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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Tenaway Community Forest Advisory Committee is 20-member panel was appointed to advise the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Department as they develop a management plan for Washington State’s first state-owned community forest.  The 50,272 acre Teanaway Community...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Riparian buffers are vegetative/forested areas along streams that filter out contaminants, helping maintain clean watersheds: for decades, they have been used in best management practices to protect streams from contaminants and agricultural runoff.  At the Stroud Water Research Center, scientists have been trying to...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Strange shapes grew out of the low-tides left by storms on the north Galway coastline on Ireland’s Atlantic rim.   After powerful winds stripped sand and stone shoreline, oak, pine, and birch stumps as well as extensive root systems for an ancient forest made themselves known. Pre-dating the formation of the Galway bay,...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
MIT’s Rohit Karnik is a mechanical engineer who made a surprising connection between water filtration systems and the inner workings of plants: while at a meeting about plants and water flow, he realized that the xylem tissue in plants could be an effective and cheap method of cleaning up water. Xylem – “the stuff in...
Monday, March 10, 2014
The 58th annual Oklahoma Youth Forestry Camp is “Catching Fire” this summer from June 2nd to 7th in Broken Bow State Park.  Applications for a week of exploring Oklahoma’s great outdoors are being accepted until May 16th, 2014, and the $175 registration covers all meals, lodging, transportation at camp, and recreational...
Monday, March 10, 2014
Forest Service Southern Research Station research entomologist Bud Mayfield and other authors have confirmed the efficacy of using the same heat treatment used to treat logs for emerald ash borer to prevent thousand cankers disease.  The disease, a fungus carried by the walnut twig beetle, began moving out of its range...
Friday, March 7, 2014
Chinese researchers have developed a paper-based device that can be used as artificial synapses, able to successfully mimic synaptic stimulation response and short-term synaptic plasticity. This innovation could lead to breakthroughs in robotics and computer processing, Institute of Physics reported Feb. 13. Described as a...
Friday, March 7, 2014
Mountain pine beetles have destroyed millions of acres of forest in the Rocky Mountain West.  The marred wood left behind is difficult to clear, creating safety risks such as fire hazards.  However, designers in Colorado and Montana are finding new ways to use this excess pine. Once considered waste, “blue-stain pine” is...
Friday, March 7, 2014
The fresh smell of pine trees is well-loved, featured in scented candles and dangling car fresheners everywhere.  But it may have a greater role in improving the quality of our lives than we first suspected: new research says that the smell of pine trees may have a significant impact on climate change. The chemicals...
Thursday, March 6, 2014
South Carolina lost the equivalent of a year’s worth of timber harvest in a winter storm last month that State Forester Gene Kodoma says caused $360 million in damage to the state’s forestlands.  Gov. Nikki Hayley has asked President Barack Obama to make 21 of the state’s 46 counties eligible for federal disaster...

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