Forest Science and Health

March 22, 2019

Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition meeting brings community of experts to Capitol Hill

By Keith Wood and Josh Knoll Earlier this month, the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) held its 14th Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, at The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters. It was a chance for a wide array of community forestry stakeholders—including city planners, educators, landscape architects, non-profit leaders, scientists, arborists, foresters, and nurserymen and women—to come [read more]

November 9, 2017

Hunters: Beware of EAB Tree Hazards

By Parker Jones According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), dead or dying ash trees are potential dangers to hunters. Falling from tree stands is the number one cause of serious injury in hunters. "Infested or dead ash trees are not as structurally strong as healthy trees, so they are not a good place to [read more]

September 26, 2017

Firewood Resolution in a Nutshell

NASF members passed Resolution 2017-2 at their Annual Meeting in Charleston, WV, this past week. Resolution 2017-2 urges the national firewood packaging industry to continue to pursue a “clean” voluntary firewood certification program which includes federal recognition and an easily recognizable educational consumer label. As experience shows, even with federal inspection processes in place for [read more]

July 31, 2017

Fires Test Performance of Tall Wood Buildings

Wood buildings provide an array of economic and environmental benefits, and interest in capitalizing on those benefits by constructing mid- to high-rise buildings using cross-laminated timber (CLT) is growing. CLT is made from layers of dried lumber boards stacked in alternating direction at 90-degree angles, glued and pressed to form solid panels. These panels have [read more]

June 26, 2017

Washington, DC Launches New Tree Watering App

Young street trees with watering bags are thankfully a frequent site in Washington, DC. During the last tree planting season in our nation's capital (October 2016 through April 2017), the city planted 8,200 trees, increasing urban tree canopy coverage of the District to 38 percent. Overall, the District maintains more than 215,000 trees throughout the city. [read more]

April 21, 2017

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 NASF Awards

The Nomination Period is Now Closed. Recognize national-level excellence in forestry! The National Association of State Foresters is now accepting nominations for the 2017 NASF Awards. 2017 NASF Award categories include: Michael Buck Outstanding Service Award for Forest Public Policy Pete Anderson Current Achievement Award for Fire Protection Ken Arney Current Achievement Award for Forest [read more]

December 19, 2016

Keeping Southern Forests Healthy and Strong

By Dr. David Coyle, Forest Health and Invasive Species Program at Southern Regional Extension Forestry Tree-munching insects, marauding fungi, and non-native plants are threatening the health of forests in the Southern United States.   To combat these menaces, accurate, up-to-date information on pest and invasive species management and control is key.   The Forest Health and [read more]

November 28, 2016

Database captures urban tree sizes across the United States

City planners and urban foresters now have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare. The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station recently published a technical manual and launched the most extensive database available cataloging urban trees with their projected growth tailored to specific geographic regions. [read more]