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Friday, July 11, 2014
Environmental non-profit Tree Pittsburgh found a creative solution to clearing undergrowth on tricky terrain—goats.   Tree Pittsburgh hired consultant Brian Knox from Eco-Goats and rented more than 30 goats from local farm Goodness Grows to clear dense plant growth from a hillside near West Penn Park in Polish Hill....
Friday, July 11, 2014
To determine the future of the maple, the city of Missoula uses a device called a sonic tomograph. The Urban Forestry Division has catalogued an estimated 74 percent of municipal street and boulevard trees, and most of them are, to a trained eye, obviously healthy or obviously hazards in need of removal. “The tree has a...
Friday, July 11, 2014
After several devastating forest fires, foresters and environmental groups were beginning to agree that Oregon's forests need to be managed differently to reduce fire hazards and foster healthier forests. The closing of several mills during the recession meant local and state governments were interested in saving jobs...
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...
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...

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