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Finnish study finds cost-effective methods to biodiversity in production forests

Can a production forest provide important species habitat while still maintaining maximum profit?  A research group led by Professor Mikko Mönkkönen at the University Jyväskylä studied a production forest landscape encompassing 68 square kilometers of land in Central Finland to find ways to increase biodiversity – and their short answer is “yes.”  The team projected forest growth 50 years into the future with alternative management regimes, wh

Free conversion of open space to forest land for Marylanders

Governor Martin O’Malley announced the Lawn to Woodland stewardship program that aims to increase forested land in the state of Maryland by offering to provide landowners in Maryland with trees, tools, and the technical assistance to plant and maintain trees on unused lawn.  Co-Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resou

Volunteers crucial to maintaining urban forests

An article by Philp Silva in The Nature of Cities reminds us that the cost of planting thousands of trees in our cities is nothing – compared to the price of maintaining them.  Urban trees, once planted, yield no tangible monetary benefit (they can never be sold for timber) and rarely come with a plan for maintenance, despite the fact that young trees require much attention and care.  This means that the sustainability of our urban fo

New studies show that trees actually grow faster with age

"It's as if, on your favorite sports team, you find out the star players are a bunch of 90-year-olds," says Nate Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.  While studies found that trees do indeed slow their rate of vertical growth, their mass actually increases at a continuous rate as they grow older and older.

Florida Arbor Day on January 25th

National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times.  This year Florida will have an Arbor Day tree-planting on January 25th, and community members are encouraged to join in a tree planting event nearby.

The important history and ongoing benefits of shelterbelts

Shelterbelts were planted during Oklahoma's Dust Bowl to hold soil and provide jobs. They held the soil the Dust Bowl had been whisking away in the 1930s and they put food on the table of the families of government programs workers that the Great Depression had left hungry.

ND State Forester receives the 2013 Professional Award

North Dakota State Forester Larry Kotchman received the “2013 Professional Award” from the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts at their 75th annual meeting held this month in Fargo. The Professional Award is given to an individual who has for many years contributed significantly to soil and water conservation accomplishments that have resulted in many benefits to the State of North Dakota.

Estate planning for forest landowners

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) has put together a guide to assist landowners in estate planning.

Many owners shy away from thinking about how best to pass their forest on to the next generation.  Poor estate planning–or no planning at all–can result in a tax bill that requires selling timber or forest land, which in turn can lead to subdivision and development.

Recreation area recognized as state's first Connecticut Grown Community Forest

Following the development of a sustainable forest management plan, the 223-acre Crescent Lake Recreation Area has been recognized for taking key steps toward sustainable woodland management.

WA State Natural Resources Board acts to preserve forestland

This week, the WA state Board of Natural Resources authorized funds for the purchase of a 105.7-acre parcel along a major interstate highway that will preclude its commercial development.

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