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Prescribed Fire is Vital in Ensuring Forest Health in Florida

The Florida Forest Service will promote the benefits of prescribed fire during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, Jan. 25-31. Prescribed fire plays a vital role in maintaining the health of Florida’s nearly 17 million acres forestlands and preventing devastating wildfires.

“The Florida Forest Service encourages the careful use of prescribed fire throughout Florida,” said Jim Karels, State Forester. “In addition to its vital role in Florida’s ecosystems, prescribed fire helps keep citizens and homes safe by reducing wildfire risk.”

Vermont Adopts Voluntary Timber Harvesting Guidelines

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has announced that Commissioner Michael Snyder has adopted a set of voluntary harvesting guidelines for private landowners to help ensure long-term forest health and sustainability.        

Missouri Department of Conservation Receives Grant to Help Landowners with Key Habitat Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently announced that it will receive $1.3 million in federal grant monies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help private landowners in Missouri improve grasslands, glades, and woodlands on their properties for both wildlife habitat and agriculture production.

As the Conservation Commission approves annual expenditure plans, MDC plans to match the federal grant monies over the next five years through its existing Private Lands Services program.

New Mexico enters its fifth consecutive year of drought

New Mexico is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, with the first runoff forecast of the year pointing to yet another year of low flows on the Rio Grande.

Water managers cautioned that it is still early, with months left for mountain snows to catch up.

“There’s a lot of winter yet to come,” said David Gensler, water manager for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.

American Forest Foundation Announces Improved Tree Farm Certification Standards

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) announced the release of its updated Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification under the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). The Standards, which are revised every five years, are the result of a rigorous, multi-stakeholder process and based on international guidelines for sustainable forest management and conservation.

USDA Forest Service exceeds yearly forest restoration goals

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) announced that it exceeded its forest restoration goals for Fiscal Year 2014, highlighting the agency’s continued commitment to improving the health of the America’s National Forests, reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire, and protecting watersheds. 

#GivingTuesday: How You Can Get Involved with Forests in your Community

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, NASF will be a part of a celebration.

You've heard of Black Friday and you've maybe surfed the web on Cyber Monday.

Designated Giving Tuesday, 12/2 is a day dedicated to giving back.

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action and creates a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day.

It's a worldwide movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the end-of-year holiday season. #GivingTuesday celebrates giving by continuing a conversation about ways to give more this time of year.

Arkansas State Forester Preserving Oak Trees through Forest Action Plan

Students often have bright ideas for the future, and sometimes that takes the form of preserving our wooded past. On the south west edge of Fayetteville, Arkansas rests Mount Kessler, a favored spot for hiking and mountain bikers. Filled with rocky formations reminiscent of Gettysburg’s Devil’s Den and covered in a woody hillside, the hillside can look like something from another age. As one graduate student’s research confirmed, some of Mount Kessler’s oak trees are indeed something from a bygone era.

Aspens in Arizona’s Higher Elevations on the Decline

In recent decades, the number of aspens in Arizona’s higher elevations has declined sharply. A 2001 study by the USDA Forest Service said that Arizona has seen a 96 percent decline in aspen acreage since 1900, the largest by far among states with significant aspen populations.

Mary Lou Fairweather, a Flagstaff-based forest pathologist for the Forest Service, said the decline has intensified in recent years.

“The last couple decades there was more of a concern because we had this huge mortality event that was totally tied to the drought in 2002-2003,” she said.

Tips for Protecting Trees and Shrubs in Vermont

If you live in the northeast, here are some tree health tips from the Vermont Garden Journal: 

Most garden plants have gone dormant for the season in Vermont, and its important to protect your trees and shrubs.

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