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Friday, November 21, 2014
Gypsy moth caterpillars consume the leaves of deciduous tree species, most preferably oak and maples. During heavy infestations, I have seen them devour the leaves of practically every type of tree. This is one of the reasons why several Pocono communities, with large tracts of forested land, are concerned about another...
Friday, November 21, 2014
In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and...
Friday, November 21, 2014
It was nearly 400 years ago that the Pilgrims sat down with the Wampanoag to share the feast that is immortalized as Thanksgiving. We don’t know the exact menu. According to Kathleen Wall, foodways culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, venison, fowl and corn were documented by attendees, but, beyond that, we can only speculate...
Friday, November 21, 2014
For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.  A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with...
Friday, November 21, 2014
Can combining chemical and biological treatments save eastern hemlocks from the hemlock woolly adelgid? Recently published research by U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators offers hope that integrated management can provide sustained protection for an iconic tree. In an article published in the journal Forest...
Friday, November 21, 2014
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range.  The Longleaf Stewardship Fund is a landmark public-private partnership supported with Federal funding from USDA’s Forest Service (FS)...
Monday, November 17, 2014
        Blog submitted by Paul Johnson. The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS)'s bilingual education initiative continues to expand throughout the state. In 2014, TFS held the 5th Annual Bilingual Tree Worker Training in San Antonio, the 3rd annual Spanish language tree school at the Texas Tree Conference, and outreach in...
Friday, November 14, 2014
A coalition led by the Kennebec Land Trust organized a conference today focused on sustainable forestry and its role in Maine’s local economies. The conference discussed the economic value of locally made wood products and the regional dynamics of New England’s forestland and forest products economy. Theresa Kerchner,...
Friday, November 14, 2014
The USDA Forest Service (USFS) announced that it exceeded its forest restoration goals for Fiscal Year 2014, highlighting the agency’s continued commitment to improving the health of the America’s National Forests, reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire, and protecting watersheds.  “The Forest Service has made...
Friday, November 14, 2014
Antlers are seeing uses that would seem incomprehensible to hunters of days gone by. The branched horns cast off annually by deer, elk and moose now hang from ceilings as chandeliers, complement furniture and become a canvas for carvers. Nutrient-rich elk bones also head across the Pacific to be used in Asian countries...

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