Wood Houses Could Help Alleviate Latin American Housing Deficit

Researchers in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment are investigating the market potential for wooden houses prefabricated in the United States as a way to help decrease the housing deficit in Latin America.

The research team from the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials traveled to Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia to determine the market for using wood in residential and commercial structures as well as the barriers that prevent the use of wood in social housing projects.

Presidential Transition Plan: Trees and Forests are America’s Natural Capital

Trees and forests built America and are essential for the nation’s growth and success. State forestry agencies are poised to support the new presidential administration. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is pleased to provide the Donald Trump Administration and Congress with recommendations for capitalizing on the benefits of trees and forests. 

Alaska Airlines' first flight with biofuel made from forest residuals

Alaska Airlines made history flying the world’s first commercial flight using a new sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest – the limbs, stumps and branches that are left over after a timber harvest or forest thinning of managed forests on private land.

The flight departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., powered by a 20 percent blend of the new, sustainable biofuel sourced directly from the Pacific Northwest.

Study Opens Doors for Forest Markets in Arizona

Completion of an analysis of Yavapai County’s wood resource brings the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition (URVRPC) and its partners one step closer to meeting their shared goal to support reinvigoration of a forest products’ industry in the region.

Jeff Whitney, Arizona State Forester and Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM), reiterated his support for the UVRWPC and its activities.

Wisconsin timber sale shows benefits of planned harvest

Work now underway to remove high risk, damaged, diseased and slow growing trees on 327 acres at Devil's Lake State Park exemplifies the benefits of forest management for wildlife, recreation and the economy. Paul Kloppenburg, Sauk County forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the timber sale involves removal of competing trees in some areas so that the next generation of trees can thrive. Sustainable forestry management often requires cutting trees in a given stand to encourage a healthier and more vigorous forest in the future.

Timber City at the National Building Museum

By Emily Bazydlo

On a normal day, walking into the National Building Museum in Washington, DC brings a sense of awe, and the two large wooden panels on the main museum floor add to it. The two-story high panels advertise one of the museums new exhibits, Timber City. The Timber City exhibit showcases elegant models of the wooden structures being built all over the world with a major educational component.

Oregon coal-fired plant to become biomass power plant?

By year's end, Portland General Electric will fire up its 550-megawatt power plant in Boardman for a daylong test burn, feeding 8,000 tons of pulverized, roasted wood into its boilers instead of the usual diet of coal.

The exercise is meant to gauge whether the aging fossil fuel plant could reliably generate electricity using renewable feedstock such as "torrefied" wood after its scheduled closure in 2020. If it works — technically, economically and environmentally — Oregon's only coal-fired power plant could one day become the country's largest biomass power plant.