Category Archives: Impact

Deadly Imports: In One US Forest, 25% of Tree Loss Is Caused By Foreign Pests and Disease

From a deadly fungus that showed its face in 1904 on an American chestnut in the Bronx to a nematode recently found to kill American beeches in Ohio, forests in the United States have faced more than 100 years’ worth of attacks from introduced pests and pathogens. But how much of a chunk are these invaders actually taking out of the woods? A

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April Storms Caused $4M+ In Timber Damage

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Forestry Commission estimates the damage to the state’s timber resources from strong winds and at least 25 confirmed tornadoes April 13 tops $4 million. Seven teams of foresters conducted tornado storm damage surveys covering nearly 64,000 acres, surveying plots along tornado paths to assess the damage to the forest resource. The crews found that over

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Paul Johnson, Host of the “Trees are Key” Podcast Reminds Listeners to Go Outside

College Station, Texas — Texas A&M Forest Service podcast, “Trees Are Key”, is reminding listeners to get outside and explore during stay-at-home times. Celebrating five years this spring, the short, weekly podcast helps listeners better care for their trees by featuring short lessons and weekly tree highlights. Paul Johnson, the Urban and Community Forestry Program leader, is the voice and producer behind

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Earth Day Webinar to Highlight Plan to Protect 50% of America’s Wildlands

PORTLAND, Ore.— An Earth Day webinar led by one of the founders of the Center for Biological Diversity will explore a plan for protecting 30% of America’s wildlands and waters by 2030 and half of them by 2050. The Center’s Executive Director Kierán Suckling will convene a small panel of experts on a webinar to dive into the value of public lands and

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Using Tiny Bits of Trees to Save the Forest | Michael Goergen | TEDxWilmington

In this talk Michael Goergen discusses how to help forests and the environment. Michael Goergen joined the U.S. Endowment for Forestryand Communities (Endowment) in September of 2013 to lead the Public Private Partnership for Advanced Woody Biomaterials and Nanotechnology or P3Nano. He is committed to bringing cellulosic nanotechnology from the lab to commercialization, and is bringing together partners to accelerate

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Sharing the Mass Timber Story

When it comes to mass timber, Katerra is just one small part of a bigger story that has the potential to change the world. Across North America, companies, organizations, conservation groups, and government agencies are looking to mass timber to help us reimagine cities and address everything from climate change to affordable housing. Click HERE to view the video. Visit

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Forests Face A Climate Tug-Of-War

Increased carbon dioxide allows plants to photosynthesize more and use less water. But warmer temperatures drive plants to use more water and photosynthesize less. So, which force, CO2 fertilization or heat stress, wins this climate tug of war? It depends on whether forests and trees are able to adapt to their new environment. Click HERE to link to the article.

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Wind Turbine Towers Built Using Wood

“Our calculations indicate that the 150 meter tower will reduce mass by about 30% and cut manufacturing costs by roughly 40% compared with an equivalent tubular steel tower with a 6-7 meter base diameter. And wood is a natural product that can often be sourced locally, creating local jobs and other added benefits.” — Chief Technical Officer Erik Dölerud ,

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David Brand, CEO of New Forests, talks about SDG’s and Forestry

A new video from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development features David Brand (CEO, New Forests) speaking to the importance of forests as a natural climate solution. “Forest are particularly important in terms of climate change and there has been an increasing recognition that forests are going to need to be a significant part of the near term solution

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Georgia’s Wood Industry Impacted By US/China Trade Challenges

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a nice piece on the impact the US/China trade war is having on the wood industry in Georgia. https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional/georgia-towering-wood-industry-whipsawed-trade-war-with-china/hd5KECU7VrSxdmYD0dP7CM/ Here are some statistics on private working forests as compiled by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO).

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