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Friday, August 15, 2014
Invasive feral swine are chomping their way through the southeastern corner of Ohio. "They're highly adaptable and very destructive," said Marne Titchenell, wildlife specialist with Ohio State University. Feral swine can eat and trample crops, root up forests, outcompete native wildlife for food, and spread 30 diseases and...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Pennsylvania foresters are battling thousand cankers disease, which poses a threat to the state's $19 billion hardwoods industry.   "It absolutely has the potential to be disastrous," said Chris Miller, an arborist with the Davey Tree Expert company. "The long-term impact could be, eventually, no more black walnut....
Friday, August 15, 2014
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced the launch of the State Parks and Forests Pocket Ranger® App.  The app offers visitors an accessible guide to exploring Wisconsin’s state parks and forests.   “So many people rely on smartphones for information, and this new technology will help connect them with the great...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today was all about seeing the aftermath of a tornado outbreak from April. First stop: A logging site salvaging timber that had been damaged by storms. Along with Russell of the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), I met with Justin Gentry, John Moore, and Buck Buchanan to conduct a...
Monday, August 11, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow This morning I met Russell Bozeman, director of forest protection and forest information with the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC).   Russell and I headed to Warren County to see one of the state’s 16th Section Lands, which is part of 480,000 acres of forested school trust...
Friday, August 8, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow Today was another busy day, full of variety. We left our bed and breakfast to head over to the RockTenn mill in Fernandina Beach, where we toured around the exterior of the mill, focusing on procurement of raw materials to use in the mill. The mill specializes in making paper used in...
Friday, August 8, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow After a quick lunch at a local barbeque, we headed to the Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest where the Florida Forest Service was conducting a prescribed burn of a small area of a turkey oak and longleaf pine stand. I donned the necessary safety equipment then was escorted around...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
We began the day at Tate’s Hell State Forest by viewing some dwarf cypress trees from boardwalk and an observation deck. Although the trees are more than 150 years old, they only reach a height of 15 or so feet due to soil content. We were able to take a look at some of the cones on the trees, which are sometimes collected...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow Chelsea and I spent the morning with Hannah Anderson, a wildfire mitigation specialist.   Shane McGowan, forest area supervisor for the team, explained that they were pretty short-handed at the moment; many of the firefighters were sent to California to fight wildfires there...
Monday, August 4, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today was an extremely full, productive day. Chelsea Ealum, communications and public relations coordinator (and my companion for the week), and I headed over to the Blackwater River Florida Forest Service (FFS) headquarters. We met with Tabatha Kelly Merkley, FFS Forestry Resource...

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