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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...
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) behind the Hardwood Checkoff program has announced its willingness to make some concessions after a number of large sawmills and industrial grade users have voiced their opposition.  For example, regarding low-grade sectors, the BRC commented, “The committee continues to believe that all...
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Forest Products Industry across North America plans to start construction on just more than $1 billion in projects during the second quarter of 2014. Industrial Info has identified more than 120 capital and maintenance projects that are scheduled to begin from April to June. Expenditures cut across the various segments...
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Senate Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on Feb. 27th to examine the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Committee expressed concern that the act was being used to further other policy goals, was subject to excessive litigation, was not being successful in recovering species, that settlement...
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Researchers in Madison have created a spongelike aerogel that has the potential to quickly and efficiently absorb oil.  “The idea is that you could throw this aerogel sheet in the water and it would start to absorb the oil” said Shaoqin Gong, who runs a bio-technology-nanotechnology lab at the Wisconsin Institute for...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass sources -including starch, cellulose, lignin, switchgrass, powdered wood, algae and waste from poultry processing- to electricity with assistance from a solar or thermal-induced hybrid...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A tornado in Cleburne, Texas managed to wreak havoc, damaging and destroying 8.5 miles of homes, businesses and landscapes.  The loss of trees in the area has correlated with a decrease in shade, energy efficiency, and property values. To bring the community together and help it recover, H.E.B, the Texas Tree Foundation,...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Major watershed restoration efforts for the Tongrass National Forest/ Twelvemile Creek watershed on the Prince of Wales Island were begun in 2009, including wildlife habitat and streamside vegetation improvements, fish crossing and road condition improvements, and major in-stream channel work.  This work, which was...

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