Northwest biochar commercialization strategy paper

Global Forest Information Service - 5 hours 44 min ago

Biochar is a growing industry in the Pacific Northwest.
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USDA and DOE announce up to $8.7 million through the interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative

Global Forest Information Service - 5 hours 51 min ago

The U.S. Department Agriculture in collaboration with the Energy Department announced that up to $8.7 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products.
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Senator Tester clears up misstatement

Global Forest Information Service - 6 hours 1 min ago

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., discussed a number of issues including the necessity of the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and a factual blunder he made earlier in the week during his monthly phone conference with Montana reporters.
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University of Montana College of Forestry hires new Native American program coordinator

Global Forest Information Service - 6 hours 7 min ago

The College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana announces the appointment of Ruth Swaney as coordinator of the Native American Natural Resource Program.
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Missouri logging company’s philosophy outside the norm

Global Forest Information Service - 6 hours 16 min ago

Pioneer Forest is located deep in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks.
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Can Nepal’s food security really be improved through modelling?

Global Forest Information Service - 6 hours 19 min ago
Scientists have developed a computer model for Nepal that shows income from different agricultural scenarios or market policies. But modelling is still not properly recognised   By Rachmat Mulia and Betha Lusiana   In January 2015 in Kathmandu,...
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Montana State University team will study Montana forest to help forests across West

Global Forest Information Service - 6 hours 29 min ago

A Montana State University ecologist who has studied the movement of water through redwood trees has now received a federal grant to investigate the movement of nitrogen through a western Montana forest.
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African agriculture has stagnated

Global Forest Information Service - 8 hours 17 min ago

“Africa must leverage agro-biodiversity and ecological principles such as agroforestry to build resilience and harness natural capital,” writes Alex O Awiti, director of the East African Institute

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Fire breaks out at APD Sawmill in Port Alberni

Global Forest Information Service - 11 hours 6 min ago

A fire that apparently began in the headrig at Alberni Pacific Division (APD) Sawmill along Port Alberni's waterfront sent smoke billowing into the sky that was visible for miles.
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Opportunity still knocks

Global Forest Information Service - 11 hours 14 min ago

New development in the small-scale pellet space is not a venture of the past.
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American Wood Fibers announces the strategic acquisition of Lost Coast Forest Products

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:55

Stephen Faehner, President and CEO of American Wood Fibers, Inc. (AWF) and Geoff Freidman, President of Lost Coast Forest Products (LCFP) are excited to announce the acquisition of LCFP by AWF. LCFP is a market leader and national supplier of USDA approved, kiln dried packaged firewood and accessories in the U.S., and AWF is the largest U.S. manufacturer of wood shavings, wood flour, and other natural fiber products.
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Manufacturers make the most of veneers

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:44

When consumers shop for clothes, they often look at the tag to see what type fabric it is made from along with the size.
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Global Bioenergies makes first isobutene from biomass

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:39

Global Bioenergies announces having produced “second generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.
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Procter & Gamble fires up massive biomass investment

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 23:25

With companies like Apple and Google regularly stealing headlines for their solar and wind investments, it’s easy to forget “renewable” energy comes in many forms.
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Fairies' woodland homes face planning control

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 21:07

Trustees say cherished elfin estate of up to 200 front doors, in Wayford woods, Crewkerne, is gobbling up too many tree trunks - and the spritely speculation must be hobbled

The first fairy door appeared more than a decade ago, a beautifully handcrafted work of art with a working handle, hinges and a little bed tucked behind it. But since then so many tiny doors have been fixed to trees in one Somerset wood that the custodians of this slice of sylvan paradise are having to bring in planning controls.

“The problem is there are just too many of them – and some are a little bit garish, they don’t fit in,” said Stuart Le Fevre, a trustee for Wayford woods, near Crewkerne. He said doors were being screwed into living trees, which could be damaging. “And some have been added to trees far away from the paths so children have been trampling over the bluebells. We don’t want to discourage children and we certainly are not anti-fairy – but we have to take some sort of action.”

"Fairy control" begins in woods to stop tiny doors being attached to trees

A fairy door I found in the woods.

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Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon'

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:14
Direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during severe drought has been provided by an international research team. Researchers found that while the rate of photosynthesis was constant among trees on plots unaffected by drought, rates on the six drought-affected plots dropped significantly (as compared with before the 2010 drought). They also discovered that while the growth rates of drought-affected plots were unchanged, levels of tissue maintenance and the general health of trees were reduced.
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Don’t do away with the fairies: we need to relearn our sense of the magical | Sara Maitland

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 19:52
Worries about proliferating fairy doors in Somerset’s Wayford Woods are misplaced. A sense of wonder can only be healthy for children and adults – and our woodland

If you go down to the woods today – at least in Somerset’s Wayford Woods – you are sure of a big surprise. It is not teddy bears this time, but uncontrolled immigration and house construction without planning permission – by fairies. More soberly, the trustees of Wayford Woods, near Crewkerne, are perplexed about what to do about the 200 or so tiny doors that have been screwed on to trees, and which purport to be entrances to the homes of the “little folk”. The 29-acre Somerset wood is accessible – legally as well as physically – and children have been leaving gifts and messages for the fairies for some years now, part of a wider trend for fairy doors.

So what exactly is the problem here? A few screws are not going to damage the trees; this is not ancient woodland or a site of special scientific interest; no wildlife is, so far as I can determine, being threatened. Environmental art (of widely varying degrees of merit) is now common, indeed encouraged, in woodland. We say we want children to get out into nature, to encourage the creative play of their imaginations; and I bet the little doors are increasing children’s “footfall”. In many ways indeed this is an appropriate place for such goings-on because the wood was originally part of the garden of Wayford Manor, designed by Harold Peto – a landscape architect of the Arts and Crafts movement, of which the fairytale revival was a central theme.

A fairy door I found in the woods.

Related: Do you know the names of the trees in your neighbourhood? | Sara Maitland

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Rebuilding after Wildland Fire – New Developments Outpace Rebuilding in Burned Area

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 19:27
When wildland fires destroy buildings, do people rebuild? Using aerial and satellite imagery, researchers have been tracking construction in areas burned by wildland fires and the findings reveal that new development outpaces reconstruction of burned buildings.
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