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Coverage of forestry since December 23, 2021.

Investigation finds Tolko followed forest rules

"...Silver Hills Watershed Watch complained that Tolko’s forest harvesting over the past few years between Lumby and Cherryville increased water flows, contributed to four landslides and introduced sediment into streams that supply drinking water..."

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Horgan government’s forestry policies blasted

"...The next few years is going to be a good news, bad news story for B. C. ’s forestry sector, market experts speaking today at a Truck Loggers Association conference predicted..."

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Work to Grow: A Vision to Reduce and Repurpose Waste in Newfoundland Nature Canada

"...About 400,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown out every year in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 3F Waste Recovery, a startup of 11 people in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, wants to decrease that number. The three F’s in the company’s name stand for farm, fish and forestry — the main areas in which they’re trying to reduce waste..."

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New ELC Publication: Managing Forests not Forestry

"...This webinar will introduce the key components and principles of EBM and explore the extent to which they are adopted in Alberta’s forest laws and policies.  Topics looked at will include science-based decision-making; various management principles and concepts for using natural ecosystem dynamics as a management template; public consultation and participation; and community forest management.   Recommendations designed for shifting Alberta’s forest laws and policies to an EBM approach will also be discussed..."

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Vernon logging company ‘could have done more' to prevent landslides, watchdog says

"...The complaint by Silver Hills Watershed Watch charged that harvesting by Tolko Forest Industries contributed to four landslides, increased water flows and introduced sediment into streams that supply drinking water..."

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The firings come one day after Mayor John Tory said the city faces the possibility of a mass staff absence due to the raging Omi

"...The terminated employees include: 127 in parks, forestry and recreation; 49 in seniors’ supports and long-term care; 30 in public health; 28 in shelter support and housing; 20 in fire services; and 15 in paramedic services..."

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PG&E blamed for massive Northern California wildfire

"...A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires fiercer and harder to fight in the American West..."

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Logging in watersheds among stressors for declining Pacific salmon, experts say

"...Before logging, the forest canopy helps to collect rainfall and shade snowpack, slowing down the springtime melt, Alila said. The trees also pump moisture out of the ground, increasing the soil’s capacity to absorb runoff, he said. Clearcutting or logging everything in a given cutblock dominated the province’s forest industry in the latter half of the 20th century and it’s commonly practised in combination with different approaches that leave more trees standing..."

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N.B. Recruiting Students For Upcoming Forest Fire Season

"...liz west / CC New Brunswick's Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development is recruiting students for the upcoming forest fire season..."

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'People just have to stay diligent': N.B. premier still has hope after year of record-high COVID-19 numbers

"...When New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs introduced 2021 as the year of hope and reinvention, he was optimistic about the impact of the newly created COVID-19 vaccine..."

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‘Critical' work planned for South Canim hillside

"...Fire mitigation efforts in the South Canim Lake area impacted by a large wildfire this past summer are being coordinated by forestry officials and contractors..."

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Ecotourism in ancient boreal forests

"...Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer..."

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Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Officer

"...The Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Officer plans, coordinates and organizes knowledge exchange and outreach..."

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Fleet Maintenance Specialist

"...We specialize in the sustainable recovery of horticultural by-products from forestry operations..."

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Manager, Sustainability - Carbon Forestry

"...private sector clients but will also support the delivery of ESG related services across a range of other industry sectors..."

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Associate Professor - Forestry

"...spatial analysis who use field-based approaches and quantitative methods to address pressing issues in forest conservation and management..."

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Recent episodes that mention forestry.

“The damage has already been done,” says Alberta fertilizer analyst

Duration: 8:57

"...It’s a surprise to only a few at this point to hear we’re currently at a 20-year high in the fertilizer markets..."

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RealAg Radio, Dec 15: Grain sample disputes, the new Alberta ag minister, and Bio-K

Duration: 55:10

"...We’re midweek in mid-December, and you know what that means? Another episode of RealAg Radio! Thanks for tuning in — we appreciate you making us part of your day..."

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Alberta ag minister keeping margin-based insurance on the table, but not for this round of BRM reform

Duration: 10:15

"...A month into the job as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, Nate Horner says he’s catching up with producer groups in the province and working to get up to speed on the priorities for Alberta agriculture..."

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RealAg Radio, Nov 5: COP26, plant-based profitability, breaking Alberta news, and being punny

Duration: 55:29

"...Welcome to this Friday edition of RealAg Radio..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about forestry.

Is British Columbia a No-Go Investment Zone? (w/ Conrad Browne, Teal-Jones Group)

"...Forestry is in the permit economy, which has been affected profoundly by government regulations and protest campaigns in BC..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Completing the Picture: Designing a food system that’s positive for nature and our climate

"...The transition to renewable energy is critical in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s only half the story..."

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Sven Mutke - Non-wood Provisioning Services from Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems

"...Pine nuts, mushrooms, and woodland pastures are just a few examples of the nontimber forest products that are increasingly part of the bioeconomy—an economic model that embraces forests as a source of food while prioritizing biodiversity and sustainability..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about forestry relevant to the latest news.

Quantifying ecosystem service interactions to support environmental restoration in a tropical semi-arid basin

"...Understanding the role of ecosystem services (ESs) within environmental management has become a critical issue of the twenty-first century..."

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Landscape Dynamics in the Northwestern Mountains of the Iberian Peninsula: Case Study Ancares-Courel Mountain Range

"...Agriculture, cattle grazing, unsuitable forestry management, forest fires, and afforestation with fast-growing species, have led to a reduction of the forests..."

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Has the European Union entered a bioeconomy transition? Combining an output-based approach with a shift-share analysis

"...Moreover, the EU Green Deal announced in 2019 targets a transition towards a low-carbon sustainable model of growth, food and energy security, biodiversity and natural resource management, where it is envisaged that the bioeconomy will play a key role..."

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Economic and Social Perspective of Climate-Smart Forestry: Incentives for Behavioral Change to Climate-Smart Practices in the L

"...In this volume, the concept of climate-smart forestry (CSF) has been introduced as adaptive forest management and governance to address climate change, fostering resilience and sustainable ecosystem service provision..."

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Provisioning ecosystem services related with oak (Quercus) systems: a review of challenges and opportunities

"...Then, the provisioning ecosystem services related with oak systems are reviewed, including: (1) oak?s agroforestry and silvopasture systems for the production of food, pasture, and additional products; (2) browsing of oak leaves and acorns by livestock; (3) harvesting of oak wood for timber; (4) cork oak stripping, and the uses of cork; (5) acorn-based foods and beverages; and (6) others uses, such as the production of medicines and extraction of tannins for the leather industry..."

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Forestry and Hunting

"...This chapter also introduces tree species most commonly found in the European and North American forestry, describes the basic steps of forestry technologies, and explains how various ways of forest management affect various components of ecosystem including biodiversity, nutrient cycling energy flows soils, water, etc..."

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Integrated multi-enterprise agricultural system for sustaining livelihood, energy use and resource recycling: a case study from

"...Therefore, a study was planned during 2014?2018 involving multiple enterprises like food crops, agroforestry (fruits?+?vegetables), forage, livestock and water harvesting-cum-fish production to enhance productivity, profitability, energy efficiency, resource recycling and soil health..."

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National Forest Inventory Data to Evaluate Climate-Smart Forestry

"...This chapter explores the strengths and limitations of NFI-derived indicators to assess forest development with respect to adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, that is, the criteria of Climate-Smart Forestry (CSF)..."

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Remote Sensing Technologies for Assessing Climate-Smart Criteria in Mountain Forests

"...Monitoring forest responses to climate-smart forestry (CSF) is necessary to determine whether forest management is on track to contribute to the reduction and/or removal of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of resilient mountain forests..."

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Climate-Smart Forestry in Brazil

"...Nevertheless, the deforestation rate, with a consequent loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, represents critical challenges, attracting worldwide attention..."

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The Role of Forests in Climate Change Mitigation: The EU Context

"...Within the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector, forestry will contribute to this target with CO2 sink, harvested wood products (HWP), and use of wood for material or energy substitution..."

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