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Friday, August 22, 2014
California's record drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey. The lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage. California is traditionally one of the largest honey producers in the United States. "Our...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Longleaf pine forests now cover 3.3 million acres in the United States, up from a low of 2.8 million acres. Similarly, the acreage of longleaf- dominated forestland has increased to 4.2 million acres, up from 3.9 million acres. While these gains may seem small, this upward trend illustrates the importance of strong science...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Worldwide, more than 5m hectares of jungle are being felled or burned down each year. In some countries, notably Indonesia, the situation is getting even worse. Over time countries trace a “forest transition curve”. They start in poverty with the land covered in trees. As they get richer, they fell the forest and the curve...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Virginia’s ash tree population coule be decimated in the next decade by the emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB was first found in Virginia in 2003 in Fairfax County. The beetle, native to Asia, spread swiftly from Michigan along the interstate, carried in packing materials and firewood. The bug also spreads on its own, along...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Minnesotans dump 1 billion pounds of paper in landfills each year, but there are strategies available to reduce waste. To raise awareness of the power of recycling, a Minnesota non-profit has created a ball of paper that is 9' 7" inches tall and 32.8 feet around.  While you're here, don't forget to register for the NASF...
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...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii earlier this month and destroyed most of the papaya trees in the Puna/Kapoho growing district on Hawaii’s Big Island. This district makes up about 90 percent of the state's papaya production.   “The losses are devastating...This could be similar to losses from ringspot...
Friday, August 15, 2014
The coconut rhinoceros beetle, first discovered in December at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is destroying coconut trees and the associated economy.   The insect bores holes in the leaves, damaging and killing the trees, and work crews have removed 150 sick trees to prevent the spread.   “(This will...

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