Category: Forest Products Industry related

Source: Missoulian The U.S. Forest Service’s “shared stewardship” approach to wildland firefighting will take more resources than the agency currently has, architects of the new strategy say. And the challenge of cleaning up 35 million acres of hazardous forest fuel with little or no commercial value could require Americans to get used to much more […]

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Source: Bloomberg Government Wildfire contract spending in FY 2017 topped $1 billion for first time Many regions exceeded 10-year average for burned acreage As the number and severity of wildfires grew nationwide in 2017, federal contract spending on wildfire suppression surged to more than $1 billion. According to the National Interagency Coordination Center’s 2017 Wildland […]

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Source: National Geographic Trees grow big in the water-abundant Seeley-Swan valleys, but the granddaddy of them all is a 1,000-year-old western larch, known locally as Gus. A gentle, mile-long nature trail loops through the Girard Grove near the western shore of Seeley Lake. There’s plenty of big trees in this 250-acre grove, averaging perhaps 600 […]

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Source: KBZK.com Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suggested that climate change may have a role in the recent wildfires that have ravaged California. When asked by CBS News reporter Weija Jiang whether he accepted that climate change was part of the problem, Zinke said: “of course.” He also acknowledged that “temperatures are rising.” However, Zinke also reiterated an argument […]

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Source: Mens Journal by Kyle Dickman On a cool morning last November, Tirso Rojas, a lifelong firefighterOpens a New Window. turned disaster-cleanup specialist, parked his Chevy Silverado pickupOpens a New Window. among a cluster of burned houses in the charred foothills surrounding Santa Rosa, CaliforniaOpens a New Window.. A man in a hard hat and a Day-Glo vest sat smoking […]

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Source: All About Birds By Scott Weidensaul If there’s been a central, unques­tioned tenet of bird conserva­tion in the past quarter-centu­ry, it’s been the absolute importance of large, intact tracts of mature woodland. As populations of species such as Wood Thrush, which evolved to nest deep in the interior of mature woodlands, have continued to fall for […]

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Source: KGVO Radio Wildfire experts are saying the upcoming fire season will be ‘above normal’, meaning more than 300,000 acres burned, due to hotter, drier conditions through September. Michael Richmond, meteorologist with Predictive Services at the Northern Rockies Coordination Center for the U.S. Forest Service, said his office works off of computer models for the […]

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Source: Missoula Current The U.S. Forest Service is reviewing 14 recent wildfires to conduct post-fire salvage operations in western Montana, including five on the Lolo National Forest, one of which was approved by the agency’s interim chief earlier this month. Acting chief Vicki Christiansen used the emergency situation determination to begin work on the Sunrise […]

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Source: Missoula Current   BY LAURA LUNDQUIST The Lolo National Forest wants make the best of last year’s 160,000-acre Rice Ridge fire by logging some trees. This week, the forest released an environmental assessment proposing to log more than 5,600 acres and replant more than 16,000 acres within the burn zone around Seeley Lake. The document […]

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Source: Treesource In the end, the orange-coated Lorax protesting outside the 2018 International Mass Timber Conference was not the most surprising development that March morning in Portland, Oregon. That came when I visited with the protest’s organizer and asked why Oregon Wild opposes the construction of mass timber buildings. He explained: “We aren’t necessarily opposed […]

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Source: KPAX SEELEY LAKE – Lolo National Forest managers are beginning to take comment on plans to salvage several thousand acres of timber from last summer’s massive Rice Ridge Fire. The lightning-caused fire scorched over 160,000 acres and was the largest fire in Western Montana last summer. While much of the area is too steep […]

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Soruce: Treesource Can innovative wood products and humans’ innate need to interact with nature help cities across the country achieve their commitments under the Paris climate accord? More than 400 U.S. mayors and cities have signed the Paris Accords, but do they have a plan for how to accomplish the attendant goals? Forests in their […]

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Source: U.S. Forest Service Prescribed fires create natural wildfire barriers by removing brush, shrubs, and small trees that fuel out-of-control wildfires. They also help fire-adapted plants and animals grow and thrive. Pacific Northwest Research Station scientists provide the data and tools needed to plan and manage prescribed fire. Learn more at https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/research/fire.  

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Source: About.com Smart Loggers maintain sustainable forests by practicing selective logging. Timber is a renewable resource, this fact makes forest timber products one of the greenest materials available. Why not go one step farther and harvest timber in such a way that is conducive to its replenishment? Does that mean planting a tree for every […]

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Source: Treesource California Governor Jerry Brown vowed last week to step up efforts to make forests more resilient to drought and wildfire by allocating more dollars toward thinning projects and prescribed burns. Brown said he will carve out $96 million as part of his revised budget proposal, which was unveiled Friday. The money will come […]

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