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Monday, March 17, 2014
“Fingerprinting trees” may seem time-intensive and futuristic, but in an attempt to promote sustainable forestry in Indonesia, the largest producer of tropical timber, a project led by the University of Adelaide plans to do just that. By developing DNA markers for important timber species, certain trees will be able to be...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Maryland Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app, AccessDNR, provides anyone seeking outdoor adventure with all of the latest in nature-related recreation, information, and news.  The AccessDNR app provides mobile access to information and services including State park locations, activities and amenities,...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Texas A&M Forest Service contracted with Timmons Group to develop a new mobile and desktop application called “Tree Trails,” designed to collect information about trees throughout the State of Texas.  The app was created to allow teachers, youth organization leaders, and the general public to create a custom tree...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
“Pure Genius” hardwood floors use titanium dioxide technology to decompose bacteria, viruses, and molds as well as reduce potential carcinogens by constantly transforming toxic airborne particles into harmless water and carbon dioxide molecules.  This idea, patented by Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring, hopes to address...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The hemlock woolly adelgid has crept steadily west, ravaging trees in more than 30 counties, since arriving in Kentucky in 2006.  By targeting the state’s 80 million evergreen hemlocks, the adelgid threatens some of the most sensitive local ecosystems.  Without a natural predator, the pest feeds on starches inside the...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Colorado State Forest Service has extended its deadline to March 21st for Project Learning Tree-trained educators to receive free seedling trees from its Fort Collins nursery for use in planting projects on public or private lands, or as awards to students. Trees will be available for spring or fall plantings in...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
A team from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies analyzed how much using solid wood products, burning wood for energy, and harvesting wood sustainably would yield in CO2/fossil fuel savings. Their findings, colloquially summarized as an “environmental win-win,” may surprise some.  For example, the use of...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Despite the slowest exports to Europe since 1986, U.S. hardwood lumber exports set new records in 2013 with a total 1.463 billion board feet.  Compared to 802 million board feet in 2009, this is a huge win for exporters.  To cope with increasing prices, international buyers are going one of two ways: by purchasing lower...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The knobbly growths at the base of ancient redwood trees, called “burls,” are crucial to the continuation of the iconic species: the trees sprout clones of themselves on their burls before dying.  This important method of regeneration is being threatened, however, by “burl poachers” – people who cut the burls off to make...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
New research by the North East State Foresters Association and the Northern Forest center shows the importance of a forest-based economy: in the four-state region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, forest-based economic activity accounts for over $33 billion annually as well as 178,000 jobs. "These reports show...

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