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Friday, June 20, 2014
All around Madison, Wisconsin, residents are watching as yellow dots appear on their estimated 21,700 public ash trees, a sign that the invasive emerald ash borer has arrived. The borer makes trees brittle and dangerous. So even though most of the 8,500 trees slated to get the ax aren't infested yet, over the next few...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a perennial grass that’s causing huge problems in the Gulf Coast and other regions of the South where temperatures don’t get cold enough to limit its growth. This weed invades forests, rights-of-way, and agricultural fields, literally taking over the landscape and altering ecosystems....
Friday, June 20, 2014
With support from the NASF Foundation, NASF has selected Leslie Robertson of Illinois as its 2014 Photography Fellow. The outstanding photographer was selected from our strongest pool of candidates yet and will document the theme Working Forests Work throughout California, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Minnesota....
Friday, June 13, 2014
Another case for keeping forests as forests. A 12-year study of Finland's Plantago lanceolata herb shows that plants from fragmented habitats may be more susceptible to disease. Researchers at the University of Helsinki collected data from populations of the weedy herb in Finland's Åland archipelago. This region hosts...
Friday, June 13, 2014
In just five years, youth participation in outdoor recreation fell by 15 percent according to the Wilderness Society. To encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the United States, federal agencies, nonprofits and the recreation industry have teamed up once again for the 2014 National Get Outdoors Day. Find an...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Fun new word of the day: dunnage. Dunnage is a wood-based material used to keep a cargo in position in a ship's hold. Dunnage, along with its cousins pallets and crates, are often responsible for the inadvertent introduction of highly destructive non-native insects who love to travel in these wood materials. Fortunately,...
Friday, June 13, 2014
In anticipation of Smokey's 70th birthday this summer, an exhibit of Rudy Wendelin’s legendary Smokey Bear prints are now on display at the Idaho Statehouse. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to view some wonderful artwork on behalf of one of our most treasured icons,” said Idaho Firewise Executive Director Ivy...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Florida's Westwood Middle School has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station science delivery center InterfaceSouth, the University of Florida, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Westwood, and Camp Crystal Lake to...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Scientists in the western United States are digging into the hidden world of tree roots in an effort to illuminate some unexplained mysteries. "This is something really weird. This is something like a mystery for forest ecologists," scientist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni.  Root networks are often called neighborhoods: what looks...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Did you know that your favorite stinky cheese is likely aged on wood boards?   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a statement that wood shelves and boards cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized, and therefore do not conform to a particular regulation regarding plant equipment and utensils.The...

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