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Biennial Longleaf Pine Conference Held this Week

The 10th Biennial Longleaf Conference, Ninth annual Eastern Native Grass Symposium and Prescribed Fire Council Gathering was held in Alabama this week.

The joint conference and symposium hosted those who manage or restore longleaf pine ecosystems and the grasslands that occur across the eastern United States. 

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Larger Sequoias Showing Signs of Drought Stress

Research ecologist Nathan Stephenson crawled around magnificent Giant Forest, checking young giant sequoias for damage from California’s three-year drought.

Instead of stressed-out plants, he found young trees that looked pretty happy, he said. But at some point, he glanced upward and saw something startling.

Michigan State Forester Fighting Oak Wilt with the USDA Forest Service

Photo by Ronald MurrayOak trees can be found all over the world, but they save their full display for the United States. More than 50 species of oak grow from coast to coast, and in a few unique places like Michigan, still form the basis for a rare and valuable ecosystem known as oak savannas.

Garlic Is Being Used in the U.K. to Cure Trees of Deadly Diseases

Trees in the U.K. are being injected with a garlic extract to cure them of deadly diseases. Garlic contains the compound allicin, which can fight bacterial and fungal infections.

“Over the last four years we have treated 60 trees suffering badly with bleeding canker of horse chestnut. All of the trees were cured,” said Jonathan Cocking, an arboreal specialist involved with the development and deployment of the treatment.

Overpopulated Deer Hurting New York Forests

An overabundance of deer caused by too few hunters is contributing to a decline in the quality of usptate New York woodlands, a forester says.

Without human controls, deer are feasting on sugar maples and oak trees before they mature, allowing less desirable species such as beech to take over, which can alter local ecosystems.

For example, beech trees have such large canopies that their large volume of fallen leaves may fill in wet depressions, eliminating the habitat needed by small amphibians. This, in turn, affects the forest food chain.

West Virginia Division of Forestry is Building Communities from the Roots Up

Asbury United Methodist Church and CTreeAs everyone reads this article on their respective computer screens, it’s hard to escape the sense that Americans are less connected to the outdoors.

Idaho Panhandle forests seek citizen advisors

Applicants are being sought to fill up to seven vacancies on a 15-member Resource Advisory Committee that helps guide decisions on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

The committee’s duties include recommending projects and an average of more than $500,000 a year in funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on or adjacent to the forests.

2014 NASF Approved Resolutions

A summary of the policy position resolutions approved by the NASF members at the 2014 NASF Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Role of State and Local Government in Wildfire Response and Management

This resolution addresses the need to reinforce the mission, roles, responsibilities, and importance of state and local government in wildland fire response and management, and ensure adequate federal funding and logistical support. 

Forest Health Strategic Plan

San Juan Bay Estuary's Dynamic Mangrove Forest

Lying along the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, the 53,500-acre San Juan Bay Estuary watershed is the heart of the expanding and densely populated San Juan metropolitan area. The 2010 U.S. Census estimated the population of the area at 2,478,905, with a population density of 3,215 people a square kilometer (about half a square mile), and in some places over 8,300 people a square kilometer.

Reforestation Funding Opportunity: Request for Proposals by 11/10

Since 2008, our partner the Arbor Day Foundation has worked with State Foresters to identify and support reforestation projects throughout the United States. Through our partnership, and with support from Arbor Day Foundation members and supporters, we can provide funding for seedlings in forests recovering from fire, storms, disease, and other threats. Since the beginning of this reforestation partnership, we have worked together to fund and plant more than 16 million trees.

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