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Canada, U.S. unlikely to get lumber deal by mid-Aug: Canada source

May 23, 2017

Canada and the United States are unlikely to strike a deal on a dispute over lumber exports by the time talks on renewing NAFTA start in mid-August, a source close to the matter said on Thursday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said earlier in the day he hoped the issue

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Fire crews enjoy slow start to wildfire season, but brace for hot, dry summer

May 23, 2017

A fairly wet spring has meant fewer wildfires than normal on the Prairies. Saskatchewan has had about 65 wildfires, well below the province’s five-year average of about 120 by this time. Alberta is reporting about 220 wildfires, compared to more than 500 by this time last year.  “This spring, we’ve received

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Resolute U.S. racketeering lawsuit against Greenpeace moved to California

May 18, 2017

A racketeering lawsuit launched by multinational forestry giant Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace should be heard in California, an American court has ruled. Amid a ramped-up public relations offensive by both sides, a district court in Augusta, Ga., found that Montreal-based Resolute had failed to show why the $300-million lawsuit

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American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

May 18, 2017

As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move “up”—that is, as they move further north (away from the tropics) and higher in elevation (away from the warm ground).

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The wooden skyscrapers that could help to cool the planet

May 18, 2017

One building stands out in the old logging town of Prince George, Canada. Encased in a sleek glass facade, the structure towers above most of its neighbours, beckoning from afar with the warm amber glow of Douglas fir. Constructed almost entirely from timber in 2014, the 8-storey, 30-metre building is

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Little baloney in Carr’s assertion that Canada has won softwood challenges

May 18, 2017

“There were court challenges in these other disputes. We have won them all.” — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr on April 25. — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has been offering reassuring words as the country prepares to defend its softwood lumber industry yet again from duties imposed by the

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CIVIL SUIT ALLEGES B.C. BLACKLISTING FORESTRY CONSULTANT WHO WARNED OF TIMBER OVERCUTTING, FAULTY DATA

May 18, 2017

Forestry has been a passion and a career for Martin Watts for 25 years, but, since attempting to point out problems with B.C.’s process for setting logging rates, his forestry consulting business has nosedived and Watts is claiming in a civil suit that he was blacklisted by the provincial government. “My

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