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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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Forests forever

Source: Linkedin By: John Matel I was talking to a couple people about building with wood. They acknowledged wood’s advantages, but asked if we would run out of wood. I told the unequivocally that we will NOT run out of timber in America. The United States is the world’s biggest wood producer, yet we have more wood […]

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The Tao of Forest Management

Source: Oregon State University When it comes to proper management of our public forests, some would like to take a page from the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu. He posed the concept of non-action as an approach to life. In our forests, if we do nothing and let nature take its course, this line of reasoning […]

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Keep Public Lands Public

Source: The Forest Blog By: Russ Vaagen Public lands can and should remain public, with a caveat.  These federal lands need to be managed appropriately. Currently, they are not.  There is a reason that so many people living in rural America are shouting for a change in ownership or management of public lands.  Much of […]

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Billings’ new city forester: ‘I just want people to appreciate trees as much as I do’

Source: Billings Gazette His job title — “city forester” — may sound like a contradiction. But Steve McConnell, who’s been on the job for the city of Billings for about six weeks, has a good idea how he can help build on Billings’ long history of caring for and about its estimated 90,000 trees. “Trees are part […]

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Is it time to rethink the Forest Service?

Source: The Forest Blog By: Russ Vaagen Since the Clinton years, the Forest Service has undergone a great deal of change.  The agency was producing over 12 billion board feet of timber in the late 80’s, and by the mid 90’s that volume dropped to 2 billion.  To provide context, if that were converted to […]

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Wildfires in Colorado could get worse because of state’s 834 million dead trees

Source: foxnews.com DENVER –  Colorado’s beetle-infested forests are peppered with an estimated 834 million standing dead trees that threaten to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from mountains, officials said Wednesday. Roughly one in every 14 standing trees in the state’s forests is dead, with the total up 30 percent in seven […]

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Recreation wrapped in wood

Source: The Forest Blog By Russ Vaagen In the last blog post, I didn’t get a good chance to wrap the story of recreation and forest management together as well as I should have.  I don’t believe that every acre should be managed and I don’t think every acre should be thinned.  Different management techniques […]

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Outdoor Recreation, Forest Management

Source: The Forest Blog By Russ Vaagen For those of us in forest management, outdoor recreation and managing our forests go hand in hand.  I don’t know that it is seen the same way by outdoor recreation enthusiasts, but it should.  When you get down to the interests of both, the similarities are striking in […]

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Tell the forest story

Source: The Forest Blog By Russ Vaagen In a recent visit to EPCOT in Orlando Florida, I had the pleasure of watching “The American Adventure.”  It’s a look back at how the United States was formed and the influences that got us to where we are today.  Everything Disney is amazing and this show is […]

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