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Friday, January 9, 2015
New Mexico is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, with the first runoff forecast of the year pointing to yet another year of low flows on the Rio Grande. Water managers cautioned that it is still early, with months left for mountain snows to catch up. “There’s a lot of winter yet to come,” said David Gensler, water...
Friday, January 9, 2015
The 2015 National Smokey Bear Awards nomination period is now open. This prestigious award program recognizes organizations and/or indiciduals for outstanding service in wildfire prevention programs. These awards remind us of the hard work our employees and cooperators do to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires.  ...
Friday, January 9, 2015
If it takes a community to raise a kid, then Katie and Jennifer Barbeau are doing things right at the Mountain Girl Farm. So much of the food their goats eat is donated by neighbors in north Adams, Mass. The most in season item on the menu is Christmas trees. The goats eat them clean from the needles to the trunk.  "The...
Friday, January 9, 2015
The hemlock woolly adelgid poses a grave threat to the eastern hemlock tree and state forestry officials are mounting an effort to combat it. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is honing a conservation plan to save the eastern hemlock, the official state tree since 1931. It will rely...
Friday, January 9, 2015
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), working collaboratively with scientists funded by The American Chestnut Foundation, have helped confirm that addition of a wheat gene increases the blight resistance of American chestnut trees. The ORNL team, in collaboration with...
Monday, December 22, 2014
Blog submitted by Julie Coop, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Greening the Gateway Cities program (GGC) is a multi-agency partnership designed to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in urban areas....
Friday, December 19, 2014
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties in southern Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. The discovery of this series of infestations started when a forestry...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Kentuky's bourbon industry is experiencing tremendous growth, with many distilleries using homegrown commodities such as corn to give the spirit a real Kentucky flavor.   But there is another “crop” all producers must use to create true bourbon: White oak for the chard barrels used in the aging process. According to the...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive. But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Brian Stone Jr. knows the urban heat island phenomenon well. Stone is one of the country’s foremost experts in urban heat; he has made a career of literally taking the temperature of communities. “Cities essentially create their own climates,” he says. “And the urban heat island effect is one way to measure that. There’s a...

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