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Monday, August 4, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow This afternoon we headed over to Scenic Hills Country Club to see a "challenger tree" for the Florida Champion Tree Register, which records the largest tree of each species in Florida. Many of these trees are also national champions in the National Register of Big Trees, published every...
Friday, August 1, 2014
Montana's wood products industry is on the mend, paying higher wages to workers and more for logs to keep up with a slow increase in demand, a new University of Montana study says. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) found a 20 percent increase in workers’ wages over the same period last year. “What stood...
Friday, August 1, 2014
More than 1,000 wildland fires occur on Air Force lands each year, a threat which has lead to the development of the Wildland Fire Center (WFC). WFC, part of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, was established July 2012 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The center provides guidance, expertise and oversight required by...
Friday, August 1, 2014
A new study shows California's historic drought will cost the state $2.2 billion in this year alone and result in the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.   The research, by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences also reports: The drought in 2014 will result in a 6.6 million acre-foot reduction...
Friday, August 1, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow I spent today going around Harrisburg and wrapping up the week in the office. Ellen Roane, an urban forester, was my companion for the morning and early afternoon. As we revisited sites that had been planted a few years ago, she explained the great things and the challenges that...
Friday, August 1, 2014
In 2010, trees in the United States prevented about 670,000 cases of severe respiratory problems. Trees absorbed between 9 and 23.2 million tons of pollution, with a health value of between $1.5 and $13 billion, U.S. Forest Service research says. Because most trees are in rural areas, the majority of the pollution...
Friday, August 1, 2014
More than 441,000 trees infested by mountain pine beetle have been cut down since South Dakota launched its Black Hills Forest Initiative three years ago.   "The governor's goal was to remove all beetle-infested trees in Custer State Park, and those efforts have paid off," State Forester Greg Josten told the...
Friday, August 1, 2014
Grey Towers, the ancestral home of the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service Gifford Pinchot, will host its 10th annual Festival of Wood this weekend. "We wanted the opportunity to share the importance of wood in our everyday lives," Melody Remillard, visitor services information specialist at Grey Towers, told the Pocono...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow   I started today with a tour of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) main office, meeting many friendly new faces and learning a little bit more about the organization.   I then met with Dave Schmidt of the communications department and we...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Foundation photography fellow Today I met up with Jean Devlin, an Education Program Specialist in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) communications department with whom I went on yesterday's timber tour. We left for the Elk Country Visitor Center, a three-hour...

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