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Thursday, September 07, 2017
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Mark Morgan, Morgan Timber Products
Colorado timber Industry Association


Mark Morgan, Morgan Timber Products, has invited Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University, to speak on forest management safety this coming Monday, September 11 at Front Range Community College. Dr. Ball is on the Safety Committee for the Tree Care Industry Association and is a dynamic speaker who talks to forestry contractor groups throughout the country. He has authored over 120 articles concerning safety, pruning, plant health care and diagnostics to name only a few.

Mark has kindly invited and, in fact, HIGHLY recommends all Tree Farmers and anyone who works in the woods to attend Dr. Ball's talk. He flatly states "it could save your life."

Dr. Ball will speak at the Front Range Community College, Long's Peak Student Center, 4616 S. Shields Street, Fort Collins, CO from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm this coming Monday, September 11

See map & directions

More on Dr. John Ball


Let Forest Fires Burn?
What the Black-Backed
Woodpecker Knows

contributed by Ray Mehaffey, former CSFS District Forester
and arguably the Father of Colorado Tree Farm

"Interesting reading."

The black-backed woodpecker is one of the rarest birds in California, and lately it has become something more: a symbol of a huge scientific and political debate over the future of fire in American forests.




Reducing Hazardous Fuels Using Low Cost Biochar Kilns

contributed by Darren McAvoy
Forestry Extension, Utah State University


Mini Kiln. These simple, low cost kilns are operated primarily by family forest owners (generally < 500 acres) interested in conservation stewardship of their land. The appeal comes from recognizing the benefits of biochar as a soil amendment and as a mechanism to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, along with a desire to seek alternative means of managing thinning residues besides pile burning




Japan is looking at making auto parts out of wood


The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel: wood.

Japanese researchers and auto component makers say a material made from wood pulp weighs just one fifth of steel and can be five times stronger.



Learn from the Burn: The High Park Fire 5 years Later

from the
Coalition for the Poufre River Watershed newsletter


The High Park Fire was ignited five years ago on June 9, 2012 and burned over 85,000 acres in the Poudre watershed. Last fall, CPRW organized a workshop with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station to discuss what has been learned about our response to the fire. The May/June 2017 Rocky Mountain Research Station Science You Can Use Bulletin reviews the topics and science discussed during the workshop last fall.

Click here to read the bulletin. 


Mushrooms' Spores May Help Bring Rain To Forests

By Grennan Milliken
Popular Science


Fungal spores are all around you. Even now, as you read this, there are likely spores floating and dancing around your head. Millions of tons of them are dispersed into the atmosphere every year. Some spores, such those from molds, can be harmful to breathe in, but the majority are harmless.



Secretary Perdue Announces Tony Tooke as New Forest Service Chief

Contributed by Tom Troxel
Intermountain Forest Association

It’s official, Tony Tooke is now the new Chief of the Forest Service. I’m optimistic, and look forward to his leadership. 




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