Tree Planters Save Lives

His first posting was in Burundi in the rebel-contested town of Kinyinya. It was 2003 and Ivan Grayton had just started his new job as a logistician with Medecins Sans Frontieres, responsible for the vehicles, communications and the construction and upkeep of the village hospital. Stressful? Yes. Dangerous? Undoubtedly. But no big deal, says Grayton, because as a former tree planter he knew how to cope with adverse conditions and not freak out about it.

BC Fears the Worst

In a word, it's not going to happen. That's the view west of the Rockies when it comes to agreeing of a new Softwood Lumber Agreement before the grace period expires October 12. There are just too many significant differences to overcome. Given the political mood in the States and strong lobbying from the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports, Kevin Mason, Managing Director of ERA Forest Products Research, a Vancouver firm which advises investors on forestry issues, believes the Americans are in no hurry to hammer out a new Agreement and that, he says, will lead to a new round of tariffs in the immediate future.

Interprovincial Study Points to Climate-Based Seed Transfer

Local is better. At least, that's been the mantra so far. "It's a safe way to keep trees matched to the climate you plant them in," says University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry professor Dr. Sally Aitken. "They've adapted through the process of natural selection." But climate change is casting doubt on the tried and true. Seedlings that were once well adapted to the environment are showing signs of maladjustment - poor growth and a susceptibility to disease.