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Friday, April 18, 2014
By inserting a piece of code isolated from a Chinese herb into the DNA of a poplar tree, scientists at the University of British Columbia, Michigan State and University of Wisconsin-Madison have produced a tree designed for easy deconstruction. These trees can be sterilized to prevent “gene flow” and can be planted on...
Friday, April 18, 2014
As career foresters retire, local wood products companies need workers with bachelor’s degrees in forestry.  While this seems like good news for a tough job market, recent graduates with four-year degrees in forestry typically don’t want to move to places like rural Oregon, where there is need, and rural, often poor kids...
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Georgia Forestry Foundation’s artwork and slogan contests offers students and schools an opportunity to win a prize valued up to $35,000.  The initiative, “Forestry: A Foundation for our Future” was launched to create greater awareness of the economic, environmental and social benefits of Georgia’s 24.8 million acres...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas.  Sites will span...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
On March 7th, TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation announced the winners of TD Green Streets, a grant program supporting innovation in urban forestry.  Each $20,000 grant will fund projects in underserved communities, including the purchase of trees, tree planting, maintenance costs and educational activities. "We're...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
“Climate change information is often presented at scales that are hard to digest,” said Stephen Handler, the lead author for the Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, “This report is designed to give forest managers in Michigan the best possible science of effects of climate change for our...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A new study suggests that woodland salamanders play a significant role in the global carbon cycle.  Tiny but abundant, on an average day, a salamander eats 20 ants of all sizes, two fly or beetle larvae, one adult beetle and half of an insect called the springtail. Their prey consists almost entirely of shredding...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Scientists at Oregon State University have uncovered a fundamental chemical discovery: cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees, can be heated in a furnace in the presence of ammonia and turned into the building blocks for supercapacitors. These high-power energy devices have a...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A new study in Baltimore City and Baltimore County have found that with a few exceptions, the frequency of crimes reported in a particular area goes down as the tree cover gets thicker.  Just a 10 percent increase in leaf canopy was associated with a 12 percent drop in crime.  The study supports arguments by advocates that...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The symposium on “Forestry Best Management Practice Effectiveness” is meant to communicate recent research findings on BMP effectiveness in the eastern U.S to a broad audience including forest managers and industry representatives as well as state and federal regulatory agency staff.  It is also meant to catalogue BMP...

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