Aug. 29, 2016 - The B.C. government's new Climate Leadership Plan, unveiled last week, will see tree planting on 300,000 hectares of forests damaged by wildfire and pine beetle. The plan is being met with praise from some stakeholders, and skepticism from others.
Aug. 22, 2016 - Environmentalists are expressing concerns about the proposed harvest of 134 hectares of former Bowater land in Queens County, N.S., just south of a known habitat for endangered turtles.
The proposal to clear cut the area has also raised concerns about how the province handles the public commenting process for proposed logging sites.
Read the full story by the CBC.
July 25, 2016 - Unifor pulp and paper locals in British Columbia threw their support behind a rally on July 22 that demands an overhaul to the way the province’s forests are managed.
June 21, 2016 - Certifying a forest to a sustainable forest management standard is an important way for managers to assure their markets and the general public of the sustainable forestry they practice. It also helps indigenous communities ensure our values are reflected in the management of those forests.
David Dubois, chief of engineering and technical outreach specialist for the Community Energy Association, told the crowd that there is great potential for local managing of high-risk wildfire areas in northern B.C. communities while simultaneously harvesting biomass in a sustainable manner for use in residential heating.
“There’s a real opportunity and need to increase the amount of work being done,” he said.
Dubois offered a few examples of successful projects already completed in the region, including Telkwa’s biomass district heating system, which is fuelled by wood chips and materials from their own wildfire mitigation management system.
Telkwa is a small village with a population of about 1,350 people located just southeast of Smithers, B.C., about 350 kilometres northwest of Prince George.
From a life cycle cost point of view, biomass is competitive with many of the other energy options in communities with little or nor access to natural gas pipelines. One major benefit for adopting a local biomass system for residential heating is that the jobs generated for installing and maintaining these types of systems, and harvesting the biomass, would mean a large portion of the money spent on fuelling residents’ home heating needs would stay in the local economy.
“I think biomass can be a real benefit to rural and remote communities,” he said.
Another example of a town that could benefit from this type of system is Sicamous, B.C., which has a high risk of wildfire.
DuBois said that after the initial thinning for wildfire prevention is performed, the Sicamous area could manage the regrowth of those areas through harvesting for residential heating. He said that area has anywhere from 26,000 to 32,000 tons of biomass available form managing regrowth that could be used as base case for fuel for a district energy system to supply 80 to 90 per cent of the total heat load with other fuels used for meeting peak heat demand.
He added that putting these types of systems in place in remote communities aren’t without their challenges.
“The biggest challenge for small communities is capacity,” he told the crowd, adding that sorting out ownership of fibre is another issue that needs to be addressed for these types of systems to be successful.
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The Climate Change Action Plan includes acknowledgement of the 50 Million Tree Program with a commitment from the government "…to continue to support tree planting programs, including its commitment to plant 50 million trees across the province by 2025." With over 20 million trees planted to date through this program, the 50 Million Tree Program has already established a legacy of clean air and water, enhanced biodiversity, and a more resilient ecosystem.
"Enhanced forest cover is essential to a comprehensive climate change strategy, a fact acknowledged by world leaders at COP21. Forests Ontario is therefore grateful to have the support of the government of Ontario in continuing to deliver our commitment to growing tomorrow's forests," notes Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen.
In addition to our work in planting healthy forests, Forests Ontario seeks to engage the public in understanding the concept of sustainable forest management and its role in supporting economic growth as well as the long-term health of our natural ecosystems. As such, we are pleased to see inclusion in the Climate Change Action Plan of managing forests for multiple values, including the development of forest products, as a priority. The Ontario Climate Change Strategy directly states, "[O]ngoing sustainable forest management helps our forests' continuing and long-term contribution to climate change mitigation by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide."
Through our ongoing campaign "It Takes a Forest," Forests Ontario and our partners from various fields have highlighted the ways in which harvesting for the development of wood products can be balanced with important ecosystem services. Indeed, the government has also acknowledged wood as an eco-friendly building material capable of storing carbon. Thanks to the rigorous standards and world-renowned practices of Ontario's forestry sector, economic growth and the integrity of our natural ecosystems are not mutually exclusive.
From our managed Crown Forests to the private forests planted through the 50 Million Tree Program to our urban parks and trees, Ontario's diverse forests all support healthy and prosperous communities. Forests Ontario thus looks forward to continuing our work alongside the government in delivering the 50 Million Tree Program as well as partners in the forestry sector to grow Ontario's role as a leader in addressing climate change through sustainable and effective forest management.
About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario's forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.
Source: Forests Ontario
In addition to the diverse technical program, the event will also host the 108th Annual General Meetings of CIF/IFC and the 2016 AGM of COFE, along with interesting and informative pre and post conference field trips, as well as an opportunity to attend Demo International 2016.
Demo International 2016 is owned and presented by the Canadian Woodlands Forum and will be hosted by the Faculty of Forestry, UBC in Maple Ridge, B.C. on September 22 to 24, 2016. Occurring only every four years, this world class event has evolved into one of North America’s largest and unique outdoor equipment shows, all in a unique setting, the forest; live and in action!
Over the course of the conference, 12 individual themes with over 80 speakers from across Canada and internationally, will address key topics such as: new silviculture practices, logistics and transportation; adapting to steep slopes; ground based harvesting systems; forest biomass production and handling; new technology in forest management, forest roads, forest modelling and human factors and safety.
Over 350 delegates from throughout North America and further abroad are expected to attend the DEMO International® Conference; along with the equipment show later that week, Vancouver will certainly be the place to be in September 2016!
Visit the conference website at www.demointernational.com for full program and registration details. Take advantage of the ‘early-bird’ registration fees! You can pre-register on-line, and don’t forget to book your hotel room!
The organizers of the Demo International 2016 technical conference would like to encourage your participation and we hope to see you in Vancouver this September.
Co-Chair, Demo International Conference
Executive Director, Canadian Woodlands Forum
Co-Chair, Demo International Conference
Faculty of Forestry, UBC
The report states that 281 South African firefighters arrived on May 29 to battle the massive wildfires that currently cover close to 580,000 hectares.
In total, approximately 2,300 firefighters from across Canada and the U.S. are currently battling the wildfire.
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