Water Quality

State and Private Forestry Report Highlights Accomplishments and Emerging Trends in Forestry

Analysis of Forest Action Plan Five-Year Reviews Illustrates Impacts of Strong Partnerships and Effective Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has released the 2016 State and Private Forestry Report which includes success stories and an overview of emerging issues and trends that were recently identified by the state forestry agencies.

Learn about New York's Trees For Tributaries Program

Riparian areas are defined as anything related to or located on a bank of a natural watercourse, such as a stream or river. Riparian areas are important to the health of any waterway, and that's why the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began their "Trees For Tribs" program.

This spring, the DEC, along with the Oatka Creek Watershed Committee, planted more than a thousand trees and shrubs along Oatka Creek in Genesee County.

Colorado Battling Tussock Moth

In Colorado, black-tusked tussock moths have spread across 25,000 acres in the last year from the 2014 infested area of 1,000 acres. The moth’s caterpillars are rapidly defoliating fir trees along Colorado’s Front Range, raising concerns for wildfire, recreation and tourism, and water supplies. Defoliated trees pose elevated wildfire risks and invite other pests, such as mountain pine beetles and western spruce budworm.