Architects Embrace the Beginning of the Timber Age

Wood is taking over from steel and concrete as the architectural wonder material of the 21st century, with architects praising its sustainability, quality and speed of construction.



These days, flames consume many of the earth’s forests more frequently than ever before. Now, a study from Princeton University suggests that trees in traditionally fire-prone areas have a competitive edge for survival more

Mar 4, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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Petr Kratochvil

Every tree tells a story, but some are beyond eloquent, holding memories, embodying belief, marking sorrow. We hold trees in our imagination, where they grow in strange, wonderful ways in forests inhabited by fantasy and also by our fears. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

By varying the ages and density of individual trees, habitat biologists are able to create more habitat conditions suitable for a variety of game and nongame animals, while managing those forests for the future. more

Feb 16, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Wildfire ranger Dan Gorzeman directed a crew as it put out hotspots smouldering beneath the boreal forest northeast of Slave Lake, Alta., in August 2015. But he wasn't on the ground. He was hundreds of metres above the blackened bush in a helicopter. more

Feb 5, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Trees can live for hundreds—and sometimes even thousands—of years. Over this long lifetime, a tree can experience a variety of environmental conditions: wet years, dry years, cold years, hot years, early frosts, forest fires and more. more

Jan 26, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Wood has been used as fuel since the dawn of time and it’s increasingly being touted as a fuel of the future. In this blog, we look at wood as a biofuel and how it has the capacity to be the largest renewable fuel throughout the world. more

Jan 20, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Big timber is sprouting up in cities in North America and abroad. After years of feasibility studies and design proposals, buildings six stories or taller constructed primarily from pre-engineered wood products are being considered. more

Jan 20, 2017 12:00 AM Features

A multiyear effort to understand diversity has uncovered a surprising answer. What controls forest diversity is not the trees but the fungi that interact with them, typically at microscopic scales. more

Jan 16, 2017 12:00 AM Features

In discussions around climate change and natural resources, one widely mentioned oversimplification is that "cutting trees is bad for the environment." more

Jan 5, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Sawlog prices have trended downward throughout the world over the past two years with the GSPI Index being 14.3% lower in the 3Q/16 than in the 3Q/14, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. more

Jan 3, 2017 12:00 AM Features