The Tongass National Forest, a panoply of snow-dusted peaks and braided rivers, slender fjords and more than 5,000 islands draped over a stretch of Pacific coastline, is widely viewed as one of America’s great natural treasures. Under pressure from environmentalists, the Obama administration pledged four years ago to phase out logging of virgin woodlands here.Continue
Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Texas and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the US have determined that biochar, a substance produced from plant matter, is a safe, effective and inexpensive method to treat flowback water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
A wood-energy checkoff would raise money for promotion, public education, new market exploration and research. All would contribute a small amount, to be administered by an industry-elected board, independent of trade associations.
A Forest Service project in Mineral County over half a decade in the making has turned heads at a national level according to one F.S. official and is in the final stages of approval. The Cedar Thom project has been in development since at least 2009 and is being looked at by F.S. officials in Washington D.C. as a model of responsible, sustainable development of timber projects in national forests.