forest products http://kplu.org en Progress In Turning Woody Debris From Northwest Forests Into Biofuels http://kplu.org/post/progress-turning-woody-debris-northwest-forests-biofuels <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147121391&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In 2011, biofuels in the Northwest got a huge boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/update-biofuel-demand-high-80-million-uw-wsu-research">$80 million in grants</a> to researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University. It’s meant to help turn woody biomass into environmentally-friendly fuels for cars and jets.</p><p>Now they’re at about the half-way point in their research, and several hundred are attending <a href="http://www.nararenewables.org/2014conference/" target="_blank">a conference on wood-based biofuels </a>in Seattle. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:11:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16321 at http://kplu.org Progress In Turning Woody Debris From Northwest Forests Into Biofuels An under-used resource in Washington: forest biomass http://kplu.org/post/under-used-resource-washington-forest-biomass <p>Renewable energy is growing on trees in Washington &ndash; and right now, much of it is going up in smoke.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the word from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who has just released the results of <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/OtherConservationInformation/Pages/cc_forest_biomass_assessment.aspx">a study on forest biomass.</a></p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:48:29 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4427 at http://kplu.org An under-used resource in Washington: forest biomass Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments http://kplu.org/post/update-shooting-spotted-owls-rival-wont-work-expert-laments <p>A new plan released yesterday for saving the northern spotted owl is taking aim &ndash; maybe literally &ndash; at a rival bird.</p><p>Federal agency leaders said Thursday the spotted owl is losing out to a bigger, more aggressive invader from the eastern United States, the barred owl.</p><p>However, one biologist whose research led to the listing of the spotted owl believes shooting and other measures to control the barred owl are too little too late.&nbsp; Because, he lamented, the spotted owl&#39;s population has shrunk over the last 15 years in spite of conservation efforts. (Interactive map inside)</p><p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:40:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & The Associated Press 1992 at http://kplu.org Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments Spotted owl recovery plan pits one species against another http://kplu.org/post/spotted-owl-recovery-plan-pits-one-species-against-another <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-975649.mp3</p><p>It&rsquo;s an icon of the northwest.</p><p>With its muted brown feathers and dark eyes, <a href="http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/WhatWeDo/Conservation/UrbanLivability/ForestHealth/NorthernSpottedOwl.aspx">the northern spotted owl</a> doesn&rsquo;t look all that impressive. But scientists say its survival indicates the health of the entire forest ecosystem. That&rsquo;s why conservationists want the government to protect more of the old-growth habitat spotted owls prefer.</p><p>But a recovery plan for the owl due for release this morning is ruffing feathers.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:00:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1983 at http://kplu.org Spotted owl recovery plan pits one species against another Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters http://kplu.org/post/earthquake-rebuilding-likely-benefit-existing-timber-exporters <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961585.mp3</p><p>When disaster response in Japan turns to rebuilding, Northwest timber companies and sawmills should see an increase in exports. But an industry consultant says the slow pace of disaster recovery means those new orders may not come for months.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Stock prices for some North American timber companies spiked in the immediate aftermath of the Japan disaster. Wall Street anticipates a surge in Japanese demand for logs, lumber and plywood to rebuild homes.</p><p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:11:44 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1137 at http://kplu.org Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters Booming demand from China for Northwest logs & lumber http://kplu.org/post/booming-demand-china-northwest-logs-lumber <p>There&rsquo;s good news and bad news for logging and saw-milling jobs in the Northwest. The bad news is new figures out show construction spending dropped in February to the lowest level in more than a decade. The good news is that timber demand from China is soaring.</p><p>Russia has traditionally been China&rsquo;s main wood supplier. An export tax by the Russians combined with the expanding Chinese economy has created an opening for exporters on the West Coast. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:01:43 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1126 at http://kplu.org Booming demand from China for Northwest logs & lumber