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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Foundation photography fellow Today I met up with Jean Devlin, an Education Program Specialist in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) communications department with whom I went on yesterday's timber tour. We left for the Elk Country Visitor Center, a three-hour...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today was very unique; we followed timber from its original harvest site all the way to a final finished wood product, custom-built cabinets. After a lovely breakfast at the local Wellsboro Diner, we met up with the group at the Penn Wells Hotel and Lodge and headed to Ole Bull State...
Monday, July 28, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow This morning Andy Duncan, a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Forestry program specialist, picked me up from my hotel and we drove up to Penn Nursery near State College. There we met up with Jeff Woleslagle, DCNR forestry communications section chief...
Monday, July 28, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow After visiting the Penn Nursery, we headed to Susan Benedict’s Forest Stewardship Property. The property has been the Benedicts’ for generations; the family currently owns over 2000 acres of land, and many years ago they had over 5000! Susan and her family showed us around the...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Christmas in July? Michigan Christmas tree growers are competing for the honor of supplying the official White House Christmas tree this year. The tree has to be exactly 18-1/2 feet tall. Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas trees with more than 38-thousand acres dedicated to raising the special crop. A...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Many animals and other organisms have evolved to cope with—and even thrive in the wake of—the flames.   "Wildlife have a long-standing relationship with fire", ecosystem ecologist Mazeika Sullivan of Ohio State University told National Geographic. "Fire is a natural part of these landscapes."   For instance, some...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Oh boy, is kudzu invasive. The weed has been spotted in every county in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina and is creeping northward into Ohio, Illinois and even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada. The invasive plant costs property owners in the United States about $50 million per year in...
Friday, July 25, 2014
The North American Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition.  Reaching more than 500,000 students across North America annually, the Envirothon succeeds in its mission to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work towards...
Friday, July 25, 2014
The Association of Conservation Information (ACI) recently awarded the Missouri Department of Conservation four national communication awards for their Trees Work communications campaign. The 2014 awards are:   Communications Campaign – First Place – Trees Work Posters – First Place – Trees Work One-time...
Friday, July 25, 2014
If you're a landowner with pines in Washington state, there is now an additional species of pine bark beetle that may pose significant concern to your trees. The California Fivespined Ips is a new pest on the scene and is showing up in the wildland-urban interface [PDF] of southern Washington state. The beetle favors the...

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