Foresters News

  • Win for EMPSi and Wild and Scenic River Studies

    Building off of its work developing a regional approach to Wild and Scenic River eligibility studies, EMPSi has been awarded a contract from the US Forest Service’s Intermountain Region to develop and implement a regional approach for WSR suitability studies as well. By using this approach, the Forest Service ensures consistency across forests in the region while providing defensible ...

  • Forest Service awards EMPSi a $10-million BPA contract

    The US Forest Service awarded EMPSi a 5-year, $10-million Blanket Purchase Agreement for NEPA support services in Region 8, which includes 13 southeastern states from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas, as well as Puerto Rico.  EMPSi will perform environmental analyses, resources studies, and Forest planning under the contract.                 ...

  • Double honor for Klaus Endress

    Klaus Endress, President of the Supervisory Board of the Endress+Hauser Group, has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit. This recognizes in particular his commitment to family companies as well as to democracy and market economies. The Federal Cross of Merit is conferred by the German Federal President. It was given in person to Klaus ...


    By Endress Hauser AG

  • Carbon cycling in forest soils research presented

    Just as individual humans have different microbial communities in their guts, the microbial communities living in soils vary from site to site as well. Recent research compared the decomposition rates of wood stakes over eight sites to gain an understanding of soil microbes in forests. The activity of soil microbes can also tell a story of the value of carbon storage in soil. The ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Hitachi Showcases New Foresters at DEMO International 2016

    Anything and everything to do with forestry operations was found at DEMO International, one of North America’s largest and most distinctive outdoor equipment shows, held Sept. 22-24, 2016. The flagship event of the Canadian Woodlands Forum, DEMO International is held every four years in a different location. For the first time in 16 years, the show returned to Western Canada and was hosted ...

  • 42nd edition of EIMA International 2016

    The 42nd edition of Eima International 2016 has ended; this is the main international exhibition in the field of agriculture and forest and takes place every second year in Bologna. This year again, Energreen has succeeded in establishing itself on the international market, showing its complete range of Robots (RoboZERO, RoboECO, RoboGREEN, RoboMAX e RoboPOWER), whose power output is between 33 ...


    By Energreen s.r.l.

  • European Cities once again look to PEFC-certified forests for their Christmas Trees!

    As has become our tradition, we end the year with Christmas trees! Cities across Europe have once again turned to local, PEFC-certified forests for their trees, ensuring that the chosen tree has come from a well-managed, sustainable forest. London’s festive season kicked off in sustainable style with the lighting of the iconic Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree. ...


    By PEFC International

  • Valtra expands its range of cabs

    The new SkyView cab on N and T Series tractors is ideal for forestry use and also many other tasks. The SkyView cab features polycarbonate glass and a wiper to the rear of the roof. A metal railing protects the roof edges from branches and serves as a mounting rail for auxiliary lights, and other ...

  • Report: Forest restoration work not keeping pace with demand

    The U.S. Forest Service says it has increased the pace and scale of its forest restoration work since 2011, but progress waned this year and the agency risks following further behind without more resources. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is using a new report to press Congress to change the way in which the federal government funds wildfire fighting. The report states that the Forest Services ...


    By Associated Press

  • Rejuvenating arid badlands: from barren slopes to living forest in 80 years

    A reforestation project has revitalised its surroundings just 80 years after its inception. In the late 1920s, the Saldaña badlands in northern Spain were a barren region, with a thin layer of intensely weathered soil, and only 5% vegetation cover. Now that cover has increased dramatically to 87%, the soil quality is improving, and the water flow in the area has stabilised, bringing ...

  • House passes bill to hasten timber projects in forests

    The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects. The goal is to speed up timber harvests and underbrush removal that the U.S. Forest Service deems necessary to improve the health of national forests, which are taking a hit from drought, ...


    By Associated Press

  • New EU Forest Strategy: Better Management can Boost Rural Jobs, say MEPs

    The new EU forest strategy must focus on managing forests sustainably, promoting efficient use of the raw materials that they produce, and boosting the competitiveness of forest-related industry so as to create jobs, says a non-legislative resolution voted by Parliament on Tuesday. "The new EU forest strategy is a much-needed response to growing demands on forests and significant societal ...


    By European Parliament

  • All for forests, forests for all!

    An unprecedented large group of governments, companies, NGOs and indigenous peoples groups called for action to protect and restore the world’s forests. In a declaration launched at this week’s UN climate talks in New York, targets ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Valtras at work in Czech forest

    The forests of Bohemia in the mountainous northern and western regions of the Czech Republic are alive with the sound of Valtra tractors hard at work. A Valtra 6300 with 24,000 hours on the clock is transporting branches from the logging site to the side of the road, where a new S Series produces woodchips for a nearby power plant. The 200 employees of the Czech company Solitera work in ...

  • Hope for Latin America’s science communication degrees

    I am one of a lot of Latin American people who, eager to take a postgraduate course in science communication, decide to go abroad. Australia, Spain or United Kingdom are some of the top destinations for people like me to go and study for a master’s degree or a PhD in the field. It is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • State foresters encouraged by strong state response to Insect & Disease Designation requests

    The Agriculture Act of 2014 (“Farm Bill”) provided states with an opportunity to request designation of landscape-scale insect & disease infestation areas on National Forest System lands managed by the USDA Forest Service under section 8204 of the Farm Bill. To date, 36 states have submitted requests to the Forest Service for such designations under the Farm Bill authority. NASF ...

  • One Day To Go Until Biggest Ever Earth Hour

    With just one day to go until Earth Hour, a record 158 countries and territories across some 7000 cities and towns will be participating in the world’s largest celebration for the planet tomorrow at 8:30PM local time. Now in its eighth year Earth Hour, organised by WWF, has evolved into the world’s largest environmental grassroots movement connecting hundreds of millions of people ...


    By WWF International

  • Boogertman +Partners Architects Wins Karura Forest Environmental Education Centre Architectural Design Competition

    The design company Boogertman +Partners Architects has won the Karura Forest Education Centre Architectural Design Competition, launched last year by Her Excellency the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and sponsored by the United Nations Envionment Programme (UNEP). Boogertman +Partners was unveiled as the winner of the competition - which aimed to select a company to design a proposed environmental ...

  • High gold prices drive expansion of mining activity in the Amazon forest of Peru

    Gold mining areas in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest expanded from under 10 000 hectares in 1999 to over 50 000 hectares by 2012, and now destroys more forest than agriculture and logging combined, new research has shown. Using high-resolution satellite imaging, researchers estimated gold mining areas to be twice as large as estimated by previous studies, which did not include the combined effects ...

  • Improved utilisation of forests to meet demand for wood

    Europe has more than 117 million hectares of forest, but the sustainable utilisation – especially in privately owned forests – falls short of its potential. It is becoming more and more difficult to meet the increasing demand for wood. The project SIMWOOD (Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood) was recently launched in response to this. The project consortium consists of 28 ...

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