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.

Longleaf Stewardship Fund Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range. 

Harley-Davidson Sets Goal to Plant 50 Million Trees

Harley-Davidson® and The Nature Conservancy are mobilizing the company's global community of riders to raise funds to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025 as part of the Renew the Ride™ initiative.

Dedicated to the goal of preserving the open road for future generations of riders, Renew the Ride is the latest global mission and call to action for Harley-Davidson riders. The Harley-Davidson Foundation has committed to contributing a series of annual grants totaling $550,000 in support of The Nature Conservancy’s global Plant a Billion Trees program.

West Virginia Division of Forestry is Building Communities from the Roots Up

As everyone reads this article on their respective computer screens, it’s hard to escape the sense that Americans are less connected to the outdoors.

2014 Annual Report

The National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) FY 2013-2014 annual report is more than just an update on association accomplishments.  It is a testament to what engaged State Foresters, hard-working staff, and supportive partners did to help keep America’s working forests working. 

Minnesotans Create a 426 Pound Ball of Paper

Minnesotans dump 1 billion pounds of paper in landfills each year, but there are strategies available to reduce waste.

To raise awareness of the power of recycling, a Minnesota non-profit has created a ball of paper that is 9' 7" inches tall and 32.8 feet around. 

While you're here, don't forget to register for the NASF Annual Meeting in St. Paul next month!

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Burl bandits arrested

Ancient redwood trees sprout clones of themselves on the knobbly growths known as “burls” before dying.  “Burl poachers,” who cut these pieces off to make decorative pieces, are beginning to see some justice: in Humboldt County, multiple arrests of suspected burl poachers have been made.

Proactive forest management is a win-win

New research suggests that they key to saving money on wildfire control is to invest in forests before the fires even begin.  The Mokelumne Watershed Avoided Cost Analysis  suggests that investing in proactive forest management activities can save up to three times the cost of future fires, reduce high-severity fire by up to 75 percent, and bring added benefits for people, water and wildlife.