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Friday, June 13, 2014
Fun new word of the day: dunnage. Dunnage is a wood-based material used to keep a cargo in position in a ship's hold. Dunnage, along with its cousins pallets and crates, are often responsible for the inadvertent introduction of highly destructive non-native insects who love to travel in these wood materials. Fortunately,...
Friday, June 13, 2014
In anticipation of Smokey's 70th birthday this summer, an exhibit of Rudy Wendelin’s legendary Smokey Bear prints are now on display at the Idaho Statehouse. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to view some wonderful artwork on behalf of one of our most treasured icons,” said Idaho Firewise Executive Director Ivy...
Friday, June 6, 2014
A new website has been unveiled to help homeowners and communities determine their risk for a wildfire in their area. The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, known as SouthWRAP, allows users to identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain...
Friday, June 6, 2014
The Malheur National Forest has hired about 40 new permanent employees, bolstering its staff to keep pace with the accelerated pace of restoration work on the forest. Steve Beverlin, deputy forest supervisor, said last week the local office has been in hiring mode for about eight to 10 months, but nearly all of the new...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Sadly, the emerald ash borer has been confirmed in New Jersey. A federal laboratory confirmed this month that the invasive beetle, which has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the United States, crossed over from Pennsylvania and New York.   "Since the emerald ash borer has been active just over our borders...
Friday, June 6, 2014
100,000 fast-growing poplar trees will filter nutrient-laden water from a wastewater treatment plant in Missoula.  The water has already gone through the plant’s disinfection and clarification process, and is legal to be dumped back in the Clark Fork River. But the trees will use up the remaining phosphorus and nitrogen...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Robert Sallee, who was the last survivor of the Mann Gulch fire, passed away last week at 82 years young.   The fire claimed the lives of 13 firefighters on a Montana mountainside in 1949.    Robert Wayne Sallee was born in 1931 on a farm near Willow Creek, Montana. His family moved around during the Depression,...
Friday, June 6, 2014
One large front-yard tree can increase the sale price of a house by 1 percent. A well-placed mature tree can reduce annual air conditioning costs by 2 percent to 10 percent. It is estimated that America's urban forests store between 600 million and 990 million tons of carbon. Trees are increasingly used as part of a green...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Red spruce (Picea rubens) is a tree species that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain. Measurements of the basal area of red spruce in New England have shot up in recent years, and while climate change is near the top of the list of theories for why, scientists have yet to determine how much of the...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Library at The Dock, a library and community center in Melbourne, opened this month. The facility is Australia’s first public building to be made from cross-laminated timber (CLT). CLT is manufactured using layers of timber to create solid panels, and is 30 percent lighter than traditional structures. In addition to...

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