Forest Science and Health

Fall Colors Starting to Appear Throughout South Carolina

With the arrival of fall, many of the brilliant colors associated with the season are beginning to appear.

October is Firewood Awareness Month

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Hungry Pests campaign has partnered with the Nature Conservancy’s Don’t Move Firewood campaign for the first-ever Firewood Awareness Month.

The goal of Firewood Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about firewood movement as a forest pest and disease pathway using our respective social media platforms for blog posts, messaging with sharable graphics and media releases.

The Healthy Thinning of Connecticut Forests

Walk a few hundred yards into the woods in Durham, Connecticut, and you'll see something that looks like it's out of "Mad Max" -- large trucks, with big wheels, and giant robotic arms, grabbing trees and slicing them down. But this controlled chaos is a calculated timber harvest, with the long-term goal of creating a more resilient forest.

"People generally don't appreciate the way it looks right now," said Lindsay Suhr, with the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association. "In a few years it will look very different, so they might have a different appreciation."

NASF Releases 2016 Annual Report

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) unveiled the 2015-16 NASF annual report today at its meeting in Savannah, Georgia.

From city streets to remote mountainsides, trees connect a forested ecosystem that connects with people in countless ways. This is the essence of NASF's work, and the association is pleased to share recent accomplishments through this publication.

State and Private Forestry Report Highlights Accomplishments and Emerging Trends in Forestry

Analysis of Forest Action Plan Five-Year Reviews Illustrates Impacts of Strong Partnerships and Effective Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has released the 2016 State and Private Forestry Report which includes success stories and an overview of emerging issues and trends that were recently identified by the state forestry agencies.

California’s Dead Trees Stand Ready to Burn

Like tens of millions of matchsticks, California’s dead trees stand ready to burn. Between severe droughts, a plethora of invasive species, and other problems, trees are at high risk with low defenses. As more trees die, they add fuel to an already growing flame. 

Gov. Jerry Brown of California issued emergency declarations for the Sierra’s central and southern regions last October. Mr. Brown also called for a task force to devise strategies to clear the forests of deadwood. He also sought additional federal funds.