternoon and is threatening about 35 homes and 10 buildings, including sheds and garages. Jennings said there are no current plans for evacuations. She said firefighters are working to remove fuel near the homes. Bruce MacDonald of National Forests in North Carolina said the firefighters current priority is keeping any structures from burning.

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Timber union warns Tasmanian Government logging plan will destroy, not help industry

By Selina Ross
ABC News, Australia
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Timber workers are fighting the Tasmanian Government’s plan to re-open contentious forests for early logging, saying it will “destroy” the industry it’s tyring to save. Tasmania’s Upper House is being briefed about the plan to allow logging in 356,000 hectares of land otherwise protected under a moratorium until 2020. Debate on the Government’s legislation is expected to start in the Upper House this week. About 500 timber workers from the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) across the industry met on Monday and voted to campaign against the move. …Mr McLean said he would be telling members of the Legislative Council the move would trash Tasmania’s brand within timber markets. …”That’s what will happen without the [Forest Stewardship Council] certification and with the harvesting and processing of this timber it will trash the brand ‘Tasmania’.”

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Commonwealth, Mediterranean Forest Events Support SDG Achievement

By Lauren Anderson
International Institute for Sustainable Development
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The fifth Mediterranean Forest Week and the 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference brought together countries and other stakeholders to share experiences, promote sustainable forest management and encourage action in support of forest-related development goals and priorities… The Week focused on the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, and resulted in nine countries affirming their support to forest and landscape restoration, land degradation neutrality and biodiversity conservation efforts in the Mediterranean region. 

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Man dead following forestry block incident near Gisborne

Stuff.co.nz
April 12, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A man has died from injuries he received while working on a forestry block north of Gisborne. Emergency services were called to Tarndale Rd in the Whatatutu forest on Wednesday afternoon. Sergeant Mike Stevenson of Eastern District police said they were are in the process of notifying the man’s family. It is the second death at Whatatutu in under a month – 38-year-old Gisborne man, Hone Tamati Kaua Whaanga, was found dead by workmates in March. (END OF STORY)

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Supporters Say Saving N.H. Biomass Would Boost State’s Forestry Industry

By Cori Princell
New Hampshire Public Radio
April 11, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Members of the timber industry were in the state capitol today, arguing for the passage of a bill that would support the state’s struggling biomass industry. New Hampshire has 6 biomass plants. The plants convert wood waste products to energy, and they have trouble competing against the cheaper cost of natural gas. Senate lawmakers were already working on a bill to help the industry when they got the news last week that the state’s smallest biomass plant, in Alexandria, was going to close. Bob Guida is one of the bill’s sponsors. The Alexandria plant is in his district. “I call it the canary in the coal mine,” he says. “All the sudden we have one, we’ve got five others now that, given the economics of the market for spot electricity, and the inability of these folks to pay any less for their fuel, then we’ll see others of the 6, if not all of them, ultimately close as well.” Senator Guida says the effect would be staggering – not just for the 100 or so people who work for New Hampshire’s biomass plants – but also for the North Country’s forestry industry.

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