Thinking about Firewood
March 31, 2015
After a colder than normal winter in the Northeast, the last thing you want to think about is firewood. But now is the time to turn your thoughts to next winter and start caching your wood. Burning unseasoned, or worse green, wood is problematic because you lose heat, you create more smoke, and you increase unwanted fire risk as residues collect in venting systems.
Kudzu in Paradise
March 30, 2015
I've been teaching a Forest Policy class this semester at Penn State, and the students and I have spent much of the semester looking not only at various policies, but the eventual, and sometimes unexpected, outcomes of those policies. One of those policies was the depression-era policy of recommending the kudzu plant, Puereria spp., to farmers for stopping the relentless soil erosion that led to
Great Designs in Wood (63) - The Forest Sciences Centre at UBC
March 26, 2015
I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to travel out west to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. They had invited me out to participate in a review of their Wood Products Processing program, one of the degree programs available in their "Faculty of Forestry", as they call it. Based on the preliminary material I reviewed, I expected to see good things...but how good, I didn't
Great Designs in Wood (62) - The Violin...and the Secrets of Stradivari
March 23, 2015
A couple of years ago now we looked at the violin, and its magnificent design, in GDiW (39) and GDiW (43). In those posts, we naturally enough focused on the wood component of the violin, and how the species and wood specimens used impact the tone of the instrument.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at the annual Penn State Private Forest Landowners Conference, and my
How’s Your Record Keeping?
March 16, 2015
Record keeping is an important part of managing any forest property, supporting better decisions and helping save time and money.