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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Rebecca Nisley is a science writer and editor for the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. We know that trees provide ecosystem benefits even in cities. The oxygen, cooling shade, and carbon storage are commonly understood, but did you know that trees also remove air pollution? Trees do this by catching small...
Monday, October 6, 2014
As everyone reads this article on their respective computer screens, it’s hard to escape the sense that Americans are less connected to the outdoors. Not only does this have negative consequences for our personal health, it can have impacts on our local environment if we aren’t careful. For instance, water quality suffers...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The upcoming Disney film “Planes: Smoke and Rescue” had some unusual creative consultants: the Forest Service, CAL FIRE – California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection  - and the National Park Service all got involved to lend their expertise to the animated feature.  The Disney crew spent time with real firejumpers...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Trees are often considered to be expensive-to-maintain assets with little value outside of hard-to-maintain aesthetics. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District thinks otherwise: in a city that reaches temperatures of 113 degrees, they’ve found that subsidizing the planting of more than 500,000 trees is an efficient way...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress during the first 90 days of implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill).  Progress has occurred throughout all Farm Bill titles including announcements on trade and marketing promotion, the establishment of conservation programs, the...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
For the 33rd consecutive year, Ohio leads the nation for Tree City USA designations with 244 communities achieving the title this year. The program, which is sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of...
Friday, April 25, 2014
The U.S. Forest Service announced on April 22nd that it is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management.  The program will provide about $2.8 million to help applicants complete the engineering design work needed to apply for public or private loans for construction and long-term...
Monday, April 21, 2014
State Foresters Monica Lear, Ph.D., (DC) and Steve Koehn (MD) have been selected to join the US Forest Service as Director for Forest Health Protection and Director of Cooperative Forestry, respectively, in Washington, DC.  Both have served in numerous leadership roles with the National Association of State Foresters over...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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...
Friday, March 21, 2014
Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service are coming together with researchers across the globe to share information about how exotic pests can move and spread, threatening our natural resources.  The International Pest Risk Mapping Workgroup (IPRMW) assesses the likelihood of the establishment of potential stowaway pests...

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