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October 13th, 2014

Salt Lake City Declaration

SUSTAINING FORESTS, SUSTAINING PEOPLE: THE ROLE OF RESEARCH THE SALT LAKE CITY DECLARATION Forests and trees play a critical role in supporting the livelihoods and quality of life of people worldwide, providing income opportunities, sustaining agricultural productivity, food security and nutrition, providing adequate supplies of clean water, affordable and sustainable sources of renewable energy and […]

Blue Mountain Hospital  in Oregon replaced one of its 1950s crude oil boilers with a wood-pellet boiler -- saving the hospital about $100,000 a year in heating costs. |Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy, courtesy of DOE.
October 11th, 2014

Forest industry’s Ultimate Rorschach Test

SP-14: Energy from Trees: Technology, Opportunities, and Challenges   The biomass supply chain is forest industry’s ultimate “Rorschach Test,” according to Nate Anderson (U.S. Forest Service). People see different challenges and opportunities for the bio-economy. The burgeoning bio-economy requires technological and market development, but also social engagement, public policies, and environmental considerationS. Integrating these perspectives […]

Source: David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
October 10th, 2014

Energy From Biomass: Can it Help in Climate Change Mitigation?

E-01 Sustainable Biomass for Energy and Industrial Raw Materials: Biomass Potentials There are many terms and implications associated with woody biomass production and its potential as an energy source. Viktor Bruckman from the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecologial Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences suggested the main question is: how can we extract energy in […]

Photo by Mokhammad Edliadi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 10th, 2014

Forests as Supermarkets, Gyms, and Insurance Companies

SP-09 Forests for People: Ecosystem Services Under Pressure?   Walking into this session I was prepared for grim predictions about resource scarcity and ecosystem collapse. The session tagline was pretty foreboding—“Ecosystem services under pressure?” It was totally a misnomer! Rather than doom and gloom, the four speakers related stories about forests’ value to people. They […]

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October 10th, 2014

Integration and Communication to Bridge the Gap between Science and Management

Plenary 3 Panel: Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis, and Application at the Forest Science/Management Interface   How can we effectively integrate the many ways of understanding forests to create the best paradigms to manage them? That was the question that moderator Nalini Nadkami, professor of biology at the University of Utah, posed to a panel of five […]

Jack Dangermond on the wonders of Web GIS. Source: Schramm
October 9th, 2014

Discovering Knowledge through Geography and the Inconspicuous Proletariat

Plenary 3: Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis, and Application at the Forest Science/Management Interface   The planet is evolving, according to Jack Dangermond, and geography as a science is playing a key role in that evolution. Dangermond, who is the founder and president of ESRI, addressed the third plenary session of the 2014 IUFRO World Congress. “We […]

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October 9th, 2014

Stunning Sights on Antelope Island

IC-08 Hydrology and International Bird Migration in the Great Salt Lake   The fourth-largest terminal lake in the world (no outlet), the Great Salt Lake supports between 2 and 5 million shorebirds, as many as 1.7 million eared grebes, and hundreds of thousands of waterfowl during spring and fall migration. The lake is the largest […]

View from the Snowbird Tram with the Spyglass App showing the location, elevation, azimuth, and slope steepness from the top to the bottom. Source: Bill Elliot
October 9th, 2014

What’s Going On with Alpine Water?

IC-01 Alpine Hydrology – understanding snow science, water, and climate change in alpine environments   The Wasatch Range of Utah was the perfect place for tour participants to discuss impacts of large-scale tree mortality. The central topic of this tour was the hydrological and hazard impacts of the beetle epidemic, with some specific notes on […]

Steve Johnson, ITTO speaks at IUFRO President's Discussion. Credit: Ramin Korchidi
October 8th, 2014

President’s Discuss Emerging Issues in Forest Policy and Practice

President’s Discussion 2014 Emerging Issues in Forest Policy and Practice: Input from Stakeholders to the Science Community The President’s Discussion has become a valued feature of any IUFRO World Congress. The discussion at this year’s Congress focused on identifying with stakeholder’s emerging issues in forest policy and practice. Research in any field has to serve their […]

Liu Jinlong and fellow presenters discuss Cultural Values, Quality of Life, and Forest Landscapes
October 8th, 2014

Pondering the Role of Culture in Sustainable Forest Management

SP-06 Cultural values, quality of life and forest landscapes   Scientists are always questioning. They question popular theories, basic assumptions, statistical methods, simplified models, and so on and so forth. Sometimes all I want is a straight answer. If I was seeking one today, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time! Speakers […]

David Newbery calls for a return to basic science at the 2014 IUFRO World Congress.
October 8th, 2014

Seeking a Middle Way in Ecological Research

Plenary 2: On Maintaining Cycles and Feedbacks in Tropical Forest Ecosystems: Some Thoughts from Basic Research   David Newbery has been searching for a better way of doing science for years. “It is time to return to basic science in forestry,” he said. “It is time to be more reflective and modest.” Newbery, who is […]

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October 7th, 2014

Video: Forest Service Research – Protecting a Rich Legacy

This video tells the grand story of America’s long history of forest research and management. From the beginnings of the U.S. Forest Service with Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot to the highly skilled forest scientists around the country, America’s forests are a legacy worth protecting.

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October 7th, 2014

Can You Put a Price on Nature?

SP-02 Integrating the Economics of Ecosystem Services into Sustainable Forest Management How much would you pay for beautiful mountain views? How much for forests that purify your drinking water, or the protection of solitary and remote wilderness? If you’re struggling to come up with a dollar amount, you’re not alone. Valuating nature is a challenging […]

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October 6th, 2014

XXVI World Congress on Forest Science is Underway

Nearly 4,000 scientists and experts from more than 105 countries have convened for the 24th IUFRO World Congress & SAF/CIF Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA this week to share their research and discuss the leading issues facing the world’s forests. Conference attendees were awed by a traditional song and dance performance by Native […]

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August 29th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #26: To manage forests sustainably – think synergy

A comprehensive study of the conditions that assist sustainable forest development will be published at the upcoming IUFRO World Congress this fall in Salt Lake City, USA. The title of the publication, produced by the IUFRO Special Project on World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE), is Forests Under Pressure – Local Responses to Global Issues. […]

Researchers of CASTLE ITN Project in a French forest, speaking about sustainability. Credit: Frank Müller
August 7th, 2014

Words are important! E.g., we should use #sustainability wisely…

I was a university researcher when I checked forestry activities for the first time. I felt confused. We, from the academia, have powerful concepts and visions, rich graphs and brilliant slides. Yet, if you visit a small-scale forestry site in Italian Alps, firstly you should know the local dialect. I did not. Besides, I had […]

By selecting proper species and breeding experiments as well as genetic modifications as done here in Thailand, fast growing species plantations are capable of producing enormous amounts of biomass within short periods of time. The challenge is, however, to sustain soil fertility, biodiversity and other ecosystem services such as clean water. (Photo by Viktor Bruckman)
July 30th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #24 – Got a question? Biomass may be the answer

It’s just possible that sustainable biomass could be, if not a panacea for the world’s energy challenges, then perhaps the next best thing. And not only the energy sector would benefit. The reasons for the sustainable use of biomass are many and good, says Dr Viktor Bruckman of the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies at […]

Melia dubia plantation with dense undergrowth of Leucaena leucoephala windings. Photo taken at Mr. Veerabhadrappa's farm at Molakalmuru taluk, Chitradurga District, Karnataka
July 23rd, 2014

Farmer’s desire for dendro-biomass production in semi-arid region of Andhra Pradesh, India: constraints and potentials

Many times we fail to acknowledge things available next door which are capable of solving both local and global problems. Similarly biomass production in any form going to meet world’s energy demand by converting it through combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, composting, fermentation or trans-esterification into energy. So we conducted a field survey to assess the post […]

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July 1st, 2014

Announcing the #IUFRO2014 Blog Competition

Showcase your Research and Projects! Ahead of the upcoming IUFRO World Congress, we want to provide a platform for you to showcase your work and enter for a chance to win a cash prize of $500 USD! We know that there is a lot of interesting work being conducted around the world and that a […]