America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell to Air June 15 on Georgia Public Broadcasting

Friday, June 09, 2017

The first episode in the entertaining and educational television series celebrating our national forests and featuring Georgia-native Chuck Leavell will air on Georgia Public Television on Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Chuck Leavell is a forestry advocate and conservationist who also happens to be the keyboardist and musical director for the Rolling Stones. As host, Chuck serves as the on-camera guide, travelling across the country to interview people who are passionate about the gifts we get from our woods and exploring creative solutions to complex problems impacting this important natural resource.

“The search for solutions to the problems of sustainable growth, climate change, and energy conservation is increasingly inspiring thought leaders to look at one of America’s finest resources - our forests”, said America’s Forests host, Chuck Leavell. “Whether for building or for recreation, it is clear that our forests are good for the economy and for the spirit.”

The pilot episode airing on GPB on June 15 features the state of Oregon, including the trend toward building skyscrapers with cross laminated timber in Portland, fire mitigation with the help of mountain bikers in Bend, and habitat restoration in the Siuslaw National Forest.

“Public and private partners across the country are working hand in hand to both care for and to create sustainable solutions using wood from our forests” said Bruce Ward, president of Choose Outdoors. “We are proud to help tell these stories to educate and inspire citizens to become every day champions.”

The next episode will shine the spotlight on Colorado and filming will begin summer of 2017. The series is produced by Choose Outdoors and 42 Degrees North Media and is made possible with support from the U.S. Forest Service, Neiman Enterprises and Vaagen Brothers, along with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

For more information, visit www.americasforestswithchuckleavell.com, follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or contact Executive Producer and President of Choose Outdoors, Bruce Ward at bruceward1@gmail.com or 303- 917-1476.


How are we using cross-laminated timber?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

 

In a state that is covered over 50% with forests, Oregon embraces natural resources around the state in addition to a sustainable lifestyle, especially when it comes to expanding communities. What does this mean exactly? Well as one of the fastest growing cities in America, Portland is breaking ground on new buildings and skyscrapers each year, but doing so in a way that is much different from most cities.

A four-story building designed by Lever Architecture named Albina Yard, is currently under construction in the heart of Portland, utilizes mass timber construction with a glue-laminated timber frame and Cross-laminated Timber (CLT) panels manufactured and prefabricated in Timber from Riddle, Oregon. “The idea that you can leverage local resources to really drive economic development is really important,” said project architect, Thomas Robinson.

Cross-laminated timber is a wood panel typically consisting of three, five, or seven layers of dimension lumber oriented at right angles to one another and then glued to form structural panels with exceptional strength, dimensional stability, and rigidity.

The cross laminated timber used for Albina Yard is manufactured just a few hours south of Portland by a company named D.R. Johnson Lumber, the first cross-laminated timber provider in the U.S. With the success of Albina Yard, a new skyscraper named Framework is planned for Portland and will be 12 stories in total.

Learn more about the innovation with CLT in this short segment of America’s Forests.

 


The Melodic Alliance of Piano Keys and Forest Trees

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A blues rift from a finely tuned piano fills the fall air in a home outside of Portland, Oregon. Legendary pianist Chuck Leavell’s fingers dance across the keys as members of a dinner party gather around and listen intently. However, the assembled audience did not come specifically to hear the acclaimed musician, whose music has been heard in the works of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and John Mayer and so many more. This privileged audience has gathered instead to talk tree farming and sustainable forestry; Chuck’s other passions.

The home and piano belong to Paul and Sibyl Barnum. As Executive Director of Oregon Forest Resource Institute (OFRI), Paul works with tree farmers like Chuck on education focusing on sustainability and protecting America’s forests. The two met as a part of the North America Forest Partnership and joined forces to work on the filming of the TV series, America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell in mid-2016. They quickly realized they were committed to similar efforts and held similar interests in forestry, wood utilization and the environmental benefits of actively managing our forests.

Common Misconception

Throughout Chuck’s career as a tree farmer, he is asked, just what is a tree farmer, and is it really ok to cut down trees? According to Chuck and a growing number of environmentalists, the inarguable answer is that harvesting plays an essential role in keeping our forests growing and healthy.

“With sustainability being one of our main points in educating at OFRI, the common misconception is that tree farming is harmful to our forests, when it is in fact the opposite,” explained Paul. “The cycle of harvest, replanting and forest stewardship is vital to keep private forests as forests,” he says. Many states require forest landowners to replant as soon as possible after harvest. And in Oregon, it’s the law, as are protections for water and wildlife.

Harvesting is also important to ensure that overgrown forests are not fire-prone due to lack of sound management. While most of conservation and protecting forests need a “hands off” approach, managing and maintenance of forests are key contributors to a keeping forests healthy and fire resilient.

Educating Future Generations

A commonly asked question around sustainability, especially for the forestry and farming community, is what impact can I make as an average citizen? Average citizens can be given the tools which then empower them to take an active role by training and educating the lawmakers, environmentalists, and citizens of future generations.

Chuck’s Mother Nature Network focuses on sustainability and awareness. Both are promoted through adopting “responsible living” techniques for adults to adapt to their everyday life in ways they can pass off to children. Organizations such as OFRI provide adaptable curriculums for K-12, giving children the chance to learn about the importance of our forests and maintaining a healthy relationship with the outdoors by connecting them with the environment around them. America’s forests makes up 8.5% of the nation’s total land area, are full of renewable resources, and provide 6.1 million jobs to Americans.

What’s Next For America’s Forest?

“There’s a lot that still needs to be done in terms of educating and cultivating sustainable habits in our culture,” explained Paul. On a high level, preserving our forests starts with where we live and what resources we use on a daily basis and making conscious decisions.

Explore America’s forests by tuning into America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell. Follow America’s Forest with Chuck Leavell on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The pilot episode of America’s Forests will air at 7 p.m. April 1 on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Overview

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) with Title IV of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (PDF, 40 KB).

The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes.

http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLRP/overview.shtml

CNNF-The Nature Conservancy Ink Stewardship Agreement

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Last week, The Nature Conservancy and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest signed a Stewardship Agreement that officials say will improve the health and long-term sustainability of the forest while expanding the ability to provide timber to Wisconsin’s forest products industry.

http://wxpr.org/post/cnnf-nature-conservancy-ink-stewardship-agreement

Would you live in a wooden skyscraper?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Douglas fir tree is a marvel of natural engineering. The trunk, made mostly of slender dead cells each a few millimeters long, can reach heights of 100 meters. It's supple enough to sway in windstorms without snapping, yet strong enough to support its weight—up to 160 metric tons. Kilogram for kilogram, a wooden beam made from this fir is 3.5 times stronger than steel. A single tree can store half its weight in carbon and can replace itself, given enough time. Its luminous, patterned wood can be sculpted into virtually any shape.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/would-you-live-wooden-skyscraper

Chuck Leavell is happiest around trees or Stones

Sunday, September 25, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — The doorway into Studio Trilogy isn't particularly wide, so by all accounts, Chuck Leavell's head shouldn't be able to squeeze through it.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/05/02/chuck-leavell-rolling-stones-pianist-passion-for-environment/8435235/

The basics of defensible space and the “home ignition zone”

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The concept of the home ignition zone was developed by USDA Forest Service fire scientist Jack Cohen in the late 1990s, following some breakthrough experimental research into how homes ignite due to the effects of radiant heat. For more than 15 years, NFPA’s wildfire safety recommendations have been shaped by this fire science and because of it, is able to provide actionable guidance for homeowners to help them prepare homes/home landscapes to resist wildfire.

http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape/defensible-space.aspx?sso=0

D.R. Johnson is first certified U.S. manufacturer of cross-laminated timbers

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Riddle, Ore. — D.R. Johnson received the first U.S. certification to manufacture cross-laminated timbers (CLT) under a new standard approved last year by the American National Standards Institute. The CLT panels were tested and certified by the American Plywood Association. The certification clears the way for the company to market its 3-lam, 5-lam, and 7-lam CLT panels to an emerging U.S. wood building market.

http://cenews.com/post/7573/d-r-johnson-is-first-certified-u-s-manufacturer-of-cross-laminated-timbers

Will Our Future High-Rises Be Made Of Wood?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Among all the buildings going up in the biggest boom in Portland real estate history, only one of them can be called the first of its kind in the nation.

http://www.opb.org/radio/article/portland-oregon-cross-laminated-timber-albina-yard/