Sustainability

Urban and community trees boost human health

Where would you rather be? In a city full of parks and tree-lined streets? Or in a city of concrete and glass?

Research scientist Omid Kardan and his colleagues at the University of Chicago studied the city of Toronto, which keeps health records for thousands of citizens, and a vast database of urban trees. Kardan’s study found that Toronto citizens who lived in green, leafy urban neighborhoods have lower rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and other health conditions.

2016 State and Private Forestry Report

Trees and forests form a major portion of the green infrastructure in the United States. However, healthy forests do not happen by chance and require investments of dollars, time and expertise. The 2016 State and Private Forestry report illustrates how the Forest Action Plans are helping state forestry agencies and their partners achieve national conservation priorities for America's "natural capital", trees.

Seedlings to Sawmills: Forestry in Arkansas

From school mascots to annual festivals and parades, it is evident that forestry is woven into the fabric of Arkansas. The caravan of log trucks making their way to the mill is a sight that is regularly seen by Arkansans. Some may even recall passing mills in Crossett, Leola, Mansfield, or numerous other towns across the Natural State. What many people do not realize about the trees they see going to the mill or the forests they enjoy hunting is what it takes to grow and manage healthy forests, to harvest and process timber, or the impact forestry has on our environment and our economy.

Good Neighbor Authority Agreement Signed in Michigan

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the two agencies are completing another step toward implementation of the Good Neighbor Authority in the state. The parties are signing three Supplemental Project Agreements (SPAs) for timber sale work on the Hiawatha, Huron-Manistee and Ottawa National Forests.

Good Neighbor Authority Agreement Signed in Montana

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed an agreement with the USDA Forest Service this week for the state to play a bigger role in forest management on federal lands, which officials say will speed up backlogged logging projects.

With the Chessman Reservoir as a backdrop, Bullock, Forest Service Regional Forester Leanne Marten and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Director John Tubbs signed the Good Neighbor Authority agreement, which was authorized under the 2014 federal Farm Bill.

WI State Forester and NASF President to Participate in FAO's Committee on Forestry Sessions

The biennial sessions of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) will take place in Rome, Italy from July 18-22. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #COFO23.

COFO is the highest forestry-related statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Wisconsin State Forester and NASF President Paul DeLong will represent state forestry issues on behalf of NASF.