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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 28, 2014
The EPA came out with a proposed rule this week that would clarify and extend their regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule redefines what constitutes as “waters of the US” (WOTUS) and gives more clearly defined limits on what the EPA can regulate as a US waterway. The proposal is...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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, scientists have been trying to...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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. Xylem – “the stuff in...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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...
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...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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...
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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...
Friday, November 15, 2013
State Foresters joined a broad coalition of forestry partners in urging leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to retain language included in the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) that would codify the EPA’s longstanding Silviculture Rule that looks to state-based Best Management Practices (BMPs) for addressing...

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