Demonstration forest in Utah will be a place to practice and learn forest management

Southern Utah University and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands are working together to create a demonstration forest where students, natural resources professionals and the public can learn about forest care. The demonstration area will show how to maintain or revitalize damaged forests to a natural state through actions like small-scale burning and logging.

New York releases draft strategic plan for state forest management

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the release of a draft “Strategic Plan for State Forest Management," which will guide management of the 786,000-acre state forest holdings. The plan is available for public review and comment through Oct. 29. Key goals of the draft plan focus on eco-system health and diversity, economic benefits, forest conservation, recreation and sustainable management.

Two Chiefs' Partnership Awards nominations deadline extended

The deadline to submit nominations for the Two Chiefs' Partnership Awards has been extended to September 30, 2010. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service are requesting nominations for their fifth annual Two Chiefs' Partnership Award.
Nominations should be submitted to the Joint Forestry Team website by September 30.

New forestry sciences lab for Rocky Mountain Research Station

An infusion of federal stimulus funds is bringing a new Forestry Sciences Laboratory to the Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. The $5.3 million state-of-the-art facility will allow scientists to expand their research on forest-health issues such as bark beetles, climate change and water quality, officials say.

Two Chiefs' Partnership Award winners announced

Jonas Feinstein of the Jefferson Conservation District in CO, the Ohio Forest Resource Partnership, and the Montana Joint Forestry Team have been announced as the winners of the 2009 Two Chiefs' Partnership Award. The awards recognize exemplary employees and projects from the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, state forestry agencies, and conservation districts who have worked collaboratively to support conservation and forest stewardship.

Forest Service chief on ARRA progress in the Pacific Northwest

An editorial by USDA Forest Service Tom Tidwell discusses American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects in Washington and Oregon, where nearly one in five of the agencies ARRA dollars have been spent.

Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentives Program, deadline Aug. 23

The Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP) provides grants to states and tribes working with private landowners willing to open their land to public access for wildlife-dependent recreation. States have until August 23 to submit 2010 proposals. Click here for a factsheet on the program (PDF) or here for application information.

Conservation Reserve Program sign-up now open

General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began on August 2 and closes August 27, 2010. CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP also protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. For more information, visit

New 'Forests on the Edge' report details threats to private forests

A new USDA Forest Service report entitled "Private Forests, Public Benefits," shows that privately held forests in the U.S. are under substantial stress from development and fragmentation and that increased housing density in forests will exacerbate other threats to forests from wildfire, insects, pathogens and pollution.

First-of-its-kind map from NASA depicts global forest heights

Using NASA satellite data, scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map that details the height of the world's forests. Although there are other local- and regional-scale forest canopy maps, the new map is the first that spans the entire globe based on one uniform method.