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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Senators, states and conservation groups are urging the Senate to restore funding to programs that help prevent wildfires. The steep funding cuts proposed in a Senate Appropriations Committee draft spending bill would severely hamper agencies' ability to thin and burn forests vulnerable to severe wildfires.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Simon Velez, a Bogota, Colombia-based architect is leading a global crusade for new uses of bamboo as a strong, eco-sustainable material that can substitute for wood and concrete in many projects. Velez says it is only a matter of time before bamboo makes its own case as a "logical replacement for traditional woods in...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Recent storms that left millions without electricity in Connecticut has split the state into two camps: the tree lovers versus the tree cutters, says the Wall Street Journal. Utility companies and state officials blame 90% of the epic power outages on the state's dense woods, and residents who once adored living in an...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests Task Force has established recommendations that "call for a new governmental approach to urban forestry, new and innovative resources and research, and recognition of the economic opportunity that can be achieved through partnerships and collaboration." Two NASF members served on the...
Monday, November 28, 2011
Conservation programs and environmental regulations have been pared back significantly in many states that have grappled with budget deficits in recent years. A 24-state survey by the Environmental Council of States showed agency budgets decreasing by an average of $12 million in 2011. The group also says federal grants...
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Forest Resources Association reports that a coalition of hardwood interests, ranging from primary producers to furniture manufacturers, is drumming up support for a possible "hardwood checkoff" product promotion program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, similar to the recently enacted North American...
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Volunteers have been planting trees on reclaimed mine lands in Kentucky and throughout Appalachia as part of an enormous effort initiated by the United Nation's Billion Tree Campaign. The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) pledged to plant 38 million trees on mined land, the largest pledge in North...
Thursday, November 17, 2011
A new assessment of the impact that climate change will have in New York State is detailed in a 600-page report, commissioned by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Fir and spruce trees are expected to die out in the Catskills, and New York City's backup drinking water supply may well be...
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The USDA Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service have opened nominations for the 2011 Two Chief's Partnership Award, which recognizes outstanding forestry and conservation partnership efforts. Nominations (PDF) due December 12.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Washington State is convening a committee of foresters, scientists and other experts in an effort to contain a pending forest health epidemic east of the Cascades. Over the next 15 years, state projections indicate that elevated tree mortality could occur across 2.8 million acres of Eastern Washington, or roughly one-third...

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