Education

Simple Precautions By Motorists Can Prevent Wildfires

As temperatures heat up, the Arizona Department of Transportation is asking drivers to take extra precautions to prevent roadside wildfires.

Low humidity, high winds and hot temperatures are a dangerous combination that can lead to the rapid spread of wildfires. More than 50 percent of wildfires in Arizona are caused by humans, according to the Arizona State Forestry Division.

New Mexico Visiting Forester Program Seeking Applicants

This summer marks the sixth year of the visiting forester program at Philmont Scout Ranch. Through this program, professional foresters spend a week in the Philmont, New Mexico backcountry interacting with participants who hike through the demonstration forest.

With this summer’s recruits, more than 50 individual foresters will have participated in this program since its founding.

There are five slots available for the 2015 season, and applications are also being accepted for the 2016 season.

National Get Outdoors Day: Explore Your State Forests and Green Spaces

National Get Outdoors Day is this Saturday, June 13th, and many state forestry agencies are working to connect you to the trees that surround you. 

Today, close to 80 percent of Americans live in cities. But, thanks to the great work of state foresters and their partners, the United States urban trees and forests provide plenty of opportunity for adventure nearby. 

Forest Service Invites Public Participation in National Get Outdoors Day

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell invites children and families to experience the many benefits of nature by participating in the 8th annual National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event, also known as "GO Day," inspires national and local organizations to come together to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of outdoor recreation.

Invasive Bush Honeysuckle Proves Difficult to Eradicate

Bush honeysuckle is a serious threat to Missouri landowners. Originally planted in urban areas, it is spreading to the Missouri countryside and strangling native plants and trees. “A lot of folks I initially talk to like it because it provides a ‘nice’ privacy screen … until a few years later and then they cannot even walk through their woodlands or yards anymore,” observed Hank Stelzer, of the University of Missouri’s Cooperative Extension Service.