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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A new study suggests that woodland salamanders play a significant role in the global carbon cycle.  Tiny but abundant, on an average day, a salamander eats 20 ants of all sizes, two fly or beetle larvae, one adult beetle and half of an insect called the springtail. Their prey consists almost entirely of shredding...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Scientists at Oregon State University have uncovered a fundamental chemical discovery: cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees, can be heated in a furnace in the presence of ammonia and turned into the building blocks for supercapacitors. These high-power energy devices have a...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A new study in Baltimore City and Baltimore County have found that with a few exceptions, the frequency of crimes reported in a particular area goes down as the tree cover gets thicker.  Just a 10 percent increase in leaf canopy was associated with a 12 percent drop in crime.  The study supports arguments by advocates that...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The symposium on “Forestry Best Management Practice Effectiveness” is meant to communicate recent research findings on BMP effectiveness in the eastern U.S to a broad audience including forest managers and industry representatives as well as state and federal regulatory agency staff.  It is also meant to catalogue BMP...
Monday, April 14, 2014
NASF welcomes Bettina K. Ring, who has been appointed State Forester of Virginia. Ring most recently served as Senior Vice President of Family Forests at the American Forest Foundation where she was responsible for the American Tree Farm System®, the largest and oldest sustainable woodland program in America, supporting...
Friday, April 11, 2014
NASF Vice President and Florida State Forester Jim Karels testified Thursday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding NASF’s fiscal year 2014 appropriations recommendations.  Our priorities focus primarily on appropriations for the USDA Forest Service Staten and...
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...
Friday, April 11, 2014
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the availability of more that $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers.  Upcoming webninars to discuss the 2014 Request for Applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Competitive Grants...
Friday, April 11, 2014
On April 9th, the Obama Administration outlined a new strategy to protect communities, businesses and public and private lands from the threat of wildland fire for the 2014 fire season. The National Cohesive Wild land Fire Management Strategy divides the nation according to fire risks, and profiles the communities that...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A 3-mile long stretch of abandoned elevated railway on Chicago’s northwest side is undergoing a rapid transformation into a park called the 606, after the local area code.  Like the High Line in Manhattan’s West Side, the park will serve as an urban trail, creating a large (but narrow) green space for the community. Once...

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