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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, August 15, 2014
A 57-acre research plot at a University of Michigan forest preserve has been added to the Smithsonian Institution's Forest Global Earth Observatory network.   The plot will assist in the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The Smithsonian network includes some 4.5 million trees from 8,500...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Minnesotans dump 1 billion pounds of paper in landfills each year, but there are strategies available to reduce waste. To raise awareness of the power of recycling, a Minnesota non-profit has created a ball of paper that is 9' 7" inches tall and 32.8 feet around.  While you're here, don't forget to register for the NASF...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Invasive feral swine are chomping their way through the southeastern corner of Ohio. "They're highly adaptable and very destructive," said Marne Titchenell, wildlife specialist with Ohio State University. Feral swine can eat and trample crops, root up forests, outcompete native wildlife for food, and spread 30 diseases and...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Pennsylvania foresters are battling thousand cankers disease, which poses a threat to the state's $19 billion hardwoods industry.   "It absolutely has the potential to be disastrous," said Chris Miller, an arborist with the Davey Tree Expert company. "The long-term impact could be, eventually, no more black walnut....
Friday, August 15, 2014
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced the launch of the State Parks and Forests Pocket Ranger® App.  The app offers visitors an accessible guide to exploring Wisconsin’s state parks and forests.   “So many people rely on smartphones for information, and this new technology will help connect them with the great...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii earlier this month and destroyed most of the papaya trees in the Puna/Kapoho growing district on Hawaii’s Big Island. This district makes up about 90 percent of the state's papaya production.   “The losses are devastating...This could be similar to losses from ringspot...
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...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today was all about seeing the aftermath of a tornado outbreak from April. First stop: A logging site salvaging timber that had been damaged by storms. Along with Russell of the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), I met with Justin Gentry, John Moore, and Buck Buchanan to conduct a...
Monday, August 11, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow This morning I met Russell Bozeman, director of forest protection and forest information with the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC).   Russell and I headed to Warren County to see one of the state’s 16th Section Lands, which is part of 480,000 acres of forested school trust...

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