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Writings by Andrea Watts

Articles on sustainable forestry, agriculture, and other topics

Cellulose-Infused Concrete Is One Step Closer to Reality

Construction Equipment Guide
December 6, 2017

On a sunny summer day at Oregon State University, before an audience of researchers and representatives from the construction industry, a Knife River-owned ready-mix cement truck poured a batch of concrete. By all appearances the concrete looked similar to concrete poured at a construction site with one notable exception. This concrete had wood in it — more specifically cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). If this test batch of concrete yields the same strength and curing results in a real-world setting as has been found in the laboratory, CNC very likely could be a gamechanger for the concrete industry. Read more…

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Father and Son Carry on Family Tradition

TimberWest
September/October 2017

Being a crew of two means father-son team J.D and J.R. Boehme find themselves switching between equipment and tasks while on a job site, but that suits them just fine.
In fact, a two-man team is keeping with the tradition that began nearly 40 years ago when J.D.’s father, Don, started Boehme and Son Logging Inc. Their motto is Keep it small and keep it in the family. Read more…

Can We Store Carbon and Have Our Timber and Habitat Too?

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

We ask a lot of our national forests. They are our recreation destinations, while providing habitat for numerous wildlife and plant species. They are a source of timber that supports jobs for rural communities and our cities’ water supplies. And they are vital in our nation’s efforts to address climate change.

“Forests store most of the carbon on the Earth’s surface, so forests are really important from a carbon perspective,” says Warren Cohen, a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. Read more…

 

FWTA’s $1B TEXRail Project on Time

Construction Equipment Guide
October 10, 2017

With the construction of the rail line on schedule and the field testing of the first train set for late fall 2017, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s (FWTA) TEXRail commuter rail project is meeting its target goal of beginning service in late 2018. And if the project forecast’s hold true, an estimated 8,000 people per day will be riding the rails instead of driving cars when heading to downtown Fort Worth or to the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. Read more…

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…

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…

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