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.

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. 

2012 NASF State Forestry Agency Statistics

Every two years the National Association of State Foresters conducts a survey of its 59 State Forester members. The survey aims to capture key information about the non-federal forestlands in the United States and the role of State Foresters in enhancing their value, representing public interests, and protecting these lands from fire, disease, fragmentation and other resource threats.

The survey includes information about forestry programs, agency budgets, and funding support pertinent to each state and territory.

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.