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August 11, 2017
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In business news, Conifex, Canfor and Stella Jones reported positive second quarter results yesterday—mostly due to the lumber segment of their respective businesses. Meanwhile, a New Brunswick marketing board is trying to force JD Irving to negotiate with them rather than individual woodlot owners; plus a story on the Novak brothers’ work ethic at Dunkley Lumber.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association pounced on “another wood-framed fire” in Massachusetts highlighting the recent Waltham City Council vote that called for tighter restrictions on the use of combustible materials for low- to mid-rise residential buildings. In breaking news, investigators of the massive Waltham fire say the under-construction “apartment fire was arson” and a reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

The Chicago-based Natural Resources Defence Council says “satellite imagery proves the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement“—established to protect caribou habitat —”was a failure“. FPAC’s Kate Lindsay disagrees. Sticking with ungulates, a coalition of First Nations leaders in Thunder Bay claim the Ontario government’s “proposed actions to protect the woodland caribou will create undue hardships for their people“.

Finally, fire has BC considering “closing a wide swath of backcountry”, smoke has a University prof “calling for Domtar to shutdown” and the latest rain in New Brunswick “hasn’t lowered the risk of forest fires“. 

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

Canfor’s net income rises to $81.3 million in 2Q

Lesprom
August 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada
Canfor Corporation reported net income of $81.3 million for the 2Q 2017, compared to net income of $66.1 million for the 1Q 2017 and a net income of $36 million for the 2Q 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s net income was $147.4 million, compared to $62 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. The Company reported operating income of $131 million for the 2Q 2017, up $24.2 million from reported operating income of $106.8 million for the 1Q2017, as a solid improvement in lumber segment operating earnings more than offset slightly lower pulp and paper segment earnings.

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Highway 1 reopens after large fire at Abbotsford mill Wednesday

By Harrison Mooney
Vancouver Sun
August 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Roads in and out of Abbotsford were snarled Wednesday evening after a large fire broke out at a mill on the west side of the city.  The blaze, which has been extinguished except for a few hot spots, according to Abbotsford fire chief Don Beer, was located at Precision Custom, a lumber yard at the 30500 block of Matsqui Place, just across the freeway from the Highstreet Shopping Centre.  Precision Custom specializes in dry wood and had two kiln buildings that were at risk. “We were able to save both of those kiln buildings,” Beer said. “Another fairly substantial building and a storage building both were lost, and a bunch of materials.” The fire couldn’t have sprung up in a more inconvenient place for Lower Mainland commuters.

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Conifex Announces Record Second Quarter Results

By Conifex Timber
Marketwired
August 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Conifex Timber Inc.  (TSX:CFF) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA* in the second quarter of 2017, which excludes countervailing duty (“CVD”) deposits of $4.6 million, was a record $14.8 million, compared to $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2017 and $9.0 million in the second quarter of 2016. Compared to the previous quarter, an improvement in lumber segment adjusted EBITDA of $10.3 million was partially offset by seasonally lower bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA and foreign exchange translation loss. Compared to the second quarter of 2016, lumber segment adjusted EBITDA improved by $6.7 million and bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA was lower by $0.6 million.

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Immigrants bring hard work ethic

By Dave Fuller
Prince George Citizen
August 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Henry Novak and his brothers arrived in Canada in 1967 to escape a lack of opportunity in their native Slovenia, they had no option but to work hard. They came without money or English, with the hope of getting a job with their brother Tony who had preceded them in their journey to Canada,and was working as a logger in the B.C. interior. The brothers worked hard to survive and within a few years found someone who would finance them in buying their own equipment. They got some contracts and built their business. One day, Tony overheard that a local sawmill was coming up for sale and the brothers scraped all their equity together and bought the mill.

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Loader fire at Skeena Sawmills under investigation

BC Local News
August 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The cause of a loader fire at Skeena Sawmills is still under investigation. On Aug. 9, at about 5:45 p.m., the city fire department received a call about a fire possibly involving a loader at the sawmill, said deputy chief Dave Jephson. A fire crew arrived to find the loader fully involved and in an area where machinery is parked and away from buildings, he said. Firefighters quickly extinguished it and tried to limit any flareups afterward, added Jephson.

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Stella-Jones posts increase in sales, but lower profit in second quarter

Canadian Press in the Montreal Gazette
August 9, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Stella-Jones reported second-quarter results on Wednesday, posting rising revenue, but a declining net profit. The Saint-Laurent-based company supplies railway ties and beams to North American railway operators, as well as poles to utilities and telecommunications companies across the continent. Sales increased to $594.2 million this year from $563.1 million last year, an improvement of 5.5 per cent. Earnings were $48.9 million or 71 cents a share, compared with $54.7 million or 79 cents per share a year ago. Railway tie sales were $214.2 million, compared with $216.3 million in sales in the second quarter of last year. Utility column sales reached $167.5 million in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 17.3 per cent.

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Woodlot board fights JD Irving, industry players over control of private wood sales

By Connell Smith
CBC News
August 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A fight over the future of wood sales from private lots was argued before the New Brunswick Forest Products Commission Thursday. At stake was the marketing board system that’s governed wood sales from private woodlot owners for most of the past four decades. The case pits JD Irving Ltd., AV Group, and several contractors and smaller players against the SNB Forest Products Marketing Board in Sussex. SNB has not been able to negotiate a contract to sell wood to JDI since 2012. Instead, Irving bought all of its wood in that region directly from individual woodlot owners and a group of wood harvesting contractors.

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Forestry remains a growing concern

By Stephen Uhler
Pembroke Daily Observer
August 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In this world of economic uncertainty, forestry remains a growing concern. This according to Derek Nighbor, the CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, who made a state-of-the-industry address to members of Renfrew County’s Development and Property Committee Tuesday morning. Nighbor said forestry is a $67 billion a year industry and rural communities across Canada continue to thrive on these jobs. He said thanks to the planned and sustainable way Canada’s forests are being managed, the resource will remain viable for generations, making a big contribution in this country’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions – by 2030, the forest sector is projected to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 metric tons annually and contribute 13 per cent to Canada’s carbon reduction target – and be a major economic force.

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Flames, smoke still visible more than 12 hours later at wood mill

By Michelle Nemmers
Up North Live
August 9, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. — Smoke and flames are still visible Wednesday morning after a massive fire broke out Tuesday night at a wood mill in Emmet County. The fire broke out around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Manthei Veneer.  Crews have been battling the blaze that completely engulfed the mill. Firefighters say they are not sure what started the fire at this time but some family members have speculated that it could have been from the boiler. We’ve been told this mill has been family owned for nearly 75 years and about 50 years ago, there was another fire at the mill. “I ran down and my sister was there with my dad sitting on a log and we watched it burn,” said Ruth Manthei Wikey.

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Canadian giant Irving plans paper plant in Georgia, 200 jobs

By Scott Trubey
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 9, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A Canadian paper goods company said Wednesday it will build a new $400 million tissue plant in Macon. Irving Consumer Products, maker of Scotties tissues, Majesta toilet paper and a number of store-branded paper products, plans to hire 200 at the new complex. Construction is expected to start this summer, a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said, with completion expected in 2019. Irving is a subsidiary of Canadian conglomerate J.D. Irving Ltd., which founded in 1882 and has business in agriculture, construction, forest products, food and shipbuilding.  “Selecting Macon for our new facility provides us with an opportunity to establish a footprint in a region that has proven itself as being a strong supporter of business,” .Robert K. Irving, president of Irving Consumer Products, said in the news release.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Oregon State University Presents: Edible Food Wrap

By Kiki Genoa
The Corvallis Advocate
August 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A group of researchers at Oregon State University have created an ingenious new way to protect and preserve expireable foods like meat, cheese, and cut fruit and vegetables. The team of scientists, which includes OSU Professor of Food Science Yanyun Zhao, a value-added food products specialist with the OSU extension service, developed a delicate film that works like plastic wrap to keep moist foods fresh. However, this wrap has many benefits that typical plastic wrap does not, such as being edible. …Zhao’s most recent development in food sciences was inspired by her 2004 discovery surrounding the benefits of using chitosan, a fiber extracted from crab shells, in materials used to cover food. The material that she and her colleagues— Zilong Deng and Jooyeoun Jung— created this year is made out of a combination of chitosan and a cellulose nanofiber extracted from wood pulp. …In addition to increasing the shelf life of these foods, the newest wrap has the benefit of being completely safe to eat. …these edible and antimicrobial coverings are nutritious and can be enriched with vitamins.

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Haverhill, Mass., Wood-Framed Fire Comes Days After Waltham City Councilors Call For Stronger Building Codes

By National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
For Construction Pros
August 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Yet another wood-framed fire has displaced families in Massachusetts – this time, pushing 24 people out of their homes and into the arms of the Red Cross’ aid. The fire, which occurred Tuesday evening, started on a third floor kitchen and left the 18-unit apartment building currently uninhabitable. The incident comes just a week after the Waltham City Council voted unanimously to call on the state of Massachusetts to implement tighter restrictions on the use of combustible materials for low- to mid-rise residential buildings after not one, but four major fires ravaged wood-framed apartment complexes in the state since the start of summer. “This is yet another preventable fire that could have been easily mitigated with safe and durable construction materials like concrete,” says Kevin Lawlor, a spokesperson for Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

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Massive Waltham apartment fire was arson, say investigators

Boston 25News
August 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WALTHAM, Mass. – A massive fire in Waltham that destroyed a 264-unit apartment building under construction was intentional, said investigators Thursday.  “An extensive scene investigation was over six days…along with interviews and collection of evidence,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. He said they systematically eliminated all possible ignition scenarios besides arson. …Officials are offering a $5,000 reward for anybody who can provide information that leads to an arrest. The property owner and the construction company is offering up to $100,000 to someone who gives information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. ..One of the reasons the fire was so large and strong was the fact the building was made of wood and fire alarms weren’t installed yet, leading to a delayed response.

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Sir Bob Jones plans to build world’s tallest wooden office tower in Wellington

By Chloe Winter
Stuff.co.nz
August 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Property mogul Sir Bob Jones plans to take the timber industry to new heights, by erecting the world’s tallest wooden office building in central Wellington. Jones has announced plans to demolish the Leader’s Building on Featherston St, to make way for a new 12-storey office block. Standing 52 metres tall, it is due to be completed in 2018. A property investor estimated to be worth $750 million, with buildings in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, Jones rarely constructs buildings himself. He described the development as “an indulgence”, driven by frustration at poorly designed buildings. …There were taller existing buildings in Vancouver, Norway, London and Vienna, which had been built using laminated timber, however they were all residential buildings, hotels, or hospitals, Jones said.

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Kahukura Opens: Is It Christchurch’s Greenest New Building?

Scoop.co.nz
August 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A clever, beautiful, $34 million sustainable building deploying innovative building technologies is soon to open in Christchurch at Ara’s central campus on Moorhouse Ave. Arguably the greenest building in the Canterbury reconstruction programme… Kahukura is made mostly of timber and it is a vast and significant gesture to environmental care. Façade walls are Nelson made cross laminated timber (CLT), with exterior insulation and a German made cladding known as GRC (or Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete). The main structural frame of the building is engineered structural timber called LVL (laminated veneer lumber) from Nelson (rather than steel). Inside, the building also features linings of both engineered plantation pine and sustainably grown New Zealand black -butt eucalyptus.

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Forestry

B.C. officials probe ‘back burn’ started by firefighters that ranchers say destroyed land

By Mike Hager
The Globe and Mail
August 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is investigating whether a controlled burn started by firefighters escaped to injure the cattle and property of local ranchers in the Cariboo region. Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, told The Globe and Mail on Wednesday that officials with the provincial Wildfire Service began investigating whether a “back burn” started south of Clinton by firefighters a week ago destroyed local cattle and property instead of protecting ranchers from the encroaching Elephant Hill wildfire. A group of ranchers are calling on the government to pay them for any losses to livestock, rural structures, woodlots, private timber, grazing areas and fencing.

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Residents mobilize against logging in Alberta Rockies

By Colette Derworiz
National Observer
August 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Concerns over water and wildlife are heating up as a B.C. company gets ready to log part of the Highwood river valley in Kananaskis Country — a protected area on the Eastern Slopes of the Alberta Rockies — this winter. In the past month, citizen and environmental groups, as well as the mayors of four towns downstream of the logging, have expressed their concerns to the Alberta government about the logging plan. “It will essentially clearcut all of the hillsides around Highwood Junction, right along the Highwood River,” said Stephen Legault, program director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. The work, which could start with roads being built this month, is being done by CCI Inc. on behalf of B.C.-based Balcaen Consolidated Contracting.

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Sticky sap protects trees from mountain pine beetles, Edmonton study suggests

CBC News
August 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sticky sap may be a tree’s perfect antidote against the destructive mountain pine beetle, new research from the University of Alberta suggests. Nadir Erbilgin, a forest entomologist at the University of Alberta, made the discovery while studying a stand of lodgepole pines that survived an infestation of the bark-eating insects. The hardy pines, in the Grande Prairie area, were able to survive because of a chemical that produced high volumes of resin in the bark, said Erbilgin. Erbilgin and his team also found that surviving trees contained low amounts of pheromones that are used by the beetle to lure other beetles to the tree.

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Reforestation company uses subscription model to reduce members’ carbon footprint

CBC News
August 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s kind of like Nextflix, but for trees. Instead of making a one-time contribution to an environmental cause, Calgary-based TreeEra works on subscription model. Ryan Heal, co-founder of TreeEra, told the Calgary Eyeopener that for $12 a month, TreeEra will plant 100 trees during the course of a year to help people offset their carbon footprint and speed up wildfire recovery. …you can go to our website, you sign up and, depending on what subscription you choose, we plant a certain amount of trees for you per year. So it’s just as simple as, you know, a few clicks … and we plant those trees on a yearly basis. The concept is we plant these trees to help you offset your carbon footprint and hopefully help you live a more environmentally-sustainable lifestyle. …We’re looking for spots that … maybe have been destroyed by wildfires or something like the pine beetle, where they aren’t going to be replanted, and we’ll take on that responsibility.

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Fighting to breathe in the face of Canada’s wildfire emergency

By Mika McKinnon
New Scientist
August 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s stiflingly hot and I’m trapped inside a dome of smoke. I know I’m in a river valley nestled within mountain ranges, but the visibility is cut so low that I can’t see any of the dramatic peaks that dominate landscapes across British Columbia. It’s the worst documented wildfire season since 1958, and smoke is an omnipresent and unwelcome companion. “We have a very significant fire season unfolding,” says Daniel Perrakis, a fire research scientist at the Canadian Forest Service. It’s the largest area burned since the advent of modern fire-suppression and fire-management techniques, he says. Over 591,000 hectares have burned so far.

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Forests thinned to slow wildfires

By Ron Seymour
The Kelowna Daily Courier
August 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests around West Kelowna have a third as many trees as they once did because of fire-prevention efforts. Thinning of forests, particularly near the Glenrosa, Rose Valley and Smith Creek neighbourhoods, has dramatically cut the number of trees that would burn in the event of a forest fire. “We’ve reduced the density of the stands from 1,100 trees per hectare to 350,” Dave Gill of Ntityix Resources, a forestry management company owned by the Westbank First Nation, told West Kelowna city council. The forests on Crown land have also been cleared of many ground fuels, such as dead trees, fallen branches and heavy undergrowth. As well, the crowns of trees have been separated to try to prevent candling, which is the rapid spread of fire from one treetop to another. “What we’re trying to do around neighbourhoods like Glenrosa is put in a (fire) buffer around the entire community,” he told council on Tuesday.

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New allowable annual cut level set for portion of Pacific Timber Supply Area

By Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
August 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for the portion of the Pacific Timber Supply Area (TSA) outside of the Great Bear Rainforest is 803,300 cubic metres, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today. It is the first allowable annual cut determination by the chief forester for this portion of the Pacific TSA, which consists of 30 timber supply blocks covering 698,000 hectares across Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Mainland Coast and the Douglas Channel.

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Policy move puts forestry at risk, say Northern leaders

Northern Ontario Business
August 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern and rural mayors say the Ontario government is reneging on a promise to consult with them on proposed policy changes surrounding legislation to protect species at risk. A joint Aug. 3 news release from the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities and the Rural Ontario Municipal Association express concern that the province isn’t listening to them or to stakeholders who make a living in Ontario’s forests. The municipal groups say the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change  is preparing to post online a draft version of the Species at Risk guide to the Environmental Registry for 28 species.

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Satellite shots show logging in moratorium areas: environmentalists

By Mia Rabson
Canadian Press in Saskatoon StarPhoenix
August 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Satellite imagery proves a much lauded agreement between Canada’s logging industry and environmental groups to protect boreal caribou habitat was a failure, says a U.S. environment group. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement was signed in 2010 between 19 forestry companies and six environmental groups, including Greenpeace and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The environmental groups agreed to stop boycotting the forestry companies in exchange for the companies agreeing not to do any logging on about 70 million acres of boreal forest between British Columbia and Newfoundland. The moratorium was to last for three years, during which time negotiations for permanent protection for caribou habitat were to be completed. However, Anthony Swift, director of the Canada program of the Natural Resources Defence Council based in Chicago, said satellite images analysed over the last six months show logging did not stop in at least two areas of Quebec which were supposed to be part of the moratorium.

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First Nations criticize caribou protection plan

TB Newswatch
August 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — A coalition of First Nations leaders in the Thunder Bay region alleges that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has failed to adequately consult Indigenous communities while developing measures to protect the woodland caribou. Five area chiefs issued a statement Tuesday saying the province’s proposed actions under the Endangered Species Act will create undue hardships for their people. Regional Chief Pierre Pelletier of the Northern Superior Chiefs said a plan to set aside large tracts of land for caribou holds the potential for catastrophic socio-economic impacts on First Nations in the Robinson-Superior Treaty area.

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Planning for the future of America’s forests and rangelands

By Claire O’Dea
United States Department of Agriculture
August 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Wildfire, insect infestations, drought, and disease outbreaks are increasing the vulnerability of forests and rangelands in the U.S.  At the same time, a growing population is increasing demands for goods and services from these ecosystems. Seeking to identify and address these concerns, the U.S. Forest Service report, Update to the 2010 Resources Planning Act Assessment, examines how land development, climate change, natural disturbances and socioeconomic trends continue to influence forest and rangeland ecosystems.

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Anti-clearcut group wants to buy Weyerhaeuser timberland at Lake Wenatchee

By Mike Irwin
The Seattle Times
August 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKE WENATCHEE — A group of Lake Wenatchee residents concerned about clear-cutting on a highly visible ridge near here has begun negotiations with Weyerhaeuser to buy the land tagged for logging. The group of mostly property owners from Lake Wenatchee housing developments and lakeshore homes met with Weyerhaeuser execs last week to forge a deal to buy the 206-acre piece on Nason Ridge and halt a proposal to clear-cut much of the land. “It’s a case of buy it or lose it,” said Rob Shurtleff, co-editor of the website Lake Wenatchee Info and a coordinator of the community effort to end Weyerhaeuser’s plans for the clear-cut. In the last two weeks, Shurtleff, a 20-year part-time resident, helped gather more than 1,500 signatures on a petition opposing the logging plan.

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Sell-off of East Edisto tract causing ‘forest fragmentation’

By Thomas J. Straka – professor of forestry and environmental conservation at Clemson University
The Post and Courier
August 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

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The Post and Courier’s John McDermott reported on more than 12,000 acres of forestland being acquired by a “solid conservationist” (Land deal by South Carolina video chain pioneer provides ‘happy ending,’ Aug. 6). That surely was a happy ending, but the article coincidentally reported on a trend that does not have such a happy ending. That forestland was part of former MeadWestvaco’s large East Edisto tract where more than 30,000 acres in Charleston County have changed hands in about 15 sales over the past three years. That trend is large tracts of forestland being subdivided into smaller and smaller tracts, some remaining forestland, some being developed, and, in fortunate cases, some being acquired for conservation purposes. There are consequences to smaller tracts.

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These Drones Can Plant 100,000 Trees in One Day

By Michele Debczak
Mental Floss
August 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Billions of trees are felled each year, according to the Rainforest Action Network, and planting a tree requires more time and effort than cutting one down. That makes keeping up with deforestation rates challenging for conservationists. The minds behind one tech startup think they can speed up global tree-planting efforts by taking the burden off humans and placing it on drones. BioCarbon Engineering has assembled a fleet of drones that can plant thousands of trees a day, as Fast Company reports. The company will soon focus its efforts on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River delta, an area that’s seen rapid loss of its mangrove trees due to aquaculture, agriculture, and logging. Estimates place the amount of regional mangroves destroyed in the past 30 years between 75 and 83 percent. Starting in September, BioCarbon will partner with Worldview International Foundation to aid restoration efforts started by human hands.

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New forestry standard positive step – Pan Pac boss

By Anneke Smith
The New Zealand Herald
August 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new national forestry standard introduced to better protect the environment has been accepted as “a positive step forward”, Pan Pac managing director Doug Ducker says. ….While Mr Ducker said it was too early to realise the impacts the new standard would have on Pan Pac’s operations, it was generally accepted as “a positive step forward in the interests of the industry, the environment and the community”….Dr Smith noted a benefit of the new standard was that it related to environmental risk as opposed to which particular council a forestry operation existed in. With 80 per cent of forest owners managing forests in multiple council areas, Ms Upston said the forestry industry would benefit from having a set of consistent regulations to operate under.

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Forest Fires

Fog, terrain hampers crews battling wildfire near Telegraph Creek

By Jeff Bell
Victoria Times Colonist
August 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews are continuing to battle a wildfire about 20 kilometres southeast of Telegraph Cove, near Kaikash Creek. Coastal Fire Centre spokeswoman Nicole Gagnon said Thursday afternoon that the blaze had not been brought under control and was covering an area of about 80 hectares. She said the centre had 37 people assigned to the fire, along with heavy equipment and four helicopters equipped to drop water. Private industry is also providing personnel, Gagnon said. Fog was a problem for crews Thursday morning, she said, and the location of the fire has been a challenge. “The fire is an area where it’s steep and rugged, and hard to get at,” Gagnon said. The cause has not been determined.

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B.C. considers closing wide swath of backcountry because of wildfire risk

Canadian Press in Vancouver Metro
August 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — A mix of dry conditions and forecast lightning has officials in British Columbia considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry to mitigate the wildfire risk. Restrictions on access to all Crown land in the Cariboo fire centre would go into effect at noon on Friday as the province continues to battle what Premier John Horgan has said is the worst fire season since the 1950s. A final decision was scheduled to be made Friday morning. There were 148 fires burning in the province on Thursday with the majority of new starts in recent days attributed to lightning. B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said the increased threat of naturally caused fires means it’s more important than ever to prevent human-caused fires.

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Thomson River University prof calls for Domtar shutdown

By James Peters
CFJC Today
August 9, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS — A Thompson Rivers University professor says it seems Kamloops residents aren’t taking the public health risk caused by wildfire smoke seriously enough. Dr. Michael Mehta says the Domtar pulp mill should shut down until the air clears, and is calling on Ribfest organizers to cancel this weekend’s event. Mehta, a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, oversees an array of air quality monitors stationed throughout Kamloops, and says nearby wildfires are causing hazardous levels of air pollution. “These levels are unprecedented,” said Mehta. “There are very few places in the world that have seen levels as high as we have seen in Kamloops in the past month. They are typically, right now at least, two to three times higher than you would see on some of the worst air days in Beijing.”

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Latest rain hasn’t lowered risk of forest fires, fire official says

By Elizabeth Fraser
CBC News
August 9, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Recent rainfall hasn’t made dry forests in New Brunswick less susceptible to fire, a provincial fire prevention officer says. Because of high temperatures over the past few weeks, fire crews have been closely monitoring forested areas as part of fire prevention efforts, said Roger Collet. The forest fire hazard in New Brunswick reached its highest level in at least 20 years this summer, and rain over the holiday weekend and on Tuesday had an almost superficial effect on conditions.  “It’s a short-term thing, where drying can happen within a day and then we’re pretty close to where we were,” Collet said.

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Fire managers prepped to engage Lolo Peak fire

By Eve Byron
The Missoulian
August 9, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON — Lolo Peak fire managers have drawn their lines in the dirt, and are now preparing for the flames to march down the mountain toward them. The lines are the first part of a three-phase strategy, Noel Livingston, the new Lolo Peak incident commander, told Ravalli County commissioners this week. Phase One involved using heavy equipment and firefighters to etch 21 miles of containment line, including almost five miles along Highway 12 and 16.4 miles to the east along U.S. Highway 93. “Phase One is coming to an end. We’ve built lines where we think we’ll have a high success in holding it,” Livingston said. “In Phase Two, we’ll figure out what we’ll do with that fire, because it wants to come down the hill.”

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Forest fire: Hundreds flee blaze in southern France

The Local France
August 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

A forest fire raged in parched southern France on Thursday, forcing 400 campers and residents to flee, firefighters said. The blaze has been contained after ravaging 500 hectares (1,250 acres) of pine forest and bush 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Montpellier, the fire service said. Some 200 firefighters were still battling the blaze, with strong winds expected during the day. “Today’s weather conditions call for the greatest prudence,” the fire service said. At the height of the blaze 800 firefighters were involved.

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Return of wind, heat brings back forest fires to Portugal

The Associated Press in ABC News
August 10, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Wildfires flared across Portugal on Thursday following a rise in temperatures and strong winds, ending days of cooler weather that had brought a brief respite from a spate of blazes, including one that killed 64 people in June. The Civil Protection Agency said it was tackling 17 forest fires, deploying more than 1,500 firefighters and 24 water-dropping aircraft. The number of wildfires ratcheted up from seven in the space of a few hours, with most afflicting areas in central and northern Portugal. …Massive clouds of smoke prevented the use of water-dropping planes in some places. Portugal usually has woodland blazes in the summer, but this year has been particularly unfavorable because around 80 percent of the country is experiencing “severe,” or “extreme,” drought conditions.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

IWI to build Quebec sawmill paired with pellet plant

By Anna Simet
Biomass Magazine
August 10, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

International Wood Industries is moving forward with a plan to build a sawmill and colocated wood pellet mill in northeastern Ontario. IWI chose the township of Bonfield as the project’s location after identifying a market opportunity by combining certain technologies with local resources in the Mattawa-Bonfield region, according to the company. The state-of-the-art sawmill, wood processing center, and pellet mill is proposed for a 212-acre site that has an existing rail line passing through the property operated by the Ottawa Valley Railway.

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Climate change poses threat to Swiss and European forestry sector: study

Xinhua
August 10, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

GENEVA—In Switzerland, it is not only mountain glaciers that are struggling to keep pace with the rapidly changing climate, but also Norway spruce and European beech trees, a new study showed on Thursday. The problem poses risks in Switzerland and other European countries for the forestry sector, which relies on spruce wood, a study by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research shows. It says that these risks could be lessened by relying more on silver fir and using Norway spruce from warmer growth locations. “Climate change is making Swiss forests warmer and drier,” the institute says in its report. The question on how well adapted the trees are today to the future climate will be crucial for the forests’ future.”

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