Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily news for March 30 2020

Special Feature

Cancelled and/or Rescheduled Forestry events due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 30, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

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Event Old Date Location Status
Paper 2020 Mar 15-17 New York, NY Cancelled
ForestTECHx Mar 17-18 Vancouver, BC Sept 1-2
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Montreal Mar 24 Montreal, QC Cancelled
Montreal Wood Convention Mar 24-26 Montreal, QC Cancelled
International Mass Timber Conference Mar 24-26 Portland, OR Postponed TBA
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
BC Indigenous Forestry Career Fairs Mar 26-Ap 15  Multiple Sites, BC Postponed TBA
Spring Cottage Life Show Mar 26-29 Toronto, ONT Cancelled
COFI 2020 Conference Apr 1-3 Prince George, BC Cancelled
Canadian Woodlands Forum Meeting Apr 1-2 Moncton, NB Cancelled
Intermountain Logging Conference Apr 1-3 Spokane Valley, WA Cancelled
BC College of Applied Biology Conference Apr 2-3 Kelowna, BC Cancelled
Ontario Professional Foresters Association Apr 7-9 Allison, ONT Postponed TBA
American Forest Resource Council AGM Apr 14-16 Stevenson, WA Sept 16-18
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Vancouver Apr 9 Vancouver, BC Sept TBA
The Timber Measurement Society Apr 7-9 Coeur d’Alene, ID Cancelled
Great Lakes Forest Health Showcase Apr 9 Sault St Marie, Ont Postponed TBA
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Postponed TBA
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo Apr 28-30 Milwaukee, WI Cancelled
Olympic Logging Conference Apr 29-May 1 Victoria, BC Sept 16-18
BC Saw Filer’s AGM and Trade Show May 1-2 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
East Coast Sawmill & Logging Equip. Expo May 1-2 Richmond, VA Oct 9-10
Hoo-Hoo Club 48 Members Night May 7 Vancouver, BC Cancelled
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
American Institute of Architects Conference May 14-16 Los Angeles, CA May 14-16
WRCLA Cedar Summit and Cedar School May 13-15 Victoria, BC Cancelled
Northeastern Forest Products Equip. Expo May 15-16 Essex Junction, VA Oct 16-17
Forest Products Society Convention  NEW! May 18-20 Austin, TX June 22-25
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 NEW! May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference June 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled

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Froggy Foibles

Mysterious ‘face’ found in B.C. cliff near logging operation

By Gord Kurbis
CTV News
March 28, 2020
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI — A Port Alberni man is wondering if a recent logging operation on B.C.’s Central Coast has uncovered a giant face carved into a rock sheer.  Fred Thompson was driving a logging truck near Jennis Bay for a Powell River based company. He says the company has cleared a cut block and uncovered what appears to be a giant face.  Thompson says it reminds him of the faces seen on Easter Island.  “I think it’s too perfect to be natural. The nose is perfectly vertical to the earth and the eyebrows are 90 degrees to that,” Thompson told CTV News.  “You could probably put a square on it and you’d probably find it was damn close to square.”  Thompson says he was parked beside it in his truck for nine loads of logs and kept looking at the face wondering how it got there. 

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Business & Politics

Operations continue at Irving sawmill after employee confirmed to have COVID-19

By Alexander Quon
Global News
March 28, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of Nova Scotia’s cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed to be an employee at the Irving Sawmill near Truro, Nova Scotia. …J.D. Irving says that the employee has received the proper medical care and is self-isolating The employee’s last shift at the sawmill was on March 22, according to J.D. Irving. When the company learned of the individual’s diagnoses on Friday evening they identified any potential exposure to other employees. All potentially infected employees have been notified by the company and advised to call 811 if they present symptoms and will not return to the sawmill until further notice, J.D. Irving said. The company says they had already implemented increased cleaning and disinfection measures before the incident. …The company says that Nova Scotia’s department of public health has informed them that operations at the sawmill can continue.

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Employee safety top priority at EACOM

By Andrew Autio
The Timmins Press
March 27, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The EACOM Timber Corporation is proceeding with as much of its operations as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, given they are deemed to be an essential service by provincial governments of Ontario and Quebec. New measures have been implemented, however, during this unprecedented time, as the company says the No. 1 priority is the safety of its employees. …“We produce lumber, which the U.S. border closure agreement stipulates is essential and crucial to both the Canadian and American economies,” said Communications Advisor Biliana Necheva. …While the offices are shut down, sawmills and production facilities will remain in operation,” Necheva said. “We’ve had some employees in quarantine. We’ve had some people who have decided to self-isolate for all kinds of reasons. …Our intention is to continue production as normally as possible, while also implementing safety measures.” Wood harvesting in the surrounding forests hasn’t been impacted, to this point.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative collaborating with women changing the face of forestland ownership

By Janet W. Steele, Clemson University
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
March 28, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Clemson Cooperative Extension is collaborating with other agencies, organizations, and female‑owned natural resource management companies to host workshops to provide information to South Carolina’s women forest landowners. The workshops are based on the successful Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) program. The workshops address the information needs of female forest owners and support women in forest leadership roles. It is a collaborative project of the National Woodland Owners Association and the US Forest Service and supported by a Sustainable Forestry Initiative Community Grant. The project also leverages the expertise of the South Carolina SFI Implementation Committees to enrich the link between people and forests and engage female landowners.

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As Canada’s forests become carbon bombs, Ottawa pushes the crisis off the books

By Barry Saxifrage
The National Observer
March 30, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

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COVID-19 and pulp mill closure a ‘perfect storm’ for Nova Scotia’s forestry sector

The Canadian Press in The Toronto Star
March 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX—The global COVID-19 pandemic is being described as the latest addition to the “perfect storm” facing Nova Scotia’s beleaguered sawmill industry, leading some companies to cease purchasing fresh supplies of logs.  Robin Wilber, the spokesperson for the Wood Products Manufacturers Association in Nova Scotia, says the recent mothballing of the Northern Pulp factory is combining with the challenges of depressed prices for some forestry products due to the global pandemic.  The owner of Elmsdale Lumber says he and some other sawmills in the province will stop buying new supplies of logs as of Friday, and instead use existing inventories of logs on their property as the COVID-19 crisis works its way through the global economy.   Wilber says the pandemic has intensified a crisis the industry was already going through in the Maritimes after the closure of the subsidiary of Paper Excellence in Pictou County.

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$2M gift boosts Missoula’s National Forest Service history museum

By Kim Briggeman
The Missoulian
March 27, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bill Cannon

In the midst of a lot of bad news, here’s a nice change of pace: A former forester and forest conservation advocate from Oregon has bequeathed roughly $2 million to shine a light at the end of a long tunnel to an elusive National Conservation Legacy Center in Missoula. Bill Cannon became enamored with the National Museum of Forest Service History after visiting the site west of the Missoula airport and smokejumper center 20 years ago — five years before the capital campaign for the center began but years after the dream of it was hatched. Cannon died peacefully last Nov. 11 at his home in Hood River at age 86. He left behind the national museum’s largest single donation to date.  “It’s always been a dream, but we’ve had lots of ups and downs,” Tom Thompson, president of the National Museum of Forest Service History, said Wednesday from his home in Littleton, Colorado. 

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Judge rules in favor of environmental groups on Hebgen-area logging project

By Brett French
Billings Gazette
March 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In an ongoing court battle, a federal judge has ruled that the Custer Gallatin National Forest failed to properly analyze the impacts on elk hiding cover and wolverines created by a 5,600-acre logging project near Yellowstone National Park’s western border. In an order dated March 26, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen said the Forest Service violated federal regulations but has until April 8 to submit arguments regarding the appropriate remedy. Christensen halted the same project in 2017 following the same lawsuit’s issues regarding the logging’s impact on Canada lynx.   The groups that sued the Forest Service are the Native Ecosystems Council and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.  …Jason Brey, Hebgen District Ranger, couldn’t comment on the litigation but said he remains hopeful the Forest Service can soon move ahead on work to protect homes in the area from a potential wildland fire.

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Arizona forest officials seek comment on restoration project

Arizona Daily Independent
March 29, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Kaibab National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposed vegetation management project on the North Kaibab Ranger District that would improve forest health and vigor while also enhancing habitat conditions in the area.  The Burnt Corral Vegetation Management Project Environmental Assessment and all other project documents and maps are available for review on the Kaibab National Forest website. The project includes treatments designed to improve forest resiliency by creating conditions better able to withstand climate change and other threats such as unnaturally severe wildfire.  The project proposes the use of prescribed fire as well as the management of naturally-caused wildfire on up to 28,090 acres of the North Kaibab Ranger District. This reintroduction of wildland fire across the landscape would be supported by up to 17,765 acres of commercial and non-commercial mechanical vegetation treatments.

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Fires Where They Are ‘Not Supposed To Happen’ In Australia’s Ancient Rainforest

By Nathan Rott
National Public Radio
March 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mark Graham

Nestled in the mountains of eastern Australia are fragments of an ancient world. Damp, dark and lush, they are some of the oldest ecosystems on Earth: temperate rainforests that have persisted since the days of supercontinents and dinosaurs.  The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia — and the hundreds of rare species that call them home — are the ultimate survivors, clinging to wet, wild patches of a continent that’s increasingly developed and dry.  But even these forests could not escape the country’s unprecedented fire season unscathed.  Standing barefoot in a shallow stream in Australia’s New England National Park, ecologist Mark Graham reaches down and grabs a charred piece of wood that’s washed up on a rocky bank. …”These are the deepest, wettest parts of the whole landscape, pure rainforest,” he says. “To see them burning… it was like this dissolution of the biosphere. It was like, ‘this is not supposed to happen.'”

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