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Annual allowable cut announcement catches some by surprise
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson has weighed in on the new annual allowable cut announced for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. Released last Friday afternoon, he says it was “a surprise we got the announcement in the first place. It caught not just myself, but industry off-guard. We were not expecting this announcement until the new government had formed or settled or whatever is happening down in Victoria,” Simpson tells 250News. For more, click here...

Oregon senator questions costs of Congressional inaction on wildfire funding
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today emphasized the costs of congressional inaction when it comes to fixing the broken system of wildfire funding, in a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday morning. Wyden, together with Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch, both R-Idaho, has been working on a long-term solution since 2013 to fix the way the federal government funds wildfire suppression, in order to free up more funding for fire prevention and other forest management work in Oregon’s forests and across the country. For more, click here...

New threat to deforestation: cocaine traffickers
The American addiction to cocaine may be claiming a previously unseen victim: tropical forests in Central America. But the loss of these forests, home to some of the world's highest degrees of biological diversity, isn't due to cultivating the coca plant, from which cocaine is derived. The "narco-deforestation," as it's being called by researchers at Oregon State University, stems from the fact that drug dealers are using remote forested lands to launder their profits from the drug trade. For more, click here...

Trump urged to reverse decision on firefighting budget cuts
Today, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) sent a letter to President Trump calling for the use of science-based approaches to restore forest health and for a reversal of the $600 million cut to firefighting proposed in the President’s budget. In the letter, Senator Cantwell argued that the government’s approach to managing wildfires is inadequate in the new era of intense wildfires we now face. Wildfires have already burned 2.2 million acres this year. This level of activity is 400 percent above normal, and the science tells us this trend will continue. For more, click here...

European sawlog prices soften further
European sawlog prices continued their downward trend in late 2016, resulting in a decline of the European Sawlog Price Index by 6.6% over the course of two years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Sawlog prices have fallen faster in Europe than in the rest of the world for the past two years but are still higher than in North America, Oceania, and Latin America, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The discrepancy between the global and European sawlog price indices reached its lowest level since 2006. For more, click here...

'Mass Timber' in Oregon's future, speaker predicts
PORTLAND — Speakers at the Oregon Mass Timber Summit acknowledged some hangups, but said they’re still optimistic using fabricated wooden panels in tall buildings can revitalize the state’s timber industry and restore jobs in rural areas. Valerie Johnson, whose D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. in Riddle, Ore., was the first to make cross laminated timbers certified for tall construction, said the state is still having “intense” harvest management discussions. “But if there’s a way to create more jobs with the same log supply, why don’t we get on about that?” she said. For more, click here...

Low risk of wildfire in Fort McMurray this summer
The risk of another uncontrollable and devastating wildfire raging through Fort McMurray, Alberta, this year is low, says one of Canada's leading wildfire researchers. Fort McMurray is still rebuilding after a wildfire tore through the area and forced almost 90,000 people to evacuate in May 2016. The wildfire made ash of 2,400 structures and damaged many more. For more, click here...

Senators' proposal would make way for young loggers
Senators from Maine and Idaho are introducing legislation they say would make it easier for aspiring young loggers to get into the business. Sens. Angus King, a Maine independent, and Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, announced the bill on Thursday, according to an article in the Idaho Statesman. They say the legislation would level the playing field with other agricultural fields by allowing family members to get experience in logging from an earlier age so they can carry on a family business. The senators are calling the proposal the Future Logging Careers Act. King says it would allow young loggers to get into the business under the supervision of parents. Current laws say 16- and 17-year-olds are forbidden from working in logging, with some limited exceptions for apprentices and student-learners. King and Risch's bill would change that.

Forester: Worst of beetle outbreak over in West Kelowna
The Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak is on the wane in the forests around West Kelowna, B.C., city council heard Tuesday. Far fewer Pine trees are succumbing to the beetle than was the case in the past, Westbank First Nation forester Dave Gill told council. “The beetle will always be there, but it’s not in the numbers it was 10 years ago,” Gill said. “The worst of it is over, for sure.” For more, click here...

Greenpeace: Attacks on Resolute were opinion, not fact
Greenpeace, after repeated attacks against Canada’s biggest forest products company for “destroying” Canada’s boreal forests, now says that it was merely stating an opinion about the logging activity, not a fact. After years of weathering attacks on its forestry practices, Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Inc. last year sued Greenpeace in United States District Court in Georgia under racketeering statutes, alleging that Greenpeace’s repeated attacks on Resolute, to raise money for Greenpeace, amount to criminal activity. For more, click here...

Loggers find few salvageable trees in wake of Fort McMurray fire
Wildfires that swept through the northern Alberta forest near Fort McMurray last May continue to frustrate loggers trying to harvest wood from trees killed by the fire before insects and rot make it unusable. The blaze, which destroyed 1,800 single family homes in the city, burned so hot as high winds pushed it through the dry forest that harvesters are finding only a third of the salvageable wood they expected to see. For more, click here...

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