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Monday, May 21, 2012
Proving another benefit of urban forestry, researchers in Baltimore have found that leafier places tend to have lower crime rates than those with few or no trees. The study found that with few exceptions, the frequency of crimes reported in a particular block or neighborhood goes down as the tree cover gets thicker.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The House Ag Committee wrapped up hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill last week and NASF President Randy Die represented the Association's priorities at a hearing that took place on Friday.  Other groups also shared their opinions on the Bill and  what's important to them as the House subcommittees worked through their titles...
Friday, May 18, 2012
An online video series on biomass harvest and retention issues was recently released to provide perspective on how woody biomass can be used for energy while maintaining forest habitat, soils and water. Provided by The Forest Guild and others, and funded in part by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the video...
Friday, May 18, 2012
This afternoon NASF President Randy Dye testified before the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry regarding the 2012 Farm Bill. Mr. Dye submitted priority recommendations to the Subcommittee and spoke about the importance of Forest Action Plans as a resource providing an...
Friday, May 18, 2012
NASF has officially launched our redesigned website. The new website was designed to be more user friendly and offers several new features, including a searchable document library and a link to our online education materials store. The Current Issues and Policy page allows you to find detailed information on industry...
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) credits the successful conviction of an arson crime to “Blaze,” the agency’s arson dog. The AFC’s arson bloodhound, Blaze, was instrumental in the investigation and subsequent arrest of the perpetrator last year after several wildfires were set in the Stapleton area of Baldwin County....
Thursday, May 17, 2012
With evacuations, road closures and the deployment of  National Guard and Air Force Reservist crews, the American West wildfire season is off to a blazing start. Both Colorado and Arizona have ordered evacuations due to wildfires threatening homes. In Utah, fire crews continue to put out a wildfire that has burned about...
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Smokey Bear has joined the latest mission to the Interational Space Station. It is a Russian custom to select a talisman and "zero-g indicator" to hang from the spacecraft's control panel. Traditionally, the Russian commander provides the doll, but for this flight, the honor was turned over to the American aboard. NASA...
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Students at a high school in New York state will take an active role in raising awareness about the Emerald Ash Borer by tagging ash trees on the school’s campus. The activity is part of Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week which runs from May 21-28. The students will tag trees to educate the public using purple ribbons and...
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
In Arizona, the legislature recently passed a law that helps streamline the process of assembling firefighting resources. The new law goes into effect July 1 gives State Forester Scott Hunt the authority to preposition air tankers, tactical surveillance aircraft, helicopters from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and...

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