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  • MSU FBIC Spring 2019

    Published on May 10, 2019

    A quick overview of MSU's Forest Biomass Innovation Center after one of the hardest winters ever! We regroup, plan, and recover. We are Spartans!

  • MSU explores insect population dynamics in bioenergy

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists at the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center are looking at the impacts of bioenergy cropping systems on insect diversity and the services insects provide, such as pollination and pest suppression.

  • Forest Biomass Innovation Center: An overview

    The 1,700-acre MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center is located in the Michigan Upper Peninsula city of Escanaba. The center is leading a number of initiatives to increase the sustainable use of wood in Michigan's expanding bio-economy.

  • Creating Next-Generation Power Sources

    Researchers at Michigan State University are using thermally treated biomass products as a replacement for coal at the Simon Power Plant.

  • MSU and sustainable woody bioenergy production

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists at the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center are using willow and poplar hybrid production systems in an effort to lower production costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • MSU FBIC from spring to fall

    The most recent video from MSU FBIC shows the changes at the station thru the seasons from April, July, and October.

  • ID and Control Unwanted Trees and Shrubs

    Video shows how to ID the most common invasive trees and shrubs and their control methods. These plants are already in Wisconsin or close to its border. Mechanical, chemical, and other practices are discussed. This presentation was part of the 2020 maple meeting for the Wisconsin Maple Producers Association.

  • Harvesting Ash - Spring 2019 at MSU FBIC

    Nick with MSU FBIC harvesting ash trees as part of ongoing forest management activities at the Research Station. Video Shot and Produced by Antonio Sanchez

  • New Sugarbush Walkthrough

    MSU FBIC is working to install a Research and Demonstration Sugarbush. This is the initial walk through with Joe Polak of Maple Hollow. FBIC Director Jesse Randall and Joe discuss mainline layout, tank locations, mainline tube size, and controlling unwanted vegetation. follow along as this will be a recurring series as the MSU FBIC sugarbush takes shape.

  • Dunbar Forest Inventory

    MSU FBIC oversees the 5700 acre Dunbar Forest in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Along the St. Mary's River the crew manages the timber for future research and education. This video shows the two man crew inventorying the various stands during summer 2019. Their work will set the stage for the next 5 years of timber harvests on the forest.

  • 2019 Maple Confections School

    MSU FBIC hosted a Maple Confections school for Michigan Maple Producers Association members in Bad Axe MI. Steve Childs, Cornell Maple Specialist was the keynote speaker. the daylong event featured several value added maple products.

  • White Pine Plantation Entomology

    Katie Minnix and her crew of undergraduate researchers measure white pine growing on 3 different planting spacings. Katie is testing insect damage impacts to tree stem quality at MSU's FBIC.

  • Online Mapping Options and Basic Forest Stand Inventory

    Free online resources for maple producers to use at the Wisconsin Maple Producers Association Annual Winter Institute meeting.

  • Spring at MSU FBIC 2019

    A quick overview of MSU's FBIC station spring 2019. Following the hardest winter in the last 50-75 years that station is making recovery plans and move forward. Look back and follow us as we provide Video updates.

  • Large Deer Exclosure Maintenance

    MSU FBIC employees repair winter damaged deer exclosure netting, install 3D electric fencing to deter deer, and install permanent gates to protect research plots.

  • Weed Barrier and Mulch

    Installing weed barrier fabric and applying mulch to the chestnut seedlings. These two things reduce weed competition and soil temperatures around the root zone as well as increases soil moisture. All things that improve growth and survival of young trees.

  • 1st Ever MSU FBIC Community Hog Roast

    MSU FBIC hosted the first hog roast to meet the station's neighbors and forestry research and extension partners. FBIC is evolving to meet the needs of local, state, tribal and federal forestry partners and the private landowners in the Upper Peninsula. This hog roast is slated to be an annual spring event that we hope to grow over the years.

  • Collecting and Preserving MSU Entomology Bug Traps 2019

    MSU FBIC employees assist with a diverse array of projects on the station and in the UP. Nick and Mitch collect insect survey traps across the UP to look for invasive pests and collect population information on other native insects. The project's lead Investigator is Deb McCullough based out of East Lansing MI.

  • Midwest Christmas Tree Production for the Beginner

    Jesse Randall with MSU Forestry discusses beginner Christmas tree production at the 2020 fruit and vegetable meetings held in Ankeny Iowa.

  • Logs to Lumber at MSU

    Follow the process from woods to sawmill to lumber. MSU FBIC is salvaging white ash from a small area that will become a new sugarbush in the future. The trees will die from emerald ash borer in the near future and would fall on the sap mainlines and lateral lines. Watch Mitch, Kile, and Antonio load and mill ash!