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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Under section 8204 of the Farm Bill, states are given the opportunity to request desgination of landscape-scale insect & disease infestation areas on National Forest System lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.  To date, 36 states have submitted requests to the Forest Service for such designations under the Farm...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Permafrost is permanently frozen ground – but shifts in climate is causing much of that ground to melt at an unprecedented rate, resulting “slumping land” which cracks pavement, breaks pipelines, opens holes, and changes the way that trees grow.  7 to 8 percent of the land in the middle boreal zone in Alaska is showing...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The mountain pine beetle has spread rapidly: first observed in 1996, it has killed millions of trees from New Mexico to the Yukon Territory.  In a 2011 report, “Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic,” the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) warned, “The imminent danger of falling trees pose[s] significant health and safety threats. Dead...
Monday, April 21, 2014
The Forest Service’s Northern Research Station recently led a study to forecast forest conditions over the next 50 years in the 20-state region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland.  They found five short and long-term factors that will be “highly influential regardless of the nature and...
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...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
“Climate change information is often presented at scales that are hard to digest,” said Stephen Handler, the lead author for the Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, “This report is designed to give forest managers in Michigan the best possible science of effects of climate change for our...
Friday, April 11, 2014
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released a strategy to implement mitigation policies and practices that can more effectively encourage infrastructure development while protecting natural and cultural resources during landscape-scale management of America’s public lands and wildlife.   The first priority is to avoid...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Asian long-horned beetle in the area with another season of beetle hunting.  With a heavy focus on surveys in the towns of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, Holden and Auburn, the...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Major thinning in northern Arizona’s national forests represents the early stages of the “biggest-ever U.S.. forest restoration project.”  About 1,300 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be thinned as part of the second Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) in the area.  The initiative, which plans to...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Can flamethrowers help trees migrate?  Recently, the Nature Conservancy set fire to a 20-acre field where they had previously planted about 1,000 longleaf pine seedlings to find out.  The seedlings were planted just north of their typical range: as climate change makes their natural range unsuitable, the trees will need to...

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