PA governor puts moratorium on drilling in state forests

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell recently signed an executive order placing a moratorium on leasing more state forest land for natural gas drilling. PA forestry officials have given repeated warnings about the potential impact of drilling to the state's forests, and some critics call this act too little too late.

Two Chiefs' awards nominations due November 20

The Two Chiefs' Award recognizes exemplary partnership efforts promoting conservation and forest stewardship involving the USDA Forest Service, NRCS, conservation districts and state forestry organizations. Nominations must be submitted by November 20; winners will be announced at the National Joint Forestry Team meeting with leaders from JFT partners on December 16.

Thinning project boosts forest health in AZ's White Mountains

The White Mountain Stewardship Project, a 10-year project that began in 2004, has thinned more than 40,000 acres in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests while creating jobs, enhancing rural development and resulting in healthier forests.

Dying pine seedlings a mystery in CA state park

After the state’s largest wildfire destroyed most of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in 2003, California foresters planted hundreds of thousands of seedlings hoping for regrowth. But many seedlings are dying, a mystery that foresters are scrambling to solve.

Colorado agencies sign MOU to enhance integrated landowner assistance

Building on the work of the Joint Forestry Team, four of Colorado's leading natural resources organizations have entered into the first-ever official interagency Memorandum of Understanding to improve resource stewardship in Colorado.

American chestnut is poised for a comeback

Thanks to efforts by American chestnut aficionados and foresters in the east, a hybrid American chestnut could one day regain the vast swaths of woodland from Maine to Georgia it once dominated.

Maryland DNR seeking dual certification several state forests

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking dual certification (FSC & SFI) for all three western Maryland state forests, a move that will protect forest industry jobs and garner national recognition of the state's commitment to sustainable forestry management.

NASF/Arbor Day Foundation partnership seeks proposals for reforestation projects

A partnership between NASF and the Arbor Day Foundation has been working to identify and support reforestation projects throughout the U.S. since 2008. This partnership provides funding for seedlings in forests recovering from fire, storms, disease, and other threats. The Arbor Day Foundation is currently seeking proposals for 2011 plantings that will positively impact the environment, create habitat for wildlife, promote watershed restoration, and other benefits to the public.

Demonstration forest in Utah will be a place to practice and learn forest management

Southern Utah University and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands are working together to create a demonstration forest where students, natural resources professionals and the public can learn about forest care. The demonstration area will show how to maintain or revitalize damaged forests to a natural state through actions like small-scale burning and logging.