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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.

Secretary Jewell Announces Rangeland Fire Strategy

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a comprehensive, science-based strategy to address the increasing threat of wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands in the West. The Strategy details a more focused, coordinated and collaborative approach for rangeland fire management, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.

Dept. of Natural Resources Helping Iowans Plant More Trees

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ State Forest Nursery is helping Iowans to plant more trees this spring by offering 100 additional seedlings to each specialty packet purchased until Memorial Day weekend, while supplies last.

“With the continuing impacts of emerald ash borer, we want to make it easy for Iowans to mitigate the loss of trees and help diversify and expand Iowa’s tree canopy,” says Paul Tauke, chief of the DNR’s Forestry Bureau.

Sri Lanka to Become First Nation to Protect All its Mangroves

More than half the world’s mangroves have been lost over the last century but all of those surviving in Sri Lanka, one of their most important havens, are now to be protected in an unprecedented operation.

The organiser of the project, the biggest of its kind, see the role of women as the key to its success.

Missouri Department of Conservation Receives National Award

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) was awarded the 2015 Public Awareness of Trees Award at the annual Arbor Day Awards ceremony in Nebraska City, Neb.

State Forester Lisa Allen accepted the award on behalf of the Trees Work campaign. The awards, which recognize leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship, are part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.

Arbor Day: Planting Trees, Rebuilding Communities and Restoring Hope

Blog post reprinted with permission from the Arbor Day Foundation.

As the nation celebrates Arbor Day today, let’s reflect on the value of trees, and highlight the important ability of trees to restore hope, bring healing, and lift spirits following natural disasters. Trees are vital to successful, long-term recovery efforts – from a critical conservation recovery perspective, and also when considering the emotional healing and recovery of people and the fabric of a community.

Florida Forest Service Celebrates Arbor Day by Highlighting Florida’s Good Land Stewards

In honor of National Arbor Day, the Florida Forest Service is highlighting Florida’s commitment to the protection of forests and wildlife. For more than a decade, Florida’s forest owners have demonstrated a dedication to good forest stewardship through voluntary participation in forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) that protect water quality. This program has been highly successful in Florida, exceeding a 95 percent implementation rate among forestry operations statewide.

Conserving Working Landscapes with the Androscoggin Headwaters Forest Legacy Project

With support from the Forest Legacy Program of the USDA Forest Service, the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan.

The economy of Northern New Hampshire was anchored for generations by the pulp and paper industry until 2006 when the historic mill in Berlin closed permanently. As part of the decline of the pulp mill, hundreds of thousands of acres were divested and parceled out to new owners creating instability for the region’s forest and recreational economy, and uncertainty for residents.

Landscape Scale Restoration: Community Greenspace Planning in Kentucky

With support from the USDA Forest Service, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan.

In conjunction with local partners, Kentucky has helped six communities in the southeastern Appalachian corridor develop their own plans for greenspaces, all of which have begun implementing these designs.

The plans were used as a major component in securing hundreds of thousands of grant and local funding to create new greenspaces in six communities.

New Mexicans Can Plant Trees with Tax Refunds to Benefit Forest Re-Leaf Program

New Mexicans have an easy opportunity to turn just a few dollars of their state tax refund into trees for New Mexico communities through the New Mexico Forest Re-Leaf Program. All it takes is filling out a simple form attached to the state tax return.


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