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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its map of planting zones for the first time since 1990, revealing that some plants and trees that once seemed too vulnerable to cold can now survive farther north. Nearly entire states, such as Ohio, Nebraska and Texas, are in warmer zones.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Two experts fear a host of factors have devastating potential for Alabama's forest landscape — the reason why they are stepping up efforts to warn timberland owners about this potential calamity and to advise them about the steps they should take to avoid it. Among the main factors: sagging demand for forest products...
Monday, March 12, 2012
Hawai‘i theater-goers enjoying the new movie, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," and its theme of protecting local tree species can help honor that message by supporting the use of native Hawaiian plants rather than non-native species. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) worked with local IHOP managers and the IHOP...
Friday, March 9, 2012
Forest Service officials are emphasizing restoration of degraded ecosystems as they roll out the new planning rule for national forests, which will be officially issued later this month. The new rule will direct regional foresters to use science and more monitoring to improve conditions, Chief Tom Tidwell said in a recent...
Friday, March 9, 2012
Several NASF members are dealing with the damage left by the powerful tornadoes that ripped through parts of the Midwest last week. The Kentucky Division of Forestry shut down its Morgan County Tree Nursery as it undergoes cleanup from intense damage. Thousands of trees in Indiana's Clark State Forest have been torn from...
Friday, March 9, 2012
A study by two researchers from Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and North Carolina State University indicates that market analysis should be factored into equations to estimate the sustainability of biomass. The study informs the debate over the greenhouse gas effects of woody...
Friday, March 9, 2012
Urban America is losing tree cover at a steady rate, according to a study published in the latest issue of the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Using aerial photographs to compare changes over time in 20 major U.S. cities, researchers David Nowak and Eric Greenfield of the USDA Forest Service found that tree...
Friday, March 9, 2012
The NASF Foundation is sponsoring a spring/summer internship opportunity at the National Association of State Foresters in Washington, DC, focused on forest policy. Dates negotiable for up to a 15-week period, beginning on or around May 1 for the spring/summer session. Applications must be received no later than Friday,...
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Lack of a clear and consistent national energy policy, confusing and sometimes contradictory state policies, and a lack of parity in terms of government programs and incentives with other renewable energy sources are major barriers to expansion of woody biomass for thermal use, according to a new report from the U. S....
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This week NASF participated in a White House Conference on Conservation convened by President Obama and members of his Cabinet to strengthen partnerships and identify next steps in advancing community-driven conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that are building strong local economies and healthy lands, waters...

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