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Friday, June 10, 2011
The major wildfire burning in Arizona's eastern mountains has destroyed more than 603 square miles of timber, destroyed dozens of structures and kept thousands of evacuees away from their homes. The build up of fuels across the Western landscape has reignited the debate on who is to blame. Some critics put the...
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The USDA Forest Service has tapped Timmons Group to develop a nationwide Geospatial Activity and Accomplishment Tools (GAAT) enterprise solution for management planning and reporting in the Forest Stewardship program of State & Private Forestry. The company was selected through a competitive review process for the...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A non-profit group in Canada is seeking $1 million for a national pilot project called FireSmart to raise awareness about how forest communities can reduce the risk of destructive wildfires. Partners in Protection is made up of volunteers from the Canadian Forest Service, Parks Canada, provincial and territorial...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Rising forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia, a study showed on Sunday. The report, based on a survey of 68 nations, found that the amount of carbon stored in forests increased in Europe and North America from 2000-10 despite little...
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
On Wednesday, June 15 at 12 PM EDT, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council is hosting "Brits, Brussels, and Biomass: The European Path Towards Renewable Heating," a webinar on successful renewable heating policies that have created jobs, secured domestic energy supply and benefited the environment in European countries....
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The USDA Forest Service is hosting a national webinar listening session for input on whether the agency should continue its use of aerially applied fire retardant as part of its wildfire suppression efforts. To share your comments on the Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands Draft...
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Oregon State University is unveiling a new Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources with a major option in Urban Forest Landscapes. This new degree option has been the result of a long cooperative effort between the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and OSU, and two of the three new college courses behind it were...
Monday, June 6, 2011
NASF and the American Forest Foundation were honored by the USDA Forest Service last week during a special event in Washington, DC, for their "service to the forestry community in raising awareness of the value of forests" during the International Year of Forests. NASF Past President and Maryland State Forester Steve Koehn...
Monday, June 6, 2011
USDA unveiled a plan this week that will help farmers, ranchers and woodland owners enhance productivity, profitability and environmental stewardship by using the practice of agroforestry. The USDA Agroforestry Strategic Framework is the agency's guide to advance agroforestry knowledge, practices and assistance that lays...
Friday, June 3, 2011
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is backing off of last December's Wild Lands Order, which would have compelled the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to make millions of acres of federal land eligible for wilderness protection. A memo from Salazar said that Interior officials would have discussions with congressional...

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