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Nature photography: A new way of seeing the woods

  By Joe RankinForests for Maine’s Future Writer Pam Wells has patience.When she’s in search of the perfect photo she can wait hours, in some disheartening conditions. She’s not Bobcat (All photos courtesy Pam Wells)shooting brides or weddings or newborn babies or products. She’s photographing the natural world. And she knows there are a lot…

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The Future of Forest Products in Maine Tour

New composites, nanocellulose coatings, liquid fuels are on the horizon By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer Dwane Hutto is obviously enjoying himself. He has just described a fairly complicated chemical process that started with ground up trees and produced a dark liquid in a vial that he holds high so everyone can see…

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The Woodland Steward Program

A new online course can help you enjoy and manage your woodland   By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer   Picture this: Three generations of a family huddled around a computer screen, reading, talking, and answering questions online. No, they’re not facebooking, skyping or playing the latest space aliens shoot ’em up game…

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The fascinating process of tree decay

  By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer   For trees, the forest is truly a jungle.   First there’s the Olympic-scale intense competition for food and sunlight. Everyone straining for those life-giving photons, a silent stems-and-branches brawl. And it can go on for decades, centuries. In fact, it’s never really over.   The…

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There’s an app for that: can technology reconnect us to nature?

    By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer   In the video the young woman stops her car at a nature center, rummages around in the backseat, picks up a field guide and . . . tosses it aside. Instead, armed with her iPhone, she heads into the woods to learn about trees….

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Sappi Westbrook: Papermaking on the fashion frontier

A venerable paper mill is the world leader in release papers   By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer   The names paper manufacturers give to the printing and writing papers that most people come across in their regular workday can be, well, a little boring. They’re heavy on words like premium, or gold, gloss…

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Once and Future Uses of Wood

By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer In the mid-’60s Eric Sloane wrote “A Reverence for Wood,” a tribute to the importance of wood in early American life. It’s lovingly illustrated with Sloane’s skillfully detailed pen and ink sketches of everything wood: burl mallets, basswood berry boxes, up-and-down sawmills, timber frame barns. Butter churns…