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Sunday, July 14, 2019
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This Colorado ranch-made-lab is turning beetle-kill trees into lumber in the name of forest health

contributed by
Terry Shetler,
Colorado Forest Landowner


BLANCA — Dead trees raked from the forest floor are piled into fences more than a dozen feet high. Inside the tangled-timber barricades are verdant forests of aspens. On the other side is a barren landscape, where armies of marauding ungulates munch every aspen shoot that pushes through the dirt. 

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Fluorescent Evergreen Glow Tells When Trees Are Taking Up Carbon


contributed by
Mike Hughes
Colorado State Forest Service


It’s pretty simple to tell when deciduous trees are photosynthesizing—their leaves are green. When that process is over for the year, the foliage shrivels up, turns brown, and falls off, an event so widespread it can be tracked by satellites in space. But tracking when evergreen trees crank up their chloroplasts and begin turning sunlight and CO2 into energy is much more difficult since, as their name implies, they stay green year-round (the trees actually stop photosynthesizing in the autumn but use a green pigment as a type of sunblock, keeping them green year-round).

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Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?


SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Death comes for all of us, but Silicon Valley has, until recently, not come for death.

Who can blame them for the hesitation? The death services industry is heavily regulated and fraught with religious and health considerations. The handling of dead bodies doesn’t seem ripe for venture-backed disruption. The gravestone doesn’t seem an obvious target for innovation.

But in a forest south of Silicon Valley, a new start-up is hoping to change that. The company is called Better Place Forests. It’s trying to make a better graveyard.

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1 Billion Acres At Risk For Catastrophic Wildfires, U.S. Forest Service Warns

contributed by
Daniel Bowker
Forest and Fire Project Manager



As we head into suVmmer, with smoke already drifting into the Northwest from wildfires in Alberta, Canada, Vicki Christiansen said wildfires are now a year-round phenomenon. She pointed to the hazardous conditions in forests that result from a history of suppression of wildfires, rampant home development in high-risk places and the changing climate.

"When you look nationwide there's not any place that we're really at a fire season. Fire season is not an appropriate term anymore," Christiansen said in an interview with NPR at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

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U.S. Forest Service hopes new minimum rates can help clear forests

contributed by
Dick Walter,
Colorado Forest landowner


The U.S. Forest Service in Washington D.C. changed its national policy on the price of selling Forest Service timber in a way they hope will help forestry projects clear cut timber off of its thinning areas.

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Wildfire Partners gets $1.2M FEMA grant

contributed by
Steve Goodroad
Tree Farmer


Wildfire Partners, a public-private partnership that helps homeowners in Boulder County’s mountains and foothills prepare for potential wildfires, has been awarded a $1.2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

The federal money, a pre-disaster mitigation grant distributed to Wildfire Partners through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will allow the program to fund on-site assessments, inspections and mitigation-subsidy costs for an additional 500 Boulder County homes, officials announced in a Thursday news release.

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