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Monday, March 16, 2015
Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands are asking people not to cut down ponderosa pines with discolored needles until experts determine the cause of the problem - perhaps in late June when the trees start growing new needles. "It's kind of puzzling," said Tom Eckberg, an IDL forest health specialist. "It has no...
Monday, March 16, 2015
Street trees face some tough challenges.  Last summer the city of Omaha evaluated some of the factors affecting the health and longevity of street trees. Not surprisingly, surrounding buildings and roads have a huge impact on trees. The heavy equipment needed for hardscaping compresses soil and cuts the space for air and...
Monday, March 16, 2015
The Buffalo Audubon Society, Western New York Land Conservancy, Friends of Reinstein Woods, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have joined forces to improve the habitats of three natural areas by ridding them of garlic mustard. "Garlic mustard is an invasive species that is harming forests in...
Monday, March 16, 2015
Trees are a vital component of healthy urban communities, giving area residents a multitude of benefits including clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and psychological well-being. Considering their many benefits, one might assume trees in our cities and communities receive the best of care. Unfortunately, when it...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Nationwide, more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans.  The Tree City USA program, administered by the Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln, Neb., provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America that meet certain requirements. Those...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Forests are so important to people and our planet that the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, providing homes to animals, plants and insects while also supplying shelter, jobs and security to communities...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has released the first of two reports developed by the Rangeland Fire Task Force. This initial report includes actions to be implemented by Interior’s bureaus to immediately address the threat of rangeland fire to Western sagebrush-steppe landscapes and improve fire management efforts...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The emerald ash borer will create a slow-motion disaster for Nebraska, says Scott Josiah, general of an army of foresters bracing themselves for the fight. "We believe it's already in Nebraska," he said. "We just haven't found it yet." Josiah, the State Forester and director of the Nebraska Forest Service, is asking...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service are trying to find ways to save northern Minnesota from the emerald ash borer, a tiny pest with a voracious appetite. Since it was discovered in Michigan nearly 20 years ago, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees across the Midwest and Canada. In Minnesota,...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Foresters from across the United States' affiliated Pacific Islands met in Yap, Micronesia this month for their annual collaboration meeting. From March 1-6, about 50 attendees took part in Yap Days cultural observances; field visits to forest, fire and watershed restoration sites; and coordination meetings with partners...

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