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Friday, July 11, 2014
Montana Governor Steve Bullock this week unveiled his “Forests in Focus” Initiative, a strategy to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration, watershed protection and wildlife habitat improvement work on private and federal forests across the state. It comes with a three million dollar investment that will fund...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The recent decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to halt further transfer of excess trucks, generators, pumps, and engine parts will cost states and local fire departments the opportunity to utilize excess equipment to protect lives and property from wildfire. There are two major federal excess property programs for...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The NASF Foundation photography fellow Leslie Robertson is headed to the forests of Minnesota on July 14.  Robertson will document working forests of Minnesota, including economic benefits from recreation in state forests, public benefits such as clean air and water from St. Paul's urban forests, as well as the...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Matt Harris is the new Arbor Day Foundation's new chief executive, only the second in the organization's 42 year history. "The work of the Arbor Day Foundation is as important as ever," Harris said in an Arbor Day press release. "We stand poised to expand our leadership role in ensuring that trees are recognized as a vital...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Boston Society of Architects has opened an exhibit called Urban Timber: From Seed to City which will run through September. "Urban Timber" presents recent innovations in wood technology, case studies of of timber construction in taller buildings, as well as installations by four architecture teams chosen for their...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has announced its 2014 plans for the state's Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation. The infestation was first discovered in 2012. Ohio State University Extension Educator Dr. Curtis Young said...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently toured facilities in La Grande and Wallowa that are participating in efforts to improve forest health and reduce fire risk while securing and creating jobs in rural Oregon. Along with First Lady Cylvia Hayes, the Governor visited the Boise Cascade Particleboard Plant outside of La...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
This past winter was the coldest Detroit had experienced in 36 years, but it did little to stop the invasive emerald ash borer. “We didn’t find a single dead larva,” Deborah G. McCullough, professor of entomology and forestry at Michigan State, told the New York Times. McCullough led a study of ash trees in Lower Michigan...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the 2014 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The grants provide funding that will help enhance urban forest stewardship, support new employment opportunities, and help build resilience...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The hat seen at the right belonged to a National Forest Service illustrator named Harry Rossoll, and thus to Smokey Bear. The Ad Council created Smokey to encourage communities to control and prevent blazes in their own backyards. But Smokey transcended his status as a popular public service image after Rossoll began...

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