Temperate rainforests are magical ecosystems. In them trees grow tall, big, massive. It is not a coincidence that the tallest trees found on Earth are found in temperate rainforests, from the Coast Redwoods in California,Continue reading
Seeing and managing forests as functional complex networks – an interview with Christian Messier
In September 2017 I participated to a very dynamic field-week that took place in Tuscany, Italy. Here international students had the chance to discuss new concepts in forest management, such as viewing forest ecosystems asContinue reading
New biofuel plant will have only minor effects on existing forest industries and harvests in Norway
A new publication from researchers from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and University of Idaho has shown that a new biofuel plant Silva Green located in Tofte will have only a minor effect on existing forest industries and harvests in Norway.
Were forests not taken seriously enough in the last IPCC 1.5° report?
The latest IPCC special report discusses the potential impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C and presents several pathways scenarios but without focusing much on the need of protecting and sustainably managing the forests weContinue reading
Will Forest Reference Levels limit harvests and wood industry development in the EU?
Recently, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted the draft report of the Committee’s Rapporteur, MEP Norbert Lins, on the regulation of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). The policyContinue reading
The symmetry of competition: does the battle take place above or below our feet?
In one of my previous posts I have already focused on the complex topic of competition among tree species. In that post I discussed the variability of species interactions (aka mixing effects) which depends onContinue reading
Appreciating the old growth trees
Trees are the main structure of forests ecosystems therefore, foresters focus on studying them in different aspects (Taxonomy, Wood anatomy, Pathology, Physiology, Re-productivity , etc.…..) , Trying to have the complete understanding of the forestsContinue reading
No more maple syrup?
Most of the time we tend to think about forests as sources of important ecosystem service such as timber, firewood, water regulation, carbon stock, biodiversity. But there is a very important (and very sweet!) serviceContinue reading
Why wood pellets are more harmful than coal?
New research from MIT, Climate Interactive, and UMass Lowell has revealed that substituting coal with wood as a means to generate power could make climate change worse for many decades. Read more…
The True Story: Competition for biomass in Europe will not affect forest industry
In recently published article in Biomass and Bioenergy journal, researchers from Finland and Norway found that policy choices will have strong impacts on the allocation of biomass use between heat and power production, and theContinue reading