Forestry Management
Dec. 14, 2018 – As the executive director of the Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council for the past 28 years, John Mullinder has heard his share of (mis)information about forestry and paper practices in Canada – namely, that the clearcutting used in the industry is the cause of widespread deforestation.
Dec. 13, 2018 – In September, the emerald ash borer was discovered at DeWolfe Park in Bedford, N.S.
Dec. 3, 2018 - The government of Nova Scotia today announced changes to its forest practices, following recommendations by the University of King's College president Bill Lahey.
Nov. 21, 2018 - A methodology was recently developed that uses satellite imagery to estimate availability of logging residue across Canada, and includes evaluation of imagery estimates with field data from a large number of plots. 
Oct. 23, 2018 – For forest companies like TimberWest, the health of the trees and associated ecosystems are paramount. From seedling to maturity, the trees must be monitored, and any problems addressed. The way in which this monitoring happens is changing dramatically through the convergence of new sensing technologies such as LiDAR and the ability to deploy sensing technology using drones.  
Oct. 15, 2018 – Charles Bloom Secondary school is being recognized by the province of British Columbia through the minister’s award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the south.
Sept. 28, 2018 - Starting in November, Ontario will hold roundtables and gather online feedback to help the province lay out a strategy for promoting economic growth within the forestry sector.             
Sept. 26, 2018 - FPInnovations is pleased to announce the renewal of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Forest Growers Research (FGR) of New Zealand to widen the scope of their information exchange in the area of steep slope harvesting, and to facilitate the international exchange of their combined research.

FPInnovations and FGR are mutually interested in forest technology and will share expertise in cooperative research, development, and application activities for specific projects agreed upon by both groups.

“We are very pleased to have renewed this agreement with FGR in New Zealand," said Alan Potter, vice-president, science and innovation, FPInnovations. "During the previous MOU, the conversations and information shared between the FPInnovations and New Zealand teams were extremely valuable to accelerate dissemination of research findings and the introduction of new technologies such as winch-assist systems for steep slopes in B.C.”

The MOU will also allow both parties to share in the transfer of information and technology through cooperative demonstration projects and symposia, encourage the exchange of research personnel, and prepare joint reports where possible.

”The collaboration with FPInnovations in Canada has added value to the Steepland Harvesting PGP program in terms of visits from Canadian harvesting researchers, presentations at conferences, and shared research reports over the last few years," said Russell Dale, chief executive, Forest Growers Research Ltd. "We look forward to building on this collaboration when we commence our new program on forestry automation and robotics.”

Common research areas for information exchange between FPInnovations and FGR include the environmental sustainability of harvesting operations, steep slope machine stability, steep slope road and landing construction, and soil disturbance in steep slope harvesting. Other joint topics of interest are the further development of line tension and cable integrity work, remote control and teleoperation of forest machinery, and reducing energy intensity and the carbon footprint of forest operations. The new MOU is in effect through to June, 2022.
Sept. 25, 2018 - The release of a federal government competitiveness report is an important call to action requiring a commitment from Ottawa that it is prepared to improve Canada’s global competitiveness by delivering more agile regulations, improved infrastructure, and continuing to develop a workforce for the future while accelerating innovation, say leaders from Canada’s forest products sector.
Sept. 25, 2018 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in Bedford, N.S.
Sept. 18, 2018 - K’ómoks First Nation, in partnership with Qualicum First Nation, welcomed TimberWest, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) to the K’ómoks First Nation Band Office to announce that they will pilot the SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities. This is to be implemented on Rosewall Forest Tenure Holdings Ltd, the jointly managed working forest of K’ómoks First Nation and Qualicum First Nation.
Sept. 14, 2018 - The federal government is funding Indigenous forestry jobs in Saskatchewan.
Sept. 14, 2018 - The BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) has released its annual report which summarizes the benefits of community forestry in B.C.

Forty community forests participated in the survey, providing data from their last reporting year. This sample represents 93 per cent of the operating community forests in the BCCFA. Most are small rural communities, with an average population of 3,360.

“Every community forest is working to fulfill the range of expectations defined by their local community," said George Brcko, manager of the Wells Gray Community Forest and president of the BCCFA. "We created 18 indicators to measure how they are doing. This report, our fourth annual, not only shows that data, it includes dozens of stories and photos about how community forest organizations are creating incredible economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits for their Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.”

This year’s results show that community forests are creating 63 per cent more jobs/ m3 than the industry average in their forestry operations. They operate in sensitive areas, while reliably supplying logs to both major processing facilities and small manufacturers. They are showing leadership in reducing the risk of wildfire to their communities and have a significant role in the process of First Nations reconciliation beyond the legal requirements of the tenure.

A community forest agreement (CFA) is an area-based forest licence managed by a local government, community group, First Nation, or a partnership of local governments, First Nations and community groups, for the benefit of the entire community.

The BCCFA is a network of rural community-based organizations engaged in community forest management, and those seeking to establish new community forests. They represent over 90 rural and Indigenous communities across the province.

Find the Indicators Report and Executive Summary here: http://bccfa.ca/2018-indicators-report/
Aug. 24, 2018 - As the Canadian Wood recycling industry expands, one industry sector our members are providing exceptional new closed-loop diversionary wood and solid waste material recycling services in is the Canadian logging industry — log sort yard sector. 
Aug. 23, 2018 - According to a new report by Nova Scotia's University of King's College president William Lahey, the province's tree harvesting practices require fundamental changes.

The report says Nova Scotia's forestry practices should be guided by a new paradigm called "ecological forestry" which treats forestes "first and foremost" as ecosystems. 

Find the full report here.
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