Dovetail Partners has put together a case study of urban wood utilization in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. The report focuses on an emerging urban wood-based industrial (business) cluster in the Minneapolis-St. Paul (Twin Cities) metropolitan area. Recommendations for advancing wood utilization activities on a community-wide basis are offered.
A new USDA Forest Service report entitled "Private Forests, Public Benefits," shows that privately held forests in the U.S. are under substantial stress from development and fragmentation and that increased housing density in forests will exacerbate other threats to forests from wildfire, insects, pathogens and pollution.
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.
Nobody has a crystal ball to predict what forests across the Northern Rockies will look like 50 or 100 years from now. But most admit that with millions of acres of trees falling victim to the mountain pine beetle - 3.1 million acres in Wyoming alone - the landscape is going to look a lot different.
ExxonMobil representative Brandy Johnston recently presented checks for $5,000 to Wyoming State Forestry Division and $3,000 to Wyoming Project Learning Tree. Exxon Mobil supports programs that encourage teachers, students and communities to take an active interest in their natural resources. Since 1990, ExxonMobil has been a consistent partner with both programs.
Alabama State Forester Linda Casey says the tornadoes that struck Alabama late last month destroyed tens of thousands of acres of trees worth millions of dollars. The Alabama Forestry Commission will work with federal agencies to secure disaster aid for landowners with forest land destroyed by the tornadoes. Casey also hopes to find money to help replant trees in urban areas.
Montana State Forester Bob Harrington explained to a gathering of timber managers from Peru, Indonesia, Liberia, Great Britain, Mexico, Brazil and Papua New Guinea this week how MT's "best management practices" guide state and private forest users in things like stream protection, harvest schedules, cleanup ethics and community relations. Harrington said voluntary compliance rose from 60 percent in the 1990s to nearly 90 percent today.
In an effort to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature, the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council have teamed up with Universal Pictures to launch a series of public service advertisements featuring characters from the upcoming feature film, Dr Seuss' The Lorax.
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