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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
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...
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...
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...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The value of trees – which comes in terms of natural heating and cooling, particulate matter removal, carbon storage, mood-boosting, crime stopping, and more – isn’t always accounted for in public and private planning activities in cities as they budget to plant and maintain urban canopies.  The Climate Action Reserve (CAR...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Portland is on track to break export records once again as pests in North America have created an international shortage of pine.  Exports are expected to approach six million tons; 10 percent higher than last year’s record of 5.4 million. The pines, devastated by beetles, are in demand in China where they are used to...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
From April 7-10, forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend, Oregon to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management.  The week will include the 3rd biennial Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium, the first meeting of the newly formed Oregon Prescribed Fire Council and a...
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...

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