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Articles on sustainable forestry, agriculture, and other topics

Hanford Site Receives Official Shutdown Order, Begins Demo

Construction Equipment Guide
September 26, 2017

In the west area of the Hanford Site’s Central Plateau, demolition is under way on a building that played a significant role in the United States’ weapons program history. From its production start in 1949 until its official shutdown in 1996, the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) was responsible for producing two-thirds of Cold War-era’s plutonium. Once the official shutdown order was issued, the demolition of the building was certain but unlike other concrete and steel structures scheduled for demolition, excavators couldn’t just tear into the building. Read more…

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Telematics Technology in the Forestry Sector

 

TimberWest
July/August 2017

Telematics technology has revolutionized business operations, and we have come to depend upon real-time global positioning systems (GPS) in our daily lives, whether to track the status of a package, receiving turn-by-turn instructions while driving, or to know when the next bus will arrive. For the logging industry, however, the full potential of telematics technology has yet to be realized. Read more…

Fast Facts: Crab Apples

CIDERCRAFT
Volume 8

In the cider world, Malus pumila — the common apple — reigns supreme, but crab apples, the North American counterpart, is finally receiving attention for its ability to make a quaffable cider too. Once traditionally used only for jellies or as pollinators, and even regarded as useless trees, crab apples are now being welcomed into the thriving cider scene. Read more…

When Logging Promotes Conservation

Engineered-Log-Jam-Created-By-White-Zumstein Logging
Photograph by Andrea Watts

TimberWest
May/June 2017

White and Zumstein say taking on the difficult jobs no one else wants can be challenging, but also rewarding and educational. Read more…

MassDOT Pilots Intelligent Compaction on Methuen Reconstruction Project

Construction Equipment Guide
June 22, 2017

The new partial cloverleaf interchange at Exit 46 off I-93 in Methuen, Mass., is taking shape with the recent completion of the southbound off-ramp onto Route 110/113 and construction under way on the northbound off-ramp to westbound Route 110/113. With the four-year project now in its final year, the reconstruction is already proving its worth with traffic now flowing smoother through the area. Read more…

There’s carbon in them thar hills: But how much? Could Pacific Northwest forests store more?

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Science Findings
April 2017

As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United States annually compiles a report on the nation’s carbon flux—the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere compared to the amount stored by terrestrial landscapes. Forests store vast amounts of carbon, but it’s not fully understood how a forest’s storage capacity fluctuates as stands age or respond to disturbance. Read more…

All Fermentables Welcome at Urban Farm Fermentory

CIDERCRAFT
Volume 7

The foundation of every alcoholic beverage is fermentation. At Urban Farm Fermentory (UFF), located in Portland, Maine, co-founder Eli Cayer and his team brew fermented beverages beyond the traditional cider, beer and mead. CIDERCRAFT caught up with Cayer to learn about his approach to fermentation and his love of experimentation. Read more…

Elliot Bay Seawall Project Nearing Completion

Construction Equipment Guide
March 20, 2017

After nearly three years of traffic and pedestrian detours throughout the city of Seattle’s historic waterfront, the Elliot Bay Seawall Project is nearing its anticipated completion in spring 2017. The project is a complete replacement from Yesler Way to Pine Street of the seawall’s early 20th-century design of old-growth timber beams that had protected the shoreline from the Puget Sound for nearly 70 years. Read more…

A Look Ahead at Steep Slope Logging in 2017

TimberWest
January/February 2017

Industry experts discuss the future of steep slope logging. Read more…

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