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Today’s Takeaway

Maine Senator: Now is not the time for corporate greed

Tree Frog Forestry News
September 14, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Now is not the time for corporate greed“, says Maine Senator LePage (R). After the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, LePage is calling for a suspension of all tariffs. And “building materials are in short supply”, says Raleigh distributor Michael Lazzaro, causing plywood prices to go up more than 100% in some areas. Meanwhile, international trade of softwood lumber is on pace to a new record high in 2017, and Montana senators take aim at Canadian lumber exports.

Forestry unions in BC are “calling for end to raw log exports” as sawmill workers from the Long Hoh sawmill near Whiskey Creek and the WFP sawmill in Ladysmith rally in hopes of regulation change.

Forest fire opinions today include:

Finally, mass timber structures are in the news  as a forest management/wildfire strategy, a 220 meter tall proposal in NY’s Central Park, an 18-storey student residence and a world conference in Bordeaux France.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

Government of Canada Supports Innovation in Forestry

Natural Resources Canada
September 14, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Minister Carr

Canada’s forest sector is an economic driver and major employer of Canadians, including Indigenous peoples. The Government of Canada is working to strengthen the long-term competitiveness of the forest sector by encouraging new technologies to support forest industry transformation through a more diversified portfolio of products and markets. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced a call for proposals for funding of the next wave of highly innovative, first-in-kind technologies aimed at solidifying Canada’s position as a leader in forest industry transformation and the bioeconomy. Established in 2010, the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program was renewed in June 2017, with an additional $55 million provided over three years under Canada’s Softwood Lumber Action Plan.

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Affordable softwood lumber prices are needed now more than ever

By Paul LePage
The Maine Wire
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R)

After the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the families who have to rebuild their lives need affordably priced lumber. Unfortunately, corporate greed from a coalition of big lumber companies has already sent those prices skyrocketing. Making a profit is the goal of any company—and it should be. But it is unconscionable that this coalition is in a position that could lead to price-gouging Americans in distress. …That’s why I am calling for a suspension of all tariffs until rebuilding efforts are complete. We should not allow corporate greed from big lumber companies to kick these good people while they are down. …I am urging the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers to tell the coalition to exempt New Brunswick from the tariffs. Now is not the time for corporate greed.

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Hurricanes, wildfires cause spike in construction costs

WRAL Raleigh
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

RALEIGH, N.C. — Michael Lazzaro spent the Wednesday on the phone in search of lumber. “I’ve got four manufacturers that supply us that are absolutely off the market. They cannot sell because the demand is so high,” said Lazzaro, sales manager at Network Distributors Inc. in Raleigh, which distributes construction materials to commercial builders. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are to blame, as building supplies have been diverted to help Texas and Florida recover from the recent disasters. …Canadian lumber already is more expensive because of U.S. tariffs.

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Senators take aim at Canadian lumber exports

By Patrick Reilly
Daily Inter Lake
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Montana’s two U.S. senators testified Wednesday before a federal commission tasked with investigating Canadian lumber export practices. …“The softwood lumber case before you is of utmost importance to Montana’s wood products industry, thousands of Montana jobs, and the state’s economy as a whole,” Daines testified. …Representatives of Canada’s government and timber producers were in Washington Tuesday to re-iterate that stance, along with the National Association of Home Builders, which says the duties could drive up construction costs. The USITC will weigh these opposing viewpoints in coming months. … “The committee will wait until Commerce makes its final determination on subsidies and countervailing,” and on dumping, due on Nov. 13 at the latest. “Once they do that, the commission will make its final determination about who is adversely affected,” within 45 days.

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Local mill workers rally in hopes of regulation change

By Adam Kveton
Ladysmith Chronicle
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As more than a dozen people held a rally near the Long Hoh mill in Errington in protest of raw logs being exported overseas, and local mill workers losing shifts and jobs, a single log truck carried a full load down the road to the mill. The rally-goers, some of them workers at the mill, waved and cheered. But that single truck would have been 10 not long ago, said one rally-goer. Now the mill has gone from 60 employees down to 38 following a spring layoff, said Long Hoh plant chairman and log bucker Sean Demeria. And he only expects it to get worse. …[Unifor national representative Jim] Dixon said the current problems are due to Liberal government reductions in regulations that allowed more companies to sell more raw wood overseas, and not have to support local industry.

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Forestry unions call for end to raw log exports

By Dean Stoltz
Chek News
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sawmill workers from the Long Hoh sawmill near Whiskey Creek and the Western Forests Products sawmill in Ladysmith gathered in Whiskey Creek Wednesday to protest raw log exports. “The Long Hoh mill down the road is now down because they have no logs and we’ve just been notified the Ladysmith sawmill is going down next week because they have no logs.” said Arnie Bercov, President of Public and Private Workers of Canada union. Nearly 160 sawmill jobs on Vancouver Island have recently been lost or are at risk including Sean Demeria’s at the Long Hoh mill. …”I think the industry is at a critical point now where there either needs to be policy change or we may see it disappear.” said Unifor’s Jim Dixon. The unions are calling on the NDP government to end raw log exports and change the way fiber and wood are supplied to mills.

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Canfor Sponsors Earth Rangers for the Second Year

Canfor
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor is once again proud to be a silver sponsor of Earth Rangers, extending the reach of this dynamic kids’ conservation program to schools in two of our operating communities – Grande Prairie and Fort St. John. Earth Rangers brings live animals into schools as part of an interactive demonstration so students in Grades 1 to 6 learn more about biodiversity. The presentation inspires them to adopt sustainable behaviours, involves them in projects to protect animals and their habitat, and gives them the confidence they need to make a difference.

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$3M sawmill fire

By Monte Sonnenberg
Simcoe Reformer
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MARBURG – The future of a sawmill operator and his workforce is uncertain following a devastating fire at Porter Lumber Wednesday morning. The alarm was called in to Norfolk Fire & Rescue around 1:15 a.m. By time firefighters arrived at the scene on St. John’s Road East, the mill’s main processing centre was fully involved. No injuries were reported. However, damage is pegged at $3 million. The property was not insured. Shannon Porter is the third generation of his family to operate the mill, which is located on 10 acres between Port Dover and the hamlet of Marburg. The processing centre that was destroyed had a floor area of about 6,000 square feet and was filled with equipment. Wednesday morning, Porter said it would be a long, hard climb back if he were to rebuild.

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US and China softwood prices climbing

American Journal of Transportation
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International trade of softwood lumber is on pace to a new record high in 2017 if the trend from the first six months of 2017 continues in the second half of the year. Of the ten largest lumber-exporting countries in the world, Russia, Finland, Austria and Ukraine increased shipments the most year-over-year during the first half of 2017. Russia alone, has accounted for 22% of global lumber trade so far in 2017, which is up from 15% ten years ago, according to the WRQ. Canada’s seven consecutive years of expanding shipments may reach an end this year with export volumes having declined 2.2% during the 1H/17. During the first five months of 2017, lumber production in the US South bounced back after having declined during the second half of 2016. The total production output from January through May was 7.3% higher this year as compared to the same period in 2016, according to the WWPA.

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Georgia-Pacific boosts its Alabama investments with $100M facility in Talladega

By Eric Mandel
Atlanta Business Chronicle
September 13, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific LLC will be recycling a former facility as part of a new $100 million investment in Alabama. The Atlanta-based manufacturer said construction on a “state-of-the-art” 300,000-square-foot lumber production facility in Talledega is scheduled to begin immediately, with an anticipated startup in late 2018. The facility will be in Georgia-Pacific’s former plywood plant that closed in 2008 after more than 30 years of operation. …”The availability of talent and natural resources makes Talladega an ideal site for this new lumber production facility,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber, in the release.

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Sustainable Timber Tasmania plantations sold for $60 million

By David Beniuk
News.com.au
September 14, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Resources Minister Guy Barnett

RESOURCES Minister Guy Barnett has faced a barrage of questions in State Parliament after announcing the sale of 29,000 hectares of hardwood forest plantations for $60.7 million via a Facebook post. Labor and the Greens both directed questions at Mr Barnett, with Labor leader Rebecca White accusing him of making a “fire sale” at a loss to taxpayers. Ms White said it cost taxpayers $90 million to put the trees in the ground, and called the sale a “dud deal”. Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor cited a 2012 letter in which the Auditor-General accepted figures estimating the cost of establishing the plantations was in excess of $100 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada urged to align rules, but incorporate its own enforcement mechanism

Chemical Watch
September 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Canadian officials have confirmed that the country’s approach to regulating formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products will follow US regulations closely. But stakeholders at a 6 September workshop expressed concern that if the US rules are in force, and the Canadian ones aren’t, the gap in legislation could lead to noncompliant imports being “dumped into Canada.” The US rule, adopted in 2016, demands the products covered comply with the existing requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on formaldehyde emissions. It also sets out stipulations for product traceability and certification. It was due to go into effect on 12 December, but the US EPA is set to publish final rules delaying that deadline for a year. 

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GBM extended mission tours influence international buyers

By Kelly McCloskey
Wood N Frog Communications Ltd.
September 14, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recently completed Global Buyers Mission—BC Wood’s premier business development activity—connects more than 300 international buyers and specifiers of wood products with more than 300 domestic sellers, generating hundreds leads and millions in sales. But for 80 buyers from China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan and Chili; and a half-dozen BC wood manufacturers, the connection was extended and more effectual as a result of GBM’s extended-mission tours.  BC site tours included StructurLam’s CLT and glulam facilities in Penticton, Coulson Manufacturing and Western Forest Products Pacific Sawmill in Port Alberni, Cedarland Forest Products and S&R Sawmills in Maple Ridge, and S&R Sawmills in Surrey. A separate tour for buyers and specifiers interested in learning about BC’s innovation with large-scale mass-timber structures was equally successful with tour stops that included the 18-storey Brock Commons building at UBC and nearby six-storey mid-rise and timber frame structures.

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Students move in to the world’s tallest timber tower

Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
September 13, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

We’re not called TreeHugger for nothing, and love the new wave of tall wood buildings. Right now, the tallest of the tall wood buildings is Brock Commons Tallwood House, at the University of British Columbia. It’s a student residence, and it has just been occupied for the first time. …One of the biggest knocks against wood construction (at least according to the concrete and masonry industries) is the fact that wood burns. …But the new tall wood buildings are made from Cross-Laminated Timber that doesn’t burn very well at all. …But that’s not good enough when you are building 18 storeys tall and filling it with students…. So a special regulation was developed, and a serious belt-and-suspenders approach to fire safety was used.

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ANSI Launches Pilot Accreditation Program for EPA Title VI Formaldehyde Emissions Certification Program for Wood Composite Products

American National Standards Institute
PR Newswire
September 13, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NEW YORK — The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has initiated a Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Title VI Formaldehyde Emissions Product Accreditation Certification Program. This year, the EPA approved ANSI as an accreditation body to provide accreditation services under its Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products rule, intended to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. The final rule, published in a February 2017 Federal Register notice, includes formaldehyde emission standards applicable to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, and finished goods containing these products.

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New wood products may impact forest management, wildfires

By Eric Mortenson
Capital Press
September 13, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Could a revival of Oregon’s timber industry reduce the fuel load in public forests and ease the blistering wildfires that choked much of the state in smoke the past few weeks? At this point it’s an intriguing question without a simple answer. But it arises as university researchers and industry officials explore advanced wood products such as cross-laminated timbers — called CLT — and mass plywood panels, which can support multi-story wooden buildings, even modest high-rises. Only two Western Oregon mills and a handful of others nationally make the products, but they appear to hold promise.

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DFA proposes tallest timber observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir

By Dan Howarth
Dezeen
September 13, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

New York studio DFA has envisioned a prefabricated timber tower for New York’s Central Park that would both filter a contaminated reservoir and provide views over the city. The temporary 712-foot-tall (220-metre) Central Park Tower would sit in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the park’s area and contains one billion gallons of contaminated water. “Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the Reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals,” said DFA. …The tower would be constructed from a lattice of curved glue-laminated timber beams, which would be manufactured off site and assembled in less than six months.

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WOODRISE 2017 – The world’s first conference dedicated to mid-rise and tall wood buildings opens its doors in Bordeaux, France

FPInnovations
Canada Newswire
September 13, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

MONTREAL – WOODRISE, the world’s first conference dedicated to mid-rise and tall wood buildings opens its doors in Bordeaux, France. Organised by the Institut technologique FCBA, France, FPInnovations, Canada, and the Building Research Institute, Japan, with the participation of ADIVbois, France, WOODRISE will unite, for the first time, over 1500 international stakeholders from the wood, construction and urban planning professions around the subject of wood as a material essential to the development of sustainable cities.

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Forestry

Quesnel Mayor Says Past Mistakes Must Be Avoided When It Comes To Fire Recovery

By George Henderson
My Carib
September 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says they don’t want a repeat of the past when it comes to the fire recovery efforts in the North Cariboo… “Our experience in the past with parachuted in teams from elseware, whether it’s a Canfor mill closure, the Northstar one or whether it was the MLA last time where she brought in a lot of senior bureaucrat horsepower into the community. First off they start by thinking we don’t have anything in the works, we don’t have an economic development plan, we don’t have a strategy and there’s the presumption that we need to start at square one.” Simpson says they often tell them about programs that they have either already taken advantage of or have been turned down. He says they then go back home without adding any incremental value, calling it “a flash in the pan.” Simpson says what’s needed is a made in Quesnel or made in the North Cariboo solution…

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Investigation of forestry roads on steep slopes released

BC Forest Practices Board
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An investigation of forestry roads constructed on steep terrain has found mixed results. While most of the road sections examined met the legal requirements, and some were very well done, others did not adhere to professional practice guidelines and several road sections were structurally unsafe, according to a report released today. …The roads were examined for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and adherence to professional practice guidelines issued jointly by the professional foresters’ and the professional engineers’ regulatory bodies. “We saw some examples of excellent road construction practices and these are highlighted in our report,” said board vice-chair, Bill McGill.

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No end to pine beetle battle in Alberta, experts say

By Zoe Todd
CBC News
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In Alberta’s drawn-out fight against mountain pine beetles, slowing the invasion is as close to winning as the province will get, researchers say. “They’re pushing eastward and they certainly are knocking on the door of Saskatchewan,” research scientist Allan Carroll said about the destructive bark beetle. “We can win the battle if it means simply slowing the spread, because if we slow the spread we have all kinds of options to deal with it when it finally does get to Saskatchewan.” Carroll, a forestry professor at the University of British Columbia. “The effort and money spent by the province of Alberta is really staggering,” Carroll said. …To protect native pine species and to shelter the forest industry, Nadir Erbilgin said the province needs to continue a war that likely won’t end.

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BC loses more than one million hectares to wildfires

By Carmen Weld
BC Local News in Prince Rupert Northern View
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There have been 1,249 fires that have burned through roughly 1,173,886 hectares in B.C. As cooler temperatures and calmer weather moves in to the province, the B.C. Wildfire situation is getting less critical. The BC Wildfire Service states that the provincial State of Emergency is expected to expire on Friday. …“We are seeing a bit of downturn in some parts of the province which is great, but it is certainly not time for people to get complacent,” said Kevin Skrepnek, the Province’s Chief Wildfire Information officer. “It terms of the dryness we are seeing in the deeper levels of the forest floor, it is still unprecedented. …There are currently 155 fires burning across the province with four new ones sparked on Tuesday.

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TimberWest says it won’t build truck bypass route above Youbou

By Robert Barron
Lake Cowichan Gazette
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The option of constructing a new bypass route around Youbou Road for logging trucks is off the table, according to an official from the TimberWest forest company. Pam Jorgenson, TimberWest’s land-use forester, said the company has heard the community’s concerns and will consider other options to deal with ongoing dust and mud problems on Youbou Road, as well as noise, that are related to logging trucks. She said TimberWest will work with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to develop new ideas to deal with the issue, as well as strategies to slow public and industrial traffic through Youbou. But Jorgenson didn’t rule out logging on TimberWest lands in the hills above the community, even though the plan for the bypass route has been dropped.

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A rebuttal: ‘apparent’ wildfire ‘facts’ often turn out to be completely wrong

By George Wuerthner, ecologist
Herald and News
September 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

George Wuerthner

I’d like to respond to Dennis Linthicum’s Sept. 10 guest commentary on wildfire and forest management that appeared in the Herald and News. His “simple” solution is more management of our forests. Unfortunately, there are no “simple” solutions, nor even “simple” explanations, though I will try to give a few generalizations here. What may seem a “simple” solution to wildfire by Mr. Linthicum is based on many false institutive assumptions. Just as there was an “intuitive” assumption that the sun circled the earth because it rose in the east and set in the west, many without ecological knowledge assume the way to reduce wildfires is to log the forests. This ignores the fact that large wildfires are driven by climate and weather, not fuels.

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Wyden renews call for Congress to fix wildfire funding

By Ted Sickinger
The Oregonian
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Ron Wyden was back on the Senate floor Wednesday, renewing his plea to fix the nation’s broken system of wildfire funding by treating the largest blazes as natural disasters, similar to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Oregon Democrat homed in on what he called “the bizarre and common-sense-defying practice of fire borrowing.” That’s the term used to describe the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management practice of shifting funding from fire prevention and forest restoration efforts to fire suppression. . …”It feels like we’ve been at this longer than the Trojan War,” Wyden said during his floor speech. “The bottom line is the West cannot wait any longer for Congress to send them some help and repair — for the long-term — this broken system that shortchanges prevention and adds fuel to these raging wildfires.”

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Decision On Swan Forest Initiative Due Thursday

By Cole Grant
Montana Public Radio
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s a decision coming up on a proposal to have the state of Montana take over management of some federal lands. The Lake County Conservation District board will decide tomorrow whether to move forward with state management of some Flathead National Forest land in the Swan Valley. If the initiative passes, the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation would manage 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest within Lake County. The timber sales from there would go toward funding local conservation efforts. The board has received over a thousand public comments about the initiative.

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Forest Ecologist Comments On Senator Daines’ Fire Call

By Eric Whitney
Montana Public Radio
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Andrew Larson, associate professor of forest ecology

Last night Senator Steve Daines held what he calls a “tele-townhall,”…The topic was forest management and wildfires. …”The environmentalists are not responsible for that fire burning, and had the Stonewall project advanced, it’s very likely that the site would be burning today,” says Andrew Larson. He’s not an environmental activist. He’s an associate professor of forest ecology in the forestry college at the University of Montana. “As an ecologist, as someone — I’m trained as a forester — I would expect and hope that that forest, that hypothetical treated forest, would burn. Because that’s what it needs to function, to be a healthy forest ecosystem. Montana forests are only going to function when they have fire in them. That’s a healthy forest,” Larson said.

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Wildfires raged over nine states for the first half of September. Here’s what will rise from the ashes.

By Ellen Airhart
Popular Science
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the past month, more than 100 large fires have burned 7.8 million acres, according to the National Parks Service. But these fires don’t destroy everything in sight. “Many of the plants may look devastated, but below ground they have survived and they’ll sprout right back,” says Andrew Larson, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Montana. Not only can many species survive the fire—others need wildfires to fulfill their biological destinies. Onlookers will find these four species flourishing in the affected areas next spring. Morel mushrooms are a diverse, globally distributed, and delicious species. …he most famous of the charred-forest-loving birds is the black-backed woodpecker, which follows the waves of beetles that invade burnt trees.

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Scientists: Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril

By Scott Smith
Associated Press in the Washington Post
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. — The bristlecone pine tree, famous for its wind-beaten, gnarly limbs and having the longest lifespan on Earth, is losing a race to the top of mountains throughout the Western United States, putting future generations in peril, researchers said Wednesday. Driven by climate change, a cousin of the tree, the limber pine, is leapfrogging up mountainsides, taking root in warmer, more favorable temperatures and leaving little room for the late-coming bristlecone, a study finds. …“Limber pine is taking all the good spots,” said Brian Smithers, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis, who led the research. “It’s jarring.”

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US West’s wildfires spark calls to thin tree-choked forests

By Andrew Selsky
Associated Press in the Washington Post
September 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM, Ore. — Wildfires that are blackening the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons have ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to thin forests that have become so choked with trees that they are at “powder keg levels.” The destruction has exposed old frictions between environmentalists and those who want to see logging accelerated, and it’s triggered a push to reassess how lands should be managed to prevent severe wildfires. …“We’ve allowed forests to develop that never developed naturally,” said John Bailey, a professor of fire management at Oregon State University in Corvallis. There is now a record amount of fuel for fires, such as brush, and “as a result, we have longer and hotter fire seasons that drive these megafires,” he said. He advocated thinning forests through logging, prescribed burns and allowing naturally occurring fires to be managed instead of extinguished.

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Scientists: Ash tree species pushed to brink of extinction

By Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press in Washington Post
September 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more than 8 billion, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said Thursday. Ash trees are a major part of eastern forests and urban streets, providing yellow and purplish leaves to the bounty of fall colors. Their timber is used for making furniture and sports equipment like baseball bats and hockey sticks.

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National will invest in the East Coast’s future

By New Zealand National Party
Scoop Independent News
September 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

National will re-invest $24 million over 10 years in Gisborne’s road network to support strong growth in the district’s forestry sector, Economic Development and Transport spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “National is committed to delivering the infrastructure our regions need to support the growing economy. That’s why we are accelerating a package of work to upgrade and maintain the districts roads to help ensure our regions continue to thrive,” Mr Bridges says. …East Coast MP Anne Tolley says the strong growth of the forestry sector, supporting local jobs and higher incomes, has driven a significant increase in the number of heavy vehicles on Gisborne’s local and State highway networks.

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Forest protest moves to Parliament

By Karen Hunt
The West Australian
September 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nannup residents and Barrabup Conservation Group members travelled to Parliament House in Perth on Wednesday to push the case against logging the Barrabup Forest block. Group spokeswoman Ellie McKie said metropolitan supporters would join a bus load of 30 people from Nannup on the steps of Parliament where they would present a petition. “We’ve got confirmation from Environment Minister Stephen Dawson that he’ll be meeting us at 11.30am on the steps of Parliament and he’s happy to hear our concerns,” she said. The petition called for a permanent halt on logging and for the Labor Government to declare Barrabup as a formal conservation reserve, she said.

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Finnish government, forest industries relieved after vote on forest use rules

By Aleksi Teivainen
Helsinki Times
September 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for revising a proposal for new regulations for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) drafted by the European Commission. The vote result was met with an almost collective sigh of relief in Finland, as the initial proposal would have capped the use of forest resources to the levels of 2000–2012 and obliged all member states to compensate for excess use by cutting emissions in other sectors or buying emissions rights from the market. Finland, therefore, would have had to compensate for increasing its logging volume even if the volume remained below annual forest growth rates. …The revisions will ensure the allowable cut as a share of annual forest growth is no longer the only metric used to measure the sustainability of forest management in the European Union.

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Forest Fires

Mining town of Elkford, BC, under evacuation alert with wildfires nearby

CBC News
September 13, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The town of Elkford, B.C., and its hundreds of residents and miners are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. As of Wednesday, they’re under evacuation alert because of two fires in the nearby Rocky Mountains. The town and its three coal mines have only one southbound highway in or out. Should the alert change to an order, that one road will quickly get congested, officials say. Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher says he’s confident residents can handle an evacuation, or even fires. “By thinning out the trees and fire-safing our community our firefighters have an opportunity to go out and fight the fire in the bush before it gets close to the houses,” said Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher.  “In the last five or six years, we’ve been fire-safing our community as much as we could.”

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To protect Breitenbush from wildfire, Forest Service cuts old-growth forest trail, angering some

By Zach Urness
Statesman Journal
September 13, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

For some, it was the obvious step to safeguard a community from wildfire. To others, it was an unnecessary encroachment that marred a pathway through virgin forest. The result, all agree, is ugly. A trail that once traveled through never-before-logged forest is now home to stumps from an effort designed to stop flames from spreading.  The question is whether cutting trees and snags along two miles of the Emerald Forest Trail system, to protect the Breitenbush area from wildfire, was necessary. Forest Service and Breitenbush Hot Springs officials say yes, while other members of the community disagree.  “It was one of the best intact ancient forest hiking trails in Oregon,” said Michael Donnelly , who helped build the trail in the 1980s. “This was a great loss.”

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No rest for firefighters as winds precede approaching rain

By Thomas Plank, Perry Backus and Kim Briggeman
The Missoulian
September 13, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

PLAINS — Several dozen homes in western Montana remained under evacuation orders Wednesday as the potential season-ending rain approached from the west. …And on Wednesday, an evacuation warning was issued for the Apgar area in Glacier National Park because of the Sprague fire. Approaching rain or not, firefighters and managers kept shoulders to the grindstone Wednesday. As expected, winds picked up in the afternoon in the midst of a Red Flag Warning.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bluesource and Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve partner on ground-breaking forest carbon project in Ontario

Bluesource Canada
September 13, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Haliburton, ONTARIO — Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and combatting climate change will benefit clean drinking water, wildlife, recreation, and Ontario’s forest products industry. The new partnership with Bluesource Canada, a leading developer of forest carbon and other GHG offsets, signals Haliburton Forest’s pledge to undertake sustainable forest management practices that will generate 75,000 tonnes per year of additional GHG reductions over the long-term.  Haliburton Forest owns and manages over 100,000 acres of hardwood timberland in Haliburton County, Ontario, upon which it operates numerous businesses, ranging from forest management to outdoor education.

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Backlash after report claims that wind and solar are cheaper than biomass

Bioenergy Insight Magazine
September 13, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Solar and wind can reliably supply the UK’s needs for new electricity capacity as coal is phased out, and they are more cost-effective than biomass, according to a new report released  by non-profit international environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report is entitled Money to Burn II. According to the report, in 2025, biomass will be too costly to meet day-to-day electricity demand, and will not be the cheapest option to meet the reliability requirements of the electricity system). …The biomass industry has slammed NRDC’s report. Benedict McAleenan, head of Biomass UK (part of the Renewable Energy Association), told Bioenergy Insight: “This report is bizarre.

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