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Recent storms damage thousands of trees in Mississippi

A strong storm system last weekend damaged thousands of trees in Mississippi. Forestry officials are still surveying the damage and calculating the potential loss to the state's timber industry.

Alabama budget shortfall may threaten wildfire protection and other services

According to a recent press release, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is facing a budget shortfall of more than $5 million for fiscal year 2011. In light of this projection, State Forester Linda Casey said the agency is reviewing its entire structure. The AFC will be forced to reduce staffing by nearly one-third, affecting all services provided by the agency, including wildfire protection.

USDA Forest Legacy grants to protect private forest land in 33 states

USDA has announced the 2010 Forest Legacy Program (FLP) awards, which total $72 million, will help the program reach a total of over 2 million permanently protected acres across the country.

NRCS signs MOU with Texas Forest Service

The Texas Forest Service and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU will strengthen cooperation between TFS and NRCS Texas by coordinating interagency delivery of forestry-related conservation assistance to private landowners in order to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of Texas’ private working lands – forestland, cropland, pasture, and rangeland.

Hardwood Forestry Fund announces Spring 2010 Sustainable Forestry Partnerships

The Hardwood Forestry Fund is cooperating with public natural resource agencies to offer sponsorship of ten new hardwood forests in four U.S. states. Project managers in Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are gearing up to plant and manage more than 600,000 new trees this spring and fall. The Hardwood Forestry Fund is providing grants ranging from $2,500 to $12,000 to partnering organizations for tree planting and forest management. All projects are managed by foresters for multiple-use, including timber production.

USDA announces $25M in Conservation Innovation Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of approximately $25 million in FY 2010 through its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). CIG projects are  designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. CIG, a component of NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

'Forests [are] part of the critical infrastructure of our country'

Larry Selzer of the Conservation Fund and NASF President Steve Koehn -- among others -- are quoted in a recent Washington Post feature story on conservation efforts focused on restoring forest ecosystems across the U.S. and whether the government and private interests can save the forest from "becoming suburbs and strip malls."

Interim report from Science Forum on Forest Service planning rule now available

The Science Forum was convened March 29-30 by the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC, featuring panel presentations on the latest  scientific topics relevant to the development of the planning rule.

Study calls for more prescribed burns to reduce forest fire emissions

A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology found that widespread prescribed burns might have slashed fire-related carbon dioxide emissions in 11 Western states by an average of 18 to 25 percent between the years 2001 and 2008, and by as much as 60 percent in some forest systems.

Forest Service acquires 112K acres of Montana forestland in Legacy project

The U.S. Forest Service took over ownership of 112,000 acres of former Plum Creek Timber Co. land this week in the second phase of the Montana Legacy Project, which saw the Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land buy much of Plum Creek's western Montana holdings in trust for the state and federal government. The entire project encompasses about 310,000 acres.

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