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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...
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...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Partners in Community Forestry National Conference will be held November 5-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  This conference serves as the annual, national gathering for urban forestry professionals and advocates: examples of last year’s presentations can be found here.  The Call for Proposals will be open through April...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
As bad news for the pulp and paper industries in Maine dominate headlines, a 150-year-old mill has good news.  Built in 1854 and consistently used to produce traditional paper products, Sappi Fine Paper is marketing itself a little differently these days. “We do not sell paper, we sell texture,” said Donna Cassese, manager...
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Winter woes stemming from a massive storm in February are going to result in a mountain of wood chips for one Georgia city-county.  In Augusta, more than 100,000 cubic yards of gigantic branches, limbs, and chunks of tree trunks (plus literal tons more which still need to be collected) will be ground into wood chips by...

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