Tree Frog Forestry News

US Interior Chief urges shrinking of protected areas

Tree Frog Forestry News
September 19, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Interior Chief Ryan Zinke’s [leaked] memo to President Trump—urging the shrinking of 4 national monuments and allowing more active timber management—is being greeted with anger by opponents. The protected areas include Cascade-Siskiyou (Oregon), Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante (Idaho), and Gold Butte (Nevada).

Worldwide demand for softwood lumber is pushing prices higher, supported by recent hurricanes and strong single family housing starts [US Census Bureau] in the US and Canada. Norbord is donating US$1 million to the Home Builders Institute to help with the rebuilding efforts in Texas and Florida, while good news is hard to come by in NAFTA talks.

In bioenergy news, a CNBC report speaks to the progress made in having biomass for energy deemed “carbon neutral” in the US, and the Australian industry seeks to alleviate energy shortages with wood waste, while proponents of Climate Week NYC claim forests are being destroyed to feed our “ravenous appetites for burgers, buns, and shoes”.

Finally, Two Sides claims a 61% success rate in removing or changing misleading environmental claims about the use of paper, a UK group reports significant progress on paper cups recovery and recycling, and the future of beer may be in wood pulp bottles.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor