USDA Forest Service

Aerial Survey Identifies More Than 100 Million Dead Trees in California Alone

The USDA Forest Service recently identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests.

In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.

Database captures urban tree sizes across the United States

City planners and urban foresters now have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare.

The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station recently published a technical manual and launched the most extensive database available cataloging urban trees with their projected growth tailored to specific geographic regions.

NASF Foundation Internship Renamed in Honor of Former State Forester, Deputy Chief James Hubbard

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the NASF Foundation are pleased to announce that its signature internship program will be renamed the NASF Foundation James Hubbard Internship for Policy and Communications.

James (“Jim”) Hubbard worked for the Colorado Forest Service for 35 years, serving as State Forester for the final 20 of those years (1984-2004). During his two decades as State Forester, Jim served on every NASF Committee, most notably as Chair of the Legislative Committee for 10 years.

Former State Forester Vicki Christiansen Named Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry

Victoria ‘Vicki’ Christiansen will serve as Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry with the USDA Forest Service.  She replaces Jim Hubbard, former State Forester of Colorado, who retires at the end of this month after 10 years as Deputy Chief.  

Christiansen has more than 36 years of wildland fire and natural resource leadership experience, including six years with the Forest Service and nearly 30 years of service in the states of Arizona and Washington.

Agencies Partner To Prevent Wildfire in Kentucky

After weeks of limited rainfall, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) and U.S. Forest Service are joining efforts to prevent wildland forest fires across the state.

“The dry weather conditions, along with above normal temperatures, have fire management officials concerned about the potential for wildland fires,” said State Forester Bill Steele. “With little rain predicted in the current weather forecasts, we are preparing for a busy fire season in November.”

Timber City at the National Building Museum

By Emily Bazydlo

On a normal day, walking into the National Building Museum in Washington, DC brings a sense of awe, and the two large wooden panels on the main museum floor add to it. The two-story high panels advertise one of the museums new exhibits, Timber City. The Timber City exhibit showcases elegant models of the wooden structures being built all over the world with a major educational component.

Good Neighbor Authority Contracts Awarded in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service announced that the first Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) timber sale contracts have been awarded to Biewer Lumber, LLC. The timber sales are located in the Huron-Manistee National Forest in Lake and Wexford counties.

Under the GNA partnership, the DNR acts as an agent -- in collaboration with the Forest Service -- to conduct land-management projects on national forest lands.