Canada’s record-breaking wildfire season is expected to burn hot for months. In related news: what makes this year’s wildfire season different; Quebec announces support for impacted businesses; RCMP suspect some Vancouver Island fires were intentionally lit; an Alberta wilderness group says more prescribed burning would help; and Western US states scramble to thin their overcrowded forests.
In Business news: US-Canada-Mexico trade talks to include softwood duties; an Arizona lumber mill struggles to make forest thinning economic; the slowdown in paper and packaging is impacting fibre costs; and the DIY market is offsetting the sluggish pace of housing, as small builders tap the breaks.
Finally, the World Resources Institute says rising wood use may undermine efforts to reduce GHGs.
Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor