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16 facts about Giant Sequoias

25/03/2019

Located in the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain you’ll find the planet’s most superlative trees: Sequoiadendron giganteum, giants sequoias. These hold the records for largest and tallest trees in the world.

Further down you will find 16 facts about these trees:

1. They have specific climate requirements, they grow only in a narrow 260-mile strip of nixed conifer forest on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation;

2. They can live for 3,000 years;

3. Their branches have up to 8 feet in diameter;

4. Its bark grows up to 3 feet thick;

5. Their brittle wood does not make for good lumber so now most oh the giant sequoia groves are protected;

6.  The tallest sequoias are as tall as an average 26-story building;

7. Some few rare giant sequoias have grown taller than 300 feet. It would take six people stretched out head to toe to match this width;

8.  The largest tree in the world by volume is the General Sherman, above, a giant sequoia, boasting a total of 52,508 cubic feet.

9. General Sherman is 2,100 years old, it weighs 2.7 million pounds, is 275 feet tall and has a 102-foot circumference at the ground. It has branches that are almost 7 feet in diameter.

10. The General Grant Tree is the second largest tree by volume with 46,608 cubic feet.

11. The third largest tree by volume is the President; it has a whopping two billion leaves. Incredibly, this grand old granddaddy is 3,240 years old, give or take a few decades.

12. Giant sequoias are the third longest-lived tree species, the only older trees are bristlecone pines, the oldest one being nearly 5,000 years old, and Alerce trees (Fitzroya cupressoides).

13. They are incredibly hardy; they resist fungal rot, wood-boring beetles and their thick bark is flame resistant; they owe all of this unusual strength to the presence of tannic acids.

14. Their hardiness, age and size are all connected. They have their age to thank for their size because unlike mammals, they just keep growing and growing as they get older.

15. Giant sequoias only reproduce by seeds which sometimes remain in the cone for 20 years. Forest fires help open the cones which then grow from the burnt, bare soil.

16. The reproductive success of these grand trees requires something incredible: Each tree needs to produce just one maturing offspring over its lifespan of several thousand years for the species to persist.

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European Tree of the Year: Meet the trees who got the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in the contest

20/03/2019

The contest that consists in evaluating the tree with the most interesting history behind it, has finally revealed its winners. Three trees from Hungary, Russia Federation and Portugal.

1ºst Place: The Almond Tree of the Snowy Hill in Pécs

SPECIES: Almond Tree (PRUNUS DULCIS)

AGE: 135 Years

REGION: Pécs City, Baranya Region, Hungary

Story behind this tree:

·         It’s considered a symbol of eternal renewal and education since Bishop Janus Pannonius wrote a poem about an almond tree in 1466. Its been recognized as a symbol of love for more than 100 years and the magical landscape helps to find it even more astonishing.

 

2nd Place: The Abramtsevo Oak

SPECIES: English Oak (QUERCUS ROBUR L.)

AGE: 248 Years

REGION: Abramtsevo Selo, Sergeev-posadskii District, Moscow Region, Russian Federation

Story behind this tree:

·         This Oak tree is an inspiration to painters and poets. Within its lifetime the tree has seen many outstanding Russian people of art - painters, poets, actors. Gogol, Turgenev, Repin, Vasnetsov, Levitan, Surikov and Polenov walked under its large spreading crown. One of the most famous works by V.M. Vasnetsov “Oak Grove in Abramtsevo”, painted in 1883, is still housed at the Tretyakov State Gallery.

 

 

3rd Place: Secular Holm Oak from Monte Barbeiro

SPECIES: Holm Oak (QUERCUS ROTUNDIFOLIA LAM)

AGE: 150 Years

REGION: Mértola town. Region of Alentejo, Portugal

Story behind this tree:

·         The holm oak is a very resilient tree, part of a unique Mediterranean production system - the "Montado", that sustains the economy of fragile territories and contributes to biodiversity and rural development. The best way to understand the magnificence of the Secular Holm Oak is by its large shadow. Sitting under the tree canopy makes the scorching heat in Alentejo summer almost bearable, allowing us to contemplate the vastness of the surrounding plains, breathing its peace and quietness.

 

Read more here: https://www.treeoftheyear.org/Vysledky?lang=pt-PT

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Amorim: portuguese company invests 7 to 10 million euros in cork oak plantations

11/03/2019

The reason behind this investment is the future of the next 3 years, but the main goal is to rise to at least 30% of the cork production in Portugal.

The group hopes to plant, Portugal, 50 thousand hectares of cork oak which corresponds to a rise of 7% of the total area of cork oak forest of the country

The CEO of the company admits that "Our biggest challenge is to have enough cork to support the growth of the wine industry and, for this, we need to plant more trees, and that is what we are investing in, by purchasing the Herdade da Baliza and Castelo Branco".

Last year the group earned 763,1 million euros. The main business is still cork stoppers: the sales rised to 534 million euros, more 11.9% than in 2017.

In 2017, Amorim invested 7.5 million euros in research and development, not exclusively, but also dedicated to sustainability issues.

Read more: https://www.dn.pt/dinheiro/interior/amorim-investe-7-a-10-milhoes-em-plantacoes-de-sobreiro-10651451.html


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Meet the Holm Oak with a canopy of more than 20 meters

08/03/2019

Located in Portugal, more precisely in Alentejo, the tree that is 150 years-old is the actual Portugal’s Tree of the Year and is applying for the European Tree of the Year 2019.

When drying down the road that connects Mértola with Beja there is a sand road that will take you to see closely this magnificence of nature.

Its competing against 14 trees from other countries to win the title of European Tree of the Year 2019 and the final results will be announced in the 19th of March

In the same place you are able to see many others Holm Oak but this one is easily recognized by its giant canopy that can host at least four or five holm oaks.

The tree holm oak is very resilient and is part of a unique Mediterranean production system that sustains the economy of fragile territories and contributes to biodiversity. It’s part of the Alentejo Landscape.

If you are going soon to visit the country and want to see it with your own eyes just follow the GPS coordinates: N 37°44’12.2″, W 7°49’17.2″

Read more about the European Tree of the Year: https://betimber.com/news/5c6adee433cece07c0c5f465

Read more of the Holm Oak and see the video here: https://mood.sapo.pt/azinheira-monumental-a-sombra-secular-de-uma-copa-de-20-metros/

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Italy: Tree House Hotel rooms is the new project for Italian forest

07/03/2019

Peter Pichler Architecture designed these treehouses for a mountain forest in the Dolomites of northern Italy.  These sharply pointed roofs with blackened wood cladding will serve as hotel rooms offering tourists the experience of connecting with nature.

The treehouses will have between 35 and 45 metres in area and will be built almost entirely from local larch and fir wood. Each house will rest on small concrete foundations with extra structural support provided by structural glass walls.

For the interior, Peter pretends that each treehouse will be filled with intreated fir wood to create a warm interior helping the contrast with the facades.

On the lower level there will be a reading and lounge area, a bathroom and an open-tread stair leading to the upper level.

Upstairs will be the sleeping area with the beds orientated to look over the mountain view. In this level there will also be a small bathroom in the back of the structure.

Tree House is not the first project that Peter Pichler Architecture has designed for the Italian Dolomites.

See the full article and pictures here: https://www.dezeen.com/2019/03/06/peter-pichler-treehouses-italian-dolomites-architecture/

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The timber walls that hide the secret of the Pavilion House in Portugal

06/03/2019

Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs and Diogo Aguiar designed a studio that is composed by a hidden bathroom, bed and kitchen in their timber-clad walls at their holiday home located in Guimarães.

The studio was built on the mountainside between vineyards and a forest and consists in a timber-lined room with large windows.

"The idea of creating ​​a log cabin was behind all the project decisions – it is a wooden minimal house in the mountain."

The main living room double up as a sleeping area that contains a fold-out bed. You can also find a kitchen that can be concealed behind bi-folds doors such as the storage.

A small bathroom, which is topped with a skylight, is also hidden away within the walls.

The house evolves from the granite wine cellar on which it sits. The stone structure allows to elevate the house so it maximizes the views to the landscape. The interior responds to these outward views and has four large windows facing different parts of the landscape.

The external walls of the house are clad in the same timber use internally, and it topped by a green roof that hosts native vegetation, helping the house to integrate with its setting.

Read and see more pictures here: https://www.dezeen.com/2019/02/15/pavilion-house-andreia-garcia-architectural-affairs-diogo-aguiar-studio/


 

 

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Two energy-efficient cork homes in northern Spain

04/03/2019

The company López-Rivera Arquitectos, based in Barcelona, have recently announced two beautiful homes built in a dense forest in northern Spain.

Cork and pine trees where the main inspiration for the architects that used a clean and natural cork facade allowing to create an energy-efficient design that is raised off the ground helping to reduce the impact on the landscape.

The designers opted to use this material as it is durable and presents long lasting features, and also for its insulation proprieties helping to conserve energy throughout the year.

The interior of these houses keep up with the natural setting. Wooden walls are exposed to continue the cabin-the-woods atmosphere. The ceramic-tiled floors are heated through a system of underfloor heating. For the warm days, an adjustable casement wood windows enable almost constant air ventilation through the interior. It also has swimming pool.

With no hallways and rooms of varying sizes, the living spaces were arranged so that there is no clear distinction between them. According to the architects, this was strategic so that the interior spaces would be defined by their relationship to the outdoors. Large open-air decks are at the heart of the design and offer stunning views of the surrounding forest as well as distant views of the sea.

Read more here: https://inhabitat.com/architect-turns-four-shipping-containers-into-an-affordable-and-eco-friendly-home/

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Woodworking Machinery Fair Returns in Sep 2019 - Open up Businesses with CIFF (Shanghai)

28/02/2019

One-stop display platfrom: from Wood Primary Processing to Finishing Technology, in Shanghai International Furniture & Woodworking Machinery Fair (WMF).

In view of the rising demand in innovative technologies across the entire supply chain of furniture production and woodworking industry, the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair (WMF) has been collocated with CIFF (Shanghai) at Shanghai Hongqiao, China. The two fairs together attract over 1,300 exhibitors to display products that include furniture products, woodworking machinery and accessories in the 400,000sq.m. fairground. WMF serves as a one-stop platform connecting upstream and downstream enterprises and stretching across the entire production chain of woodworking industry. WMF will be held on 8-11 September 2019 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai Hongqiao, China, continues to lead the industry to step forward to manufacturing 4.0.

Exhibits include:

Wood Primary Processing, Wood Based Panel Production, Sawmill Technology, Automation Machinery, Machinery for Custom Production, Wood Architecture, Green Production and Safety Control, CAD/CAM and Wood Products Packaging etc.


Join Us Now: https://www.woodworkfair.com/WMF19/preregistration/eng/2019_visitor_pre-registration
More details, please visit www.woodworkfair.com

 



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Woodworking Machinery Fair Returns in Sep 2019 Open up Businesses with CIFF (Shanghai)

28/02/2019

One-stop display platfrom: from Wood Primary Processing to Finishing Technology, in Shanghai International Furniture & Woodworking Machinery Fair (WMF). 

In view of the rising demand in innovative technologies across the entire supply chain of furniture production and woodworking industry, the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair (WMF) has been collocated with CIFF (Shanghai) at Shanghai Hongqiao, China. The two fairs together attract over 1,300 exhibitors to display products that include furniture products, woodworking machinery and accessories in the 400,000sq.m. fairground. WMF serves as a one-stop platform connecting upstream and downstream enterprises and stretching across the entire production chain of woodworking industry. WMF will be held on 8-11 September 2019 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai Hongqiao, China, continues to lead the industry to step forward to manufacturing 4.0.

Exhibits include:

Wood Primary Processing, Wood Based Panel Production, Sawmill Technology, Automation Machinery, Machinery for Custom Production, Wood Architecture, Green Production and Safety Control, CAD/CAM and Wood Products Packaging etc.

 

Join Us Now: https://www.woodworkfair.com/WMF19/preregistration/eng/2019_visitor_pre-registration

 

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Furniture and Interior Decoration

27/02/2019

Intense has decorated two apartments for prestige local accommodation.

Intense interiores - www.intense-mobiliario.com - is a company dedicated to the sale of furniture and home decor, office, commercial and hospitality spaces either in person or via online, is last with the goal of enabling our customers to buy what they want in a practical and convenient without leaving your home or workplace. Intense interiores provide to clients the opportunity to be able to buy quality products and gain useful ideas for decorating their homes, offices, offices, bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and other activities.

Intense Interiores has extensive experience in this area of business, we follow all the latest market needs and desires more innovative dosnossos customers.

This experiment results either in the product made by our own manufacture which do any part of the space as well as a parceriaalargada suppliers of modern furniture and decoration, which judiciously selected based on padrõeselevados quality and design, in addition to the competitive price, since these are critical to the successful implementation of business with our customers. The set of products selected by the Interior Intense hail mostly from our own manufacturing factories and small and medium-sized municipalities that are based in Paredes and Pacos Ferreira and are Portuguese, and work as partners of Intense Interiores.

Intense has decorated two apartments for prestige local accommodation. The result was exceptional, customers loved it. "Excellent relation quality price" customers have said.

See more: https://www.facebook.com/INTENSEINTERIORES/videos/493239611203412/?v=493239611203412

 

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