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Monday, July 25, 2011
Recommendations that could unlock the nation’s potential to sustainably produce woody biomass for energy and traditional uses, while providing balanced multiple benefits from public and private forests for the American public, have been compiled in a National Wood to Energy Roadmap (PDF) developed by a work group...
Friday, July 22, 2011
The Arkansas Forestry Commission has issued a "Lessons Learned: Heat Stress" document as guidance for its employees and to help promote safety among other state agencies. An AFC forest ranger recently suffered from heat stress on the fireline; firefighting personnel should take extreme caution particularly during the heat...
Friday, July 22, 2011
With support from the NASF Foundation, NASF has partnered with the National Network of Forestry Practictioners (NNFP) to sponsor a photography fellowship for the International Year of Forests. Recognizing the multitude of people and professions that own, appreciate and care for the nation’s forests, the 10-week...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The massive wildfires in Arizona this year burned through the state's $5 million fire-suppression budget, and the state may have to dip into the fiscal 2012 budget to help cover final costs, State Forester Scott Hunt said. Thanks to three federal Fire Management Assistance grants, however, Arizona will cover most of...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow, so forests have long been proposed as a way to offset climate change. According to the authors of a paper in the June issue of the journal Carbon Management, the amount of carbon dioxide taken out of the atmosphere could be quadrupled in 100 years by harvesting...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center has announced grant funding for six hardwood forestry projects designed to encourage innovation and the sharing of processing and marketing knowledge among wood products manufacturers in the Eastern United States. Four projects address keeping the hardwood industry...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sudden oak death, caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has killed more than a million mature oaks and tan oaks in California over the past two decades. Scientists are experimenting with Agri-Fos in a healthy swath of forest in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is uncertain how well the commercial fungicide, which...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that whitebark pine faces an "imminent" risk of extinction because of factors including climate change. This is the first time the federal government has identified climate change as one of the driving factors for why a broad-ranging tree species could disappear. A recent...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
An MIT researcher, along with colleagues at the University of Maryland and the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, has come up with a simple model to predict the maximum tree height in different environments across the United States. The model takes in basic meteorological data — such as average annual temperature,...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A widely used herbacide by landscapers -- once thought to be environmentally friendly -- is now the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country. A nationwide class-action lawsuit was filed this week against DuPont...

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