Forest Futures

Forest Futures: Catch ‘Em While They’re Small

Posted by on 10:34 am at 10:34 am

A valuable tool for fighting large wildfires are manned aerial water tankers that can carry anywhere from hundreds to thousands of gallons of water or fire retardant.  The Forest Service has stated in the past that it is well-served by the flexibility provided by moderate-sized aircraft, as opposed to large jets such as 747s or […]

Forest Futures: Flash Towns in the Forest?

Posted by on 9:28 am at 9:28 am

There are a great variety of things we have to look forward in the near future:  automated vehicles and aircraft for travel; the increasing ability for drones to provide service and goods on command; the capability of personal communication devices to leverage peer-to-peer connections; semi-luxurious, yet highly portable shelters and modular tents; the ease of […]

Forest Futures: Increasing Resiliency

Posted by on 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm

Forests have been around a lot longer than humans. Thick and mighty, they represent the powerful unknown while sheltering the wild and inspiring the stuff of fairy tales. Though resilient in some aspects, many forests are vulnerable to human and environmental stressors, and they are the subject of much research considering conservation and sustainable resource […]

From Christmas Tree to Coffee Table: Pine Needles are Full of Potential

Posted by on 9:13 am at 9:13 am

Pine trees are the world’s main source of timber. When pine trees are cut down, the needles are often left behind as waste. With pine needles contributing to about 30 percent of the tree’s mass, that adds up to an enormous amount of material being left behind. That was until Tamara Orjola of the Design […]

Forest Futures: Knowing Each Tree in the Forest

Posted by on 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm

There’s no doubt the forest is different than the sum of its parts — its more than a collection of specimens who happen to cohabitate. It just so happens we’ve designated some of those specimens as a resource commodity.  The moment we as society ascribe value to the health, origin, uniqueness, age and care of trees within […]

Promising Technologies in Forest Monitoring

Posted by on 9:02 am at 9:02 am

New technologies in forestry monitoring Terrestrial LiDAR Ground-based approach generating “a high number of points … able to describe with high accuracy the understory of the forest (Henry et. al. 2015) “Potential to estimate in a standardized and automatic way tree diameters, tree height, tree volume, and thus tree biomass” (Henry et. al. 2015) Suggests […]

Forest Futures: Wood Skyscrapers

Posted by on 8:46 am at 8:46 am

Tall buildings made of wood have been reaching skyward in many cities around the world recently. Using cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, an innovative technology in advanced composites, low-value wood can safely, sustainably and cost-effectively be used for commerical construction. Shown to the right is a photo of the Wood Innovation and Design Center (and one […]

Forest Futures: Concentrated Cities amongst Wilderness

Posted by on 5:46 am at 5:46 am

Though seemingly a polar opposite, the topic of the future of cities and urban environments is quite germane to the conversation about the future of forests and forestry. Societies interaction with forest products, spaces, and the very construct of wilderness will change depending on how the future of urbanization comes to pass. One key uncertainty at […]

Forest Futures: Hotdogs Made of Trees?

Posted by on 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm

This is exactly what the doctor prescribed. The fat substitute of the future! This isn’t quite what I was expecting to find when scanning for the future of forest products, but the implications are intriguing. Newsweek Europe highlighted the new plan which could soon allow hot-dog lovers to consume your favorite foodstuff free of guilt […]

Forest Futures: Facetime the Woods

Posted by on 3:40 pm at 3:40 pm

What’s the point of exploring the forest in person, when the risks outweigh the benefits by far? That may be the future question we find ourselves asking. Intuitively we recognize the value of being in nature – to connect, to appreciate, to relax.  In his 2005 book “The Last Child in the Woods”, Richard Louv documents behavior […]