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As Black Hills beetle epidemic ends, resiliency project begins

Source: Rapid City Journal U.S. Forest Service officials said this month that the 20-year mountain pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills has officially ended, but that doesn’t mean their fight against the tree-killing insects is over. In fact, an effort to limit the damage from the next epidemic could begin soon. The new effort […]

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Well managed forests are key to a low carbon future

Source: Linkedin By Phil Riebel In countries such as Canada and the U.S., continually improving sustainable forest management practices will play a key role in mitigating climate change and ensuring a long-term wood supply. Climate change, caused by increasing levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere is a key challenge due to changes in […]

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New Tool Aims to Assess Landscape-Level Forest Sustainability

Source: Sustainable Brands By Tom Martin As with most industries these days, companies in paper and packaging know that their customers — be they publishers, fast food companies or office suppliers — want to buy products that are deemed sustainable. They know that millions of dollars can depend on whether their products can meet this […]

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What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature

Source: Greater Good Berkeley By Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner Humans have long intuited that being in nature is good for the mind and body. From indigenous adolescents completing rites of passage in the wild, to modern East Asian cultures taking “forest baths,” many have looked to nature as a place for healing and personal growth. […]

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Study: Beetle-Killed Trees’ Impact on Elk

Source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife researchers want to know how some of Montana’s prized elk are doing after a pine beetle epidemic killed millions of trees across Western Montana. “In this part of the state it’s a pretty big impact, landscape scale impact on elk habitat. And so, we are just trying to understand as tree […]

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Well managed forests are key to a low carbon future

Source: Two Sides In countries such as Canada and the U.S., continually improving sustainable forest management practices will play a key role in mitigating climate change and ensuring a long-term wood supply. Climate change, caused by increasing levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere is a key challenge due to changes in global temperatures […]

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9 Stunning Buildings That Will Change the Way You Think of Wood

Source: GQ By: Louise Hart When you think of wooden buildings, you likely think of log cabins or New England clapboard cottages. But thanks to new technologies like treatments for bamboo or cross-laminated “engineered” timber, wood is stronger, lighter, fireproof, and more practical than ever before—an alternative to environmentally problematic materials like steel and concrete. […]

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Rebuilding the Worlds Forests

Source: The Nature Conservancy By: Justin Adams Humankind has always had a tricky relationship with forests. We depend on them to regulate the climate and rainfall, clean our air and water, sustain myriad species of plants and animals, and support the livelihoods of over a billion people. Yet we continue to destroy them, to the […]

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The Need For Active Forest Management

Source: The Forest Blog By: Russ Vaagen I have been meaning to use more video to tell our story.  Here’s my first shot at doing that.  This is the active management portion of the Era of Megafires presentation that Paul Hessburg with the Pacific Northwest Research Station put together with North40 Productions, both from Wenatchee, […]

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How the invention of paper changed the world

Source: BBC Gutenberg figured out how to make large quantities of durable metal type and how to fix that type firmly enough to print hundreds of copies of a page, yet flexibly enough that the type could be reused to print an entirely different page. His famous bibles were objects beautiful enough to rival the […]

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