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October 2016
New Map Viewer Available for Wood Innovations Grants
World map with dots in the contiguous United States and Alaska
Source: fs.fed.us/werc/
PRINCETON, W.Va. --- The Northeastern Area's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) and Office of Knowledge Management staffs developed a new map viewer that allows users to easily identify wood innovation projects funded in a State or region and to obtain basic details of the funded projects. These details include contact information, brief project overview, funding amounts--and results, when the project is completed. Try the map viewer at the WERC Web site home page; scroll down towards the bottom of the page. On the same page you can also view a map with WERC-related information. Learn more about Wood Innovations grants at the Forest Service Science and Technology Web page. 

WERC has maintained a project information management system for competitive grants funded since 2005. The system allows Forest Service customers to view project details as described above. Customers can search for projects by keyword, by State, by fiscal year. For example, if interested in urban wood utilization projects, type "urban" in the  keyword field. For questions or comments about WERC's project information management system, contact WERC Deputy Director Ed Cesa.

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New Hampshire Students Participate in Bioblitz Events
Two fourth grade students record their observations on a tablet during the Pawtuckaway State Park, NH, bioblitz.

DURHAM, N.H. --- Made possible through a U.S. Forest Service youth engagement grant, 142 students in grades four through eight participated in three "bioblitz" events in New Hampshire, coordinated by Northeastern Area Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist Rebecca Lilja. A bioblitz is a citizen science effort to record as many living things as possible at a designated location in a short period of time. 
 
The 1,037 observations from the three bioblitz events were collected on tablets and uploaded to iNaturalist, a global citizen science database used by scientists to study global biodiversity. All observations collected from this effort can be found at: inaturalist.org/projects/nh-kids-in-a-park . Students are also using an additional GIS software program to further analyze the data they collected. One map from the Pawtuckaway State Park bioblitz can be viewed at  http://arcg.is/2dsLXBl .   
 
The grant also provided for a workshop for the participating teachers, including the topics of GIS mapping, bioblitz tools, use of technology, and biodiversity concepts. The biodiversity topic helped to integrate this citizen science project into their curriculum. 
 
Other Forest Service employees assisted with the bioblitz at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, and State Park staff also assisted at Pawtuckaway and Pisgah State Parks.
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National Bioenergy Day is October 19th

PORTLAND, Maine --- October 19, 2016, will be the fourth annual National Bioenergy Day. Led by the Biomass Power Association in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, National Bioenergy Day facilitates interaction between bioenergy projects and their local communities, raising awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy with a focus on creating local jobs and supporting a highly skilled workforce. Organizations all over the country --- businesses, nonprofits, universities, and State and local governments --- will showcase the many ways they benefit from bioenergy. Learn more at the national Bioenergy Day Web site.
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Fall Color Campaign Has Begun
Graphic with the words _2016 Fall Colors__ a car on a road_ different leaf shapes_ and insets of a landscape photo and a map
(Source: fs.fed.us)
WASHINGTON --- The Forest Service's 2016 Fall Colors campaign kicked off September 21 and runs for 10 weeks. Take a virtual tour of fall foliage and see photos from national forests and grasslands. Learn more by visiting the Fall Colors page on the Forest Service Web site.
Wind Wood Utilization

Wind Wood Utilization is the online hub for information related to the preparation for, response to, and recovery from major wind events, and the utilization of downed and damaged timber and woody debris that can be generated.

Looking for a forester, logger, trucking contractor, other service provider? Searching for a market(s) for a wood product? Trying to figure out who in government is responsible for what? Looking for fuel, equipment parts, lodging, etc. outside your normal area of business operation? Get help answering your questions at the Wind Wood Utilization Web site.

State and Private Forestry Report Published

WASHINGTON --- Trees and forests form a major portion of the green infrastructure of this country. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) teamed up with the Forest Service to develop the 2016 State and Private Forestry Report. View the report at the NASF Web site.
Welcome, Nate Downing
_ Family portrait of a man and woman and two young girls standing in a woodland setting
(Photo courtesy of Nate Downing)

Nathaniel "Nate" Downing, MAI, is the new senior review appraiser for the Forest Service's Eastern Region (R9)--the position previously held by Doug Dane, MAI. Nate recently became a designated Member of the Appraisal Institute. He will have primary responsibility for the Northeastern Area's Forest Legacy Program appraisal requirements. He brings extensive experience with yellow book appraisals. Read more.

It's That Time of Year: Watch for Deer

This is a reminder to watch for deer out and about, especially this time of year. Get an update on deer collisions by State at the newsroom of the State Farm Web site. https://newsroom.statefarm.com/state-farm-releases-2016-deer-collision-data?cmpid=PArel091916deerCollision 

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"Timber City" Exhibit

WASHINGTON--The National Building Museum is presenting an exhibit that showcases mass timber construction. This "Timber City" exhibit, organized in conjunction with Forest SerĀ­vice State and Private Forestry and the Softwood Lumber Board, explains the many benefits, such as sustainability, strength, and fire resistance, of this cutting-edge wood construction technique. The 8-month exhibit showcases the two winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition and describes the worldwide tall wood building moveĀ­ment. Chief Tidwell made remarks before the exhibit opened. Learn more at the museum Web site.
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Canine Conservationists

WASHINGTON --- By sniffing out invasive insects, highly skilled dogs are on the frontlines of forest conservation. Tia is one of a trio of dogs trained to detect ash wood or emerald ash borer as part of the invasive species team at Working Dogs for Conservation, a nonprofit organization. Read more at American Forests Magazine.

Upcoming Webinars

Using i-Tree Design and i-Tree Canopy, October 19, 2016, 1:00 p.m. Preregistration is required. Visit  https://goo.gl/Gfi62x to register.   Details about this session are at the Urban Natural Resources Institute Web site.

Telling Your Environmental Story with Web Mapping Technology, December 6, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Get more information at the Web site of the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Upcoming Conferences

The Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry: Wood Industry Week, Wood Education and Resource Center, Princeton, WV, November 2-3, 2016. For information, contact Urs Buehlmann , 540-231-9759, or visit the Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry Web page.

USDA Interagency Forum on Invasive Species, Annapolis, MD, January 10-13, 2017. Visit the forum Web page on the Forest Service Northern Research Station Web site.

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