Sustainability

Researchers, foodies give American chestnut a second chance

Long rows of tightly planted American chestnut trees line a field here near the Minnesota-Iowa border. But these aren't your great-grandfather's chestnuts.

Those 80-foot giants with massive trunks — the kind that led Longfellow to write, "Under a spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands" — were largely wiped out by an invasive fungus in the early 1900s, nearly eradicating the trees once known as the Redwoods of the East.

Report: Trees make money for Georgia

Employees working in forestry earned more in wages and salaries in 2014 than people in any other Georgia manufacturing industry, according to a report issued by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Clark Seely Assumes Presidency of the Society of American Foresters

Clark W. Seely, CF, formerly an executive of the Oregon Department of Forestry, began his term as the 2016 president of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) by calling for increased partnerships with other natural resources professionals.

Volunteers plant potentially blight-resistant hybrid chestnut trees in Brooklyn

Over the last two years, volunteers with the Prospect Park Alliance have been planting a blight-resistent hybrid chesnut called B3F3s in the park. With any luck, they will cross-breed with a generation of pure American Chestnuts that the Alliance planted back in 2004, and which, for the first time last year, produced fertile Brooklyn-born nuts.

"The seeds from that will be even more blight resistant," volunteer Bart Chezar explained. "And those will be kind of the feed stock for the future American chestnut forests of Brooklyn."

ODNR Helping Restore American Chestnuts

 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently planted American chestnut trees at three sites on department-managed lands. The Gorge Overlook area at Mohican State Park, the Scioto Trail State Forest fire tower and the Waterloo Wildlife Area were selected for a reforestation project that is part of a state and regional effort to re-establish the native American chestnut trees in partnership with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF).

Whoa! Trees Migrate Like Birds

As with birds, tree ranges are constantly changing as climate changes. It’s just that their time scale is so much broader than ours that can’t witness in real time. We often see trees as static because we can only observe what we see in our lifespan. But successive generations of trees can, in fact, cover a lot of ground.

Record-Breaking Tree in Maine Could Help Save Chestnuts

Scientists are excited about the discovery of an American chestnut tree in the woods of western Maine, a record-breaking tree that's giving them hope for the future.

Growing straight and tall, chestnut trees were once prized for timber. Vendors still roast and sell European chestnuts on the streets of Manhattan, fragrant aroma and all. But the American chestnut that once dominated the Eastern woodlands, from Maine to Georgia, was virtually wiped out by a blight that was accidentally introduced from Asia.

Missed Opportunity: Wildfire Funding Fix, Forest Management Reforms Not Included in Omnibus

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is extremely disappointed in Congress' inability to arrive at a compromise that addresses wildland fire funding and forest management reforms.

Paul DeLong, Wisconsin State Forester and President of the National Association of State Foresters said today:

“State Foresters are disappointed by this missed opportunity to fix the wildfire funding problem and allow for much-needed forest management reforms.

NextGen Request for Proposals Due December 15

The 2016 “Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists” (NextGen) Request for Proposals is open and will be accepting proposals through December 15, 2015. 

325-year-old oak growing strong at a Kentucky airport

More than a hundred years before Kentucky became a state, a small white oak seed burrowed its way into the dirt in what is now western Franklin County. The year was around 1690.

The tree, which began on what was British-owned soil, would continue to grow strong and sturdy on free American land with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.