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Friday, August 22, 2014
California's record drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey. The lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage. California is traditionally one of the largest honey producers in the United States. "Our...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Longleaf pine forests now cover 3.3 million acres in the United States, up from a low of 2.8 million acres. Similarly, the acreage of longleaf- dominated forestland has increased to 4.2 million acres, up from 3.9 million acres. While these gains may seem small, this upward trend illustrates the importance of strong science...
Friday, August 15, 2014
The coconut rhinoceros beetle, first discovered in December at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is destroying coconut trees and the associated economy.   The insect bores holes in the leaves, damaging and killing the trees, and work crews have removed 150 sick trees to prevent the spread.   “(This will...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Scientists and biologists across Idaho and other Western states fear the aspen tree may someday vanish.   Over the past 100 years, the number of aspen trees across Eastern Idaho has declined by an estimated 60 percent, according to the Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group (EIAWG).   Similarly, Arizona has lost 90...
Friday, July 18, 2014
The Nature Conservancy, along with PNM, Avalon Trust, Wells Fargo and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, is launching a new fundraising effort to help thin the Cibola National Forest in an effort to prevent damage to the area’s water supply.The thinning project will take place in a section of the forest near Sandia Park.   The...
Friday, July 11, 2014
Montana Governor Steve Bullock this week unveiled his “Forests in Focus” Initiative, a strategy to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration, watershed protection and wildlife habitat improvement work on private and federal forests across the state. It comes with a three million dollar investment that will fund...
Friday, July 11, 2014
A Purdue University research team led by Michael Jenkins, associate professor of forest ecology, found that a 17-year-long Indiana Department of Natural Resources policy of organizing hunts in state parks has successfully spurred the regrowth of native tree seedlings, herbs and wildflowers rendered scarce by browsing...
Friday, July 11, 2014
State forestry officials have been receiving numerous calls about a disease affecting white pine trees, but they say there should be no rush to cut them down because the trees may yet survive. Needles on infected trees have been changing color and falling off in recent weeks, prompting calls to the Maine Forest Service....
Friday, June 27, 2014
East Face Forest Restoration Project, a partnership amongst five agencies, two counties, and private landowners, is underway.  The U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Bureau of Land Management, as well as private...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Joyce Qin, 11-year-old Memphis-area student, is the national winner of the 2014 Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Oh, and she's adorable. "Joyce competed against 30,000 contestants. This is quite an accomplishment," U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said at a ceremony unveiling the art. "We use this contest as...

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