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Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – December 2014

Posted: December 15, 2014

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.

Timber! Why the rich are buying trees

In the rarefied world of the wealthy, timber is the hot new commodity.

Purdue makes greener gas from trees

Ethanol made from corn already powers millions of cars and trucks on the road, but a group of researchers at Purdue University wants to make biofuel better. Since corn ethanol affects the food supply, this group creates fuel from something nobody eats — trees.

In a Queens Forest, Compiling a Picture of Urban Ecology

Attached to a lofty oak are a webcam and a wind vane, humidity and temperature sensors, rain gauges and instruments to measure solar radiation. The high-tech tools, which transmit information in real time, are part of the United States Forest Service’s new “smart forest” initiative, in which data is collected from selected woodlands to help scientists manage landscapes in a changing climate.

Millions of Ash Trees Are Dying, Creating Huge Headaches for Cities

Ash trees are a dominant species on American city streets, but an invasive beetle is killing them off… A nice overview from the National Geographic.

"Avoiding Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions," Award-Winning Video Available

The U.S. Forest Service's safety video on Avoiding Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions was selected for excellence in the nature/wildlife and safety categories, from nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The video has four parts: how deer sense the world, risk factors for collisions, when a collision is imminent, and after an accident.

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