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Monday, March 24, 2014
With the spring weather comes the arrival of the “high risk period” for overland transmission of oak wilt disease.  This disease, which fatally affects the water vessels of oak trees, is most transmissible when oak wilt fungal mats are present on trees killed the previous year and when sap-feeding beetles are active.  To...
Friday, March 21, 2014
“Would you like wood chips with that?”  Virginia Tech professor Y.H. Percival Zhang believes that in the future, this won’t be such a preposterous question: he has developed a process that can transform wood chips, corn stems and other agricultural refuse into edible starches. These plants consist of cellulose: while...
Friday, March 21, 2014
Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service are coming together with researchers across the globe to share information about how exotic pests can move and spread, threatening our natural resources.  The International Pest Risk Mapping Workgroup (IPRMW) assesses the likelihood of the establishment of potential stowaway pests...
Friday, March 21, 2014
The forests around Chernobyl – the infamous nuclear power plant that exploded 28 years ago – are not decaying properly.  If these forests should catch fire, radioactive material would spread beyond Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation, the off-limits 1000 square miles around the decommissioned facility. Attention has been given...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Deer are commonly thought of as a nuisance, but new studies show they might be more than just pretty traffic hazards: researchers from Cornell University say that a rapid increase in deer population could “forever alter” the progression of a forest’s natural future by “creating environmental havoc in the soil and...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has been getting a lot of buzz lately as a carbon-retaining equivalent to steel, masonry and concrete.  The strengthened engineered wood, based in Europe, has been featured for its accepted usage in skyscrapers. Idaho Forest Group, which operates five mills in North Idaho, will work with Johann...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Still reeling from the devastating storm last month that destroyed the equivalent of a year’s worth of timber harvest  and $360 million in damage to South Carolina state forestlands, forest industry and industry organizations have been making additional calls to action in support of the March 5thState Forester’s Forest...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council that helps prepare volunteer fire departments to conduct home assessments in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in order to prevent and mitigate damage caused by wildfire. The program includes a...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
NASF is pleased to announce that Olivia Reynolds has joined NASF as Fiscal Specialist.  Olivia’s first official day was March 17. Prior to joining NASF, Olivia cultivated an impressive resume in both the arts and in accounting.  She brings with her 12 years of accounting experience, including time spent as the accounting...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Virginia farm and forestry exports in 2013 are up more than 8 percent from the previous year for a record $2.85 billion, according to reports released at the sixth Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade. Gov. Terry McAuliffee said his administration will strive to make Virginia the “East Coast capital” for...

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