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Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Alliance for Community Trees will sponsor a webcast entitled Growing Safer Communities: More Trees, Less Crime on Thursday, June 21, from 1 - 2 p.m. EST.  The webcast will address recent studies out of Philadelphia and Baltimore that have found greater drops in gun violence and crime rates in neighborhoods with more...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
This week NASF signed on to the "Hold the Line" letter along with more than 500 other organizations.  The "Hold the Line" letter urges congress to make no additional cuts to funding for the Conservation Title of the bill beyond the level approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26, 2012. As Congressional...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
As firefighters battled wildfires in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes. The Colorado fire, burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, grew to 22 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged many...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A destructive rash of wildfires in the west have brought the issue of replacing aging air tankers to the forefront of policy and budget discussions. Even before the latest outbreaks, fire scientists warned of an increased risk of severe wildfires this year, across the south-west and west and into the mid-west, because of...
Friday, June 8, 2012
A bill introduced by Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico to speed the conctracting of air tankers to fight wildfires has passed out fo the Senate and is on its way to the House.  Currently there is a requirement that Congress be notified 30 days before certain contracts are awarded, but S. 3261,...
Friday, June 8, 2012
The US Forest Service has waived recreation fees at roughly one-third of national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands in celebration of the  fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day. Some state parks will waive their entrance fees in honor of the celebration too. More than 130 free special events in 37...
Friday, June 8, 2012
In the northeast corner of rural Washington state last month, the resulting landscape of a forest-thinning project helped contain a wildfire and prevented the blaze from spreading through a rural neighborhood. The owner of a rental property was burning brush in an open fire in the yard and left when the fire was still...
Friday, June 8, 2012
Have an event coming up? Are you educating a group about wildfire safety or native trees? NASF has the perfect resource for you! Visit the NASF online store to find Smokey Bear posters, pencils, rulers, key chains and other giveaways, as well as a variety of educational state tree posters and notecards. Whether you are...
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Fires plaguing Utah, Nevada and Wyoming were started by lightning strikes and are proving difficult to get under control. The White Rock Fire was started by lightning near Caliente, Nevada on June 1 and spread into Utah Saturday. Firefighters are hoping for full containment by June 10. Jason Curry of the Utah Division of...
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture issued A National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, Phase II National Report today to address wildfire complexity in areas where urban populations are situated near forested and rangeland areas. After a mild and dry winter in many parts of the...

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