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Michigan group encourages urban food forestry

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.

Wood just keeps going, and going...

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.

Copies of the Across the Western Landscape publication available

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 ForestsAcross the Western Landscape provides a “readers digest” summary of the western states’ Forest Actions Plans.

Investment in Maine's wood pellet industry begins to see strong return

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.

2013 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year announced

The American 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.

Georgia focuses on sustainable forests

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.

UK's biomass sustainability criteria may impact U.S. biomass exporters

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.

Learning more from forest landowners

A survey conducted by the U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory & Analysis program has provided insight into behavioral patterns and motivating factors for the nation’s 10 million family forest ownerships.

Urban trees may do more than you think

A recent state-by-state study finds that U.S. urban trees store carbon and provide billions in economic value. America's urban forests store an estimated 708 million tons of carbon, an environmental service with an estimated value of $50 billion, according to a recent Forest Service study. The annual net carbon uptake by these trees is estimated at 21 million tons and $1.5 billion in economic benefit.

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