Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Creative Reuse

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!


  1. Here's the skinny, fatty. The pine beetle is destroying pines in places like Yosemite and other forests due to the fact that it is able to withstand winter freezes not due to evolutionary force of the beetle but because the earth is warming and the freezes don't have the proverbial bite they used to (how's that for a run on sentence!?)! These precious pines are being destroyed and the animals that depend on the pine nuts, squirrels and bears, are now having to search else where for food. Squirrels gather and bury these precious high calorie nuts in caches all over the forest and bears systematically raid these caches. I don't give a squirrels nut if you believe in the fact that Jesus was hippie who would not step foot in a church these days to save his life, or that global warming is man made or not it's happening and we are on a crash course with our own a hungry brown bear who no longer has her cache of nuts to chomp on, shes gonna raid you tent and or home. Light it up, sit back and enjoy the show.

  2. Man, you must like nuts a lot. You talk about 'em a lot. You ever have duck sausage? Why don't you duck down here and get some!