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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
The Watershed Research and Training Center and The Nature Conservancy are pleased to announce a new online resource for those working to help communities live safely with wildland fire: the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network blog www.FACNetwork.org. The purpose of the blog is to enhance networking and dialogue...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing today on the Administration's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal for the USDA Forest Service with Chief Tom Tidwell was a witness. Rep. Moran (D-VA) questioned Chief Tidwell over proposed reductions to the Urban...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde hypothesizes that we can use the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark tress to replace street lights. After learning about biomimicry, a method of imitating models and systems found in nature to solve complex design issues, he began working with the...
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...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
As California enters its third year of drought, efforts to increase water storage include some unlikely solutions.   Researchers believe that by thinning out the overgrown Sierra Nevada forests, they may be able to increase water flows into the Central Valley. Roger Bales, a UC Merced engineering professor, says that this...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Last year, the National Association of State Foresters partnered with the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation to inform children nationwide of the importance of forests and forestry jobs under the theme “Work in Process.”  This year’s theme couldn’t be more perfect – “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future” refers to...
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...

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