Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Forests across North America have been devastated by the pine beetle. Colorado, British Columbia, and Alberta have all been effected by the pine beetle outbreaks. Millions of acres of dead trees have created a serious wildfire threat. Legislators in western U.S. states and Canadian provinces have promoted legislation to provide incentives for companies using beetle-killed trees for biofuel or bio-power applications. Designers are trying to find useful ways to utilize the dead trees. Beetle-kill pine can be used for cabinetry, walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture. What are other possible uses for the dead trees? Light it up!