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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Sweden is one of Europe’s most densely-forested countries, with this sector playing a major role economically. However, adaptation to climate change in forestry has, to a large extent, been limited to the provision of recommendations to forest managers, most of which have only been partially implemented. By E Carina H Keskitalo, Umea University

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There are thousands of hardwood species in the world, occurring naturally and also planted throughout the tropics and temperate regions. The choice of which hardwood to use depends on many factors, but mainly on one issue—fit for purpose. By Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods

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The application of various wood preservatives, for example waterborne and organic-borne type, can exert specific effect on the surface performance and properties of different coated wood species. By Turgay Ozdemir, Ali Temiz, and Ismail Aydin, Department of Forest Industry Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University

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