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Friday, August 21, 2015
Idaho is facing an unprecedented wildfire season, the state's top forestry official says. "We are seeing well above average temperatures, and we're seeing fuel moisture levels that are at record lows," David Groeschl, state forester for the Idaho Department of Lands, told Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other members of the...
Friday, August 21, 2015
This summer, as Alaska was on pace to set a new record for the number of acres burned by wildfires, the ones flocking to the land of the midnight sun have been firefighters and firefighting personnel. Forty-five states including Washington, D.C. sent more than 3,500 firefighting personnel to battle multiple, ongoing fires...
Friday, August 21, 2015
South Carolina Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the forest products sector in grand fashion, unveiling a large wooden sign representing the industry’s $18.6 billion contribution to the state’s economy. The new economic impact figure was revealed at a statewide meeting of forestry professionals...
Friday, August 14, 2015
The roar of Nate Wells' grapple skidder echoes through the summer woodlands of Goodwin State Forest as the machine latches onto massive logs and hauls them up a muddy trail for transport to local sawmills. Wells, a burly, bearded lumberjack, is one of 23 for-profit timber contractors taking down trees on state land that...
Friday, August 14, 2015
Kentucky firefighters have traveled to to Washington, California and North Carolina to help battle wildfires. The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) dispatched 14 firefighters as part of a 20-person hand crew Sunday to the Bald Knob Fire in North Carolina. They joined a KDF public information officer who went out last...
Friday, August 14, 2015
Last month, wildfire watchers were astounded as terrifying wildfires raged across the state of Alaska. Sometimes the records would come in with 300,000 or more new acres burned in a single day. It seemed inevitable that the 2015 wildfire season would quickly catch up with and then surpass the all-time record year, 2004,...
Friday, August 14, 2015
A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting...
Friday, August 14, 2015
Two new community orchards in Canada will provide health benefits to formerly homeless tenants, help the environment, beautify the northeast neighbourhood and build community, according to the people behind the project. “The folks that are receiving these donations of trees are folks that might otherwise not have access to...
Friday, August 14, 2015
Delaware State Forester Michael Valenti is headed west this weekend to fight fires in a region covering parts of Montana and the northern Rockies. The Delaware Forest Service sent out a team earlier this month to fight the Fork Complex Fire. This is a blaze covering nearly 28,000 acres in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest...
Friday, August 14, 2015
A quarantine to prohibit the movement of ohia trees, the soil surrounding them and ohia products from the Big Island is is likely to be approved this month in an attempt to stop the spread of a fungus that has the potential to kill the native trees throughout the islands. Day by day the disease spreads, killing off...

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