Sign of the Times?

Funny seeing an “8 in 1 Survival Kit” advertisement on a ‘climate warrior’ gloom and doom website. The advertiser specializes in “Outdoor and Urban Survival”. A list of what is in there makes me laugh. 1) LED flashlight (No mention of batteries) In a climate emergency, batteries will always be available, eh? 2) Heavy Duty …

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Citizen forest planners using GIS

This seems like a strange source for hearing about evolution in forest planning policy, but here is what the Region 6 regional forester is telling the world.  It’s not something I remember serious discussion about when the 2012 Rule was developed, nor have I heard of it being done anywhere.  Has anyone participated in something …

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National Forest map app now available for Android, iOS devices

Thanks to Bob Berwyn’s blog for this one.. here is the link and below is an excerpt: “This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a press release. “By putting important forest information right at your fingertips, …

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MLB, U.S. Forest Service decreases bat shatter rate

Summertime brings to mind more than wildfires… Here’s a link… below is an excerpt. As the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season slides into the All-Star break, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the results of innovative research by the U.S. Forest Service, and funded by MLB, that will result in significantly fewer …

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Wood is key ingredient in cheap rechargeable battery

We have been talking about uses of wood… there are some on the research horizon of interest. Here’s an article from New Scientist. A battery made from wood doesn’t exactly scream high-tech innovation – more like something cooked up round the campfire. But a device that exploits wood fibre could be the key to cheap, …

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Colorado: Green Industries With Wood

Meanwhile, while Montanans and Oregonians seem to be ambivalent about the industries they have, entrepreneurial Coloradans are still working on getting an industry so as to avoid burning dead lodgepole in piles. Check out this story in the business section of the Denver Post. Mark Mathis was looking pretty smart in early 2008. He was …

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CSTPR Noontime Seminar: The Human Dimensions of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Boulder

I will be in the air, so can’t see this.. a bit off our usual topics but related, and sounded very interesting… Here’s the link. It’s at 12 MT. Abstract: This research explores the effect of feedback from the smart grid, smart plugs, and dashboard displays on driving, vehicle charging, and household energy-use behaviors. Toyota …

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Nanocellulose Pilot Plant- more info

Italics mine. The Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory is poised to become the country’s leading producer of forest-based nanomaterials with the opening of a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant. The facility will support an emerging market for new wood-derived renewable materials that will create jobs and contribute billions of dollars to the economy. As new …

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Nanocellulose Pilot Plant at Forest Products Lab

Nanocellulose Pilot Plant to be Unveiled at Forest Products Lab Production facility for renewable, forest-based nanomaterials first of its kind in the United States MADISON, Wis. – The U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) is poised to become the country’s leading producer of forest-based nanomaterials with the opening of a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot …

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