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IUFRO, part 1

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, October 9, 2014/Categories: Uncategorized

Every 4 years, the World Congress of Forest Research Organizations ( IUFRO ) meets to discuss trends in forests. Founded in 1892, IUFRO is headquartered in Austria and the 2014 gathering was only the second time in its 122 year history that a meeting was held in the US. The gathering received scant attention by the local press in Utah where 4,000 delegated gathered. That is a pity as forests are essential to virtually everything on Earth related to environmental and economic well being and they are in much need of attention.

The international meetings took up a large portion of the local convention center and combined scientific and technical sessions on every conceivable research topic---forest products, health, pests, deforestation, climate change, forest fires and restoration; a trade show presented university research programs, government agencies, and manufacturers of forest gear; and a poster zone showcased young researchers from over 100 countries who displayed nearly 1000 posters on their own projects. The amount of information was almost overwhelming in its volume and diversity.

Bamboo Treatments, Taiwan   Forest Software, Finland   LIDAR Maps, Canada   (credit: SWP Media)

Forests are being altered worldwide from the arctic to the tropics by one impact or another. It is through research and development efforts supported and presented by organizations like IUFRO dealing with these global issues that deserve well deserved recognition. Riled Up will focus on two other features from their 2014 congress.


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