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May storms caused $12M in damage to Missouri forests

Storms that rampaged through Missouri last May with winds of up to 90 mph damaged hundreds of millions of board feet of timber on 113,000 acres, according to the Department of Conservation. Of this total, 68,102 acres are private land, 28,717 are on the Mark Twain National Forest, and 7,722 acres are on conservation areas. State Forester Lisa Allen called the damage "heartbreaking," but also noted that "catastrophes like this one have always played a role in shaping our forests.

State and federal forestry partners to develop Montana Joint Forestry Strategic Plan

Five forestry organizations in Montana are joining forces to make it easier for private landowners to tap into their expertise in forestry-related research and science, forest practices policy and in service, education and program delivery.

Redesigned RNGR.net offers reforestation resources

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources program within the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, has recently revamped its RNGR.net website (http://rngr.net) to supply people who grow forest and conservation seedlings with the very latest technical information, and to provide links to other organizations and individuals with similar interests.

'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."

Oregon offers online statewide forest atlas

The Oregon Department of Forestry has developed an online Forest Atlas as a public education product of the Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy. Maps developed for the Oregon Forest Atlas 2010 use GIS data obtained from several sources, including the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Conservation Reserve Program sign-up now open

General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began on August 2 and closes August 27, 2010. CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP also protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. For more information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

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.

Maryland DNR signs MOU dedicated to healthy and productive forests

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has signed a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding with six other federal and state agencies dedicated to keeping healthy and productive forests throughout the State.

Timber industry in quiet revolution

A quiet revolution is sweeping across Oregon's forests. The stability that timber companies provided communities for more than a century is vanishing. Sawmills and the family-wage employment they have provided are a vanishing species.

The future of southern forests: 2010 to 2060

The USDA Forest Service and the Southern Group of State Foresters released the first phase of the Southern Forest Futures Project report this week, which identifies areas forest managers will focus on to maintain southern forests in the coming years. According to the report, urbanization, bioenergy use, weather patterns, land ownership changes and invasive species will significantly alter the South's forests between the years 2010 and 2060.

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