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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...
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...
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...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today was very unique; we followed timber from its original harvest site all the way to a final finished wood product, custom-built cabinets. After a lovely breakfast at the local Wellsboro Diner, we met up with the group at the Penn Wells Hotel and Lodge and headed to Ole Bull State...
Monday, July 28, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow This morning Andy Duncan, a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Forestry program specialist, picked me up from my hotel and we drove up to Penn Nursery near State College. There we met up with Jeff Woleslagle, DCNR forestry communications section chief...
Monday, July 28, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow After visiting the Penn Nursery, we headed to Susan Benedict’s Forest Stewardship Property. The property has been the Benedicts’ for generations; the family currently owns over 2000 acres of land, and many years ago they had over 5000! Susan and her family showed us around the...

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