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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...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, found that under the right conditions, titanium clubs can create sparks that can heat to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for long enough to ignite dry foliage.  These lightweight clubs, easier to swing than stainless steels clubs, have the potential to cause sparks...
Monday, March 24, 2014
Besides providing fresh produce, schools with gardens are helping kids stay healthy in other ways: a two-year Cornell study of 12 elementary schools in New York found that kids at schools with gardens were four times more physically active than their peers at gardenless schools. The study also found that these children...
Monday, March 24, 2014
With the spring weather comes the arrival of the “high risk period” for overland transmission of oak wilt disease.  This disease, which fatally affects the water vessels of oak trees, is most transmissible when oak wilt fungal mats are present on trees killed the previous year and when sap-feeding beetles are active.  To...
Friday, March 21, 2014
Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service are coming together with researchers across the globe to share information about how exotic pests can move and spread, threatening our natural resources.  The International Pest Risk Mapping Workgroup (IPRMW) assesses the likelihood of the establishment of potential stowaway pests...
Friday, March 21, 2014
The forests around Chernobyl – the infamous nuclear power plant that exploded 28 years ago – are not decaying properly.  If these forests should catch fire, radioactive material would spread beyond Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation, the off-limits 1000 square miles around the decommissioned facility. Attention has been given...
Friday, March 21, 2014
“Would you like wood chips with that?”  Virginia Tech professor Y.H. Percival Zhang believes that in the future, this won’t be such a preposterous question: he has developed a process that can transform wood chips, corn stems and other agricultural refuse into edible starches. These plants consist of cellulose: while...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Deer are commonly thought of as a nuisance, but new studies show they might be more than just pretty traffic hazards: researchers from Cornell University say that a rapid increase in deer population could “forever alter” the progression of a forest’s natural future by “creating environmental havoc in the soil and...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has been getting a lot of buzz lately as a carbon-retaining equivalent to steel, masonry and concrete.  The strengthened engineered wood, based in Europe, has been featured for its accepted usage in skyscrapers. Idaho Forest Group, which operates five mills in North Idaho, will work with Johann...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Still reeling from the devastating storm last month that destroyed the equivalent of a year’s worth of timber harvest  and $360 million in damage to South Carolina state forestlands, forest industry and industry organizations have been making additional calls to action in support of the March 5thState Forester’s Forest...

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