Alberta firefighters that fought the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire have persistent lung damage. In related news: pressure mounts on BC Premier to declare wildfire crisis; Ontario restricts higher-risk forestry activities; air quality alerts announced for the Toronto, Ottawa and Timmins area; US West fires are moving into uncharted territory; and calls for help from Oregon.
In other news: the BC Prosecution Service says criminal contempt charges possible at Fairy Creek; the US pellet industry pans CNN’s biomass reporting; the Tongass timber wars may never be over; and the European Union’s forest strategy is said to suffer from serious overreach. Meanwhile: the US construction industry remains resilient, as housing starts top forecasts but permits weaken.
Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor