A new $13 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to improve Kansas’ water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment was announced recently for Kansas State University and the Kansas Forest Service.
The program is part of $370 million in federal funding for the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million more in partner contributions—for a total of nearly $800 million—to improve the nation's water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment.
The National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) FY 2013-2014 annual report is more than just an update on association accomplishments. It is a testament to what engaged State Foresters, hard-working staff, and supportive partners did to help keep America’s working
The climate of the northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists say climate change is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.
Montana is warmer, and spring's melt starts earlier.
Did you know that well managed natural forests help provide cleaner drinking water to urban communities?
A report by the USDA Forest Service states nearly 80 percent of the nation’s freshwater originates from forestland. That crisp taste of fresh water is made possible by healthy forests, and when forests are neglected or destroyed it tampers with the quality of our water supply.
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Proposed Directives for National Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System Lands (79 Fed. Reg. 25824) promulgated by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service).
100,000 fast-growing poplar trees will filter nutrient-laden water from a wastewater treatment plant in Missoula.
The water has already gone through the plant’s disinfection and clarification process, and is legal to be dumped back in the Clark Fork River. But the trees will use up the remaining phosphorus and nitrogen that otherwise might stimulate algae growth and choke trout.
NASF and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture request the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extend the comment period for the agencies’ Proposed Rule Defining “Waters of the United States” ("WOTUS") Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which was published on April 21, 2014.
Water managers are showing increased interest in mitigating the impacts of fire on their source watersheds as wildfires continue to increase. The combination of drought, wildfire, and flood seen especially in the west mean that blackened soil and other fire remains accumulate in nearby valleys, clogging and contaminating drinking water.
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