“Climate change information is often presented at scales that are hard to digest,” said Stephen Handler, the lead author for the Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, “This report is designed to give forest managers in Michigan the best possible science of effects of climate change for our particular forest ecosystems, so they can make climate-informed decisions about management today.”
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas. Sites will span Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These six grants will provide a 1:1 match in additional funds and in
Major thinning in northern Arizona’s national forests represents the early stages of the “biggest-ever U.S.. forest restoration project.” About 1,300 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be thinned as part of the second Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) in the area. The initiative, which plans to thin four Southwestern forests, is designed to lessen the danger of wildfire and restore forest health through thinning and fuel removal.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Asian long-horned beetle in the area with another season of beetle hunting. With a heavy focus on surveys in the towns of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, Holden and Auburn, the program will also continue to work with entomologists and foresters to further develop pheromone traps.
Shubhendu Sharma, a young industrial engineer who formerly worked for Toyota, was inspired by the production-line efficiency. Inspired by the staggering statistic that we lose about 36 football-field’s worth of forest in any minute, he founded Afforestt with the idea that forests can be produced just as efficiently.
As California enters its third year of drought, efforts to increase water storage include some unlikely solutions. Researchers believe that by thinning out the overgrown Sierra Nevada forests, they may be able to increase water flows into the Central Valley.
The emerald ash borer is a forester’s nightmare: the much detested insect was first detected in 2002 and has since felled over 100 million ash trees. Aside from the obvious damage and injuries caused by falling trees, the barren streets and parks have been linked to a more long-term problem: higher rates of death from cardiovascular and respiratory tract illnesses.
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