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Water Quality

State foresters to receive grants to restore forests on degraded mined land areas

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas.  Sites will span Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  These six grants will provide a 1:1 match in additional funds and in

Big potential for pines to clean drinking water

MIT’s Rohit Karnik is a mechanical engineer who made a surprising connection between water filtration systems and the inner workings of plants: while at a meeting about plants and water flow, he realized that the xylem tissue in plants could be an effective and cheap method of cleaning up water.

How wide should riparian buffers be to protect streams?

Riparian buffers are vegetative/forested areas along streams that filter out contaminants, helping maintain clean watersheds: for decades, they have been used in best management practices to protect streams from contaminants and agricultural runoff.  At the Stroud Water Research Center, scient

Over 600 trees flown in to restore the Twelvemile Creek watershed

Major watershed restoration efforts for the Tongrass National Forest/ Twelvemile Creek watershed on the Prince of Wales Island were begun in 2009, including wildlife habitat and streamside vegetation improvements, fish crossing and road condition improvements, and major in-stream channel work.  This work, which was concluded in 2013, improved the habitat of a large variety of species, ranging from steelhead trout to wolves and black bears, and repair damage from long-ago, under-regulated log

New study informs public about relationship between forests and faucets

The US Forest Service is launching a new project that will synthesize long-term data records and experiments from the Fenrow Experimental Forest and address questions about hydrologic processes in forests in order to answer more applied questions that pertain to the interests of land managers.  This, and synthesis projects from other long-term forested watershed research around the nation, will result in a series of publications and products that educate people about the relationships betw

USDA funds water quality trading systems in the Chesapeake Bay region

Water quality trading systems- which enable farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to sell water quality credits to regulated entities like developers and waste water treatment facilities – lower the cost of regulatory compliance with water quality laws. These credits can enable developers to build in one place because they’ve purchased a credit pledging forested land will stay in its natural use nearby, usually in the same watershed.  

NRCS announces new National Forester

Dr. Eunice Padley has joined NRCS as the National Forester, Ecological Sciences Division. Padley comes from the U.S. Forest Service, where she has been the National Soils Program Leader since 2011. Prior to that, Padley was with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Forest Ecology/Silviculture specialist and researcher from 2001 to 2011.

ND State Forester receives the 2013 Professional Award

North Dakota State Forester Larry Kotchman received the “2013 Professional Award” from the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts at their 75th annual meeting held this month in Fargo. The Professional Award is given to an individual who has for many years contributed significantly to soil and water conservation accomplishments that have resulted in many benefits to the State of North Dakota.


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