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.

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.