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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Under section 8204 of the Farm Bill, states are given the opportunity to request desgination of landscape-scale insect & disease infestation areas on National Forest System lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.  To date, 36 states have submitted requests to the Forest Service for such designations under the Farm...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Permafrost is permanently frozen ground – but shifts in climate is causing much of that ground to melt at an unprecedented rate, resulting “slumping land” which cracks pavement, breaks pipelines, opens holes, and changes the way that trees grow.  7 to 8 percent of the land in the middle boreal zone in Alaska is showing...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The mountain pine beetle has spread rapidly: first observed in 1996, it has killed millions of trees from New Mexico to the Yukon Territory.  In a 2011 report, “Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic,” the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) warned, “The imminent danger of falling trees pose[s] significant health and safety threats. Dead...
Monday, April 21, 2014
State Foresters Monica Lear, Ph.D., (DC) and Steve Koehn (MD) have been selected to join the US Forest Service as Director for Forest Health Protection and Director of Cooperative Forestry, respectively, in Washington, DC.  Both have served in numerous leadership roles with the National Association of State Foresters over...
Monday, April 21, 2014
The Forest Service’s Northern Research Station recently led a study to forecast forest conditions over the next 50 years in the 20-state region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland.  They found five short and long-term factors that will be “highly influential regardless of the nature and...
Monday, April 21, 2014
In 1993, the Main Indian Basketmakers Alliance was founded because tribal basket making seemed to be on the cusp of dying out.  Today, the organization boasts 200 basket makers, with an average age that has dropped from 63 to 40, a sign that young Wabanaki from the state’s four tribes – Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet...
Monday, April 21, 2014
Legal battles over logging and protections for threatened species have reduced revenues for schools, costing the Common School Fund $3 million last year.  Jim Paul, assistant director of the Department of State Lands, said that the forest has turned from an asset into a liability, and that selling the forest is just one...
Friday, April 18, 2014
By inserting a piece of code isolated from a Chinese herb into the DNA of a poplar tree, scientists at the University of British Columbia, Michigan State and University of Wisconsin-Madison have produced a tree designed for easy deconstruction. These trees can be sterilized to prevent “gene flow” and can be planted on...
Friday, April 18, 2014
As career foresters retire, local wood products companies need workers with bachelor’s degrees in forestry.  While this seems like good news for a tough job market, recent graduates with four-year degrees in forestry typically don’t want to move to places like rural Oregon, where there is need, and rural, often poor kids...
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Georgia Forestry Foundation’s artwork and slogan contests offers students and schools an opportunity to win a prize valued up to $35,000.  The initiative, “Forestry: A Foundation for our Future” was launched to create greater awareness of the economic, environmental and social benefits of Georgia’s 24.8 million acres...

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