Forestry Articles

  • Case study - Factory Rainscreen Façade

    Dortmund System kWp: 45 Area: 6,000 sq. m Inverter: Fronius Modules Used: PS-A-87A A rain screen cladding system for a factory façade on an existing steel and timber frame building utilising a SIKA bonded rain screen system. The installation improved the thermal insulation of the factory whilst making an attractive and overt statement about the factory owner's green ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Worth the wait, not the waste (part 3)

    And now the happy conclusion of our holiday serial! (In case you missed them, read part 1 and part 2.) After finding not a scrap or morsel for their winter’s nap, Luna the owl tells the barnyard animals what the farm ...


    By Eco Partners, Inc.

  • Landscape trees benefit from potassium-based superabsorbent polymer-amended backfill soil

    Weiner (1975) put it aptly when he stated that “However rewarding the act of tree planting may be, watching a young tree slowly die can be spiritually defeating.” Landscape plants, noted Richard Harris (1983) in his well-known “Arboriculture” book, “probably suffer more from moisture-related problems than from any other cause.” The success of tree planting ...

  • Professionally Certifying Compost Operations Managers

    In October, the Certification Commission of the US Composting Council launched the first professional certification in the U.S. for compost operations managers. The Certification Commission of the US Composting Council (USCC) officially launched the first professional certification in the nation for compost operations managers on October 26, 2016. “There already is a lot ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Agroforestry Mitigates Climate Change

    Climate changes, as one of the biggest threats to a global food security, highly influence natural resources that are essential for crop production. Farming is not only affected by the impact of climate changes, but it’s also a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive farm practices that include both farm production and change of land use, directly affect the ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Climate-driven synchrony in seed production of masting deciduous and conifer tree species

    Abstract Aims Understanding fluctuations in plant reproductive investment can constitute a key challenge in ecology, conservation and management. Masting events of trees (i.e. the intermittent and synchronous production of abundant seeding material) is an extreme example of such fluctuations. Our objective was to establish the degree of spatial and temporal synchrony in common four masting ...


    By Jansen Poultry Equipment

  • New Cascadia: Game changers & Joshua trees

    Close your eyes and try to imagine the most inhospitable landscape you can. It’s arid, with little or no vegetation. The trees and shrubs that do grow are small and often prickly. It’s boiling hot during the day and can drop well below freezing at night, yet there is no shelter from the elements. And imagine you are sitting in a new Cascadia. On the rare occasion of rainfall, flash ...


    By Daimler AG

  • Valtra and Kesla are a perfect combination for forestry work

    Valtra and Kesla are an ideal pairing for forest tasks. Customers have used Valtra-Kesla combinations for years, of course, but now the two companies are also teaming up in product development and the sales network. For example, in Finland and some other markets Valtra and Kesla products can be purchased from the same dealer. The Unlimited Studio at the Valtra factory in Suolahti has also ...

  • 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

  • A comparative study of lead adsorption by activated Khaya Ivoresnsis and Pycanthus Angolensis sawdust

    Experiments investigating lead adsorption by activated sawdust of different particle sizes of two timber species were conducted. The experimental data were fitted to isothermal and kinetic models. The optimum particle size was 0.85 mm for Khaya ivorensis and 1.18 mm for Pycanthus angolensis. The adsorption of lead by Khaya ivorensis and Pycanthus ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Technology that is making plants grow bigger and better

    This article outlines new and improved technology that is enabling growers to increase their yield and output of their crops. The technology includes carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors and controllers, soil moisture sensors, plant based sensors such as sap flow and dendrometers, and nutrient sensors such as EC and TDS sensors. All of the equipment can be automated and data sent to your smart phone or ...


    By Edaphic Scientific

  • A Moment Matching Approach for Generating Synthetic Data

    ABSTRACT Synthetic data are becoming increasingly important mechanisms for sharing data among collaborators and with the public. Multiple methods for the generation of synthetic data have been proposed, but many have short comings with respect to maintaining the statistical properties of the original data. We propose a new method for fully synthetic data ...


    By Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • This man turned an opium field into a sustainable coffee farm in Thailand

    Somsak Sriphumthong is on a caffeine-fueled mission. After years living and working abroad, the organic farmer and community leader returned to his native Thailand several years ago — during a time when the forests were being cleared for opium fields and rice plantations. Seeking a sustainable alternative, he started growing and selling organic coffee beans on reclaimed land. Why coffee? ...


    By Ensia

  • 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

  • Case study - Pelton Reforestation Ltd., Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

    “In 1986 our company used Sidel Systems to design and install a complete hot water heating system in our 135,000 sq./ft. greenhouse. The system was comprised of 51mm heating loops, headers with computer controlled mixing valves, and a 500 HP gas fires Cleaver Brooks Boiler outfitted with a matching flue gas condenser unit. Over the next 3 years we added additional greenhouse space and the ...


    By Sidel Systems USA Inc.

  • The influence of soil on vegetation structure and plant diversity in different tropical savannic and forest habitats

    Abstract Aims Soil plays an important role in the formation and heterogeneity of habitats and thus can cause changes in vegetation structure and plant diversity. The differentiation between Cerrado/savanna and forest is well known, but the relationship between soil and habitats from savannic or forest formations still needs to be better understood, particularly in tropical ...


    By Jansen Poultry Equipment

  • 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

  • Potential risks to freshwater aquatic organisms following a silvicultural application of herbicides in Oregon's Coast Range

    Glyphosate, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), imazapyr, sulfometuron methyl (SMM), and metsulfuron methyl (MSM) were measured in streamwater collected during and after a routine application of herbicides to a forestry site in Oregon's Coast Range. Samples were collected at three stations: HIGH at the fish/no‐fish interface in the middle of the harvest/spray unit; MID at the bottom of the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Pulp & paper case study - British Columbia Sawmill

    Smart Elbow® Excels for Pulp & Paper There were several reasons that a British Columbia, Canada, sawmill chose the Smart Elbow for installation in a new pneumatic conveying system. Due to the potentially abrasive nature of wood chips and dust when conveyed pneumatically, plant engineering designed the new system to perform without necessitating the repair and replacement chores ...


    By HammerTek Corporation

  • Pulp & paper case study - Northwood Pulp & Timber

    Smart Elbow® Triumphs Over Abrasion in Pulp and Paper Industry The first Smart Elbow® installed at Northwood in the hog fuel conveying system (above) worked so well that the two sweep elbows also shown above were eventually replaced with two more 12" cast iron HammerTek Smart Elbows® At Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd. of Prince George, British Columbia, Maintenance Super-visor ...


    By HammerTek Corporation

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