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.

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Sappi Paper’s mill in Westbrook staked its future on paper with the key of not sticking to things, allowing paper-backed patterns to be pressed into synthetic materials, laminate flooring, leather and other products. more »

May 4, 2016 12:00 AM Features

There have been growing fears in British Columbia that an increasing number of catastrophic wildfires could erupt because more than 18 million hectares of forest have been killed by a pine-beetle epidemic over the past two decades. more »

May 3, 2016 12:00 AM Features


(Courtesy city of Springfield)

Solid as steel. Sturdy as concrete. Cross-laminated timber carries these claims and hopes for boosting Oregon’s wood products industry. more »

May 2, 2016 9:43 AM Features


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Timber harvesting does not necessarily constitute deforestation. In cases where that harvest takes place as part of a sustainable forest management strategy, it doesn’t lead to the permanent loss of forest cover. more »

May 2, 2016 9:04 AM Features

Drought could render the U.S. Northeast's mixed forests unsustainable after 2050 while Washington's Cascade Mountains may require tropical and subtropical forest species, according to researchers using a new type of mathematical model. more »

May 2, 2016 8:53 AM Features


Laser Technology Inc.

For over 30 years, Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI) has been a prominent name in the professional measurement and mapping sector, but have you ever wondered how they got their start in forestry? more »

Apr 29, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Look north from atop the 120-metre (390-foot) bleaching tower at the Horizonte 1 pulp mill, and all you see is plantations of tall, slender eucalyptus trees. They stretch from the factory gate, across the gentle undulations of Mato Grosso do Sul. more »

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 AM Features



Work has started on a $10 million investment programme at a Blenheim sawmill, which will create up to 50 jobs over the next five years. more »

Apr 26, 2016 12:00 AM Features


Photograph: Raymond Gehman/NGS/Getty Images

The fate of a tree planted at poet Emily Dickinson’s home raises questions about whether gardeners can - or should - play a role in helping plant species migrate in the face of rising temperatures and swiftly changing botanical zones. more »

Apr 25, 2016 7:00 PM Features

We’ve all heard it — we need oxygen from trees to survive. However, although oxygen is important for survival, it is not the only air quality improvement maneuver for which trees should be praised. more »

Apr 25, 2016 10:00 AM Features