Water Quality

December 12, 2013

NRCS announces new National Forester

Dr. Eunice Padley has joined NRCS as the National Forester, Ecological Sciences Division. Padley comes from the U.S. Forest Service, where she has been the National Soils Program Leader since 2011. Prior to that, Padley was with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Forest Ecology/Silviculture specialist and researcher from 2001 to 2011. She [read more]

November 26, 2013

ND State Forester receives the 2013 Professional Award

North Dakota State Forester Larry Kotchman received the “2013 Professional Award” from the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts at their 75th annual meeting held this month in Fargo. The Professional Award is given to an individual who has for many years contributed significantly to soil and water conservation accomplishments that have resulted in [read more]

September 30, 2013

Maryland State Forester receives award

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) very own, State Forester Steve Koehn, was honored with an environmental award, the Special Recognition Watershed Campion award, for his leadership in the wise and sustainable use of Maryland’s forest resources.  Working with DNR’s Forest Service for the past two decades, Koehn has pioneered initiatives that made strong [read more]

June 28, 2013

NASF Foundation sponsors 2013 Photo Fellow

With support from the NASF Foundation and NASF have chosen the 2013 Photography Fellow. This year's fellow, Joel Prince of Ohio, was chosen from a pool of candidates who submitted their applications and portfolios earlier this month. The theme for this year's photo fellowship is "Embrace the Possibilities."  "The phrase, “Embrace the Possibilities,” immediately stirs [read more]

April 8, 2013

Maryland passes landmark forestry legislation

Last week the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 706, more commonly referred to as the Forest Preservation Act of 2013. State Forester Steve Koehn was integral facilitating the process that provided the General Assembly with the background and information to support the passage of the Forest Preservation Act of 2013. The bill recognizes that the [read more]

March 20, 2013

Supreme Court releases decision in forest roads case

This week the Supreme Court reversed the May 2011 ruling in NEDC v. Brown that would require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater discharges from logging roads. While the favorable ruling upholds the policy to address stormwater runoff through state-based BMPs, federal, state, county, tribal and private forest owners nationwide remain [read more]

December 7, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court hears forest roads case

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to switch gears on more than 30 years of regulating the muddy water running off logging roads into rivers. To add to an already complex situation, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new regulation last Friday clarifying a provision of the Clean Water Act. The [read more]