natural forests and rubber plantations in Junan province
International Forestry

Wrong people, bad results – an interview with professor Sun Joseph Chang

During the Fifth International Faustmann Symposium, I had a pleasure to listen a presentation, and meet personally professor Sun Joseph Chang, from Louisiana State University (USA). Professor Chang agreed for short interview, where we discussed, among others, tropical rainforest conservation, forest valuation using Faustmann formula or forests and their problems in Xishuangbanna region (Yunnan Province, China). 

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International Forestry

The death of the forest Beast

Besten (eng. the BEAST) system consists of driverless harvester controlled remotely from one or two forwarders (timber couriers). It was orginally invented in 2002. In 2006, Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk) conducted first research about the BEAST. The results were very promising. However, up to the present day, the system has not received expected attention and it is not commonly used by forest operators around the globe. What has happened with the forest Beast between 2006 and now? Did it die, has gone metamorphose, or liveContinue reading

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Wood market can save the chestnut

A study analyzes how forest owners react when a disease affects their forests, specifically the chestnut blight, a fungus that infects chestnut. The research, led by the Forest Technological Center of Catalonia, concludes that the presence of an economic interest is the main reason for deciding whether to treat sick chestnut, to abandon it or even to replace it with exotic species such as California pine or spruce Douglas.