Forestry News 

B.C. invests in opening new lumber markets as U.S. softwood battle heats up
The B.C. government is investing $7.7 million to promote B.C. lumber in markets around the world as trouble with its chief trading partner looms. Premier Christy Clark announced the fresh funding at an annual forest industry convention in Vancouver.
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OSU says as more of the Pacific Northwest burns, severe fires change forest ecology
Over the last 30 years, the landscape annually affected by forest fires has slowly increased across the Pacific Northwest. As a result, the ecology of some of the region’s forests is changing in unprecedented ways.
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Canada taking command in the charge on tall wood structures
The gates are starting to open for “a big opportunity in wood” around the world with the construction of tall buildings and Canada is among the countries leading the charge, says a business analyst with FPInnovations.
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Innovative Everett timber firm ships ‘canned’ logs to Asia
An Everett-based timber company has made “canned” logs a big part of its business model last year and is now getting recognized for the effort. Forest Marketing, better known as Formark, started exporting millions of board feet of logs to Asia in shipping containers.
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EACOM purchases Ontario plant
Failure of the Canadian and U.S. governments to reach a new softwood lumber agreement has left the industry in limbo, but EACOM is attempting to mitigate potential fallout of duties by diversifying its product base.
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California’s huge tree die-off expected to slow after wet winter
After five years of dry weather unleashed unparalleled havoc on trees from Yosemite to the Central Coast — leaving vast stands of pine too parched to fight pests and reducing entire mountainsides to browning wastelands — a forecast by the U.S. Forest Service suggests the die-off will slow this year.
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Resource industries still the lifeblood of B.C.
Policy-makers would be wise to recognize that exports from natural resource industries like forestry are still the “lifeblood” of Canada’s economy, Jock Finlayson, chief policy officer for the Business Council of BC, told Council of Forest Industries delegates.
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Smooth sailing for Sonny Perdue at Senate confirmation hearing
Things could not have gone better for former Gov. Sonny Perdue at his Senate confirmation last week. His confirmation appeared all but assured — the real question was when such a vote would occur.
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U.S. trade ambassador to meet with Canadian lumber execs
As the deadline looms, the U.S. lumber industry set to seeking reduction of Canada’s share of the softwood lumber market
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World's tallest wood building completed: 18 stories
The mass wood structure has been completed for UBC's Brock Commons student residence in Vancouver four months ahead of schedule, showcasing the advantages of building with wood.
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Droneseed company could replant burned forests
Besides the private forestry industry, another, more immediate need might take advantage of the DroneSeed technology: reseeding after forest fires.
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Alberta hoping to open looming lumber market in China
There’s some nervousness for Alberta’s forestry companies with the expiry of the softwood lumber agreement. But there’s also talk of new opportunity in China.
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Department of Natural Resources issues plan to guide Washington’s western Clallam and Jefferson counties
The state Department of Natural Resources has released a blueprint for forest management in western Clallam and Jefferson counties. The Olympic Experimental State Forest, Forest Land Plan will help guide DNR management of more than 270,000 acres of forested trust lands.
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Tolko to shut down B.C.  lumber mill

Tolko Industries is shutting down its Merritt lumber, B.C. mill, in December. The mill employs 203 people, according to the Vernon-based company's senior general manager of lumber Troy Connolly.
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Two competing to become Washington's next public lands chief 

Washington's next public lands commissioner will be expected to preserve forests, water and habitat in the face of more intense wildfires and a changing climate, while also ensuring revenues from logging, land leases and other operations for school construction and other projects.
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Log truck deaths leading to clampdown by WorkSafeBC 
WorkSafeBC will be ramping up inspections of log trucks across the province in response to a spike in the number of fatal incidents so far this year.
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Leadership needed to revitalize B.C. forestry industry
In 20 years, nearly 100 B.C. sawmills have closed their doors. Meanwhile, every year the province sees the exodus of millions of raw, unprocessed logs from our shores to the benefit of workers in China and the United States. For full story: CLICK HERE

Obama, Trudeau: ‘Signficiant differences remain’ in softwood lumber talks
A settlement remains elusive but Canada and the U.S. have edged closer to a job-saving settlement on the softwood lumber dispute, said President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Urgent fix needed for Forest Service fire budget
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, says California is in the midst of a massive forest die off, with 66 million dead trees, 26 million of which have died since October. These trees are fuel waiting to feed a fire, and when they can’t be removed , the consequences are deadly.
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Waging war on the Spruce Beetle
In Prince George B.C., the battle against the Spruce Beetle is in full force, but it will be fall  before  it’s known if  the epidemic has been stemmed.
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Cross-laminated timber legislation introduced by Washington Rep. 
Representative Derek Kilmer has joined other state representatives to introduce legislation that could see more use of cross-laminated timber.
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Scientists use genomics to design healthier forests
B.C. and Alberta plant roughly 150 million new spruce and lodgepole pine trees each year. But some of those seedlings might have come from parents that didn’t survive the mountain pine beetle infestation or that might otherwise be less adaptable to the stresses of climate change.
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Group claims to have sabotaged Oregon lumber mill's logs
A lumber mill near Eugene has been on high alert since an online claim that an environmental group may put metal spikes inside some of its logs.
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Russia posts big increase in lumber exports to China as B.C.'s shipments slide
Russian lumber exports to China have surged this year and include a staggering shipment of 1.5 million cubic metres in April alone, according to a new report from industry analyst, International Wood Markets Group.
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Idaho wildfire season begins to build momentum 
The Idaho fire season picked up momentum, with the Buck Fire more than doubling in size, and prompting the Forest Service to call in a national team to manage the blaze.
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B.C. biomass producers brace for post-Brexit uncertainty
The United Kingdom power market is British Columbia’s biggest buyer of wood-pellet biofuels and the  Brexit vote to leave the European Union has  made the province a more expensive place for them to do business.
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U.S., Canada lumber talks stalled, litigation looms
Talks between Canada and the United States to resolve a dispute over exports of softwood lumber are making little progress and the matter likely will return to the courts. 
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Wood tower at the University of British Columbia a game-changer for construction
The 18-storey Brock Commons at the University of B.C. in Vancouver is intended to show developers and the public that wood can be as effective as steel or concrete, better for the environment and support the Canada’s ’s forestry industry.
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Years of drought causing tree die-off in Oregon forests
Douglas fir and other trees are dying in Southern Oregon forests, where three years of drought have been taking their toll.
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Ontario forestry markets appear to be on upswing 
After some tough times, the future is finally starting to look bright for members of the Ontario Forest Industries Association.
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Ex-NASA man to plant one billion trees a year using drones
BioCarbon Engineering wants to use drones for good, using the technology to seed up to one billion trees a year, all without having to set foot on the ground.
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Saskatchewan logging firms fined for burning industrial waste
Two logging contractors operating in the Hudson Bay area of Saskatchewan have been fined thousands of dollars after pleading guilty to several charges of illegally burning garbage.
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Forest Service  to sell burned timber in Idaho; state harvest in progress
The St. Joe Ranger District has signed a decision authorizing a salvage sale of timber near Marble Creek in Idaho. The Marble Fire Salvage Project includes timber from forest land severely damaged by the 2015 Marble Creek Fire.
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Why the U.S. housing market is getting stronger
Steady job growth, rising wages and low interest rates have helped prop up U.S. housing demand. A positive report on U.S. existing-home sales underscored this. And even with the specter of another Fed rate increase looming, perhaps as soon as next month, housing’s foundation isn’t likely to be shaken.
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Advocates for western toad fight B.C.  logging project
Construction of roads for a controversial logging project near Nakusp, B.C. has already begun, but critics are still hoping to see the harvesting plan scrapped. They are worried that the logging near Summit Lake will kill western toads.
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U.S. new home sales hit eight-year high, point to firming economy  
New U.S. single-family home sales recorded their biggest gain in 24 years in April, touching a more than eight-year high as purchases increased broadly, a sign of growing confidence in the economy's prospects.
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Fort McMurray forest industry braces for wildfire damage reports
When the smoke cleared, unbelievably, there was good news. A $1.5-million stockpile of logs harvested over the winter and stored in a gravel pit north of Fort McMurray had caught fire but only about half of it was consumed before the flames burned themselves out.
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U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell announces $10 million for projects to increase wildfire resilience 
The Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program is a new approach to achieve fire resiliency and help restore public lands nationwide through multi-year investments in designated landscapes
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Pulp mills in eastern Canada become more competitive with wood costs reaching their lowest levels in 15 years 
Wood costs for pulp mills in Eastern Canada have fallen dramatically the past four years, and the region now has some of the lowest wood fiber costs in North America, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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Study shows trees in California moving to higher, cooler elevations
Signature tree species in the high Sierra Nevada forests—including mountain hemlock, red fir and western white pine—are shifting toward higher, cooler elevations according to new research by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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Vancouver Island contract dispute leaves prime timber to rot
Enough prime old-growth timber to build about 2,350 average-sized homes, about 70,000 cubic metres, is rotting on Vancouver Island mountainsides because of a disagreement between two companies.
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Swanson Mill in Springfield, Oregon, reopens with limited capacity 
The Swanson Group mill has reopened, nearly two years after a huge fire and they are looking to bring even more jobs to the area, than before.
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Timmins man fined for illegal timber harvest 
A Timmins man has been fined $7,515 for illegally harvesting Crown timber, removing more than 200 trees, most of which were white cedar to be used to build a log building and docks.
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Women in Timber awards scholarships
Four local high school students and four college students received scholarships last week from the North Coast Chapter of Women in Timber. Each student was awarded a $500 scholarship to assist with their pursuit of natural resource related careers.
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US Forest Service stretched to breaking point after record year for wildfires
"Climate change is real and it is with us," says top government official after 10.1million acres of forest went up in flames in 2015, costing 65 percent of the agency’s budget.
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Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change
It can take Mother Nature 1,000 years to grow a forest. But Nikolay Strigul, assistant professor of mathematics and statics at Washington State University, can grow one on a computer in three weeks.
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Western water threatened by wildfire

As the U.S. gets ready for the 2016 wildfire season, a recent report from the American Forest Foundation looks at one of the most important, but often overlooked, issues related to forest health: the relationship between water supply and the risk to fire to our forests.
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B.C. Truckers roll with the punches in oilpatch slowdown—move into the forest industry
Truck drivers across the region have had to adapt to slow oil and gas work by getting into other markets, according to Gary McLeod, business manager of the Northern BC Truckers Association. 
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New CEO at the BC Forest Safety Council
The BC Forest Safety Council's board of directors has announced the appointment of Rob Moonen as the new CEO of the BC forest sector's health and safety association.
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Student creates new app for forest industry
Forestry Finder is an app that anybody can use with very minimal interaction and get a lot of feedback says University of Maine new media student Benjamin Brown.
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‘Accelerated restoration’ proposed on 1.27 million Oregon acres
The Blue Mountains Restoration Strategy Team has crafted a 1.27 million acre project on the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Ochoco national forests.
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Climate Change? Trees are the answer
When it comes to addressing climate change ‘Trees are the Answer,’ proclaims the working title of an educational program sponsored by the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association in partnership with the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.
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Weyerhaeuser will keep Plum Creek’s Montana lumber mills open
Timber products giant Weyerhaeuser will keep Plum Creek’s lumber mills open in Montana and plans to retain Plum Creek’s long-standing public access policies, if an expected merger of the two companies is completed.
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Salvage logging set for burnt Ochoco woods in Oregon
Burned by wildfire last summer, some woods in the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon are set to be logged soon. Such a quick turnaround allows loggers to cut trees before the burned wood deteriorates and loses value, says Interfor
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U.S. federal land mangers draft plan confronting climate change
Climate change trends in the Pacific Northwest already point to where snowpack levels, fish survival and wildfire frequency are headed
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Satellites for smart logging
Satellites are mapping forests, sending instructions to loggers, monitoring tree-harvesting machinery and coordinating log transport almost in real time.
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Pine beetles prepare to launch more attacks in B.C.
Pine beetles that killed large swaths of Okanagan forest in B.C. five years ago may be down, but they’re not out. The pest has infested hundreds of trees made vulnerable by the Trepanier Creek fire near Peachland in 2012. Crews felled about 400 pines along the four-kilometre greenway this spring.
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Pellet stoves grow in popularity
Pellet stoves have grown in popularity as an economic, low emission solution that reduces heating costs and add ambiance to homes.  One in three wood burning stoves sld in the United States in a pellet stove.
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Union, forest industry share vision
While the relationship between individual forest companies and labor unions can at times be fraught - especially with painful cyclical downturns, mill closings and layoffs, all of which we have seen in the forest industry - they are a common goal for a prosperous forest products industry that both creates and maintains jobs and economic prosperity.
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