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  • Marg Carruthers on
    Suzuki wrong on paper’s circular economy

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    I hope that some of this rebuttal is widely communicated. I see the misinformation on Facebook frequently!

  • John Chittick on
    Fires are “Just the Tip of the Iceberg”

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    Given the magnitude and ease of rent seeking bounty exclusively available to all disciplines parroting the global warming / extreme events theses conveniently buried beneath the factually undeniable term, "climate change", it's not surprising to see yet another from forestry academia. It's disappointing however when ones delves into independent alternative work disproving or least dampening the popular expectations touted such as recent non warming from unadjusted global temperatures and statistics invalidating extreme weather events as being on the increase. It's almost as if there is a symbiosis between the hysteria business and the political class feeding off one another.

  • Canada, Ontario, add lands to Reserve

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    So it took the death of Dudley George and 25 years....yes 25 years to give a hundred acre parcel of land back to the Chippewas. Good grief !

  • WTO Issues Scathing Report – International Arbitrators Side with Canada

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    How many times is Canada's Softwood industry going to go through with this charade?

  • Bernie Stockermans on
    Behind the scenes with Denis Cormier, VP, Research Operations, FPInnovations

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    "Digitization to move data not people"? Does this mean more effort into automation or remote control of equipment?

  • John Chittick on
    B.C. Unions, Environmental groups, mill operators ask Ottawa to limit raw log exports

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    Those opposed to log exports prefer the US duties imposed on lumber blatantly subsidized by the insistence that Canadian logs, whether owned by the Crown or privately, be sold to the lowest bidder. At the margin, this puts those sawmills down but satisfies the politics of envy and resentment.

  • John Chittick on
    U.S. Lobby Group’s Review of Canada’s Forests Misses the Mark

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    The NRDC doesn't care about the relative merits of Canadian forest practices. It is in business to raise money by creating demand for action against industries hysterically depicted by their various campaigns. Canada is their prime target because through Canadian Crown land and resource ownership, their costs of success is that of political lobby rather than the much larger market price of private land (such as most of US and European forests) reflecting economic rents. NRDC and its peers will only move on to their next campaign when their targets are eliminated and for Canada, that means preserved in its entirety.

  • Doug Ballard on
    B.C. government focused on mass timber industry to meet CleanBC goals

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    This is an interesting and welcome technology to utilize our renewable resource. Wood is good.

  • George Delisle on
    Forest fire suppression measures can actually increase risks, scientist says

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    I find it difficult to take a report like this seriously. If what this report says is true then you have to agree that logging an area will have a similar impact. Does anyone stop and wonder if putting aside so many areas into reserves has contributed to the build up of fuel. How about the fact that the opposition to logging has pushed harvesting away from communities and thus allowed fuel loads around communities to build up. Why are we are surprised and shocked when a fire rips through a residential area. Putting back fire on the landscape is not going to solve the problem. Managing our forests for well spaced healthy resilient forests will. We need to control insect, wind damage, and disease impacts to significantly reduce fuel loads. This will go a long way to making us safer. Putting large areas off limits to logging is proving not to be so beneficial to the public lands. Come on folks , wake up before it is too late. George Delisle

  • UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

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    Very confident that UBC cluster of talents will achieve their goal with excellence. Good luck and keep up the great work.

  • We Need to Plant More Trees for a Healthier Planet

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    It is one thing to plant trees, but another to manage them. I know of so many plantations that were planted with good intentions and then forgotten. People need to be encouraged to thin, prune, and focus on crop trees and get rid of the trees with no future. Not many out there willing to do the hard work involved. However for the ones that do, very rewarding. Cheers

  • anonymous on
    Elliot Lake Fire Department declares fire ban

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    No fire concern - there's still snow on the ground. This is to prevent get-togethers around a camp fire.

  • George Delisle on
    Canada’s forest sector supports swift passage of CUSMA

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    How can anyone involved with the forest Industry be happy with the latest NAFTA update. The forest sector was not even on the radar when this was discussed. We were part of the forgotten tribe called Western Canada. We have got screwed for the last 30 years more or less with so called free trade with the States. The independent log suppliers were even worse off as they never received a dime of the tariffs that were returned to Canada. The major manufacturing plants received huge sums of money when most of the tariff was returned. What did they do with it? They went down south of the border and bought up mills down there that are now competing with our mills in Canada. I guess we got the government we deserve when we think they did us a big favor by screwing us again. George Delisle

  • George Delisle on
    Fewer trees, less undergrowth: Study says wildfires changing boreal forest

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    From my experience in the Southern part of British Columbia indicates that a similar impact from repeated fires in the dry Interior shows up in how our forests regenerate and grow. I have examples of a 650 + year old tree grown in the presence of forest fires that is the same size as a tree that is only 65 years old grown in the absence of fire. The elevation, location, soils, moisture regime, aspect, and climate are the same, the only difference I can see is the presence and absence of forest fires. Partial cutting these stands do not appear to impact the growth rate and may even increase the incremental growth if managed properly. Biodiversity can also be maintained better with a partial cut regime compared to forest fires. With this in mind I question the "let it burn" philosophy that is prevalent in today's natural resource management ideology. Can society afford to put even more carbon and other pollutants into the atmosphere and lose incredible amounts of carbon stored in our forests? The impacts on wildlife are immense in bad wildfires. Maybe it is time to go back to managing our forests for forest health instead of letting fires burn. A healthy forest is a more resilient forest able to survive fire better. There is no such thing as fire proofing a forest, we can only mange it to be more resilient and make controlling the fire easier. cheers George Delisle

  • George Delisle on
    Experts say climate change is driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada

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    While I agree that we need to adapt, we don't seem to put enough concern for people caused fires. We need huge rewards leading to the arrest and conviction for arson attacks and large penalties for stupidity!!!! If we could reduce the number of fires each year by a third, it would be an immediate benefit, while we work on reducing fuel loads and producing more fire resilient forests. The preservation mentality needs to be reworked if we are ever able reduce the impacts of wild fires. We need to take a very serious look in the mirror and ask are our preconceived ideas actually contributing to the fire problem. Cheers George Delisle

  • Frank Knaapen on
    Misleading report ignores role forests play in helping to fight climate change

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    Tell it like it is Derek and expose the falsehoods of the Wildlands League. I often wonder if that group every leaves their office to see the trees growing in the wild?

  • Bernie Stockermans on
    $50-million a year forestry program announced

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    Quality Hardwoods is also a very innovative company, having invested in wood pellet boilers about 10 years ago, to heat the plant and the dry kilns.

  • Clark Brander on
    GM, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota side with Trump on gutting the Clean Air Act

    Coment:
    An interesting article but not sure what it has to do with the forest industry?

  • Clark Brander on
    Love Paper campaign featured in several news publications

    Coment:
    Long over due!!! We have got to get away from this "killing trees" mentality.

  • Bruce Grunert on
    West of the oilsands, another sector suffers its own ’existential crisis’

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    The NDP can be blamed for the mountain pine beetle. When the infestation first broke out in Tweedsmuir Park they decided not to log it as they feared they would lose the green vote. They are the ones to blame.

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