Tree Frog Forestry News

Daily news for June 15 2021

Today’s Takeaway

Lumber prices are falling but likely to remain high

The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 15, 2021
Category: Today's Takeaway

Lumber prices are falling back to Earth but company CEOs expect them to remain high due to the strong housing market. In related news: US building material dealers lobby Commerce on lumber volatility; Canada’s housing starts are up 3.2% in May; and Resolute Forest Products announced a special dividend and capital investments in four mills.

In other news: PotlatchDeltic reported a mill fire in Arkansas; Russia’s new pulp & paper mill is the first in 40 years; the US Land Management nominee faces scrutiny over tree spiking case; Canadian forestry does not equal deforestation; the quiet strength of California’s Redwoods; and high elevation fires in the Rocky Mountains. 

Finally, the world’s first wooden satellite, and NZ adopts Timber-First policy—to metal’s chagrin.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

Resolute Announces $1/share Special Dividend and $50 million in Lumber Investments

Resolute Forest Products Inc.
June 10, 2021
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share of common stock, payable on July 7 for holders of record at the close of business on June 28. The company also announced additional capital investments of $50 million in its wood products operations…, and it confirmed the repayment of all amounts outstanding under its revolving and term credit facilities… The additional $50 million in wood products investments include: $22 million to modernize equipment at the Senneterre (Quebec) sawmill, which will enhance overall efficiency and productivity of the Abitibi regional operations; $13 million at the Thunder Bay / Fort William First Nation (Ontario) sawmill to increase capacity by up to 40 million board feet with new equipment and modifications to the fiber flow; and $15 million at the Glenwood (Arkansas) and Cross City (Florida) sawmills to support fiber optimization and overall efficiency. The Cross City investment will also increase capacity by up to 20 million board feet.

Additional coverage in Thunder Bay Newswatch: $13 million upgrade announced for Resolute Thunder Bay sawmill

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JP Gladu to lead transition at Indigenous Resource Network

Timmins Today
June 13, 2021
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

JP Gladu

JP Gladu has been tapped to lead the Indigenous Resource Network (IRN) in its shift from a volunteer-led group to a professional organization. Gladu, who hails from Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation) in northwestern Ontario, will serve as the group’s acting executive director, assisting with the search for a permanent leader. …IRN board chair Arnie Bellis said… “We remain committed… to growing opportunities for Indigenous participation in the resource sector. “With his background in forestry, mining, and oil and gas, JP is the perfect person to lead these efforts.” The Indigenous Resource Network was launched in 2020 as a platform for Indigenous workers, business owners and leaders who support Indigenous engagement in the resource sector.

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National Lumber Dealers meet with commerce secretary’s office on lumber volatility

The LBM Journal
June 14, 2021
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Jonathan Paine

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) met last week with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s senior staff and other high ranking Commerce Department officials to discuss the ongoing concerns regarding lumber price volatility and the lumber and building material industry. …“NLBMDA had a highly productive meeting with Secretary Raimondo’s office and we are confident in her department’s willingness to find workable solutions to address ongoing price volatility,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “We had a very positive and frank discussion about our industry’s concerns, specifically trade barriers to a free market, and the need to reengage in a new Softwood Lumber Agreement. …We appreciate Secretary Raimondo’s willingness to examine all aspects of the construction supply chain and NLBMDA looks forward to a series of follow-up conversations in the weeks ahead.”

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Biden land management pick faces GOP scrutiny over decades-old tree spiking case

By Rachel Frazin
The Hill
June 14, 2021
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Tracy Stone-Manning

President Biden’s pick to lead the country’s public lands agency is coming under Republican criticism over her involvement in a logging sabotage case decades ago. The criticism is over Bureau of Land Management nominee Tracy Stone-Manning’s prior admission to sending a letter to the Forest Service detailing activist tree-spiking… The 1989 letter in question, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill, says that trees were spiked to protect the environment and warned that people could get hurt if activity at a national forest in Idaho proceeded. Stone-Manning testified in 1993 that she retyped and sent the letter, which activist John Blount told her to send, for safety reasons. …The court records don’t suggest that Stone-Manning was involved in the spiking activities. Nevertheless, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) argued that the matter “disqualifies” her from leading the country’s public lands agency

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PotlatchDeltic Reports Fire Damage at Ola, Arkansas Sawmill

By PotlatchDeltic
Business Wire
June 13, 2021
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SPOKANE, Washington — PotlatchDeltic confirmed that a fire occurred at its Ola, Arkansas sawmill on the morning of Sunday June 13. The Ola and Galla Rock Fire Departments responded quickly and brought the fire under control. …The damage was principally to the primary log breakdown area of the mill. The planer mill, kiln, and shipping department were not affected. A determination regarding downtime and costs to repair the Ola mill will be made as the extent of damage is fully assessed. …PotlatchDeltic log deliveries will be diverted to other mills in the area as much as possible, however harvesting operations may be impacted. The Ola, Arkansas sawmill employs approximately 148 people in the mill and wood procurement operations. The sawmill has the capacity to produce approximately 150 million board feet of lumber a year. 

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Green light for Russia’s first new pulp and paper mill in 40 years

By Polina Leganger Bronder
The Barents Observer
June 15, 2021
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Russian State Commission has just approved an investment project for the construction of the new pulp and paper mill (PPM). The new PPM will be one of the largest ones in the country and will be producing over 850,000 tons of pulp per year. It is hoped that the new complex will be completed in the next few years. The construction will be carried out by Segezha group, which is a part of the largest Russian conglomerate company, AFK Sistema. It is estimated, that out of the total sum for the new project is 100 billion rubles (USD 1.33 billion). …Pulp and paper mills have not been built in Russia for 40 years and the State Commission fully supports this project’s finalization.” …The Segezha Group is an international forest industry holding. …70% of the products are exported internationally to over 70 countries. 

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Finance & Economics

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says annual pace of housing starts rose 3.2 per cent in May compared with April

By Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
The Coast Reporter
June 15, 2021
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in May rose 3.2 per cent compared with April, as starts of apartments, condos and other types of multiple-unit housing projects rose higher. The housing agency says the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts climbed to 275,916 units in May, up from 267,449 units in April. The annual pace of urban starts rose 1.8 per cent in May to 254,647 as a rise in multiple-unit starts offset a drop in starts of single-detached homes. The rate of multiple-unit starts climbed 10.9 per cent to 190,530 in May, while the annual rate of single-detached urban starts fell 18 per cent to 64,117 units. …The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 280,779 in May, up from 278,462 in April.

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Lumber Prices Are Falling Fast, Turning Hoarders Into Sellers

By Ryan Dezember
The Wall Street Journal
June 15, 2021
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber prices are falling back to earth. Futures for July delivery ended Monday at $996.20 per thousand board feet, down 42% from the record of $1,711.20 reached in early May. Futures have declined 14 of the past 15 trading days, the last two by the most allowed by exchange rules. Cash lumber prices are also crashing. Random Lengths said Friday that its framing composite index dropped $122 to $1,324, its biggest ever weekly decline. …Economists and investors have wondered if sky-high prices for wood products would doom the booming housing market. …The rapid decline suggests a bubble that has burst and the question now is how low lumber prices will fall. …Lumber producers and traders expect that prices will remain relatively high due to the strong housing market, but that the supply bottlenecks and frenzied buying that characterized the economy’s reopening and sent prices to multiples of the old all-time highs are winding down. [We respect the copyrights of the source publication – full access may require a subscription]

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Weyerhaeuser CEO sees decade of strong wood demand but prices coming down

Global Paper Money
June 15, 2021
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States, US West

Devin Stockfish

SEATTLE  — Weyerhaeuser CEO Devin Stockfish believes the home-building and renovation boom could keep wood demand strong for another decade. Stockfish says the recent price frenzy – which elevated wood prices above $1,000 per 1,000 board ft. for the first time ever earlier this year before touching a record high above $1,700 in May – is unsustainable. “I don’t think $1,000 lumber prices are the new normal,” Stockfish told the Nareit REITweek 2021 Investor Conference. “With that being said, when you think about the amount of housing we’re going to have to build in the U.S. over the next three, five, 10 years, that’s a significant amount of demand for wood products.” Stockfish’s bullish outlook comes as rival Canfor says it will spend $160M on a new sawmill in Louisiana while canceling a previously announced project in Georgia, while West Fraser Timber has said it plans to expand capacity at five U.S. mills and Interfor is buying four Georgia-Pacific sawmills.

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As Lumber Prices Fall From All Time Highs, Supply Remains Low And Expensive

By Drew Bollea
WCCB Charlotte
June 14, 2021
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: US East, United States

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Lumber prices are falling back to Earth after skyrocketing to prices never before seen. But the lingering impact of the high prices are still being felt by Charlotte area consumers. …The price of lumber has slowed the renovation progress. “We’ve definitely taken a hit and we’ve had to re-plan and re budget things that we hadn’t considered before,” explained Class. …But the peak prices may be behind us. Lumber prices fell for the 9th straight day on Monday to below $1000 dollars per board feet.  It’s a 40% drop from more than $1600 dollar price point  in mid May. Some Economic analysts say they expect lumber prices to fall to $600 even as demand for the commodity remains strong due to rising supply. But those cheaper prices haven’t made it to Charlotte consumers still struggling to find lumber, let alone a good price.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Company pledges $425,000 in sustainable building material to Children’s Museum

Leader-Telegram
June 14, 2021
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

EAU CLAIRE — WholeTrees Structures of Madison has pledged to donate $425,000 in timber building products to the planned new Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, museum officials announced Monday. The timber will form the museum’s primary support system consisting of columns, joist-trusses and girder-trusses in place to conventional steel, adding a modern twist to the building’s northern Wisconsin aesthetic as well as a nod to the Chippewa Valley’s logging history. Wisconsin-based WholeTrees provides an incentive for healthy forest management by taking what would be forest waste and transforming it into a highly valued construction material called structural round timber, or SRT. The company says the material helps reduce the carbon footprint of building construction. “This project will showcase the role Wisconsin forest products, and carbon-smart building products, can play in transforming our built environment and our relationship to our natural resources,” Amelia Baxter, CEO and co-founder of WholeTrees

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Baltimore Wood Project reclaims urban wood and fights climate change

By Trisha Parayil
Johns Hopkins News-Letter
June 14, 2021
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Max Pollock was pleasantly surprised when he noticed increased demand for reclaimed wood during the pandemic. He is the director of Brick + Board, an enterprise which processes wood salvaged from deconstructed vacant homes. This reclaimed wood is pricier than new lumber, so when states imposed lockdowns, Pollock expected his consumer base to dry up. …Pollock said, “I think that the increased demand for lumber may have closed the price gap, if not fully, then by a lot.” …The story of Brick + Board began in 2012 with the Baltimore Wood Project and the idea that wood collected from deconstructed abandoned buildings, or fresh-cut wood from felled or fallen trees in Baltimore, can be reused rather than dumped in a landfill. Research from the U.S. Forest Service indicated that in some years, more wood was generated from urban areas than was harvested from national forests.

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Making Sense Of Wood First

By Nick Collins, Chief Executive Metals New Zealand
Scoop.co.nz
June 15, 2021
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Minister Nash – what were you thinking? Forestry Minister Stuart Nash announced a timber first strategy for government buildings – stating that “there is nothing you can do with steel and concrete that you can’t do with timber”. Is the Minister proposing that the new pedestrian bridge over Auckland harbour will be built from timber? The fact is that his statement is simply not true and demonstrates why politicians should not be choosing our building materials. …Under a Wood First strategy, government buildings will be considerably more expensive and delivery likely to be significantly delayed till timber is available. …If we are serious about reducing our net carbon emissions, we have to stop talking about embodied carbon and start talking about lifetime carbon emissions – cradle-to-cradle. …It is where materials like steel, which is infinitely recyclable and has a 72% recycling rate, has a better story to tell.

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Europe to launch renewable wooden satellite made of plywood

By Georgina Torbet
Digital Trends
June 13, 2021
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Scandinavian company plans to launch the world’s first wooden satellite to bring attention to the use of renewable materials in space. We’ve previously reported on plans from Japan… but it now looks like Europe will snatch that achievement. The European design is being put forward by Finnish company Arctic Astronautics. …The satellite, which measures roughly 10cm on each side, is constructed from simple materials and weighs just one kilogram. The team hopes that their design can help move space technology away from fossil-based materials and toward more renewable materials like wood. “The base material for plywood is birch,” explained Woodsat co-founder Samuli Nyman. …“we also add a very thin aluminum oxide layer — typically used to encapsulate electronics. This should minimize any unwanted vapors from the wood, while also protecting against the erosive effects of atomic oxygen.”

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Forestry

BC Forest Practices Board to audit BC Timber Sales operations near Revelstoke

BC Forest Practices Board
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

REVELSTOKE – During the week of June 21, 2021, the Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber-sale licence holders in the Selkirk and Okanagan Shuswap natural resource district portions of the Okanagan-Columbia business area. This BCTS program is one of two chosen randomly each year for audit from all the BCTS programs in the province. Auditors will examine whether timber harvesting, roads, bridges, silviculture, fire-protection activities and associated planning carried out between June 1, 2019, and June 25, 2021, met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. This audit will focus on BCTS’s activities managed by the Columbia field team. The majority of the operations are in the Revelstoke and Golden timber supply areas (TSA), as well as the Cascadia TSA south of Revelstoke and a small portion in the Okanagan TSA.

Additional coverage in Revelstoke Mountaineer: Revelstoke-based BC Timber Sales operation faces random Forest Practices Board audit

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BC Forest Practices Board to audit BC Timber Sales operations in the Skeena area

BC Forest Practices Board
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – During the week of June 21, 2021, the Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber-sale licence holders in the Coast Mountains Natural Resource District portion of the Skeena Business Area. This BCTS program is one of two chosen randomly each year for audit from all the BCTS programs in the province. Auditors will examine whether timber harvesting, roads, bridges, silviculture, fire protection activities and associated planning carried out between June 1, 2019, and June 26, 2021, met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. This audit will focus on BCTS’s operations in the Coast Mountains District portion of the Skeena Business Area, where BCTS has an allowable annual cut of 1.2 million cubic metres. The area is on the B.C. mainland east of Haida Gwaii. Major communities include Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, New Aiyansh and Stewart.

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The future of women in our community

By Communities for Gender Equality Initiative
Vernon Morning Star
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The Community Foundation North Okanagan (CFNO) is committed to supporting organizations at the forefront of advancing gender equality and has joined the national initiative, Communities for Gender Equality, led by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and supported by the Government of Canada. …Archway Society for Domestic Peace has been awarded a grant through the CFNO’s involvement with the national Communities for Gender Equality initiative to facilitate a project aimed at providing workplaces with practical tools and programs to create inclusive work cultures that reduce systemic bias. The project is led by Tanya Wick and Michelle Mercer, who both bring impressive career experience from their current positions with Tolko Industries. As advocates of change, Wick and Mercer have disrupted the forestry industry by challenging the status quo, bringing in new ideas, and clearing the path for others to succeed.

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Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

By Nora O’Malley
BC Local News
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Friends of Clayoquot Sound held a solidarity rally on June 13 at Tofino’s Village Green to show alliance for the protection of old growth forests. About 150 people attended the peaceful gathering, which fell on Day 310 of the Fairy Creek Blockades on Pacheedaht and Ditidaht territories in south Vancouver Island and Day 28 of police enforcement, which equate to 222 arrests to date. Established in 1979 to save Meares Island from logging by MacMillan Bloedal, Friends of Clayoquot Sound (FOCS) is small yet mighty environmental non-profit dedicated to saving ancient temperate rainforests. …Indigenous Elder John spent a week at the Fairy Creek Blockades. “I’d like to see all the traditional lands turned into National Parks so that everyone can enjoy them and feel what I felt. Mother Earth is hurting. I feel her pain,” he said.

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Dunster Community Forest updates mill, inventory

By Andrea Arnold
The Rocky Mountain Goat
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Dunster Community Forest Society has been working on developing their timber supply analysis of inventory. General Manager Ray Thiessen says this will allow long term strategic planning to occur by the winter season. The group is also planning out activities for next winter. “Once these plans are complete, we will dive into making more specific plans and arrangements in order for these activities to be performed successfully,” said Thiessen. In terms of active logging in the coming months, the area above Shere Lake will be the site of some tree harvesting. The DCFS is also investing time and money into the newly-established BRKH Custom Woodwork located in McBride. Grant money has allowed upgrades to the original shop as well as internal facelifts on the two kilns and connecting track.

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Fairy Creek ‘land defenders’ must leave and take their mess with them

By Marie Wilson, Sooke, BC
Victoria News
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After reading many articles regarding the Fairy Creek blockade, I feel compelled to offer my comments. …The logging of the old-growth forest I will leave aside… My concern is with the actual camp. Having seen first-hand the residual mess of an unsanctioned camp, I am full of questions regarding the clean-up when these “land defenders” vacate… Zoe Ducklow reported on the trio of university students who hauled 40 kilograms of concrete mix to the bush to build their hard blocks. Will they be removing that when they leave? What about the garbage, refuse, feces, urine, wastewater that will be contaminating the watershed that they claim to be protecting? Will they restore the bush to its previous state? …Do they intend to remain for the summer? All this activity increases pressure on a small community. I think that their point is made. I suggest the land-defenders pack up, go home, take their mess with them

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Forestry does not equal deforestation – and other lessons I’ve learned as a Canadian forester

By Lancey Rose, RPF, Renfrew County Forest
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
June 15, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lacey Rose

I am one of more than 230,000 Canadians making a living in the forest sector. I will admit, as a self-proclaimed tree-hugger growing up in a mining town in Labrador, this is not a path I saw for myself. Now, after more than 10 years as a Registered Professional Forester, I have learned a lot, including some things I would love to share with Canadians about how their forests are managed. I say “their forests” because over 90 per cent of Canada’s managed forest area is on public land. Trees grow back. We are legally and professionally required to ensure that managed forests successfully regenerate. …People who work in the woods care a lot about forests. …A managed forest is a healthy forest. We must realize that with human presence comes alteration of ecosystem processes. We put out fires to protect human values.

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Here’s why the old playbook for fighting wildfires doesn’t work anymore

By Fernanda Santos
Washington Post
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…It’s tempting to say that wildfire season has arrived, but there is no “season” anymore; wildfires occur year-round. Yet many of those who fight them are still employed for only part of the year by the federal government, a script that’s as outdated as the core procedures that guide the work of forest managers and firefighters on the front lines. Let’s stipulate that wildfires are part of the ecosystem in the western United States. They are nature’s way of clearing the forest floor and nourishing the soil. But after decades of misguided policy that pushed for extinguishing fires at first spark, combined with a warming, drier climate, wildfires have grown catastrophically in size, intensity and complexity. …Given the inevitability — and devastation — of wildfires, why have we not changed the way we fight them?

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Conservation groups hail settlement of lawsuit to protect Ochoco Forest riparian areas from logging

KTVZ News
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PENDLETON, Ore. — A federal judge on Monday approved a settlement between Central Oregon LandWatch, Oregon Wild and the U.S. Forest Service to exclude sensitive riparian habitat from a proposed logging project in the Ochoco National Forest, the two conservation groups announced. …With logging activities imminent, LandWatch and Oregon Wild took the Forest Service to court to hold the agency accountable to its own rules restricting logging along stream corridors, wetlands, and elk calving and rutting grounds. …At the eleventh hour, just before the case was to be argued before the U.S. District Court, the Ochoco National Forest came back to the negotiating table. …LandWatch and Oregon Wild said they celebrate the settlement agreement signed Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan in Pendleton as a success in their efforts to protect elk habitat, clean water, and wetlands from logging in the Ochoco National Forest.

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Rocky Mountains are burning more now than ever, and it could get worse

By Liz Kimbrough
Mongabay
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kyra Wolf

Wildfires in the high elevation Rocky Mountains are burning nearly twice as often as in the past, according to a new study that looks back at 2,000 years of data. While fires in the Rockies, like in the U.S. West, are part of the natural cycle, the study authors say the current rate of burning puts us in “uncharted territory.” Fires are expected to continue, and increase in frequency, as climate change leads to hotter and drier summers. The findings add to growing calls to address the causes of climate change, while simultaneously working to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of wildfires on human communities. Researchers from the University of Montana and the University of Wyoming used lake sediment and tree ring data to look back over 2,000 years of fire history in the subalpine, high elevation Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. 

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The Quiet Strength of an Old-Growth Forest

By Lauren Sloss
The New York Times
June 15, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a grove of old-growth trees, in Northern California’s Humboldt Redwoods State Park, emerald-tinged light filters through a dense green canopy. …It’s May 2021, and surrounded by these 500-year-old giants, I feel a needed sense of calm. After a year of terrifying change, deadly disease, sociopolitical unrest and raging fire, the forest remains a place where I can come to be still. But stillness is an illusion here. The redwoods, seemingly unmovable, are always growing and adapting to the changing world around them. …We’ve been cutting down trees for thousands of years, but human impact reached new levels with the industrialization of the timber industry, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the rise in clear-cutting, in which entire forests are razed for more efficient timber production. …Now, less than 10 percent of old-growth forest remains in the United States.

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Restoring the landscape

By Ryan Pfeil
Oregon Mail Tribune
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Multiple agencies kick off long project intended to reduce wildfire danger in Upper Applegate Watershed. The work is part of an initiative targeting about 27,815 acres within the watershed called the Upper Applegate Watershed Restoration Project, which kicked off this week. It will take several years to complete and is intended to make the 52,000-acre area more resistant to flames, better protect nearby communities, and enhance forest ecosystems. …About 3,500 acres of the project will focus on hazardous fuels removal… Other projects will include riparian restoration, pollinator and sensitive plant habitat improvement, and restoration of recreation areas. …Collaborators include the Forest Service, BLM, Lomakatsi, ODF, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative. Even the Klamath Bird Observatory is involved, its role to monitor and study the effects of the restoration work on bird habitat.

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Letter: Less logging means fewer big fires

Letter by Greg Jacob, Hillsboro
The Oregonian
June 14, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The public has been led astray with misinformation about the relationship of our forests and fire prevention. Proponents of the logging industry and even Thomas Vilsack, U.S. secretary of agriculture, claim that removing woody ground debris, thinning, and clearcutting areas of our forests will reduce fires. What the public does not hear are facts debunking the myth of more logging, fewer extreme fires. …Research reveals that logged areas burn more intensely than intact forests. Why is that? Under current “fire prevention” practices, trees and understory are removed, thereby creating hotter, windier, and drier conditions compared to a forest left alone. Unlogged forests of varying strands, especially older trees, provide high canopy cover, wind breaks and a cooler and shadier microclimate. …Damage to developed areas is more effectively managed by zoning that prevents building in wildland areas

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Forestry and wood processing delivering real jobs and growth to rural Scotland

By Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor
The Scotsman
June 15, 2021
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Stuart Goodall

The productive partnership between industry and Scottish Government over the last five years has been crucial to securing the current high level of business confidence, which has led to record investment, new jobs and rural economic growth. With a new Government, new ministers and new portfolios, the sector is keen to understand whether that will be accompanied by any change in policy, or any change to the positive relationship central to this modern-day Scottish success story. Scotland is currently planting 80 per cent of the UK’s trees in modern, mixed-species forests which deliver multiple benefits and tackle the two great challenges of 2021 – recovery from Covid-19 and the climate crisis. …With Scotland targeting a net zero balance of carbon emissions and reduction by 2045 (five years before the rest of the UK), planting trees, managing forests and creating timber products have a crucial role in tackling the climate crisis.

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Forest Fires

Deep Creek Fire continues burning near Townsend

By Phil Drake
Helena Independent Record
June 14, 2021
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday the Deep Creek Fire between Townsend and White Sulphur Springs is now at 180 acres and there are 70 personnel assigned to it. The fire, which Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan said was caused by a downed power line in the south end of the Big Belt Mountains in the Townsend Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, was reported about 3:45 p.m. Sunday. …The estimated size of the fire, once reported as 200 acres, was downsized late Sunday. The Forest Service said structures are threatened and more crew and air resources have been ordered. …Montana fire officials told Gov. Greg Gianforte on Wednesday they are prepared for what is forecasted to be an above-average wildfire season.

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