According to data from the University of Maryland, Morocco lost about 5% of its remaining dense tree cover between 2001 and 2014. On the other hand, Global Forest Watch reported recently large areas of tree cover gain during the same period of time, what indicates reforestation and afforestation, especially in places where trees didn’t originally occur.
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).
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
In 2015 pellet production capacity in Spain, distributed among 79 plants, was 1,250,000 tonnes, but production did not exceed 475,000, the 38%. It is one of the data obtained from the ENplus day: five years committed to the quality of the wood pellet, celebrated this morning by Avebiom in the Madrid headquarters of Aenor.
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.
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) was the first forest tree species introduced and acclimated from North America to Europe at the beginning of the 17th century. It is a fast growing, nitrogen fixing, site tolerant, excellent coppicing species with frequent and abundant seed production and relatively high yielding potential. In Hungary, this species has played a role of great importance in the forest management, covering approximately 23% of the forested area and providing about 19% of the annual timber output of the country. This post discussesContinue reading