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Meet the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced this week that the Defrees family of Oregon are the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

Father and son duo, Lyle and Dean Defrees, along with their family have been protecting their forested land, the wildlife habitat it provides, and the water supply that runs through it, for more than 100 years.

NASF Foundation Internship Renamed in Honor of Former State Forester, Deputy Chief James Hubbard

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the NASF Foundation are pleased to announce that its signature internship program will be renamed the NASF Foundation James Hubbard Internship for Policy and Communications.

James (“Jim”) Hubbard worked for the Colorado Forest Service for 35 years, serving as State Forester for the final 20 of those years (1984-2004). During his two decades as State Forester, Jim served on every NASF Committee, most notably as Chair of the Legislative Committee for 10 years.

Former State Forester Vicki Christiansen Named Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry

Victoria ‘Vicki’ Christiansen will serve as Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry with the USDA Forest Service.  She replaces Jim Hubbard, former State Forester of Colorado, who retires at the end of this month after 10 years as Deputy Chief.  

Christiansen has more than 36 years of wildland fire and natural resource leadership experience, including six years with the Forest Service and nearly 30 years of service in the states of Arizona and Washington.

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?

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: