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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Portland is on track to break export records once again as pests in North America have created an international shortage of pine.  Exports are expected to approach six million tons; 10 percent higher than last year’s record of 5.4 million. The pines, devastated by beetles, are in demand in China where they are used to...
Monday, April 7, 2014
The Poverty and Environment Network (PEN), led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a study that reveals that income from forests and other natural environments significantly contribute to the livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries. The study found that income from natural...
Friday, April 4, 2014
A Yale University-led study has found that global carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel reliance can be substantially reduced if we change our preferred building materials to include more wood.  This study shows that sustainable management of wood resources can prevent biodiversity loss, maintain carbon storage capacity...
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The global market for pellets is expected to reach $9 billion by 2020, more than doubling the current $4 billion market.  Michele Rebiere, from Viridis Energy Inc., said that the largest market by far is the European market with 20 million metric tons used n 2013.  Seth Ginther, executive director of the U.S. Industrial...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Shubhendu Sharma, a young industrial engineer who formerly worked for Toyota, was inspired by the production-line efficiency.  Inspired by the staggering statistic that we lose about 36 football-field’s worth of forest in any minute, he founded Afforestt with the idea that forests can be produced just as efficiently. He...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Springtime is the best time to tap your trees for maple, but this season, the end product might look a little different.  “Vertical Water,” a new brand name for the sap that comes from a tree which is then typically boiled down to make maple syrup, is being marketed as a new health drink.  Slightly thicker and sweeter than...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Researchers have created a greener, safer alternative to BPA using lignin, the compound that gives wood its strength.  Of the 70 million tons of lignin byproduct generated each year, about 98% is incinerated to generate small amounts of energy.  Nothing this, Kaleigh Reno, a graduate student from the University of Delaware...
Friday, March 28, 2014
In a 2-1 decision on Wednesday, March 26th, the 9th district court of appeals reversed a previous court decision which had invalidated a 2003 USDA regulation exempting the Tongass National Forests in Alaska from the 2001 Roadless Rule. The ruling remands the issue back to the District of Alaska District Court to decide if...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Working with University of Maine professor Robert Rice, the co-owner of Maine heritage Timber Co, Tom Shafer, was able to make some interesting discoveries about logs recovered from the Quakish Lake in Millinocket.  These logs, submerged since the early 1800s, were treated in a kiln for 14 days: after which, Rice was able...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
New Hampshire’s forests are more than just a major tourist attraction: other forest-based economic activities help pull in around $3.8 billion for the state economy.  Recreational activities, such as wildlife watching, hunting, camping, and hiking, pull in nearly 10,900 jobs. Seasonal industries are also important, such as...

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