tree harvesting industry Articles

  • Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires

    Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres. While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • Asia Pulp & Paper`s anti-deforestation pledge: Sign of a Changing Industry?

    Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the world’s largest paper companies, announced earlier this month that it will no longer cut down natural forests ...

  • Book Byte: We Can Reforest the Earth

    Protecting the 10 billion acres of remaining forests on earth and replanting many of those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health. Since 2000, the earth’s forest cover has shrunk by 13 million acres each year, with annual losses of 32 million acres far exceeding the regrowth of 19 ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Coffee production systems

    Types of production systems Roughly, five types of coffee production systems can be distinguished (Moguel, 1996, in Courville, forthcoming): 1)Traditional rustic coffee system: coffee production under forest trees by substitution of plants growing on the floor of a (sub)-tropical forest with coffee. There is a minimal impact on the original forest ecosystem; 2)Traditional polyculture system ...

  • Shovel logging in the Carolina swamps

    Located in northeastern North Carolina, East Dismal Swamp - like its famous cousin a few miles to the north, Great Dismal Swamp - is a lowland marsh on the state's Coastal Plain, which is prone to flooding and almost always boggy. It is densely forested with several hardwood species such as oak and black gum, as well as softwood species like cypress and pine. The swamp is also inhabited by a ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Can superfoods boost the planet’s health, too?

    As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment. It can seem like new health food fads pop up every week — fads that often fade as quickly as they appear. Two gaining steam lately, though, may be worth a longer look: baobab and moringa. Traditional fare in parts of Africa (and for moringa, ...


    By Ensia

  • Protecting and restoring forests

    Protecting the earth’s nearly 4 billion hectares of remaining forests and replanting those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health, an important foundation for the new economy. Reducing rainfall runoff and the associated flooding and soil erosion, recycling rainfall inland, and restoring aquifer recharge depend on simultaneously reducing pressure on forests and on ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Shrinking forests: The many costs

    In early December 2004, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 'ordered the military and police to crack down on illegal logging, after flash floods and landslides, triggered by rampant deforestation, killed nearly 340 people,' according to news reports. Fifteen years earlier, in 1989, the government of Thailand announced a nationwide ban on tree cutting following severe flooding and the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Opportunities to Generate Cash Flow for Family Forests Using Conservation Payments

    There has been significant discussion about the merits of stacking conservation payments over the past few years. A simple explanation for credit stacking is when landowners are paid for conservation practices on their property that provide multiple benefits to the environment. Examples of credits types that might be stacked include: endangered species, water quality, wetlands, and carbon. ...


    By The Climate Trust

  • Algae Photo Bioreactors (APB`s)

    ALGAE PHOTO-BIOREACTORS (APB’s) Absorption of CO2 and NOx from industrial exhaust gases and conversion of algal feedstock, as a discipline of ecological engineering. Algae, live in a wide range of aquatic environments and are a natural component of most aquatic ecosystems being found in both fresh, brackish and marine waters. They range in size from large macrophytic kelps to microscopic ...

  • The newest strategy for saving bees is really, really old

    With pollinators in decline around the world, conservationists turn to traditional farmers for answers. In northwestern India, the Himalaya Mountains rise sharply out of pine and cedar forests. The foothills of the Kullu Valley are blanketed with apple trees beginning to bloom. It’s a cool spring morning, and Lihat Ram, a farmer in Nashala village, shows me a ...


    By Ensia

  • Cultivating energy crop production

    A NEW Farm Bill is moving through the Congressional legislative process. Along the way, commercial agriculture is debating the energy impacts of future corn and soybean production. The growth of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel has created competition for the feed inputs into animal agriculture, namely corn and soybeans. While most of agriculture discusses energy production from ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Going green in 2012: 12 steps for the developing world

    Many of us are thinking about the changes we want to make this year. For some, these changes will be financial; for others, physical or spiritual. But for all of us, there are important resolutions we can make to “green” our lives. Although this is often a subject focused on by industrialized nations, people in developing countries can also take important steps to reduce their growing ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Composting In rural Alaska

    Gardeners, communities and commercial enterprises have proven that composting works in Alaska, especially given large quantities of fish waste and diminishing landfill capacity. ALASKA is two and a half times larger than the largest state in the lower 48 states. Over half of the entire state’s population lives within the municipality of Anchorage. Many Alaskan villages can only be reached ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Re-using Winery Wastewater to Irrigate Redgum Plantations: Berri Estates

    Berri Estates is using the wastewater from its winery to grow a plantation of Murray River Redgums. Their success has solved problems posed by large volumes of smelly waste water that cannot be easily treated when disposed of by traditional lagooning systems. The trees are a resource for the future, are aesthetically pleasing and are ensuring that Berri’s wastewater doesn’t add to the serious ...


  • Louisiana company supplies chips, hog fuel punkin center chip company relies solely on Morbark for debarking-delimbing, chipping, grinding

    JONESBORO, Louisiana - Outside of the Winn, Michigan headquarters of Morbark, Inc., Earl Calhoun might be the man who knows the most about the workings of the Morbark line of chipping and chain flail debarking equipment. In any case, he is certainly in contention for such recognition. Earl has been in the wood products industry for 30 years. For the last 20 years he has focused on helping his ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • New order fra`s national outstanding logger performs stewardship logging in the Sierras

    Terri Simon-Jackson, District Ranger of the Mt. Hough Ranger District of California's Plumas National Forest, speaks to the new order of National Forest management and how it has changed in the last few years: 'It's really not all that important what you take off the land. What really is important right now is what you leave behind. (Contractor) Randy Pew epitomizes that. He's made a good ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Could food shortages bring down civilization?

    One of the toughest things for people to do is to anticipate sudden change. Typically we project the future by extrapolating from trends in the past. Much of the time this approach works well. But sometimes it fails spectacularly, and people are simply blindsided by events such as today’s economic crisis. For most of us, the idea that civilization itself could disintegrate probably seems ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Ontario Horticulture Research Priority Report 2016

    Sector Consultation The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association partnered with Vineland to host a research strategy workshop in November 2014 with the goal of defining the top five research priorities for each crop group. Grower organizations were invited to nominate two representatives to participate on their behalf and a number of researchers from relevant fields were invited to ...

  • Innovations in Mulch Colorization

    Competition for drier wood sources for boiler fuel has led to increasing use of ground green waste and processed C&D wood streams to make colored mulches. THIS time of year, many landscapes pop out brightly - not just from the blooming flowers, but from the decorative mulches around homes, shopping centers and office buildings. What started as a niche market for mulch producers many years ago has ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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