Twenty-eight kiln operators from around the state, as well as a few from New York and West Virginia, attended the one-day workshop at Structural Modulars, Inc., which was offered in partnership with the Keystone Kiln Drying Association.
Street and park tree inventories provide information for the planning, design, planting, maintenance, and removal of community trees. It provides facts that can be used to justify starting and funding a community tree program.
As our landscapes grow and develop, the health of our streams and rivers have been impaired. What we do on the land, or what we cover it with, affects the quantity (volume and velocity) and quality (pollutant levels) of the rainfall that enters our waterways; what many call stormwater.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently announced that they are expanding the quarantine area in Southeast PA for thousand cankers disease of black walnut.
4th Quarter 2012 TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link. Dr. Jacobson's comments: Lumber prices are bouncing back as the housing market picks up, but the stumpage and log prices are lagging a little. However, there is positive, albeit small, price increases for most of our species. As lumber demand picks up further expect mills to replenish inventories and expand production. Then prices should trickle down to the stump.
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) has a good summary of the income and estate tax and Farm Bill related cost share program implications.
White nose syndrome is killing our bats. The bats use forested areas in the summer months. So of the species are listed as endangered species we talking about potential limits to logging activity from April to November.
3rd Quarter TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link. Dr. Jacobson's comments: Not much change since last quarter but if since housing starts and renovations are on the rise we should start to see the market pick up. I am hearing that sales are competitive reflecting mills wanting to start stocking up for increasing demand.
Forest area increased 1% since 2006 but issues loom on the horizon.
As president of the Association for Temperate Agroforestry I has the opportunity to attend the 1st European Agroforestry Conference in October. Here is a summary I wrote about that meeting.
A little more information is available, but will the courts get involved to clarify rules?
2nd Quarter 2012 TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link.
Forest landowners in PA will not have to pay PA inheritance tax if their land passes to heirs.
The recent Rio+20 Summit did little to move the forest conservation agenda forward - should I be surprised?
1st Quarter 2012 TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link.
No significant changes this quarter. Prices for the most part are remaining stable. There seems to be a slight increase in prices for higher grade material. However there is no discernible pattern as the economy struggles to recover.
In addition to my forest related work in Africa, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a shale gas conference in South Africa. Here are some observations...
USDA Forest Service scientists recently released an assessment that shows forest land has expanded in northern states during the past century despite a 130-percent population jump and relentless environmental threats.
The 4th quarter 2011 TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link.
This is the first quarter in while where on average most individual species prices have nudged upward since the previous quarter. The increase is minimal but it does suggest some stability in the markets as the trend is positive. Factors for this up tick include rebuilding low inventories, higher bids on public lands, and stronger export markets. Higher grade lumber is still relatively weak compared to other products.