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Investors Increase Timberland Holdings Eight Percent of "Investable" US Forestland Held by Investment Managers
Any financial transaction worth $3.7 billion is big news. In November, Boise Cascade Corporation sold its 2.3 million acres of US timberland and its paper and forest products divisions to Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago. Although the transaction was large, it was not unusual.

Study Suggests Humans More Detrimental to Rattlesnakes Than Harvesting
What effect does timber harvesting hav eon rattlesnakes? Some people might answer that question with a curt "Who cares?" but you won't get that response from the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Bureau of Forestry. The agency is on the tail-end of 4-year study in the Tiadaghton State Forest designed to answer that question and others, such as how the reptiles are affected by the presence of humans in their habitat.

Research Cites the "Phenomenological" Experience of Owning Land
Despite the stacks of research about how foresters can best meet the needs of landowners, there is little consensus among researchers as to whether foresters have a clear understanding of the landowners' motivations, and values, especially those "nonparticipant" or "uninvolved" landowners who appear to engage in no management activities at all.

Here's How to Protect Forest Roads
The woodland road's worst enemy is water. It makes travel difficult, and if it's not diverted, rainwater can wash away a road surface in a single summer storm. You can avoid problems like this through the installation of simple water diversion structures. If your road has stretches of continuous slope where water can pick up energy and do damage, you can use open-topped culverts and the flexible-belt structure described below to move water off the road surface and into the undisturbed forest floor, where it will be dispersed and absorbed.

West Virginia Division Helps WVU Faculty "Meet and Greet" Local Foresters
Thanks to an education grant provided by the West Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters, faculty from West Virginia University's (WVU) Division of Forestry and Natural Resources recently took to the road to conduct a series of 3 seminars designed to encourage greater collaboration and networking between the state's researchers and forestry practitioners.