Preparing For Rim Fire Logging Litigation

The battle has begun! The picture below was taken in April, within the Rim Fire, and shows how quickly the bearclover returns, after a fire. Even the manzanita and deer brush have difficulty when the bearclover is so entrenched. California Indians knew that old growth pine and bearclover were the best of their available land …

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The Rim Fire: Landscape View

Here is a view of the Granite Creek watershed, and a peek at the Tuolumne River canyon, too. The Rim Fire burned all the way to those most-distant ridgetops. For scale, you can see a vehicle in the middle of the picture. That road is the Cherry Oil Road, which connects Cherry Lake with Highway …

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Rim Fire Salvage Logging, by SPI

Bob Zybach and I went on a field trip to the Rim Fire. The first stop on the tour showed us the Sierra Pacific Industries’ salvage logging results. I’m posting a medium resolution panorama so, if you click on the picture, you can view it in its full size. You can see the planted surviving giant …

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Australia’s First CLT Public Building

Thanks to Forest Business Network for this one.. Australia’s first public building made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened its doors. The Library at the Dock in Melbourne was built in partnership between the City of Melbourne, Places Victoria and Lend Lease. The major structural components of the three-storey library are made from more than …

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Wisconsin Researchers Test Affordable Wooden Shelters

The weather these last couple of days has made me tornado-sensitive, and I ran across this story from the Insurance Journal (through a link from Forest Business Network). Here’s the link and below are some excerpts. Note Robert Bonnie’s statement at the end. Bob Falk is frugal and a realist. The research engineer at Forest …

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The World’s Most Advanced Building Material Is… Wood

Thought folks might be interested in this piece from Popular Science here. Why the sudden interest in wood? Compared with steel or concrete, CLT, also known as mass timber, is cheaper, easier to assemble, and more fire resistant, thanks to the way wood chars. It’s also more sustainable. Wood is renewable like any crop, and …

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Power Fire 2014

We’ve seen pictures of the Power Fire, on the Eldorado National Forest, before. I worked on salvage sales until Chad Hanson won in the Ninth Circuit Court, with issues about the black-backed woodpecker. The court decided that the issue needed more analysis, as well as deciding that the Forest Service’s brand new mortality guidelines were …

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“Timber Trouble” in Wisconsin

Since Norman brought up Wisconsin, and I had seen this earlier, thought it would be a good time to post this. Buried deep in Wisconsin’s northwoods is a story that warrants statewide attention. In the coming days, the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team will bring you “Timber Trouble.” Our three-part series focuses on the growing …

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Colorado Forest Products (TM) PSAs

Found these PSAs for Colorado Forest Products (TM) in my email this afternoon. The Colorado State Forest Service is very excited to announce that next week our first series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring our Colorado Forest Products™ program will begin airing on the networks of 9News (KUSA, KTVD). The creative process involved with …

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Closure and Rehabilitation of Temporary Roads

Here is a view of a temporary road used in a fire salvage portion of a green timber sale, on the Sequoia National Forest. The McNally Fire burned over 100,000 acres. Since this location is so remote, worries about vehicular entry are minimal. At the time, the logger and I thought these rocks would be …

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