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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.

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.

Tree Campus USA participation more than doubled in 2009

The Arbor Day Foundation honored 74 colleges and universities with Tree Campus USA recognition in 2009, more than doubling the total from the inaugural class. Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities that use best tree-care and sustainability practices and engage students in tree-planting and conservation initiatives. site launches with interactive maps and historical data

The World Resources Institute debuted this week an interactive website ( to raise awareness about the threats to the region's 214 million acres of forest and provide a tool for private landowners, forest managers, conservation groups and others to improve management decisions. The site draws on a range of resources, including GoogleEarth, Microsoft's Bing Maps, NASA satellite images, and ESRI mapping technology and forest data.


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