Sustainability

VOTERS STRONGLY VALUE NATION’S FORESTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC BENEFITS

In a poll commissioned by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and released today in support of Arbor Day, voters across the country were found to strongly value forests as sources of clear air and water as well as providers of good-paying jobs and essential products.

STATE FORESTERS SAY AMERICA'S FORESTS ARE SUSTAINABLE - FOR NOW

In response to the release of the 2010 National Report on Sustainable Forests by the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) calls for practical and realistic actions to ensur

New Jersey Prescribed Burning Program Underway

A seasonal program that aims to mitigate forest fire risk is now underway throughout New Jersey. According to the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, the prescribed burning program reduces wildfire risks by burning buildup of undergrowth, fallen trees and branches, leaves and other debris on forest floors. 

Forests Key to State Revenue

According to the South Carolina Forestry Commission and Clemson University, forests that are properly managed are the key to increased revenues in the state. 70% of forestland in the state is owned by private individuals, according to Walt McPhail, the chairman of the commission and president of the Greenville Forestry and Wildlife Society. McPhail said if landowners actively manage their forests, the forests will return the favor by producing higher quality products and amenities.

Schoonhoven Named Forest Stewardship Program Manager

Laurie Schoonhoven is assuming the role as the new National Forest Stewardship Program manager in USDA Forest Service Washington Office-Cooperative Forestry after previously serving as the Sustainability Specialist for two years. 

Public Input Helps Shape Indiana's Revised Strategic Plan

The Indiana DNR Division of Forestry has released its revised Strategic Plan for 2015-2019. Considerable public input helped shape revisions to the initial plan that was released last year.

Request for Proposals: Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program

The Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) is a partnership of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and USDA Forest Service. The program is managed by the Endowment.

Researchers, foodies give American chestnut a second chance

Long rows of tightly planted American chestnut trees line a field here near the Minnesota-Iowa border. But these aren't your great-grandfather's chestnuts.

Those 80-foot giants with massive trunks — the kind that led Longfellow to write, "Under a spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands" — were largely wiped out by an invasive fungus in the early 1900s, nearly eradicating the trees once known as the Redwoods of the East.

Volunteers plant potentially blight-resistant hybrid chestnut trees in Brooklyn

Over the last two years, volunteers with the Prospect Park Alliance have been planting a blight-resistent hybrid chesnut called B3F3s in the park. With any luck, they will cross-breed with a generation of pure American Chestnuts that the Alliance planted back in 2004, and which, for the first time last year, produced fertile Brooklyn-born nuts.

"The seeds from that will be even more blight resistant," volunteer Bart Chezar explained. "And those will be kind of the feed stock for the future American chestnut forests of Brooklyn."

ODNR Helping Restore American Chestnuts

 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently planted American chestnut trees at three sites on department-managed lands. The Gorge Overlook area at Mohican State Park, the Scioto Trail State Forest fire tower and the Waterloo Wildlife Area were selected for a reforestation project that is part of a state and regional effort to re-establish the native American chestnut trees in partnership with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF).