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Thursday, August 25, 2011
A study by Headwaters Economics provides analysis on the impact of housing and climate on the costs of fighting forest fires in the twelve national forests of the Sierra Nevada. Findings show that hotter weather is strongly associated with bigger wildfires and likely a dramatic increase in costs to fight the blazes.  
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wisconsin state forestry officials are moving ahead with a multi-front plan to salvage hundreds of thousands of downed trees across far northwestern Wisconsin that were toppled after severe storms in July. The storms left about 2 million cords of wood on the ground, equivalent to a year's worth of logging. The cleanup...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sad day for Smokey Bear: Federal charges have been filed against two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest forest fire in Arizona’s history by leaving a campfire unattended.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A new fee for firefighting services has received been approved in CA despite complaints about its financial burden to rural residents. The surcharge -- a maximum $90 emergency fee on habitable buildings outside cities -- was less than previously announced, with many families qualifying for discounts.
Friday, August 19, 2011
A $33 million, five-year partnership between the public utility Denver Water and the USDA Forest Service is supporting restoration projects on more than 38,000 acres of national forest watersheds critical for Denver's water supplies and infrastructure. Partnerships that leverage non-federal dollars are critical as the...
Friday, August 19, 2011
Josh Birnbaum, the 2011 International Year of Forests photography fellow, kicked off his 10-week journey in West Virginia, meeting generational tree farmers, budding foresters, and people in the state's local wood industry. Other features in his 6-state tour around the U.S. will include a training program for the Urban...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The American Tree Farm System is teaming with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to present a webinar series geared toward tree farmers on invasive species. The first webinar on August 24 focuses on the southern pine beetle; the second on August 31...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Rigid conservation measures may be less effective in slowing tropical deforestation than ones that allow the sustainable harvest of forest products, a new study by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) suggests. The paper, published in the journal PLoS ONE, concluded that indigenous involvement,...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
 The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has released a Request for Proposals (PDF) entitled: "Coordinating State Forest Action Plans and State Wildlife Action Plans: A Pilot Approach for the South." The project aims to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration and foster a new era of cooperation between state...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision declaring stormwater management systems on forest roads as "point sources" subject to an NPDES permit. NASF supports the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate (S 1369) and U.S. House of Representatives (HR 2541), which...

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