Combined heat and biochar: A revolution for greenhouse bioenergy

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Looking at the benefits of biochar and its potential as a greenhouse bioenergy resource, with implications for seedling propagation for the silviculture industry.

In the October 2011 issue of Silviculture Magazine, John Kitchen makes a sensible argument for turning to woody energy crops as a source of clean energy. Many people from around the world share the excitement for biomass' potential to supplement our energy needs. For greenhouse growers and seedling producers, energy costs and productivity are top of mind.

Want to plant more trees this season? Then work harder.

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Research on exertion and productivity in planters. Does production increase with experience? Are faster planters exerting themselves more? Are experienced planters more efficient (less exertion for a given production speed)? Exploring the research of exercise physiologist Alastair Hodges.

The physical nature of reforestation work is painfully obvious to anyone who has spent at least one day working as a tree planter. Tree planters like to consider that the work is the most difficult job in Canada, and that the job is as physically demanding as running a marathon every day. But, perhaps due to the isolated workplace, there has been a relative paucity of data on the physiological, metabolic, or psychological demands of the work.

Spring 2012

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Global Conservation Corps
John Huizinga
Combined heat and biochar
Scott Scholefield
Will the Global Centre for Teak Production shift to Latin America
Raymond Keogh
Want to plant more trees this season? Then just work harder
Heart rate
Exertion
Production
Alastair Hodges
Hugh Stimson
Erin Kendall
The largest natural capital investment in the world
dirk brinkman
Planter's exodus
Shelby Leslie
Message to family, from camp
Leigh MacLaughlin
The acute details of planting trees
amy attas
Slips, trips and falls
laura maguire
SAFE companies
audis
jordan tesluk
WSCA
AETSQ
Shanie Levesque
BC First Nations Forestry Council
Keith Atkinson
Ontario
Lynn Palmer
Tenure reform
Newfoundland
Basil English
Boreal Mixwoods
Society of American Foresters
Steve Wilent
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A Global Civilian Conservation Corps

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Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps of nearly 80 years ago can we evolve the process of creating job and productivity stimulus through conservation and ecological restoration to meet today's challenges? Undeniably, environmental issues today involve the global commons and affect the world's communities at large, a new CCC would be global in scope and would have the capacity to bring environmental and socio-economic prosperity to the world.

In January 1933 the United States faced a dire emergency.  They were in the depths of the depression during a catastrophic environmental disaster. The economy of the United States had collapsed and thousands of impoverished young men were without jobs or money and "riding the rails".  A severe and prolonged drought had turned the Great Plains into a "dust bowl". 

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REDD: Offsetting Emissions to Save Natural Forests

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REDD - Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation is a proposed mechanism to protect the world's remaining tropical rainforests and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 11 (COP11) in 2005, the REDD mechanism has had an official subcommittee negotiating its terms of reference. It has been a controversial mechanism as it can be implemented in many ways, and discussions about perverse incentives and negative side effects are fierce. The benefits scarcely need describing.

REDD - Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation is a proposed mechanism to protect the world's remaining tropical rainforests and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 11 (COP11) in 2005, the REDD mechanism has had an official subcommittee negotiating its terms of reference. It has been a controversial mechanism as it can be implemented in many ways, and discussions about perverse incentives and negative side effects are fierce. The benefits scarcely need describing.

Conservation Easements

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Source for map and photos: The Nature Conservancy Adirondack Chapter, Connie Prickett
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For decades, conservationists in the US have been experimenting with a variety of techniques that allow for the integration of economic activities with the permanent conservation of natural resources. . Conservation easements are legal agreements between a landowner (grantor) and an eligible organization (grantee) that restricts future activities on the land to protect its conservation values.

For decades, conservationists in the US have been experimenting with a variety of techniques that allow for the integration of economic activities with the permanent conservation of natural resources. Americans hold dear both their private property rights and their land ethic, and have been searching for a permanent land conservation mechanism that resonates with the complex yet interrelated public and private values associated with land.