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Monday, December 12, 2011
New Jersey Lawmakers are considering a controversial plan to allow commercial logging on state-owned forests. Supporters of the estimated $2.7 million program say it would help the state nurse its 800,000 acres of land back to health by removing trees and allowing sunlight to feed new growth, creating new habitats and...
Friday, December 9, 2011
Jonathan Brooks, tribal forest manager for the White Mountain Apache Tribe, said forest-management strategies unhindered by environmental litigation and drawn-out federal government processes helped check the massive Wallow wildfire in Arizona this spring along the boundary of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the...
Friday, December 9, 2011
Moody's Investors Service changed its outlook for the paper and forestry products industry to negative from stable as price and demand of products in the industry are expected to weaken over the next 12 to 18 months, the credit rating agency announced yesterday.
Friday, December 9, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service announced this week the publication of its first ever national-level direction on the management of invasive species across the National Forest System. This policy adds new requirements for agency-wide integration of invasive species prevention, early detection and rapid response, control,...
Friday, December 9, 2011
An executive order by Maine Governor Paul LePage requires new state building construction to use an expanded set of "green building" standards that include: the Sustainable Forestry Initiative; Forest Stewardship Council; American Tree Farm System; and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Systems. The move...
Friday, December 9, 2011
A proposed slash to the USDA Forest Service's conservation-education budget was proposed under House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's YouCut program, in which the public can vote each week in favor of various budget-trimming plans. The cut would have eliminated the national wildfire prevention work of Smokey Bear, but was...
Thursday, December 8, 2011
An editorial about forests in South Dakota's Black Hills says that despite the mountain pine beetle epidemic, there are several reasons to be optimistic about the ponderosa pine forests, including the benefits of thinning to promote forest health and resistance.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
In an editorial in The Tennessean, NASF executive director Jay Farrell reflects, "As the Year of Forests draws to a close, we must not weaken our resolve to focus on forests, protect them from devastating fires, insects and disease, and uphold their vital place in our lives."
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Arkansas Forestry Commission is laying off 36 workers in January to make up for a $4 million shortfall in its budget because of declining timber sales. State Forester John Shannon said state and federal funds had been stable, but the agency had seen a sharp drop in timber severance tax collections, due to the housing...
Friday, December 2, 2011
A new report commissioned by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) looks at the conditions that led to the West's bark-beetle outbreak and management responses to it, as well as possible future actions, including Udall's bill to mitigate the damage. The report recommends that Congress extend its authority to allow state foresters to...

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