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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
At a ceremony in Atlanta this week, Chuck Leavell, a keyboardist for the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers Band and also a Georgia tree farmer, was named an honorary forest ranger by the USDA Forest Service. According to the New York Times, "Selecting Mr. Leavell...help[s] the service promote people who responsibly...
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Biologist Reese Halter's short but disturbing new book, "The Insatiable Bark Beetle," addresses one of the biggest and most visible issues facing global forests, and particularly the relatively large forests left in the U.S. and Canada. Halter blames climate change, calling beetle infestations not only a symptom but a...
Friday, February 24, 2012
USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer was promoting his "forest health" agenda in California this week, speaking at the California Forestry Association annual conference in Sacramento. His efforts seek to bridge deep differences over how logging, grazing, mining and other uses of...
Friday, February 24, 2012
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is planning an event targeted at Washington, D.C.-area kids to raise awareness about the importance of protecting forests, agriculture and the environment from harmful invasive species. National Invasive Species Awareness Week's Kids' Day will take place on February 26 at...
Friday, February 24, 2012
John Gordon, former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, writes in the National Review about the 9th Circuit case related to Clean Water Act rules about runoff from logging roads. He calls the economic stakes "huge," and posits that "if every ditch and drain is a potential cause of action, a...
Friday, February 24, 2012
Ohio's Appleton Papers Inc. plans to let go three-quarters of its 400 person staff and cease making paper, following a $3 billion deal with a Canadian supplier. "Nonintegrated" paper mills - mills that don't produce pulp from logs or wood chips gathered on site - are "distinctly disadvantaged and no longer competitive,"...
Friday, February 24, 2012
Maryland honored its first state forester this week, when the Board of Public Works voted to name 1,000 acres of woods in Dorchester County for Fred W. Besley. Named state forester in 1906, Besley had been handpicked for the job by Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. 
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lowell "Lody" Smith, who served 16 years as Nevada state forester, died Tuesday at the age of 75. Smith also served as president of the National Association of State Foresters in the early 80s.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
E&E's ClimateWire (subscription) reports on a new study from Oregon State University that found forest corridors could help mitigate the increase in nitrogen-fed algae blooms from man-made sources like crop fertilizer. Flows through urban areas and agricultural lands may reap the same benefits if forest buffer zones...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will travel to California for the premier of the animated movie Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. "Given the many threats to America's private and public forests due to a changing climate, pests and pathogens, and land conversion, this children's story can spur conversations about what has to...

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