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Today’s Takeaway

Breaking News – US delays ruling on Canadian lumber duties

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 20, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Fresh off this week’s NAFTA panel decision—which ordered the US to reconsider its duties against Canadian producers of glossy paper—the US Lumber Coalition has asked the Dept. of Commerce to postpone its preliminary determination of duties by 50 days. The official reason for their request – to “ensure that the Dept. has sufficient time to obtain and review all relevant information”. More to follow no doubt.

Further on lumber, the Globe and Mail reports that “Canfor made an 11th-hour plea to the US to refrain from imposing hefty lumber tariffs”. Countering the Coalition’s claim that there has been a surge of imports, Canfor said “their imports in the four months since the filing of the petition have declined, compared to the four months prior”. Also, an interesting story in Bloomberg on how homebuilders and mattress companies could be the big losers.

In other news, given the success of the bald eagle recovery program, Oregon may “allow logging closer to bald eagle nests on private lands“. In Michigan, the National Park Service may “restore the wolf population to curb the population explosion of moose”. And finally, an ENGO poll in Oregon, reports that 80% of Oregonians say “they would be less likely to support a politician who voted to sell off or privatize public lands“.

–Tree Frog Editors

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Froggy Foibles

Frog excretes mucus that fights flu: study

Agence France-Presse in CTV News
April 19, 2017
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

A frog in south India excretes a mucus from its skin that could one day help people fight off certain types of flu viruses, researchers said Tuesday. The colourful, tennis ball-sized frog is known as Hydrophylax bahuvistara, said the report in the journal Immunity. “Different frogs make different peptides, depending on where their habitat is. You and I make host defense peptides ourselves,” said flu specialist and study co-author Joshy Jacob of Emory University. “It’s a natural innate immune mediator that all living organisms maintain. We just happened to find one that the frog makes that just happens to be effective against the H1 influenza type.”

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Business & Politics

U.S. Delays Ruling on Canada Lumber Duties as Dispute Simmers

By Jen Skerritt
Bloomberg
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. has delayed part of its decision in a long simmering spat over softwood lumber with Canada. The U.S. Department of Commerce will postpone its deadline for preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber to June 23, according to a statement published in the Federal Register. The decision was initially expected by May 4. The petitioner asked for the deadline to be extended so the agency has “sufficient time to gather and review all the relevant information,” U.S. Department of Commerce spokesman Will Reinert said in an email. The delay sent shares of Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser Co. tumbling as much as 1.8 percent in New York, the biggest intraday drop since March 6… The U.S. doesn’t have enough domestic softwood lumber to meet its own housing demand, and higher prices stemming from duties will be passed on to consumers, ERA’s Mason said. The trade spat has contributed to a more than 20 percent surge in wood prices since the U.S. election and penalties could increase the cost even more.

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Canfor makes 11th-hour plea for U.S. to refrain from imposing heavy tariffs

By Brent Jang
The Globe and Mail
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

[Access to story may require a Globe and Mail Subscription] Canfor Corp. is making an 11th-hour plea for the United States to refrain from imposing hefty lumber tariffs as the B.C. producer and other Canadian forestry firms claim their innocence… Vancouver-based Canfor and other Canadian producers face getting whacked by future and retroactive tariffs next week, five months after the U.S. industry launched legal action in a bid to punish Canada over alleged subsidies for softwood lumber. In a letter this week to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Canfor shot back with its shipment numbers – part of Canada’s counterattack designed to discredit COALITION, which is aggressively lobbying Commerce to levy tariffs… “These monthly shipment data demonstrate that there has been no surge of imports by Canfor since the filing of the petition. To the contrary, imports in the four months since the filing of the petition have declined, compared to the four months prior to the filing of the petition,” Canfor said.

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Homebuilders Could Be Losers in Early Test of Trump Trade Policy

By Joe Light
Bloomberg
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A long-simmering trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada over lumber is heating up, increasing the cost of building houses and causing American businesses to hunt for supplies in other countries… U.S. import penalties could increase the market price for wood even more, boosting profits for producers. Builders may suffer unless the can pass the higher prices along to consumers. Then there are the mattress companies. Canadian softwood is their lumber of choice for box springs because they claim colder climates produce a finer grain, which reduces warping and squeaks. The manufacturers are concerned the dispute will result in less lumber flowing into the U.S. and want the lower-grade Canadian wood they use exempted from any tariffs or restrictions… The National Association of Home Builders, a trade lobby, says the lumber price increase since the election has added about $3,000 to the $225,323 cost of building an average, single-family home, not including land. “The point is simply to make sure that we use this situation to develop long-term policies that provide for a consistent and fairly priced supply of lumber,” said Jerry Howard, the chief executive officer of the NAHB.

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Catalyst Paper Corporation optimistic about Powell River mill’s future

By Chris Bolster
Powell River Peak
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation’s Powell River division was, for a long period of time since its inception in 1912, at the centre of Powell River’s identity; it was mill town. Thousands of people used to work at the pulp and paper mill. At its height, more than 2,700 people were employed, but times change. By 1990, the mill was down to 2,000 employees and that total decreased to 700 by 2001. Catalyst now employs approximately 360 workers in Powell River. Declining markets for its newsprint and other paper products, and technological improvements, mean that even though the size of the mill has not shrunk by much, everything else about the industry has done so dramatically. …Chinn said Catalyst appreciates the support the community has given the company through the relief over the years. “We look forward to the day when we can happily be paying the tax rate, whatever it is, to support the community,” said Chinn, “but we also need as much help as we can right now.”

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B.C. Greens promise to balance sustainable resource use with healthy environment

By Derrick Penner
The Vancouver Sun
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Green Party would restrict log exports, encourage innovation in value-added wood manufacturing and build consideration for climate change into the sustainable management of natural resources, leader Andrew Weaver said in unveiling his party’s latest platform plank. The party’s “strategy to build resilience” in resource sectors is about making sure everyone benefits from both sustainable resource use and a healthy environment, Weaver said at an event at Thompson River University in Kamloops. …The Greens’ strategy leans heavily on beefing up environmental monitoring and enforcement while promising to work with resource companies on strategies to build climate-risk management into resource planning to promote “long-term economic and environmental sustainability.”

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Stop treating BC’s Interior like a colony

By David Charbonneau
CFJC Today Kamloops
April 20, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — Premier Clark’s plan for job growth in B.C.’s Interior is a failure. Her plan to extract liquefied natural gas from the Interior evaporated. She is sending more raw logs out of the Interior than any other government according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. …The Interior-as-colony mentality didn’t always exist. Before 2003, the government made sure jobs stayed in the communities where trees were logged. That meant sawmill workers could earn good wages where they lived. Once logging companies were free of that obligation, they shut down mills. Since 1997, 100 mills have closed and 22,400 jobs have been lost. That loss of jobs means a transfer of wealth out of the Interior. By my calculation, the loss of the above jobs amounts to $1.5 billion. …We can do better. B.C. does a poor job of extracting value from our publicly-owned forests compared to other provinces. Ontario’s value-added wood industry was almost three times that of B.C.

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Richelieu acquires Weston Premium Woods

By Richelieu Hardware Ltd.
Canada Newswire
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Richelieu Hardware Limited announces the closing of the acquisition of the principal net assets of Weston Premium Woods Inc., an Ontario based distributor located in Brampton, on the outskirts of Toronto. A leader in its field, Weston distributes a diverse range of materials, decorative products and hardwoods targeted to an extensive customer base of kitchen and bathroom cabinet, storage and closet, home furnishing and office furniture manufacturers, as well as residential and commercial woodworkers. This acquisition, the first in 2017 for Richelieu, represents additional sales of approximately $60 million on an annual basis.

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Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Postponement of Preliminary Determination of Antidumping Duty Investigation

Notice by the International Trade Commission
US Federal Register
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, US West

December 15, 2016, the Department of Commerce initiated an antidumping duty investigation of certain softwood lumber products from Canada… Accordingly, the preliminary determination of this antidumping duty investigation is currently due no later than May 4, 2017. On March 30, 2017, the Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations made a timely request, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(e), for postponement of the preliminary determination, to ensure that the Department has sufficient time to obtain and review all relevant information from the parties to this proceeding. Because there are no compelling reasons to deny the request… the Department is postponing the deadline for the preliminary determination by 50 days.

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Forest industry contributes to state economy

High Plains Journal
April 18, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States


Oklahoma’s forest and forest products industry had a total impact of $4.5 billion on the state’s economy, including supporting more than 18,000 jobs with wages and salaries in excess of $738 million according to a new report. The report, which is produced periodically, is a collaborative effort between Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma State University and the Southern Regional Extension Forestry to measure the impact of Oklahoma’s forests industry. The new Economic Importance of Forestry in Oklahoma is based on 2012 information. Omkar Joshi, Oklahoma State University forest economist, is optimistic about future growth of Oklahoma’s forest industry. “Economic performance of forest related industry is strongly correlated with the housing market,” Joshi said. “While housing activity in Oklahoma is briefly stagnated with the recent downturn in oil market, we will see steady progress in housing demand as the population increases.”

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Institute of Chartered Foresters is Delighted to Announce its New President

Institute of Chartered Foresters
April 19, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Leading on from a successful first day of the Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) conference (which it hosts), the Institute of Chartered Foresters announced its new President following its Annual General Meeting at University of Birmingham, on the evening of the 5th April 2017. During the meeting David Edwards FICFor was elected as the successor to David Henderson-Howat FICFor, who stands down after two years in the role. David Edwards’ appointment was disclosed to the public at the TPBE3 Conference Dinner at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston. Since graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 1984, David has worked in the private sector, holding positions in Scotland, England and Wales. He is currently District Manager – Wales and Marches, for Tilhill Forestry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Experts Recommend Hybrid Structures for Tall Timber Buildings

By Nadine Post
Engineering News-Record
April 19, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Mass-timber-frame enthusiasts extoll the virtues of the structural material not only because it is renewable but also because building with timber is typically speedier, safer, simpler and quieter than building with concrete or steel. Still, most timber experts say hybrid structural systems are their choice for tall mass-timber frames because they take advantage of the best features of timber in combination with steel and concrete. For the University of British Columbia’s 174-ft-tall Brock Commons dormitory … the design team developed a hybrid approach for gravity and lateral loads, said Thomas Tannert, a University of Northern British Columbia professor of integrated wood engineering… The cost of the $45-million Brock’s timber frame was “very close to but not less” than a concrete structure, adds Fast. 

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Forestry

Opposition mounts to logging near Lake Cowichan

By Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A number of groups are voicing opposition to logging plans by Lake Cowichan First Nation. A number of groups and organizations are raising concerns over proposed plans to log in the Lake Cowichan area. The Lake Cowichan First Nation has a licence to log on Crown land between Lakeview Park and the Cowichan Lake Education Centre, and are considering plans to move forward with the project in the near future. But logging in the area would negatively impact the local watershed, destroy wildlife habitat and cause irreparable damage to shoreline fish habitat, according to the Cowichan Lake & River Stewardship Society. …But Aaron Hamilton, the First Nation’s operations manager, said the plan to log the small lot is currently being reviewed by the band’s leadership, and no formal decisions on whether the logging plan will move forward will be made for at least two weeks.

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Quatsino First Nation signs agreement with three forestry companies

By John Harding
North Island Gazette
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quatsino First Nation signed agreements with three forest companies on Tuesday night, but all of the parties say this is just the start, not the end, of negotiations. Forest companies Western Forest Products Inc., Interfor Corporation and Lemare each signed agreements with Chief James Nelson Tuesday at the Quattishe Hall in Quatsino in front of more than 100 band members and guests. “Our relationship is starting, the negotiations are starting, now,” said Chief Nelson. “And it’s going to come from the grassroots up.” The chief and company officials said they hope to build long-term relationships that will support a strong future for the Nation and forestry within the Quatsino Traditional Territory on Northern Vancouver Island.

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New Grants to Accelerate Watershed Protection

By Peter Stangel, Senior Vice President, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
April 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program’s second-year of awards expands the pace of proactive watershed protection in the U.S. through conservation and improved stewardship of hundreds of thousands of acres of lands that provide drinking water, flood risk reduction, and an array of economic and environmental benefits. The sixteen awards total $2.75 million and will benefit organizations and partnerships in 18 states. The Heathy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program was conceived by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water (EPA) and launched in late 2015. EPA co-funds the program with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), which manages the partnership.

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Idaho timber sale plan for state lands in 2018 draws praise from logging firms

By Betsy Z. Russell
Spokesman Review
April 18, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE – Idaho’s top elected officials on Tuesday approved a logging plan for state lands next year aimed at selling 252 million board-feet of timber. The logging is in line with the levels of the past five years and will potentially bring in $65 million to $85 million for the state’s endowment, which largely benefits public schools. The plan drew praise from North Idaho timber companies. Logging is the top source of income from Idaho’s endowment trust lands, which raise money for public schools and other state institutions including universities, prisons and state hospitals. The timber sale plan for fiscal year 2018 is up slightly from this year, in which 247 million board feet were targeted for sale. It now appears, however, the figure will come in closer to 250 million board feet.

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Wildfires hurt western Montana air quality, report says

Associated Press in Billings Gazette
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — Montana is called Big Sky Country due to its wide open spaces and clear sky, but there are times when wildfires, geography and weather patterns combine to make the air in the western part of the state unsafe for people with asthma or chronic lung disease. The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report lists the city of Missoula along with Ravalli and Lincoln counties among the worst areas in the country for the number of days with small particle pollution that makes breathing the air unhealthy for at least some residents. This year’s report includes data from 2013-2015 — and 2015 was an especially bad fire year.

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As Bald Eagles Recover, Oregon Proposes To Dial Back Protections

By Jes Burns
Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon is proposing to relax protections for bald eagles on private land. A series of public hearings on the rule change began Wednesday. Recovery of the bald eagle is considered to be an endangered-species success story. The eagle was taken off the federal list of endangered species in 2007. Oregon delisted it in 2012. Now the Oregon Board of Forestry is considering rule changes that will allow logging closer to bald eagle nests. “The rules that are in place currently are really more than what we need. Especially given how much they’ve recovered,” said Jennifer Weikel, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry. Roughly half of Oregon’s bald eagle nest sites are on or near private land. Weikel says for these nesting sites, the proposed logging buffers are based on recommendations from the federal government.

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Citizens should take part in planning of forests

Letter by Karissa Pfantz
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Southwest Montana is currently in the process of what could be a dramatic change in terms of the surrounding landscape. Within the next few years, the Custer and Gallatin national forests will be joined together under one new forest plan. This forest plan could potentially hold many new possibilities and opportunities, as well as restrictions and regulations. Luckily for us, the forest plan is seeking input from citizens across the southeast and southwest to understand exactly what we want to see from the forest. …These meetings are important for citizens to be involved in because it will affect how the forest is planned and managed for the next few decades.

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Colorado Springs forester: One battle against moth infestation over, another possible

By Seth Boster
Colorado Spring Gazette
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the local fight between man and moth, man is claiming victory — for the most part. According to Colorado Springs assistant forester Dennis Will, the city’s aerial spray attack last summer on pests invading popular recreation areas proved successful, based on survey maps from the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service. He does not expect a Tussock moth outbreak to return to North Cheyenne Cañon Park and Blodgett Peak Open Space this summer, when the insects have in recent years chewed away the needles on Douglas-fir and white fir trees, leaving them bare. …But other anecdotal evidence has him concerned about the budworms: He saw the moths buzzing about in North Cheyenne Cañon and Blodgett Peak Open Space in the days after the spray. .

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Nature Conservancy gives forest management a digital makeover

By Devin Coldewey
Tech Crunch
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Keeping a forest healthy often means deciding what to do tree by tree and acre by acre. That’s easy enough with a square mile of it, but what about a thousand? The Nature Conservancy is working on tools that will make it easy for park services, fire control and conservationists to keep entire forests alive, thriving and — you know, not on fire. …“Forestry practices need to be scaled up to deal with the problem. But they do not have the time or the money to be painting the trees on 50,000 acres a year. So we said, there has to be something we can design that will let forestry increase that pace, while still relying on boots on the ground.” The resulting Digital Restoration Guide combines the directness of painting with the scalability of prescription. Essentially, a forestry worker will walk (or ATV) around as before observing the forest directly. “But instead of having a paint can, they have a tablet in their hands,” said Chapman.

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Invest in Preventing Forest Fires Instead of Fighting Them; Restoration Is the Key

By Nancy and Ed Zorensky, certified tree farmers, Conifer, Colorado.
Daily Yonder
April 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Although the first quarter of 2017 is barely over, Congress is already working on one piece of must-pass legislation for 2018 – the next Farm Bill. This bill impacts nearly all rural landowners, farmers and ranchers from coast to coast. …To mitigate the impact of future wildfires, these forests need restoration. This is easier said than done for landowners like ourselves. Because timber harvesting on public lands has decreased over the last several decades, mills across the West have closed. With few places to sell our wood, most can’t afford the $2,500 per acre cost to thin and restore forest land without help. …We need Congress to encourage work across all neighboring lands whether, federal, state or privately owned to treat larger terrain. Doing this work on a landscape scale greatly enhances the positive impact of the effort made.

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Managed forests best for man — and tree

By the Editorial Board
The Coeur d’Alene Press
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Today we welcome you to two sides of a contentious issue: how to achieve healthy western forests. On Page A5 you’ll find a commentary by Brett Haverstick, an environmentalist whose research and opinions differ significantly from ours. Brett suspects politicians and logging interests have mustered a dense smokescreen between you and the truth about proper forest management. Respectfully, we don’t see that at all. …But as we read Mr. Haverstick’s opinion piece, we thought most of all of Dr. Wally Covington. The longtime Northern Arizona University professor is considered one of our nation’s foremost forestry experts, and a man without an agenda except applying science when addressing the future of our western forests….Dr. Wally Covington’s prescription for healing forests, or, in his words, “to solve complex problems and implement research aimed at restoring the self-regulatory mechanisms of the ecosystem,” is a comprehensive approach that includes thinning younger trees while using prescribed burns and protecting old-growth trees.

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The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast.

By Louis Sahagun
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now. “We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California,” says Greg McPherson, a supervisory research forester with the U.S. Forest Service who has been studying what he and others call an unprecedented die-off of the trees greening Southern California’s parks, campuses and yards. Botanists in recent years have documented insect and disease infestations as they’ve hop-scotched about the region, devastating Griffith Park’s sycamores and destroying over 100,000 willows in San Diego County’s Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, for example.

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Poll: Oregonians would turn against politicians who vote to sell public land

By Andrew Theen
The Oregonian
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Most Oregonians, regardless of political party, would be less likely to support an elected official who votes to sell off public lands such as forests, parks or wildlife refuges. That’s according to a poll conducted last week by Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, and commissioned by Oregon Wild, a nonprofit environmental advocacy and conservation group. Statewide, 80 percent of the poll’s respondents said they would be less likely to support a politician who voted to “sell off or privatize” public lands. Just 10 percent of poll respondents said they would be more likely to support that elected official. Ten percent said the stance would have no effect on their views or they were unsure.

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As wolves die out, moose numbers boom on Michigan’s Isle Royale

Associated Press in Washington Post
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With only two wolves left to feast on them, the moose of Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park are undergoing a population explosion that could endanger the wilderness area’s fir trees and eventually cause many of the moose to starve, scientists said Tuesday. The unchecked growth of hulking moose at the Lake Superior island park shows the need to take more wolves there, restoring a predator-prey balance that has benefited both species and the park’s ecosystem, Michigan Technological University researchers said in a report. The National Park Service is considering options to restore the wolf population, but it hasn’t committed to doing so. Twenty-four gray wolves in several packs roamed the Michigan park as recently as 2009. But the severely inbred population has dropped steadily and is at its lowest point since biologists began observing the relationship between wolves and moose in the 1950s.

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Online Montana magazine fills niche in forest reporting

By Karl Puckett
Great Falls Tribune
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new Montana-based online magazine aims to dig deeper into stories about trees and forests that its CEO says are no longer getting covered in-depth by a mainstream media struggling to adapt to staff downsizings and digital deadlines. “We’ve just seen that there’s a gap in communication in the media world for that lay audience,” said David Atkins, president and CEO of Treesource.org. “Forest journalism for a sustainable future” is the motto of Treesource.org, which is attempting to fill the gap. The online magazine, headquartered in Missoula, went live in March. …“With original stories, photo essays, videos and podcasts, we will take readers into North America’s forests and the cities that rely upon them for everything from drinking water and building materials to carbon storage, renewable energy, recreation and biodiversity,” Treesource.org says.

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Timber management a fundamental job of the Black Hills National Forest

By Al Van Zee
Black Hills Pioneer
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…“Timber is the biggest program in terms of the amount of employees that we have and the budget we approve,” said Dave Mertz, natural resource staff officer with the Black Hills National Forest. In Fiscal 2016, the Black Hills National Forest received $2,786,400 from the sale of approximately 100 million board feet of timber harvested on the 1.25 million acres of land that make up the Black Hills National Forest. That harvest is conducted mainly by the private timber industry, which consists of logging contractors and crews that perform the harvest, and the lumber companies that bid on the timber units, buy the timber, and process it. Those operations are monitored and inspected by the Forest Service.

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Landmark Forest Conservation Program on Pace to Restore and Protect More Than 540,000 Acres

By International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C.—International Paper and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announce Renewal and Expansion of Forestland Stewards Initiative for Additional Five Years. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper today announced that IP has renewed its five-year commitment while increasing its overall contribution to $10 million to Forestland Stewards, one of the most effective public-private forest conservation partnerships in the United States. In the first four years of the initial five-year commitment, the partnership has funded 44 projects that have restored, enhanced or protected more than 190,000 acres of forest habitat

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Containing South Georgia wildfire could take months

By Steve Burns
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 19, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It may be mid-June before a wildfire covering about 21,700 acres in southeast Georgia is contained, officials said Tuesday evening. June 15 is the estimated containment date for the West Mims Fire that is burning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the agency that is coordinating efforts to battle the blaze. About 330 people are involved, and equipment includes helicopters, fire engines and bulldozers, officials said. The fire, which started April 6 after a lightning strike, is about 3 percent contained.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New handbook guides development of biomass utilization businesses

By the Pacific Northwest, Research Station
USDA Forest Service
April 19, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. –  In the Western United States, a small-diameter log and biomass utilization business can help fund active management and restoration efforts and provide rural communities with much-needed jobs. So what should businesses, forest managers, community groups, and others interested in turning the byproducts of forest management into a profitable enterprise consider? A new online handbook published by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station offers guidance. The publication, Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing, takes a collaborative approach to enterprise development and recognizes the important role of partnerships and land managers in developing sustainable wood products businesses.

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