West Coast Wildfires Draw Federal Attention

West Coast Wildfires Draw Federal Attention

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  1. Forest Certification
    10 Dec, 2016
    Forest Certification
    We are talking about third party certification. This means that all aspects of the forestry operation are evaluated by an objective third party, i.e. not forest owners themselves or those interested in buying their timber. It works like an audit of business accounts and activities.
  2. Getting the Message Out
    07 Jan, 2018
    Getting the Message Out
    Persuasion I am writing a presentation that I will deliver at one of the breakout sessions at the Tree Farm National Leadership Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico - January 31-February 2. The topic is “Using more wood for the love of forests: getting the message out.”  This is background for the “getting the message out” part. I am overdoing it a bit.  Don't worry; this is not the text for the talk. For anybody who plans to attend the session, don’t worry. I am NOT planning to deliver this
  3. Fusiform Rust Resistance in Loblolly Pines
    23 Jul, 2017
    Fusiform Rust Resistance in Loblolly Pines
    Fusiform Rust is a disease caused by the fungus Cronartium fusiforme and is especially deadly to the loblolly pine tree, with trees under ten years old having the highest mortality rate.  This presents a problem to loblolly tree farmers, as the disease can easily spread amongst trees of the same family. A group of scientists from various universities came together and compared the rust breeding values of 56 different families and found that high breeding values were significant indicators of
  4. Terpenoid Content in Loblolly Pine Trees
    17 Jul, 2017
    Terpenoid Content in Loblolly Pine Trees
    Terpenoids are a rapidly emerging source of renewable chemical energy. Learning how quantify their presence is becoming more and more important.  A group of scientists from the National Bioenergy Center in Colorado and the University of Florida performed an experiment on loblolly pines to determine the best, most efficient method of extracting and quantifying terpenoid materials in pine trees. They determined that using single step extractions with hexane/acetone mixtures over one hour at 22C
  5. Coal Plant Converts to Wood Chip Biomass
    10 Jul, 2017
    Coal Plant Converts to Wood Chip Biomass
    A sustainable alternative has been found to completely phase out Denmark’s largest coal-fired power station unit. A 20-year contract has been concluded by DONG Energy, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, and Kalundbong Forsyning, phasing out the use of coal in all of DONG Energy’s power stations by 2023. The contract involves conversion of Asnaes Power Station and connection of a new wood chip-fired plant to the already existing installations and systems. This new sustainable option allows for inexpensive
  6. Canadian forestry consortium combats criticism from private woodlot owners
    09 Jul, 2017
    Canadian forestry consortium combats criticism from private woodlot owners
    This article discusses a contraction in the Nova Scotia forest industry. Private woodlot owners say they are going out of business because of competition from a consortium of forestry companies called WestFor.
  7. Soil respiration, fine root production, and microbial biomass in cottonwood and loblolly pine planta
    09 Feb, 2017
    Soil respiration, fine root production, and microbial biomass in cottonwood and loblolly pine planta
    This article was written by Kye-Han Lee and Shibu Jose of the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation and published in the Elsevier Scientific Journal. The experiment detailed in the article compared the soil microbial biomass, fine root production, organic matter content, and soil respiration of a 7 year old loblolly pine and cottonwood plantation of the same age after being exposed to nitrogen fertilizer. Fertilization did not effect fine root production in either
  8. Mycorrhizal Fungi and their Multifunctional Roles
    09 Feb, 2017
    Mycorrhizal Fungi and their Multifunctional Roles
    This article was written by Roger D. Finlay of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and published by the Cambridge University Press. This article is a summary of an experiment preformed to observe the effects of mycorrhiza, or root fungus, on the growth of plants. While their effect on mineral absorption for the host plant is well known, this article discusses their effect on other areas such as: Mobilization of Nitrogen and Phosphorus from Organic Polymers Interactions with
  9. The Effects of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus on Loblolly Pines
    09 Feb, 2017
    The Effects of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus on Loblolly Pines
    An experiment was performed on soil from three forests of loblolly pines by AS Allen and WH Schlesinger of Duke University to test the effects of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus on the trees’ root systems. The experiment found that while additions of carbon and nitrogen increased respiration and microbial biomass around the root tissue, phosphorus caused a minor increase in respiration and had no effect of biomass.  An abstract of the article is available here: