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Montana forest shows carbon-sequestration potential of thinned acres

Source: Treesource.org The planet’s forests are a significant piece of the conversation about not only the impacts of climate warming, but also about strategies for sequestering carbon – thereby removing it from Earth’s atmosphere. In his traveling presentation on the “Era of Megafires,” U.S. Forest Service researcher Paul Hessburg talks about the exponential growth of […]

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SLA 2017

Source: The Forest Blog By Russ Vaagen What does SLA mean?  For those of you that haven’t been in the lumber world, it means Softwood Lumber Agreement.  This is used to refer to the agreement that the United States and Canada had for 10 years starting in 2006.  Essentially it is the agreement between the […]

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North American Softwood Lumber: 20% Duty

Source: The Forest Blog By Russ Vaagen Something finally happened.  The US government imposed a 20% duty on Canadian softwood lumber imports to the United States. Everyone seems to have an opinion. For those that think this is something new, it’s not.  This dispute has been going on for decades and will continue far into […]

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Do Trees Need People?

Source: Idaho Forest Products Commission The world’s oldest tree, a 9,550 year old spruce, was recently discovered in Sweden.1 This new-found spindly record holder is old even for a tree… right? Perhaps you are asking: How long does a tree live? While there are a few ancient giants (and dwarfs) who have seen humans move […]

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To save forests, cut some trees down, scientists say

Source: Science Mag By Ula Chrobak Forests are feeling the heat. In places like the American West, rising temperatures and drought mean less water for trees, sometimes shriveling swaths of woodland. Now, scientists have found that thinning early in forest growth creates tougher trees that can endure climate change. What’s more, these thinned forests can […]

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Active Management

Source: The Forest Blog By: Russ Vaagen What does active management mean for National Forests?  When people hear this or read this for the very first time, there are many different thoughts.  For those that are in the Forest Industry, it sounds like a good plan that we should have been following for some time.  […]

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Federal Land Management 2.017

Source: The Forest Blog By: Russ Vaagen If we are going to get better at managing lands we need a better land allocation method.  All lands need to be inventoried and grouped together based on desired outcomes.  We see three necessary land designations. Actively managed lands, conservation managed lands and protected as backcountry.  In doing […]

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QUIZ: SHOW US WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT TREES AND WILDLIFE

Source: National Wildlife Federation Are you up for a challenge? We’ve put together a quiz with some tricky tree and wildlife questions from our wildlife experts. Do you have what it takes to match the native tree with its perfect wildlife species? Click here to take the quiz…

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Rockin’ the gospel of sustainability: Chuck Leavell launches ‘America’s Forests’

Source: Treesource.org Most of us know Chuck Leavell from what he calls his “night job,” as the longtime keyboardist for the Rolling Stones. But Leavell has another gig, and he attacks it with equal fervor: forestry. Whether managing his 3,000-acre pine and oak plantation in southern Georgia or touring the country preaching the need for […]

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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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