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In the wake of the Rim Fire, what comes next? A story of recovery, restoration and reforestation

In the wake of the Rim Fire, what comes next? A story of recovery, restoration and reforestation

Like a phoenix rising from ashes, blackened portions of the Stanislaus National Forest, which were left by the Rim Fire that blazed through the Sierras in August of 2013, have begun to spring to life. Left with a burn scar that is one-third larger than New York City, a reforestation team is diligently working to bring forth a new forest.

Since the fire, much has been done in the way of making the forest safe for public travel and recreation along main travel routes. Snags and fire-damaged trees present significant safety hazards to humans. They also create a tremendous fuel load on the ground (biomass) as they fall. This fuel can feed future fires, which can be severely damaging to the soil.

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Collaborative forest landscape restoration 5-year report

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration 5-year report just released

In the past 5 years, the CFLR program learned important lessons, celebrated a range of successes, and identified new opportunities as the program moves into the next 5 years. Across the country, tens of millions of acres of forests and watersheds are in need of restoration. Resilient landscapes provide integral resources and services to ecosystems and communities.

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Scientists turn waste wood into high-octane fuel and artificial vanilla flavorings

Scientists turn waste wood into high-octane fuel and artificial vanilla flavorings

Mahdi Abu-Omar’s high-octane fuel and artificial vanilla flavoring share one thing in common: they both were developed from wastewood. Leading a team of researchers at Purdue University, Abu-Omar, a chemist and chemical engineer, recently developed a new method of catalytic conversion to turn lignin…

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Beer brewers unite for International Day of Forests

Beer brewers unite for International Day of Forests

In honor of the International Day of Forests, March 21, 2015, internationally acclaimed brewmeister Finn Knudsen, in cooperation with Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit focused on enjoyment and appreciation of our public lands, is calling on breweries around the world to develop their own special beer commemorating the importance of sustainable forestry and the world’s forests.

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