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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...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced a multi-year partnership between the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) called the Chief’s Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership.  This...
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team, one of five being supported from the USDA Forest Service, plans to fund businesses and other facilities that are interested in commercially available wood energy systems in 2014.  This is a new team, developed to help Minnesota facilities and businesses move toward realizing the...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing Tuesday, January 14, to examine the Administration’s determination that the automatic spending cuts under the Budget Control Act – commonly known as sequestration – applied to Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds that had already been sent out to states. The USDA Forest...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Wildfires often cause the costliest property damages, causing billions in damage without currently being treated like other large-scale natural disasters. Oregon’s 2013 wildfire season was the most severe in more than 50 years, burning 103,000 acres and costing the state $122 million. To cover the costs of large fires,...
Monday, January 13, 2014
The program, proposed in November 2013, is still being widely discussed and would involve the formation of a Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order.  The program would provide a means for hardwood products to better compete with interests and industries to that aim to take hardwood...

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