Edited by Douglas D. Stokke, Leslie H. Groom Plant biomass resources are seen as a vast reservoir of potential to be unlocked as sustainable fiber, fuel and chemical feedstock for the 21st century. Vital to the achievement of this promise are fundamental investigations on the nature and industrial application of lignocellulosic materials. This volume brings together a broad array of scientific expertise to focus on the characterization and utilization of cellulosic materials. Researchers from Austria, Germany, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the US explore many facets of the plant cell wall, from its fundamental structure and its manipulation via ...

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New Book by Dr. Jim Bowyer Ready for Pre-Sale Orders The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise is Ready for Pre-Sale Orders. In a new book The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, author Jim Bowyer delves into the ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of environmental policy of the U.S. and other wealthy countries. He notes that aggressive resistance to local extraction of raw materials in the face of high per capita consumption, and heavy reliance on imported raw materials adds up to what has been aptly described as environmental imperialism. Bowyer observes that “…contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, ‘Why not in my back yard?’” “This is an important ...

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New Book by Dr. Jim Bowyer Ready for Pre-Sale Orders The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise is Ready for Pre-Sale Orders. In a new book The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, author Jim Bowyer delves into the ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of environmental policy of the U.S. and other wealthy countries. He notes that aggressive resistance to local extraction of raw materials in the face of high per capita consumption, and heavy reliance on imported raw materials adds up to what has been aptly described as environmental imperialism. Bowyer observes that “…contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, ‘Why not in my back yard?’” “This is an important ...

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President Sudipta Dasmohapatra Past President Eric Hansen President Elect Bob Smith Vice President Nicole Robitaille Brown Directors Eini Lowell Rupert Wimmer Andreja Kutnar Magnus Walinder Editor H. Michael Barnes Associate Editor Sue LeVan Green Newsletter Editor David Jones Executive Director Victoria Herian

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The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is hosting an image competition called EnvisioNano.  FS is an active party of the NNI because of our cellulose nanomaterials work.  NNI is also very interested in cellulose nanomaterials development globally and have actively worked with us on mutually beneficial topics.  This is a high visibility competition.  I thought it can help with our members’ research. http://www.nano.gov/sites/default/files/envisionano_browser_page.pdf

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28th Annual WMI Workshop on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Saws and Knives, Holiday Inn, Portland Airport, Portland, OR.  Call 925-943-5240; visit woodmachining.com. 

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BETHEL – Richard “Dick” Augustus Hale died peacefully Sunday morning, May 17, 2015 after a short period of declining health. He was born in Lewiston, Me, October 5, 1921, the son of Elliott K. and Geraldine (Rideout) Hale. He attended local schools and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School in 1939. After attending a post graduate year at Philips Academy, he entered the University of Maine at Orono to study forestry. He joined the rifle team and the Alpha gamma Rho fraternity before being called to active duty in 1943. He was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, Armor in 1944 and was ...

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31 January 1929 ~ 15 April 2015 “The BobObit” On April 15, 2015, Robert William Erickson, age 86, died in the loving care of his family at Regions Hospital, St. Paul. Bob was born January 31, 1929 to Elmer Ferdinand Erickson and Ingaborg (Belle) Johanna Peterson and grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota, near St. Hilaire. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Donald, Wallace, Joanne, Wayne, and Bruce. Survived by his former wife Enid Broderick and their children: Michael (Mary Kay), Maria (Daniel), Frank, Theresa, Claire (John), Elizabeth, Joanne, and Joseph; their grandchildren: Christopher ...

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The Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them. One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) to honour the memory of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Nominations for the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015 are open until Friday 29 May 2015. The award ceremony will take place at the XIV World Forestry Congress. This will be the third ...

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The LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association honored three of its distinguee alumni at its recent annual meeting on April 25 at LSU.  This year’s inductees to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Hall of Fame are Drs. H. Michael Barnes, James P. Barnett, and the late Robert Chabreck. Dr. H. Michael “Mike” Barnes is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of wood preservation and durability.  He received a BS in Forestry from LSU in 1965 and a MS in Forest Products Technology from LSU in 1968 under the guidance of the late Dr. ...

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