Sustainability

Boy Scouts under fire for logging practices

In a scathing expose, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer details a Hearst Newspapers investigation that found dozens of cases over the past 20 years of local Boy Scout councils logging or selling prime woodlands to big timber interests, developers or others, turning quick money and often doing so instead of seeking ways to preserve such lands. Paul Tauke, Iowa State Forester, is quoted in the article.

BLM to use state, regional data for wildlife and land management planning

The Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management will use state and regional data and maps to help it identify wildlife corridors and crucial habitat in future land-use planning and management efforts. The maps will be available for the BLM to use as a result of the Western Wildlife Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, known as "CHAT", an initiative of the Western Governors' Association.

Arkansas to plant 100,000 seedlings

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) have joined forces to plant 100,000 hardwood seedlings in communities throughout the state. Seedlings from AFC's Baucum Nursery will be distributed during tree giveaways hosted by area Conservation Districts; the AFC and AACD plan to have all seedlings distributed and planted by May 1.

Arbor Day Foundation issues 2012 state reforestation call for proposals

Since 2008, the Arbor Day Foundation has worked directly with NASF to identify and support reforestation projects throughout the U.S. Since the beginning of this reforestation partnership, we have worked together to fund and plant more than 8.5 million trees. ADF is currently seeking proposals for 2012 plantings that will positively impact the environment, create habitat for wildlife, promote watershed restoration, and other benefits to the public.

Arbor Day Foundation to assist tornado-battered Alabama

In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that battered Tuscaloosa and communities throughout north Alabama, the Arbor Day Foundation, in collaboration with the Alabama Forestry Commission, launched a new campaign to bring trees to families throughout the area. Through the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will deliver native trees selected to thrive in the area at the best time for planting.

Appeals court upholds roadless rule in forests

A federal appeals court today upheld a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States, a ruling hailed by environmentalists as one of the most significant in decades. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule law after lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association contended it was a violation of the law.

ANSI A300 national tree care standards up for review

The public review period for revisions of the ANSI A300 national tree care standards is now open. Submit comments for ANSI A300 Part 6- "Planting and Transplanting of Trees and Shrubs" before February 5; for ANSI A300 Part 7- "Integrated Vegetation Management" before February 20. A300 documents provide standard definitions and tree care management standards for all aspects of tree health management.