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Today’s Takeaway

Litigation looming if there’s no softwood deal

Tree Frog Forestry News
August 25, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Canada’s ambassador to Washington says Canada is “readying itself for litigation” if trade talks fail, while at the same time lamenting “we can’t understand is why the US lumber industry would rather see imports from Russia“. Meanwhile, the Motley Fool believes the US demand to scrap Chapter 19 “should raise eyebrows“.

BC’s forestry watchdog has determined the government has “not effectively managed the risk forestry roads pose to grizzly bears“; while a BC forester claims not reducing the allowable cut in the Boundary Timber Supply Area is “worse for grizzly bears than the government’s decision to end the trophy hunt“. Elsewhere, Moncton’s mayor calls for a halt to J.D. Irving’s plan to “spray glyphosate inside the city’s watershed“. 

While “evacuations are underway due to a new fire east of Kelowna“, the 100 Mile Free Press is featuring some unlikely heroes from their recent fire tribulations (the Gustafsen and Buffalo Lake fires). Meanwhile, the Chetco Bar fire (Oregon) and the Holmes Gulch fire (Montana) spur more evacuations.

Finally, another story on how “carbon fibre is increasingly important in the automotive sector” and how a US judge determined “it’s okay to have a little wood in 100% Parmesan cheese.”

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Froggy Foibles

It’s okay to have a little wood in 100% Parmesan cheese

By Tina Bellon
Reuters in Nasdaq
August 24, 2017
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK – A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed lawsuits by consumers who had sued food manufacturers and retailers over their “100% grated Parmesan cheese” labels, alleging they were deceiving buyers because the products actually contained cellulose filling. …The plaintiffs in their lawsuits pointed to the inclusion of cellulose as an ingredient and said the additive meant they were not getting what they bargained for, alleging financial injury. A safe and common food additive made of wood pulp, cellulose is described on the cheese ingredient lists as an additive “to prevent caking.”

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Business & Politics

Canada Is Set to Sue U.S. on Lumber If Trade Negotiations Fail

By Jen Skerritt
Bloomberg Politics
August 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Canada, the world’s largest softwood-lumber exporter, affirmed its willingness to sue the U.S. if trade talks on the homebuilding material fail. The U.S. has “mischaracterized” what Canada has proposed in terms of defined market share, Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, said Thursday at a press conference in Washington. The only qualification Canada wants for defined market share is that the country can supply excess lumber to the U.S. in the event that American suppliers can’t meet domestic demand fully, he said. “What we can’t understand is why is it that some elements of the U.S. lumber industry would rather see imports from countries like Russia rather than their closest ally and friend, Canada,” MacNaughton said.

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The U.S. Broaches Chapter 19 at NAFTA Negotiations: Should You Sell Lumber Stocks?

By Ambrose O’Callaghan
The Motley Fool
August 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

As the first week of NAFTA negotiations wrapped up, representatives from the United States dropped a bomb and made a formal demand that Chapter 19 dispute resolutions be scrapped. …This demand should raise eyebrows, as it is one of the key stipulations identified by Canada that could prompt the country to walk away if it were removed. …Lumber stocks are on shaky ground. The stock price of West Fraser Timber has fallen 3.8% month over month as of the close on August 21. Shares of Canfor dropped 1.1% on August 21. Interfor has seen its stock drop 5.2% over the course of the past week as of August 21. The United States is turning to competitors for softwood lumber.

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Scotia Atlantic Biomass has buyer waiting in wings

By James Risdon
The Chronicle Herald
August 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It has been nine months since Vancouver-based Viridis Energy went into receivership, but now at last there’s a deal about to close for the assets of its subsidiary in Middle Musquodobit. Peter Wedlake, a Grant Thornton partner and senior vice-president, said in an interview Tuesday there’s a buyer working out a few details before that deal can be inked for the assets of Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company, a former wood pellet producer. Any such deal will need court approval. According to Wedlake, that deal is likely to be finalized within about a month. “I’m hoping it’s going to happen before the end of September,” he said. He would divulge neither the details of the prospective buyer’s identity nor the dollar value of the deal.

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Canada: Litigation looming if there’s no softwood deal with the U.S.

By Alexander Panetta
Canadian Press in CBC News
August 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

As softwood negotiations with the United States languish, the Canadian government says it’s readying itself for the next phase of the lumber fight, which has historically been a necessary step in resolving this recurring dispute: litigation. Canada’s ambassador to Washington says the two governments have been working hard to get a deal and will continue to do so, but, with the U.S. industry resistant to an agreement, he says the Canadian side is prepared to fight in court. “We’re going to try really hard in the next little while to get a fair and balanced agreement with the United States,” David MacNaughton said Thursday at an event attended by provincial representatives.

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Where Do the Logs Go After Harvest? A Look at the Role of Hardwood Exports

By Matt Bumgardner
Ohio Woodlands, Water and Wildlife Newsletter
August 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

If you have recently harvested timber, a question you might have is, “Where did the logs go after they left my woodland?” Most likely, they were processed somewhere in the United States. Just over 2.3% of the total hardwood log volume harvested in the U.S. was exported in 2014, the latest year for which data are available. Considering only the higher value portion of the log market. By contrast, 18.6% of the total volume of hardwood lumber sawn in the U.S. was exported, and the percentage would be much higher if considering only the graded (higher value) portion of the hardwood lumber market.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Construction underway on $15 million Heavy Mechanical Trades Training facility

By Jean Sorensen
Journal of Commerce
August 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction has now started on the new $15 million Heavy Mechanical Trades Training facility to replace the existing outgrown facility at the Prince George campus of the College of New Caledonia (CNC). …The purpose-built structure was designed by architects Steve McFarlane and Nick Foster from the office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc. Catherine Hansen McCarthy, CNC communications officer, said via email that the building would have a “focus on wood” and would be LEED Gold Certified with the Canada Green Building Council. Completion is expected in the spring of 2018. Construction of the new facility is expected to generate 53 direct and 41 indirect jobs for the region.

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Whitby residents back home after being forced out due to large construction site fire

By Muriel Draaisma
CBC News
August 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Whitby, Ont. residents forced to evacuate because of a large construction site fire have been allowed to return home, according to Whitby Fire and Emergency Services. No one was injured in the fire, but damage is roughly estimated “far in excess” of $500,000. Whitby Fire Chief Dave Speed said the fire destroyed two blocks of townhouses being built in the area of Civic Centre Drive and Rossland Road East. Heat from the fire damaged the siding of houses nearby, he said. …When firefighters arrived on the scene, they encountered a lot of black smoke and heavy flames, he said. The platoon chief quickly devised a plan to protect nearby properties, he said. The wood frames of the townhouses under construction were destroyed, he said. …The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

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Wood waste to reduce cost of carbon fibre

The Engineer
August 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Spinning lignin from biorefineries or papermaking with polymer precursor makes cheaper and more sustainable carbon fibre for automotive or aerospace applications. Carbon fibre is becoming increasingly important in the automotive sector because of its high strength and low weight. However, its price confines its use to premium vehicles. Researchers from Washington State University now claim to have found a way to reduce its cost while also making use of a material that is currently discarded as waste. Currently, much of the waste lignin is burned to produce steam for biorefineries, or is simply sent to landfills. But researching ways to make better use of this waste stream, Birgitte Ahring and colleagues decided to look at using lignin a raw material for carbon fibre.

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Woodn’t it be nice

By James Krohe Jr.
Illinois Times
August 24, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

James Krohe Jr.

 It might seem perverse to be concerned about how to construct new buildings when the Republic is falling down around our ears, but the world moves on, even if millions of Americans refuse to move with it. Back in 2014 I looked at the possibilities in building buildings of wood—cheaper, greener, and quicker rather than steel. The  technology, if proven, might open up new markets for the green products of the Illinois countryside. …As I noted in my column,  no American manufacturer produces the cross-laminated timber components needed for such projects. Central Illinois would be perfect spot for such a plant.

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Forestry

Swedes tour Brink Forest Products, Canfor

By Bill Phillips
PG Daily News
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A chance encounter several years ago resulted in Prince George being the kick-off point for a Swedish nature and forestry tour. Jan Hedberg, of the Swedish tour company Skogsresor, was in Prince George about five years ago and found himself outside the offices of Brink Forest Products. Being in the business of conducting forestry-related tours, he went in and ended up talking to Brink Forest Products owner John Brink. …On Thursday, Brink toured the 47-member group around Brink Forest Products and along River Road. …The tour-goers have an affinity for Brink who emigrated to Canada from Holland in the 1960s with a dream of owning a sawmill and then achieved that dream.

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Forestry roads a risk to grizzly bears in Kettle Granby

BC Forest Practices Board
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An investigation of a public complaint about management of a threatened grizzly bear population in the Kettle-Granby area has found that the B.C. government has not effectively managed the risk forestry roads pose to the bears and forestry licensees have not met the road density limits recommended by government. “Government does not have a recovery strategy for this grizzly bear population and never completed its promised recovery plan work,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “Research indicates that limiting road density and road use are effective approaches as grizzly bear numbers are often higher in areas with fewer roads.”

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Report criticizes B.C. management of threatened grizzlies

CBC News
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s independent forestry watchdog has slammed the province’s management of a threatened grizzly population, saying the government hasn’t properly handled the risks posed by logging roads. The investigation from the B.C. Forest Practices Board was prompted by a complaint from the group Friends and Residents of the North Fork about forestry practices in the Kettle-Granby area. The group had charged that the province was putting grizzlies at risk by not creating legally enforced allowable densities for roads in the area. According to a report from the forest practices board, that approach failed to protect the local bear population.

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Allowing unsustainable logging worse for grizzly bears than hunt

By Martin Watts, professional forester
The Province
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…B.C. is Canada’s most biologically rich and diverse province, a treasure house in terms of its wild array of plant, fish and animal life. It is also a province in deep trouble when it comes to preserving and enhancing conditions for grizzly bears and other iconic wildlife species. Which takes us to a rather obscure decision in May 2014 when B.C.’s chief forester set a new allowable annual cut for the Boundary Timber Supply Area, a large area of land near Grand Forks. …Despite the tremendous changes that have happened in the region in recent years that should have lowered logging rates — including intense and sustained logging, the creation of new parks and widespread tree mortality due to devastating insect attacks — the “new” logging rate for the Boundary TSA remains unchanged from what it was in 1982.

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Lower Kootenay Band pledges support for Ymir watershed

By Will Johnson
Nelson Star
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jared Basil felt honoured. The Lower Kootenay Band councillor travelled to Ymir on Tuesday afternoon to meet with community spokesperson Jason Leus, who has been spearheading an opposition movement to protest BCTS plans to log in their watershed — but he wasn’t expecting a quarter of the community to show up. … “My people have roamed this land for thousands of years, and it wouldn’t feel right knowing that there are people in our traditional territory whose voices aren’t being heard. We want to have a part of speaking up for rural communities.” …“Moving forward, the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resources Operations (FLNRO) is mandated to work with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations with respect to revitalizing land use planning in community watersheds,” he said.

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Moncton mayor calls for halt to glyphosate spraying inside city’s watershed

By Shelley Steeves
Global News
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Moncton’s mayor says she’s concerned over planned herbicide spraying by JD Irving near Greater Moncton’s drinking water supply and is calling on the government to halt the process. Earlier this month, Mayor Dawn Arnold sent a letter to New Brunswick Environment Minister Serge Rouselle asking that he stop aerial spraying inside the city’s watershed boundaries. …“It is our opinion that aerial herbicide spraying should be considered a restricted activity under the watershed protected area designation and should, therefore, not be permitted,” wrote Arnold who also posted a copy of the letter on her Facebook page.

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Associated Press Explains: What’s a national monument?

By John Flesher
Associated Press in the Idaho Statesman
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for some national monuments but no eliminations. President Donald Trump ordered Zinke to conduct an unprecedented review of 27 monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades on lands revered for their natural beauty and historical significance. Zinke isn’t providing details of his plan, beyond proposals disclosed earlier to downsize the Bears Ears monument in Utah and leave six others unchanged. He also says no monuments would be eliminated. Still, any move by Trump to slim down monuments may trigger legal showdowns over whether one chief executive can undo or modify another’s decisions about them. A closer look at the issues…

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Cabinet secretaries say lawsuits prolong forest fire problem

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLORENCE — Two federal cabinet secretaries joined two-thirds of Montana’s congressional delegation at the Lolo Peak fire base to decry the effect of lawsuits on firefighting. “We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can do things about forest management that make sense so we can diminish forest fires in the future,” agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said after a closed briefing with fire incident commanders on Thursday.  …“That’s because of litigation that has stopped fire management,” Perdue said “We talked about Stonewall; that’s a good example of what’s happened. That’s what’s evolved into the 55 percent because you couldn’t do some of these things that you wanted to. It is a cause-and-effect situation.”

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Land swap OK’d for Southeast Alaska has two-year deadline

By Joe Viechnicki
KFSK Community Radio Alaska
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislation approved this year for a land swap in Southeast Alaska between the federal government and the Alaska Mental Health Trust has a two-year deadline. The swap will happen in two phases with more public involvement. State and federal legislation passed this year authorizing the transfer of around 18-thousand acres of Mental Health Trust land to the federal government in exchange for about 20-thousand acres of the Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island. The Trust lands to be exchanged are near Ketchikan, Petersburg, Juneau, Wrangell, Sitka, Meyers Chuck and on Kuiu Island.

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Cascade-Siskiyou on Zinke’s downsizing list

By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump downsize the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and two others in Utah following Zinke’s review of 27 national monuments — a move met in Oregon with promises of litigation. The Washington Post reported today that multiple sources familiar with Zinke’s draft report said it identified the recently expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument for downsizing, but the Post report did not include any specifics about what areas would be chopped.

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Maine’s First Mechanized Logging Program Underway

By Heidi Carter
Bangor Daily News
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Maine’s first Mechanized Logging Operations training is occurring in a quiet part of the woods close to Millinocket, Maine. The unique program was developed through a partnership between Northern Maine Community College, Eastern Maine Community College, Washington County Community College, and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC), to help address the growing need for skilled workers in the industry. Many of the current operators are approaching retirement age, creating a shortage of trained loggers. …Students will gain a broad overview of the most common mechanical systems found on modern timber harvesting equipment. They will also become familiar with environmental regulations, safety, logging economics and basic maintenance

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Can swarms of seed-bearing drones help regrow the planet’s forests?

By Greg Callaghan
The Canberra Times
August 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Wildfires, desertification and mud slides are terrifying results of increasing deforestation. Can swarms of seed-planting drones reverse the deadly slide? …For Australian engineer Dr Susan Graham, who helped develop this unmanned aerial vehicle with retired NASA engineer Lauren Fletcher, the only way to combat industrial-scale deforestation across the globe is with industrial-scale reforestation. Graham credits Fletcher, CEO of the UK-based start-up drone company BioCarbon Engineering, with developing the original idea more than two years ago. “Lauren was able to draw the dots between increasing deforestation and the emerging technologies of robotics, remote sensing and artificial intelligence,” she says. With 100 two-member teams, BioCarbon, which has the backing of drone company VulcanUAV, has set an ambitious target of planting more than a billion trees in the next five to seven years.

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Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years

By Jonathan Watts
The Guardian
August 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Brazilian president Michel Temer has abolished an Amazonian reserve the size of Denmark, prompting concerns of an influx of mineral companies, road-builders and workers into the species-rich forest. The dissolution of the Renca reserve – which spans 46,000 sq km on the border of the Amapa and Para states – was described by one opposition senator Randolfe Rodrigues of the Sustainability Network party, as the “biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years”. Conservationists said it will open the door for mining companies to enter Renca – the Portuguese acronym for the National Reserve of Copper and Associates – which was set up in 1984 and encompasses nine protected areas.

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Fewer disease-carrying mosquitoes live in undisturbed tropical forests, study finds

By The Smithsonian Tropical Research Center
News-Medical
August 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new study by scientists from the Smithsonian, the Panamanian government and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among other institutions, concludes that conserving old-growth tropical rainforest is “highly recommended” to prevent new outbreaks of viral and parasitic mosquito-borne diseases. “We found that fewer mosquito species known to carry disease-causing pathogens live in forested areas compared to disturbed ones,” said Jose Loaiza staff scientist at the Panamanian Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT) and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. “Mosquito species from altered forest sites are more likely to transmit disease than mosquitoes native to an area of mature tropical forest.”

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WorkSafe to increase presence in forestry sector after deaths, injuries

Newstalk ZB
August 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WorkSafe says it can’t be in every forest every day, but it’s working to increase its presence in the forestry sector. Two workers have been killed in the past week and another was seriously injured yesterday. WorkSafe forestry spokesman Grant Duffy says forestry workplaces now hold daily safety meetings before they start the job. He said the agency has also been increasing its presence on the ground over the past three years. “We’ve made a commitment to visit every forest contract and crew in the country. We’re focusing on critical risk areas – tree-falling, breaking out.”

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Forest Fires

Canim Lake firefighters aid in effort

By Max Winkelman
100 Mile Free Press
August 25, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Zach Smith has been part of the Canim Lake Volunteer Fire Department for a few years but says it was his first time going out to a wildfire. “I work for West Fraser most of the time and took a little bit of a leave of absence to help out here and we went to the Buffalo Lake fire three four days ago and just got back.” …“To be on the front line and to see how the ministry is dealing with the fires… they did a really good job of containing it so that we were able to go in and mop it up. …“We cut down a lot of trees that were on fire or that were at risk of being on fire and then you bucket up and keep it all contained in the middle of the fire zone, not on the outside. …“When your province is on fire, you can either sit somewhere in a hotel room and watch it on TV or you can go and do something.

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108 fire chief reflects on Gustafsen fire

By Tara Sprickerhoff
100 Mile Free Press
August 25, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Marcelle Ried

During the Gustafsen Wildfire, 108 Mile Ranch Volunteer Fire Department Chief Marcelle Ried was in the thick of things. He was at work at the West Fraser Mill when the fire was first called in, and not long after was called in for mutual aid to help supply water to those already fighting the fire. It would be the start of several long weeks for Ried and the rest of the 108 Mile Ranch Volunteer Fire Department. …On the night 100 Mile evacuated, July 9, Ried and 12 fire trucks were on the area around the 101 Mile hill to the 103, helping forestry crews keep the fire from crossing the highway. “When I came up to the crest of the hill I was like, ‘Holy smokes.’ It was bad.

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Evacuations underway due to new wildfire east of Kelowna

By Harrison Mooney
CBC News
August 24, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Evacuations are underway east of Kelowna due to a new wildfire burning in the Highway 33/Philpott Road region. An evacuation order has been issued for the entire area of Joe Rich, from Walker Hill on the Highway 33 western boundary of Kelowna, to Big White Road to the east, and Mission Creek and Joe Rich Creek along the south, according to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations. About 474 properties and 1,100 people are affected, but should conditions worsen, more could be forced to evacuate. All properties west of Cardinal Creek Road have been placed on evacuation alert. 

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Chetco Bar Fire Promises More Fear And Uncertainty For Southwest Oregon

By Kristian Foden-Vencil
Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 24, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

…The Chetco Bar Fire is the nation’s top priority wildfire and has burned more than 100,000 acres since its start last month. It’s also forced about 4,000 people, including Ford and Monica Williams, from their homes under mandatory evacuation orders. …But Lynne Lockwood with the Incident Command Center says crews have been trying to put the Chetco Bar Fire out since lightning started it on July 12. …Crews have been dousing the fire with water dropped from helicopters. They’ve also been digging lines in the dirt. That helps stop the blaze by removing combustible material…But the fire still rages. In this particular part of Oregon, there are a lot of trees that have been killed by Sudden Oak Death, a disease that attacks healthy trees. Dead, dry wood burns much hotter and much quicker than live green wood. 

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Wildfire prompts evacuations near Helena

The Helene Independent Record
August 24, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Several neighborhoods near Helena were evacuated Thursday afternoon after lightning sparked a wildfire about 2-3 miles south of the State Capitol. The Holmes Gulch fire was reported around 2:15 p.m. near the Eddye McClure Trail between Martinez Gulch Road and Holmes Gulch Road in Jefferson County, about a mile from Helena’s city limits. Heavy winds pushed the fire southeast toward homes and other structures, and it eventually crossed Holmes Gulch Road. The fire was considered about 5 percent contained by Thursday night, said Butch Kroll with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

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Bullock tours Lolo Peak fire, vows to commit adequate resources

By Eve Byron
Ravalli Republic
August 24, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

FLORENCE — Gov. Steve Bullock urged communities affected by the Lolo Peak fire to be patient and to respect the firefighting effort. “This has been a sobering year, losing two firefighters and recognizing the challenges out there,” Bullock said on Tuesday after flying over a portion of the 32,300-acre blaze. “We need to be respectful and recognize the danger those folks are put in every day, and know that we have well over a month left in our fire season.” He noted that the cooperation among all of those involved at the local, state and federal levels is amazing. Bullock also vowed to do everything possible to keep firefighters, community members and structures safe, despite the state burning through its $62 million firefighting fund by mid-August.

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Wildfire in Borjomi under control: Georgian PM

Xinhua
August 24, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

TBILISI — A fire which has been spreading in Borjomi in central Georgia has been confined and the situation is now under control, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Thursday. “Last night was a very hard night. The intensive fire zones were separated from the healthy part of the forest,” the prime minister said in Borjomi, attributing the control of the fire to the firefighters’ hard work. He said over 1,500 firefighters, rescuers and rangers, six helicopters and one firefighting aircraft are still working at the scene. …The cause of the fire, which has been raging for five days, is still unknown. But earlier on Wednesday, a 20-liter canister full of petrol was found in the blazing forest, leading to speculations that the fire was deliberately set.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Australian firm unveils plan to convert carbon emissions into ‘green’ concrete

By Helen Davidson
The Guardian
August 25, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An Australian pilot project capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials aims to have a full-scale production plant by 2020. Mineral Carbonation International, an Australian company developing carbon-utilisation technology will officially launch its technology and research program at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources on Friday. The launch will include a demonstration of the hour-long process bonding CO2 – stored in large cylinders at one end of the warehouse – with crushed serpentinite from the nearby Orica Kooragang Island operation, permanently converting it into solid carbonates.

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