Sustainability

Florida Forest Service Saves Homeowners $2.3 Million

This spring, the Florida Forest Service provided 10,000 trees to homeowners across the Sunshine State, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. By enrolling in the Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, the state forestry agency was able to offer a wide variety of free trees across the state to homeowners that agreed to plant them in the best locations to shade their residence. The combined home energy savings over 20 years will amount to more than $2.3 million.

Climate Change Could Put Eucalypts at Fatal Risk

Climate change is set to bring rising temperatures, more frequent heatwaves and more droughts. Since trees cannot migrate to get away from heat and lack of water, they rely on such strategies as dropping leaves and reducing evaporation of water from leaves to cope.

"This places eucalypts — and possibly other tree species — at risk from anticipated rapid changes in climate," said the researchers, led by Dr Sebastian Pfautsch from Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 NASF Awards

The National Association of State Foresters annually recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on state and private forestry at the national level.

Know someone who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work? Nominate this individual or organization for an NASF award!

NASF’s Current Achievement Awards recognize accomplishments in seven areas of state and private forestry:

Missouri Department of Conservation: Celebrate Spring and Plant Trees

Although Missouri’s Arbor Day isn’t until April 1 and National Arbor Day isn’t until April 29, if you’re thinking about planting some trees this spring, now is the time to start planning.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Arbor Day Foundation both offer inexpensive ways to get some native trees to plant in your yard or around your property.

Until March 31, join the Arbor Day Foundation for only $10 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. White flowering dogwoods also happen to be the official Missouri state tree. 

Planting Trees Can Reduce Flooding

A study for the British Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding. However, it warns that natural flood prevention methods do not always work and urges a strategic approach because foresting a whole catchment would be counter-productive.

The report - from the UK's universities of Birmingham and Southampton - says that with increased building on flood plains and climate change increasing the risk of heavy rain, many places can't be completely protected by walls of concrete.

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.