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Source: Science Daily A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles — pheromone baiting — may actually help the pest’s population increase, UBC research shows. A study by Rebecca Tyson, an associate professor of mathematics at UBC’s Okanagan campus, used mathematical modelling to examine several mountain pine beetle management strategies used in Banff […]

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Source: Independent Record Collaborative groups working throughout Montana’s forests are looking for common ground with each other in a new organization. Montana Forest Collaborative Network held its first conference in Helena on Monday. The two-day event brought together collaboratives and interest groups focused on natural resource management and engaging with the state and federal agencies. […]

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Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen This election season has been one for the ages.  It’s interesting to hear all of the different reactions to the election.  I think the response of those that supported Hillary are showing us why this has happened in the first place.  There is a massive chasm between the […]

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Source: The Forest Blog, by Russ Vaagen What in the world does that mean?  I think it’s one of the three legs of the stool for successful collaboration.  It’s often the one that is most easily overlooked.  They are: Trust between the parties Open communication Focus on interests, not positions Most people or organizations create […]

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We are not the largest producer of Fir flooring in the world, however we have the largest selection of Prefinished Fir Flooring in the world at 32 options. There are other producers of unfinished Fir flooring in Montana that do a wonderful job as well, we have simply carved out a nice valued added niche […]

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Source: Ravalli Republic  A 2-by-4 no longer measures 2 inches by 4 inches. And a sheet of plywood? They used to come out of the world’s largest mill in Bonner, Montana, measuring 4 feet by 8 feet by half an inch. Now an Oregon company produces sheets 12 feet wide, 48 feet long and 2 […]

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Source: YubaNet.com, By Rocky Mountain Research Station U.S. Forest Service LOGAN, Utah, October 20 2016 – Scientists have discovered that Great Basin bristlecone pine, which has the longest lifespan of any non-clonal organism worldwide, is highly resistance to mountain pine beetle. Mountain pine beetles, a native insect to western North America, have killed millions of trees […]

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Source: Good News Network, by McKinley Corbley Thanks to conservation efforts and sustainable lumbering practices, America has more trees now than it has had since the 1920s. In a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, forestry has been on the up and up for some time now. Areas consumed by wildfires […]

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Hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! We will be closed on Thanksgiving and the following Friday.

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Source: Wood Naturally Interior Design Trends Using Wood Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there’s nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are rediscovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to reinterpretations of existing styles, they’re finding creative ways […]

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Source: Ecosystem Marketplace In the United States, news about impaired drinking water sources makes regular headlines. Mountain snowpack doesn’t replenish reservoirs as much as municipalities and state officials across the US West hope. Pollution running off farm fields leads to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and spoils a region’s drinking water. Dangerously high levels […]

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Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen Although the title might look like click-bait, it’s true.  Especially in the fire-prone forests of the west.  Our forests have too many trees.  It’s obvious when you’re out there, especially in our National Forests and in parts of the country where we don’t have sawmill infrastructure that will […]

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Source: The Forest Blog, By Russ Vaagen Last night I had the opportunity to attend the Colville showing of “Era of Megafires” at the Colville High School.  Considering that it was scheduled at the same time as the final 2016 presidential debate, attendance was good.  The presentation was a combination of the work of Dr. […]

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Source: USDA Blog Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for forest ecosystems across the world. Many impacts are expected to remain into the future.  This means forest managers, conservationists and woodland owners continually need to address climate change to ensure forests can provide a broad array of benefits and services. The […]

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Source: The Forest Blog The Forest Service has come up with a system for road density that’s not well thought out.  It’s based on the number of miles of roads per square mile of land.  One major problem with this is that square miles are flat, the National Forest is not.  This means that if […]

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