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Friday, February 10, 2012
Arkansas State Forester John Shannon has resigned his post as state forester effective close of business Friday, February 10 after a legislative audit concluded the Arkansas Forestry Commission improperly borrowed funds to prop up its strained budget. Mr. Shannon was currently serving as NASF president, and his leadership...
Friday, February 10, 2012
When the price of heating oil surged a few years ago, Maine residents turned to wood pellets. At the time, the state had just one pellet-producing plant. Today, there are four with plans on the table to build more. Local loggers provide the wood, Mainers manufacture the pellets and unlike foreign oil, the energy these...
Thursday, February 9, 2012
"We always throw the rocks at the Forest Service, but to me, we should really be throwing those rocks at Congress to fund it." Barry Noon, a wildlife ecologist at Colorado State University, commenting on the agency's new planning rule. (from E&E Land Letter - subscription required)
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) officially marked the conclusion of the International Year of Forests on February 9 at UN headquarters in New York. A presentation of the Forest Heroes Award was made at a special ceremony that also featured film clips from the International Forest Film Festival, and the launch of...
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign is distributing 30,000 trees in 16 communities in the first phase of an effort to reforest the state's communities damaged in the April 2011 tornados. This large-scale, multi-year initiative was launched jointly in June of last year by the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day...
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
USDA Natural Resources and Environment Under Secretary Harris Sherman was joined by local schoolchildren and dignitaries for a tree planting next to the USDA's Washington DC headquarters this week in commemoration of Tu B'Shevat, "The New Year of the Trees."
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Fire crews from the Forest Service, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the North Carolina Forest Service recently ignited ridges and fire lines to produce cool and slow-moving backing fires throughout a 60-acre study area on state-owned Green River Game Land in Polk County, NC. The study, part...
Monday, February 6, 2012
USDA will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Caitlyn Pollihan, executive director for the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition and Council of Western State Foresters, has accepted a four-month detail position with the U.S. Forest Service in a special assignment to the Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management staff. There she will be focusing on critical work...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Oregon State Forester Doug Decker was recently interviewed by the Capital Press about his first year as head of the Department of Forestry. One year on, Decker discusses improving landowner relationships, creating natural resource policies, active management on federal lands and future priorities of the agency.

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