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April 11-13: Forum considers environmental uses of trees

AHB-logo-100PORTLAND, Ore. – A national forum about using poplar and willow for water treatment, land reclamation, biofuel and other environmental purposes will be held in Portland, Ore., April 11-13. » More …

Starting March 2: Class offered for woodland owners

woodland-owners-course-1VASHON, Wash. – Woodland owners will build skills for caring for their trees through a Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 2-April 20, at the Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd. A field day will be Saturday, April 2. » More …

March 2: Webinar on carbon tax, biofuel policy

PULLMAN, Wash. – A webinar on the effectiveness of a Pacific Northwest revenue-neutral carbon tax as it relates to federal biofuel policy will be hosted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest. » More …

Jan. 19: ‘Cultivating Success’ helps establish, grow small farms

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

small farmEVERETT, Wash. – A 12-week course, Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching, begins Jan. 19 and will be held 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. It is the first course in the Cultivating Success series. » More …

Discovery advances biowaste-to-jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel. » More …

Video: Poplars used to treat water, soil contamination

By Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension

poplarsEVERETT, Wash. – Poplar trees, known for their fast growth and versatility, are being used for recycling treated wastewater and cleaning contaminated soil.  » More …

Two WSU faculty named AAAS fellows

Marsh,-left,-and-LambWASHINGTON – Brian K. Lamb and Thomas L. Marsh of Washington State University have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their efforts to advance science and/or its applications. » More …

Holiday greenery harvest adjusts to ‘Godzilla El Nino’

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Noble-fir-wreath-by-Freed-webOLYMPIA, Wash. – Harvest of evergreen boughs for holiday garlands and wreaths got a late start thanks to the warmest October on record. Just what the economic impact is won’t be clear until the holiday season is over. » More …

WSU receives $2.7 million to research costly potato threat

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

potato-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Zebra chip disease, caused by a bacterium carried by insects, can ruin a potato crop; but little is known about where it comes from and how it can be avoided. » More …