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Pushback rises on burning wood fiber in electric generating plants, as scientists and environmentalists question whether it is, indeed, carbon neutral.
A U.S. Senate committee is leaning toward labeling wood-fired power plants as carbon neutral. Panel manufacturers have complained in the past such actions would raise the cost of raw materials for wood products companies. The Energy Policy Modernization Act could become law within a few weeks. The bill is in the reconciliation process with a Congressional version. Senators from states heavily forested states, including Maine and Oregon, support the move.
Experience contemporary topics and meet with top researchers at the 4th International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI), which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25-26 in St. Simons Island, Georgia. The conference is jointly hosted by The Forest Products Society, University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon and Forest Products and Timber Construction Department—Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.
Conference attendees will:
- Hear plenary talks from the world's leading universities and manufacturers
- Receive information on advanced materials from wood
- Learn about the latest in processing and product innovations
- Get insights on market, economics and life-cycle assessment
See the exciting full program here.
Register online today! For questions regarding the conference, including registration, workshops, accommodation and program information, contact Forest Product Society's Member Connection by phone at 1-855-475-0291 or via email.
Register today to attend a practical workshop for manufacturers and scientists. Experimental Design Workshop for Manufacturers and Researchers will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, during the 4th International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI), at The King and Prince Golf Resort in in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The workshop, is taught by Timothy M. Young, Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, will offer participants the basics of developing a design and interpreting statistical results from experimental data.
Primary topics include:
- General Linear Model (GLM)
- Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
- Factorial Design
- Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA)
- Taguchi Robust Product Design
For more information about these workshop, please visit visit here.
The Forest Products Society is pleased to extend an invitation to submit abstracts for its 71st International Convention June 26-28, 2017, at Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources in Starkville, Mississippi.
The annual International Convention is a wonderful venue to enhance professional connections and bridge the gap between the world’s top researchers and industry leaders and students. Reconnect with colleagues and friends and speak in front of the most qualified forest products experts in the world.
Abstracts should be 250 words or less.
Abstract submission: January 16, 2017
Author notification: February 14, 2017
Paper or poster submittal (for proceedings): May 15, 2017
For more information on topics and submission guidelines, please visit here.
The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future Conference is pleased to request presenters for its "Small Conventional Power Systems" technical session. The conference will be held June 12-16, 2017, in Vancouver, Canada.
The Conference is jointly organized by IUFRO Division 5 and the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology (60th International Convention).
Abstracts can address these topics:
- Wood Quality
- Physiomechanical Properties of Wood and Wood-based Materials
- Wood Protection
- Wood Processing
- Composite and Reconstituted Products
- Properties and Utilization of Plantation Wood
- Forest Products Marketing and Business Management
- Non-wood Forest Products
The submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 31. For more information, including submission guidelines and general conference information, visit here.
The fifth annual Heating the Midwest with Biomass Conference and Expo is expected to start today at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris. It's the first time the event is being held in Michigan. Tuesday, 25 professionals from around the Midwest went on a preconference tour of U.P. sites that use biomass systems and manufacture biomass systems.
Coleen Vansant has been with the Alabama Forestry Commission for 30 years. She says conditions right now are as bad as she has seen them. In the past month, the commission has brought more than 650 wildfires under control, but almost half of those occurred within the last seven days.
The University of Montana may soon receive its largest donation ever — a $24 million pledge for the College of Forestry and Conservation and the Global Leadership Initiative — from airline magnate and investor Bill Franke and his family. Both programs would be renamed in honor of the Franke family.
The early fall is the best time of year to do some planning for winter and keeping homes warm. Wisconsin's early economy was built on the region's plentiful timber. The region still has great timber reserves that are increasing because of reduced manufacturing of paper and wood products in the state. A report for the Midwest region estimates that 153 jobs would be created for every 100,000 tons of wood pellets produced — and 100,000 tons of wood pellets would be enough to heat approximately 13,000 homes.
Over the years, forestry has had to fight back against unreasonable negativity. But for all the naysayers and environmental pessimists, a little research will reveal that modern forestry is about much more than most people realize.
The Lane Report
A 10-year logging impacts study by University of Kentucky forestry researchers rates management practices used in the state's prolific hardwood forests effective and advises only minor changes to better protect more than 90,000 streams and rivers. The study advises doubling the minimum distance between waterways and logging roads or skid trails. Current practice is a minimum of 25 feet, or 55 feet in steeper grounds.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Phys.org
A hearty dose of Mother Nature may be an effective antidote for many physical and psychological ailments, several studies have suggested. However, no one has calculated how much money nature's greenery saves on healthcare costs. A new research project intends to explore how urban forestry affects healthcare spending and then build a free online modeling tool city arborists can use to estimate their communities' potential rate of return on their investments in parks and other natural elements.
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