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.

Family business salvages wood for profit

Far West Forest Products is owned by the a California family that specializes in salvaged, urban and reclaimed wood – 90 percent of which is taken from no more than 500 miles from Far West’s headquarters in Sheridan, California.  This wood, which comes from trees felled by natural causes, or which had to be cut after sustaining damage, or which has already been used, would otherwise go to waste. 

Applications being accepted for new conservation initiatives

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities and boost the economy. 

Tree City, Ohio

For the 33rd consecutive year, Ohio leads the nation for Tree City USA designations with 244 communities achieving the title this year. The program, which is sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S.

Chicago’s trees estimated compensatory value at $51.2 billion

Chicago is estimated to have about 157,142,000 trees, with a tree and shrub canopy that covers 2% of the region.  These trees remove about 677,000 tons of carbon per year and 18,080 tons of air pollution per year.  Including reduced costs in residential energy and a few other factors, these trees are estimated to have a compensatory value of $51.2 billion.

Robin Hood tree reborn

An enormous red oak in Queens measuring 5 feet across and approaching 300 years of age was felled in 2010 by a tornado.  Named the Robin Hood tree, it had been a well-loved fixture on 84th avenue for many years, towering over the neighborhood at 8 stories high.

Rural economies could be strengthened with forest thinning in Arizona

A recent study examined the potential for small diameter wood harvesting in Arizona forests to strengthen both forest health and local economies. Analysis indicates its potential use for biomass/energy production.

State foresters encouraged by strong state response to Insect & Disease Designation requests



Brent Keith, Policy Director; 202-624-5977


State foresters encouraged by strong state response to Insect & Disease Designation requests