Bill Hubbard

William Hubbard has served as the Regional Forester for the Extension Service-Southern Region since 1993.  This is a liaison to thirteen 1862 University Land Grant University and the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. His work involves using new and traditional technologies in regional educational programming and enhanced communication and coordination of information and activities across states and agencies in the areas of forestry and natural resource management. He previously held several teaching, research and Extension positions at the …

Can urban tree waste be used as a renewable energy source?

With concerns about scarcity and environmental impacts of fossil fuels, markets and technologies are emerging to use tree waste as an energy source. Although timber harvesting residues currently account for the majority of energy production from tree waste, efforts are underway to also utilize urban tree waste. Energy production typically entails combustion of wood waste in a steam boiler that generates electricity. These power plants are often co-fired with coal, but plants dedicated solely to wood combustion are currently coming …

What is logging slash?

Generally, slash refers to any material left on the ground after trees have been cut. Slash is usually the limbs and the tops of trees. Technically, logs waiting to be transported to another location are considered as slash when taking into account their susceptibility to bark beetle colonization.…