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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center has announced grant funding for six hardwood forestry projects designed to encourage innovation and the sharing of processing and marketing knowledge among wood products manufacturers in the Eastern United States. Four projects address keeping the hardwood industry...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sudden oak death, caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has killed more than a million mature oaks and tan oaks in California over the past two decades. Scientists are experimenting with Agri-Fos in a healthy swath of forest in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is uncertain how well the commercial fungicide, which...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that whitebark pine faces an "imminent" risk of extinction because of factors including climate change. This is the first time the federal government has identified climate change as one of the driving factors for why a broad-ranging tree species could disappear. A recent...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
An MIT researcher, along with colleagues at the University of Maryland and the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, has come up with a simple model to predict the maximum tree height in different environments across the United States. The model takes in basic meteorological data — such as average annual temperature,...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A widely used herbacide by landscapers -- once thought to be environmentally friendly -- is now the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country. A nationwide class-action lawsuit was filed this week against DuPont...
Friday, July 15, 2011
The 25x'25 alliance will be hosting a webinar, "National Wood-To-Energy Roadmap - A Guide for Developing Sustainable Woody Biomass Solutions," on July 19. This webinar will coincide with the 25x'25 Alliance's release of a new report, National Wood-To-Energy Roadmap - A Guide for Developing Sustainable Woody Biomass...
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is seeking a Community Outreach Manger. The Manager serves as the staff liaison to the southeastern U.S. group of SFI Implementation Committees, develops partnerships and projects to increase the growth of certified lands and mills and chain of custody certifications in the SFI program,...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Mexico has faced illegal logging for years, but now security experts say that Mexican cartels appear to be entering into the illicit trade, either by orchestrating the logging or serving as armed muscle and then taking their cut. Local citizens are taking up arms to defend their ancient forests.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has proposed giving credit under its LEED program to several currently unrecognized wood-certification groups. USGBC's Pilot Credit for Certified Products would, for the first time, enable wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Canadian Standards Association...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Ken Pimlott has been appointed director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). He has served in multiple resource management and fire protection positions with the department since 1993 and has served as acting director since 2010.

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