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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
Wood drying is recognized as a key operation in sawmill production and affects product quality, value yield and the suitability of wood material for different end user products. The 11th International IUFRO Wood Drying Conference organized by Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå, Sweden, in January 2010 presented important findings in key areas of wood drying. A news story related to the IUFRO World Congress theme: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Resource deals with the controversial issue of bushmeat hunting. And, in addition to announcements such as new publications and upcoming meetings, an interview with a trainee at IUFRO Headquartres is presented in the Students' corner of this issue.
An evidence-based report, 'Benefits of Urban Parks: A systematic review', offers a comprehensive and critical assessment that evaluates the evidence supporting a series of park benefits.
The World Teak Conference in Bangkok, the Morioka 2013 symposium on the role of the forest sector in a green economy, and IUFRO's activities at UNFF10 in Turkey are among the highlights of this issue.
The UN General Assembly has designated 21 March as the International Day of Forests. IUFRO celebrated the 1st IDF with the opening of its new offices in the building of the Austrian Ministry of Life.
Persons involved in peatland management can benefit from a new book entitled Peatland Ecology and Forestry – a Sound Approach that gathers an impressive array of research from various countries.
The official announcement of the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in October 2014 in Salt Lake City has just been published – think about making plans to attend! And celebrate the Int'l Day of Forests on 21...