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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Research ecologist Nathan Stephenson crawled around magnificent Giant Forest, checking young giant sequoias for damage from California’s three-year drought. Instead of stressed-out plants, he found young trees that looked pretty happy, he said. But at some point, he glanced upward and saw something startling. “The foliage...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The 10th Biennial Longleaf Conference, Ninth annual Eastern Native Grass Symposium and Prescribed Fire Council Gathering was held in Alabama this week. The joint conference and symposium hosted those who manage or restore longleaf pine ecosystems and the grasslands that occur across the eastern United States.  Learn more...
Monday, October 20, 2014
NASF presented the 2014 Marvin Brown Current Achievement Awards for Partnerships to one individual and one national organization at the annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Awardee Jennifer Judd Hinrichs is responsible for convening the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition. Hinrichs has expanded the Sustainable Urban...
Monday, October 20, 2014
The 2014 Earl Peterson Current Achievement Award for Fire Protection was presented to Tom Harbour at the NASF Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. This year’s Earl Peterson Current Achievement Awardee first started as a firefighter in central California in 1970.  This individual has been involved in wildland fire and...
Monday, October 20, 2014
The NASF 2014 Jim Sledge Current Achievement Awardee for Forest Resource Management is Robert Atchison. Atchison is an outstanding leader who has devoted a significant amount of time and energy to the advancement of national program polices and initiatives. He has been effectively playing such a key national Forest...
Monday, October 20, 2014
Oak trees can be found all over the world, but they save their full display for the United States. More than 50 species of oak grow from coast to coast, and in a few unique places like Michigan, still form the basis for a rare and valuable ecosystem known as oak savannas. For wildlife as well as people, oaks are valuable...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Pine nuts, or pignolias, are a critical component of a good pesto sauce. It turns out that pine nuts don't generally come from orchards, or fields, or plantations. They come from pine forests. The nuts are hidden inside the cones of certain species of pine, such as the mighty Siberian pine, which covers thousands of square...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Trees in the U.K. are being injected with a garlic extract to cure them of deadly diseases. Garlic contains the compound allicin, which can fight bacterial and fungal infections. “Over the last four years we have treated 60 trees suffering badly with bleeding canker of horse chestnut. All of the trees were cured,” said...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, a researcher at Wright State University suspects. Biology professor Don Cipollini, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, has found that the invasive green beetle has...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, has launched the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. This competitive prize, open to teams of architects, engineers, and developers, will showcase the architectural and commercial...

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