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Thursday, April 9, 2015
On Thursday, April 9th Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners, resulting in a total investment of $31 million in 23 states. Working with our...
Thursday, April 9, 2015
With support from the USDA Forest Service’s State Fire Assistance program, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is achieving goals outlined in the state’s Forest Action Plan. Every few years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact, identifies a common...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  In 2005, the director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, Elaine Solowey, germinated an ancient seed. The seed was recovered decades ago at an archaeological excavation at Masada, a historic mountainside fortress. It spent years in a researcher's drawer in Tel Aviv. The male date...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection’s State Forestry Services and the Arbor Day Foundation, is distributing 130,000 free tree seedlings to residents through 178 locations across the state. This is the second year of the effort, launched to help communities...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
With Colorado’s snowpack at only 65 percent of average and Red Flag Warnings again in effect throughout much of the state today, the Colorado State Forest Service reminds landowners that there’s no better time than now to prepare homes and communities for wildfire. “Sometimes the best defense is a good offense,” said Mike...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station has a new temporary exhibit on display titled History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service. The exhibit brings to life the people, places and events that shaped the agency for the past 100 years. As visitors enter the exhibit, they walk into a forest...
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
An invasive plant called the tree of heaven has spread throughout nearly 50% of Arkansas’ counties.  One tree can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds per year. Tree of heaven provides almost no food or shelter value for wildlife, and it also has allelopathic properties, chemically preventing other species from growing...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Due to declines caused by white-nose syndrome, the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) will now receive protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act effective on May 4, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced this week.  “Bats are a critical component of our nation’s ecology and economy,...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
On Tuesday, Magic, a K-9 wildfire arson dog, and his Kentucky Department of Corrections handlers, Adam Sloan and Josh Brock, were called to help investigate a fire on Warrior’s Path in Knox County, near Stinking Creek.   Division of Forestry personnel knew where the wildfire started, but were uncertain who started it. The...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced yesterday that the Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) was detected in Wallingford, CT on March 17, 2015 by staff members at CAES and DEEP. The identification has been confirmed by...

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