Optimising the sanding and coating processes of black alder wood can promote and support its use in furniture manufacturing. The surface roughness of the sanded specimens and the power consumption during sanding strongly depends on the grit size used. Thus, conducting a survey to find out specific grit size abrasives when applied to black alder wood is necessary. By Emilia-Adela Salca, Transilvania University of Brasov, Tomasz Krystofiak and Barbara Lis, Poznan University of Life Sciences

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Wood is a natural, sustainable and recyclable material with a wide range of applications. It is very popular and to be proven as sustainable construction material. With a shortage of wood, Swedish wood is are newable resource and it has been managed by modern and sustainable methods .By Swedish Wood

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High fuel loading and the homogenous structure have made forests vulnerable to large fires. Sound restoration of burned areas is critical for restoring healthy ecological functions of forests and providing economic incentives to local residents. By Ryu Soung-Ryoul, University of Alberta, Choi Hyung-Tao, Lim Joo-Hoon and Lee Im-Kyun, National Institute of Forest Science, and Ahn Young-Sang, Chonnam National University

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One drawback of current forest restoration treatments is that slash is often burned in piles that may damage the soil and require further restoration activities. We look at several alternative methods for reducing forest residues while minimising detrimental impacts. By Deborah S Page-Dumroese, USDA Forest Service

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Some surviving forests in tropical developing nations were under growing pressures from human activities. Thus, it's necessary to make some research on forest ecology and conservation so that sustainable development goals can be achieved in forest. By William F Laurance, James Cook University

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The 2016 ITTO Annual Market Discussions looked at the pros and cons of free-trade agreements for tropical timber. By Mike Adams, coordinator, Tropical Timber Market Information Service, and Frances Maplesden, consultant

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Selective cutting methods are likely to result in a trade-off between biodiversity conservation and timber production. In forestry, the trade-off between wood production and non-timber benefits has been examined to estimate the opportunity cost of enhancing biodiversity. By NhungNghien, University of Otago, and Hop Tran, Massey University

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By the end of 2015, about 40 million hectares were certified, approximately 160 certificates were issued on forest management and 440 certificates on chain of custody. Despite the existing problems, certification remains one of the most important instruments for achieving sustainable forest management in Russia.By Victor Lukashevich, Ilya Shegelman, Aleksey Vasilyev and MariiaLukashevich, Petrozavodsk State University

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With production activities of the wooden furniture industries continuously hindered by the decline in the supply of raw materials, secondary timber species with similar properties can provide the solution. Charles Antwi-Boasiakoand KwadwoBoakyeBoadu, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

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Growing environment awareness of consumers have led to more alternative materials being used in furniture making. Here is a look at some alternative Earth-friendly materials that furniture makers should embrace. By Rachel Kwek 

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