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Friday, July 18, 2014
Plant biologist Gerald Tuskan of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying lignin, a fibrous polymer that helps strengthen plant cell walls. With a tensile strength greater than steel, carbon fiber made from lignin has countless uses. "We can melt it and spin it into carbon fibers," Tuskan said. "Depending on what your...
Friday, July 18, 2014
A wood particle board mill that has been shut down in Athens, Georgia since 2008 will come reopen to produce wood pellets for export.   Waycross-based E-Pellets LLC said it will produce wood pellets at the former Louisiana Pacific oriented strand board plant after acquiring it from the the Nashville-based building...
Friday, July 11, 2014
After several devastating forest fires, foresters and environmental groups were beginning to agree that Oregon's forests need to be managed differently to reduce fire hazards and foster healthier forests. The closing of several mills during the recession meant local and state governments were interested in saving jobs...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently toured facilities in La Grande and Wallowa that are participating in efforts to improve forest health and reduce fire risk while securing and creating jobs in rural Oregon. Along with First Lady Cylvia Hayes, the Governor visited the Boise Cascade Particleboard Plant outside of La...
Friday, June 27, 2014
New Zealand has become the world’s largest exporter of softwood logs, with shipments in 2013 accounting for more than 20 percent of global trade, according to estimates by Wood Resources International LLC. Russia and the United States ranked second and third as global log suppliers, each shipping about 15 percent of the...
Friday, June 20, 2014
China's Shandong Tranlin Paper Co Ltd will invest $2 billion in a paper and fertilizer plant in Virginia that will be China's largest greenfield project in the United States. Shandong Tranlin will make the investment over five years near Richmond. The project will create 2,000 new jobs by 2020. Advanced manufacturing jobs...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Enter the generation of en-TREE-preneurs—innovators using wood to create everything from iPhone cases to wooden speaker systems. Here are three such companies that are making a splash this year. Let's hope they source sustainably grown American wood! Read more > >  
Friday, June 20, 2014
Several companies operating paper and pulp mills in towns across Maine say the local tax bills they’re paying are more than the buildings, property and equipment are worth to an industry that provides jobs for thousands and makes up a significant portion of the state’s tax base. Some of the companies, such as Sappi Fine...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Did you know that your favorite stinky cheese is likely aged on wood boards?   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a statement that wood shelves and boards cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized, and therefore do not conform to a particular regulation regarding plant equipment and utensils.The...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Ancient redwood trees sprout clones of themselves on the knobbly growths known as “burls” before dying.  “Burl poachers,” who cut these pieces off to make decorative pieces, are beginning to see some justice: in Humboldt County, multiple arrests of suspected burl poachers have been made. Says Redwoods park ranger Jeff...

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