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Friday, March 2, 2012
As concerns over climate change and resource depletion grow, comparing the environmental impact of various products has become something of a pastime. Environmental scientists can give pretty good answers to those questions using a technique known as life-cycle analysis, or LCA, which is an attempt to quantify a product’...
Friday, March 2, 2012
NASF and nearly 650 landowners, farmers, ranchers, forest managers, agricultural and forest businesses, hunters and anglers, local and state government officials, and non-profit organizations recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders on the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to express strong support for...
Friday, March 2, 2012
On March 2, Dr. Suess's birthday, Universal Pictures has released its new animated version of the classic children's tale, The Lorax. A lot has changed since the book was published in the early '70s, and today sustainable management guides the way we care for America's trees and forests. The forestry community is...
Friday, March 2, 2012
Wildfire Today reports that the South Carolina legislature is considering a bill that would eliminate frivolous lawsuits over smoke created by a prescribed fire. House Bill 3631, the “Prescribed Fire Act” would protect the property owner unless gross negligence is proven. It would stipulate that prescribed fires are...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Denver Water and the USDA Forest service signed a $33 million cost-sharing agreement for watershed restoration in hopes of avoiding future expensive wildfires. The average residential water user will pay an extra $27 over the course of five years to match the Forest Service's $16.5 million allocation. The money will fund...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Forest Service recently released the 2011 edition of "Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions," (PDF) a quick-reference guide to timber tax laws impacting woodland owners. It gives a concise and easy-to-understand explanation of the most commonly asked tax questions geared toward...
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
At a ceremony in Atlanta this week, Chuck Leavell, a keyboardist for the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers Band and also a Georgia tree farmer, was named an honorary forest ranger by the USDA Forest Service. According to the New York Times, "Selecting Mr. Leavell...help[s] the service promote people who responsibly...
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Biologist Reese Halter's short but disturbing new book, "The Insatiable Bark Beetle," addresses one of the biggest and most visible issues facing global forests, and particularly the relatively large forests left in the U.S. and Canada. Halter blames climate change, calling beetle infestations not only a symptom but a...
Friday, February 24, 2012
USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer was promoting his "forest health" agenda in California this week, speaking at the California Forestry Association annual conference in Sacramento. His efforts seek to bridge deep differences over how logging, grazing, mining and other uses of...
Friday, February 24, 2012
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is planning an event targeted at Washington, D.C.-area kids to raise awareness about the importance of protecting forests, agriculture and the environment from harmful invasive species. National Invasive Species Awareness Week's Kids' Day will take place on February 26 at...

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