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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.

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:

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