Forest Health

Presenting the First-Ever National Forest Stewardship Forester of the Year

National recognition was given to Texas A&M Forest Service District Forester Russell Lykins for his work in and service to Texas landowners in Cass and Marion counties.

Karl Dalla Rosa Honored for Contributions to Forest Management

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) recently honored Karl Dalla Rosa of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) with the Jim Sledge Current Achievement Award for Forest Management. The award recognized Dalla Rosa’s work on spatial data analysis in his role as manager of the agency’s Forest Stewardship Program.

North Carolina Family Honored for Forest Stewardship

Fred Clodfelter and his mother, Emily (the daughter of the late Clark and Grace Thornburg), were recently honored by the N.C. Forest Service for outstanding accomplishments in forest stewardship for the management of their woodland in Randolph County.

The Forest Stewardship Program provides landowners with a management plan that outlines recommendations for managing and improving all of the natural resources that are present. The plans cover improvements to timber, wildlife, soil and water quality, aesthetics and recreational opportunities.

2015 NASF Annual Report

The 2015 NASF Annual report highlights the theme Adapting to Change, which is as relevant in the natural world as it is in the worlds of agencies and associations. Like forests, the policy, communications and partnership environments in which NASF operates are dynamic ecosystems. Issues and the people behind them are constantly changing.

Maine steps up emerald ash borer monitoring

An invasive pest is on Maine’s doorstep and forest health experts are stepping up efforts to detect the destructive bug as soon as it crosses the border.

Last month, Belknap County became the latest county in New Hampshire to begin restricting the movement of firewood and other wood products. The quarantines are aimed at slowing the spread of the emerald ash borer, a small green beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the U.S.

Indiana Plants Trees to Replace Those Lost to Emerald Ash Borer

The Indiana State University campus is a little shadier these days thanks to the recent planting of dozens of trees.

Ranging from 25-foot tall Siena Glen maple and American elms to smaller Canada chokecherry and tulip trees, about 45 trees were transplanted from university-owned tree farms to replace some of the more than 100 ash trees that have succumbed to the emerald ash borer in recent years.

State Forest Logging Good For Forests, Taxpayers

The roar of Nate Wells' grapple skidder echoes through the summer woodlands of Goodwin State Forest as the machine latches onto massive logs and hauls them up a muddy trail for transport to local sawmills.

Wells, a burly, bearded lumberjack, is one of 23 for-profit timber contractors taking down trees on state land that many Connecticut residents probably consider immune from commercial logging.