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Today’s Takeaway

West Fraser moves to acquire US lumber company Gilman

Tree Frog Forestry News
July 27, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

West Fraser announced a major US acquisition of the Gilman Companies for US$430 million, including six sawmills and a finger?joint mill in Florida and Georgia. 

Quarterly company results include:
  • Canfor – net income up to $81.3 million or $0.61 per share
  • Canfor Pulp – net income down to $20.2 million or $0.31 per share 
  • Tembec – sales up to $419 million or $0.17 per share 
  • Acadian Timber – earnings down to $2.6 million from $3.3 million in prior period

After several days of favourable weather for firefighting, BC’s “weather conditions are worsening“. Impacted are “thousands of displaced residents from Williams Lake” and “dozens of property owners east of Kamloops”. Meanwhile, “French wildfires force 12,000 people to flee coastal resort areas.

Columnist Peter Ewart writes on the “big job for NDP”, which is to “end decades of disempowerment in BC’s interior.” Top of list is “who controls the forests in terms of tenure” and “returning control over resources and benefits to rural workers and communities.” 

George Heyman—BC’s new Minister of Environment—claims his “near-death logging experience” is “part of his first-hand knowledge and practical background on forest and environmental issues”.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

B.C. Premier John Horgan travels to Washington, D.C., to talk softwood lumber

The Canadian Press in Global News
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan is set to meet with some of the Trump administration’s top trade officials Thursday in Washington, D.C, where he intends to press to resolve the softwood lumber trade dispute between Canada and the United States. Horgan will have meetings with U.S. Trade Secretary Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Dave Reichert, a congressman from Washington State. Lighthizer is regarded as Trump’s top official in upcoming North American free trade talks, while Ross is a billionaire banker appointed by Trump and known as a fierce trade opponent.

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Canfor Reports Results for Second Quarter of 2017

By Canfor Corporation
Canada Newswire
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation today reported net income attributable to shareholders  of $81.3 million, or $0.61 per share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared to shareholder net income of $66.1 million, or $0.50 per share, for the first quarter of 2017 and a net income attributable to shareholders of $36.0 million, or $0.27 per share, for the second quarter of 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s shareholder net income was $147.4 million, or $1.11 per share, compared to $62.0 million, or $0.47 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2016. …The Company’s adjusted shareholder net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $104.2 million, or $0.78 per share, compared to an adjusted shareholder net income of $59.3 million, or $0.45 per share, for the first quarter of 2017, and adjusted shareholder net income of $26.5 million, or $0.20 per share, for the second quarter of 2016. 

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results and Quarterly Dividend

By Canfor Pulp Products Inc.
Canada Newswire
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products Inc.  today reported net income of $20.2 million, or $0.31 per share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $24.1 million, or $0.36 per share, for the first quarter of 2017 and $2.2 million, or $0.03 per share, for the second quarter of 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s net income was $44.3 million, or $0.67 per share, compared to $25.3 million, or $0.37 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2016. …The Company reported operating income of $31.5 million for the second quarter of 2017, down $3.7 million from $35.2 million reported for the first quarter of 2017. Solid increases in the Company’s Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (“NBSK”) pulp unit sales realizations and higher paper unit sales realizations largely offset the impact of scheduled maintenance outages taken during the quarter at the Company’s Northwood NBSK pulp mill and Taylor Bleached Chemi-Thermo Mechanical Pulp  mill. 

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West Fraser Announces Major U.S. Acquisition

By West Fraser Timber Co.
Canada Newswire
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of the Gilman Companies from the Howard Gilman Foundation and other shareholders for approximately US$430 million, subject to certain post?closing adjustments. The Gilman Companies are comprised of six sawmills and a finger?joint mill in Florida and Georgia as well as an administrative office in St. Marys, Georgia. The transaction, which is also subject to U.S. regulatory approvals and customary conditions, is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2017. The operations employ approximately 900 people and have a combined annual production capacity of 700 million board feet of lumber. All of the mills produce lumber from southern yellow pine. After considering estimated tax benefits, the purchase price represents approximately six times trailing 12 months EBITDA of the acquired operations. In the 12 months ended June 30, 2017 the Gilman Companies generated EBITDA of US$67 million on estimated sales of US$330 million.

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Big Job for NDP: End Decades of Disempowerment in BC’s Interior

By Peter Ewart
The Tyee
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Returning control over resources and benefits to rural workers and communities should be top of list. It is a fact that many workers and communities in the B.C. Interior feel disempowered by current political and economic processes in the province. Nowhere is this more pronounced than on the issue of resource development. …When examining the platforms of all three parties in the last provincial election, what does come across is that none seriously addressed the issue of disempowerment in rural resource-based communities. …Recently, groups and municipalities in the Fort Nelson/Northern Rockies region have called for more say over forest lands, as well as the establishment of large community forests, while others in the Northwest region have proposed mechanisms for the sharing of resource revenues. One particular concern has been who controls the forests in terms of tenure and management. 

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Canfor Pulp Announces Northwood and Taylor Pulp Mill Energy Projects

Canfor Pulp Products
PR Newswire
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, Canfor announced today that it plans to undertake capital projects at its Northwood Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp mill located in Prince George, British Columbia, and its Bleached Chemi-Thermo Mechanical Pulp mill located in Taylor, BC. The Northwood project will install a new 32 megawatt condensing turbo-generator for an estimated cost of $65 million. The Taylor project will upgrade the refining line for an estimated cost of $40 million. The Taylor project will be partially funded through BC Hydro’s conservation program incentives. 

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Second Quarter Results and Changes to Management Team

By Acadian Timber
Benzinga
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Acadian Timber today reported financial and operating results for the three months ended June 24, 2017. “Acadian’s second quarter benefited from favourable winter conditions which supported strong seasonal log production,” said Mark Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian. …In the quarter, we generated Adjusted EBITDA of $2.6 million, benefiting from strong seasonal demand, favorable operating conditions, and higher and better use land sales in Maine. However, this was lower than the $3.3 million generated in the prior year period. …Acadian announced today that Mr. Wyatt Hartley will be leaving the position of Chief Financial Officer effective July 27, 2017 to take on new responsibilities within Brookfield Asset Management. 

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Tembec Reports Financial Results for its Third Fiscal Quarter Ended June 24, 2017

By Tembec
Canada Newswire
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended June 24, 2017, were $419 million, as compared to $376 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated net earnings of $17 million or $0.17 per share in the June 2017 quarter compared to net earnings of $9 million or $0.09 per share in the June 2016 quarter. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $59 million for the three-month period ended June 24, 2017, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $26 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $54 million in the prior quarter.

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Gap in softwood lumber dispute appears to be narrowing, says Tembec CEO

By Ross Marowits
Canadian Press in the Times Colonist
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Concluding a Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement in the coming weeks remains uncertain but there is headway on the thorny trade dispute, the head of lumber producer Tembec suggested Wednesday. “We understand that some progress is being made and that the differences of the gap between the two countries has narrowed,” CEO James Lopez said during a conference call to discuss its third-quarter results.Lopez didn’t explain what his outlook is based on but said it’s difficult to predict the timing and structure of a new agreement. “Hopefully we can get that outcome in short order but we all know, those of us have been around this for a long time, it’s very unpredictable.”

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Formaldehyde Dangers A Concern In New Homes Across The Front Range

By Karen Morfitt
CBS Denver
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FIRESTONE, Colo. – Several Colorado families are being told to leave their brand new homes over concerns of formaldehyde poisoning. …The problem is in the floor. Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest lumber distributors, issued a recall on their i-joists coated with flak jacket protection. It is applied to enhance fire resistance, but instead it’s causing formaldyehed — commonly used in pressed lumber — to leak out. …In a statement Weyerhaeuser says “We’ve been working directly with homeowners and builders to understand each unique situation, and we are absolutely committed to making this right for everyone who is affected.”

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New facility at Chirk manufacturing firm Kronospan could get the green light

By Lucy Wain
The Leader UK
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Plans to install a new facility at a Chirk manufacturing firm could get the green light. A planning application, received by Wrexham Council last month, requested permission for the replacement of a wood chip preparation facility at Kronospan Ltd on Holyhead Road. …The proposal includes a building to house new wood chip preparation equipment, development of a new wood chip dryer and associated sifting, grading and transfer system and the demolition of existing structures. …“As part of the renewal process at the Kronospan Chirk plant, it is planned to install a latest generation chip processing facility which would operate within a purpose-built, insulated building. “Apart from improving the quality of the raw materials going into particleboard, a better facility would ensure that product quality is enhanced and the potential for off-site impact from noise and dust, resulting from equipment breakdowns, would be significantly reduced.

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UK softwood market quietens down

Timber Trades Journal
July 26, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The UK softwood market quietened down as the trade moved in to July tempered by the political outfall from the general election, Brexit uncertainty and a sombre aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Questions regarding construction designs, refurbishment and flammability on high-rise and public buildings, to include the reversal of cladding fixes (albeit metal and fibre rather than wood-based) has impacted on sections of the construction industry. …Specifying wood products will be subject to cast iron guarantees of performance and designers will need a high level of factual guidance from the industry. With the recent successes in the CLT high-rise market there is little doubt that fire-preventing designs will be the primary consideration in the product’s future.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Balcony sprinklers considered for other buildings after Paddington Station fire

By Dan Ferguson
Surrey Now Leader
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As repair work to the fire-damaged Paddington Station building on 201A Street near 56 Avenue in Langley City continues, owners of units in the other buildings in the residential complex are considering upgrading their fire protection by adding balcony sprinklers. …New provincial fire safety regulations, adopted after the Dec. 11 fire that left more than 100 people homeless, call for balcony sprinklers in new four-storey wood-frame buildings, but the requirement doesn’t apply to existing buildings. …The new sprinkler requirements took effect July 20. …While the building had sprinklers, there were none on the balconies or in the attic because provincial building code regulations in effect at the time did not require them in four-storey wood-frame buildings. …The [Langley City fire chief Rory] Thompson report said most multi-unit apartment building roofs are constructed using light-weight truss construction that starts to fail after five to 10 minutes of flame exposure.

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Old Hickory Makes Statement Through MLB Stars

By Tim Newcomb
Baseball America
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon walked into the spotlight in the 2017 All-Star Home Run Derby in Miami, he brought Old Hickory along. Blackmon, one of a growing number of MLB players selecting the Tennessee-based wood bat manufacturer, moved the company’s customization options front and center. Blackmon called the folks at Old Hickory ahead of the All-Star Game, saying he wanted a patriotic bat. While going through a few options for Blackmon, the final iteration came in a navy barrel with a red handle. The barrel included white stripes and the neck featured stars. …Old Hickory uses hand-selected maple and ash from the northeastern United States and Canada, hand-finished and hand-sanded to the specifications of each player. Copley says that every player has their own unique desire, whether it’s more balance of weight throughout the barrel or others who look to move more weight to the end. 

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$60M forest science complex at Oregon State University will be a research subject

Daily Journal of Commerce
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The new $60 million Oregon Forest Science Complex at Oregon State University is being built using cutting-edge materials that students will later use for research. …The three-story building will house classrooms, laboratories, offices and meeting spaces. Accoya’s website says the wood is modified timber made from a process called acetylation, creating a product that is highly resistant to rot. Accsys Technologies, the manufacturer, guarantees Accoya for 50 years in above-ground applications and 25 years in the ground or in freshwater. A second element of the complex will be the 16,000-square-foot A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, which will house sophisticated manufacturing systems, a high-bay lab with a strong floor for full-scale product development, and a design lab. …OSU says the complex will allow the College of Forestry to help meet the growing demand for energy-efficient, tall buildings made from sustainable products.

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Could that skyscraper be built with wood?

By Washington Forest Protection Association
The Seattle Times
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Half of the world’s population currently lives and works in urban areas, and futurists predict that by 2050 that figure will grow to 75 percent. At the same time, traditional building materials – steel, concrete and plastic – are major contributors to toxic greenhouse gases. “There’s a need to reinvent construction so that we can meet the growing worldwide housing needs and minimize the effects of the construction industry on the environment,” says Mark Doumit, Executive Director of the Washington Forest Protection Association. “Building with timber from sustainably grown forests can actually help to solve both of these global problems.” …While U.S. building ordinances limit the height of wood buildings to four stories, cross-laminated timber is a light and sturdy, slow-burning building material that is opening the door for a new generation of economical and environmentally friendly tall wood buildings. U.S. building ordinances are lagging behind the technology available, but that’s changing.  

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Boston fire chief blasts construction workers for slow response to blaze

By Dan Atkinson
Boston Herald
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The city’s fire commissioner blasted construction workers for taking 90 minutes to report a fire that destroyed a six-story building in Dorchester last month and said city officials are working on new safety standards for buildings under construction — particularly those with highly flammable wood frames. …Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said the fire began in the space between the sixth floor and the roof when exhaust piping from a generator that was being tested ignited combustible material. That exhaust pipe was supposed to be 12 inches away from any combustible material but was likely only three inches away, Finn said. Christopher said ISD inspectors likely would have caught the problem had they completed an inspection scheduled for the day after the fire, and said he did not think developers in Boston’s housing boom were cutting corners. …”I do have concerns about lightweight construction, I’m not going to sit here and say that I don’t, but purely from a firefighting perspective they’re dangerous to firefighters and also to the people who work in them,” Finn said, adding that once the buildings are complete they’re safe.

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Recent big fires have officials looking warily at wood-frame complexes

By Benjamin Paulin
The Patriot Ledger
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Massive fires in Waltham and Dorchester that recently tore through large wood-frame residential construction projects have South Shore officials monitoring projects in their own communities. Jay Duca, Quincy’s director of inspectional services, says wood-frame condo and apartment buildings are as safe as steel-frame structures once complete, but they are susceptible to large fires during the framing stage of construction. “When they’re initially being framed they’re most vulnerable, because they don’t yet have a sprinkler system and they’re not yet compartmentalized. It’s open air,” Duca said. “It isn’t too hard to imagine it could end up being just one big bonfire.” …Capt. Kevin Nelligan said wood-frame construction is a concern. …Milton Fire Chief John Grant, former president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, agreed. “In a perfect world, would the fire service like to go back to the old solid wood construction? Absolutely,” Grant said.

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Earthquake resistance and timber homes highlight Korean tradeshow

By Robert Dalheim
Woodworking Network
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – The Korea Wood Show, a leading trade show in Korea is scheduled for November 9-12, 2017 at Hall 10 of KINTEX. The notable items to be introduced at 2017 Korea Wood Show are wood furniture, diverse species wood slab, various types of wooden houses and interior and exterior wood products etc. Show runners say the show is aimed at the appreciation of diverse wood products, building materials for wood house construction including structural lumber and panel products, glulam and engineered wood products, furniture, and diverse species for making wood slabs and treated wood.

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Timber group pushes for wood construction in England

By Angel Kipfer
Woodworking Network
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON – Following the general election held on June 8th, The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) announced the reconstitution of the Timber Industries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG); their first annual general meeting was July 12th at the House of Commons. The Timber Industries APPG will help promote timber as the most sustainable and renewable building material and develop initiatives and economic measures to grow the whole UK Timber Industry supply chain. …The timber sector is in the top 50% of manufacturing industries in the UK, attracting investment and supporting jobs across the manufacturing and construction sectors, and adding over £10 billion per year to the UK economy.

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LIGNA paves the way for good economical time

Wood & Panel Europe
July 26, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Ligna 2017 has finished and now it is time for budgets. The organizer of the German fair has confirmed the international leadership and the good signals coming from the international markets. According to the official figures, Ligna occupied an area of 129,000 square meters net and hosted 93,000 visitors, of which 42,000 out of the national borders. Eumabois has created a common area dedicated to the fair- organizers and national Associations. The survey conducted by the Eumabois Secretariat showed that the initiative was judged positively by the participants and it is very likely that the same approach will be repeated in the next edition and in other international exhibitions.

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Forestry

Fort McMurray forests rebounding after wildfire: study

By David Thurton
CBC News
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort McMurray’s forests continue to bounce back from last year`s wildfire, even if the lingering charred graveyard of trees doesn’t immediately give it away. Brad Pinno, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton, and his team are studying how the trees have responded after the wildfire, and which areas are taking longer to recover. “The biggest thing is that our Aspen trees are bouncing back incredibly,” Pinno said. “This is going to be a forest in the future that people will be able to enjoy.” The Fort McMurray wildfire consumed around 741,550 hectares of forest, or 81 per cent of the total area burned by Alberta wildfires in 2016. One year later, blackened and charred trees still stand.

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Near-death logging experience part of George Heyman’s practical background on forest, environmental issues

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

George Heyman barely survived six months as a logger in B.C.’s forests, but the experience is part of his first-hand knowledge serving him today as the NDP’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Many people assume that my background is entirely urban and has nothing to do with actually getting my hands dirty,” he said Wednesday in his first, in-depth interview. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” Vancouver-born Heyman says he was almost killed or seriously injured a number of times while working about six months as a logger, the closest call occurring near Terrace. …“When I was logging, many of the practices were wasteful, questionable, and showed disrespect and disregard for the environment. I’ve seen those standards change over time. “Logging is an important part of the fabric of B.C.’s history as well as our economy. 

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LETTER: Columnist doesn’t look at the whole environmental picture

By Arthur Entlich
BC Local News
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yet again, Tom Fletcher is up to his usual tricks, bending definitions and statistics to lead readers down his “post truth” path. …I imagine Fletcher knows this, but it doesn’t fit into his political agenda of bashing environmentalists, protesters, the NDP and Green parties, or anyone who wants to lessen our carbon footprint. I suspect Fletcher also knows that mountain pine beetle kill forests, which he refers to as a cause for increased acreage loss from these fires, was also likely due to climate change. Overall warmer winters allow the beetles’ eggs to survive in higher numbers, especially within a planted monoculture forest already under stress from climate change conditions.

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Regional District of Central Kootenay entangled in watershed logging controversies

By Will Johnson
Nelson Star
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging companies aren’t doing enough to reassure communities about their work in Kootenay watersheds, and in many cases aren’t doing proper due diligence according to Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) chair Karen Hamling. Most recently controversies have erupted over planned watershed harvesting in both Ymir and Glade, but there are many other communities grappling with the same issue — several RDCK directors have approached her to see what can be done. …“Of course the communities are often scared they’re going to lose their water source or it’s going to be contaminated, so there needs to be better communication to reassure them that won’t happen.” …Watershed harvesting is a profoundly emotional topic for Ken Kalesnikoff, who is both the president of Kalesnikoff Lumber and the chair of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association (ILMA).Since 89 per cent of his company’s logging is done in watersheds, this issue has huge implications for his business and his family.

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National Battlefields Commission limiting the spread of the emerald ash borer

By The National Battlefields Commission
Life In Québec
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The National Battlefields Commission and Québec City announced the establishment of a regional technical committee to fight the emerald ash borer, an insect pest responsible for the death of millions of trees in North America since 2002. It is essential that efforts be deployed rapidly to fight the source of infestation in order to slow the spread of the insect and protect our forest heritage. Aware of the environmental, social and economic challenges, insect specialists and major land owners in the Québec region have partnered to pool their respective expertise and resources to limit the spread of the emerald ash borer, the presence of which has been confirmed within the territory of Québec City. …The National Battlefields Commission …is participating in two research programs. The first is with Natural Resources Canada’s Laurentian Forestry Centre and aims to detect the emerald ash borer through the installation of 75 traps (Lindgren funnel and prism traps) within the Commission’s territory.

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Expert: climate change, giant wildfires pose great risk to Arizona’s forests

By John Hook
Fox 10 News
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

According to those who study the wildfires that have devastated Arizona, the state remains in an era of catastrophic forest fires. Before forests became so thick with Ponderosa pine, small fires would burn away the brush, which thins out the forests. Now, however, scientists say the size of our recent fires, along with climate change, pose the greatest threat ever to forests in Arizona. Recent fires such as the Goodwin Fire near Mayer have left some parts of the state smoldering. Meanwhile, the Shultz Fire, which burned near Flagstaff in 2010, left fire and flooding scars on the landscape that is still visible to this day.

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Economic Development Corp. hears ideas in Forks; town halls set today in Sequim, Thursday in Port Angeles

By Christi Baron
Peninsula Daily News
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — Rural America is getting left behind, Bob Schroeter, executive director of the Clallam County Economic Development Corp., told a group that gathered for a town hall meeting last week. “We need to diversify here in Clallam County,” Schroeter said, comparing what is happening in parts of Clallam County to job losses in coal country. The EDC hosted a town hall meeting in Forks on Thursday. …In a town with roots in the timber industry, arrearage and the closure of mills was a topic of conversation. The last lumber mill on the West End, Allen Logging, closed in 2015. General Manager Gerry Lane cited an unreliable supply of logs from state and private land as the primary reason. …“We need the Department of Natural Resources to meet their harvest levels,” said Forks attorney-planner Rod Fleck.

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Invasive woolly adelgid confirmed in Adirondacks

Adirondack Daily Enterprise
July 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a minuscule invasive species that attacks hemlock trees, has been confirmed for the first time in the Adirondack Park. The state Department of Environmental Conservation revealed the existence of a small population of the species on forest preserve lands in the town of Lake George. A senior ecologist from the Harvard research forest found the pest on an old-growth hemlock on Prospect Mountain. After the discovery, DEC staff, along with a scientist from Cornell, surveyed 250 acres of land around the original tree, and found another small infestation on a younger hemlock nearby.

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Forest Fires

UPDATE: Monte Lake wildfire grows, closes Highway 97

By Jen Zielinski and Carmen Weld
BC Local News in Salmon Arm Observer
July 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Highway 97 remains closed in both directions at Monte Lake because of the wildfire. Detours are available via Highway 1, Highway 97B, Highway 97A and Salmon River Road. The estimated time of the road reopening is not available. RCMP have set up a blockade northbound near the Hillside Store. A police officer on scene tells us the winds are calm in the area and the fire has grown to 120 hectares overnight. A official morning fire update is expected by the BC Wildfire Service at about 9 a.m. When crews signed off last night, they stated the fire was estimated to be about 100 hectares in size.

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Hot, dry weather limits possible return for B.C. residents chased out by fire

Canadian Press in CTV News
July 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Thousands of residents from Williams Lake, B.C., who hoped to be heading home soon after being displaced by wildfires nearly two weeks ago will have to be patient a while longer. Hot, dry weather in the foreseeable future for southern parts of the province prompted officials to say Wednesday that the wildfire crisis will likely get worse through the summer. Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said crews are still monitoring the situation around Williams Lake but because of weather conditions, the B.C. Wildfire Service is likely to recommend a delay in lifting the evacuation order. “We’re definitely going to want to wait and see in terms of what these fires are going to do, how they’re going to react to this weather,” he said.

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Wildfire forces evacuations, threatens structures near Kamloops, B.C.

Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist
July 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A rapidly-moving wildfire has forced people to flee dozens of properties east of Kamloops, B.C. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 39 properties in Monte Lake Wednesday night, saying a fire burning in the area posed an “imminent threat” to people and property. Another 58 properties were put on evacuation alert, warned that they may need to leave at a moment’s notice. Evacuees have been told to head to Kamloops, where thousands of others have taken refugee as more than 150 fires burn across the province. The BC Wildfire Service said the fire was about 60 hectares in size Wednesday night, and was threatening multiple structures. The agency said 31 firefighters were working to tackle the blaze and airtankers were working on containment.

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Incoming weather to cause increase in fire behaviour

BC Wildfire Service
Government of British Columbia
July 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

After several days of favourable weather for firefighting, weather conditions are worsening in the Cariboo Fire Centre. An increase in fire behaviour and wildfire growth is expected. Winds are anticipated to pick up the afternoon of July 26 and are forecasted to reach 25 km/h from the southeast, with gusts up to 40km/h. Winds are expected to shift later in the day to 20 km/h, with gusts to 40km/h from the northwest and persisting until midnight. There is also a chance of lightning throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, which could start new wildfires. Winds associated with lightning storms will be gusty and their direction will be unpredictable. No significant amount of rain is expected. Winds will pick up again tomorrow and the risk of lightning will continue through Thursday, July 27.

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Jumbo airtanker gets approval to fight US wildfires

By Keith Ridler
Associated Press in Washington Post
July 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials have given a giant airtanker approval to fight wildfires in the U.S., but a lack of contracts currently limits the aircraft to California and one county in Colorado. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Interagency Airtanker Board issued the 17-month interim approval on Tuesday for the aircraft capable of carrying 19,200 gallons (72,700 liters) of liquid. Global SuperTanker Services CEO Jim Wheeler said Wednesday the company is close to signing a contract with two states. “The next step is for us to try to get a contract with the Forest Service,” he said.

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Terrifying moment tourists gasp as their bus inches past a raging wildfire on the island of Corsica as the two teenage arsonists suspected of being behind massive blaze on the French Riviera are arrested

UK Daily Mail
July 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

…The 16-year-old alleged arsonists, who have not been identified, were in police cells in Martigues, between Marseille and Montpellier, preparing for another day of questioning.  They are thought to have set fire to parched shrub land on Tuesday, causing one of the blazes that have engulfed more than 15 square miles of countryside. Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence regional council, told FranceInfo radio station that many of the fires were ‘of criminal origin’, and that the ‘activity of arsonists’ had to be stopped.  More than 10,000 people – including celebrities and royalty – were forced from homes, hotels and campsites in the middle of the night yesterday. They described pine trees ‘lit up like matches’ as the tinderbox forests at the back of the Riviera went up in flames.

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French Wildfires Force 12,000 People To Flee Coastal Resort Areas

By Bill Chappell
Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 26, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

France is asking European neighbors to help it fight fast-growing wildfires that have consumed thousands of acres of forest near the Mediterranean coast, forcing tourists to leave an area that’s normally packed with visitors in the summer. Several large fires have struck near the French Riviera this week, in resort areas near Saint-Tropez and also on the island of Corsica. Their rapid growth is being blamed on dry and windy conditions, and plentiful fuel. Some 12,000 people — including 3,000 campers — moved to safety in Bormes-les-Mimosas, east of Marseille, after a fire exploded to nearly 2,000 acres on Tuesday, reports Radio France International. Photos from the scene last night show people sleeping under sheets on the beach, with flames and smoke clearly visible inland.

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