Forestry and Wood Products

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Climate change resilience research receives $150K NIFA grant

Increasing understanding of the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems, and on the industry and communities that rely on forest products and services in Maine’s North Woods is the focus of a study led by Sandra De Urioste-Stone, an assistant professor of nature-based tourism at the University of Maine, in collaboration with other UMaine […]

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Team awarded $1.17M to help protect forest workers from tick-borne illnesses

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.17 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test land management practices to protect Maine forest workers from exposure to tick-borne diseases. The three-year project, “Developing adaptive forest management practices to mitigate impacts of climate change on human health,” is being led […]

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Crandall quoted in BDN article on turnaround in forestry market

The Bangor Daily News quoted Mindy Crandall, an assistant professor of forest landscape management and economics at the University of Maine, in an article on changes in the forestry market, including increasing prices and demand. Wood prices have doubled in the past six months, resulting from several factors like a buildup in the demand for […]

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First five MIRTA teams showcase their discoveries

Five discoveries, including one designed to monitor the health of beehives using radar, were showcased by University of Maine faculty-led teams from the Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) May 30 at the Foster Center for Student Innovation on campus. The five MIRTA projects are: A high-value, low-cost geoinformatics system to better compile broad-scale […]

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Tajvidi awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation CNF floor, wall products

Mehdi Tajvidi knows that big things can come in small packages. He works with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) — the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. The University of Maine assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials describes CNF as magical. The renewable biodegradable material has superior properties, he […]

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WABI visits UMaine’s sugar house as maple season gets underway

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the beginning of Maine’s maple season while visiting the University of Maine’s Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House. Keith Kanoti, a forest manager at UMaine, said students, staff and faculty tap about 350 trees to make syrup every spring. The recent weather has been perfect for harvesting sap, WABI reported. “If […]

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AP reports on study that finds beech trees dominating as climate changes

The Associated Press reported on recent research by a group of scientists that found beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes. The scientists said the move toward beech-heavy forests is associated with higher temperatures and precipitation. They said their 30-year study, published in the Journal of Applied […]

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Leahy writes op-ed on land access for Piscataquis Observer

Jessica Leahy, a professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for The Piscataquis Observer titled, “Declining public access to private land is a key issue in 2018.” Leahy also is a sportswoman, landowner in Sebec and member of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Landowners […]

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WABI covers timber sports competition

WABI (Channel 5) reported on a timber sports competition hosted by the University of Maine Woodsmen Team. Men and women from colleges around New England came to UMaine to test their wood skills in events including axe throwing, pole climbing and crosscut sawing. “It’s awesome to be outside,” said Bree Jarvis, president of the UMaine […]

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UMaine mentioned in media reports of CLT firm expanding to Maine

The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and Woodworking Network reported the nation’s first manufacturer of cross-laminated timber plans to set up shop in Maine, with a goal of creating 100 jobs at a $22 million mill. SmartLam, LLC of Montana still seeks a mill site, but has committed to building a factory in Maine […]

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