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Friday, November 21, 2014
For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.  A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with...
Friday, November 14, 2014
A coalition led by the Kennebec Land Trust organized a conference today focused on sustainable forestry and its role in Maine’s local economies. The conference discussed the economic value of locally made wood products and the regional dynamics of New England’s forestland and forest products economy. Theresa Kerchner,...
Friday, November 14, 2014
Antlers are seeing uses that would seem incomprehensible to hunters of days gone by. The branched horns cast off annually by deer, elk and moose now hang from ceilings as chandeliers, complement furniture and become a canvas for carvers. Nutrient-rich elk bones also head across the Pacific to be used in Asian countries...
Friday, October 31, 2014
As part of the continued rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced proposed new actions to include new forest products in the BioPreferred® program. The proposal also includes other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Pine nuts, or pignolias, are a critical component of a good pesto sauce. It turns out that pine nuts don't generally come from orchards, or fields, or plantations. They come from pine forests. The nuts are hidden inside the cones of certain species of pine, such as the mighty Siberian pine, which covers thousands of square...
Friday, October 3, 2014
Texas A&M Forest Service has completed a new study of the economic contribution provided by forestry-driven, wood-based industries in Texas. The report shows that the total economic contributions of the Texas forest sector include $30.3 billion in industry output, supporting more than 130,600 jobs; and continues to...
Friday, September 5, 2014
In 2010, the last standing mill in Josephine County, Oregon closed its doors due to a precipitous decline in federal timber supply. Rough and Ready is a 92 -year-old family owned business, and when it shuttered its small diameter mill, 85 employees lost their jobs in a county that already carried one of the highest...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Parts of Nova Scotia could be facing significant firewood shortages this winter with suppliers already turning away customers. Michael Nowe is a firewood supplier near Liverpool, Canada. His woodlot is about half as full as it should be for this time of the year. He says he started turning customers away in June because...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Clemson University has formed a new institute whose founders hope to change how commercial buildings are constructed in the United States. Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D) will leverage the university’s assets in forestry, architecture, construction science and engineering to design, test and market...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Weyerhaeuser, one of the Pacific Northwest’s cornerstone companies for more than 110 years, plans to relocate its headquarters and 800 employees from Federal Way to Seattle. Weyerhaeuser is Washington state’s seventh most valuable public company, with an $18.1 billion market capitalization that ranks it just above...

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