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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Ken Pimlott has been appointed director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). He has served in multiple resource management and fire protection positions with the department since 1993 and has served as acting director since 2010.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
A new law in California levees a $150 annual wildfire protection fee for property owners in rural areas of the state. On signing the new bill, Governor Jerry Brown noted the significant impact of population increases and urban development on state costs associated with fire protection in state wildland areas. CA has...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Demand for biomass in Europe is expected to increase by 44 percent in the next 10 years, according to a report released by RISI, a research firm for the forest products sector. The increased use of biomass will be driven principally from the energy sector, but also from the industrial and residential sectors.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
NASF and the members of the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition recently sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee, recommending priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill. According to the coalition, the bill should include a focus on four key areas that will better enable forest conservation on private...
Monday, July 11, 2011
In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that battered Tuscaloosa and communities throughout north Alabama, the Arbor Day Foundation, in collaboration with the Alabama Forestry Commission, launched a new campaign to bring trees to families throughout the area. Through the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign, the Arbor Day...
Friday, July 8, 2011
The USDA Forest Service has updated the "Principal Laws Relating State and Private Programs" handbook for 2011, which lists the major laws relating to the Cooperative Forestry Program of the State and Private Forestry mission area. The document is available on the web (http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/library/SPF-CF%...
Friday, July 8, 2011
In one of a series of Agriculture Committee audits to discuss 2012 Farm Bill issues, House lawmakers yesterday voiced bipartisan support for agricultural conservation programs but also warned of the difficult budget challenges that lie ahead and asked Agriculture Department officials whether conservation programs can be...
Friday, July 8, 2011
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CalFire, is making tough decisions about firefighting resources after a $34 million budget cut due to the severe financial crisis affecting the state. Some of the effects of the cuts include 730 fewer seasonal firefighters and cancellation of the exclusive use...
Friday, July 8, 2011
The Priest River Experimental Forest in Idaho, the second Experiment Forest to be established in the entire country, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The 6,400-acre forest has provided invaluable scientific research that has benefited forests throughout America and even some foreign countries. The station was...
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Marauding insects have become a leading threat to the nation's forests over the past decade, a problem made worse by drought and a warming climate, a federal report says. Bark beetles, engraver beetles and gypsy moths are the primary culprits behind a threefold increase in forestland mortality caused by insect attacks...

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