Tree Frog Forestry News

Media hype aside, this is not the worst fire season ever

Tree Frog Forestry News
August 15, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

BC Forests Minister Donaldson has launched an investigation into the “Clinton backburn that went awry” due to a shift in the winds, but Tom Fletcher–fresh from a trip to the fire zone–chides the media coverage. “The tone of the coverage suggests a reckless, inept effort by the BC Wildfire Service” and “the unfairness to exhausted firefighting crews seemed lost on them”, says Fletcher. 

The BC government “cancelled the grizzly bear trophy hunt effective November 30″, while still allowing people to kill the bears for meat.

Federal Minister Freeland has been pushed on softwood lumber due to NAFTA, but “caving in to another blackmail lumber agreement would be like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory”, says Doug Smyth in the Globe and Mail. Meanwhile, BMO Capital Markets downgraded much of the sector on concerns a resolution of the dispute was unlikely any time soon, and lumber prices continue to rise due to massive forest fires in western Canada and the US. 

Finally, another story on “high-rises made of wood”, this time in the Scientific American; and Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts as “wood pulp weighs just one fifth of steel and can be five times stronger”. 

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor