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Air Drying of Lumber By United States Department of Agriculture
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This report describes how lumber can be air-dried most effectively under outdoor conditions and illustrates the principles and procedures of air-drying lumber that were developed through field... More > investigations and observations of industrial practices. Particular emphasis is placed on the yarding of lumber in unit packages. Included are topics such as why lumber is dried, advantages and limitations of the drying process, properties of wood in relation to drying, layout of the drying yard, piling methods, causes and remedies of air-drying defects, and protection of air-dried lumber.< Less
Raising Native Plants in Nurseries: Basic Concepts By United States Department of Agriculture
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This booklet was written for the novice who wants to grow native plants and may also wonder what is involved in starting a nursery. If you think that operating your own native plant nursery as a... More > business is your calling, then this manual, and particularly this first chapter, can help you move forward. If, however, you plan to grow native plants for fun, perhaps for use around your home or as a science fair project, this manual can still give you the basic information required for you to be successful, and all the concepts provided in this chapter are still applicable.< Less
Ponds — Planning, Design, Construction (Agriculture Handbook 590) By United States Department of Agriculture
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For many years farmers and ranchers have been building ponds for livestock water and for irrigation. By 1980 more than 2.1 million ponds had been built in the United States by land users on privately... More > owned land. More will be needed in the future. The demand for water has increased tremendously in recent years, and ponds are one of the most reliable and economical sources of water. Ponds are now serving a variety of purposes, including water for livestock and for irrigation, fish production, field and orchard spraying, fire protection, energy conservation, wildlife habitat, recreation, erosion control, and landscape improvement. This handbook describes embankment and excavated ponds and outlines the requirements for building each. The information comes from the field experience and observation of land users, engineers, conservationists, and other specialists.< Less
Crosscut Saw Manual By United States Department of Agriculture
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Many readers undoubtedly have run crosscut saws in the past, and a lot of you know the difference between a good running saw and a poorly filed one. A poorly filed saw deserves the name I have often... More > heard attributed to it… “misery whip.” A well-filed saw, however, is efficient and can be satisfying to use. Only in recent years was a chain saw developed that could beat a topnotch bucker in a contest. There is a record of a 32-inch Douglas-fir log cut in 1 minute 262⁄5 seconds by one bucker. Saw filers of any quality are becoming very difficult—if not impossible—to find. This manual was written so those of you who use crosscut saws can maintain them yourselves and overcome some of the misery of that ol’ whip. The manual provides a basic description of how and why a crosscut saw works, tips on building a saw vise, and some experience-tested methods as a guide for achieving a wellrunning saw. Only saws having raker teeth are discussed, because they are by far the most common saws found today.< Less
Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees By United States Department of Agriculture et al.
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Native bees are a hidden treasure. From alpine meadows in the national forests of the Rocky Mountains to the Sonoran Desert in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona and from the boreal forests of... More > the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to the Ocala National Forest in Florida, bees can be found anywhere in North America, where flowers bloom. From forests to farms, from cities to wildlands, there are 4,000 native bee species in the United States, from the tiny Perdita minima to large carpenter bees. Most people do not realize that there were no honey bees in America before European settlers brought hives from Europe. These resourceful animals promptly managed to escape from domestication. As they had done for millennia in Europe and Asia, honey bees formed swarms and set up nests in hollow trees. Native pollinators, especially bees other than honey bees, have been pollinating the continent’s flowering plants since long before the arrival of honey bees.< Less
Nutritive Value of Foods By United States Department of Agriculture et al.
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This publication gives in tabular form the nutritive values for household measures of commonly used foods. It was first published in 1960; the last revision was published in 1991. In this revision,... More > values for total dietary fiber have been added and phosphorus values have been removed. Values are reported for water; calories; protein; total fat; saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids; cholesterol; carbohydrate; total dietary fiber; calcium; iron; potassium; sodium; vitamin A in IU and RE units; thiamin; riboflavin; niacin; and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Data are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 13.< Less
Social Science at the Wildland-Urban Interface: a Compendium of Research Results to Create Fire-Adapted Communities By United States Department of Agriculture et al.
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Over the past decade, a growing body of research has been conducted on the human dimensions of wildland fire. Building on a relatively small number of foundational studies, this research now... More > addresses a wide range of topics including mitigation activities on private lands, fuels reduction treatments on public land, community impacts and resident behaviors during fire, acceptance of approaches to postfire restoration and recovery, and fire management policy and decisionmaking. As this research has matured, there has been a recognition of the need to examine the full body of resulting literature to synthesize disparate findings and identify lessons learned across studies. These lessons can then be applied to fostering fire-adapted communities—those communities that understand their risk and have taken action to mitigate their vulnerability and increase resilience.< Less

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Our World Our World By Deleah Payne
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