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Alberta to announce enhanced protection of Castle wilderness area

September 4, 2015

Following decades of lobbying for a provincial park in the Castle wilderness area, the province’s NDP government will Friday make good on its campaign pledge to better protect the iconic area in southern Alberta. Sources say Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips will announce plans to change the boundaries of the protected area, both expanding

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Boat Harbour cleanup begins with study request

September 4, 2015

The Nova Scotia government is looking for someone who can study the pulp mill waste treatment plant in Boat Harbour. The province has issued a request for proposal for a hydrogeological study and a geotechnical and contaminant assessment. Labi Kousoulis, minister of internal services, says the assessments and test will help planners

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Woodworkers could benefit from Vancouver storm

September 4, 2015

A windstorm that toppled trees across British Columbia’s south coast could fuel many fireplaces over the coming winter, but officials hope it will spark something creative, too. The Vancouver Park Board estimates at least 500 trees came down in parks and along boulevards during the Saturday storm, with large canopied

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Then & Now: Iconic lumber outlasts economic ups and downs

September 4, 2015

One of the Okanagan’s largest employers, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. has thrived throughout multiple fires, industry changes and an increasing scarcity of raw material. And one big reason for that business longevity is due to the dedicated work of its employees. It’s a story well known all over the Okanagan:

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B.C. tree-planting: $265 million project in jeopardy as drought saps seedlings

September 3, 2015

One of the largest tree-planting exercises in B.C. history is in jeopardy due to drought. Many in the know are worried because the newly planted trees — roughly the size of two toothpaste tubes stacked together — are vulnerable to the parched conditions. This year’s planting is one of the

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Opinion: If the softwood lumber agreement falls in the forest . . . .

September 3, 2015

Canada’s softwood lumber trade agreement with the U.S. expires one week before the Oct. 19 federal election, yet almost no one seems to be talking this long-contentious issue. We ignore it at Western Canada’s peril. Not having a softwood lumber agreement leaves Canada vulnerable to punishing tariffs at the whim

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Seeing the forest and the trees, all 3 trillion of them

September 3, 2015

A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates. Using a combination

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