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Monday, May 18, 2015
An urban “heat island” is the condition where urban areas are significantly warmer than the surrounding countryside during the heat of summer due to human activity and the large amount of heat-absorbing surfaces, plus the lack of vegetation and the cooling it provides. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “...
Thursday, May 14, 2015
A stout brown wasp called the sawfly, eating needles off ponderosa pines across 7,430 acres southeast of Denver, is expected to spread. Afflicted ponderosas change from puffy green pines to defoliated spines. The outbreak of sawfly wasps is the latest of multiple insect epidemics degrading Colorado forests including...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
With support from the State Fire Assistance program of the USDA Forest Service, the Florida Forest Service is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan. In 2014 the Florida Forest Service protected 2.5 million acres of public and private forestland through prescribed fires. 214,000 acres of state lands were...
Monday, May 11, 2015
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) was recently recognized with a 2015 Arbor Day Celebration Award. For more than 20 years, 2nd and 3rd graders in mid-Michigan have been learning about nature in outdoor classrooms set up each Arbor Day at Potter Park Zoo.  The statewide Arbor Day celebration’s 24 activity station...
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) was awarded the 2015 Public Awareness of Trees Award at the annual Arbor Day Awards ceremony in Nebraska City, Neb. State Forester Lisa Allen accepted the award on behalf of the Trees Work campaign. The awards, which recognize leaders in tree planting, conservation, and...
Thursday, May 7, 2015
We Hope You Will Join us in the Golden State! Register today for the NASF Annual Meeting at regonline.com/NASF2015. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has partnered with NASF to bring together the nation’s forestry and wildfire leaders at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic...
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service recently completed a survey showing California's drought is causing trees to die at an alarming rate. Jeffrey Moore, who has been working on such surveys since 1997, said he has never seen anything like it. "We recorded approximately 12 million trees, recently killed trees," said...
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the City will plant more than 11,800 trees this year in neighborhoods citywide. “Chicago was one of the first cities in the nation that incorporated planting trees and urban forests into the city’s plan and design, and we’re proud to continue this tradition today,” said Mayor...
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
With support from the USDA Forest Service, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is achieving goals outlined in its Forest Action Plan. In conjunction with local partners, Kentucky has helped six communities in the southeastern Appalachian corridor develop their own plans for greenspaces, all of which have begun...
Monday, May 4, 2015
Winter moth caterpillars are working their way through Rhode Island’s woodlands, defoliating oak, maple, ash, basswood, elm, beech and fruit trees. Communities reported, according to the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM), the emergence of millions of winter moths—Operophtera brumata—from late November...

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