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New England conservation efforts fighting forest loss

A recent report from the Harvard Forest warns that all six New England states are experiencing a decline in forest cover. Forested areas have come under increasing pressure from a new wave of commercial development, industrial use and invasive species.

New forestry sciences lab for Rocky Mountain Research Station

An infusion of federal stimulus funds is bringing a new Forestry Sciences Laboratory to the Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. The $5.3 million state-of-the-art facility will allow scientists to expand their research on forest-health issues such as bark beetles, climate change and water quality, officials say.

Forest Legacy program reaches 2 million acre milestone

The USDA Forest Service recently reached a milestone of protecting more than 2 million acres of private forests threat

Washington DNR seeks new tool to protect working forestland at greatest risk of conversion

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and state lawmakers announced agency-requested legislation that would help prevent conversion of working forests to development-supporting clean air, sustainable working landscapes, and quality of life for communities.

Save a forest: print your emails

"Avoiding the print option does absolutely nothing to save the planet or forests. The nation's forest landowners can't keep growing trees without markets for this natural, organic and renewable product."
Wall Street Journal editorial from tree farmer Chuck Leavell and U.S. Endowment head Carlton Owen

Interior backpedals on wildlands protections

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is backing off of last December's Wild Lands Order, which would have compelled the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to make millions of acres of federal land eligible for wilderness protection.

Two Chiefs' Partnership Award call for nominations

The USDA Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service have opened nominations for the 2011 Two Chief's Partnership Award, which recognizes outstanding forestry and conservation partnership efforts. Nominations (PDF) due December 12.

BLM to use state, regional data for wildlife and land management planning

The Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management will use state and regional data and maps to help it identify wildlife corridors and crucial habitat in future land-use planning and management efforts. The maps will be available for the BLM to use as a result of the Western Wildlife Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, known as "CHAT", an initiative of the Western Governors' Association.

USDA's Blazer says nation's forests are number one priority

USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer was promoting his "forest health" agenda in California this week, speaking at the California Forestry Association annual conference in Sacramento. His efforts seek to bridge deep differences over how logging, grazing, mining and other uses of forests should be managed.

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