Picture the Past: Forest History Photography Project

By Sara Pezzoni

Repeat photography is the practice of taking photographs of a specific location at two or more different times. It is a powerful visual resource for scientific study and education in forest and landscape management.

From working forests to wilderness areas, such photographic pairs or sequences can help us understand ecosystem processes, and effects of human and non-human disturbances. They can inform our concepts of sustainability, help us understand the implications of public policy, and assess the results of management decisions.

A Creative Solution in WI to Emerald Ash Borer

A new partnership between the city of Madison Parks Division and Wisconsin Urban Wood will allow residents to buy lumber or handcrafted products made from ash trees slated to be removed because of emerald ash borer (EAB), according to a release.

“The adaptive reuse of urban wood allows us to be sure that EAB won’t have the last word when it comes to our ash trees. We think Madison residents will share our appreciation for this silver lining to the lost ash and other park trees,” said Eric Knepp, parks superintendent.

Gingko Trees: Survival of the Prettiest?

Martha Foley and Dr Curt Stager talk about the ginkgo tree, an ancient species native to China. They do not spread naturally anymore, but during the time of the dinosaurs there were many types of ginkgo tree all over the world.

Martha Foley: Is it true that all ginkgo trees are just one species? I mean they’re everywhere. I consider them an ornamental tree, it’s a very exotic looking leaf. They’re Asian, correct?

Nominate a Minority Landowner Magazine 2016 Farmer of the Year

Minority Landowner Magazine will publish its 8th Annual Farmers of the Year issue this year.

In this issue the publication will feature minority "Farmers of the Year" as formally or informally selected by state forestry agencies, universities, community-based organizations, USDA agencies, and state agriculture agencies.

Happy 100 Years, National Park Service!

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016.

With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks now through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!

The National Parks are uniquely American and this centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship and engagement of communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

Here are some ways to get involved:

Pre-Order Your Custom 2017 Smokey Bear Pocket Planner

The National Association of State Foresters is now accepting pre-orders for a customized cover of its best-selling Smokey Bear pocket planner.

The 2017 cover features a portion of the classic artwork "Nature's Gold Medal Winner" by Virginia artist Rudolph Wendelin.

National Forest Foundation offers prize money for innovative business concepts

National Forest Foundation offers $100,000 in prize money for innovative business concepts that advance National Forest health

By Greg M. Peters, Director of Communications, National Forest Foundation

How Your Community Can Apply to Be a Tree City USA

Did you know that every state has at least one Tree City?

The smallest Tree City is Sibley, North Dakota with a population of just 28 people. On the other end of the spectrum, the largest Tree City is New York with a population of more than 8.4 million. Ohio is the state with the most Tree Cities (242).

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with NASF and the USDA Forest Service.

Forest Resources Association Adopts New Logo

The Forest Resources Association (FRA) will officially adopt a new logo on May 4, 2016, the opening day of its 2016 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Last year, FRA launched a process to develop a new logo better suited to promoting the Association’s brand in today’s media, especially in view of the increasing preference for small-screen, hand-held devices and the need for the Association’s full name also to display legibly in those formats, for communications with members, potential members, the public, the media, and policymakers.