Category: Forest Products Industry related

Source: American Thinkerj By Gary Schiff As is the case with all natural disasters, there is a tendency to point fingers.  Almost always, the finger-pointing misses the point.  We are seeing this play out with the horrific wildfires in California.  Politicians are using them as an opportunity to raise their issues.  The left is raising the “climate change” flag during […]

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Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen It’s time to change the narrative surround forests and fire.  We can change the outcomes of these fires now, and in the future.  The firestorm in California has ignited a debate.  Unfortunately, the ones getting the attention aren’t always the right voices.  This isn’t about clearcutting our forests so […]

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Source: Treesource Climate change is here. In southern forests, it takes the form of novel disturbances – different frequency and severity of drought, fire, wind storms, insect outbreaks, even ice storms – or a combination of these stressors. “How will managers respond to the threats posed by changing climate conditions?” asks USDA Forest Service scientist James […]

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Source: TIME.com We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. We have known it for centuries. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, […]

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Source: The Montana Business Quarterly byDorian Smith, Steven Hayes and Kate Marcille For decades, Montana’s largest manufacturing sector was wood products, as measured by the number of employees. Today, that position belongs to fabricated metals, with wood products falling to second and food products close behind. It’s a sign of dramatic change for a state known for its […]

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Source: The Seattle Times By Washington Forest Protection Association Sustainable forestry practices are complex and require patience, foresight and close attention to the entire landscape. Called both a science and an art by those in the profession, silviculture is the practice of growing, managing and protecting healthy and sustainable forests. While growing trees may seem straightforward at […]

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Source: www.npr.org In Redding, Calif., where the Carr Fire burned more than 200,000 acres and destroyed more than a thousand homes, there’s a feeling of desperation. Something has to be done to clear the dense stands of trees and thick brush in the mountains around town, or the next fire will be even worse. “It’s […]

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Source: Phys.org A University of Montana researcher has discovered that mountain pine beetles may avoid certain trees within a population they normally would kill due to genetics in the trees. UM Professor Diana Six made the discovery after studying mature whitebark and lodgepole trees that were the age and size that mountain pine beetle prefer, […]

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Source: Anthropocene by Brandon Keim Though sporadic pine beetle outbreaks are a natural part of western U.S. ecosystems, a combination of climate change and drought have made them epidemic. The outbreaks are unusually large and intense, raising fears that pine forests may collapse — yet it seems that some trees are genetically predisposed to withstand attack. They […]

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Source – Pyramid Mountain Lumber “A rumor can race around the world while the truth is just putting its shoes on.” — Mark Twain       Myth: The early U.S. forest was a carpet of trees that extended from coast to coast. FACT: The pre-Columbian forest of 1600 covered less than half of the present-day […]

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Source: Oregon Forests Resources Institute by Timm Locke Director of Forest Products I spent a day at last month’s Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summitlistening to a wide range of speakers discussing climate change, its impacts and potential solutions. During the portion of the summit that focused on solutions, Yale University’s Chadwick Dearing Oliver, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and […]

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Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen The 2018 Wildfire season has been one for the ages.  It seems as though wildfires are burning nearly everywhere in the west.  Should we be surprised? After nearly 30 years of nearly no management on our National Forests in the United States, while simultaneously suppressing fires, we now have […]

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Source: KTVZ WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., on Wednesday introduced the Wildfire-Resilient Communities Act, a $1 billion measure to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and the smoke and economic losses that they cause. “Across the country, our communities have been threatened by increasingly severe wildfires,” Merkley said in a news release “As we saw this summer […]

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Source: High Country News It is summer, so the West is burning — and we know well enough why it’s aflame. A century of wildfire suppression and solutions on public lands has made many forests more vulnerable to fires, whether caused by natural events or human activities; that risk is now exacerbated by climate change. […]

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