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Friday, July 18, 2014
A wood particle board mill that has been shut down in Athens, Georgia since 2008 will come reopen to produce wood pellets for export.   Waycross-based E-Pellets LLC said it will produce wood pellets at the former Louisiana Pacific oriented strand board plant after acquiring it from the the Nashville-based building...
Friday, July 18, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today I headed over to the DNR’s office to meet with Ken Holman, the DNR Community Forestry Director, where we planned out the day. I was also able to meet many of the leaders in the DNR office and say hi, which was great! Our first stop was at Environmental Wood Supply, a biomass...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Five years after the emerald ash borer arrived in Kentucky from the north where it killed more than 25 million trees, the full force of this Asian invader is being felt across the Bluegrass.   From Lexington to Louisville and north to Cincinnati, ash trees are being wiped out from rural landscapes, parks, leafy...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Did you know that well managed natural forests help provide cleaner drinking water to urban communities?   A report by the USDA Forest Service states nearly 80 percent of the nation’s freshwater originates from forestland. That crisp taste of fresh water is made possible by healthy forests, and when forests are...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow I woke up early on Thursday and headed to St. Croix State Forest. St. Croix suffered from a blowdown on July 1, 2011. Although I could see parts that were still suffering from those injuries to the trees and land, I could still see a lot of life and recovery happening. The campsite area...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow I spent the morning at the NewPage Duluth Paper Mill. Communications Director Kalee Hermanson was an excellent tour guide and showed me around many of the interesting parts of the paper mill. The mill runs year-round and produces paper for magazine-style inserts. I was able to see their...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Blog post by Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow This morning I headed over to the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids. Since we were on a tight timeline, the site manager Jeff met me and showed me around via golf cart. The Forest History Center consisted of a Visitors Center with various exhibits and artifacts and a...
Monday, July 14, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today I met with Amy Kay and Laura from the Department of Natural Resources who explained the week to me and set me up with my Prius. I drove from St. Paul, MN three hours upstate to Paul Bunyan State Forest. I met with a third generation tree harvester named James who was kind enough...
Friday, July 11, 2014
A Purdue University research team led by Michael Jenkins, associate professor of forest ecology, found that a 17-year-long Indiana Department of Natural Resources policy of organizing hunts in state parks has successfully spurred the regrowth of native tree seedlings, herbs and wildflowers rendered scarce by browsing...
Friday, July 11, 2014
State forestry officials have been receiving numerous calls about a disease affecting white pine trees, but they say there should be no rush to cut them down because the trees may yet survive. Needles on infected trees have been changing color and falling off in recent weeks, prompting calls to the Maine Forest Service....

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