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Montana Landowners Thin Forests Ahead of Fire Season

Hundreds of Montana’s small private landowners are utilizing the Montana Department of Natural Resources’ fuel reduction grant program to protect their woods from harm. The program offers a 50 percent cost-share to landowners wanting to make their forested lands more fire resistant and healthier.

“People are starting to realize how important it is that they do something on their forested lands,” said Jason Stewart of Hamilton, Montana-based JS Logging and Thinning. “What’s really encouraging is that people are becoming more proactive, rather than reactive.

SFI Works to Break a World Record

People of all ages and backgrounds from across the U.S. and Canada came together Wednesday to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams. Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 different communities.

Missouri Department of Conservation Receives National Award

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) was awarded the 2015 Public Awareness of Trees Award at the annual Arbor Day Awards ceremony in Nebraska City, Neb.

State Forester Lisa Allen accepted the award on behalf of the Trees Work campaign. The awards, which recognize leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship, are part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.

Landscape Scale Restoration Program Forging Partnerships Across Boundaries

With support from the Landscape Scale Restoration program of the USDA Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan.

Wildfire knows no boundaries, a reality that long has united wildland firefighters across jurisdictions.

It's Spring Tree-Planting Season in Kentucky

It's the time of year when the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s two tree nurseries are busy packing and shipping seedlings. 

The busiest months for the spring planting season are March and April. The Forestry Division doesn’t send seedlings after April because it gets too warm and the bare root seedlings do not survive well after they have leafed out for the summer. 

Missouri Arbor Day is April 3

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians that trees and forests throughout the state are valuable to our health, communities, economy, and environment. MDC encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests on Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care.

Florida State Forester Recognizes International Day of Forests

Florida State Forester Jim Karels and the Florida Forest Service recognized the benefits of Florida's working forests at last Saturday's global recognition of the International Day of Forests.

“Working forests have a significant positive influence on air quality and water supply,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “The presence of healthy, sustainable forests is vital for the protection and conservation of our natural resources.”

Tree Topping Harms Trees

Trees are a vital component of healthy urban communities, giving area residents a multitude of benefits including clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and psychological well-being.

Considering their many benefits, one might assume trees in our cities and communities receive the best of care. Unfortunately, when it comes to tree pruning, this isn't always the case.

New York Garlic Mustard Challenge Kicks off April 18

The Buffalo Audubon Society, Western New York Land Conservancy, Friends of Reinstein Woods, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have joined forces to improve the habitats of three natural areas by ridding them of garlic mustard.

"Garlic mustard is an invasive species that is harming forests in Western New York," Reinstein Woods Center Director Meaghan Boice-Green said. "The 'Garlic Mustard Challenge' gets people outside in nature and uses their collective volunteer power in an exciting and effective way."

Montana Nitrogen Study to Help Forests Across the West

A Montana State University ecologist who has studied the movement of water through redwood trees has now received a federal grant to investigate the movement of nitrogen through a western Montana forest.

Concerned about the productivity of mountainous forests across the American West, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded Jia Hu a four-year grant totaling $466,000. Hu is an assistant professor in ecology and a fellow in the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.

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