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Friday, April 11, 2014
On April 9th, the Obama Administration outlined a new strategy to protect communities, businesses and public and private lands from the threat of wildland fire for the 2014 fire season. The National Cohesive Wild land Fire Management Strategy divides the nation according to fire risks, and profiles the communities that...
Friday, April 11, 2014
NASF Vice President and Florida State Forester Jim Karels testified Thursday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding NASF’s fiscal year 2014 appropriations recommendations.  Our priorities focus primarily on appropriations for the USDA Forest Service Staten and...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A 3-mile long stretch of abandoned elevated railway on Chicago’s northwest side is undergoing a rapid transformation into a park called the 606, after the local area code.  Like the High Line in Manhattan’s West Side, the park will serve as an urban trail, creating a large (but narrow) green space for the community. Once...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The value of trees – which comes in terms of natural heating and cooling, particulate matter removal, carbon storage, mood-boosting, crime stopping, and more – isn’t always accounted for in public and private planning activities in cities as they budget to plant and maintain urban canopies.  The Climate Action Reserve (CAR...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Portland is on track to break export records once again as pests in North America have created an international shortage of pine.  Exports are expected to approach six million tons; 10 percent higher than last year’s record of 5.4 million. The pines, devastated by beetles, are in demand in China where they are used to...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
From April 7-10, forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend, Oregon to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management.  The week will include the 3rd biennial Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium, the first meeting of the newly formed Oregon Prescribed Fire Council and a...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Asian long-horned beetle in the area with another season of beetle hunting.  With a heavy focus on surveys in the towns of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, Holden and Auburn, the...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Major thinning in northern Arizona’s national forests represents the early stages of the “biggest-ever U.S.. forest restoration project.”  About 1,300 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be thinned as part of the second Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) in the area.  The initiative, which plans to...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Urban gardening can be a great way to gain access to fresh food and time outdoors, and our urban forests massively benefit our communities, but gardeners should be wary of potential toxic metals and chemicals in the soil. According to a recent study, urban gardeners aren’t prone to inspecting the soil they’re planting in...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Can flamethrowers help trees migrate?  Recently, the Nature Conservancy set fire to a 20-acre field where they had previously planted about 1,000 longleaf pine seedlings to find out.  The seedlings were planted just north of their typical range: as climate change makes their natural range unsuitable, the trees will need to...

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