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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper suspended prescribed burns used to mitigate fire danger after a controlled blaze apparently ignited a wildfire west of Denver that killed an elderly couple and destroyed many homes. Although the origins of the Lower North Fork Fire are officially under investigation, the Colorado...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment signed the final planning rule for National Forest System land management planning this week. According to Tony Tooke, Director of Ecosystem Management Coordination, "There are very few differences between the preferred alternative that was released...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Call for Proposals is now open for this year's Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, November 14-16, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. With opportunities for presentations across a broad range of partnership themes and a variety of proposal format options, the program...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
On behalf of NASF, California State Forester Ken Pimlott gave testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and related Agencies today on funding recommendations for USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) programs. The testimony follows a number of letters NASF has sent...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Swapping cement and steel for timber is the vision of a number of environmentally-minded architects who are planning high-rise buildings across the world. "Cutting down trees to make buildings doesn't immediately sound eco-friendly either, but if sourced from sustainably managed forests (like those in Europe and North...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
On World Forestry Day (March 21), the ShadeFund, a program of The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, teamed up with the Forest Guild, Dovetail Partners, The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and Forest Business Network to celebrate the abundance of resources provided by our forests....
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The White House sponsored a Working Lands and Healthy Watersheds roundtable this week focused on how to more effectively and efficiently invest EPA and USDA resources to improve water quality for rural communities. Some of the themes that emerged from the session are that flexibility can allow states, watershed groups and...
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
NASF recently submitted formal comments to the U.S. Green Building Council regarding the draft LEED 2012 standard, which continues the practice of rewarding one forest certification program at the expense of other credible programs. "USGBC can expand and support the sustainable production and supply of environmentally...
Friday, March 16, 2012
Forestry officials are warning of significant tree defoliation in Massachusetts this spring caused by the invasive winter moth. Federal and state officials say a heavy and widespread moth flight in the state in November and December means more defoliation over a larger area. Winter moths defoliated about 80,000 forested...
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tennessee's urban forests, currently valued at about $80 billion, also provide almost $650 million in benefits such as carbon storage, pollution removal, and energy reduction according to a new U.S. Forest Service report. The study is the first of its kind in Tennessee.

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