This report is for Vermont, but it’s happening in many northern states and Canada as well. Logging cannot occur if conditions are not right. Ground needs to be frozen or dry for loggers to get in without damaging forestland. While this is undoubtedly harming loggers’ income this season, it may have lasting implications on the lumber markets this spring and summer.

Key takeaways:

  • Loggers in Vermont are facing financial challenges due to warm and muddy winters
  • Last 18 months have been difficult for Vermont’s forest products industry, with loggers losing tens of millions
  • Contractors are cutting back on crews or selling additional products to stay afloat
  • Some contractors are leaving the industry, which is rare to return
  • Loggers are pushing for H.624 to fund projects improving water quality and climate resilience on harvest sites.

Source: Warm, muddy winter wreaks havoc on logging industry

Can we read between the lines here? Province might be allowing harvesting of protected trees, but it is unlikely they’re being turned directly into pellets – that would be a waste. It’s possible old growth trees are being harvested for timber, but the byproducts of timber cut from old growth trees is being turned into pellets. So, Forests Ministry can deny that old-growth trees are being burned for pellets (directly), but that’s not answering the challenge about whether they’re being harvested when they shouldn’t be.

Key Takeaways:

– B.C.’s forests ministry denies reports of old-growth trees being burned for pellets in the U.K.
– Environmentalists claim leaked map shows province is allowing harvesting of protected old-growth trees
– Ministry states wood pellets in B.C. are made from waste fiber, not whole forests
– Drax Group defends sourcing of wood for pellets as legal and sustainable
– Controversy surrounds B.C.’s promise to protect old-growth forests
– Provincial government introduced deferral areas to protect old-growth forests temporarily
– Claims of erroneous truck loads of old-growth wood delivered to pellet plants
– Concerns raised about biased removal of old-growth deferral areas for logging
– Ministry responds by stating size of trees is not the only factor in determining ecological value of deferral areas
– Province working on all recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review for conservation of ancient forests

Source: B.C.’s old-growth protections come under renewed scrutiny: Forests ministry denies reports of old-growth being used for fuel

Documented evidence that global warming is having an effect on northern Minnesota forests by about 200 miles over the last 20 years.

  • The Forest Assisted Migration Project in Minnesota is working on building a regional market for climate-adapted tree seedlings
  • Research on assisted migration aims to preserve forests amid climate change impacts
  • Studies have shown that moving southern-adapted trees to northern climates can be advantageous for forest health
  • Climate change is impacting Northwoods trees in Minnesota, making them more vulnerable to various threats
  • Assisted migration involves relocating trees to help woodlands adapt to climate change
  • Forest ecologists are experimenting with this strategy to diversify forests in a warming world
  • Minnesota is experiencing rapid warming, affecting its diverse plant boundaries
  • Climate change has caused forests to suffer rapid losses globally, leading to potential forest die-offs
  • Assisted migration projects are gaining momentum internationally in response to climate change
  • Moving forests may have risks, such as invasive species, but not doing so poses larger risks

Original Article from Smithsonian Magazine.

The Oregon Department of Forestry approved a plan to preserve almost 700,000 acres of state forest land for endangered species over the next 70 years.

  • The Oregon Department of Forestry approved a Habitat Conservation Plan to protect almost 700,000 acres of state forest land for endangered species over the next 70 years
  • The plan was implemented after lawsuits were filed against the state for violating the Endangered Species Act by selling forest land for logging
  • The Oregon Board of Forestry voted 4-3 in favor of the plan
  • The plan will cut timber harvests in state forests, potentially leading to job losses in the timber industry
  • Some mills may be forced to close as a result of the plan, impacting tax revenue for Clatsop and Tillamook counties
  • The plan needs federal input and is expected to go into effect in late 2024 or early 2025.

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