Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily Archives: August 30, 2017

Today’s Takeaway

Forest fires not tariffs keeping Ted Seraphim awake at night

Tree Frog Forestry News
August 30, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim says “softwood lumber duties are a minor distraction” compared with the forest fires that forced the evacuation of 800 families that work at four of his mills. However, when he does focus on the US duties – he pulls no punches. “The US complains that Canada has subsidized wood costs. We totally disagree. We are buying [mills] in the US because wood costs in the US south are much lower than they are in BC.”

Nova Scotia forestry is in the news with the expected announcement of an “independent review of forestry practices“.  However, an Acadia University expert isn’t waiting, speaking out on the “value of value-added forest products and clearcutting“. 

To save the iconic caribou, some Canadian scientists are suggesting “we start killing its larger and more invasive cousin: the moose“. 

The forest fire hazard rating remains high across northwest Ontario, wildfires in Oregon prompt an air hazard warning and BC Premier Horgan says “it’s still August, it’s still hot and [there is] no end in sight.”

Finally, the Canada Green Building Council is setting up a separate organization (Green Building Canada Inc.), “to be in charge of LEED certification“, says CaGBC president Tomas Mueller, including their “soon to be released zero-carbon building standard”. 

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

Read More

Special Feature

‘We’re prepared to litigate’: Canada’s lumber giant stands firm against U.S. claims

By Peter Kuitenbrouwer
National Post
August 29, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ted Seraphim, CEO of West Fraser Timber

Sabre-rattling and tariffs slapped on Canadian lumber by the Trump administration are not keeping the chief executive of North America’s largest lumber company awake at night. “We’ve had duties put on us and we just reported record earnings in the second quarter,” Ted Seraphim, CEO of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., said from the company’s head office in Vancouver last week. “So we are under no pressure to settle.” In fact, US duties are a minor distraction compared with forest fires, Seraphim said.

…Seraphim said Canada should stand up to the United States on softwood lumber, refuse to cut a bad deal, and take the US to court if need be. …“The US complains that Canada has subsidized wood costs,” Seraphim said. “We totally disagree. We just bought six (US) mills. We are buying in the US because wood costs in the US south are much lower than they are in BC. And in every single dispute we’ve had with the US we’ve won the case — that we are not subsidized. We don’t see the US companies coming up to Canada to buy Canadian companies.”

Read More

Business & Politics

US duties have forced BC softwood lumber producers to look overseas

By Hana Mae Nassar and The Canadian Press
News 1130
August 29, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER – Local lumber producers are getting a temporary break on preliminary duties for US-bound shipments, but others have already said goodbye to business in the States. A large portion of preliminary duties in place for four months have ended, pending a final decision. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced late Monday that the Department of Commerce postponed the final determinations in the anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of imports of softwood lumber from Canada until no later than November 14th. Bob Matters with the Steelworkers Wood Council says the preliminary duties imposed on Canadian companies meant producers shipped significantly less lumber to the United States during the past three or four months.

Read More

Softwood fight threatens Indigenous exporter

By Kathy Fitzpatrick
Policy Options
August 30, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NorSask is one of a growing number of Indigenous businesses that rely on the export market. Could the softwood lumber dispute derail their success? As Canadian producers nervously await the outcome of softwood lumber talks with the US, the stakes are especially high for one Indigenous-owned sawmill in Saskatchewan’s northern boreal forest. NorSask Forest Products in Meadow Lake sees about 60 percent of its production going to the US. It is part of a growing Indigenous small business sector that tends to export at a higher rate than other small Canadian firms, according to a recent report by TD Economics. However, freshly imposed American trade sanctions could pull NorSask under, warns Al Balisky, president and CEO of Meadow Lake Tribal Council Industrial Investments (MLTCII).

Read More

BC manufacturing accelerates in June

By Bryan Yu
Business in Vancouver
August 29, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bucking declines in nearly all other provinces in June, B.C.’s manufacturing sector added to recent momentum with a fourth consecutive monthly sales gain. Total sales rose 0.9% from May to a seasonally adjusted $4.19 billion, compared with a 1.8% drop nationwide, to push year-to-date sales growth to a healthy 8.5%. Production of non-durable goods contributed to the bulk of the monthly gain, with food products and paper as key drivers. In the durable-goods sector, solid increases in sales of machinery, electrical equipment, primary metals and non-metallic mineral products were offset by lower sales of wood products and transportation equipment.

Read More

TimberWest bronze for Aboriginal relations

By Robert Barron
Lake Cowichan Gazette
August 29, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The TimberWest forest company, which has operations in the Cowichan Valley, is being recognized for its commitment to improve relations with native communities. TimberWest has recently achieved a bronze certification in the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program for 2017. The forest company is among 13 companies from across the nation who received certification in the program this year. Established in 2001, the PAR program includes an online management and reporting tool that supports participating companies’ efforts towards progressive improvement in Aboriginal relations, and a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations at the bronze, silver or gold level. [This is the last of several stories in one post in the paper]

Read More

This Wood Fibre Giant Could Turn a Curve This Quarter: Time to Invest?

By Brian Paradza
The Motley Fool
August 29, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar Corporation’s recent corporate re-engineering efforts and some significant global tailwinds could boost its revenues and profits this quarter, even in the face of declining global paper demand. There could be hopes for a sustained future revenue growth, too. Domtar is one of the largest paper and pulp producers in North America, supplying a wide variety of wood fibre-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp, and absorbent hygiene products. While communication papers constituted half of Domtar’s 2016 annual sales, specialty paper sales contributed 12% to the top line, and the market pulp segment has grown from 14% of sales in 2008 to 20% of 2016 revenues.

Read More

Breathing room for U.S.-Canada softwood lumber talks

By Chris Gillis
American Shipper
August 29, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The Commerce Department has postponed its final determinations for the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into softwood lumber imports from Canada until Nov. 14. The decision, which was made by the department on Monday, gives both the United States and Canada more breathing room to work out a new agreement to this long-smoldering trade spat. “I remain hopeful that we can reach a negotiated solution that satisfies the concerns of all parties,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “This extension could provide the time needed to address the complex issues at hand and to reach an equitable and durable suspension agreement.”

Read More

US companies impose duty on East Coast paper companies as NAFTA talks resolve little

Graphic Arts Magazine
August 29, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

American paper companies have imposed a 20% duty on coated paper from the Port Hawkesbury Mill in Nova Scotia, while Irving Paper in New Brunswick and Catalyst Paper of Britsh Columbia have had a 18% tariff imposed. North Pacific Papers of Washington State has also filed for countervailing duties on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper from Canada. The Hawkesbury mill won on appeal in its first round with the NAFTA panel.

Read More

Red Stag Timber plans to lift production from its super mill

By Tina Morrison
Scoop Independent News
August 30, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Red Stag Timber, which developed New Zealand’s first ‘super mill’ a year ago, plans to step up production next year to meet demand in its local and overseas markets. The Rotorua-based Waipa Mill increased its production of sawn timber to an annual 550,000 cubic metres from 450,000 cubic metres after investing over $100 million in more efficient machinery, transforming the mill, and plans to lift production further to 600,000 cubic metres from next year, general manager Tim Rigter told BusinessDesk in an interview at the Waipa State Mill Road site.

Read More

Wood, Paper & Green Building

New organization ramps up green building standards

By Kirthana Sasitharan
Business in Vancouver
August 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thomas Mueller, CEO of CaGBC

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has created a joint venture with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to create Green Business Certification Inc. Canada, a new organization that will focus solely on project certification and professional credentialing of green buildings and businesses. The new program will be in charge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, a building rating system for improving the efficiency of water and energy use in buildings. LEED certification was previously offered through CaGBC. Thomas Mueller, CaGBC president and CEO, said it was better to have a separate organization in charge of LEED certification.

Read More

Timber-framed house plan

By Kate Fielding
The West Australian
August 29, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A display of timber-framed homes in Bunbury could help promote the concept as a cheaper form of housing in the city. As part of ongoing discussions around using more wood in housing, Mayor Gary Brennan revealed to the Bunbury Herald that the idea was being floated. The concept would involve a “demonstration project” of timber homes on either council or State-owned land, suitably zoned residential. “With lightweight timber frame housing, we’re looking at whether we can introduce that as a cheaper form of affordable housing in the Bunbury Geographe area,” Mr Brennan said. “We haven’t identified land yet, but there’s a few options for us.

Read More

Forestry

How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou

By Joshua Rapp Learn
Smithsonian
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

In the contiguous United States, the iconic caribou with its branching antlers has become so rare that it’s been dubbed the “gray ghost.” …But no matter where they are, they’re considered endangered. …Many of these problems, it turns out, can be traced back to the caribou’s larger and more invasive cousin: the moose. Both species overlap in Canada and Alaska, where they struggle and compete to survive over vast swathes of frozen wasteland. Now, scientists are suggesting that we kill one to save the other. …The problem starts with logging. In swaths of mountainous forest in southern British Columbia, loggers have long destroyed old growth trees that harbor the tree lichen woodland caribou subsist on. Logging has also opened up new habitat for moose, which historically have only lived in the area in small numbers. Once the invading moose move in, they feed on shrubs and young saplings that pop up in the clear cut areas. 

Read More

A homegrown BC tree frog!

The Tree Frog Forestry News
August 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tree Frog news reader Steven Kiiskila, nursery manager at Western Forest Products in Saanichton discovered a hitchhiker in a crop of Douglas-fir seedlings he was shipping out for planting. We were delighted that he snapped a picture to share with us – a Homegrown BC Tree Frog! Thanks Steven. We couldn’t resist sharing with everyone. 

Read More

Houston’s salmon hatchery set to open this fall

Houston Today
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Rocha Canada’s Upper Bulkley River Streamkeepers, local contractors and volunteers have been busy constructing phase one of Houston’s watershed stewardship facility. The building that will house a small coho hatchery and streamkeepers lab is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for coho eggs this fall. … The 20 by 30 feet building is located on land provided by Canadian Forest Products. “The protection of our habitat and wildlife is of great importance to Canfor, which is why we are proud to support the Upper Bulkley River Streamkeepers,” said Don Kayne, Canfor president and CEO.

Read More

Lumber truck up in flames

By Alanna Kelly
Castanet
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A tractor-trailer hauling lumber caught fire on the Coquihalla Highway Tuesday morning. Video from the scene shows the B-train semi blocking the right lane, with flames coming from its load. DriveBC says the highway is closed southbound at Exit 202. The incident occurred near Shylock Road and the Great Bear snowshed. Contractors are en route to assist with the incident. There are no details at this time on what caused the vehicle to catch fire.

Read More

The value of value-added forest products

Dr. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Acadia University
The Chronicle Herald
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There has been much debate lately about clearcutting in Nova Scotia, especially on Crown land. …There are many reasons, backed by science, why clearcutting is detrimental to forest and soil ecology. On the other hand the forestry industry, including the Department of Natural Resources, argue that their management is based on the latest science and advanced modelling. However, science cannot answer the question of whether to clearcut or not. This is a question of values. …Increasing numbers of people are against clearcutting. They are concerned about the impact to the ecology of the forest and the soil, and increasingly see the inhumanity of clearcutting. What is the solution? …Nova Scotia tree species are diverse and, with the right management, could be used in hundreds of other value-added wood products.

Read More

Nova Scotia review of forestry practices needs to tackle clear cutting: group

By Keith Doucette
Canadian Press in Chronicle Herald
August 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Liberal government is expected to announce Wednesday a promised independent review of forestry practices in a province where clear cutting remains highly controversial. The review was first announced in the lead-up to last spring’s provincial election and became a key part of the party’s environmental platform. Ray Plourde, of the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, said Nova Scotia’s forest is getting younger and scrubbier with each clearcut, which he said is how about 90 per cent of wood is harvested. He said wood is now being cut almost exclusively for pulp mills and for electricity-generating biomass operations like the one run by Nova Scotia Power in Port Hawkesbury. He said that simply produces “low-value, high-volume commodity products.”

Read More

Crews begin rehabilitation efforts at Dixie National Forest after Brian Head Fire

Associated Press in the Salt Lake Tribune
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

St. George, Utah • Federal forest managers are starting the lengthy process of restoring the expanse of burned-out forest left behind by a massive wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head in southern Utah. They will begin by aerial seeding and mulching over more than 8.8 square miles of the forest, according to Dixie National Forest news release. More than 111 square miles across Iron and Garfield counties were consumed by the June 17 wildlife that is believed to have been started by an individual using a weed torch, The Spectrum reported. The forest could take between one to five years to recover from the fire, Dixie National Forest Public Information Officer Cigi Burton told the newspaper in a previous interview.

Read More

Bass Creek burn raises questions; forest spokesman cites misunderstanding

By Eve Byron
The Missoulian
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service officials took advantage early Monday morning of a previous tree-thinning project in the popular Bass Creek Recreation Area, using torches to light fires to pre-burn underbrush and grasses as part of an effort to remove fuel if the Lolo Peak fire extends south into the area. But some area neighbors are suspicious of the activity, saying the Forest Service took advantage of the Lolo Peak fire to complete planned burns that were part of the 2013 tree-thinning project, but were thwarted by environmentalists. In a letter to Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King and Stevensville District Ranger Tami Sabol, Shura Bugreeff wrote that she and her husband Steve Pachal had heard rumors for the past week of a longtime plan to burn Bass Creek toward the old Kootenai burn for fire management purposes.

Read More

Zinke, Gianforte, Daines spread timber industry propaganda, but ignore global warming

Letter by Polly Pfister
Helena Independent Record
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Interior Secretary Zinke, Representative Gianforte and Senator Daines are repeating the timber industry’s false claims that litigation against unlawful logging projects is exacerbating forest fires, even though global warming, not environmentalists, is creating the severely hot, dry conditions that cause our forests to burn. At the same time, these politicians themselves are exacerbating global warming and forest fires, by refusing to reduce fossil fuel burning, and by touting coal, oil & fracking, instead of promoting renewable energy. As a native Montanan who worked for a timber company for 10 years, I have watched the timber industry spread continual falsehoods that environmentalists cause forest fires, and propagate lies to persuade politicians and taxpayers that logging prevents forest fires.

Read More

Southern Arizona Forest Plans to Ward off Tree-Killing Pests

Associated Press in U.S. News & World Report
August 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAFFORD, Ariz. — Forest officials in southern Arizona are trying to keep bark beetles from destroying endangered squirrel habitat. The Coronado National Forest says it plans to treat 300 acres of Douglas fir trees with a product that repels bark beetles. The treatment involves placing capsules containing anti-aggression pheromones among the trees. Officials say the capsules send a signal that ward off male beetles looking to reproduce. The treatment is scheduled for early spring. Forest officials say they should be able to tell if it worked by late summer 2018. They say they saw success with the treatment after a wildfire in 2011.

Read More

Trump administration falsely blames lawsuits for forest fires

By Mike Garrity
Helena Independent Record
August 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mike Garrity

It is clear that the Trump administration is leading on one thing; making stuff up. Ryan Zinke, Sonny Perdue, Steve Daines and Greg Gianforte followed Trump’s lead in using alternative facts in their recent press conference near the Lolo Peak Fire. The Trump administration apparently believes that it is because of lawsuits that we have forest fires during this exceptionally hot, dry, and windy summer. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies is a powerful group and we fight hard to preserve forests, but we certainly don’t control the weather or the warming climate. Moreover, there is no lawsuit in the Lolo Peak area, and the Lolo Peak area has already undergone extensive logging.

Read More

Astoria keeps close eye on timber in Bear Creek watershed

By Katie Frankowicz
The Daily Astorian
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Near the ridge line that forms the boundary of Astoria’s Bear Creek watershed, the only sounds are the whistle of wind through the trees and the rumble of city forester Ben Hayes’ truck. A routine thinning completed on 52 acres near the watershed’s southwestern boundary earlier this month yielded $228,651 net revenue for the city, greater than the city’s original estimate of $200,000. Public Works Director Ken Cook did not yet know the total amount of wood harvested but said annual harvests at the watershed usually run between 700,000 to 800,000 board feet. Loggers targeted non-native, disease-prone trees, but left behind many native species: healthy spruce, hemlock and Pacific silver fir. This kind of harvest is the main way the watershed’s managers have tried to slowly address the area’s logging past, a legacy that produced dense stands dominated by Douglas fir.

Read More

Activists climb ancient trees to stop Polish logging

By Agnieszka Barteczko
Reuters
August 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WARSAW – Activists climbed trees and blocked felling machines in Poland’s primeval Bialowieza Forest on Tuesday in a bid to stop what they say is an illegal logging operation authorized by the government. The campaigners accuse Warsaw of ignoring EU orders to protect one of Europe’s last ancient woodlands – part of a wider clash between the bloc and its biggest eastern member. Poland’s environment minister, Jan Szyszko, has dismissed the orders and the activists’ allegations, saying the work is limited and only meant to control a beetle outbreak and remove weak, unsafe trunks. Campaigners said they had seen evidence of commercial logging operations, threatening the habitat of the European bison, lynx and rare birds in a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Read More

More women needed in timber industry

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier
August 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The contribution of women in the timber industry can be equal that of men. This the findings of a gender report and the current status of women in PNG timber industries. At a midterm review workshop in Lae at the Forest research Institute focused to enhance value added wood processing in PNG, it was revealed that there are fewer women in the timber industry and women are under represented in the timber workforce when compared with the agriculture and manufacturing industries. Women are employed in all roles, more women are employed in clerical and administration roles than men, and particularly in PNG, women hold more sales positions.

Read More

$800,000 for 3-D mapping of Northland

New Zealand Government
Scoop Independent News
August 30, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced government funding of up to $800,000 for 3-D aerial mapping of Northland to provide the region with highly accurate geographical data to make better business decisions. LiDAR is a remote sensing tool which uses laser pulses to generate large amounts of highly accurate geographical terrain data. “This will be the most comprehensive LIDAR exercise ever undertaken in New Zealand and the high quality mapping data produced will provide a blueprint of the whole region,” says Mr Bridges.

Read More

Forest Fires

Wildfire 3.75km from Ring Creek community

The Squamish Chief
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wildfire burning east of Squamish is around 3.75 kilometres from Ring Creek, according to the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. The community is home to 40 to 60 people, depending on the time of year. There is currently “no immediate threat” or evacuation alert for residents of Ring Creek, which in a part of the SLRD and, therefore, outside the boundaries on the District of Squamish. The wildfire is 13 kilometres east of Squamish and, as of this afternoon, is three hectares in size and 60 per cent contained. Ring Creek is an off-grid community that is well-known to many mountain bikers because it’s near some popular trails.  

Read More

‘Disastrous fire season’

By Alanna Kelly
Castanet
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier John Horgan said British Columbians can take comfort that emergency personnel are doing everything in their power to address the absolutely disastrous fire season that has unfolded. But, he did warn that “it’s still August, it’s still very, very hot and no end in sight.” Horgan and Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, spent all of Monday flying to multiple locations to visit the areas most affected by the fires but also the people. … Horgan said this has been the worst fire season in living memory. “If you’re smokers, for goodness sake don’t be flicking your butts out the window or we are going to come down hard on you. For others, be vigilant out there when you are in the back country if you see the starting of a fire do everything you can to put it out, call emergency numbers to make sure personnel know about it,” he said.

Read More

Forest fire hazard moderate to high across the region

TB Newswatch
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

There were two new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 28 with more reports being investigated at the time of this update. Both fires are being observed in the far north of Sioux Lookout District. Three fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by day’s end on August 27. This brings the number of active fires in the Northwest Region to 146. The forest fire hazard is forecast to be moderate to high across most of the region. Continued good progress is being reported on fires in the far north. Resources and infrastructure are being demobilized on some fires in the Northwest Region following successful suppression efforts. Nipigon Fire Number 099 is under control. An incident management team is still in place on this fire.

Read More

Activity on Mendenhall Fire slows as Boulder Valley residents keep watch

By Sam Wilson
Billings Gazette
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MCLEOD — Only in the past couple days has a relative calm descended on the Boulder Valley, where homeowners still remain ready to flee after a sudden wildfire blew up last weekend and prompted a temporary evacuation order for the isolated community. Hot, but relatively calm weather over the past several days has offered much-needed relief for firefighters battling to keep the 1,275-acre Mendenhall fire from encroaching further on the homes and ranches that line the northwest side of the valley. But last Saturday found resident Tom McGuane and his wife, Laurie, scrambling to move more than a dozen horses, pack their necessities and prepare to evacuate as flames marched across the ridgeline immediately above his home in the scenic valley south of Springdale.

Read More

Meyers Fire Reaches the Bitterroot National Forest

By Steve Fullerton
KLYQ
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The 22,000-acre Meyers Fire has been burning south of Philipsburg this summer and made a 4,800 acre jump on Monday, bringing it into the southeast side of Bitterroot National Forest. The fire came into the Darby/Sula Ranger District in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness and the Reynolds and Lick Creek Saddle areas. About 1,700 acres is on fire in the Bitterroot National Forest and 225 property owners in the East Fork area have been put on Evacuation Warning status by the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office.

Read More

Several wild fires keep burning in the Flathead National Forest

KPAX
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Several wildfires are still burning in the Flathead National Forest. The Strawberry fire located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness northwest of Sabido Cabin has burned 495 acres and is being monitored. The Scalp fire, also located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness has burned 493 acres and is also being monitored. The Dolly Varden fire in the Great Bear Wilderness has burned 185 acres and is being monitored. The Reef fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness near Reef Creek has burned 614 acres and is being monitored.

Read More

Medford ringed by fire as firefighters strain to keep up

By Damian Mann
Oregon Mail Tribune
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Heather Ibsen

Medford sits in the eye of a hurricane of fires, with more than a dozen out-of-control blazes roaring through nearly 500 square miles of rough terrain in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The biggest and most difficult wildfire in the state remains the 117,669-acre Chetco Bar fire that threatened Brookings. In addition to major wildfires, there are many dozens of small fires burning in the region, ignited by lightning strikes. The valley is ringed by eight major fires burning over 215 square miles in Southern Oregon and seven more in a 284-square-mile area over the border in California. Many of the individual fires are lumped into complexes containing multiple fires, meaning there are likely hundreds of fires ranging in size from a few acres to many square miles.

Read More

Wildfires continue burning in Oregon, prompting air hazard warning

The Oregonian
August 29, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires are burning thousands of acres across the state, prompting evacuations and air hazard notices in several areas. Northern winds carried smoke from southern Oregon and northern California wildfires as far upstate as Portland, where it blanketed skies in an acrid haze. The metro area is under an air quality alert until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Air quality also suffered in central and southern Oregon. On Tuesday afternoon, air quality in Applegate Valley near Medford was ranked fourth worst in the nation. The largest fire is the the Chetco Bar fire near Brookings. The fire has grown to more than 125,000 acres. But it is now 5 percent contained after crews lengthened containment lines on the fire’s southern and western edges, officials said Tuesday. 

Read More

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EU funding for Metsä Fibre’s long-term development projects

By Metsä Fibre
ForexTV
August 30, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Metsä Fibre plays an important role in three new development partnerships that have been successful in project evaluations and thus secured multiannual funding from the EU. The concepts of relevance to Metsä Fibre in these partnerships include new technologies to produce lignin-based products and pulp-based textile fibres, as well as the utilisation of bark as a replacement for coal in the production of heat and electricity. The recently initiated long-term development projects aim to prove the commercial viability of these concepts.

Read More