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Is Biomass Harvesting Sustainable? The twin specters of looming energy shortages emptying our wallets and global warming melting glaciers make finding a solution for our petroleum addiction urgent from both a financial and environmental perspective. However, there is a cost to producing and converting biomass into fuels and electricity. Removing too much biomass can deplete nutrients from the soil and possibly increase erosion. Landowners, farmers, loggers and other people involved in the production and harvest of biomass need to be compensated and the price of biomass needs to cover those costs. Researchers from Minnesota and Wisconsin zeroed in on one particular system—small trees and undergrowth in the Superior National Forest—to gauge the environmental and economic costs of removing biomass from the forest. Go to http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1951 for more information (Source: Biomass Magazine).

AuthorAid: A pioneering program based at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), AuthorAID helps researchers in developing countries to publish and otherwise communicate their work. It also serves as a wider global forum to discuss and disseminate research. It is supported by the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (Sida) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). For more information, please visit their website at http://www.authoraid.info/.

Model Forests on YouTube? The IMFN Secretariat has begun loading model forest videos to the popular free website YouTube. Because of the random manner in which many people search the Internet YouTube exposure offers the possibility of reaching previously unexplored audiences. In addition, links can be made to these videos from your websites. All model forests are encouraged to load their own videos to the YouTube site (please be sure to put "model forest" in your subject title to facilitate searches). Required formats: .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, and .MPG files. Alternatively, send your videos to the IMFN Secretariat and we can load them on your behalf.