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Friday, May 30, 2014
Maryland's chief apiary inspector says honey bee colony losses among the state's mostly part-time beekeepers approached 50 percent over the past year, and beekeepers nationwide report having lost one in three honey bee colonies during the same period. Citizen scientists in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Laurel wilt disease, a fungus carried by a teensy beetle, has been detected across more than 500 square miles of south Florida's Everglades National Park. "This is a huge, huge threat to the Everglades," Jason Smith, associate professor of forest pathology at the University of Florida, told the Sun Sentinel. "The loss of...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Non-native insects and diseases are destroying North American trees and forests. In some cases, entire species of trees are being removed from our forests and neighborhoods, causing economic and environmental costs and reduced quality of life in our communities. Register for the Environmental Law Institute's webinar for...
Friday, May 30, 2014
William Perkin High School in West London is open for business! The school was built using 3,800 cubic metres of Austrian prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels. "Even with snow on the ground and delivery restrictions from the surrounding residential area, the majority of the CLT (cross-laminated timber) structure was...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Kansas City, Missouri-based Urban Lumber is helping put dead ash trees to use. Emerald ash borer, an invasive forest insect, has been killing off the midwest's trees since 2002. Aptly named Urban Lumber, a community lumber yard stocked with local maple, walnut, and ash, is hoping to put felled city trees to use. Many saw...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Rough & Ready Lumber in Cave Junction, Oregon is back in business one year after it was forced to shut due to weak markets for timber. Some employees have already been hired, and the mill is set to reopen in July. Funding comes from a $1 million Business Oregon loan and $4 million in state and federal tax credits that...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Demand for Louisiana and Mississippi pine has skyrocketed, and more than $2.5 million of timber was loaded onto a China-bound ship just last week. Chinese buyers believe in the durability and hardiness of southern pine, according to Ralph Stewart, a third-generation logger in Louisiana. The stumpage price for Louisiana...
Friday, May 30, 2014
More than 150 students experienced a day of hands-on forestry learning at Arkansas' Crossett Experimental Forest. With support from the U.S. Forest Service and University of Arkansas at Monticello, students learned about wildland fire tools, portable saw mills, Biltmore sticks and clinometers. Wildlife biologists with...
Friday, May 23, 2014
According to a study released last week by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a new international standard for wood packaging material used in international trade is slowing the inadvertent export of stowaway invasive bark-and-wood-boring insects by as much as 52%.  The International Phytosanitary...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Ancient redwood trees sprout clones of themselves on the knobbly growths known as “burls” before dying.  “Burl poachers,” who cut these pieces off to make decorative pieces, are beginning to see some justice: in Humboldt County, multiple arrests of suspected burl poachers have been made. Says Redwoods park ranger Jeff...

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