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As axes fall, local economy rises

As axes fall, local economy rises

Taking care of urban forests may include the removal of diseased and damaged trees. Sometimes, the axe must fall, and professionals must be called in to remove trees due to storms, disease, or invasive insects. The removal costs can add up quickly — in some cases, to the tune of several millions of dollars. Through careful planning however, researchers, marketing teams, and industry professionals can find more affordable solutions — ones beneficial to the forests, the bottom line, and the local economy.

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Modern tall wood buildings: opportunities for innovation

Modern tall wood buildings: opportunities for innovation

Tall wood buildings are an early 21st century phenomenon, made possible by development of a number of new engineered wood products. Building codes in many jurisdictions currently limit wood structures to no more than 4 or 6-stories; however, the technical limits of wood construction have increased to 40-stories and more through recent innovations. In response, tall wood buildings are rising all over the world.

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2 minutes on cross laminated timber that will change your life

2 minutes on cross laminated timber that will change your life

As the construction boom continues apace and the value management workshops run through the inevitable deletion of landscaping, the search is seemingly still on for the solutions to our need to build faster and cheaper. Well get this, (spoiler alert) a possible solution has been around longer than we have. It’s timber. Or more specifically, the cross laminated version of it.Okaaaaaaaay. So, why so little timber high-rise then? The ‘old school’ thinkers can skip to the last line*

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California’s biomass debacle

California’s biomass debacle

California’s biomass industry is experiencing tough times, and we’ve been following it for quite some time. Senior Editor Ron Kotrba wrote about the challenges it faces (expiring contracts and difficulties renewing them, the resulting fuel glut, etc.) and I followed up with a blog on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s state of emergency declaration on the number of dead and dying trees in the state, due to the drought and pine beetle epidemic, and its strong emphasis on getting that material to bioenergy facilities.

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