Forestry
For all armchair lumberjacks, Husqvarna has released the first virtual reality (VR) chainsaw game – Husqvarna Limberjack. Via the Steam platform, the game is now available to download world-wide for anyone that wants to test their limbing skills and compete for the new world championship title.
Alberta’s draft plan to facilitate the recovery of woodland caribou herds is facing criticism from wildlife conservation groups, CBC News reports. According to the CBC article, “The draft plan includes an experiment to fence a 100-square-kilometre area where caribou would be able to breed, and any predators that pose a threat to the enclosed herd would be killed.”
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and FPInnovations are launching the first-ever “ARCTIC Challenge” for the forest sector, to elicit proposals from cleantech innovators on solutions to current challenges. The ARCTIC Challenge focuses on remote sensing solutions for conducting forest inventories.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Division, one of the largest state forestry operations in the U.S., will implement Trimble's Land Resource Manager (LRM) solution to deliver a common platform and simplified processes. The LRM system will provide timely access to land management activities related to timber sales, silviculture, forest inventory and timber revenue.
Forests Ontario is pleased that with the release of its Climate Change Action Plan, the government of Ontario has reaffirmed the vital role of forests and forest management in addressing the challenge of climate change.
A forest certification advisory committee working with the Algonquin Forestry Authority on sustainable forest management within Algonquin Provincial Park in south-central Ontario has been recognized with the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Canada Stewardship Award for their leadership and personal commitment.
In response to recent increases in the spruce beetle population, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is committing $1 million and has designated a spruce beetle manager to work with First Nations, local communities and stakeholders to develop a regional spruce beetle management plan.
During the month of March, the public can help support tree planting by making a donation to Forests Ontario at any LCBO store in Ontario. Donation boxes for Forests Ontario will be displayed at checkout counters of Ontario’s liquor retailers until March 31.
February 23, 2015 - Ledcor have posted a video showing how it works with local logging contractors to arrange roadside grinding of residuals (broken stems, waste branches, etc.).
The 2015 State of Canada’s Forests report is now available from Natural Resources Canada as a PDF download. This year marks the 25th edition of this annual report, which is a reliable source of national, forest-related statistics and science-based information.
Climate change is happening quickly, but forests adapt slowly. That’s the root of the problem that will challenge Canada’s forest industry for the next hundred years.
In coastal British Columbia, 56 per cent of harvestable timber volume is located on slopes greater than 35 per cent, and forest companies are increasingly turning to this challenging source of fibre as the more easily accessed timber near valley bottoms is exhausted. As part of its Steep Slopes Initiative, FPInnovations is looking for new approaches and technologies to improve timber harvesting safety and efficiency on steep slopes while reducing environmental impacts.
The recent report of the chief forester for Quebec takes stock of the health of the public forest in Quebec and presents an analysis of progress and areas for improvement related to seven major sustainable development criteria and 26 issues.
DigitalGlobe has reached an agreement with Intelescope Solutions to enable global-scale satellite imagery data for the forestry industry.
LTN Contracting Ltd., the largest timber harvesting contractor in the Prince George area of British Columbia, has won this year’s FPAC-CCAB Aboriginal Business Leadership Award.
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