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South Carolina forestry generates $18.6 billion

South Carolina Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the forest products sector in grand fashion, unveiling a large wooden sign representing the industry’s $18.6 billion contribution to the state’s economy.

The new economic impact figure was revealed at a statewide meeting of forestry professionals organized by the SCFC, the South Carolina Forestry Association and forest industry allies.

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Feeling down? Take a hike

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.

Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

South Carolina Closes on Fourth Largest Easement in State's History

The Nature Conservancy has closed on a 12,418-acre conservation easement on The Westervelt Company’s timber lands in South Carolina. The easement is the fourth largest in state history and the largest since 2008. 

How Family Forests Support Wildlife

Family-owned forests are vital to species biodiversity in our country, providing cover, nest sites, migratory corridors and foraging opportunities for thousands of species, including the iconic wild turkey. And since families and individuals comprise the largest forest ownership group, they are a critical piece of the puzzle to ensuring this habitat remains intact.

West Wind Farm Receives 2015 Leopold Conservation Award

To many in Munfordville, Charlie Williams is simply known as “the tree man.” From a young age, Charlie developed a passion for woodland stewardship after he received 90 acres of land from his grandfather for Christmas. He has nurtured and expanded his landholdings into 1,200 acres, including over 1,000 acres of woodlands. He has also worked on providing better habitat for wildlife above ground and underground, as some of his land sits above caves.

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 Agency Invites Staff Perspectives on a Land Ethic

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources asked the Aldo Leopold Foundation staff to come out and spend Earth Day with their staff facilitating conversations about how to foster a common land ethic that respects the different perspectives that exist both within their staff  and among the constituents they serve.

SC State Forester to receive Gifford Pinchot Medal

South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama has been selected to receive the Society of American Foresters’ Gifford Pinchot Medal. One of the most esteemed forestry awards in the nation, the medal is presented every two years to a forestry professional in recognition of exceptional contributions to the administration, practice and development of forestry in North America.

Nominees for the Gifford Pinchot Medal have demonstrated exemplary actions that further the field of forestry by making an indelible mark on the profession and being a person of action.

USDA Forest Service announces $1.9 million for community forests

The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday more than $1.9 million in Community Forest Program grants to support local communities and preserve community forests across the United States.

SFI Works to Break a World Record

People of all ages and backgrounds from across the U.S. and Canada came together Wednesday to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams. Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 different communities.

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