Thursday, September 15, 2011
According to an entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, the emerald ash borer is "the most destructive insect we have in North America.” The ash borer has already spread so far that eradication is no longer considered a possibility. Instead, officials want to slow the spread, aiming to protect as many of the nation’s...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A group of American and Canadian scientists recently outlined a new way to analyze the costs of invasive insects, specifically the emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and hemlock woolly adelgid. The scientists set out to calculate the costs incurred by governments, homeowners and timber-land owners in cutting down or...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Boy Scouts of America received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) President's Award recently for its leadership in embracing third-party forest certification and educating youth about the value of sustainable forest management. SFI and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) teamed up at the 2010 National...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Huge swaths of lodgepole pines in beetle-kill areas are past due to fall at any time, based on observations from Colorado State Forest Service foresters who have estimated that about 80 percent of Colorado’s lodgepole pine trees killed by mountain pine beetles will fall within a decade of dying.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Oregon Department of Forestry is changing the way it spots fires. Cameras are replacing people at several lookout stations in the state, expanding ODF's ability to find fires.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The native forest ecosystems in the western Great Lakes region adapted to earthworm-free conditions for 10,000 years. Now, a growing population is changing the face of local forests. When earthworms take over a forest, they cause the rapid incorporation of organic material into the soil, changing its structure, chemistry...
Monday, September 12, 2011
Four hundred swamp white oaks soften the landscape around the memorials at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. The oaks were chosen for their ability to shrug off urban conditions and disease, as well as for their beauty. Memorial trees were planted around the country to honor the anniversary of 9/11....
Friday, September 9, 2011
When supplemented by ground-based methods, digital photography can be used for early detection of invasive species that might threaten native plant populations.
Friday, September 9, 2011
The Southeast State Forest in Alaska will double in size with passage of a bill that adds about 23,000 acres to the forest, bringing it to nearly 49,000 acres. Governor Parnell said the additional land under the Southeast State Forest designation would "revitalize Alaska's timber industry."
Friday, September 9, 2011
A report from the USDA Forest Service shows several examples where  fuel treatments were effective in reducing the intensity of the 2011 Wallow Fire, making it possible for firefighters to remain in the area and prevent structures from burning. The fire burned in eastern Arizona in May and June, 2011. It burned 522,900...


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