A few weeks ago, a company produced and shipped what it says is the world's first commercial volume of cellulosic diesel fuel from its new biorefinery in Columbus, Mississippi. The product, made from pine wood chips, is chemically identical to the petroleum-based fuel it is designed to replace.
Many people are found of spouting the the mantra of “save a tree.” There is a fear associated with how many trees go into the production of an item. A relevant question is whether such estimates of “tree equivalents” paint an accurate picture of our choices.
A group known as Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti, hosts several workdays each month to plant fruit trees and spread knowledge about permaculture throughout the community. They are transforming backyards, side lots and open fields into abundant, sustainable food forests.
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland constructed a nano-scale, sodium-ion battery from a sliver of wood more than 1,000 times thinner than paper. This tiny, tin-coated piece of wood could one day be used as a high capacity and environmentally benign battery.
In August 2011, the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition published a 23-page, full-color publication Across the Western Landscape: Priority Issues and Strategies for Western Forests. Across the Western Landscape provides a “readers digest” summary of the western states’ Forest Actions Plans.
As the sun sets on an $11.4 million federal effort to boost Maine’s wood pellet industry, early returns seem to indicate that the investment was a sound one. The U.S. Department of Forestry spent the money in the Fuels for Public Buildings grant to help bring 24 biomass conversion projects to fruition in schools, hospitals and public buildings across the state.
TheAmerican Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation, has announced the 2013 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, an annual sustainable forestry honor. Every year, ATFS inspecting foresters and state committees nominate certified Tree Farmers whose conservation efforts, outreach efforts to their community, and advocacy for sustainable forest management exceed expectations.
This month, the Georgia Forestry Association's Emerging Leaders and the Georgia SFI Implementation Committee, along with the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Forestry Foundation and other organizations in the forestry community, launched a new public information program.
The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change proposed new sustainability criteria for biomass sourcing last September and a comment period wrapped up at the end of November, but the official standards are yet to be released. As proposed, a biomass power facility would have to demonstrate that 70 percent of the wood used to manufacture the pellets it procures has chain-of-custody (COC) certification, from the forest of origin to the final user.
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