This week NASF participated in a White House Conference on Conservation convened by President Obama and members of his Cabinet to strengthen partnerships and identify next steps in advancing community-driven conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that are building strong local economies and healthy lands, waters and wildlife across America. The event is part of the President's America's Great Outdoors initiative.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Division of Forestry seeks a Forest Management Bureau Chief to develop strategic plans for accomplishing broad Department goals; plan the future direction of the forest management function, including specific goals, standards and guidelines. Closing date is March 30.
As concerns over climate change and resource depletion grow, comparing the environmental impact of various products has become something of a pastime. Environmental scientists can give pretty good answers to those questions using a technique known as life-cycle analysis, or LCA, which is an attempt to quantify a product’s effects on the planet, from greenhouse gas emissions to acid rain.
NASF and nearly 650 landowners, farmers, ranchers, forest managers, agricultural and forest businesses, hunters and anglers, local and state government officials, and non-profit organizations recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders on the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to express strong support for the conservation title of the U.S. Farm Bill.
On March 2, Dr. Suess's birthday, Universal Pictures has released its new animated version of the classic children's tale, The Lorax. A lot has changed since the book was published in the early '70s, and today sustainable management guides the way we care for America's trees and forests. The forestry community is celebrating these strides and reminding Americans how important our forests are to our health, economy and environment.
Wildfire Today reports that the South Carolina legislature is considering a bill that would eliminate frivolous lawsuits over smoke created by a prescribed fire. House Bill 3631, the “Prescribed Fire Act” would protect the property owner unless gross negligence is proven.
Denver Water and the USDA Forest service signed a $33 million cost-sharing agreement for watershed restoration in hopes of avoiding future expensive wildfires. The average residential water user will pay an extra $27 over the course of five years to match the Forest Service's $16.5 million allocation. The money will fund tree-thinning and prescribed burns on 38,000 acres.
The Forest Service recently released the 2011 edition of "Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions," (PDF) a quick-reference guide to timber tax laws impacting woodland owners. It gives a concise and easy-to-understand explanation of the most commonly asked tax questions geared toward consulting foresters, woodland owners, and loggers who need a basic understanding of Federal income tax rules on the management of woodland property.
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 manage private timberland, which makes up more than half of the forests in the country."
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 cause – a feedback loop.
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 forests should be managed.
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 the U.S.
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.
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," according to a release from the company.
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.
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.
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 are maintained along their banks, said researchers.
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 happen today to restore the health and productivity of America's forests," Tidwell said.
A recent episode of the ABC television sitcom "Last Man Standing" starring Tim Allen took an uneducated stand on the topic of Thousand Cankers Disease and the plight of the black walnut.
A new study shows smoke from burning forests and grasslands kills on average 339,000 people a year worldwide.
MORE: Learn more about health effects of wildfire smoke from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.