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Simple Way to Check if Your Trees Need Water

A simple test using a screwdriver can help you see if a tree is dried out and needs more water, said Kelly Conroy with the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

"Drive [the screwdriver] into the ground about six inches, and you can feel if the soil is dry and crumbly, then it needs some water, or if it comes up muddy or sticky, then you're probably good to let it dry out for a couple of days," said Conroy.

Timmons Group to Provide Performance Measures for NASF

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) recently selected Timmons Group to assist in the process of defining State Forestry Performance Measures.  The project will work to define a concise set of national priority performance measures and is supported by a partnership with the USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry and NASF. 

NASF SENR Letter re S1691

Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Wyden:
 

Increase Restoration to Help Mitigate Damage from Wildfires

By Christopher Martin, Connecticut State Forester and Chair of the Forest Science & Health Committee

In 2014, wildfires consumed 3,595,613 US acres at a taxpayer cost of $1,522,149,000.

Heat, fuel and oxygen make up the basic recipe to a fire start. Combine record breaking heat and historic drought with millions of acres of beetle-killed standing trees and you have a recipe for conflagration. Remove or reduce one of these ingredients and you greatly decrease the risk of uncontrolled wildfire.

Forestry is About Community Impact

A growing group of outdoor recreation tourists have been filtering into local shops, restaurants and hotels in Grayling, Michigan over the last few years. They're birders, and they flock to Northern Michigan for one reason: to spot the rare Kirtland's Warbler. 

Michigan Audubon Executive Director Jonathan Lutz estimates around 700 birders a year for the past decade have participated in the Kirtland's Warbler Tours now administered by Michigan Audubon in Grayling, and lately that number has grown to 1,000. What does the community have to thank for those birder tourism dollars?  

Ways to Spot A Healthy Forest

Sizing up the health of a forest may be hard to do with the naked eye. There’s a lot going on in there. Plants, animals, people and businesses all play critical roles behind the scenes.

Forests are critical from every angle. Animals and people rely on them for food, clean air and fresh water. Businesses count on them to supply materials for products we need every day. Local and global economies depend upon them to create jobs and foster growth.

House Passes Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015

NASF Encourages Congress to Continue Dialogue about Federal Forest Management and Wildfire Funding
 

WASHINGTON—National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the steps taken by Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-4) and his colleagues in the House of Representatives Thursday to pass Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (H.R. 2647).

Jim Karels, National Association of State Foresters president and Florida State Forester, said today:

NASF APHIS letter 4/24/15

April 24, 2015

Dear Mr. El-Lissy,

On behalf of all of the State Foresters in the United States, I want to thank Agency Administrator Kevin Shea, you, and the APHIS leadership team for hosting the meeting with me and other members of the forest sector on March 25. It was a most productive discussion of our shared interests in protecting the health of the nation’s forests.

Give Your Trees a Deep Drink During Hot Weather

The weather forecast is calling for high temperatures around most of Oregon through the weekend and even into the middle of next week. It’s a time to keep fire prevention uppermost in our minds, and also, to remember to protect the health of trees in yards and landscapes by deeply watering them.

Vermont Produces Guide on Adapting Forests to Climate Change

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released a guidebook last month on adapting forests for climate changes.
 
The guidebook, titled "Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change," was written with the purpose of supplementing current forest management planning and practices with forest-adaptation strategies that are more relevant to the current climate change trends and projections.
 

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