Calling all photographers - professionals, amateurs, and the camera sharp shooter! Submit your photos to SFI's Photo Contest. Across North America, more than 200 million acres are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. program. SFI's unique fiber sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management, supports domestic working forest communities and workers, and the SFI chain-of-custody certification reassures buyers they are purchasing from sustainably resourced products.
NASF has submitted recommendations regarding potential climate adaptation and mitigation strategies for the nation’s forests delivered primarily through existing authorities at USDA to the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change.
Many people are unaware that the LEED certification system isn't the only game in town. Green Globes, a competing certification system, is gaining momentum as the preferred choice for builders around the country.
Green Globes, run in the U.S. by the Portland-based Green Building Initiative, recently caught the attention of the U.S. government, which is deciding whether to change its mind about LEED as the preferred certification system for new federal buildings.
A program called Branching Out being coordinated by Alliant Energy and the conservation group Trees Forever has awarded more than 40 Iowa communities with grants up to $10,000 for tree-planting projects. The goal of the program is to improve energy efficiency and increase environmental awareness.
Since 2010, SFI has awarded 33 grants totaling more than $1.32 million to support projects that promote sustainable forestry practices and engage communities. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $4.8 million.
Homeowners and landowners who want to replace trees lost to ice and snow should plant new seedlings now. The winter storms across Arkansas damaged or killed many trees, and damage will be more evident once the leaves start coming out this spring. But while spring is the season for growing, when it comes to trees winter is the season for planting.
“This is just beginning,” said Janna Beckerman, a plant pathologist at Indiana’s Purdue University. “I suspect we’ll see trees still dying for the next two or three years.” Some trees reached a threshold from which they can’t recover — especially older, larger trees.
As part of a Super Bowl 2013 "Super Saturday of Service," students participating in a Wetlands Youth Summit teamed up with the National Football League to plant 3,000 trees in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in eastern New Orleans.
The tree planting project was aimed at bringing national attention to Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coastline, which is losing a football field sized tract of land every hour.
With much of the nation still experiencing drought conditions, it is important to remember that trees need your help this winter. As of last week, mountain snowpack in Colorado was at 62 percent of average and Colorado Springs had received less than half its normal winter precipitation. Experts say to forget about your lawn.
Unfortunately, many people believe that trees go dormant in winter and don’t need water. The truth is that while the tree’s functions slow, it does not shut down.
The Service Mark for the National Association of State Foresters has been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as of April 11, 2000. The Service Mark and the name ‘National Association of State Foresters’ are registered at Reg. No. 2,340,477. Reproduction or use of the NASF logo without permission is prohibited. Photographs for the site came from many different sources. This institution is an equal-opportunity employer. This website is made possible through a grant from the USDA Forest Service.