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HFF grant application deadline: February 12, 2010

The Hardwood Forestry Fund seeks grant applications for hardwood seedling planting in state forests. Grant deadline is February 12, 2010. Please visit the HFF's website www.hardwoodforestryfund.org for grant guidelines and application form. Contact the HFF for more information at info@hardwoodforestryfund.org.

Estate planning book helps forest owners understand tax laws

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station has published, Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What will become of your timberland?, with practical information about tax and estate planning and techniques involving forest properties (PDF). Tax, legal, forestry, insurance and other professionals will also benefit from the guidance offered in the book's 200-pages.

New report on forest health conditions in Alaska

Region 10 of the USDA Forest Service has released a 73-page report on the health of Alaska's forests, which include some of the largest unbroken swaths of forest in the United States. Based on aerial surveys, the report found that 660,000 acres of forest has suffered damage from insects, disease, and other forms of decline, out of a total of 33.6 million acres surveyed.

FSC harmonizes regional forest standards

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has revised its Forest Management Standard for forest operations in the contiguous U.S. by integrating nine regional standards into a single, national standard. Regional variation is maintained in key areas of forest management and conservation where local conditions, including forest types and ecological processes, warrant different management techniques, according to the organization.

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.

Connecticut forest products now marketed under "Connecticut Grown" label

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that goods such as furniture, flooring, lumber and fencing made from wood harvested in Connecticut forests will now bear the popular "Connecticut Grown" marketing label.

Groups sign pact to restore northern Arizona forests

A group of people who had been legal adversaries at times have signed an agreement to help restore northern Arizona's ponderosa pine forest. Conservationists, scientists, timber industry representatives, local officials and the U.S. Forest Service agreed this week to work together to help accelerate restoration in a 2.4 million-acre area along the Mogollon Rim.

Oregon state forester says cuts would be 'catastrophic'

Twenty-three of the state's 30 stewardship foresters will be lost if the Oregon Department of Forestry takes a 7.5 percent general fund budget cut, Oregon State Forester Doug Decker said in a legislative budget hearing, April 28. If lawmakers slash another 17.5 percent, the department will struggle to meet its statutory requirement to protect forests from wildfires, Decker said.

Scientists seek to document later fall colors

As trees start showing autumn’s golden, orange and red hues, scientists are watching trees and making note of when leaves change and drop as they seek to determine climate change’s impact.

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