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Monday, August 3, 2015
Family-owned forests are vital to species biodiversity in our country, providing cover, nest sites, migratory corridors and foraging opportunities for thousands of species, including the iconic wild turkey. And since families and individuals comprise the largest forest ownership group, they are a critical piece of the...
Friday, July 31, 2015
As the nation struggles to get its wildfire strategy under control, a shift is under way in parts of Washington. Many homeowners see preparing for wildfire as a responsibility less the government’s than their own. Washington state is promoting the prevention ethic in communities by prioritizing them for grants. It’s also...
Friday, July 31, 2015
For most of us jumping into a fire would be the stuff of nightmares. But for Jason Ramos, author of Smokejumper: A Memoir By One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters, it’s a job and way of life. Every summer, when fire season begins, he heads for the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington to do...
Friday, July 31, 2015
The 'magnificent sundew' was unknown to science until its photo was posted to Facebook. It has only been found on a single mountain in Brazil, where it may be critically endangered. The meat-eating plant can grow 5 feet tall and catch insects as big as dragonflies. The species could be older than humanity, but as with many...
Friday, July 31, 2015
A simple test using a screwdriver can help you see if a tree is dried out and needs more water, said Kelly Conroy with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. "Drive [the screwdriver] into the ground about six inches, and you can feel if the soil is dry and crumbly, then it needs some water, or if it comes up muddy or sticky, then...
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) recently selected Timmons Group to assist in the process of defining State Forestry Performance Measures.  The project will work to define a concise set of national priority performance measures and is supported by a partnership with the USDA Forest Service State &...
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
By Christopher Martin, Connecticut State Forester and Chair of the Forest Science & Health Committee In 2014, wildfires consumed 3,595,613 US acres at a taxpayer cost of $1,522,149,000. Heat, fuel and oxygen make up the basic recipe to a fire start. Combine record breaking heat and historic drought with millions of...
Monday, July 27, 2015
The Virginia Department of Forestry hosted a group of Eurasian forestry professionals from Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan for two days (July 23 & 24) as part of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s SABIT (Special American Business Internship Training) program. The delegation of 18 timber and wood processing...
Friday, July 24, 2015
Some people talk to their plants. In Melbourne, they email the trees. This became possible thanks to a decision to map every tree in the city and give it a unique ID number. About 3,000 emails have been sent to individual trees in the last two years. People even began sending personal messages to the trees. This didn't...

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