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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...
Wildfires in Chile mostly under control
President Michelle Bachelet says the worst wildfires that Chile has suffered in its history are now mostly under control. Bachelet said Saturday that for the moment there are no new blazes reported "and the rest are mostly controlled." But she said in her daily briefing on the wildfires "that doesn't mean, however, that we are letting down our guard." The arrival of rains and dropping of temperatures helped stop the fires from spreading. For more, click here...
Operation ReLeaf to benefit Fort McMurray
Tree Canada will start planting new trees this spring in Fort McMurray, Alberta, nearly a year after a wildfire ravaged the area. The project is dubbed Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray, and it has the potential to continue into 2018. More than $1.3 million has been collected by Tree Canada from individuals, as well as corporate sponsors, and donations are still pouring in. For more, click here...
Mill closures feared as allowable harvest slashed
A decade after billions of mountain pine beetles chewed their way through British Columbia’s lodgepole pine forest, the Interior timber supply has begun a dramatic drop. “These cut reductions are starting to happen, and they are going to be real,” Albert Nussbaum, director of forest analysis and inventory for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, told a January 19 forestry conference in Vancouver, Wash. Nussbaum’s talk to the American and Canadian delegates laid out the severity of the mountain pine beetle infestation in hard numbers that can be expected to translate into mill closures and community disruptions, according to a report published in Business Vancouver. For more, click here...
Oregon faces 90% reduction in federal timber money
A U.S. Forest Service program that infused rural communities with millions to make up for lost timber revenue is drying up, and that means Oregon will see a 90% reduction in the payments that have kept critical services afloat in many counties since environmental rules curtailed logging nearly 30 years ago. The Salem Statesman Journal reported Friday that the changes will impact more than 700 counties and 4,000 school districts in 41 states. The Secure Rural Schools program was enacted in 2000 to help ease the financial blow after a dramatic reduction in logging in the 1990s. But the program has not been reauthorized and payments going forward will revert to a 1908 law that dedicates 25% of timber revenues to local governments. For more, click here...
Wildfires destroy nearly 100,000 acres of timberland in Chile
Wildfires sweeping across Chile have destroyed more than 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of forestry land belonging to companies, most of it growing pine and eucalyptus for the wood, pulp and paper industry, an industry association said on Thursday. The worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions, burning through forests and into neighboring towns. For more, click here...
Fountains Forestry changes name to F&W
Fountains Forestry, a leading forest management company in the Northeast U.S. acquired by F&W Forestry Services, Inc., in 2016, is changing its name to F&W Forestry Services. The name change, which reflects the company’s deepening relationship with its parent corporation, was effective Jan. 1, 2017. The acquisition of Fountains Forestry, which includes six offices operating in the hardwood forest regions of New England and Appalachia, was completed in April 2016. “F&W and Fountains share many common core values, the two most important being excellence in forest management and customer service,” said F&W President Marshall Thomas. “The assimilation of Fountains into F&W has gone so smoothly that we agreed the timing was right to consolidate both forest management operations under one identity.” F&W has more than 300 employees and manages over two million acres (900,000 hectares) of forest and woodlands worldwide.
Log prices soften in Europe
The European Sawlog Price Index reached its lowest level in six years in the 3Q/16 because of lower lumber demand and reduced prices in both domestic and export markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Declining demand and prices for softwood lumber, together with reduced log trade, have resulted in lower sawlog prices in Europe over the past two years with the ESPI sawlog prices index reaching its lowest point since 2010, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. For more, click here...
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