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Breaking lignin into new biomaterials

 

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For wood tissue, lignin plays an essential role. It is a complex molecule located in the cell walls that provides mechanical strength and allows for efficient water transport. It is also quite plentiful. Depending on the species, the lignin in wood can represent between 25 to 30% of the dry weight.

Typically, the lignin produced from the pulp and paper industry (known as kraft lignin) is considered …more

Smart tools to measure slash pile volumes

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A woodland owner has a choice of time tested measuring techniques to predict how much lumber can be produced from trees. Accurate volume estimates can help forest managers plan for the number and type of trees to harvest and the appropriate workforce and equipment needed.

NARA provides technical assistance to an emerging industry that, instead of using the bole wood (trunk) for lumber, uses the wood residuals …more

IDX Presentation Overview

Story by: Janna Loeppky, M.S. Candidate, Oregon State University 12/10/13

As a part of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) project, several students were selected to conduct research related to site selection, that is, to explore potential locations for biomass conversion refineries and depots. These students are part of the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) course offered by Washington State University and the University of Idaho.  In a recent presentation, three groups provided their findings for high potential locations and how …more

NARA at the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) annual meeting

Opening reception with exhibitors at the WWPA meeting.
Opening reception with exhibitors at the WWPA meeting.

NARA participated as an exhibitor at the WWPA annual meeting last weekend in Portland Oregon. This event brings together lumber company, supplier and wood retailer representatives throughout the U.S. and offered a good opportunity for NARA to provide information and receive feedback.

Twelve exhibit tables …more

NARA at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)

Booths and participants at the 2014 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)
Booths and participants at the 2014 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC). This event was held Feb. 27-March 2, 2014 in Eugene, OR.

In order to educate and receive constructive input, NARA provides outreach to a full array of stakeholders. When the NARA Outreach team asked stakeholders which Pacific Northwest conference provided the …more